Cruise ship workshop held

SOUTH Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has organised a one day cruise ship workshop at Heritage Park Hotel on Monday. Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB), Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Inbound tour operators, private sectors and stakeholders attended the workshop. SPTO Marketing Manager, Alisi Lutu who facilitated the workshop said, the aim was to look into…

Biological survey starts today

A TWO weeks first ever biological survey on the highest mountain in Solomon Islands will begin today. A statement from the Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership said, about 40 national, regional and international biodiversity experts will carry out flora and fauna surveys on Mount Popomanacheu in the hinterland of Central Guadalcanal from September 8-23. The…

Christafari to tour Honiara

GOSPEL sensational Reggae band, Christafari will be touring Honiara next month. Christafari is a Christian reggae band formed in 1990. It is centered on the personality of ordained religious minister Mark “Tansoback” Mohr, an American, born-again Christian. Eventually Mohr shortened the name to “Christafari”, (pronounced Christ-a-far-eye) and pieced together his own band members. According to…

Chief: Open land for development

CHIEF Charley Salofafo from Gilbert Camp area East Honiara has called on his people of Malaita to open up their customary land for development. Chief Salofafo said, he is making the call in light of his full knowledge that dispute over land ownership had been the main obstacle to development in Malaita Province. “I want…

Cattle on the move

The Democratic Collation for Change (DCC) Government is committed to reviving the cattle industry in the country says the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Dudley Kopu. Mr Kopi said, reviving the cattle industry in the country is one of the priority areas that the government of the day is prioritising as it keen to see…

Archbishop retires from pastoral duties

The Archbishop of the Church of Melanesia Most Reverend David Vunagi officially retired yesterday after serving six years as the head of the church during a farewell service at St Barnabas Cathedral last Sunday. Thousands of Anglicans from various parishes, schools, dioceses including government officials and Solomon Island Christian Association (SICA) representatives attended the service…

Order to export illegal harvest

High court ruling to export illegally harvested round logs sets bad precedence, says forestry watchdog   The High Court has allowed a shipment of illegally-harvested round logs to leave the country, setting “a dangerous precedence” for the industry, the judiciary and politics in this country, the Solomon Forest Association has warned. In a statement questioning the…

Unfair UN deployment

Dear Editor – Please allows space to cast my views on the unfair United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping Deployment selection process for RSIPF.  It looks as though the Commissioner and his two Deputy Commissioners were very unfair in their selection panel and interview process.  Those selected for the UN deployment were about five junior officers…