Indonesia in West Papua

Dear Editor – I note that in the two opinion pieces in your paper by Indonesian diplomats at the Indonesian Embassies in Canberra and Brussel, they seem to try the blame the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) for all their problems on the issue of West Papua instead of looking at Jakarta’s policies…

Fatai should stand down

HONIARA city councillors will debate a no-confidence vote against mayor Alfrence Fatai soon. This was after the Attorney General gave the all clear for the motion to be tabled. The motion was based on Fatai’s perceived poor leadership. That since he assumed power in February 2015, he has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership…

Shamed mayor faces vote

Fatai pleads guilty to attempted bribery EMBATTLED city mayor Alfrence Fatai has admitted attempting to bribe a police officer who arrested him over traffic offences. He pleaded guilty to the attempted bribery charge – just weeks after he admitted driving without a valid driver’s licence and drunk driving, for which he was fined $2,000. Private…

MUCH NEEDED PROJECT IN MAKIRA NEEDS FINANCIAL AND MATERIAL AID

Dear Editor – THE COMMUNITY based Rehabilitation Department in Makira/Ulawa province is appealing to the people of Makira/Ulawa province, donor partners and the SIG government for assistance. The Coordinator of the Makira/Ulawa Provincial Community based Rehabilitation Programme,  Ms Jemima Melody Siapu, has said her department has embarked on a mission to build a Centre for…

Claims keeping chicks stop malaria

Dear Editor – New research published by Yahoo in the United Kingdom on Friday, 22 July 2016, claims chickens aren’t just good for egg laying. It turns out that keeping chickens could provide protection against malaria. Scientists have discovered that malaria-carrying mosquitoes are put off by the smell of certain animal species, including chickens. Therefore,…