Strong stuff from SFA

Urgent action is needed THIS week forestry regulatory body, Solomon Forest Association (SFA) issued a veiled warning that if the Government does not act in doing something about rogue logging companies, it would wind up. Such drastic action would leave the door wide open for fly-by-night loggers to come and go and to practice their…

Facing up to corruption

Dear Editor – Taking a principled stand against corruption, especially when corruption is entrenched, doesn’t come without some cost, personally and even politically, as appears to have been hinted at in the latter case in the Solomon Islands. Let me first illustrate by what I mean when I refer to personal cost when facing up…

Have we not learned the lesson?

RECENT rumours of another tension have reportedly forced a number of families to leave Honiara for their home province. This is despite denial by authorities on Guadalcanal, as well as the police, of another uprising. The fact that these families left shows the severity the rumours have had on the community. At one of the…

Tension will affect investment: Barker

Port Moresby (The National) – AN economist says disruptions to business operations by public protests may incur additional costs to business operators. Institute of National Affairs executive director Paul Barker told The National last week following tension in Port Moresby last week saying the situation would have some impact on investment confidence as well.  Commenting…

Fijian PM promises help for affected businesses

SUVA, (FIJI TIMES) – The Fijian Government is working on ways to assist people who already received Micro and Small Business Grants (MSBG), but suffered damage in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made this announcement at the MSBG disbursements at the Valelevu grounds in Nasinu. “This includes recipients on…

Inquiries to begin, UPNG bid dismissed

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) – The Papua New Guinea Government’s immediate task is to salvage the 2016 academic year at State-run universities which have been hit by protests and boycott of classes by students for more than one month, Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari said Wednesday. Lupari warned that if the protesting students did not adhere…

Police supports FFA

The Maritime police is conducting a joint operation with the Forum Fisheries Agency. Deputy Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga at the police weekly conference on Thursday said the operation is mainly to support FFA in a program called Tui Moana and Island Chiefs. She said this joint operation is about forming a working relationship with the…

Sumsum leaving

Airline spent $29.1M on aircrafts’ refurbishments SOLOMON Airlines chief executive officer Captain Ron Sumsum is expected to leave the airline by the end of the year, after 10 years on the job. The airline’s general manager operations &commercial, Gas Kraus, announced this on Wednesday in front of business executives and leaders in Honiara. This was…

Logging dilemma

AG says he’s not aware of forestry moratorium THE Attorney General’s Office is not aware of any moratorium endorsed by Cabinet on the logging industry. This came after the Solomons Forest Association (SFA) claimed there was a moratorium endorsed by Cabinet about a year ago. However, government did not implement the moratorium which resulted in…