City plan delayed

Plans to demolish old buildings within central Honiara have been delayed, while the Honiara City Council awaits a technical report from its Physical Planning division. That was according to Town and Country Planning Board chairman, Eddie Ngava. Property owners between the Hot Bread Kitchen and NPF building at Point Cruz have been issued with notices…

Biosecurity vital, says Saelea

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock permanent secretary, Jim Saelea has highlighted the importance of biosecurity in the country. Speaking at the launching of the new biosecurity website at Heritage Park on Thursday, Saelea said Biosecurity Solomon Islands is set up to protect all plants and animals in the country. Saelea said in particular, it is…

Quake fails to generate tsunami

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred at 3:17pm, approximately 20 km west of Auki, Malaita Province, Friday. But it failed to generate a tsunami. The Weather Office issued a statement minutes after the quake hit, saying there was no tsunami warning. In Auki, Malaita, residents were on alert for a possible tsunami warning. The…

Quake fail to generate tsunami

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred at 3:17pm, approximately 20 km west of Auki, Malaita Province, Friday. But it failed to generate a tsunami. The Weather Office issued a statement minutes after the quake hit, saying there was no tsunami warning. In Auki, Malaita, residents were on alert for a possible tsunami warning. The…

Marita denies bad behaviour in Guam

Director for Culture in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Dennis Marita has denied claims certain members of the contingent to the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam misbehaved during the event. Members of the contingent told the Sunday Star some men in the delegation who were drunk acted disorderly and were removed by…

No decision yet

Gov’t yet to decide; Students remain in troubled PNG The Government is yet to decide whether to bring back our students from the troubles in Papua New Guinea. Any decision on that will be based on the operational status of the universities that its students participated in the protests there. Following last Wednesday’s police firing…

Big plans for East Guadalcanal

TWO major projects are earmarked for East Guadalcanal Constituency this year. That was according to the constituency’s MP Bradley Tovosia. “Housing scheme and proper water supply and sanitation are the two projects I am earmarking for implementation this year,” he added. “They are my priority projects for this year apart from others.” He said before…

Kere applauds local workers

THE country’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Joy Kere has applauded local workers recruited under the Regional Seasonal Employment (RSE) Scheme working in New Zealand at JR Orchards. She also thanked JR Orchards as the employer and the New Zealand Government for providing the opportunity for Solomon Islanders to go and work under the RSE…

Manetoali highlights value of our Ocean

AN estimated $2.51 billion per year was the estimated money value that the marine environment is actually providing to the country, says the Minister for Environment Samuel Manetoali. Mr Manetoali was speaking at the national event to mark three important environmental days on Wednesday, in Honiara. “….at the national scale, the ocean brings in revenue…

New biosecurity website launched

SOLOMON Islands has a new website for biosecurity that was launched in Honiara on Thursday. The Australian Government funded the website, which is one of the activities under the $14 million budget that runs from 2013-2016. Under the same funding, the Australia government supported other projects as well. Rebecca Gibb, Counsellor, Economics and Strategy of…