SIMSA to go independent

GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) has directed Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) to prepare to become an independent Maritime Safety Authority soon. This was revealed by the Director Captain Timothy Harris saying this will be a self-funded organization instead of being a government department. This means it would meet its own…

Villagers undergo physical training

ABOUT 51 participants have successfully completed a basic physical fitness and sports training at Haleta community, Central Island Province (CIP) last week. Most of the participants received their certificate at the end of the training. The training was organized and conducted by Johnson Teava, president of CIP Hero’s social sports club. Speaking to the Solomon…

Mayor pleased with support

The support from business houses and the general public to comply with the 7-meter-by-law has received praised from the City Mayor. Alference Fatai in expressing his appreciation said, there has been much change around the city since the council imposed the ordinance early this week on Monday, February 2. “It is very pleasing indeed to…

Minister urged to revoke licence

THE Office of the Parliamentary Opposition is calling on the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources John Maneniaru to revoke the export license granted to Ontong Java Development Company (OJDC) to export beche-de-mer. The Opposition office urged the Fisheries Minister not to bow down to outside influence to overshadow his status as person with integrity.…

PM stands by decision

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare yesterday confirmed instructing the issuance of a beche-de-mer export licence to Dr Reginald Aipia of the Ontong Java Development Company Limited. And he said his decision is based on a recent Caucus Consensus that the Democratic Coalition for Change Government should prioritise assisting indigenous Solomon Islanders in their business endeavours. Mr…

PM makes independent decision, says Oso

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare did not seek any legal opinion from any lawyer before directing Fisheries officials to issue export permit to Ontong Java Development Company (OJDC). His press secretary, Deli Oso defended her boss after the Solomon Star reported yesterday, that Mr Sogavare sought advice from private lawyer Wilson Rano of Rano and Company…

Dengue fever warning

IT’S ‘dengue season’ in Solomon Islands and people should take action to minimize their risk of getting dengue fever. That’s the message from health authorities. Dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that is transmitted through the bite of the dengue mosquito. “Mosquitos lay their eggs in and around water,” said said World Health Organization…