Comments clarified

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) yesterday clarified the background and context of the comment by Prime Minister labeling Taiwan as ‘useless’ that appeared in our front page publication on Thursday. A statement from the OPMC said the interview was initially derived from a podcast from The Red Podcast site.  The confidential…

Kenilorea: PM’s ‘Useless’ ROC comments

IT is truly unfortunate to hear and read of the expressed sentiments by Prime Minister  Manasseh Sogavare describing the relations between Solomon Islands and Taiwan as ‘useless’.  That’s according to the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) Chairman and Member of Parliament for East Are’are Peter Kenilorea Jnr. “It is an unfortunate choice of words to describe…

US envoy meets Malaita leaders

LEADERS from Malaita met the visiting United States ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, during which they discussed the economic challenges the province is facing.   The meeting took place at the Sir Paul Tovua parliamentary complex, where Ambassador Ebert-Gray reiterated U.S. commitment to the Pacific region and Solomon Islands.  Apart from economic challenges, discussions also focused on…

Bartlett: SI yet to get much of its advantage  

SOLOMON Islands’ advantage to capitalise its strategic 21st century is yet to be fully appreciated and capitalised such as opportunities to be a central hub in aviation trade and shipping.   Chairman of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) Jay Bartlett uttered the statement when delivering his opening remarks of the two-day Australia-Solomon Islands Business…

Concern about school learning environment

MOST schools in Malaita Province do not have conducive classrooms that will trigger students to learn to read and write effectively. That’s according to the Malaita Provincial Literacy Trainer Jeremy Igita.  Igita shared light on this in an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star Auki. “It’s a sad reality that should be addressed to ensure…

ACOM to enthrone new Archbishop

THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) will enthrone and install the Right Reverend Leonard Dawea to be the 7th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia at Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral this Sunday the 15th September. All Anglican members in and around Honiara are welcomed to join the live broadcast service on SIBC, Telekom TV…

PACER Plus awareness rolled out in Malaita

THIRTY participants from the Malaita Provincial Government, private sector, and line government ministries were present as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET),in collaboration with Customs Division,carried out an awareness program on the Pacific Agreement on Close Economic Relations (PACER Plus) in Auki on Wednesday. The awareness program is part of Solomon Islands’…

Conserving for the future

DAOLUSU Community of Ward 30 in Malaita Province will soon embark on a project to rehabilitate their mangrove forests and conserve the marine eco-system of their mangroves.  This has been a dream for George Faubata and his young people of the community for quite a long while.  Faubata, a youth worker of the community, graduated…

New wheelchairs for hospitals, clinics

UP to 90 new wheelchairs will be delivered to hospitals and health centres across the country. These were donated by the Loving Care Group of Buddha’s Light International Association of Queensland (BLIAQ) and were handed over to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Minister of Health and Medical Services Dickson Mua,NRH Superintendent Dr John…

Family survives landslide

  HEAVY rain in the Western province over the weekend has caused several damages to properties in Gizo. Apart from the tragedy that occurred early Tuesday morning claiming the life of a mother, a family living close to Gizo primary school have also experienced landslide resulting in damage to their home and semi-permanent kitchen. Speaking…