Killer worm to be sent for tests in France

A worm that is killing the invasive giant African snails will be sent to France for laboratory tests. The worm, which appeared after the April flooding on Guadalcanal, killed and drove away the snails from the Foxwood and Dodo Creek area, east of Honiara. Chief quarantine officer Crispus Fanai said they’ve sent photos of the…

24 women eye elections

Twenty-four women are expected to contest the upcoming elections after two withdrew from the initial 26. This was the same number of women who contested the 2006 elections. Of those candidates, three have been said to be contesting for the central Honiara seat, two each for three constituencies whilst the rest spread across constituencies. According…

New classroom for Luaniua school

Luaniua Community High School (LCHS) in Malaita Outer Islands, Malaita Province, will soon open its newly built two-storey classroom building. The building is currently under construction. It was the first of its kind for the school to have since construction work commenced mid-march this year. School principal Samuel Kenini said they are expecting the building…

Last weeks’ news in brief

Isa gets additional jail term A Guadalcanal man was jailed for 25 years for attempted murder in the High Court, Friday. Justice Stephen Pallaras pronounced the sentence on Gedily Isa after the accused pleaded guilty to the charge. Isa and others committed the offence on 27 May 2003 in Guadalcanal’s Weathercoast, less than two months…

Vunagi: School grows through God’s grace

It is by the grace of God that this St Nicholas College developed from a simple Mothers’ Union Kindergarten to its status as a college. Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia The Most Rev. David Vunagi made the statement at school’s graduation last Friday. Vunagi said a college is an institution that provides higher…

Communities reconcile after 10 years of dispute

Two communities in north east Guadalcanal, Friday, ended a long-running land dispute that prevented them from looking each other in the eye. In an emotional reconciliation ceremony, members of both communities apologised and hug each other as they put their pasts behind them. The dispute started 10 years ago when boys from Kolosulu threatened and…

Tran launches campaign platform

Outgoing West Honiara MP Namson Tran launched his campaign platform yesterday as he seeks a second term in parliament. As part of the launching, a magazine recounting some of the projects funded during his term, was also launched and distributed. Tran outlined to the gathering his plans for the next four years. “We will build…

EM choir launches first DVD

Well-known gospel group EM Choir launched their first DVD album at Malaita provincial capital Auki, Friday. The ceremony attracted a large crowd, who came to watch and listen to inspiration gospel songs from the group. Hailed from west Baelelea in north Malaita, EM Choir made a name for themselves after putting on several concerts in…

Teku goes Rapid

Joining the highly trained team is a rewarding experience Who says women cannot join the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) highly-trained Rapid Response Team (RRT)? If you are, think again! Because Gorethy Teku has proven you wrong. After just seven years with the force, Teku, of Malaita and Makira parentage, is now a member…