Measles cases rise dramatically

A DRAMATIC rise in cases of measles reminds the community that the fight against measles is not yet over. Reports that “measles cases are slowly decreasing” are inaccurate, Dr Aaron Oritaimae, Incident Controller of the Ministry of Health’s Emergency Operations Centre, said. “In fact, cases of measles are increasing and spreading throughout the provinces,” he…

Panga calls for increase of salaries

FORMER Guadalcanal premier Stephen Panga is calling on employers to consider increasing their workers’ salary in light of the increasing cost of living in Honiara. Mr Panga said the kind of salaries some employers are paying their workers could not last them for even a week. “The prices of goods at shops and even at…

Women’s rights under the spotlight

WOMEN’S rights in Solomon Islands will be under the microscope in October at the 59th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in Geneva and government representatives and civil society organisations are preparing at a four-day session in Honiara. Run by UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Youth,…

Your new ice hub in town

SOLOMON Motors has introduced a revolutionary ice-cube processing facility for the country. This is good news for those planning to go out for a picnic, fishing trip, party or other outdoor leisure activities. Because of their location in the heart of Honiara, you don’t have to travel far to get your orders at Solomon Motor.…

Chamber launches redesigned website

SOLOMON Islands Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) last Friday launched its redesigned website after much input into the restructuring of the organisation. The redesigning sees a stronger promotion, responsiveness to any application on mobile or tablet and integration of social network to name a few. SICCI board chairman Tony Koraua said the achievement is another milestone…

Tina hydro tender out again

THE government again issued an invitation for pre-qualification to develop the 20-MW Tina River hydroelectric project on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Pre-qualification documents may be obtained until September 27, with responses due October 31. The government previously called for expressions of interest by July 31 and June 12 from firms to develop Tina River. It plans…

Workers head out to NZ

AS the orchards of New Zealand become ready for harvesting more and more of our local workers are now heading overseas to join hundreds of other Pacific Islanders in harvesting fruits from various farms and orchards. Fifteen seasonal workers recruited  under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE)  bound for the shores of the New…

Enjoying the wisdom of Solomon

A TRADE delegation from the Solomon Islands visited Australia recently, keen to promote their country as a top destination in the Pacific. The group met with various cruise companies in both Sydney and Brisbane to discuss opportunities to bring passengers to explore the islands next year with plans to redevelop and modernise Honiara wharf. Traveltalk…

Sunaone: I can make a better PM

A FORMER politician and intending candidate says he can make a better prime minister. Jackson Sunaone was responding to the current media debate as to who should be the next prime minister. “All I can say is I can make a better prime minister,” Mr Sunaone, brother of Solomon Mamaloni, one of the country’s former…