MSG steps in to assist Fiji

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) will reactivate its existing arm to help member countries in times of disasters and more so to Fiji now after the impacts of cyclone Winston which had devastated the country with massive destruction. Prime Minister and MSG chair, Manasseh Sogavare said this on return from a tour to Vanuatu, New…

State funeral yet to be finalised

The government will conduct a full state funeral in honour of statesman and the country’s first Prime Minister Sir Peter Kenilorea. Sir Peter died last Thursday at the National Referral Hospital, age 72. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Manasseh Maelanga told the Sunday Star a committee within his ministry is working on…

Concern for human rights activists in West Papua

Australia West Papua Association (AWPA) has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop concerning the intimidation of West Papuan representatives from the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and other activists who attended the opening of an office in the town of Wamena in the Papuan highlands on the 15 February. The Coordinating Political, Legal…

Kakamora – The Hobbits of Solomons?

According to stories – or (if you like) myths, legends, folk tales – spun by the native Solomons, particularly by many inhabitants of the island of Makira (and – to a lesser extent – of the island of Guadalcanal), the area is populated by beings called Kakamora.  They are characterised by small height (up to…

Reproductive health is key to recovery process: UNFPA

The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, Pacific Sub-Regional Office has provided through the Fiji Ministry for Health and Medical Services a first batch of 200 emergency dignity kits, which are packed specifically for women to ensure reproductive health needs are addressed. The provision of dignity kits immediately after events like Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston seeks…

New school for Moli community, Choiseul

The community of Moli in Choiseul Province took delivery of their new secondary school on Friday. St Joseph Moli Catholic Secondary School is a gift from the Catholic Church to the community and the people of Choiseul. The Catholic Church headquarters in Choiseul is located at Moli. According to the Gizo Diocese Bishop Lucian Capelli,…

Vatud Star ready to take on the waters

Temotu Vatud constituency on Saturday commissioned its new passenger and cargo vessel, MV Vatud Star. The ceremony was held at Point Cruz wharf, Honiara. The vessel arrived Monday last week. Member of Parliament for Vatud Constituency Freda Tuki said the vessel will provide sea transport for Vatud constituents who live in the outer islands of Temotu.…

World Bank pays tribute to Sir Peter

THE World Bank says it is saddened by the passing of Solomon Islands first prime minister and statesman Sir Peter Kenilorea in Honiara yesterday. “The World Bank country team is deeply saddened by the passing of Sir Peter,” said Anne Tully, the World Bank’s Country Representative for Solomon Islands. “As Solomon Islands first prime minister,…

PMO sacks 3rd political appointee

THE Office of the Prime Minister has sacked a third political appointee. Director Political Administration for Government Caucus, Barry Samson was given his marching orders this week, according to government insiders. His termination followed earlier termination of chief of staff George Kuper and Policy Secretary, Sectoral Reform Productive Sector Dr Gabriel Titili. The two senior…

Kabutaulaka says Sir Peter is a noble leader

A SOLOMON Islands academic based in Hawaii, Dr Tarcisius Tara Kabutalaka described late Sir Peter Kenilorea as a noble statesman and one of the country’s greatest leaders. Dr Kabutalaka said Sir Peter’s death is a great loss for Solomon Islands.  “He (Sir Peter) was a very thoughtful, very honourable person who carried himself very well…