Hageulu ready for first outing

HAGEULU panpipers from Isabel province will promote local culture when they participate in road shows over this weekend in Brisbane, Australia. The group will accompany the Prime Minister, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) team and government officials, tomorrow. The local group will participate in two road-shows on September 14 and 16 organised exclusively by the…

Effect of the outcome-base education

I would like to raise some important aspects of the ‘Outcome-Base Curriculum’ or Outcome Base Education (OBE). Let me begin, by saying, large numbers of children in developing countries, including Solomon Islands receive little or no formal education. Solomon Islands is categorized as one of the developing nations in our world today. Likewise, Papua New…

A few more eulogies, please!

Last week, with many others I attended the funeral service of Fr John Lamani. It always comes as a shock when someone you know dies.  John was only six months older than I am. I do not expect to die in the next six months, and I am equally sure that John did not expect…

Fourth Estate relations

LAST week, I spent an hour with journalism students at the University of the South Pacific during their Friday Forum session; a talanoa session during lunch-hour. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works mainly through its programmes with 14 Pacific island countries but this was an invitation we wouldn’t have missed. We anticipated sharing our…

Laughing Samoans coming to Honiara

The Capital Events and Party Planners is bringing to Honiara the world renowned and funniest international comedians – The Laughing Samoans. The Laughing Samoans will be arriving in the country on October 26.  Speaking to Solomon Star yesterday Capital Events coordinator Golden Kikolo said the Laughing Samoans promised to give a taste of what it…

DMP to rock Noumea

SOLOMON’s popular band Door Man’s Project (DMP) left the country yesterday for Noumea, New Caledonia. The group will be performing two live shows at Yengen and Noumea and will be in New Caledonia for two weeks. The tour was sponsored by Mangroves Studios manager Alain Lecante. Speaking prior to their departure, team leader Ronnie Paeva…

Royal visit is next

The Festival of Pacific Arts has gone. The 70th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal has just ended. These two international events brought a lot of visitors to our shores. Now we look forward to the visit of Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine. The royal pair are expected here on September 16 for…

Gold ridge: A saviour or nighmare?

It was 6pm on a day in March 1996. And Kevin Riria Malopo, a landowner at Gold Ridge, Solomons’ only commercial gold mine outside the capital Honiara, remembers it well. He along with another landowner, Stephen Moffat, were the last hurdle in the development of Solomon Islands’ first commercial gold mine. Up to that point,…

Deep sea mining — a dangerous experiment

Deep sea mining (DSM) is the new frontier in extractive mining. For the companies involved, as well as the governments that own the mining rights, it offers substantial profits. However DSM is still experimental in nature, with potentially vast adverse environmental effects. It also makes use of new technologies that have yet to be tested.…

Whose voice are you tuning on to?

As a regular writer of this page, I too would like to acknowledge and commend our government, including the various ministries and members of the parliament who were directly involved in this festival, chairperson and members of the organizing committee, other subsidiary committees and their members, the police department and officers, the different groups of…