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…

Traffic jam affects intake

THE continuous chaotic traffic congestion experience in Honiara has irked public transport owners as it cuts their expected daily earning. A bus owner spoken to said that the non-stop chaotic traffic jam in town has put them in difficult situation in terms of their business gain. “It’s incredible that at the end of the day…

SINU imposes strict fee deadlines

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) is taking another step to ensure student pay fees on time, by imposing a deadline. A statement from SINU said they are doing away with the leniency and will adopt the new regulation to ensure fees are paid on the required time. “SINU has installed a new Student Management…