Landowner blames ministry

A WEST Rennell landowner has blamed the Ministry of Forest & Research for confusion on logging cases in the island, claiming three concessions overlapped on the same area were approved by the ministry, which saw the conduct of Timber Right hearings. Pautangata Hakatingisa’a said the Naone trail and the coastline were demarcated in three to…

Men urged to respect girls

MEN have been urged to respect women and girls and treat them as fellow humans. Founder and president of non-government organisation Hearts of Hope, Janet Justice Aihari made the call following the death of a nine-year-old girl in north Malaita, over the weekend. The girl was alleged killed by a man during an attempted rape…

Women’s group condemns killing

LOCAL Non-government Organization (NGO) Vois Blo Mere (VBM) has strongly condemned the killing of a nine year old girl in a remote village in Malaita, over the weekend. The girl died from serious injuries sustained after she was stabbed with an axe following an alleged attempted rape incident. Lisa Horiwapu of VBM, told the Solomon…

Vavanga: Rural communities first

RURAL communities need to be placed higher in the political agenda for social and economic development in the country. Guadalcanal Provincial Premier, Bartholomew Vavanga reminded his colleague premiers at the closing of their week-long conference in Honiara last week. Premier Vavanga said in terms of economic development, the important players or pillars are the rural…

Call to dissolve chief’s council

OUTSPOKEN land owner in Renbel Province, Jefter Tahungenga has lashed out angrily at the West Rennell Island Council of Chiefs, accusing them of failing to resolve mounting land disputes on the island. Mr  Tahungenga said  it is rather ridiculous to conclude why on earth the chiefs council of West Rennell had  kept very quiet and …

Premiers told to work together

PROVINCIAL premiers were told there is a need for mutual cooperation and support in order to realise the potentials of local resources. Guadalcanal Premier Bartholomew Vavanga said this during last week’s premiers’ conference which was co-hosted by Honiara City Council (HCC) and his province.  “I will utter the need for mutual cooperation and support of…

This is your day, graduates told

THIS day is your day you have demonstrated courage, hard work and dedication to your learning and as a result you have been awarded an Australian vocational qualification that recognised nationally and internationally, says the Chief Executive Officer of Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) Denis O’Brian. Speaking to mark the graduation yesterday in Honiara, Ms…

80 graduate from APTC here

EIGHTY Solomon Islanders graduated from the Australia –Pacific Technical College (ATPC) in Honiara, Tuesday. The graduation is the second of its kind held this year by ATPC in the country where the first was held early this year on the month of May. The 80 students graduated from a total of 14 different fields namely,…