Food security crucial

Dear Editor – Following the national General Election on 3 April 2019 there are said to be moves in hand for a coalition grouping to form the new Solomon Islands government. Whatever the make-up of the new administration there are several serious challenges to be tackled and I have already outlined the urgency of work…

Betel nut – cancerous and addictive

Dear Editor – In the Solomon Islands betel nut is grown locally and the selling of betel nuts provides an essential source of income for many households.  Often, betel nut sellers, who are outside the formal economy, have few other economic alternatives to generate income.  Money from betel nut sales often goes towards school fees…

Dive operators to form body

A MAJOR step forward for the future promotion and development of the Solomon Islands dive tourism sector, the destination’s main dive operators have agreed to combine resources to create a formal representative body – Dive Operators Solomon Islands (DOSI). The move follows a recent forum in Honiara facilitated by Strongim Bisnis, an Australian government initiative…

Manele explains party decision

WHY WE JOIN DCGA JEREMIAH Manele says his party decided to join the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) based on the leadership style of Manasseh Sogvare and other party leaders that made up the camp. Sogavare is DCGA’s candidate for the prime minister’s job. Manele, parliamentary wing leader of the Democratic Alliance Party (DAP),…

SISBEC expands to Munda

THE Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC) has finally opened its doors on Thursday in Munda, Western province. A ceremony to declare the official opening of the organisation was attended by numerous individuals including the Deputy Premier and Permanent Secretary of the Western Province,as well as church and community leaders. In his speech at…

MMF halts planned meeting

THE Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has put on hold the proposed public meeting to discuss the issues surrounding the lending of loans and payment by the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF). Speaking to the Solomon Star, President of MMF Martin Housanau said they have decide to halt the propose meeting to discuss NPF, on…

Heavy rain flooded Gizo

HEAVY rain on Tuesday has caused flooding to many low lying areas of Gizo township, Western Province. The heavy down pour has caught the township off guard due to its poor drainage system. This had resulted in mud water flooding some of the shops, Church compounds, accommodation, private homes and offices in the heart of…

Visiting artists here on research

A team of Artists and Biologists from Europe, America, Africa and Australia are visiting the country as part of their research. On Monday they participated at an art exhibition held at Art Gallery along with other Solomon Islanders artist. The visiting artists varied from painting, filming to craft and photographers. During their presentation they shared…

Police boosts traffic checks

OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Kukum Traffic Centre in Honiara are increasing traffic checks on the capital’s roads as part of the operation for the election of a new Prime Minister, next week. Deputy Director, Kukum Traffic Centre, Inspector Brian Surimalefo says: “Two hundred and one vehicles have been…

Online debates monitored

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is monitoring online forums for any unlawful conduct as we are heading towards the election of a Prime Minister. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley made this warning following some security concerns about some posts on social media inciting protests. “RSIPF monitors social media very closely from the intelligence perspective…