Ringi wharf completed, thanks to ADB

Communities in Ringi on Kolombnagara were so delighted to see their wharf constructed by Dalgro (SI) Ltd completed on time. People were flooding down Ringi bay to see LC Marama loading off machines and materials on Saturday for the next wharf project at Keru, North New Georgia. Indeed it was a mix feeling day for…

ADB gives US$200k for relief effort

The country is benefiting from a $200,000 (SBD$1.5m) grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help fund humanitarian and relief efforts following recent major floods. On 3-5 April 2014, prolonged heavy rain associated with a tropical storm caused severe flooding in Honiara, and parts of Guadalcanal province. As a result of the disaster 21…

MPA wants ministry to audit tourism funds

A member of the provincial assembly (MPA) in Isabel province has called on the ministry of culture and tourism to follow up and audit funds that have been accessed by tourism operators. Rhoda Sikilabu made the comment during a meeting between the Solomon Islands visitors bureau (SIVB) officials and Buala tourism operators last Friday. Ms…

Reconstruction of jetties set for Isabel

Isabel provincial premier James Habu says his government will this year focus on rebuilding and construction of jetties around the province. He revealed this during a meeting held with the Solomon Islands visitors bureau (SIVB) officials in Buala last Friday. Mr Habu said the province would renovate existing jetties and build some additional ones  to…

Aviation: Safety is our priority

Aviation authority within the ministry of communication and aviation (MCA) says safety of airport runway is a priority. Alwyn Navo aviation’s chief air traffic training officer highlighted this during a courtesy call to Isabel provincial government’s headquarter in Buala last Friday. Mr Navo was part of the Solomon Islands visitors bureau delegation (SIVB) officials that…

We’ll be back

St Barbara says they are returning to Gold Ridge OPERATORS of Gold Ridge mine, Australian company St Barbara, has insisted it hasn’t pulled out of the country. Instead, the company said it was forced to shut down operations at the Gold Ridge mine because of flood damage and subsequent security risks. St Barbara’s managing director…

Mere’s market deferred

The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association or SIWIBA has announced that its proposed second Mere’s market had been deferred to a later date. In a statement the association said it regrets to advise the members and the public that the upcoming Meres’ market proposed for April 23rd -25th at Ports Authority Ground ,near Commonwealth…

Sisilo: Let’s go for the best possible deal

THE negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Pacific countries and the European Union (EU) have reached a critical stage. At their meeting held last week in Suva, Fiji, Pacific Trade and Fisheries Ministers agreed to conclude the negotiations as a single region by June 2014. To achieve that both sides will have to…

Yes, a baily bridge will help a lot

A BAILEY bridge to temporarily replace the destroyed Mataniko bridge is just what Honiara needs at this time. So we thank the great country of New Zealand and its people for offering to build one. Honiara’s traffic congestion was made terribly worse by the destruction of the old bridge in the April 3 devastating flash…

Final 7s test

The next three days will be important for the 18 players in the Vodafone Fiji 7s training squad if they want to be in the final team for the last leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series. The players will be in camp for the next three days to kick-start preparations for the Scotland and…