LUAPEL chiefs want Bêche-de-mer ban out

CHIEFS from Luaniua and Pelau islands in the Malaita Outer Islands are calling on the government to lift the bêche-de-mer ban so that they can harvest their resource to earn income to support their families. Chairman of the LUAPEL House of Chiefs Hugo Viauli and his assistant Bartholomew Kolo told the Solomon Star that the…

Makira for Australia bushfire fundraiser this weekend

HONIARA-BASED people of Makira-Ulawa Province last week raised more than $10,000 towards the bushfire victims in Australia. And they have extended their sympathy to those affected and have suffered the brunt of the recent bushfires. Last weekend’s fundraiser, held at the grounds of the National Museum, was their first. They are staging another fundraiser this…

Work on MUPG wharf on Ugi starts

WORK on one of Makira Ulawa Provincial Government wharves has started at NgotaNgota Beach at Selwyn Bay on Ugi Island. Member for Ugi Ward of the Makira Ulawa Provincial Assembly, Henry Rata says work on the Waimasi Wharf, as it will be known, started Wednesday (March 11) soon after all the necessary equipment was dropped…

MSG to observe Vanuatu polls

DEPUTY chairman of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission Freddie Bosoboe is among the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) observer team picked to observe next week’s elections in Vanuatu. The team was selected at the invitation of the Vanuatu Government. The MSG Observer Group will be led by former Foreign Affairs Minister of Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. …

SIPA funds repair of Choiseul Bay school

SOLOMON Ports on Friday handed over $105,000 to Choiseul Bay Provincial Secondary School of Choiseul Province. The fund will go towards the full repair and renovation of the school’s kitchen and dining hall building, which has been in a dire state for decades.  A cheque was handed over to the school’s principal Murray Rotoava by…

No arrest yet

NO arrest has been made yet since the body of a 68-year-old Temotu man was found beside the road at Guadalcanal Plains on February 29. Acting Police Chief Mostyn Mangau said investigations are continuing and police are still calling on the public and community at Guadalcanal Plains for information. “I call upon the public and…

Sea Level Rise & the Man-made Islands of Lau

Whilst the industrial world is engrossed in economic growth and prosperity, the negative impacts of their obsessions are inevitably felt the world over.   The industrial world has contributed markedly to greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for global warming.  Sadly enough, whether a country is a party to such emission or not, the effects are…

ISIA slams One Link 

THE Institute of Solomon Islands Accountants (ISIA) has issued a warning to the country about the mischievousness of the current pyramid scheme called One Link Pacifica. “Pyramid schemes such as One Link Pacifica work on the basis that the people who start it off collect all of the money paid into the scheme by the…

Bad weather hits west Guadalcanal communities

THE continuous heavy rain in the last few days has caused flooding and landslide in West Guadalcanal damaging roads, food gardens and forced schools to close down. Solomon Star’s Guadalcanal stringer John Toki has reported that the flooding and landslide have affected the people in West Guadalcanal. As a result of the disaster affecting them,…

Officers to face disciplinary action

ACTING Police Chief Mostyn Mangau will be dealing with the three officers who allegedly hit two students with a police vehicle in Malaita last month in terms of disciplinary actions. He told reporters on Thursday that once he received a report from the police’s Professional Standard and Investigation (PSII) he will deal with the discipline…