In whose interest, Mamae & Sore?

The majority of City residents and working population, market vendors, teachers, Police Officers, Public Officers, City Councillors and their employees, school children and thousands more in the provinces have benefited tangibly from their investment with One Link Pacifica and thousands more are waiting patiently to receive their share of their investment with One Link Pacifica,…

COMPASSIONATE SERVICE TO THE NEEDY

(Sharing in the compassion of Christ) By Retired Bp. Raymond Aumae   Good people of God in Solomon Islands. It won’t be long from now when you will hear from me again through SIBC, social media, and other local media outlets that a charitable organization known as COMPASSIONATE EDUCATION TRUST FUND will have been legally…

I’m glad to be here

From the High Commissioner’s Desk Dr Lachlan Strahan  AS Australia’s new High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, I’m delighted to continue the tradition of fortnightly conversations with Solomon Star readers through this column.  It’s an honour to serve here in Solomon Islands, a neighbour with warm and enduring ties to Australia. I take this opportunity to acknowledge…

Public holiday with no meaning

WELCOME back! We hope you’ve had a great and enjoyable Christmas Day celebration with families and loved ones. Today is supposed to be a normal working day. But the Government, out of the blue, decided to declare it a “special public holiday”. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the decision and request to have…

China and media freedom in the Pacific

By JEMIMA GARRETT*Writing in the Interpreter   THE refusal of the Vanuatu government to allow high-profile Vanuatu-based journalist to fly home on Saturday has given a sharper edge to concerns about a wider trend of attacks on media freedom in the Pacific and highlights both China’s influence and Australia’s policy failure in broadcast and other…

Birth of a nation? 

Bougainville’s independence referendum explained By KATE LYONSGuardian Australia   TODAY, the people of Bougainville – a small archipelago of islands flung 700km off the coast of Papua New Guinea in the Solomon Sea – will begin voting in a referendum that will determine if their beloved homeland will become the world’s newest nation.  It is…

Let’s make Prince Charles feel at home

PRINCE Charles arrives tomorrow evening in Honiara and leaves on Monday afternoon. This is a significant visit because this man is the future King of England. He’ll succeed the throne when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, dies. As a member of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth is our head of state. She is represented here by the…