Suspect on the run arrested

Kirakira, Makira/Ulawa police over the weekend arrested a suspect who has been on the run. The man was charged with malicious damage. Provincial police commander Richard Hane said that his officers got the tip off and intercepted the suspect who was on the run for several months. The suspect is in his 20s. The value…

Water shortage hits Kira Kira

As the water problem continues to take its toll, residents of Kirakira have resorted to using wells and streams to fetch water for cooking, drinking and swimming.Kirakira’s water shortage was attributed to the current dry weather. Speaking to the Solomon Star provincial police commander Richard Hane said the problem was due to the current dry…

Choiseul implements ridge to reef conservation

Ecological Solutions, Solomon Islands (ESSI) a local organization is currently working with customary landowners of Mount Maetambe to Kolobangara River, Lauru Land Conference and Tribal Communities (LLCTC) and Choiseul province to implement the ridges to reefs (R2R) conservation plan for Choiseul province medium development plan for 2012-2014. The R2R conservation plan for Choiseul province is…

Forum opens with ‘ocean’ as its theme

THE 45th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting opened in Palau, Tuesday, with President Tommy Remengesau underscoring the importance of the ocean, the theme of this year’s meeting. “This meeting provides a unique opportunity for the nations of the region to further the comprehensive approach envisioned by the Oceanscape framework and to taking concrete action to…

Rewards for customers

Bank of South Pacific will launch its Swipe on BSP EFTPoS and Win promotion today in an effort to amplify a smarter way to pay for goods and services. BSP retail banking general manager Ravindra Singh said the promotion, which would run until October 4, encouraged the use of their electronic funds transfer at point…

Single LNG shipment costs about K60m

The  value for each LNG shipment from the country’s PNG LNG Project costs US$50 million (K119.1 million) to US$60 (K143.9 million), National Petroleum Company PNG managing director Wapu Sonk said. So far, ExxonMobil PNG Ltd had shipped 12 LNG cargoes to sell on the spot market to customers in Asia. Sonk said “the shipments of…

NZ says summit key for Pacific Plan review

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister says this year’s Pacific leaders’ summit is of particular significance as it will include high-level discussions over the future of the Pacific Plan. Murray McCully is in Palau for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum, which officially opens today in the capital Koror.  McCully says the Pacific Plan has a lot…