More negotiation needed for Pacific /EU visas

THE European Union Ambassador for the Pacific says a plan to lift visa requirements for travellers from 10 Pacific nations still needs to be negotiated with each country before it comes into effect. The EU has amended a regulation, which means nationals from Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu…

Vendors: Beef up market security or we leave

VENDORS at the Auki main market are calling on responsible authorities to beef up security within the market premises to avoid unnecessary dumping of wastes and abusing of the market’s vicinity and its properties. This was made following weeks of complaints by vendors over the ever increasing pile of rubbish dumped right at the market’s…

NGO pleas for more help after floods

SAVE the Children in Solomon Islands says it’s disappointed with the low level of funding coming in after last month’s flood It says the immense amount of rain that fell on Guadalcanal resulted in the country’s worst ever disaster. The agency’s logistics and emergency manager Graham Kenna says the scale of the destruction is huge…

NZ, Solomons affirm development cooperation

THE New Zealand and Solomon Islands governments yesterday held high-level consultations on their development cooperation. Central to discussions was progress on the New Zealand and Solomon Islands Joint Commitment for Development, which was signed in September 2011. The New Zealand delegation was led by Craig Hawke, Deputy-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade…

Central plans to amend licences ordinance

Central Island provincial government under the leadership of premier Stanley Manetiva will amend the current provincial business licences ordinance (PBLO). This is because the current ordinance is outdated and not productive in terms of generating income for the province, premier Manetiva revealed this an interview yesterday. Mr Manetiva said the licences ordinance was passed during…

Central passes new tourism ordinance

Central island province has passed its new tourism ordinance last month in Tulagi during the province’s full assembly meeting. Premier Stanley Manetiva said new the tourism ordinance featured laws and procedures which tourism operators in the island province must follow. He said this ordinance is important for the province. “This new tourism ordinance contains laws…

Renbel approves mining licence

Renbel province has granted a full business license to an Indonesian mining company Bintang Borneo mining company (BBMC) to conduct mining prospecting on Rennell islands, Renbel province. Renbel province provincial secretary (PS) Peseika Baiabe revealed this to Solomon Star yesterday. Mr Baiabe said provincial government granted the full business licences to BBMC early this year…

‘Technology changes society’

Mathematics and computer science year one student says technology is the key for any society to move forward because now we are living in an information age. In an interview at the open day on Sunday Wingki Mainapo said in the 21st century universities around the world now goes into paperless policy. DWU is no…

Fiji first iron ore export almost ready

Fiji’s first iron sand ore resources from the Ba Delta is expected to be exported out of the country soon. The Mineral Resources Department has also confirmed that work on Amex Resources Limited’s multi million dollar port in Lautoka will also start next month. Three years ago the company was awarded a special mining lease…