Challenges of managing the forest

MANAGING and conserving the nation’s forest resources sustainably is a challenge the government and stakeholders are working to address.     That’s according to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Research (MOFR) Vaeno Vigulu. He was speaking recently during a community forest conservation meeting held in Honiara. He said threatened food security, increasing…

Tungale, new bishop for Temotu

REVEREND Willie Tungale is the new Bishop for the Anglican Diocese of Temotu. He becomes the sixth bishop for the Diocese of Temotu, replacing The Most Reverend Leonard Dawea, who was elected earlier this year to become the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia. Bishop Tungale was elected to his new role by the Diocese…

U.S. Embassy welcomes new Ambassador

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is pleased to announce the arrival of Erin Elizabeth McKee of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu.  “Enhancing our mutual prosperity, mutual security and good governance are the hallmarks of the United States government’s commitment…

Tulagi ownership clarified

THE perpetual title of the entire island of Tulagi, Central Province, is in the name of the Commissioner of Lands, not the province. That’s according to acting lands commissioner Alan McNeil. McNeil made the clarification after the Central Province requested the Land Board to make a statement about the ownership of the island, following media…

Police launch royal security

By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN A MAJOR police security operation will be conducted for the Royal visit this weekend through to Monday. Outgoing Police Commissioner Matthew Varley told reporters at his final conference on Thursday that the RSIPF will be playing a key role to support the government in the protocol arrival. “But more so the RSIPF…

Suspects in E/Kwaio row identified

Police have identified a number of suspects in relation to an incident that happened in East Kwaio on Tuesday which resulted in the death of a woman. Outgoing police commissioner Matthew Varley in his final conference on Thursday told reporters that the suspects are being interviewed and transported to Auki for questioning. “…And we are…

Govt sub committee clarifies RIPEL issue 

THE Solomon Islands government is committed to inclusive partnership with the people of this country. In its approach to revitalise developments in the Russell Islands, the government memorandum of understanding, MOU, with Russel Islands Investment Forum, RIIF and Central Islands province, CIP, is determined to achieve a cross sectoral development framework that benefits all stakeholders.…

R. City to rock Honiara tonight

THE famous Rock City (a.k.a R.City) band is set to rock music fans in a one-night show at the Heritage Park Hotel car park in Honiara, tonight. Island Brothers, Theron and Timothy Thomas touched down at the Honiara International airport at 2pm, Thursday. Rock City formerly known as Planet VI is an American musical duo…

M4D reacts to GCU report 

Malaita for Democracy (M4D) speaks out against irritating words used by the Government Communication Unit (GCU) to describe the behavior of Malaitans shown during the recent DCGA government policy awareness campaign in Auki as uncivilized.  Speaking to Solomon Star Auki yesterday M4D Chairman Knoxly Atu said using words like brain washed and uncivilized to describe…

Outgoing police chief hails RSIPF

WE HAVE THE BEST By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN OUTGOING Police Commissioner Matthew Varley says the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is one of the best forces in the region. It is also one that all Solomon Islanders should be proud of, he added. The Australian stated this during his final press conference in Honiara yesterday.  “The…