Bad weather hits east Kwara’ae

Strong wind and heavy rain reportedly hit east Kwara’ae, Malaita, since Friday. George Ramo from the region said the bad weather has confined people to their homes. He said their fear was the Kwaibaita river, which normally burst its banks during heavy rain.  “This has caused people to go to their gardens, get what they…

Drop in Malaria cases in Malaita

Cases of malaria in Malaita are reportedly going down. That’s according to Kilu’ufi nurse in-charge Nixon Olofisau. He said records show malaria cases have been going down. “This is good news for the province,” Olofisau added. He said the drop may be result of the many awareness programmes as well as health measures being taken…

Parents urged to pay up

Faumamanu Community High School in east Kwara’ae, Malaita, will open its doors for student enrollment this month, That’s according to the deputy principal primary Matthew Raimae Gereniu. Raimae urged parents and students to turn on registration day, February 8. He called on parents to pay up their children’s fees on registration day. “Last year the…

Auki teachers told to be honest

Teachers who will be posted to Auki Community High School in Malaita this year are urged to perform their duties faithfully and honestly. A parent of the school, who asked not to be named, said the rate of teacher absenteeism at the school last year was worrying. “This had affected the academic performance of the…

Call to review road contracts

Authorities are urged to review the labour-based road maintenance being done along some of Malaita’s roads. North Malaita man John Andrew Kiri said it does not make sense when these contractors are cleaning up along sides of the road while the roads themselves are in their worst of state. “I would like to think that…

New home for artists on the way

The National Art Gallery is currently working on a semi-permanent building project to be used by those selling their art works on the streets of Honiara. This was confirmed by the National Art Gallery curator Brian Afia and Solomon Islands Artist Association president Bani Roni. Afia said the project is still in its ground work…

Ghiro action sparks outrage

East Makira MP Alfred Ghiro has advised his constituents that he will only meet school fees of children whose parents supported him in the last election. And he had reportedly posted a notice on the door of his West Kola’a Ridge home in Honiara with the words “Supporters Only” to remind those who did not…

SIEITI commits to do its role

The Solomon Islands Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (SIEITI) is dedicating itself to ensure the government, companies, landowners and other relevant stakeholders are well informed about resource benefits from the mining industry. This was revealed by SIEITI director and Under Secretary – Economics for the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Mckinnie Dentana and their communications officer…

Clerk plans public awareness about roles

Western Province intends to conduct public awareness on the roles of its clerk this year. The province’s newly appointed clerk Gideon Tuke confirmed this to the Sunday Star. Tuke said one of the first things he’s going to do is raise awareness about his role to the people.  “Many people in the province do not…

Why is Whiteside still here?

A police officer has questioned why Russell Islands Plantation Estates Limited (RIPEL) general manager John Whiteside is still here despite not having a work or residential permit. The officer, who asked not to be named, said this is quite surprising because no foreigner who has no work or residential permit should be allowed to live…