‘BLUE BOATS’ SEIZED

THREE Vietnamese ‘Blue Boats’ (fishing boats) have been arrested following a joint operation involving police and fisheries officers over the weekend for alleged illegal fishing within our exclusive economic zone (EEZ). A statement from Police Media Unit yesterday said: “Police and fisheries officers have arrested three Vietnamese ‘blue boats’ (fishing boats) over the weekend for…

Addressing water shortage on Tuwo

With an eroding coastline on an already limited landmass, the impacts of climate change, particularly sea-level rise and pronounced droughts have severe consequences on water and sanitation in the Solomon Islands. Tuwo community is an extremely isolated, rural village located on a small, low-lying island, part of a large coral atoll chain. The 531 people…

Logger accused of trespassing

The Central Provincial Government yesterday accused Metro Logging Company at Pavuvu in Russell Islands of trespassing into state owned land. Premier Patrick Vasuni yesterday said the logging company has built their access road into the provincial government block. “One of our provincial officers visited Pavuvu last week and saw that the logging company entered the…

Red Cross outlines vision

“Our vision is to become the leading humanitarian organization in the Solomon Islands, improving the lives of vulnerable people,” says Solomon Island Red Cross (SIRC) President, Donald Tahani. SIRC have launched their Strategic Plan for the next four years last Wednesday. The highlight of their work plan goal is the aim to reach 30 per…

NO MORE PAYMENT

…For all ex-combatants by government THE six million ($6m) paid by government to ex-combatants in 2015 and 2016 are the final cash payout to be made for the former fighters. This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) Justus Denni when he appeared before the…