Oso: Gov’t took FSII report ‘seriously’

GOVERNMENT is taking a report Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) submitted about the engagement of Solomon Airlines chief executive officer Captain Ron Sumsum, very “seriously”. The report, amongst others, is question the huge pay package Captain Sumsum is reportedly being paid. FSII handed the report to the Prime Minister’s Office last week, requesting that they…

Measles outbreak now under control

MEASLES cases have dramatically declined in the country after the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) administered 400,000 doses of measles-rubella (MR) vaccine in response to an earlier outbreak. From August to October 2014, between 300 and 600 new cases of measles were being reported each week, although the actual number of cases was…

Suafa LOs meet Fisheries Minister

MINISTER for Fisheries John Maneniaru on Wednesday met with the landowners of Suafa bay and Malaita provincial government to discuss the proposed Suafa Bay cannery. The proposed cannery is one of the national projects earmarked for Malaita province by past governments. Malaita provincial secretary Patrick Taloboe told the paper yesterday that the meeting was a…

Training on proper waste collection

The Honiara City Council Works Division waste disposal unit has been briefed on how to improve on waste collection. The brief training was conducted by Mike Savage, Contract Manager for the EnviroWay, a New Zealand based company. Director for the Works Division John Labu said, the New Zealand Government has responded positively through a request…

Two charters remain

CLOSE to 136 students left yesterday for Fiji in the seventh charter flight organised by the Solomon Islands Government. Nine charters are being earmarked to get all the students over to Fiji. Of the nine charters, seven have been completed leaving two remaining charters to be done before the end of this week. The seventh…

National cocoa quality testing laboratory opens

A National Cocoa Testing Laboratory was officially opened yesterday afternoon in Honiara. The ceremony was officiated by the visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary the Hon Steven Ciobo and the Minister for Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration, William Marau. Located within the Commodity Export Marketing Authority (CEMA) office, the new laboratory enables exporters for the first time…

SIWIBA 10th anniversary celebration

The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) will celebrate its 10th anniversary next week. A statement from the association said, this will coincide with the bi-monthly SIWIBA Mere’s Market for the month of February. To celebrate the 10 years journey, the SIWIBA Secretariat has arranged an extra two days for Mere’s Market, which starts…

UNITECH students’ visa lodged

The visa for 17 local students studying at University of Technology (UNITECH) in Lae, Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been lodged and should be available for collection on Monday. An NTU officer spoken to yesterday said, the visas are now in process. “We lodged the visa’s yesterday (Tuesday) to SI High commissioners office in Port…

Tooth-brushing awareness

THE dental department within the Ministry of Health and Medical Service in partnership with Colgate Palmolive Limited Fiji will launch their awareness program today. It will be held at Kukum Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) School. Head of population oral health and research unit with the dental department Dr Ellison Vane said, the program aims at…