Forum will observe 2016 Nauru election

THE Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat will send a mission to observe the 2016 elections in Nauru on 9th July. The observer mission comes in response to an invitation from Nauru’s Electoral Commission and the Government of Nauru. “The Pacific Islands Forum is committed to ensuring free, safe and credible elections across the region” said Secretary…

Claire ends her term here

CLAIRE Cochrane arrived in the Solomon Islands in 2013, ready to make a difference in her new role as Counsellor Governance at the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. Three years later, she is concluding her posting as the Acting Deputy High Commissioner and Minister Counsellor Development and having contributed significantly to improvements in the…

MSG endorses Yauvoli as director

FIJI’S Ambassador for Climate Change and Oceans Amena Yauvoli was formally endorsed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) as its director-general. Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola confirmed this following a meeting of the MSG at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka. “Senior officials of the MSG met on Tuesday and Wednesday and documented the…

New weather station at Tingoa

A NEW weather station will be commission at Tingoa, Renbel Province, next week. This project is a component of the DCC Government’s strategic policy on expanding the country’s Observational Network for early warning services for the country. Being the first to be officially commissioned in the province, it will provide vital weather information for the…

Sau’s rise to be a FIFA referee

Football journey of a village boy EVERYTHING goes according to plan, whether it is your dream to become somebody or you are being voluntarily chosen to be someone else. For David Sau Olobeni, 50, his humble journey to become the first Solomon Islands’ FIFA badge Assistant Referee is a tale that he himself does not…

Students urged to look after new facilities

STUDENTS of Aligegeo Secondary School in Malaita have been told to look after and take ownership of their new facilities. Under Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources (MERHD) James Bosamata uttered this during the handover of two dormitory buildings and two ablution blocks to the school. “I would like to humbly say…

Climate change: the lament of a people

ALLOW me to retell a familiar experience of my brothers and sisters living on the artificial islands in the happy isles in a situation we’re stunned and marvel as effects of climate change take its tolls. From the outset, the issue about climate change is its enormity, too big that, the rest of humanity could…

Women end friendship exchange program

HAUNASI women’s group from south Malaita have successfully ended a friendship program they made to Honiara during the Queen’s birthday weekend. The program involved sharing of gifts, as well as learning and interacting amongst women from the Haunasi community and their village folks who are based in Honiara. The theme of the event was “Strong…

Police to execute weekend operation

Police will be conducting a high visibility operation this weekend as part of its crime prevention strategy. Speaking to the media during the weekly police conference yesterday, Deputy Police Commander Juanita Matanga said police will target hot spots and other crimes in relation to anti-social behaviour. Ms Matanga said such operation requires the support and…

RSIPF acknowledges, farewells Ney’s service

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has farewell Participating Police Force (PPF) Commander Mark Ney on Thursday. The farewell was held during the normal Thursday police parade held at the Police Headquarter at Rove. Deputy Police Commander Juanita Matanga yesterday at the weekly police conference acknowledged the work the outgoing PPF commander has done…