Security firm pledges cleanliness

A SECURITY firm engaged to man Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) domestic jetties has pledged to also clean up the premises. The assurance came from owner of NW Water Front Security Service Nick Maena. Mr Maena told the Solomon Star yesterday his firm has been engaged to man the gates and patrol the domestic area.…

SPBD brightens the way for Sahalua women

MORE than 20 women from Reivotu group in Sahalu ward, North-West Guadalcanal have benefited from the South Pacific Banking development (SPBD) small business scheme. The group told Solomon Star that the scheme has helped start small businesses at home that were really helpful to families. “For many years, we have been dreaming of going into…

Why the fish are dying

New Marovo lagoon research uncovers reasons WHEN a large number of fish mysteriously died and twice discovered on the coast of Marovo Lagoon some two years ago, villagers there were left wondering. A Queensland University research carried out immediately after the discoveries pointed out the cause may be triggered by climate change. However, a later…

Choiseul briefed on police rearmament

THE Choiseul Provincial Government and members of the Provincial Assembly have been briefed on the staged limited rearmament of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) during a full meeting of the Assembly in the provincial capital Taro on 30 September 2015. A team consisting of representatives of the RSIPF and the Regional Assistance Mission…

Passengers lament horrific sea ordeal

HONIARA-BOUND passengers from Auki, Malaita province, have described their trip from Auki on Thursday, as the worst ever trip by a local shipping company. A trip which should only take over 6 hours lasted up to 12 hours in five metre swells and strong winds.    The journey on board the old 360 Discovery fast-craft has…

Villagers face critical water shortage

VILLAGERS of Parara and Kohingo islands in Western Province are facing critical water shortage as impacts of the dry weather hits home. “Most villagers on these two islands have already run out of drinking water in their tanks,” community leader Hoult Tonga told the Solomon Star from Rarumana by phone yesterday. “A few of us…

Tu’ata dismisses bauxite loading claims

WEST Rennell landowner and media consultant for Asia Pacific investment (APID) Takika Tu’ata has dismissed claims Bintan Mining Solomon Island Limited is in the process of shipping out bauxite despite police orders not to do so. It was claimed three barge loads of bauxite have been loaded. And that Commissioner of Police has instructed police…

SFA backs gov’t action on loggers

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Police plans to introduce breathalyser

Police is planning to introduce breathe analysis equipment (breathalyser) in the country soon to address the drink and drive affecting the city and the rest of the country.  Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast confirmed yesterday saying they are currently working with some stakeholders to acquire some breathalyser to use as part of a measure to tackle…

Public urged to tackle traffic offences

POLICE Commissioner Frank Prendergast has called on communities in Honiara to take a stance to improve on traffic related issues in Honiara. Mr Prendergast made the call during his weekly press conference at Rove police headquarters. He said there is an increase in traffic related incidents, accidents and offences in Honiara that should have been…