BLUE BOAT BREACHES

Iona Firi given a week to destroy impounded boats By TEDDY KAFO THE Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has issued an ultimatum to Iona Firi to destroy the controversial blue boats by this weekend. The blue boats were impounded early this year and following an High Court ruling, they were destined to be tendered…

Sister Port MOU signed in Taipei

SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) has officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan last month. The MOU was sealed on September 25 by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Solomon Islands Ports Authority Eranda Kotelewala and the vice-president and CEO of Kaohsiung Port, Taiwan International Ports Corp Shao-Liang…

Why arrest Aipia?

Dear Editor – I’ve read many articles about Dr Reginald Aipia’s beche-de-mer saga. But the report on his recent arrest for farming Bechdemer on his remote Lord Howe Island seems to be on a jealousy basis. The beche-de-mer on Lord Howe Islands belongs to the indigenous people there and not belong to the Director or…

Why Aipia?

Dear Editor – The letter authored by Tepuke P. Hakatigisa’a from White River which came out last Friday in this column is interesting. That letter mention how a ‘Patrol Boat’ was dispatched to arrest Dr Aipia along with his American friend who were busy with the bechedemer farm in the Malaita Outer Island. Yet, the…