Malaita supports US offer 

MALAITA Premier Daniel Suidani has declared his Executive and people’s support for the development package proposed by the United States ambassador Catherine Ebert-Grey during her meeting with the Malaitan MPs earlier this week.   The premier said Malaita has been a province that has been neglected by succeeding governments for too long and its people have…

Muaki: the time is right

There is no other good time to decide the China/Taiwan than now says political commentators and former Special Secretary to the Prime Minister Andrew Muaki. “The timing is right for Solomon Islands to put this issue before the table to decide it once and for all,” said Muaki in an exclusive interview with Solomon Star on…

Comments clarified

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) yesterday clarified the background and context of the comment by Prime Minister labeling Taiwan as ‘useless’ that appeared in our front page publication on Thursday. A statement from the OPMC said the interview was initially derived from a podcast from The Red Podcast site.  The confidential…

Kenilorea: PM’s ‘Useless’ ROC comments

IT is truly unfortunate to hear and read of the expressed sentiments by Prime Minister  Manasseh Sogavare describing the relations between Solomon Islands and Taiwan as ‘useless’.  That’s according to the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) Chairman and Member of Parliament for East Are’are Peter Kenilorea Jnr. “It is an unfortunate choice of words to describe…

US envoy meets Malaita leaders

LEADERS from Malaita met the visiting United States ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, during which they discussed the economic challenges the province is facing.   The meeting took place at the Sir Paul Tovua parliamentary complex, where Ambassador Ebert-Gray reiterated U.S. commitment to the Pacific region and Solomon Islands.  Apart from economic challenges, discussions also focused on…

Bilikiki coach hopeful

Bilikiki coach Gideon Omokirio hopes Solomon Islands will compete against the World’s best at the World Beach Games in Qatar next month.  Omokirio uttered this on Wednesday after naming his final 12-men traveling.  The former Solomon Islands international named four new players in the team alongside eight core players from the recent OFC Beach Soccer Nations…

Self defense training to continue

Yun’s Taekwondo Academy will carry on from where the World Martial Arts Champions Master John Gill has left following his one week tour to the country. During the the tour to Honiara he conducted self defense seminar for total beginners. Yun’s instructor Joses Duddley said they are more than willing to teach self defense more…

Bartlett: SI yet to get much of its advantage  

SOLOMON Islands’ advantage to capitalise its strategic 21st century is yet to be fully appreciated and capitalised such as opportunities to be a central hub in aviation trade and shipping.   Chairman of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) Jay Bartlett uttered the statement when delivering his opening remarks of the two-day Australia-Solomon Islands Business…

Concern about school learning environment

MOST schools in Malaita Province do not have conducive classrooms that will trigger students to learn to read and write effectively. That’s according to the Malaita Provincial Literacy Trainer Jeremy Igita.  Igita shared light on this in an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star Auki. “It’s a sad reality that should be addressed to ensure…

REGIONAL REFLECTIONS

TESS NEWTON CAIN* Civil society voices concern about West Papua   CIVIL society groups are voicing their concerns about the situation in West Papua. Across the region, there have been numerous displays of support for self-determination for West Papuans and calls for action to protect human rights.  This comes as the Indonesian authorities have deployed…