NZ television crew features West Papua

Māori Television’s Native Affairs story on West Papua was the first New Zealand television crew allowed into the Indonesian-ruled Melanesian region in 50 years. Given Indonesia’s strict policy on allowing access to foreign journalists, reporter Adrian Stevanon said their trip was a sign of change. “I think the achievement is that we are able to…

EU lifts yellow card on PNG

The European Commission has  confirmed its zero tolerance policy against illegal fishing worldwide by warning the Comoros and Taiwan that they risk being identified as uncooperative countriesin the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. At the same time, the Commission is lifting the yellow cards from Ghana and Papua New Guinea, which have…

Sogavare urges UN to address West Papua

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called on the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council to do more in investigating and monitoring allegations of human rights abuse and violations in the Papua and West Papua regions of Indonesia. Sogavare made the call in New York Thursday in his address at the 70th Session of the United…

Boso told: You are not above the law

A MAGISTRATE on Friday hit out at a permanent secretary, describing her behaviour as “wayward” and acting as “someone who is above the law”. Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota delivered the hard-hitting indictment when imposing a four month suspended sentence on the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development, Selina Boso. Boso was earlier found…

Two Fijian cops to serve here

THE country’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Patteson Oti, yesterday briefed two officers from the Fiji Police force who will be posted here under RAMSI. The briefing, which focussed on “About Solomon Islands”, took place at the High Commission office in Suva in the presence of the Senior Superintendent of Fiji Police and the Director for…

New guidelines to address climate change

CLIMATE change is a particular threat to island nations thus effective adaptation is vital.  Melanesia Director for Wildlife Conservation Society Stacy Jupiter said a new analysis examines current adaptation measures in tropical Oceania had identifies guidelines for implementing resilient, ecosystem-based adaptation. Among its recommendations she said local communities should be fully involved in planning adaptation…

Police chief discloses issues of concern

POLICE Commissioner Frank Prendergast has disclosed the policing priority areas for the remaining months of this year. These include keeping a close eye on family-based violence and gender based violence. These two, Mr Prendergast said, take place daily and has affected families in the country. The commissioner also highlight that policing alcohol and anti social…

CBSI declares monetary policy stance

THE GOVERNOR of Central Bank Denton Rarawa says CBSI monetary policy stance for the next six months will remain accommodative as recent economic developments and near term macro projections remain favourable for supporting growth. The stance came following a Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) Board of Directors meeting on Thursday. Acknowledging that economic growth…

Malaita premier doubts DCC govt

MALAITA provincial Premier Peter Ramohia says he is now doubtful about promises of development the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) made to his province. Speaking to Solomon Star, Premier Ramohia said that he is now worried that all of DCCG’s promises to Malaita this year will amount to nothing. “DCC government since taking up…

Parliament to meet on Oct 5

PARLIAMENT will convene for its third meeting on the 15th of October 2015. This is the 3rd meeting of the tenth Parliament. Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Ajilon Jasper Nasiu has received a copy of the notice to the Governor General from the Prime Minister confirming the date of the meeting. So…