Breathalyser for the first time introduced in Solomons’

LEGISLATION for the alcohol testing of drivers or operators of vehicles has been gazetted and is now in force. The Police and Transport Legislation (Amendment) (Alcohol Testing) Act 2016 will carry out an operation on starting tomorrow (1st June 2016). The Act provides police with the power to require the driver or person in charge…

PM O’neill assures Sogavare of safety of SI students in PNG

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has been assured by his Papua New Guinea (PNG) counterpart, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill that Port Moresby will ensure that Solomon Islands students studying at various tertiary institutions in PNG are provided adequate security as the University of Papua New Guinea students protest for his removal as Prime Minister is…

Journos told to uphold Journalism ethics

LOCAL journalists working in various media department and organizations within the country (Solomon Islands) are being urged to at all time guide their journalism profession by upholding ethical reporting. Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare, who is also the Patron of the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI), reiterate the statement while joining numerous media personnel’s…

Parl approves additional supplementary appropriation bill

THE National Parliament of Solomon Islands on Friday approved another supplementary appropriation bill ‘2016 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2016.’ This bill regularizes various expenditures of the Government in the first quarter of this year. Minister of Finance and Treasury Hon Snyder Rini, when presenting the bill to the House for debate said this supplementary appropriation bill…

New bank given interim license to operate in Solomons’

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) Board has granted an interim license to Bred Bank (Vanuatu) Limited to establish a branch and carry out banking business in the country. Bred (Solomon) Limited is expected to become the country’s next major financial institution and the fourth commercial bank to be in operation later this year…

Gwaunaru’u airport to take-in first flight next week

THE Solomon Airlines will resume its normal services to Gwaunaru’u airport in Auki, the capital of Malaita Province next week. This was after Solomon Airlines declared open for resumption of Commercial air services effective from Monday 30th May 2016 . General Manager of Operations and commercial services Mr Gus Kraus recently stated that the national carrier…

Vanuatu deports Solomons self-proclaimed pastor

A SOLOMON Islands national was deported from Vanuatu yesterday afternoon by immigration officials for breaching immigration laws. Martine Nehemiah, arrived in Vanuatu in 2013 and was able to convince local politicians to grant him a special open visa to travel in and out of Vanuatu. His coming to Vanuatu was impelled by a visit to…

Ban on Beche-de-mer harvest still on

THE Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) is aware that illegal harvesting of beche-de-mer is taking place in some parts of the country and strongly warns offenders they will face hefty prosecution if caught. MFMR Director Mr Edward Honiwala confirms his office has received reports of people harvesting beche-de-mer illegally and urges them to…

Airbus back in service

SOLOMON Airlines operated Airbus has resumed its normal services as of this week. The airbus had been undergoing maintenance work in Philippine for the past weeks since April as part of the airline’s routine maintenance routine in compliance with airlines safety. In its absence Solomon Airlines partner Qantas has been serving the Brisbane-Honiara route through…