Climate Change: A challenge for all of us

LAST week I was in Canberra for a meeting of all Australian High Commissioners and Ambassadors from around the Pacific. One of the topics we discussed at length was climate change, including Australia’s efforts to mitigate climate change and assist Pacific countries in adapting to climate change. We know that climate change is a priority…

Tourism industry holds AGM

Solomon Islands Tourism Industry Association (SITIA) on Wednesday successfully conducted their annual general meeting (AGM) at Mendana Hotel. One of the activities was the election of the SITIA new executive committee members. Speaking on behalf of the government during the opening of the annual general meeting, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism…

Police stages Orange day campaign

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) through the Community Policing & National Family Violence Unit staged ORANGE DAY on Tuesday, 25th August 2015. The launch started at Honiara City Council compound and ended at Poha community. Further out within our provinces, ORANGE DAY campaign was also staged at Auki, Gizo, Kira Kira and Tingoa.…

PAC chairman attends Pacific PAC meeting

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee and MP for Small Malaita, Hon. Rick Hou has attended an inaugural meeting of Pacific Public Accounts Committees (PAC) in Wellington, New Zealand, on 26 and 27 August 2015. Accompanied him to this very important meeting is the PAC Secretary Mrs. Jasmine Waleafea of the National Parliament…

Awareness on prohibited marine species

AN awareness program to inform the public on prohibited species under the Fisheries Regulation is being carried at the two markets in Honiara. It is being carried out by the compliance Unit of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) at the Central Market and Fishing Village on Saturdays and Sunday respectively. The intention…

Report: Gov’t must lead the way in reform

A RECENTLY launched land reform report has stated that the government must lead the process of land reform in Solomon Islands. The report said, that Individual champions for reform are not enough. “For reform processes to be sustainable they must be led by the government and any new arrangements must be embedded by the government.…

MMF meeting, Sunday

Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) is organing a meeting for its members this weekend. A statement from the Forum said , the meeting will be held on this coming Sunday, 30th of August in the Auditorium room, at the National Museum Compound in Point Cruz. A member of MMF Henry Ata said, members of the group…

Who is behind Alfred Sasako?

Dear Editor – Please allow space in your paper on our fact finding mission on this so called veteran journalist who has been obviously written against Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) on a number of occasions in his investigative writings. For several weeks, one Alfred Sasako has made outrageous, sensationalist and unsubstantiated claims against APID…

West Rennell task force

Dear Editor – Allow me space to respond to A. Jones regarding the above article, in Star Issue No.5952 on Thursday 20/08/15. I am sorry for him that he falls short to understand the points that I have raised in my article on 19th /08/2015. In fact my article is basically questioning the formation of…

Activities in aid of disabled

Dear Editor – It was very satisfying to read in your newspaper yesterday, 26 August, that several people with disabilities from communities all around Honiara will participate in a sports ‘Fun Day’ at the Maranatha Hall. What was all the more pleasing was the report that the event was to raise awareness and for the…