Landowner blames ministry

A WEST Rennell landowner has blamed the Ministry of Forest & Research for confusion on logging cases in the island, claiming three concessions overlapped on the same area were approved by the ministry, which saw the conduct of Timber Right hearings. Pautangata Hakatingisa’a said the Naone trail and the coastline were demarcated in three to…

Men urged to respect girls

MEN have been urged to respect women and girls and treat them as fellow humans. Founder and president of non-government organisation Hearts of Hope, Janet Justice Aihari made the call following the death of a nine-year-old girl in north Malaita, over the weekend. The girl was alleged killed by a man during an attempted rape…

Women’s group condemns killing

LOCAL Non-government Organization (NGO) Vois Blo Mere (VBM) has strongly condemned the killing of a nine year old girl in a remote village in Malaita, over the weekend. The girl died from serious injuries sustained after she was stabbed with an axe following an alleged attempted rape incident. Lisa Horiwapu of VBM, told the Solomon…

Vavanga: Rural communities first

RURAL communities need to be placed higher in the political agenda for social and economic development in the country. Guadalcanal Provincial Premier, Bartholomew Vavanga reminded his colleague premiers at the closing of their week-long conference in Honiara last week. Premier Vavanga said in terms of economic development, the important players or pillars are the rural…

Renbel premier asked to clarify $292,000 payout

ASIA Pacific Investment Development (APID) calls on the Premier of Renbel Province, Collin Singamoana, to explain a $292,500 the company made as part-payment for a business licence from the provincial government. APID’s media officer, Takika Tuata said Premier Singamoana received the payment on behave of his provincial government on 1 August 2015. He said Premier…

Call to dissolve chief’s council

OUTSPOKEN land owner in Renbel Province, Jefter Tahungenga has lashed out angrily at the West Rennell Island Council of Chiefs, accusing them of failing to resolve mounting land disputes on the island. Mr  Tahungenga said  it is rather ridiculous to conclude why on earth the chiefs council of West Rennell had  kept very quiet and …

City residents urged to use proper toilets

HONIARA City Council (HCC) health division has called on city residents to build and use proper toilet facilities. The city council health division says the public are encouraged to call at their headquarters to purchase cheap equipment to enable them build proper toilet facilities in their residential homes. It says the move to sell cheap…

Women helping women

A powerful way to advance LEADERS and representatives from local women’s organisations recently attended a book launching, “Ways to Be Happy”, in Honiara. Each participant was given from 50 to 100 copies of this small, but very significant book, to share with their network of women across the nation. Soroptimist International of Solomon Islands, a…

New strategy to empower women to be launched

THE Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) will launch the National Strategy on the Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls today in Honiara. The event will take place at the former CYP centre, lower Panatina campus. The Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy is aimed at addressing the challenges women face in accessing economic…