Is MSG a strong or sick man of the Pacific?

In almost one decade of its existence, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has shown its potential to be “the strong man of the South Pacific”. It is making the region more economically integrated while sustaining its Melanesian cultural identity. However, one issue threatens the Group’s core interests and imperils the whole MSG project. The United…

Police boss lauds community support

Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast is happy with the behaviour of communities over the Independence Day event and other events over the week. He said police have received a high level of cooperation from the communities and the support. “We really appreciate the support.” Mr Prendergast at the weekly police conference yesterday at the Rove Police…

RIPEL workers get organised, launches constitution

Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited (RIPEL) former employees have launched their constitution at DSE conference room, Chinatown on Friday. This came about through the assistance of Solomon Islands Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Advocacy Association (SIIPHRAA). Secretary of SIIPHRAA, Buddy Wickhams No’amasahu said the objectives of the association are: 1.     To sort out the outstanding claims…

SIWIBA to dish out awards to women

WOMEN in business from all sectors will be coming together tonight for an evening of celebration to recognize the valuable contribution that women make towards the economic life of this country. Solomon Islands Women in Business Association in partnership with the Government will host the event at the Heritage Park Hotel. A statement from the…

High grade bauxite discovery in SI

Iron Mountain Mining Ltd (ASX:IRM) has discovered extensive high grade, low levels of silica bauxite deposits from augur drilling in the Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands. The first phase drilling and pit sampling returned lab results of 41.21% alumina (Al2O3) and 1.7% reactive silica (SiO2). Should the tonnages be there, Iron Mountain has Direct…

Police boss assures safety of arms

A FEW Units within the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) will be armed once all that is needed to be done is completed. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast at the weekly police conference yesterday said there is a high level committee over-seeing the rearmament issue. He was responding to questions asked on how soon the…