Australian investment in Fiji up 559 per cent

FIJI SUN: Australian investment in Fiji in 2013 increased by a whopping 559 per cent when compared with 2012. The Permanent Secretary for Industry and Trade, Shaheen Ali, revealed this, saying this increase followed a period of decline. Australian investment in Fiji in 2013 was $340 million (US$183 million), up by $288.4 million (US$155.5 million).…

Mining giant reviews Bougainville stake

Mining giant Rio Tinto is considering the future of its key stake in a company that has lost the right to mine in Bougainville. Bougainville Copper Ltd was stripped of all exploration and mining licences by the Autonomous Bougainville Government last week. “Rio Tinto has decided now is an appropriate time to review all options…

Isabel nurses trained for survey

THE Reproductive Health Division in the Ministry of Health and Medical Service last week conducted a week-long training for nurses around Isabel on family health. This was done in preparation of a family health survey to be conducted in the province next week. A senior nurse from Buala hospital Ambrose Kikolo said the training was…

Diarrhoea outbreak reported on Sikaiana

SIKAIANA, in the Malaita Outer Islands, is currently facing a diarrhoea outbreak with reports claiming a child had already died as a result. Reports reaching the Solomon Star claimed that the diarrhoea outbreak is taking its toll on the Malaita outer island of Sikai’ana with many living in a state of panic, especially with the…

MOI constituents query shipping grant

CONSTITUENTS of Malaita Outer Island are calling on their Member of Parliament, Martin Kealoe to clarify why the constituency is still without a shipping vessel despite receiving the NCRA Government’s shipping grant in 2013. This was despite Mr Kealoe promising the people that they will soon receive a new vessel to service the Malaita Outer…

Praise for reconciliation ceremony

A PROMINENT leader of South Guadalcanal has hailed a reconciliation ceremony conducted for five communities in the area last week. Francis Para, who is also a board member of Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB), thanked the five communities in South Guadalcanal namely Chakudale, Vatughola, Puisugho, Vetabao and Chiba,for participating in the ceremony. The ceremony was…

Landowners want town boundary issue resolved

TANDAI indigenous landowners in north west Guadalcanal say they wanted the government to immediately push forward with the long overdue issue of the Honiara Town boundary expansion. Trust spokesman and Provincial Assembly Member for Tandai ward John Batista Nano said the issue is of great concern and priority to Tandai people. Mr Nano, who is…

Business Names Bill now in Parliament

THE Business Names Bill 2014 is part of the Government’s on-going program of reforming business laws to bring them into line with modern best practice and the conditions of Business in Solomon Islands. The Bill when becomes an Act will provide for the Registration and use of Business Names, for the Repeal of the Registration…