New Ports fee soon

LOCAL ship operators will soon have to pay between $15,000 to $30, 000 per year under a new ports fee imposed by the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) as of this month under its reform, it was claimed. This fee known as the ‘Ports Registration Fee’ is being charged per vessel per year based on…

CRU ends UPNG SI students’ awareness

Solomon Islands students at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) successfully completed the awareness on the 2nd 2014 Draft Federal Constitution of Solomon Islands with CRU officials in Port Moresby on Friday 1st April 2016. Constitutional Reform Unit (CRU) Consultant Lawyer Reginald Teutao told students that despite the short time and students’ busy schedule,…

Dental team successfully visits Namuga

A VISIT conducted by a group of dental doctors from Australia to the remote Namuga hospital in Star Harbour, east Makira last month was successful. According to a dental report filed by the team leader Dr Som-Ling Leung, 177 Kindergarten, primary, and secondary students at Namuga school have received dental treated during the trip, excluding…

Gwaunaoa clinic in need of electricity supply

GWAUNAOA Rural Health Centre (clinic) in west Kwara’ae, Malaita province is in need of electricity supply. Speaking to Solomon star in an interview, senior board committee member of Gwaunaoa clinic and technical officer Nathaniel Maegwari said, the current poor electricity supply at the clinic has put medical staff responsibilities at risk. “This has forced medical…

POB’s Digital Banking Service

Pan Oceanic Bank, has now launched its first Digital Banking Cadets programme  into the market to assist people from all walks of life to get onto POB Online Digital Banking. POB’s Digital Banking service gives the user viewing and transactional access over their phones or computers anywhere, anytime, without having to come into the Bank.…

Trade unions urged to protect locals

THE National Secretary of the Solomon Islands National Council of Trade Unions (SICTU), Tony Kagovai has called on trade unions in the country to find ways to work together to promote and protect the interests of Solomon Islands workers. Mr Kagovai made the call while welcoming the new elected President of Workers Union of Solomon…

Victims commemorate April flooding

VICTIMS of the 2014 flash flooding who were relocated to the newly established April Valley in east Honiara took time last Sunday to remember their family members who lost their lives during the disaster. The community commemorated the event through prayers and feasting. “It’s the day that we cannot forget in our lives. On April…

New firm addresses science, environmental issues

A NEW privately owned company that aims to address issues of research and science studies had been unveiled last week. Called SPE Analytical, it is a locally owned and operated laboratory to provide the following services, 1 – Soil, plants and water analysis, (2) School Science supplies (3) Research and consulting. According to the founder,…

Govt urged to recognise local scientists

GOVERNMENT has been challenged to utilise the services of its top qualified local scientists. A local soil specialist Simon Iro from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) highlighted this when speaking Thursday at the opening of SPE Analytical which stands for ‘Soils, Plants and Environmental Analytical & Scientific Supplies Services.’ Its owned by a…

Local lawyers return from overseas training

Two local lawyers have had the chance to strengthen their legal policy skills thanks to the Australian Government’s Pacific Legal Policy Development Program delivered by the Australian Attorney-General’s Department. Jasper Highwood Anisi from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and Kyla Venokana from the Ministry of Justice’s Policy Unit spent two weeks…