Pay rise for HCC

The Honiara City Council (HCC) staff have been given a 5 % increase in their salary. Chief Administration Officer Don Houkura has confirmed the increase saying it has been endorsed by the current executive of HCC. “This is the result of the continuous negotiations between the Workers Union and the Council to increase the salary…

Opposition: Housing scheme ‘fishy’ deal

THE Parliamentary Opposition has expressed serious concern over the proposed public servants housing scheme describing it as ‘fishy’ arrangements undertaken by top Government officials with an Asian company. In a statement on Monday, the Parliamentary Opposition said, whilst they welcomed the initiative by the Government to build 5,000 new homes for public servants; the Opposition…

Opposition: OPMC insensitive of peoples concerns

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has described the response from the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC) as inadequate and disappointing. The Parliamentary Opposition in a statement yesterday said, the OPMC response to the call for the Prime Minister to convene Parliament shows a Government that is irresponsible to the concerns of the people.…

Cocoa program in provinces progresses

THE PARTICIPATORY Approach and Research Program implemented by Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MALS) for cocoa farmers in the country provinces is progressing. That was according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MALS) Cash Crop Coordinator, Roy Timothy. Mr Timothy in an interview with the Solomon Star on Monday said, the program was making…

SINU Wi-Fi hotspots planned

Solomon Islands National University (SINU) is planning to increase Information Communication Technology (ICT) access to its students by installing Wi-Fi hotspots for Kukum, Ranadi and Panatina Campuses. The SINU Vice Chancellor Dr. Glynn Galo made this announcement yesterday during the opening of the SINU computer labs at Kukum Campus. He said, the aim behind this…

Boycotting lecturers told: Return to work

LECTURERS boycotting classes at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) are urged to return to work. Vice-chancellor Dr Glynn Galo issued the reminder on Tuesday as second semester classes remained delayed due to the boycott. Dr Galo said lecturers must return to work, assuring them their grievances would be addressed. “This issue is between the…

Local rangers in the spotlight

LOCAL rangers play a vital role in the sound stewardship of the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Solomon Islands, but have they been overlooked? Community based resource management, sustainable development and conservation efforts of Solomon Islands Rangers have flown ‘under the radar’ for too long. Rangers, with support of civil society, are taking…

Walk before Me

Welcome to our continuing discussion on the subject ‘The secret of God’s Presence’. I pray that this discussion will help you think about how you should live your life as a follower of Jesus Christ and practice living in the presence of God. What makes us Christians different from the rest is maintaining the presence…

Making waste useful in Niue

Suva, Fiji (SPC) – A major drive to reduce the release of harmful Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) through the promotion of composting technologies has started in Niue involving more than half of the country’s population. The Global Environment Facility-Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEF-PAS) Pilot Project on Composting and Recyclable Waste Separation is being implemented by…

Auki market maintains hygiene

Auki central market in Malaita province continues to maintain its high standard of hygiene as part of keeping its surrounding environment clean and tidy at all times. A visit by the Solomon Star to the market on Monday noticed a high security presence to keep an eye on the market vendors and the public to…