Regional financial supervisors meeting here

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) will host more than 25 regional financial supervisors and experts in Honiara this week during the annual meeting of the Association of Financial Supervisors of Pacific Countries (AFSPC). The 13th AFSPC meeting is jointly hosted by CBSI and the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC) and will take…

Eco-tourism seminar ends

AN eco-tourism training conducted in Honiara in the last five days has equipped participants with new skills to efficiently run their operations. More than 40 participants attended the training, delivered by Green Tourism Solomon Islands Ltd. Managing director Michael Tokuru said 18 participants undertook the eco-tourism training, while 27 did the life-skills training. The workshop,…

Communities now accept aid project

THE Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Project funded by Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which had encountered resistance by communities at the first place, is now generally accepted by communities.  This was revealed by Solomon Islands World Vision rep in an interview during the recent Pacific Timor Leste Health Workshop in Honiara. The…

Gizo in water rationing mode

RESIDENTS of Gizo town, the provincial capital  of Western Province are once again reported enduing water shortage problems at the start of drought season . The water shortage problem is said to be affecting residential homes, work  and industrial premises in and around Gizo township. Gizo water authority had resorted to  rationing of supply of…

Gov’t urged to boost eco-tourism

THE Government is urged to financially support eco-tourism operators in the country. Aola ward member in the Guadalcanal Provincial Assembly, Gordon Tapalia, made the call at the end of an eco-tourism training in Honiara, yesterday. “Some eco-tourism operators are doing fine, but they need financial support from the government,” Mr Tapalia said. “We’ve gone through…

Call to remove humps on feeder road

 A TAXI driver Francis Olea urges the responsible authority to remove humps created at the feeder roads. He said a lot of car drivers have experienced that when they drive over the humps their car can crashed and cause damages to some parts of their vehicles. He said vehicles have licence to use the roads…

Ramohia told to step down if he cannot lead

A NORTH Malaita public transport operator has called on premier Peter Ramohia to step down if he cannot lead the province. Elton Osiagalo made the call after Mr Ramohia announced last week during the province’s second appointed day celebration, their intention to pursue a sovereign state. “The announcement is nothing short of breaking this nation…

Officers end naval training

TWO police officers successfully completed an exercise program on board a New Zealand warship recently. They are Constable Georgina Taupongi from the Transcrime Unit and Constable Edward Sugagari from the Maritime Unit. The joint program was conducted by the HMS Wellington and funded by the Australian Defence Program. Acting Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga disclosed this…

Sore, Kuper reject accusations

SPECIAL Secretary to Prime Minister Rence Sore and the Chief of Staff George Kuper have strongly rejected claims they were garaging government vehicles they were not entitled to. The pair were accused in the Island Sun newspaper of garaging government funded vehicles while at the same time enjoying a $12,000 per month transport allowance. Mr…

Makili calls for fewer loggers

REGIONAL Director Pacific Islands for US-based Earth Island Institute, Lawrence Makili, claims there is a bigger and hidden issue behind the government’s ministerial reshuffling this week. And he urged the government to quickly reduce the number of logging companies currently operating in the country and stop further applications. He also claimed the reshuffling exercise was…