Giant African snails now in Malaita

THE invasive African giant snails have found their way into Malaita and rapidly populating at provincial capital Auki. Malaita’s chief agriculture officer John Faleka confirmed to the Solomon Star the snails have been found in large numbers at Sikitae Marine Police headquarters in Auki. “They were found in machineries brought into Auki from Honiara over…

Onika criticised over promise to victims

LANDS minister Joseph Onika has come under sharp criticisms from the public over the promise he made to victims of the April 3 flash flooding in Honiara. Mr Onika had promised the victims that his ministry will relocate those who lost their homes to a site in east Honiara. But one senior citizen, who asked…

Su’u reunion event on July 5

A REUNION gathering for former teachers and students of Su’u National Secondary School in Malaita will again be held on July 5. The organising committee of Fossa Honiara have booked the Telekom Recreation Centre for the event. The event, according to the chairman of the organising committee Elton Osiagalo, will focus on bringing together former…

Tourism ministry supports clean-up campaign

Ministry of culture and tourism yesterday donated $50,000 towards Honiara City Council (HCC) for its clean-up campaign. Permanent secretary (PS) of the ministry John Wasi handed over the $50,000 cheque to Honiara City Lord Mayor Andrew Mua yesterday. Mr Wasi said though the money is small the ministry supports the HCC’s clean-up campaign that is…

HCC spends $5m on dumpsite

HONIARA City Council (HCC) is spending $ 5 million in upgrading and maintaining the rubbish dumpsite at Ranadi, East Honiara. Lord Mayor Andrew Mua highlighted this during the official handing over of $50,000 cheque by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) to the council yesterday. He said each year the council normally spends $5m…

SIPPA engages in outreach

SOLOMON Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) is conducting two months community awareness programme in east Guadalcanal. This awareness was held in twelve communities around that region. SIPPA program officer Ben Ango said the purpose of this program is to prevent diarrhoea outbreak in the communities. Mr Ango said they encouraged children to wash their hands…

New eye centre ready for construction

PLANS to build a state of the art eye care centre in Honiara took a step forward with a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday at the grounds of the National Referral Hospital (NRH). This new facility will be built by the New Zealand Government in association with the Fred Hollows Foundation. Officiating at the ground-breaking were NRH…

New strategy for take health, reproductive issues in communities

MORE than 70 participants from reproductive health sector, adolescent, faith based organisations, politicians and community leaders this week discussed new strategy to conduct reproductive and health awareness programs in the urban and rural communities. The new plan is to work in collaboration with chiefs, church leaders and faith based organisation to implement the new strategy…

Suibaea: Malaita Star comes at the right time

MALAITA premier Edwin Suibaea yesterday hailed the launch of Malaita Star, describing it as a timely initiative for his province. Mr Suibaea was the guest of honour at the launch of the news magazine, a new publication the Solomon Star Company is producing for the province. “This initiative comes at the right time because we…

Lamani calls for Malaitan support to new publication

PUBLISHER of the Solomon Star Company Limited, Catherine Lamani, yesterday hailed the launch of her company’s news magazine for Malaita as a historic and significant achievement for the newspaper. She was speaking at the launch of Malaita Star at provincial capital Auki. Mrs Lamani said the Malaita Star is not only an avenue for Malaitans…