King Star granted approval

King Star now has a legal shipping license to operate shipping services to Malaita Province. The passenger vessel was given the green light last week to operate to and from Malaita after the Malaita provincial government granted its shipping license application. This was confirmed by the Malaita provincial government finance minister Joe Heroau. Mr. Heroau…

P.S Shipping hits back

THE manager and owner of the P.S shipping Service, Hon. Patrick Sarus says that the information release in the media that his company is a ghost is not true. This was after the country was shocked by revelations issued by Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) that the Government has allocated $14.8million to eight recipients of the…

Atoifi police reopens

Atoifi Police station in East Kwaio Malaita has reopened after a land owner threatens to close the police post at the end of last month. Auki police has confirmed that two of its officers are currently serving at Atofi police post after the land owners, the hospital management and school of nursing requested the reopening…

Seabed mine warning

REGIONAL leaders have been cautioned that non renewable resources like mineral deposits inside our ocean needs to be addressed now given the growing demand for underwater mining. This was raised by local Hawaiian-based academic Dr. Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, during the Toktok session of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders Summit on Tuesday. The two…

MSG undergoes structural re-organisation

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat is undergoing a major organizational restructure under the leadership of its new Director-General, Mr Amena Yauvoli as part of measures to address its precarious financial situation and ensure efficiency in carrying its mandates. Mr Yauvoli a former Fiji diplomat took helm of the organization after his appointment his appointment…

Toktok session highlights fisheries

Toktok session of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) held at the Mendana Hotel yesterday, highlights issues of fisheries and challenges ahead facing the island nations and their marine resources. This was revealed during the discussion facilitated by high profile representatives from pacific countries and regional organisations. Discussion was constructively mediated under the topic ‘Harnessing…

West Papua wants to interact more with MSG countries

West Papua says it wants more interaction with members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. The intention was relayed yesterday to the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara by the visiting General Secretary of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua, Octovinius Mote.…

Melanesian police academy nears implementation

The proposal for the establishment of a Melanesian Regional Police Academy is amongst the agendas for discussion by the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders at their two-day meeting in Honiara later this week. Director-General of the MSG Secretariat, Mr Amena Yauvoli told the MSG Chair, during a briefing on Monday on MSG issues ahead of the…