MMF: gov’t must make clear its stand on West Papua

Outspoken pressure group, Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has strongly urged the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government to make clear its stand on the West Papuan issue. President, Charles Dausabea said, whilst MMF is very supportive of the government’s policy framework and its progressive works. “MMF wants the government to make clear its stand on…

Hou slams SIPA’s absence at PAC

Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Member of Parliament (MP) for South Malaita, has condemned the failure by the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) for not turning up in the PAC meeting summoned for their budget hearing. Rick Hou was speaking in the Parliament yesterday when presenting the PAC report on the 2015 Appropriation…

Vanuatu seeks Russian assistance with rebuild

RNZI – The Vanuatu government says it is pleased with Russia’s offer of assistance with the relief effort after cyclone Pam and says it has asked Russia to assist in the reconstruction phase of the recovery, RNZI reports. The Vanuatu foreign minister Sato Kilman who recently returned to Port Vila from Moscow says he hopes…

City clerk wants extension of LEAF program

HONIARA City Clerk has requested for the possible extension of the LEAF Program. LEAF stands for Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation for children. It is currently being undertaken on a two years program in the country. Charles Kelly made this call during the LEAF stakeholder’s workshop followed by the election of new LEAF committee at…

LEAF committee visits dump site

NEWLY appointed LEAF (Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation) committee conducted their first field trip to the Ranadi dump site, East Honiara yesterday. The committee was led by the Vice Chairman of Solomon Islands LEAF committee, Nelson Manepora of Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB). The new committee was appointed during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the…

Committee to deal with waste recycling formed

JAPAN International Corporation Agency (JICA) yesterday formed a local committee to administer a two years program called LEAF (Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation) that deals with the recycling, exporting of bottles and separation of waste mixture within the Honiara City.  LEAF is a program that contributes to the development of a sustainable society by initiating…

A time to say thank you

Dear Editor – Today is recognized as World Health Day and a timely occasion to say Thank You! We often overlook the dedication and tireless work of our doctors, nurses, aid workers, first aid volunteers and all those who have, and continue, to aid our hospitals, clinics, eye clinics and dental clinics. It is my…

Central Market needs the council’s attention

THE Honiara City Council recently inspected a line of buildings at Point Cruz with the view of pulling them down and replacing them with new facilities. The exercise was part of the council’s efforts to give Honiara a new-look image. This line of buildings runs from the Point Cruz Hot Break Kitchen right next to…

Reserved business

Dear Editor – I want to request the new Sogavare-led DCC government to seriously consider amending the Foreign Investment Act to make provisions for indigenous Solomon Islands fully participate in the economic development of our beloved Solomon Islands. When you look around our country today, all the business opportunities are taken up by Chinese, Filipinos,…