Disease threatens banana worldwide

THE United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention to tackle one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle-East, and is now menacing Latin American countries. According to FAO, banana is the eighth most…

RAMSI briefs visiting US team on mission

THE Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) on Tuesday welcomed a visiting delegation of senior military and government personnel from the United States National Defense University in Washington to the Mission’s base at Guadalcanal Beach Resort, Henderson, east Honiara. The 19 personnel from the US National Defense University are in Solomon Islands as part…

Quake assessments underway

OFFICIALS are still assessing the damage caused by two large earthquakes in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. On Friday, a magnitude 7.1 quake hit off the coast of Bougainville. A magnitude 7.6 quake struck 100 kilometres south of Kira Kira, the capital of Makira Province, in Solomon Islands early on Sunday.  …

Sir Peter sends condolences

AUSTRALIA’S Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove has send condolences to the people of Solomon Islands who have been devastated following the April 3 floods which killed 21 people and left thousands homeless. In a message to his counterpart, Sir Frank Kabui on April 4, Sir Peter said he was shocked and saddened to learn of…