West identifies counting venues

Three venues have been identified to host the counting after the elections in Western Province on November 19. There are Gizo, Noro and Seghe. Election Manager, Samson Tim said the counting venues were agreed upon after their meeting with Police twice last week. Tim said there were doubts cast over Noro initially because of alleged…

Judges deserve better

Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer has reiterated the new to review the salaries and terms and conditions of judges. He highlighted this, Friday, when the court farewelled Australian judge Stephen Pallaras, who ended his contract here. Palmer said the salaries and terms and conditions of judges need to be made attractive so that the cream…

Korea reaffirms support here

Republic of Korea pledges to strengthen its bilateral relations with Solomon Islands. Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Kim Seong-Choon, made assurance when signing a Framework Arrangement for Grant Aid 2014 in Honiara last week. He said Korea is well aware of the pains and agonies of developing…

Makira election preparations on track

Election preparations in Makira-Ulawa Province are progressing smoothly ahead of Wednesday’s poll. Electoral manager Gilbert Tabihau confirmed this to the Sunday Star. He said ballot papers and boxes have arrived and have been deployed to respective polling stations. “We have also deployed polling officials for their briefing in their respective polling stations within the three…

Ballot papers misprinted

Ballot papers for Aoke Langalanga constituency in Malaita were found to have been misprinted. Returning Officer  for Aoke Langalanga Charles Kaula said they discovered this when unpacking the kits for the constituency. He said candidate David Faradatolo’s symbol which is the Democratic Alliance Party insignia instead carried the symbol of United Democratic Party. Faradatolo should…

Local theologian graduates with PhD

Solomon Islands theological student Edward Kolohae graduated with a doctorate in theology at the Pacific Theological College (PTC) in Suva, Fiji, last Thursday. Dr Kolohai graduated with Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis on “The sharing of your Faith” during the college’s 47th graduation. His thesis consisted of many aspects but the two main ones…

Saving Kolombangara’s cloud forest

The natural habitat of a remote island in the Solomons is staring down the ever-present danger posed by logging. The stakes are high, and the legal ramifications enormous. Kolombangara is just one of many thousands of islands in the South Pacific. Dazed by the beauty of the whole archipelago that is the Solomon Islands, this…