Women advance in distant islands

Reuters: WOMEN’S political representation in the Pacific Islands region is globally the lowest at 3.65 percent, compared to the world average of 18 percent. Leadership is still widely perceived as ‘men’s business’ and voting is heavily influenced by nepotism and money politics. However, Rhoda Sikilabu, minister for community affairs in Isabel Province in the Solomon…

AOG opens new church on Malaita

THE people of Kakanole land in the mountains of North Malaita have welcomed the opening of their new Assemblies of God (AOG) church last Friday. For 119 years since Peter Ambuofa of the South Seas Evangelical Church (SSEC) returned with gospel from Queensland, Australia, to Kakanole, the people have rejected Christianity and preferred to continue…

We all benefit when women’s rights are upheld

Visiting the Family Violence Support Centre at the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in Honiara provided a clear reminder that gender empowerment and gender equality are priorities of Australia’s foreign policy. This is evident in the programs funded by successive Australian governments and their commitment to the role of the ambassador for women and…

Sort out teachers’ traveling allowances

Frustration, confusion and disappointment are some of the things going through most of the teachers residing in the urban centres especially in Honiara. This is because most of them have yet to receive their traveling allowances or if they did the amount is just unbearable because its just insufficient. Some of the teachers in Honiara…

Ill-fated MV Francis-Gerena saga

Over the last few days the public, news media and the social network had produced, published and broadcasted so much fabricated information and news about the episode surrounding the recently ill-fated MV Francis-Gerena. While we do appreciate public and press freedom, we must also be mindful of the wilful damage such unfounded fabricated information could…

Pathfinders end camporee

DESPITE a number of challenges being faced by the pathfinders during the past week in camp, they successfully completed their camporee on a high note over the weekend. Reports reaching the Solomon Star the camp had enabled the young people to learn something for themselves inorder to be good citizens of the country and to…

Violence against women real here

The 16 days activism of all forms violence against women, which fell on 26th November (White Ribbon Day) to 11th December this year, once again reminded us of how serious the problem is in our communities. According to the United Nation Special report March 2012, Solomon Islands is among some of the countries in the…

Ship tragedy offers a big lesson

WE know everyone is excited about heading out to their villages at this time to spend Christmas with loved ones. But please don’t overload our ships. The sinking of MV Francis Gerena eight miles off Anuha island in the Central Province yesterday offered us a big lesson. The vessel, on its way to the northern…

Eastern Stars crowned as best choir

EASTERN Stars choir of South Seas Evangelical Church (SSEC) has won the Our Telekom carol competition in Auki, Malaita province on Saturday. The Kwaibala based choir group edged Fiu cathedral group of Anglican church with 75.5 points to 73.9 points. It collected $8,000, whilst Fiu cathedral settled for $6,000. Leader of Eastern Stars, Hilda Steele…