Renbel kicks APID out

Cancels provincial business licence RENBEL Province has cancelled Asia Pacific Investment Development Ltd’s (APID’s) Provincial Business Licence, effectively pulling the plug on any hopes by the company to develop the province’s rich bauxite deposit on West Rennell. Premier Colin Tesua confirmed yesterday the Renbel Provincial Executive Council took the unilateral action on Wednesday last week…

BSP commits to acquire Westpac here

BSP Chairman Sir Kostas G. Constantinou, O.B.E has has on Tuesday announced that BSP remains committed to the acquisition of Westpac’s banking operations in the Solomon Islands. A statement from the Chairman said, BSP is working closely with the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) to obtain the necessary approvals and discussions with the Central…

PPF withdraws from Auki, Friday

MEMBERS of the Participating Police Force (PPF) serving under the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI PPF) will depart Auki tomorrow after 12 years maintaining law and order in the province. This is part of draw down process that will see RAMSI operations coming to an end. A statement from RAMSI media unit said,…

New solar panels for the needy

VOTERS of Central Makira Constituency received new sets of solar panels sourced from their constituency funds. The handover of the solar panels was made by Gravis Tahiri, the Constituency Development Officer (CDO), during a recent visit. About 10 recipients of Kaokaoragana village including the old and disabled were the lucky ones to receive the solar…

New church dedicated in Makira

A NEWLY completed church building at Kaokaoragana village, Central Makira, was officially dedicated and opened last Sunday. Dedicated as Holy Cross church, it is an Anglican church, with initial construction work  started  way  back  in  2008  under a special scheme by former Member of Parliament for Central Makira Constituency. Under the scheme, a special arrangement…

HCC settle workers

Honiara City Council (HCC) direct employees have received their salary on Tuesday following their protest over salary delay on Monday morning. These employees comprised of those working at the Honiara Central Market (HCM), Works Division, Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) and other departments of the city council. The peaceful protest was to demand an explanation for…

More women to attend MSG trade show

 A good number of women who are members of the Solomon Islands Artist Association (SIAA) have been confirmed to attend the upcoming Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) countries tradeshow and fair day in New Caledonia on November. Association President Barney Rooney told the Solomon Star in an interview this week that half of the delegation are…