Virgin Coconut Oil response

Dear Editor – I am writing to thank Frank Short for his letter to the Star dated Monday 11th May and to provide some more information to your readers. Frank is correct in his assessment of the international market for Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and in his view that we have an abundance of coconuts.…

Vote West Papua for MSG

Dear Editor – My good people of Solomon Islands, I write to appeal to you all to render your support for our Melanesian brothers and sisters of West Papua by calling on our Prime Minister and his government to cast their vote in support of their application to be a member of Melanesian Spearhead Group…

Recognise your Limit

Dear Editor – Allow me space to briefly comment on statements made by Jonathan Tohuika in the Solomon Star issue 09/05/2015 in relation to the Bintang Borneo mining operation in ward three (3) Central West Rennell and also his brave accusation of Anthony Tamaika. Land owners of Labagu Village that involved in the mining operation…

FAO here

Dear Editor – I am very pleased to learn that the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has signed an agreement with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to aid sustainable agriculture and rural development. With the establishment of a country office the FAO will be better placed to give…

Council must clean up its backyard

SOMETHING is not right within the Honiara City Council. And it needs to be fixed. Urgently! Our front page story today rigs of the corruption that has permeated our government system over the years. When mayor Alfrence Fatai came into the council late last year, he reportedly uncovered corruption in the way contracts have been…

Crowded houses

Dear Editor – Many thanks for giving me space to express my views on your paper. First and foremost I would like to salute and congratulate the West Makira MP Derick Manu’ari and his team for his heroism in challenging MPs tax free salary payments. Further still I would like to express my special gratitude…

BSP waiting on approvals from island nations

THE NATIONAL – Bank South Pacific (BSP) says it is waiting for few more regulatory approvals before it can fully acquire the banking operations of Westpac in Samoa, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga for A$125 million (US$99 million). Chief executive officer Robin Fleming said the bank was targeting end of May to complete…

Govt commits to improve roads

THE GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) is committed to ensure most of the feeder and connecting roads plus the drainage system within the Honiara city and the outskirts of the city are improved. A spokesperson from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) on Wednesday told the paper this road improvement project is…

SINU launches students’ hand book

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) has launched its first ever students’ handbook on Wednesday. The launching took place at the SINU Kukum campus’s lecture theater. The hand-book was supposed to be launched in early January. However due to late printing they’ve done it yesterday. Speaking during the ceremony Campus Life Manager Selison Faisi Jnr…