Call to maintain FOPA

A local tourism operator has urged responsible authorities to maintain the Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) village in east Honiara. The government built the village, which costs millions of dollars, as the central venue for the festival of arts, which the country hosted in 2012. After the festival ended, the venue of the village was…

Committee set up for Protected Areas

A first ever advisory committee for protected areas in the country has been established according to the Protected Areas Act 2010. The committee held their first meeting on 7 May 2015. Agenda discussed includes deliberation of the first application for bio-prospecting and bio-research permit to be issued under the Act. The first 5-6 Protected Areas…

Rural workers told of roles

Rural workers were told their communities expect more from them. Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination Permanent Secretary, Shadrach Fanega told more than 50 community helpers from the 50 constituencies who were trained on 20 different modules on community facilitation and CDD approach. The month-long training was organised under the Rural Development Project (RDP)…

Tingoa Met Office opens

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) has opened its new Tingoa Meteorological Station in Rennell and Bellona Province. The completion of the project has been described as a milestone in the history of Meteorological Services in the Solomon Islands. Director of MET Service David Hiriasia said: “As of last Thursday night Tingoa Meteorological Office started…

Why SINTA fired Faisi

Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) says its decision to remove its outspoken general secretary Samson Faisi was made collectively after a review of his contract. SINTA president Philip Ika told the Solomon Star his executive made the decision after reviewing Faisi’s initial one year contract. Faisi attended a conference in Fiji on behalf of…

Family lose home in fire

A FAMILY at Malo village near Lata, Temotu Province, are homeless after their home was razed to the ground last weekend in what is widely believed to be an act of arson. The incident occurred between 10am and 11am last Sunday while the family was attending a nearby church. Nicholas Pika is the owner of…

Banana Festival rescheduled

THE Makira Banana Festival has been rescheduled from June to August. Since its inauguration last year, the organizing committee has decided to change the date from June to August. Speaking from Kirakira, chairperson of the Festival Noel Mamau said: “We decided to changed its date to fall in line with the Makira Second appointed day.”…