Allegations against Forest officers clarified

The Ministry of Forestry and Research on Monday stepped in to clarify allegations made against certain Forestry officials that frequented loggers’ offices to demand for cash. The revelations were made over the weekend in the Sunday Star Newspaper issue dated 11th February 2018. In a statement, the Ministry has appealed to those making such an…

Aligegeo unveils new outfit

STUDENTS attending Aligegeo provincial secondary school this year will no longer use the famous yellow and blue uniform as the school now introduces a new pupils’ uniform. The school’s introduction of the new uniform also coincides with the introduction of new school badge and school motto. Aligegeo deputy principal Andy Tosasai confirmed this new development…

Police rescue drifting boat at sea

Police at Gizo in the Western Province have rescued seven people who were drifting in a white ray boat powered by a 15hp engine near Vella La Vella Island on Friday 9 February 2018 A police media unit statement said, the boat was travelling to Sambora Village in Vella La Vella from Gizo with seven…

Stolen iphone returned

A FEMALE expat working for an international NGO here has expressed her joy at the return of her stolen iPhone last week. The woman has had her Phone snatched from her hand at the Borderline bus stop last month. “Thank you very much for the honesty shown by the one who returned it,” the woman,…

PM heads for MSG summit

Leaves on Monday with 7-member delegation Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela leaves today for the 21st Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. He is leading a seven-member delegation. In Port Moresby, Houenipwela is expected to hand-over the MSG chairmanship to his PNG counterpart Peter O’Neill. This traditional handing over ceremony will…

New solar project for Selwyn College

Selwyn Collage principal Reverend Bishop David Vunagi was impressed with the new solar hybrid power project designed for his school. The Solar hybrid power project was still under design stages by the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology. It was the first of its kind in the country and will also roll…

Learning Mandarin

Language of the times By LESLEY SANGA  THE growing importance of the Chinese language globally didn’t go unnoticed by Solomon Islands’ government. At its request, Taiwan responded by sponsoring the Mandarin teaching program here since 2012 as part of the partnership in education between the two countries. Committed to providing relevant and high quality teaching,…

Challenges of running coconut crushing mill

OPERATING a coconut crushing mill is a great income generating opportunity for many rural Solomon Islanders. But keeping the operation going and maintaining the crushing mill machine can be challenging and costly. Billy Funusulia looks after his community crushing mill at Gwa’adingale village, Malu’u, in north Malaita. He said the challenges faced by rural communities…

PM offers condolences to Taiwan

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has offered sincere condolences to the President of the Republic of China (ROC) of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-Wen and the people of Taiwan. This followed the devastating earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late on Tuesday. The magnitude-6.4 quake struck on Tuesday evening and was centered 14 miles northeast of…

Malaita fisheries monitors bech-de-mer ban

FISHERIES officials in Malaita say they’ll be on the look-out for possible illegal harvest of beche-de-mer now that the open period has closed. Senior fisheries officer Martin Jasper warned that his office will closely monitor the all fisheries activities to ensure there’s no illegal harvest of the product. The three-month open period the government permitted…