Efforts to solve Gizo water crisis

THE Western Provincial government has been working closely with stakeholders to address the acute water shortage at provincial capital Gizo.  Premier David Gina revealed this in an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star. “In the shorter term, we are working with Solomon Water and others to try and source water from the only available stream…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Mua’s trials awaits Witness’ health status* Illegal Casino file with prosecutor* Naurua’s ruling delayed Mua’s trials awaits Witness’ health status PROSECUTION will be updating the court tomorrow on their position regarding the health status of their final witness in the trial on the matter of the outgoing Member of Parliament (MP), Dickson Mua. Mua…

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…

First Mandarin class offered to SIG officers

  TAIWAN embassy, in collaboration with Taiwan ICDF (International Cooperation and development Fund) and Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, has opened a first ever Mandarin class for SIG officers this year.  The class is held at the headquarters of Correctional Services and is open to all SIG officers and interested citizens.  Twenty-eight…

A SHIP ENGINEER’S EXPERIENCE

Recalling a risky sea ordeal COMFORT BABASIANAIn Gizo Don Mare, a Ship Engineer from Shortland Islands started in the Profession as a Teenager in 1981.  He served in about twenty Vessels to date. His big challenge was when he worked with a Fast Craft called the Sea Hawk, returning from Nusa Tupe Island in Gizo…