Fiji Airways withdraws ASPA membership

FIJI Airways yesterday announced it has withdrawn its membership with the Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) with immediate effect. The airline made the decision in light of recent strongly “biased public announcements” made by ASPA which it opposes. These comments relate to the recent issues of air travel services between Fiji and the Solomon…

Gizo expects increase in tourist visits this year

MORE tourist cruise boats will visits Gizo this year says the Deputy Premier of Western Province, Wayne Maepio. Mr Maepio told the Solomon Star from Gizo, Thursday, that the schedule for cruise visits is high. “I have the list of cruise boat schedules with me and it is encouraging to see more tourists coming to…

World Bank assures PM of continuous assistance

The World Bank Group (WBG) has assured Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of its commitment to continue its support programme to various national projects in Solomon Islands. WB Country Representative Anne Tully made the assurance when a team of WBG and Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister Sogavare on…

Students to fly on chartered flight

GOVERNMENT sponsored students studying at the University of South Pacific and other institutions in Fiji will still travel on charter flights, despite the lifting of the flight suspension between the two countries, Monday. National Training Unit (NTU) director Clement Tito said the charter arrangement is necessary to allow students to arrive on time for their…

Aviation pays airport maintenance contractors

The Ministry of Communication and Aviation on Wednesday paid all its outstanding dues of last year to maintenance contractors of 22 airports throughout the country. Permanent Secretary Francies Lomo said the payments were delayed last year due to financial constraints face by the ministry. Mr Lomo said the ministry will put out tenders for the…

Form 7 placements expected this week

FORM seven results are expected to be released before this weekend, says permanent secretary of Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Dr Franco Rodie. Dr Rodie made the assurance after students and parents continued to enquire about the results. Results for forms 1, 4 and 6 were already published. Dr Rodie said the delay was…

Missing boy found

POLICE say a nine-year-old boy who went missing after a trip out with his two other brothers at Marau resort area on Tuesday has been found. The boy was with his two brothers who were diving while he kept the canoe at about 10am. Both boys surface to check on him in the afternoon but…

SIVB to roll out tourism awareness in schools

The Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) will be introducing tourism awareness programs in schools starting this year. SIVB’s Nelson Manepura, said the first programs will be rolled out into schools once the academic year starts. “This is a new approach that the SIVB is venturing into; therefore it will be on trial initially. “The SIVB…

Councillors briefed on Leadership Code

THE Honiara City Councillors were inducted on Wednesday. The induction was part of the 100 days program of the Council since the election of the newly elected members. During the induction, the Leadership Code Commission Chairman and his officers were also invited to attend. City Mayor AlferenceInogaFatai said the invitation of the LCC was specifically…