The fight against Rhino beetle in Rennell rages on

The Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock, through their Biosecurity Solomon Islands (BSI) Department, assisted Rennell Islands last month to fight the threat of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB).  The CRB, which destroys coconut plantations, is threatening the livelihoods of Rennell Island communities and Solomon Islands farmers. To respond to this serious threat BSI sent two…

Replacement sought for East Makira MP

THE people of Santa Anna Island of East Makira Constituency in the Makira Ulawa Province tussle over who should be their candidate to replace their late Member of Parliament, Charles Maefia. The late East Makira MP who was elected into the National Parliament only on April 3 died in Honiara following a short illness.  And…

Improving support for female survivors of violence

Support for women and girl survivors of sexual and gender-based violence continues to improve as SAFENET Referral Network member numbers continue to increase.  SAFENET consists of government and non-government organisations who provide services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). This escalation in support for SAFENET followed last week’s completion of a nine-province series…

Land for terminal expansion cleared

The two privately-owned land parcels at eastern end of the Henderson International Terminal in East Honiara which bogged expansion of a proposed new terminal and taxi runway project is now cleared. Acting Commissioner of Lands Alan McNeil of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey (MLHS) revealed that the one month notice lapsed earlier this…

Human bones found in Temotu

Police are currently investigating a case of old human remains that were discovered buried near a beach in Lata, Temotu Province in May this year. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley revealed to reporters on Thursday that their inquiries have led them to a theory that this may relate to a missing person case dating back to…

Felling license not canceled

FELLING License and Development consent issued to Tapilo and New World logging company that operated in the catchment area of Kongulai water has not been canceled since the water crisis in Honiara started. In an interview with an official from Ministry of Forest and Research yesterday confirmed the license for milling or fell trees within…