Call to maintain FOPA

A local tourism operator has urged responsible authorities to maintain the Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) village in east Honiara. The government built the village, which costs millions of dollars, as the central venue for the festival of arts, which the country hosted in 2012. After the festival ended, the venue of the village was…

Committee set up for Protected Areas

A first ever advisory committee for protected areas in the country has been established according to the Protected Areas Act 2010. The committee held their first meeting on 7 May 2015. Agenda discussed includes deliberation of the first application for bio-prospecting and bio-research permit to be issued under the Act. The first 5-6 Protected Areas…

Rural workers told of roles

Rural workers were told their communities expect more from them. Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination Permanent Secretary, Shadrach Fanega told more than 50 community helpers from the 50 constituencies who were trained on 20 different modules on community facilitation and CDD approach. The month-long training was organised under the Rural Development Project (RDP)…

Mother with a big heart

This could be the biggest mothers’ day gift ever for any mother in the country. Cathy Nori is one of the mothers who celebrated Mother’s Day last weekend. But what’s more special about her celebration was the gift she got on that day. It was not just any gift but a ship she and her…

Tingoa Met Office opens

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) has opened its new Tingoa Meteorological Station in Rennell and Bellona Province. The completion of the project has been described as a milestone in the history of Meteorological Services in the Solomon Islands. Director of MET Service David Hiriasia said: “As of last Thursday night Tingoa Meteorological Office started…

Weather office takes duties back from PNG

Papua New Guinea has handed over the Aviation Service to the Solomon Islands Metrological Service last week. This, according to director David Hiriasi, was an additional achievement by the Solomon Islands Met Service in addition to the opening of the Tingoa Met Office.  Hiriasia described the achievements as a millstone history for them. “Another milestone…

Why SINTA fired Faisi

Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) says its decision to remove its outspoken general secretary Samson Faisi was made collectively after a review of his contract. SINTA president Philip Ika told the Solomon Star his executive made the decision after reviewing Faisi’s initial one year contract. Faisi attended a conference in Fiji on behalf of…

Tennis star graduates

One of Solomon Islands’ tennis stars who is based in USA, Zinnia Leamana, has graduated with a Bachelor degree in Marketing and Minor Supply Chain Management at Clayton State University in the state of Georgia. Leamana, 23, who hails from Isabel Province, was among 10 current and former Clayton State student-athletes who have earned their…

Micah to ply trade in Europe

FUTSAL sensational striker Micah Lea’alafa is tipped to ply his trade in Europe. Reports reaching Star Sports stated that the Amicale OFC championship player will undergo trial in Italy or play for Auckland City alongside two Amicale players Fenedy Masauvakalo and Brian Kaltack. The arrangement was being made by Amicale FC president Andrew Leong. Lea’alafa…

Yandina women Under 16 league underway

YANDINA women Under 16 League in Russell Islands, Central Province has kicked off. The commencement of the league was marked with a colourful parade during which representatives of Solomon Islands Football Federation delivered an address. Six teams are participating in a round robin format. Most of the young women participating in the league are students…