DPM opens 8th Premiers conference

THE 8th Premiers Conference was officially opened yesterday by the Deputy Prime Minister (PM) and acting PM Douglas Ete, at the Ginger beach, North West Guadalcanal. Hundreds of people gathered for the program with guests including government officials. With the theme “Community Participation in Local Economic Development” the Premiers are all set to take part…

Cultural event

Dear Editor – Wish to acknowledge the two schools in Honiara for the hosting of their cultural event last week. Culture forms part of our society and its important that our children must also learn each others culture. Wherever you go, culture cannot be ignored because its part our us. So the move by King…

Unbelievable, but it’s possible

SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) yesterday announced making a $41 million profit in the last eight months under the leadership of Singaporean Colin Yow. At the same time, the authority paid out $10 million in dividends for the first time to the government. This turn-around of SIPA’s financial position sounds almost like a miracle. But…

It’s not Abana but Parapolo

Dear Editor – Gratefully allow me space under your editorial column to highlight and correct the wrong profile information given about the two national leaders on our National Parliament website. I was browsing through our national Parliament website (http://www.parliament.gov.sb/index.php?q=node/833)  for research purposes. My researching on our former and current Members of Parliament resulted with locating…

Customer service policy: Disability rights

Dear Editor – The People with Disability Solomon Islands organisation’s president Casper Fa’asala in a statement he made over Radio New Zealand International’s Dateline Pacific news programme a few days ago commented on the lack of accessibility for disabled persons to buildings, shops and banks in Honiara. Major banks, and their subsidiaries, are generally committed…

Siro school gets help

HALE School from Australia has stepped in to assist Siro community high school with lightings and computer appliances over the weekend. The handing over of the equipment was done at Siro school ground, in Ngella Central province. “Thank you for the gifts Hale school,” the school’s principal James Irarawauri said. “These gifts will surely help…

Low supply affects processing

Suva (Fiji Times) – THE Pacific Fishing Company Ltd (PAFCO) says the main reason it is unable to increase the amount of fish it processes is because of a lack of raw materials. The company processes about 20,000 tonnes per year and employs 1000 workers but says it is willing and able to increase that…

World Bank provides grant for renewable energy

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Twenty Pacific Island countries and territories will soon have access to significantly stronger data about renewable energy options through the Sustainable Energy Industry Development Project. The project will also help the countries manage and integrate various renewable energy sources into existing power systems. Pacific Island countries have some of the world’s highest electricity prices,…