Port Vila mayor visits MSG

THE major of the Port Vila Municipality (PVMC), Ulrich Sumptoh, his deputy Leimara Maraki, councillors of the PVMC, the town clerk, his deputy and heads of departments made an inaugural visit to the Director General and Staff of the MSG Secretariat Wednesday in Port Vila. The visit was a first for the Port Vila Municipality…

China Red Cross steps in with USD$50,000

The Red Cross Society of China has donated USD$50,000 (more than $300,000) towards the flood relief efforts. The donation was channeled through the Solomon Islands Chinese Association (SICA), which handed the funds over to the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society, last week. Along with the funds, SICA also donated mats, which will be distributed to…

Students produce oven frums for flood victims

MACHINIST Fitting & Maintenance students of Don Bosco made oven drums for the flood victims that took shelter in the school’s multi-purpose hall last month. This was part of their school project. On Thursday, they distributed six ovens to the Ngalimbiu families. This weekend they will be distributing it to other  families of Foxwood (12…

Western Province victims to be assisted

THE Western Provincial Agriculture extension office says it is prepared to provide technical assistance to disaster stricken areas in the province. Western was one of the provinces affected by last month’s bad weather, which caused flash floods in Honiara and Guadalcanal. Western Provincial chief field officer Samson Timi said communities from Vela la Vela, Kolombangara,…

Metapona residents living in fear

People living downstream at Metapona river in North Guadalcanal are fearing for their lives and are calling on the government to allow St Barbara back to resume its operations to deal with the tailings dam. The plea was made following reports the dams are overflowing after last month’s cyclone and mass flooding. An assessment done…

Weapons’ destruction move queried

Police officers within the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are questioning the process in which RAMSI PPF has taken an attempt without the police executives’ knowledge to destroy RSIPF weapons. The corporate and logistics officers were shocked when a weapons destruction certificate was brought to their attention by a PPF officer on the 14th…

RAMSI clarifies report

Following Thursday’s front page article in the Island Sun newspaper carrying the headline:  Police Housing Scheme in Disarray by freelance journalist George the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has clarified the report. In a statement yesterday RAMSI Special Coordinator Justine Braithwaite said: “I can confirm that the RAMSI RSIPF Housing Project was managed…

Youth acknowledges trauma &stress training

Youths attending a week-long trauma and stress training at Catholic Church in Tanagai West Honiara have acknowledged the training. At the same time they urged the ministry of peace and reconciliation (MOPR) to organise such training in communities that have high rates of social problem. Spokesperson Alfred Luiramo, 30, a youth leader from Wind Valley…

Training for constituency holders

The ministry of rural development (MRD) has facilitated a three day training workshop for small Malaita constituency stakeholders. The workshop was attended by all stakeholders who have operated development projects within the constituency. It was facilitated by Matilda Watesao, Melina Sese, and Patrick Balou Wilson the key technical people from MRD, providing technical advices and…

Contracts for road works in North West Guadalcanal

THREE companies have been awarded the contract to carryout emergency work on the affected roads on the North West Guadalcanal. In a statement yesterday, the ministry of infrastructure development (MID) said following the flash flooding on 3rd and 4th April 2014, the ministry of infrastructure development undertook to put in place three contract packages to…