Makira to host banana festival

THE Makira Ulawa Province will be hosting its annual Makira Banana Festival celebration in Kirakira, Makira Province in June. Preparation for the event has already kicked off according to the organizing chairman of the Banana Festival Noel Mamau on Tuesday. He said, this year’s festival will be bigger than the inaugural festival last year. Mr.…

PAP renders full support for PM

The People’s Alliance Party (PAP) says it renders its full support for the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare and his Democratic Coalition for Change Government. The party discussed its official stand in its first meeting this year at the weekend in Honiara after the formation of the Sogavare-led DCC Government on December 19. And its official…

Tourism delegation to visit Simbo

FOLLOWING much publicity about Simbo Islands, Western Province over the past weeks, a delegation from the Ministry of Culture& Tourism (MCT) and Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) will conduct a short visit to the island this weekend. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary (PS) John Wasi told the Solomon Star on Tuesday that the visit is part…

Local students undergo orientation

Hundreds of Solomon Islands first year students took part in University of the South Pacific(USP) weeklong orientation at Laucala campus on Monday in Fiji. Solomon Islands sponsored students who have arrived early in Fiji on charter flights attended event along with other regional first year students. The orientation week was designed to provide new students…

New volcanic activity in Tonga

RNZI: Tongan authorities say fresh volcanic activity at the Home Reef volcano, near the northern islands of Vava’u, is creating a steam cloud two kilometres high. Government geologist Rennie Vaiomounga says a local pilot first reported the activity on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Vaiomounga says that report has since been confirmed by a boat in the…

DCC keen to invest in forestry sector

The present unsustainable harvesting of the country’s forest resources and the high rate of illegal logging activities necessitate a timely decision by the DCC Government to impose a moratorium on new registration and applications for logging business activities in Solomon Islands. A statement issued through the Government Communication Unit said, the Cabinet has reached this…

Lack of inforhinders development

Lack of available information regarding rural investments is a hindrance to assessing development results and planning of future investments at the sub-national levels. This was the finding of a recent World Bank report undertaken throughout the country that aimed to assist policy makers, program sponsors and implementers to make informed decisions. The study which looks…

Robust accountability and transparency measures needed for all funding programs

A  robust set of accountability and transparency measures for all funding programs including the Rural Constituency Livelihood Fund(RCLF) and all Constituency Development Funds(CDFs) is highly needed. The lack of information and accountability in all forms of funding programs has stokes concern and criticism nationwide of waste, fraud and corruption in the manner in which funds…

TPG passes budget

Temotu Provincial Government (TPG) passes its supplementary budget 2014/2015 last month. Temotu premier Buddley Soakifono told this paper in an interview from Lata. He said, the budget stands at $1,020,000.00.Top of their agenda meeting last month was to pass the provincial supplementary budget. The recurrent expenditure are office of the premier, $140,000.00, provincial assembly $49,700.00,…