Miners eye SI

MINING companies are tussling to get their hands on the lucrative mineral resources of the country despite oppositions indigenous landowners. The opposition to mining is nowhere more marked than in the Choiseul Province. Recently, the Forum Against Mining on Choiseul (FAMOC) has come out strongly in the media against mining in the province. On Monday…

Gold Ridge Mining Limited donates to schools

The ownership of Gold Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) consists of Wanguo International Mining Group (70 percent), AXF Resources (20 percent) and Gold Ridge Landowners through the investment company Goldridge Communities Investment Ltd (GCIL) (10 percent).  This ownership structure, with landowners having equity in the project and representation on the Board of GRML, means that the…

SI-China relation reaches one year

SOLOMON Islands and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as of today celebrated a year of diplomatic relationship since the switch of ties from Taiwan in September of last year, 2019. It was understood that the Sogavare led government’s decision to push a long time friend; Republic of China-Taiwan (ROC) out the door in favour…

Youths have high chance in COVID recovery

Most young people that are infected with COVID 19 and are asymptomatic [do not show any symptoms or signs of illness] have a high chance of making full recovery without even being sick. Between 50%- 70% will remain asymptomatic or only have trivial symptoms such as sore throat and headache. University of Queensland Professor, Ian…

IS MALAITA PUNISHED?

Allegations of unfair distribution of ESP benefits   There are claims that Malaita Province may have been targeted in the distribution of benefits from the Government’s $320 million Economic Stimulus Package (ESP). “I have been told by the ESP Screening Committee that local cocoa and copra producers from Malaita Province who applied for assistance will…

Gov’t prioritizes national safety

Regardless of the onslaught of criticisms and bad press, the Government remains focused on its number one priority which is to keep the country and people safe from COVID 19. Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare made the assurance on Monday this week in his weekly nationwide address. Sogavare said few people and organizations continue to criticize…

Tina River Project appoints HR firm to train locals 

HONIARA, (SOL GOVT) – Local firm Pasifiki HR has been awarded the contract to deliver pre-employment, vocational and technical training programmes aimed at building local capacity under the Solomon Islands Community Benefit Sharing Programme (CBSP) for the Tina River Hydro Development Project.    This appointment reflects the Solomon Island Governments’ commitment to prioritising local organisations…

PM welcomes Chinese Ambassador to SI  

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has officially welcomed the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Mr. Li Ming as he began his posting in Honiara today this week. Chinese President Xi Jinping appointed Mr. Li Ming as China’s first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Solomon Islands with residence in Honiara. Mr.…