Public commends use of breathalyzers

Members of the public have commended the use of breathalyzers by police to crackdown on drink-driving. This follows the first use of breathalyzer by police last weekend which resulted in 10 people being apprehended for taking alcohol over the legal limit.  “This is what we want. This device is really good and this must be…

PPI Act needs improvements: Dr Nanau

ONE of the Solomon Islands academics say the Solomon Islands need to patch loopholes in the Political Party Integrity Act to ensure stability in governance. Dr Gordon Nanau who is a lecturer at the University of South Pacific (USP) Fiji, said loopholes still allow for movements of MPs to occur. “It is important for candidates…

Six provinces join UDP

Six provinces had pledged their alliance with the United Democratic Party (UDP) yesterday before the president of UDP Tommy Chan at the Honiara Hotel. This was revealed to the Solomon Star by the Premier of Malaita Province Peter Ramohia. Mr Ramohia said that incorporating provincial governments to any political party helps the province to address…

Sikua to PM: Tell the truth

The Leader of the Independent Group in Parliament Hon. Dr. Derek Sikua said in a statement yesterday that the Prime Minister’s National Apology on Tuesday 5th July, 2006 is farcical, a mockery and a deliberate attempt at covering up past illegal activities and wrongdoing by certain individuals. Dr. Sikua also stated that the blame put…

Opposition: Probe shocking $14.8m to ghost companies

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group is shocked by revelations by Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) that the Government has allocated $14.8million to eight recipients of the shipping grants whom are ‘ghost companies’. The eight ghost companies are part of the 25 recipients that the Government approved for funding under the shipping grant. In a statement, the Opposition…

Police boss lauds community support

Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast is happy with the behaviour of communities over the Independence Day event and other events over the week. He said police have received a high level of cooperation from the communities and the support. “We really appreciate the support.” Mr Prendergast at the weekly police conference yesterday at the Rove Police…

RIPEL workers get organised, launches constitution

Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited (RIPEL) former employees have launched their constitution at DSE conference room, Chinatown on Friday. This came about through the assistance of Solomon Islands Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Advocacy Association (SIIPHRAA). Secretary of SIIPHRAA, Buddy Wickhams No’amasahu said the objectives of the association are: 1.     To sort out the outstanding claims…

ROC releases first tranche of constituency fund

The Government of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan has released the first tranche of the 2016 ROC Support Constituency Development Fund totaling SBD$11.7 Million to 39 Constituencies which have submitted their acquittal reports on the final tranche of the same funding for 2015. Taipei has also released the third tranche of the 2015…