Maelanga: Let’s not depend on aid

SOLOMON Islands should not depend on aid because we have all the resources to develop and sustain the country, deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga says. He was speaking last week at the opening of the regional symposium on land and property rights, held in Honiara. Mr Maelanga pointed out the importance of the meeting to…

Malaita to mark big day at Malu’u

MALAITA Province will celebrate its second appointed day this Friday at Malu’u in north Malaita. Premier Edwin Suibaea revealed this to the Solomon Star on Monday. Malaita’s second appointed day – the day the province gained its status as a province – falls on August 15 each year. Mr Suibaea said the provincial assembly agreed…

Public urged to eat more local food

AN agriculturist has urged Solomon Islanders to grow and eat more local foods to avoid lifestyle diseases. George Boe, the Ministry of Agriculture’s national palm oil coordinator, was speaking during a radio show at the weekend. His ministry was the first of government agencies to participate in last Saturday’s String Band Show on the national…

Temotu still without a police chief

TEMOTU Province is still without a police commander following the passing of Fred Saeni last month. The late Saeni, who died after a short illness, has been the province’s police chief until his passing. A senior sergeant at Lata Police Station, Reginald Kava, said since Mr Saeni’s passing, their headquarters in Honiara is yet to…

Rape accused face court

TWO seven-year-old girls have been allegedly raped in Isabel Province in November last year. The two separate cases were brought before the court on Monday but have been further adjourned to January 25. This is to give time for the Police Prosecutions to transfer the file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions…

Maelanga told to look beyond short-term projects

EAST Malaita MP and deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga is urged to look beyond the short-term projects he’s currently implementing in his constituency. Constituent John Tomekwalemanu Langi made the call in light of latest projects being implemented in the constituency. He was referring to solar power and other small constituency projects. “These are what I…

ATM robbery probe continues, court told

INVESTIGATION into the alleged robbery of an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) at the Kwaimani building, Kukum, is still ongoing. A suspect is still at large and is yet to be arrested by police. Police Prosecutor Ethel Mae’ue yesterday informed the court of the ongoing investigations and sought further adjournment. This is to allow police to…

Mothers Union marks big day

Members of the Mothers Union in west Guadalcanal came together to celebrate and remember the founder of the Anglican Mothers Union around the world. The founder of the Mothers Union was Mary Sumner.  The celebration was held over the weekend at Maravovo village with more than 1000 people attending the event including members of communities.…

Crushing mill for West Guadalcanal

A new crashing mill for West Guadalcanal was launched over the weekend at Mangakiki village. More than 200 people turned to witness the occasion. Officiating in the launching was the minister for agriculture and livestock (MAL) David Tome, provincial and national leaders of West Guadalcanal constituency, chiefs and the main supporter of the project –…

Government vows support for coconut industry

Ministry of agriculture and livestock will be working on improving the coconut industry in the country. This was revealed by the minister David Tome during the launching of new a coconut crushing mill in Mangakiki village, west Guadalcanal last week. He said his ministry is very much concerned with the need to plant and re-plant…