Catholic Church ordains new deacons

The Catholic Church on 1st March blessed two new deacons at Holy Cross Cathedral after years of struggle and spiritual training at the Holy Name of Mary Seminary at Tenaru in east Honiara. They were Deacon Joseph Tsoumate from Tangarare parish and Patson Malulu from Purepure village of Avuavau Parish in south Guadalcanal. Speaking during…

Nila mini hospital

Keeping the people healthy By RONALD TOITO’ONA   If it wasn’t for the Nila Catholic Station mini-hospital, people in the Shortland Islands will have to travel to Choiseul or Gizo for medical attention. Others will not be able to survive if the mini-hospital is not providing the needed services in the furthest island of the…

Gov’t to implement report

The Government has pledged to implement the recommendations of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee report of 2009. While launching the Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for change government (SIDCCG) policy document recently, Prime Minister Rich Hounipwela said his coalition is looking to implement recommendations of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee recommendations to recognise the roles of…

Boats and engines for East Malaita

Church groups and individuals in East Malaita have been presented with outboard motor engines and boats by their Constituency office during a handing over ceremony. The recipients were the Kingdom Prayer Centre, Anglican Church, Baptist church, SDA churches and individual fishing projects. One recipient told Solomon Star that the equipment are important to help improve…

Fear of a coconut oil mill operator

The gradual increase of rhinoceros beetle in some part of Malaita may affect coconut oil producers and copra operators in Malaita province. A prominent coconut crashing mill operator at Buma village in Ward 3, West Kwara’ae, Luke Ramokoloa says he’s worried that the obvious increase of deadly rhinoceros betel is posing a threat to his…

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…