EPA negotiation delayed

THE start of the economic partnership agreement (EPA) negotiation was delayed mainly because Pacific countries were working on their market access offers, says the European Union. In reaction to critical remarks made at the Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific trade and fisheries meeting on EPA negotiations with the EU, Delegation of the EU for the Pacific head…

PNG plans to register SIM cards

A GOVERNMENT agency will begin monitoring the use of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards because of the abuse of telecommunication services, an official says. National Information and Communication Technology Authority chief executive officer Charles Punaha said since the PNG telecommunication market was opened up for competition in 2007, there had been no control measures in…

ANZ donates $200k for relief work

ANZ has announced that it would donate SBD$200, 000 (approximately AUD$30,000) relief effort in the country. The donation will be channelled through World Vision to support disaster relief work following last week’s devastating floods. A statement from the bank said ANZ’s donation to World Vision International in the Solomon Islands will be used to support…

Damaged infrastructures affect farmers

DAMAGES done to infrastructures in North West Guadalcanal has impacted on local farmers in the area. Since last Thursday’s flooding, most of the bridges in that area have been ripped off making it extremely difficult for farmers to bring their produce to Honiara. A North West Guadalcanal farmer John Maeli who owns a farm at…

Flood affects farmers

LAST week’s devastating flood had negatively impacted on many farmers in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal. One of the farmers based in White River, West Honiara is Elizabeth Suimae whose melon plot was affected by the flood. Speaking to the Solomon Star early this week at the central market Ms Suimae said that flood last…

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…