PPF withdraws from Auki, Friday

MEMBERS of the Participating Police Force (PPF) serving under the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI PPF) will depart Auki tomorrow after 12 years maintaining law and order in the province. This is part of draw down process that will see RAMSI operations coming to an end. A statement from RAMSI media unit said,…

New solar panels for the needy

VOTERS of Central Makira Constituency received new sets of solar panels sourced from their constituency funds. The handover of the solar panels was made by Gravis Tahiri, the Constituency Development Officer (CDO), during a recent visit. About 10 recipients of Kaokaoragana village including the old and disabled were the lucky ones to receive the solar…

Gold Ridge tailings treatment underway

NEW owners of Gold Ridge Mine, Gold Ridge Community Investment Limited (GCIL), has taken steps to treat and drain the most talked about Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) that has posed environmental and health risks to people in the area since St Barbra left the site. Work to treat the dam, which has not been treated…

HCC settle workers

Honiara City Council (HCC) direct employees have received their salary on Tuesday following their protest over salary delay on Monday morning. These employees comprised of those working at the Honiara Central Market (HCM), Works Division, Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) and other departments of the city council. The peaceful protest was to demand an explanation for…

MPs support affected communities

THREE Members of Parliament from Lau MBaelelea, North Malaita and Baegu Asifola have joined forces to assist the victims of Suava communities with relief supplies on Tuesday. The relief supplies included 20 bales of second hand clothes, 20 sets of kitchen utensils, 250 bag of rice and 100 cartoons of Soltuna products. The supplies were…

Telekom to launch more 3G towers

SEVEN more 3G towers of Our Telekom installed in Malaita province will be launched soon. This was confirmed by our Telekom Auki branch office on Tuesday. Assistance manager Jimmy Nange told the Solomon star the towers are 50metres in height. “The towers will provide the 3G services which includes the internet, TV and other important…

New Bmobile/Vodafone site on air in Malaita

Another new Bmobile/Vodafone tower e in Malaita came on air as of Monday, September 14th this week. This site is another 40 meter SST tower structure located at the highest point above Auki called Ofalomae tower. A statement from the company yesterday said, this will give around 4,000 people from Malaita additional coverage. “This tower…

Landowners block flight

Rennell mining dispute reaches new level WEST Rennell landowners in Honiara on Tuesday blocked a Solomon Airlines plane from flying to the remote island as tensions between landowner rages. Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID), which has a licence to do bauxite mining in west Rennell chartered the flight, which was scheduled to leave Honiara at…

SIEC hosts gender workshop

Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) is taking the lead in ensuring equality in elections management, hosting a two-day workshop titled ‘Gender and Us’. The workshop for all SIEC staff kicks off today at the Honiara Hotel. “This workshop is a significant step forward in SIEC’s efforts to become a more gender-sensitive and transformative organization”, Chief…

Customs denies allegations

An officer within the customs division says revelation by the former Forest Minister Bodo Dettke alleging that logging companies bribed their way out from the system by incurring a SBD$500 million revenue loss is totally misleading. The officer who wants anonymity said, the mismatch in records from the Ministry of Forests and Customs division was…