PM HAILS MINER

And his office defends ‘acknowledgement’ letter By TEDDY KAFO PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare appears to have an “intimate relationship” with the controversial Bintan Mining (Solomon Islands) Limited, an overseas miner extracting bauxite deposits on Rennell island, Renbel Province. This intimate relationship is further evidenced by a recently leaked letter, which the Prime Minister wrote to…

Farmers undergo livestock, poultry training

FIFTEEN young farmers in Malaita province together with the provincial agriculture officers in Malaita province have undergo two days small livestock training on husbandry and managing local chicken (Kokorako) in Auki on Wednesday. The training was facilitated by World Vision Solomon Islands under the support of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to promote and…

Aipia returns to court today

MEDICAL practitioner Dr Reginald Aipia and his American business consultant accused of illegally engaging in commercial beche-de-mer farming at Lord Howe Islands, Malaita Outer Islands, will appear again today in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Prosecution will this morning confirm if they will be proceeding with the charge of prohibition of catches and retains of beche-der-mer…

RSIPF praised for equal recruitment

A VISITING academic from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji, commends the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for implementing the executive decision of recruiting equal number of males and females into its new recruit intake every year. Dr Danielle Watson, Coordinator of the Pacific Policing Program at the USP, was…

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…

Our heroes return home, get overwhelming welcome

The Solomon Islands national junior futsal squad, Kurukuru returned home on Monday to a hero’s welcome. The futsal heroes arrived around 2pm yesterday and were met upon arrival by the Minister for Infrastructure representing the DCC government Honourable Stanley Sofu, SIFF president William Lai along with mad futsal supporters as well as families and friends…

MISS ST NICHOLAS WINS MISS NATURE

Miss St Nicholas has won the Miss nature Pageant 2017. Miss Woodford settled for the first runner up position while Miss Chung Wah settled for the second runner up position. Seven contestants put on striking shows as they contested the Miss Nature Pageant Show 2017 for the first time. The four other contestants were Miss…

Varley reveals benefits of joining INTERPOL

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is now connected with other police organisations around the world, sharing and exchanging information on law and enforcement following its subscription to the International Police Agency, INTERPOL. But this will cost the RSIPF an annual subscription fee of about $140,000, according to Police Commissioner Mathew Varley. Varley said…

Queens meet the press

THE SEVEN contestants for the Miss Solomon Islands Pageant (MSIP) 2017-2018 crown met the local press on Thursday. The meeting with the press was their first public appearance following a restricted speech draw and photo exhibition at the Heritage Park Hotel on Wednesday. Miss Solomon Islands Pageant (MSIP) Director Joyce Konofilia said the press conference…