Australia’s Pacific engagement praised

THE country has acknowledged Australia’s ‘Step Up Engagement’ with the Pacific region including Solomon Islands.   Outgoing Prime Minister, Rick Hou uttered this at a recent Australia Day celebrations in Honiara.  “My Government welcomes the appointment of a Deputy Secretary within DFAT, solely responsible for the Pacific.  “This initiative signifies Australia’s increased attention on the economic…

First Mandarin class offered to SIG officers

  TAIWAN embassy, in collaboration with Taiwan ICDF (International Cooperation and development Fund) and Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, has opened a first ever Mandarin class for SIG officers this year.  The class is held at the headquarters of Correctional Services and is open to all SIG officers and interested citizens.  Twenty-eight…

A SHIP ENGINEER’S EXPERIENCE

Recalling a risky sea ordeal COMFORT BABASIANAIn Gizo Don Mare, a Ship Engineer from Shortland Islands started in the Profession as a Teenager in 1981.  He served in about twenty Vessels to date. His big challenge was when he worked with a Fast Craft called the Sea Hawk, returning from Nusa Tupe Island in Gizo…

FFA: Campbell’s Visit Is a Reminder of Cooperation

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency yesterday welcomed the highest ranking military official from Australia, General Angus Campbell.  “The visit by Australian Chief of Defence Force, General Angus Campbell and his team is a reminder of the power of cooperation and is the platform upon which we enjoy excellent relations between FFA and Australia,” said…

Corruption index launching set

Transparency International is set to release the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, this new week. Transparency International, the leading civil society organisation fighting corruption worldwide, is going to release its 24th Annual Corruption Perceptions Index on Tuesday 29th January 2019 at 4.01 p.m. Solomon Islands time. Transparency International’s flagship research product, the Corruption Perceptions Index is…

Bêche-de-mer stocks falling

Malaita Province’s Principle Fisheries officer, Martin Jasper says the stock of Bêche-de-mer in Malaita has started to deplete and decline. According to Mr Jasper, this is due to the current over harvesting practise in many parts of the province.  Mr Jasper believes that once Bêche-de-mer harvesting continues for a period of time, the stock will…

“Immigration corrupt” 

Former officer cries foul COMFORT BABASIANAIn Gizo A former immigration officer claims he had witnessed so much corruption in the government system during his time. Richard Mana, 41, now resides in Gizo, Western Province, and runs his own small business. He told the Solomon Star between 2009 and 2011, three Asian girls were deported after…

WARRIORS READY

Solomon Warriors gear up for O-League  Solomon Warriors are gearing up to host the OFC Champions League Group D in Honiara from 24 February to 2 March at Lawson Tama.    The Solomon Islands champions coach Moses Toata said his boys have stepped up preparation since turn of the year.  “We are into the third…

Galaxy FC signs Kilifa

GALAXY Football Club (FC) of Vanuatu has signed the country’s former national football player, Moffat Kilifa to boost their campaign in the premier championship league in Vanuatu. According to Galaxy FC report the Team Management has welcomed the arrival of Kilifa in Vanuatu this week. The Galaxy FC Management welcomes their new import Kilifa to…

Atoifi Health Expo impacts Temotu

WHILST family members have enjoyed their time over the Christmas and New Year season through celebrations, Atoifi Hospital engaged their nursing students and some of their nursing staff members to tour around few of the provinces.  Temotu, being isolated does not stop a 20 energetic group members comprised mainly of young people who risk their…