Drivers arrested for drink-driving

POLICE in Honiara have arrested ten vehicle drivers over the weekend following a traffic operation targeting drink driving. Director of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Traffic Department at the Kukum Traffic Centre in east Honiara, Superintendent Fredrick Satu says,  “On the night of 26 January 2019 my officers were involved in a random…

LAND ALERT

Urban land supply a ticking time bomb, says Dr Foukona By ANDREW FANASIA THE Honiara City urban land supply is running out whilst people are encroaching into the customary land outside the town boundary. This can be seen as a ticking time bomb if authorities do not act now, says local Land Expert Dr Joe…

Hou congratulates Australia 

SOLOMON Islands former Prime Minister has congratulated Australia on its 231st Australian Day Anniversary, recently. Mr Rick Hou was also part of the Australian Honiara based participants who celebrated the event, last week. Speaking at the ceremony, Hou highlighted all that Solomon Islands has benefited and enjoyed with Australia and wishes Australia a happy 231st…

Fishermen told to care for FAD

WORLDFISH officer, Misack Sukulu has reminded members of the Auki Bay Fishermen Association (ABFA) to look after their newly launched Fishing Aggregating Device (FAD). Mr. Sukulu made the call after realizing  all the four FADs that were deployed in Ward one and Ward 30 over the past years went missing for unexplained reasons.  He said…

Australia’s Pacific engagement praised

THE country has acknowledged Australia’s ‘Step Up Engagement’ with the Pacific region including Solomon Islands.   Outgoing Prime Minister, Rick Hou uttered this at a recent Australia Day celebrations in Honiara.  “My Government welcomes the appointment of a Deputy Secretary within DFAT, solely responsible for the Pacific.  “This initiative signifies Australia’s increased attention on the economic…

Corruption index launching set

Transparency International is set to release the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, this new week. Transparency International, the leading civil society organisation fighting corruption worldwide, is going to release its 24th Annual Corruption Perceptions Index on Tuesday 29th January 2019 at 4.01 p.m. Solomon Islands time. Transparency International’s flagship research product, the Corruption Perceptions Index is…

Bêche-de-mer stocks falling

Malaita Province’s Principle Fisheries officer, Martin Jasper says the stock of Bêche-de-mer in Malaita has started to deplete and decline. According to Mr Jasper, this is due to the current over harvesting practise in many parts of the province.  Mr Jasper believes that once Bêche-de-mer harvesting continues for a period of time, the stock will…