Saelea: fighting pests is everybody’s business

Fighting mass invasion of pests in our country is everybody’s business, Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) Jimi Saelea says. In an interview with the Solomon Star this week Saelea said the fight against giant African snail and Oryctes Rhinoceros that destroys our coconut trees, needs the cooperative efforts of…

Urban initiatives highlighted

THE country’s urban development initiatives have been emphasized by the Minister for Lands, Housing & Survey Hon. Moses Garu, Monday. Garu was speaking at the opening of the three days Solomon Islands National Urban Conference (SINUC) which will end today in Honiara. “My Ministry is fortune to have a number of initiatives tackling the cross…

Maepio assures people, province

Western provincial Deputy Premier Wayne Maepio says that there are proper channels that can be and should be taken when there are complaints against the government. In an interview he explained that the provincial government is the overall mother body looking after everyone including the provincial executives and any complaints can be channelled through the…

Police takes ownership of multi-million facilities

Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) yesterday has taken delivery of a purpose-built National Response Department (NRD) facility, which includes headquarters for the RSIPF’s specialist police units and a state-of-the-art police armoury. The handing over was described as yet another important milestone on the path to the limited rearmament of the Royal Solomon Islands Police…

PM: Fear Not

Sogavare tells nation to trust armed cops PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says there’s nothing to fear about police officers being rearmed. He made the assurance at the opening of the new Police National Response Department Building at Rove Police headquarters. The building houses the new police armoury. “I can assure everyone – the members of…

Death Probe

Police investigate death in custody THE son of a former diplomat and MP the late Francis Saemala has died in police custody on Monday following his arrest last Friday. David Morton Sireheti Saemala, 23, is the last born son of late Saemala. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast confirmed the death and said they are treating the…

National healing, apology week set

ABOUT 6000 people are expected to participate in the week-long national healing and apology programme in Honiara from 1st to 7th July. It’s a long overdue programme but a way forward for this nation after the country had gone through the ethnic conflict from 1998-2003 on Guadalcanal. The conflict also spilled over to the Western…

Rennell record lowest temperature

Rennell Island in the Renbell province records the lowest temperature in the country’s history of 17 degree Celsius few weeks ago. This was revealed by a meteorology officer during the commissioning of the weather station in Tingoa last week. He told the Solomon Star that 17 degree Celsius was the lowest so far ever recorded…

Pacific Islands students kept safe at uni campus

THE stranded students still residing at the University of Gorokain Papua New Guinea are safe and taken care of on-campus. University of Goroka chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb said more than 100 students are still residing in the dormitories and receiving meals from the university mess. The majority of them are from Solomon Islands. “The mess is…