Auki gaming facility queried

Malaita premier Peter Ramohia says his government did not issue a license to a newly opened cyber world online internet gaming facility at provincial capital Auki. The recently opened facility had raised a few eye-brows as well as on social media discussions in the Malaita Forum Facebook page. “I don’t know who issued the company…

Claim: council law enforcers dishonest

Certain Honiara City Council law-enforcement officers were reportedly involved in the illegal sale of betel nuts along the streets of Honiara. That’s according to the council law-enforcement insider. The source said that this was clearly reflected on street vending. “One can tell this by simply taking a walk along the streets. You can see that…

G’Day film festival to take Honiara by storm

The Australian High Commission’s annual film festival is set to take Honiara by storm this week. The event runs from Thursday 13th August to Saturday 15th August at the Art Gallery Grounds and will feature 3 Australian movies – Paper Planes, Red Dog and Crocodile Dundee 2. Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Andrew Byrne…

Gao Bugotu outlines development plan

Gao/Bugotu Constituency has set out six key priority programs and projects in its 2015-2018 Constituency Development Plan, passed during the forum held at Lepi village from July 29-31. They include Environment Protection, Income and Employment, Support to General Cost of Living, Support to Social Services, Administration and Capacity Building and Economic and Social Infrastructure Development.…

MP hailed for initiative

THE Government has congratulated the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gao Bugotu Constituency Samuel Manetoali for his effort to engage all stakeholders to interact directly with his constituents during a constituency summit. The three-day Gao Bugotu Constituency Leaders Forum at Lepi Village, Isabel last week saw presentations from a many sectors including diplomatic missions, government…

Byrne to walk to Guale’s W’coast

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne and his wife Dawn Bennett will go “Wakabaot lo Weathercoast” on Monday.  They will be joined by Ben O’Reilly, Tanya Morjanoff and WO Gary Fuss, also from the Australian High Commission. The group will start in Marau and travel by boat before walking across mountains to visit remote communities on…

Villagers benefit from US funding agency

The Gwaunafau Community Development Association (GCDA) in East Malaita had received a total of around $36,000 funding assistance from the Global Greengrants fund in June 2014. The Global Greengrants fund is an international donor organisation based in USA and it can provide assistance to rural communities in Biodiversity conservation, Climate change and/or food security. The…

Peace building seminar ends in Auki

A peace building and conflict analysis training ended on Friday in Auki with participants issued with certificates. More than 40 participants attended the training, which was supported by the Human Security Initiative for tensions Reduction, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation Project. Facilitator Paulo Baleinakorodwa encouraged participants to go back to their communities share their newly acquired knowledge…

Seminar looks at climate change plan for Honiara

A two-day urban resilience and climate adaptation forum, sponsored by UN-Habitat and facilitated by scientific experts from RMIT University, Melbourne, was held at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Conference Centre, Panatina, on the 4th and 5th of August. Professor Darryn McEvoy, leader of the Climate Change Adaptation Program at RMIT University, says that “the event provided…

Catholic women ready to mark big church day

More than 100 women from three parishes and one district of KiraKira, Makira Province, and Marau Parish in South Guadalcanal, arrived in Honiara ahead of the gathering that will take place at Tangarare this week. The women were accommodated at Holy Cross hall, while some with their relatives before their next voyage to Tangarare tomorrow.…