Govt issues more fishing licenses

Govt issues more fishing licenses annually Types of fishing activities here Govt issues more fishing licenses annually   The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) approved and issued between 180 to 235 licenses to foreign and local vessels fishing each year in the country over the past five years from 2014-2018. Director of Fisheries…

SoPE too long says Wale

THE further extension of the State of Public Emergency (SoPE) to four months is too long for the second emergency period.  The Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale expressed this on Wednesday in response to announcement by the Prime Minister. MR Wale said the government has had six months since January 2020 to prepare for covid-19.…

Kuku, Titiulu in charge of Independent Office

Former Attorney General (AG) Billy Titiulu is now Secretary to the Parliamentary Office of the Leader of Independent. He replaces Sam Alasia, who stepped down after the former Leader of Independent Group, Robertson Galo, lost his South Choiseul Seat of the National Parliament following a recent High Court ruling of an election petition against his…

126 arrive in 5th repatriation flight

A total of 126 stranded nationals have arrived in Honiara on Tuesday evening from Brisbane, Australia. A statement from National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) said Solomon Airlines special flight IE690 arrived in Honiara from Brisbane at 7:15pm Tuesday evening. “This marks the 5th batch of government coordinated repatriation of stranded nationals overseas and dozens of…

In court with Assumpta

Sent subs, mitigation next for con-man Trial dates for alleged fraudster in Oct, Nov Sent subs, mitigation next for con-man   THE man who was found guilty of obtaining more than $66,000 from three people under false pretences in 2018, will return to court next week. This is for the sentencing submissions and mitigation on…

GAMES OFFICE UNVEILED

THE Pacific Games 2023 National Hosting Authority (NHA) has a new office space. The new location is situated at the old Sea King Restaurant behind the Fairwest Shipping Office in Honiara. It was officially launched by the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Wednesday. The new office will be the home for NHA, Game Organizing committee,…

Search still on for missing six 

THE EXTENSIVE search for the six people who went missing at sea in Temotu Province on July 11 is continuing. Director of the Solomon Islands Maritime Authority Thierry Nervale confirmed this on Wednesday in an interview. The Out-Board Motor (OBM) carrying the six people were returning to Manuopo Village, Reef Islands from Lata, Santa Cruz…

Duo’s curfew case for mention

THE case of two young people accused of breaching the curfew on April 10 will be mentioned today in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court. John Anita and Gila Kiko were supposed to be summoned by the police and prosecution to appear in court on Monday. However, their matter was deferred to today as all matters listed…

GOLD AWARD

Solomon Islands $5 Polymer banknote wins gold   THE newly launched Solomon Islands $5 polymer banknote has won a gold medal in the 2020 Print Industry Craftmanship Awards (PICA), an Australian Print & Visual Communication Association industry competition.  The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) announced this in a media statement issued by CBSI Media…

Isabel Leatherback turtle workshop underway

THE Isabel Leatherback Turtle three days’ workshop is currently underway in Buala, Isabel Province. The three days’ workshop is organized by the Isabel Provincial Government (IPG) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) office. Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Management as well as Minister for Maringe/Kokota Dr. Culwick Togamana was the guest of…