Toki: Same-sex marriage is not for today

West Guadalcanal chief from Visale community, Sangalu ward says the ongoing campaign to legalise same- sex marriage around the world and now in the region, is not an issue for Solomon Islands, unless it becomes one. Speaking to this paper in an interview last week with North West Guadalcanal Solomon Star stringer John Toki, the…

Ministers learn about FFA operations

A five-member ministerial delegation led by the Minister of Fisheries John Maneniaru conducted a brief educational tour to the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) headquarters on Friday. Minister Maneniaru was joined by Foreign Affairs Minister Milner Tozaka, Minister of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification David Dei Patcha, Designated Minister of Forests Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo and Minister…

NPF staff on retreat

WELL over 100 staff members of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (NPF) went on a retreat on Sunday. This was part of an organisation wide exercise to conduct its 2 year scheduled SWOT analysis and update NPF’s five year rolling business plan (2014-2019), reports reaching the paper said yesterday. During the retreat, NPF’s department…

Tuna recipes promotion for women’s expo

WOMEN who are taking part in the Women’s Innovation Expo will be showcasing different tuna recipes when the weeklong event opens today. This was said by the President of the Honiara Council of Women, Martha Alacky when speaking to this paper, Monday. “In this weeklong event, women participants of this expo will also be doing…

MMF supports DCC’s priority to build Malaita

President of Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) Charles Dausabea says, MMF will remain supportive towards Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government’s commitment to fulfill major projects earmarked for Malaita Province. Mr Dausabea said, MMF wish to reaffirm its position they will continue to support DCC for the sole reason that the reigning government is prioritizing national…

New site for USP campus

THE GOVERNMENT has decided to reallocate a portion of land at the state owned King George Sixth school in East Honiara for the initial establishment of the fourth University of the South Pacific (USP) in Solomon Islands. This was announced last week by the Minister of Education Dr Derek Sikua during the university’s annual open…

Sir Paul slams Cabinet

The Cabinet has been accused of acting illegally when it decided to channel disaster relief funds through members of parliament instead of channeling them through the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). Former MP and Speaker of parliament Sir Paul Tovua was critical against government action in disbursing disaster relief funds to members of parliament. He…

US interns heading here to document language

A SELECT group of interns is preparing in Dalas, United States, to undertake the fascinating, strenuous work of language and culture documentation in Solomon Islands. The seven interns—two linguists, two recording specialists, one dance expert, one music expert and a speaker of several of the local languages—will accompany Dr. Brenda Boerger to conduct fieldwork here.…

Training boosts RSIPF capabilities

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is now at the forefront of regional capabilities to remove unexploded ordinance, thanks to training delivered by the Royal Australian Navy.  The RSIPF can now clear unexploded weapons from both sea and land, making the environment safer for the people of Solomon Islands. “The training the team has received…