Fishermen told to care for FAD

WORLDFISH officer, Misack Sukulu has reminded members of the Auki Bay Fishermen Association (ABFA) to look after their newly launched Fishing Aggregating Device (FAD). Mr. Sukulu made the call after realizing  all the four FADs that were deployed in Ward one and Ward 30 over the past years went missing for unexplained reasons.  He said…

Australia’s Pacific engagement praised

THE country has acknowledged Australia’s ‘Step Up Engagement’ with the Pacific region including Solomon Islands.   Outgoing Prime Minister, Rick Hou uttered this at a recent Australia Day celebrations in Honiara.  “My Government welcomes the appointment of a Deputy Secretary within DFAT, solely responsible for the Pacific.  “This initiative signifies Australia’s increased attention on the economic…

Corruption index launching set

Transparency International is set to release the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, this new week. Transparency International, the leading civil society organisation fighting corruption worldwide, is going to release its 24th Annual Corruption Perceptions Index on Tuesday 29th January 2019 at 4.01 p.m. Solomon Islands time. Transparency International’s flagship research product, the Corruption Perceptions Index is…

Bêche-de-mer stocks falling

Malaita Province’s Principle Fisheries officer, Martin Jasper says the stock of Bêche-de-mer in Malaita has started to deplete and decline. According to Mr Jasper, this is due to the current over harvesting practise in many parts of the province.  Mr Jasper believes that once Bêche-de-mer harvesting continues for a period of time, the stock will…

“Immigration corrupt” 

Former officer cries foul COMFORT BABASIANAIn Gizo A former immigration officer claims he had witnessed so much corruption in the government system during his time. Richard Mana, 41, now resides in Gizo, Western Province, and runs his own small business. He told the Solomon Star between 2009 and 2011, three Asian girls were deported after…

Atoifi Health Expo impacts Temotu

WHILST family members have enjoyed their time over the Christmas and New Year season through celebrations, Atoifi Hospital engaged their nursing students and some of their nursing staff members to tour around few of the provinces.  Temotu, being isolated does not stop a 20 energetic group members comprised mainly of young people who risk their…

Why women must be in politics

By ELLA KAUHUEPresidentSolomon Islands National Council of Women WOMEN and men working together is important for development. “A state that does not educate and train women is like a man who only trains his right arm.”  Jostein Gaader, Sophie’s World. “Development is not only about raising people’s incomes or reducing poverty, but, rather, it involves…