At the brink of total deforestation

Dear Editor – An estimated 93 percent of the country’s virgin forest has been lost the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Research, Mr Vaeno Vigulu, announced in a recent speech. The main drivers of such deforestation having been commercial logging, he cited. Fortunately, at the last hour, so to say, the Japanese…

Avoid misuse of allowance

Dear Editor – As a Solomon Islands citizen and a scholarship recipient, I sincerely thank the Solomon Islands Government for the commitment of paying monthly allowances for students studying at various universities in Fiji and elsewhere. This is really useful to meet the costs of our stay while studying overseas. Let me share briefly on…

Aid agencies that might help farmers

Dear Editor – Farmers of the Weather Coast in Guadalcanal Province have continually expressed their disappointment over feeling neglected as their leaders and the province allegedly fail to recognise their struggles. Your paper last week reported that the farmers, who operate under an umbrella body called the Akutoga Association, made a statement claiming that they…

Manele: $300m for livelihood funds

MORE than $300million in livelihood funds in the 2017 National Budget will go to constituencies for rural development this year. Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition and Member for Kia Hograno Havulei Jeremiah Manele revealed this in parliament on Monday. Mr Manele said these funds if utilised properly should improve basic needs and services such as…

Man assaults sister escapes jail term

A man who assaulted his sister luckily escaped jail yesterday after his three months imprisonment term was fully suspended. Jackson Suluna pleaded guilty to one count of common assault, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment term. The incident occurred in Honiara on January 19, following an argument between the accused…

Parliament adjourned; Sine Die

THE Parliament has been adjourned on Monday, following a Sine Die motion which was moved by the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week. Mr Sogavare last week said, he will be moving a motion for the conclusion of the present 5th meeting of this 10th Parliament. Debate on the sine die motion has ended late,…

Auki police to beef up security

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Auki, Malaita province will step up on its duty this weekend to ensure law and order is maintain through out the Easter weekend. Auki Police operational commander Timothy Apaesi confirmed this to Solomon Star office in Auki in an interview yesterday. Mr. Apaesi said Auki police will…

Flooding, landslides

HEAVY rain on Sunday night has caused wide spread flooding and landslide to parts of the city and the outskirt communities of Honiara. The rain which continued for several hours had caused flooding to the main highway from Fishing Village and down to Rove. Traffic movement was badly affected which restricted their movement along the…