Parl reaches out to Honiara electorates

The Parliamentary Civic Education and Awareness Program to the three Honiara constituencies is underway, starting with the West Honiara constituency today. This is the first time Parliament will tour the three Honiara constituencies beginning with West Honiara and possible subsequent visits to the other two constituencies, depending on outcome of consultations between the East and…

Temotu farmers urged to work hard

Temotu farmers have been encouraged to venture into commercial crops as the province moves to establish agricultural trade links with neighbouring Vanuatu. This was the message to the people from their premier Fr Brown Beu. Beu announced the proposed link during his province’s second appointed day the previous week. “We are working on a trial…

SIWIBA looks forward to Mere’s Market

After a challenging Mere’s Market, the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) is hosting their third Mere’s Market 2014. The event will take place from June 25 to 27at the National Art Gallery. During a meeting held last week, the Mere’s Market committee agreed on attractive activities namely Food competition, Zumba exercise and awareness…

Tina hydro tender extended

The national has extended the deadline for expressions of interest from firms to develop the 20-MW Tina River hydroelectric project on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Responses now are due July 31. The government previously called for responses by June 12. It plans to select a developer to design, finance, build, own, and operate the project on…

Code of conduct for journalists discussed

Local media workers yesterday met with officials from the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) to discuss and devise a code of conduct for journalist covering the upcoming national elections. The purpose of the workshop was to give journalists an opportunity to have some input into the proposed code of conduct, strengthen links between the SIEC…

Talks on RAMSI held

Government and RAMSI Officials held consultations to review the regional assistance mission, Friday. Speaking at the consultation, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo said the talks were held to reflect on the lessons learnt to assist Solomon Islands advance into the future. “We felt that it is an appropriate time for us to re-look at the…

Virtual into tangible

In order to convert your dreams into reality (virtual into tangible), read all you can read, listen to all you can listen to, and associate with everyone you can in connection to your dreams. But even by doing all of those things, none of them will create the belief or self-esteem necessary for converting the…

Focus: West Papua

Benny Wenda’s Story Early life As a young child in the 1970s, Benny Wenda’s world was his village in the remote highlands of West Papua. Life consisted of tending gardens with his mother among the Lani people who, he says, ‘lived at peace with nature in the mountains’. In 1977 that life changed dramatically. That…

Aust urged to end association with human rights abuse in West Papua

The Director of Communications at the Human Rights Law Center in Australia urges the Australian government to “introduce laws that would minimise the risk of Australian policing or military assistance supporting human rights violators.” The Australian government funds and trains Detatchment (‘Densus’) 88, an Indonesian anti terrorism unit which has been used to attack peaceful…