Lifting of Aussie travel sanctions welcomed

The Australia Fiji Business Council welcomed the formal lifting by the Australian Government of travel sanctions against certain Fijian citizens. The Australia Fiji Business Council president, Greg Pawson, said the council has long been an advocate of changing the sanctions. “This is because, whether intended or not, they were an impediment to the conduct of…

Research: Informal economy overlooked

A study on women traders in Papua New Guinea showed that the importance of the roles of market and informal economy were not given due recognition. The report showed that market access was increasingly gaining importance in developing countries which affords an opportunity for reducing poverty, improving food security, creating and strengthening income, and generating…

Police must act on traffic congestion

POLICE and relevant authorities must take drastic steps to address the current traffic congestion in Honiara. The situation since the devastating floods hit the city last Thursday is unacceptable. The road is heavily congested, so much so, that it now takes more than two hours by car to travel from Kukum to Point Cruz. The…

Manetoali joins SIVB on Isabel tour

Minister of culture and tourism Samuel Manetoali is joining the Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) on its fourth provincial tour to Isabel province today. The tour is an initiatives of SIVB board of directors to allow the new SIVB chief executive officer (CEO) Josefa Tuamoto to visit some of the tourists destinations in the country.…

IPAM wins international award

The Institute of Public Administration & Management (IPAM) receives pioneer recognition award in the ICDL Asia annual forum in Singapore on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. The award was received by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Mr. Ishmael Avui. The International Computer Drivers Licence (ICDL) Pioneer award recognizes IPAM as the very…

Landing craft undergo repair works

Washed ashore landing craft (LC) Ocean Grace is now at the Sasape International slipway in Tulagi, central province for overhaul and refitting. A crew and welder on board LC Ocean Grace told the Solomon  Star yesterday tha the landing craft is now currently at the Sasape slipway since Monday. “We are now in Tulagi to…

Pacific churches urged to stand with Solomons

CHURCHES throughout the Pacific have been urged to help communities affected by weekend flooding in the Solomon Islands.  Pacific Conference of Churches General Secretary, Reverend Francois Pihaatae said Christians had a duty to reach out to all those in need, regardless of faith or nationality.   “Earlier this year we were called to help our…

Global and regional rise of diseases spread by mosquitoes

THE Pacific is currently experiencing a growing epidemic of diseases spread by mosquitoes. The global concern for these diseases was highlighted yesterday, World Health Day; this year’s theme is vector-borne diseases. More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases spread by vectors (mosquitoes, ticks or flies). In the Pacific, 21 documented outbreaks…

Border challenge for Pacific

THE region will be a haven for criminals, drug and human traffickers and money laundering if Customs organisations did not work together. And if those organisations lagged behind in their responsibilities and roles, the Pacific region would be a dumping ground for contraband goods.   This was the message by Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs…