Tonga declares dengue outbreak

RNZI: The Tongan Ministry of Health has declared a dengue fever outbreak, with 33 confirmed cases across Tonga. Matangi Tonga reports The Head of the NCD/Health Promotion Unit at the Ministry of Health, Dr ‘Ofa Tukia, has called on Tongans to be vigilant, as the viral disease is spread by mosquitoes. She says of the…

Enjoying the benefit of a mobile service

SIMBO is one of the small islands in the Western Province that has been enjoying the benefits of a mobile service. The island was connected to the breeze network some years ago following the April 2007 earthquake and tsunami that struck the province. The natural disaster has claimed several lives and damaged many homes. The…

Ramohia assures APSD

THE Malaita premier Peter Chanel Ramohia has assured the Asia Pacific Sustainable Development (APSD) center that his government will support them where necessary. Speaking during the induction program on Monday, Mr Ramohia said, that his government will support such institution when it is necessary. “This is a very important technical school and we will find…

APSD introduces six additional courses

THE Asia Pacific Sustainable Development Rural Training Center (APSD) in Fiu central Kwara’ae Malaita province yesterday opened its door for enrollment. The Japanese funded training centre started way back in 2001 with one specific course agriculture and this year has opened again with another six courses more. The six additional courses are; life skills, carpentry,…

Orthopaedic training offered here

A number of regional doctors are undertaking a Masters Degree program in Orthopaedic in the country. Head of Orthopaedic department in the National Referral Hospital Dr Patrick Houasia said, these are the second intake and they will be studying twelve modules, 3 modules per year, 2015-2017. Yesterday they went through module on ‘Introduction to Orthopaedics’…

Mining halt

MINISTRY of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification has instructed PT Mega Bintang Borneo Ltd to halt all mining operations on Rennell island. This came after the Ministry had received reports that the company continued its mining operation despite the cancellation of its prospecting license on 23rd December 2014. In a letter to the managing director…

‘Re-arm police’

A  FORMER Police officer says its time to re-arm the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and local security firms in the country are seen fitting. Hendry Kahui revealed that to Solomon Star last week. He said, that as criminal activities continue to sprout, re-arming the force is appropriate. “We need a good armed force…

Bmobile/Vodafone continues expansion

Bmobile/Vodafone company is expected to increase its mobile coverage network by April this year once more towers are built around the country as part of the company’s expansion plan. The company’s chief executive officer (CEO) Niall Downey said, they have received 16 firms who have shown their interest to carry out civil works for the…

‘We could earn US$40m by 2020’

SOLOMON Islands purse seine tuna fisheries could earn the country US$40 million (approx. SBD$280m) annually if stringent management measures are put into place says the Minister of fisheries John Manenearu. Minister Manenearu said, investment in strengthening the country’s fisheries management is significant and has huge impact to the economy and people’s livelihood. “Annual public revenues…

SI to join in mock exercise

Solomon Islands will join over 30 countries around the Pacific Rim as a participant in a mock tsunami scenario during 2 – 6 February 2015. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) said the Pacific-wide exercise is to practice country tsunami decision-making procedures using the new enhanced forecast products of the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre…