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…

Mothers Union meet underway

THE Saint Mathews Mothers Union programme started this week at Dukwasi Community in Central Kwara’ae. The programme, which involves spiritual enrichment, focused mostly on improving ways of spreading God’s word and work through Mothers Union. Secretary of the St Mathew’s Mother’s Union group, Betty Toena said that programmes for the entire four days have already…

Talasasa festival further delayed

THE inaugural of Akuila Talasasa Festival of Arts (ATFA) to take place in Gizo, Western province has been further delayed and now postponed to July for compassionate reasons. The event was supposed to kick off this week but has been moved to 17th-18th July. A member of the organising committee Olyvia Randall confirmed the postponement.…

Gateway project gets off the ground

GOVERNMENT’S seriousness into kick starting the gateway project initiated by local tourism training company, Solomon Host, and Brisbane based video production firm, Torn Parachute, was sealed this week. This came following the signing of a service agreement by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Culture, John Wasi. The gateway project involves displaying of…