Building links between communities & the state

OVER the last two years, I have had the pleasure of meeting many Solomon Islanders during my travels outside Honiara. Approximately 80 per cent of Solomon Islanders live in rural areas, making Solomon Islands a “country of villages”. I am always impressed by the resilience of these villages. Many people in Solomon Islands, particularly those…

Forestry officers undergo drone training

Staff of the Ministry of Forestry and Research have their morale raised with training on how to operate and fly drone as of yesterday. This is made possible under the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project under the Sustainable Forest Resources Management (SFRM) Project. Highlighting the importance of the training Permanent Secretary Dr Vaeno Vigulu…

Taro tasting attracts many

A GOOD number of people have flooded the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) stall to taste a variety of local taros displayed during the world food day celebrate at Townground in Honiara this week. These local taros were planted at the TTM farm opposite King George Sixth School in East Honiara. “These local taros are awesome,”…

Soaki commissioned as next rep to PIFS

Former Deputy Secretary to Foreign Affairs and External Trade William Soaki was Commissioned as Solomon Islands Permanent Resident to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. The Commissioning ceremony was held yesterday and was witnessed by senior Foreign Affairs officials and Soaki’s family members was administered by the…

RSIPF farewell retired officers

TEN members of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) who retired from the Force have been formally farewelled, Thursday. They were farewelled during a ceremony at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara. The ceremony included a farewell parade and light refreshments for the retired police officers. The parade commander for the farewell ceremony was…

In Court With Assumpta Buchanan

* Murder probe finalised* Gun case adjourned* Warrant of arrest issued for juvenile Murder probe finalised INVESTIGATION into the murder of a man at Tasimboko, Northeast Guadalcanal, in June this year is now completed. Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda said a disclosure of the matter of Fredrick Sonia Tavu, who faces one count of murder, was…

Mayor told to give school ample time

THE Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) says ample time is needed in any move to relocate a school, including Honiara Integrated Primary School (HIPS). Permanent Secretary Dr Franco Rodie stated this following an order by the Honiara City Council Mayor Andrew Mua to relocate HIPS. Speaking to the Solomon Star on Wednesday,…

PARENTS VOW TO FIGHT ON

Council-school stand off By JOHN L. AATAI PARENTS of Honiara Integrate Primary School (HIPS) say the school will not be relocated unless the Honiara City Council provides an alternative site. They were responding to threats by city mayor Andrew Mua to demolish the school within 48 hours if they failed to prove accusations that the…