Ngali-nut growers closer to gain organic certification

The Baniata Community Organic Ngalinut -growers of Rendova Island, Western Province are a step closer to having their traditionally baked ngali nuts certified under the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community  (POETcom) Participatory Guarantee System  (PGS)  standards  fortnight ago. This followed a four day visit by (POETcom) certifying agents from Kastom Gaden and the intending…

PM’s Christmas visits successful

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day with patients at two of the nation’s hospitals. On Christmas Day, he visited and presented gifts to those at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara. On Boxing Day, he travelled to north Guadalcanal to visit and spent time with patients at the Good Samaritan…

Ex-militants to be paid $300m

THE Government has agreed to pay ex-militants from Malaita and Guadalcanal $300 million, well-placed sources from the Prime Minister’s Office say. Up to 2,000 ex-combatants are likely to benefit, with each receiving $150,000 each. Members of the now defunct Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) received part of this package last Thursday when Cabinet approved $3 million…

Call to support Opposition & Independent office

Parliamentary Opposition Leader Jeremiah Manele has urged the government to create a separate budget for the two constitutionally established offices, namely the Opposition’s office and the Independent group. Manele highlighted this during the sine die motion in the national parliament last week that resourcing of these two institutions is critical for a vibrant democracy in…

Camping event hosted for orphans

Hearts of Hope (HOH) has organised a firstever three (3) days of camping for young orphans at Maoro primary school this week. The camp kicked off on Tuesday and will end today. About 173 orphans from Bina to U’ura in the central region of Malaita province are part of the event. Hearts of Hope co’ordinator…

A story that should move us to do more

IT’S a story that had touched many people in different ways, some in small ways, others, in a bigger way. Difficulties, frustrations and long hours trying to connect the human dots that could make things happen – initially stood in the way. It’s been a journey filled with a bundle of procrastination. At times, the…

Why we sell rice

SIPA says it wants to break the monopoly SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) wants to break the monopoly on rice sales in the country. This came after the country’s long time rice importer, Sol Rice has been dominating the market for years now. Even the government’s effort to help local farmers plant rice to reduce…

Boy, 5, drowned during picnic trip

AUKI police recovered the body of a five-year-old student who went missing last Saturday when he was out with his colleagues on a school picnic trip in the Langalanga Lagoon. The body was retrieved the next day after a frantic and extensive search. Malaita provincial police commander Alfred Uiga said the boy was a student…

Hospital theft on the rise

Latest victim loses laptop, cash HEALTH authorities are working on beefing up security around the National Referral Hospital (NRH) premises in light of the increasing incidents of theft in there. NRH chief executive officer Dr Steve Aumanu revealed this to the Solomon Star. “Security is a long standing issue for the hospital,” Dr Aumanu said.…

Govt warned to fulfill promises

THE GOVERNMENT has been reminded to fulfill promises it made to the people of Solomon Islands. Parliament member for North West Choiseul, Connelly Sandakabatu reminded Government this during debate on the 2016 national budget by the Public Accounts Committee. The Public Accounts committee was then deliberating on sub-head allocations in the budget in respect of…