Support for Wickham’s call

Dear Editor – Transparency Solomon Islands has commended the provincial secretary Jeffery Wickham to call on the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) for an immediate audit of Western province’s coffers –before a new Western Provincial Government is formed. PS Wickham said funds have been misused and the only way to find out is to…

Putting words into action in the Pacific

  WORKING together to ensure economic growth, security and stability in the Pacific is at the cornerstone of Australia’s strengthened engagement in the Pacific as highlighted in Australia’s new Foreign Policy White Paper. For after all, Pacific island countries are some of Australia’s nearest neighbours; their sea lanes are our sea lanes; their security challenges…

Inspiration

Dear Editor – Mostly, when I awake in the morning I greet my wife and look through our window at a pristine Iron Bottom Sound (IBS) and instantly day dream of the time when the Sound will be filled with images of winds pushing tri-cat sailing machines plying for destinies west and east of the…

What’s next after the dialogue?

WOMEN representing the 14 constituencies in Malaita last Wednesday met with eight of the MPs from the province. This was during a dialogue UN Women facilitated to allow the women leaders in Malaita to meet and express their views to the MPs. The dialogue aims to highlight the issues and concerns of women in Malaita to…

Malaita MPs call for women support

Prime Minister Rick Hou appeals to the Malaita women to work hard to convince the resource owners to support the economic and development aspiration of the government. He made the appeal during the Malaita Women’s dialogue with Members of Parliament on Women and Gender concerns and interests held at the Paul Tovua Complex conference room…

ACOM students’ program start today

  MORE than 2000 students from schools, training centres and colleges operated under the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) will kick off their week-long program starting on Monday. The official opening of the event was conducted yesterday at the St Barnabas Cathedral despite the rain experienced in Honiara. ACOM education secretary Desmond Waita told the…

Villagers urged hikers to seek permission

VISITING guests and public who want to visit the Mataniko fall must first seek permission before going on bush walks. A spokesman for Lelei village Richard Job stressed this as a warning for tourists and locals who want to visit the water-fall. He said seeking permission from the village elders of Matanko will help visitors…

BANK’s $70M INVESTMENT

BRED invests $70m since 2017 By LESLEY SANGA   BRED Bank (SI) Limited has so far invested SBD$70 million in the local economy since its establishment in Honiara, Solomon Islands, August 2017. Prime Minister Rick Hou made the revelation over the weekend, in the official opening of the bank in the country. The bank’s interim…

New pact to fight deadly beetle here

THE New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are close to reaching an agreement with the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) on the structure of a new project to assist with the management of the coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, in Solomon Islands. News of the agreement was conveyed to the Government and…

Living by the law

IF you visit Auki market, you will not miss the presence of the Malaita Provincial Government active security officers, manning the market area 24 hours a day. This has elevated the status of the Japanese million-dollar funded Auki market, to become a more secure place, where everyone can enjoy shopping for fruits and vegetables. The…