A new MSG Trade Agreement

Last week in Port Vila, a new Melanesian Free Trade Agreement was reached by Trade Ministers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, the members of Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The new trade agreement, which took three years of negotiations, after signatures by MSG Leaders and ratification by parliament, will be known as…

Helping market vendors get back on their feet

SUVA,  (FAO/UN WOMEN) – Around 1,000 women market vendors – farmers who were adversely affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston have received agriculture supplies that will help in their efforts to replant their crops. The produce will eventually be sold to market. For market vendor-farmer Adi Menani Tabua from Naqoro Village the supplies could not have…

The helping hands from ROC

…touched by what they see here A good number of visiting health experts have been sent here already under ROC/Taiwan and Solomon Islands bilateral cooperation, the latest are a new leader for the Taiwan health Centre and two young doctors. The new leader for the Taiwan Health Center (THC) at the National Referral Hospital is…

‘Ghost companies’ culture is an inside job: Kahui

A concerned citizen has call for probing of individuals responsible for creating ghost companies have been reiterated by a concern citizen. Henry Kahui urges for immediate investigation and for possible prosecution. Mr Kahui said these people have been the hindrance to the genuine service providers. “Those responsible need to be probed and bring to justice…

‘Demonstration lessons important for schools here’

THE introduction of demonstration lessons in schools throughout the country is very important, says a Japanese volunteer who was a teacher at a school in Malaita. Yusuke Nishiyama was deployed to the Solomon Islands by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the voluntary scheme called, the Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV). He is a…

Defiance!

Asian logger ignores court orders to land machines in West Guadalcanal AN Asian logging firm notorious for its disregard for forestry laws has landed inwest Guadalcanal, despite a High Court Order stopping them from doing so. And it is refusing to pull out its machineries even thoughthe court orders required them to do so. RichfieldTimber…

Cocoa farmer tastes chocolate from her beans

Cocoa farmer Agnes Pilopaso of Guadalcanal had never tasted chocolate made from her own beans. The 20-year-old was encouraged to sample a chocolate bar by Liz Rowe, of Dunedin company Ocho, who filmed the tasting. “That was really neat, such a thrill,” Rowe said. Rowe was one of a handful of craft chocolate makers from…

At 77, Aqorau gets her MBE

She may be 77, but Angeline Merle Aqorau displayed the stamina she possessed when she rose to receive her Queen’s Birthday award from acting Governor General Ajilon Nasiu on Friday at Lawson Tama. Mrs Aqorau was a recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award, announced at last year’s Queen’s…

Taro island film wins UN award

A climate change documentary filmed about Taro Island, the provincial headquarters of Choiseul province, has won an UN award. The short film is described as one of the best examples of excellent journalism, covering the plight of humans facing the challenges of climate change related issue including relocation. “The multimedia production was an example of…