PNA hailed for tuna efforts

PEW, Greenpeace and World Wide Fund (WWF) have congratulated the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) for their increased commitments to the sustainable management of their tuna fisheries. Amanda Nickson, Director Global Tuna Conservation campaign Pew Environment Group; Alfred Schuman, director Smart Fishing Initiative World Wide Fund for Nature; Sari Tolvanen, Project Leader Global Tuna…

MSG meets to boost trade

Members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) are meeting this week at the South Pacific Community Headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia to discuss trade and economic issues and initiatives that will boost trade relations between Melanesian countries under the newly revised MSG Trade Agreement to be finalized in 2015. The MSG series of meetings started…

Local pays off MV Kosco

LOCAL businessman and former board member of the Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) Mockson Aaron is now the sole owner of MV Kosco. Mr Aaron paid off MV Kosco with $5.5M from its previous owners. Mr Aaron, who operates the Gizo Water Front Restaurant, said he decided to buy the boat because of the travelling…

Australian investment in Fiji up 559 per cent

FIJI SUN: Australian investment in Fiji in 2013 increased by a whopping 559 per cent when compared with 2012. The Permanent Secretary for Industry and Trade, Shaheen Ali, revealed this, saying this increase followed a period of decline. Australian investment in Fiji in 2013 was $340 million (US$183 million), up by $288.4 million (US$155.5 million).…

Mining giant reviews Bougainville stake

Mining giant Rio Tinto is considering the future of its key stake in a company that has lost the right to mine in Bougainville. Bougainville Copper Ltd was stripped of all exploration and mining licences by the Autonomous Bougainville Government last week. “Rio Tinto has decided now is an appropriate time to review all options…

Isabel nurses trained for survey

THE Reproductive Health Division in the Ministry of Health and Medical Service last week conducted a week-long training for nurses around Isabel on family health. This was done in preparation of a family health survey to be conducted in the province next week. A senior nurse from Buala hospital Ambrose Kikolo said the training was…

Diarrhoea outbreak reported on Sikaiana

SIKAIANA, in the Malaita Outer Islands, is currently facing a diarrhoea outbreak with reports claiming a child had already died as a result. Reports reaching the Solomon Star claimed that the diarrhoea outbreak is taking its toll on the Malaita outer island of Sikai’ana with many living in a state of panic, especially with the…