Fighting the deadly beetle

Experts to map out strategy this week By LYNNISSHA RUNA   Combating the deadly coconut rhinoceros beetle will be the focus of a major workshop to be held in Honiara this week. Biosecurity Solomon Islands and the Coconut RhiBy os Beetle (CRB) taskforce are organising the one-day gathering in Honiara on Thursday. “The coconut industry…

CSOs take on corruption

CIVIL Society Organisation (CSO) representatives last week travelled to Honiara from across the nation to develop a powerful policy position on corruption and good governance. “Corruption is eating our beautiful country,” said Inia Barry, Chairman of the Development Services Exchange. “This is the number one issue affecting Pacific Island nations as a whole,” he added.…

International Women’s Day

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is next week, on 8 March. It is a time when the world joins together to mark women’s many accomplishments, but also to consider what more can be done to achieve gender equality. This will be my second International Women’s Day in Honiara. I will be joining groups from across Solomon Islands…

New Kia police post opens

THE safety and security of the people at Kia and surrounding communities in the Isabel Province will be boosted with the opening on 27 February of the $1.3 million new Kia Police Post. The opening ceremony was attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Karen Galokale, the…

Internet cable project progresses

  MINISTER for Communication and Aviation Peter Shanel Agovaka has progressed initial discussions with the Australian Government in Canberra on the proposed submarine cable connection to Solomon Islands. Mr Agovaka and his delegation travelled to Australia last week at the invitation of the Australian Government. The meeting also included the Papua New Guinea delegation which…

Murrays’ trial continues today

  THE trial on the case of the former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) Henry Murray and his wife Rose, who were accused of defrauding the government of more than $1million, continues today in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. The reason to have this trial proceed into the weekend is to catch…

Bintan refutes fraud assertion

  Dear Editor – In the last two weeks of January and the first two weeks of this month (February), I was kept busy preparing and organizing White River Community High School to begin our year program. Despite a few hiccups to our school successful preparation cause by a few ignorant pupils who tried to…

Pass the Anti-Corruption Bill now

THE development of a nation is measured not so much by its infrastructures alone but also by the development of its legislation (laws) and subsequent enforcement. As rightly stated by Herman De Jager in ‘Importance of Legislation, 2000’ “Legislation is one of the most important instruments of government in organising society and protecting citizens. It…

Villagers hailed medical visit

PEOPLE from Saghalu Ward, Northwest Guadalcanal, have commended the great job the two nurses from Visale Clinic have conducted this week. Solomon Star Northwest Guadalcanal stringer, John Toki reported Tinalyn Jabberth and Mrs Cathrine Leta from Visale clinic visited the surrounding villages to provide home health care. “Ms Jabberth and Mrs Leta have visited their…