Billions lost to illegal fishing

Billions of dollars that was supposed to boost development of pacific islands countries has been lost to illegal fishing activities in our ocean, a Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Judicial conference had heard. The conference is currently underway in Honiara started on Monday and will end on Wednesday. The conference participants mostly high court judges heard…

Dr Sikua fires back at PM

The Office of the Parliamentary Independent group has rebutted a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) dated Wednesday 20 July, 2016 Solomon Star issue No. 6336, that the Leader of Independent Group Hon. Dr. Derek Sikua was misleading the nation with unapprised statements concerning the DCCG peace building programmes pertaining…

Building resilient markets

MARKET vendors in Honiara and Auki have been working with UN Women and the National Disaster Management Office to inform research about the impacts of climate change on the markets and livelihoods. The Solomon Islands markets, as part of the Markets for Change project, are the first in the Pacific to have participated in the…

Influx of fundraising groups visit Honiara

HONIARA residents have experienced an influx of fundraising groups during this mid-year break. From June up to now, fundraising groups have been organizing entertainments every evening at various locations in town. Most of the groups come from Malaita and are on missions to raise funds for church or community rest houses. The groups have been…

Pacific loses US$123M to IUU Fishing

AN independent study conducted by the Forum Fisheries Agency Ministerial Review has found that the Pacific loses US$123 million in revenue from  Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing (IUU). The revelation was made by Forum Fisheries Agency Director General James Movick while opening the FFA judicial conference in Honiara, Monday. “Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing continues…

Shops told to sell fresh breads

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RAMSI marks 13th anniversary at Yam festival

OVER one thousand people from the southern region of Malaita joined in the celebrations to mark the 13th anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) held on 24 July at the Yam Cultural Festival at Pululaha Village, on Small Malaita, Malaita Province. “We wanted to celebrate RAMSI’s ‘birthday’ with the people of…

“No need to change relationship’

A national politician says there’s no point changing the diplomatic relationship from Taiwan to mainland China if leaders continue to abuse funds. This came after critics claimed the constituency funds given by Taiwan to politicians does not to improve the livelihood of people in the rural areas as MPs allegedly miss-used them. MP for Temotu…

Auki police retrieves gun, arrests three

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) officers in Auki, Malaita, with the support of the Honiara based Police Response Team (PRT), have arrested three male suspects and retrieved one fire arm over the weekend. This was in relation to the incident at Taba’a in North Malaita late last week, where a man forced bridge…

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…