US envoy meets Malaita leaders

LEADERS from Malaita met the visiting United States ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, during which they discussed the economic challenges the province is facing.   The meeting took place at the Sir Paul Tovua parliamentary complex, where Ambassador Ebert-Gray reiterated U.S. commitment to the Pacific region and Solomon Islands.  Apart from economic challenges, discussions also focused on…

Bilikiki coach hopeful

Bilikiki coach Gideon Omokirio hopes Solomon Islands will compete against the World’s best at the World Beach Games in Qatar next month.  Omokirio uttered this on Wednesday after naming his final 12-men traveling.  The former Solomon Islands international named four new players in the team alongside eight core players from the recent OFC Beach Soccer Nations…

Self defense training to continue

Yun’s Taekwondo Academy will carry on from where the World Martial Arts Champions Master John Gill has left following his one week tour to the country. During the the tour to Honiara he conducted self defense seminar for total beginners. Yun’s instructor Joses Duddley said they are more than willing to teach self defense more…

Bartlett: SI yet to get much of its advantage  

SOLOMON Islands’ advantage to capitalise its strategic 21st century is yet to be fully appreciated and capitalised such as opportunities to be a central hub in aviation trade and shipping.   Chairman of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) Jay Bartlett uttered the statement when delivering his opening remarks of the two-day Australia-Solomon Islands Business…

Concern about school learning environment

MOST schools in Malaita Province do not have conducive classrooms that will trigger students to learn to read and write effectively. That’s according to the Malaita Provincial Literacy Trainer Jeremy Igita.  Igita shared light on this in an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star Auki. “It’s a sad reality that should be addressed to ensure…

REGIONAL REFLECTIONS

TESS NEWTON CAIN* Civil society voices concern about West Papua   CIVIL society groups are voicing their concerns about the situation in West Papua. Across the region, there have been numerous displays of support for self-determination for West Papuans and calls for action to protect human rights.  This comes as the Indonesian authorities have deployed…

Obstacle to economic growth

DEAR EDITOR – In 2016, the former Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer, Joaquim Levy, wrote about the gap he perceived in private investment.   Although he was then writing in general terms, there were several paragraphs in his article I thought relevant to the situation in the Solomon Islands at that time.…

Taiwan China debate

DEAR EDITOR – The current strong support and intention of most of our MPs fordiplomatic switch from Taiwan to China only reflect poorly on the leadership that lackedintegrity, wisdom, maturity and visionary mindsets that blinded by false assumptions and self-beneficial interests at the cost of tax payers and resource owners in this nation. This nation…

ACOM to enthrone new Archbishop

THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) will enthrone and install the Right Reverend Leonard Dawea to be the 7th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia at Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral this Sunday the 15th September. All Anglican members in and around Honiara are welcomed to join the live broadcast service on SIBC, Telekom TV…

PACER Plus awareness rolled out in Malaita

THIRTY participants from the Malaita Provincial Government, private sector, and line government ministries were present as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET),in collaboration with Customs Division,carried out an awareness program on the Pacific Agreement on Close Economic Relations (PACER Plus) in Auki on Wednesday. The awareness program is part of Solomon Islands’…