New rest house unveiled in North Vella

A new community rest house was unveiled at Irigila village,North Vela La Vela in the Western province, Monday this week.  The rest-house was the initiative of Irigila community which had begun its construction May this year. The assistance came from Member of Parliament (MP) for North Vella La Vella, Hon. Milner Tozaka. The rest-house featured…

‘Spread positive things about SI in social media’

Foreigners residing and working in various organisation and companies in Solomon Islands have been reminded to help Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) relay positive things about Solomon Islands abroad instead of something negative. Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) marketing manager, Freda Unusi, highlighted this during the 2014 Our Telekom national tourism forum (NTF) held at…

Church organises health forum

A FIVE-DAY community health development forum aimed at addressing health development plans of the South Seas Evangelical Church (SSEC) and it members is being held this week. It started Monday at Kobito, east Honiara, and will conclude today. About 20 church coordinators from the SSEC churches in Honiara, Guadalcanal and Western region took part in…

SINU students engaged with local farms

MINISTER for Agriculture, David Tome has highlighted that students of Solomon Islands National University (SINU) are currently engaging with various local cocoa and coconut farms as part of their practical assessments. Agriculture Minister Tome highlighted this when responding to a question posed by Opposition Leader, Dr Derek Sikua, if students were engaged with farms in…

New bus service offers cheap fare

 A new bus service aimed at addressing the short bus route in Honiara will start serving the city this Sunday. Two new jumbo buses will service two routes in the city which will see adult and children paying $5.00 and $3.00 respectively for four trips in a day. The buses can carry around 55 passengers…

‘Push hard to enjoy trade’

The region has been urged to push hard to engage and enjoy the benefits of trade through PACER Plus (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations)if this deal comes into effect. The encouragement was made last week by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) resident representative for pacific island countries Yongzheng Yang at the end of a…

Partnership on sustainable energy highlighted at forum

SPC: Sustainable Energy is one of the six multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogues being held during this week’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa. Central to the Sustainable Energy debate is use of renewable energy technologies to reduce SIDS reliance on fossil fuels, with their high cost and damaging environmental impacts. “Lack…

Pacific women to benefit from ITC project

Women in the pacific will be benefiting from the new “Economic Empowerment of Women in the Pacific” project that was launched in Samoa this week at the third UN-SIDS Conference. The launch was done between the government of Samoa, International Trade Centre (ITC) and Stakeholders to partner to ‘Integrating Women Entrepreneurs in SIDS into the…

Solomon Water emerges from the dark days, says general manager

SOLOMON Water is emerging from its dark days, cleared its huge debts, and now operating profitably. General Manager Richard Austin revealed this on Wednesday when Solomon Water took delivery of the $150 million water supply improvement project for Honiara and Auki, from the Japanese Government. Mr Austin said the organisation’s current financial situation is stable…