Illegal shark fishing activities at Vonavona Lagoon

A TEAM consisting of Wildlife Conservation Society and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) are inspecting Vonavona Lagoon following complaints of increasing shark fishing. A statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and MFMR said the inspection was in direct response to concerns raised by lagoon fisherwomen who have reported an increase in…

CHIEF JAILED FOR UNDERAGE SEX

A 48-year-old community chief who had sex with a six-year-old girl has been jailed for seven years and nine months recently in the High Court. The man who cannot be named to protect the identity of the six-year-old victim was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of having sexual intercourse with a child under…

Applications for passport suspended

AS demand for workforce under the Pacific Labour Scheme increase the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration has temporarily halted the fast processing of passports as of today. The reason for the temporary suspension was to give time for the passport officers to process and print the current huge pending passport applications. This followed…

State of the Art blood culture machine given to NRH

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has received a state-of-the-art microbiology diagnostic machine from an Australian Charity Group based in Melbourne, Australia.  The SBD360,000 machine was officially handed over to the Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Culwick Togamana by the Australia High Commission First Secretary for Health Dr Alex Stephens on behalf…

Council of Chiefs draft constitution approved

THE initiative of setting up a Tolo Wala Council of Chiefs Constitution (TWCOC) reached a milestone with the approval of the draft constitution. The Ministry of Traditional Governance Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs (MTGPEA) in collaboration with the Aoke-Langalanga Constituency and Local Court approved the draft following a successful consultation last week. According to a statement…

‘GET OUT’

Notice is up as the High Court-ordered Hell’s Point eviction countdown begins IT is bound to happen – just a matter of time. The government knows that its days are numbered just as much as the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) does. Last week the threat of eviction in the Levers Solomon Ltd vs…

UNDER SPOTLIGHT

The question of who really owns Constituency-purchased vessels comes under the spotlight with the recent call by a Small Malaita community on the Small Mala Shipping Management to inform them of what actions it will take on the storm-grounded MV Small Mala SHIPS bought under the government’s multi-million-dollar shipping grants for Constituencies were once a…