MACFest seeks theme song

THE Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival (MACFest) Committee is calling on musicians around the country to submit entries for the Festival Theme Song completion which opens this week. To qualify for the competition, the musician or artist must be a Solomon Islander by origin with a background in music and song writing or musical arrangement.…

Guadalcanal women want recognition in decision making

WOMEN from Northwest Guadalcanal have lashed out about how men from Guadalcanal province left them out in participating in important decision making. This was relayed to the paper by our Northwest Guadalcanal stringer John Toki. “Women from Northwest Guadalcanal have expressed their disagreement over the way our men handled important matters such as signing agreements…

Cardinal Francisco visits new Nusabaruku school

His Eminence Cardinal Francisco Coccopalmerio visited the new established school at Nusabaruku yesterday in Gizo, Western province. He was accompanied by two priests from Rome and Bishop Luciano Capelli sdb of the Diocese of Gizo. They visited the kindergarten and the primary school where the teachers, students and parents warmly welcomed them. There the headmistress…

Milestone for Malaita as new women’s policy launched

Malaita Women’s Empowerment and Development Policy (MWEP) was unveiled on International Women’s Day at an event held in the provincial capital, Auki with a call for gender justice, equality, integration, inclusiveness and shared responsibility for sustainable development in the country. Developed through a consultative process and coordinated by the Ministry of Women, Youths, Children and…

Vendors urged to do savings

LIKE most organizations which encourages their members to practise savings for the future, Auki Market Vendors Association in Malaita province is also encouraging women to save money for their future benefit. Saving money can help you become financially secure and provide a safety net in case of an emergency. “Here are a few reasons why…

Jaro, making it big

Set to tour New Zealand next By RONALD TOITO’ONA SOLOMON Islands renowned hit making songster ‘Jaro Local’ is set to head to the New Zealand on a scheduled tour this month. The man behind the famous ‘Half Malaita’ song will be performing for his NZ fans for the first time, at Club Royalz in Manukau,…

Catholic Church ordains new deacons

The Catholic Church on 1st March blessed two new deacons at Holy Cross Cathedral after years of struggle and spiritual training at the Holy Name of Mary Seminary at Tenaru in east Honiara. They were Deacon Joseph Tsoumate from Tangarare parish and Patson Malulu from Purepure village of Avuavau Parish in south Guadalcanal. Speaking during…

Music ministry celebrates 5th anniversary

Niuleni Community Music Ministry (NCMM) celebrated its 5th Anniversary over the weekend. A statement from the group said, NCMM is a self-supporting evangelistic outreach ministry mostly made up of people from Funa’afou/Niuleni and their friends and associates who are living and working in Honiara. The program held at the Maranatha Centre included testimonies and reflections…

New members join YWPG

THE Young Women’s Parliamentary Group (YWPG) has inducted its 25 new members in Honiara over the weekend. YWPG is a group led by the Speaker of Parliament as its Patron and was established in 2011. The purpose of the group is to influence government policies through Parliament as the legislative and oversight arm of the…