Addressing water shortage on Tuwo

With an eroding coastline on an already limited landmass, the impacts of climate change, particularly sea-level rise and pronounced droughts have severe consequences on water and sanitation in the Solomon Islands. Tuwo community is an extremely isolated, rural village located on a small, low-lying island, part of a large coral atoll chain. The 531 people…

Cinema business unviable here

The cost of operating a cinema in Honiara is too expensive, according to John Van Den Heever who owns the popular White River residential cinema. In an email sent to this paper yesterday Van Den Heever said it is enormously expensive to find and pay rent on a proper hall to run a cinema. “The…

Logger accused of trespassing

The Central Provincial Government yesterday accused Metro Logging Company at Pavuvu in Russell Islands of trespassing into state owned land. Premier Patrick Vasuni yesterday said the logging company has built their access road into the provincial government block. “One of our provincial officers visited Pavuvu last week and saw that the logging company entered the…

‘Aligegeo shaped my life’

A Fijian woman says Aligegeo Provincial Secondary School helps to shape her life. Viniana Duituturanga was a student at Aligegeo from 1969 to 1971 when her father was a teacher there. Last week she visited her old school in Malaita. “Aligegeo School is my home from 1969 to 1971,” Duituturanga said. “I live and schooled…

Public asked to help fight TB

The national Tuberculosis (TB) programme is looking at engaging communities to help carry out the fight against TB in the country. Director Noel Itogo said it is important that communities must involve in this fight against the killer disease. “One of the main focuses of TB programme is to roll out TB services and engaged…

Red Cross outlines vision

“Our vision is to become the leading humanitarian organization in the Solomon Islands, improving the lives of vulnerable people,” says Solomon Island Red Cross (SIRC) President, Donald Tahani. SIRC have launched their Strategic Plan for the next four years last Wednesday. The highlight of their work plan goal is the aim to reach 30 per…

NO MORE PAYMENT

…For all ex-combatants by government THE six million ($6m) paid by government to ex-combatants in 2015 and 2016 are the final cash payout to be made for the former fighters. This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) Justus Denni when he appeared before the…

Lucky families

Two families counted themselves lucky when a vehicle veered off the road and stopped just in front of their homes in the early hours of Saturday at Lengakiki. The incident happened at around 3am. Bakana Longasaliu told the Sunday Star a mango tree in front of his house stopped the rolling hilux from destroying his…

Vasuni queries loggers

Central Province to meet over logging operation Central Islands Provincial will convene an urgent meeting this week to discuss a logging company’s operations and compliance issues. Tropical Logging Company landed with its machineries two weeks ago at Voghovavala point, Nautuha District, with informing the provincial executive. The incident prompted widespread criticism of the provincial administration’s…