Drifting Malaita fishermen landed at Buala

THREE fishermen from Langalanga in Malaita landed at Buala, Isabel, Tuesday night after their outboard motor engine ran out of fuel. Isabel provincial police commander Douglas Kafa confirmed this to the Solomon Star. The trio were out on a fishing trip when they met strong wind and current, which took them to Isabel. It was…

PNG covers PM’s travel cost

THE Papua New Guinea High Commission in Honiara says its government paid for Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo’s trip to Port Moresby to attend the special Melanesia Spearhead Group meeting. Mr Lilo and his delegation left Wednesday for the summit, which was held yesterday. A spokesman for the High Commission clarified this after a member…

US concern about human trafficking law here

THE United States Government says Solomon Islands’ efforts to combat human trafficking is disappointing. In 2012, the United States welcomed the passage of the 2012 Immigration Bill which would help combat human trafficking here. The legislation, which is scheduled to finally go into force on 16 July 2014, gives necessary tools to government officials to…

Betel nut vendors back on the streets

BETEL nut vendors are back in numbers on the street after the Honiara City Council law enforcement officers stopped enforcing the betel nut ban. The situation is returning Honiara to its past when the streets were taken over by vendors. Honiara resident Zebilon Kali said it is a concern that betel nut vendors are taking…

School choral fest set

THE inaugural Solomon Islands high school choral festival organizing committee, in its hopes to unite young people around Honiara with messages of positive change, are pleased to have engaged the services of renowned composer, pacific musical maestro and a Great Pacific Son Igelese Ete and two members of his Pasifika Voices Choir. The event will…

MMF: Amend Electoral Act

MALAITA Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has called on the Electoral Commission to amend its Act to ensure selling and buying of ID cards is illegal. Forum president Charles Dausabea said it would be in the best interest of this country for an amendment in order to stop the practice of buying and selling of voters’ IDs.…

Voters will have to travel home to vote

VOTERS who have registered to vote in their constituencies in the provinces will have to go back home to their respective constituencies to vote despite registering in Honiara. The clarification came following questions on whether polling stations for provinces will also be stationed here in Honiara. Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) earlier this week raised the…

World Vision farewells Country Director

WORLD Vision Solomon Islands farewelled Country Director, Dr Andrew Catford and his family yesterday. Dr Catford has been leading the organisation as Country Director for the past five years. During that time World Vision has experience significant growth and now has seven long term (15 year) area programmes and 30 projects that are benefitting nearly…

Fataleka women complete catering training

FOURTY-FIVE women from Sisifiu community in ward five, Malaita Province, completed a basic catering training last weekend. The training, which was aimed at empowering women in rural areas to know the basics of cooking diverse island dishes, saw the women develop their catering skills with the hope of using it to start up their own…