Reviewed agreement delays flights to Gwaunaru’u

GWAUNARU’U airport near Auki has been declared re-opened by Aviation but the delay rests with Solomon Airlines and the National Government according to Malaita’s provincial minister for lands administration reform and survey. Martin Fini made the clarification following public queries on why there are still no flights to the airstrip despite recent declaration that the…

Farmers trained on chocolate production

A HISTORIC training on how to produce chocolate from locally grown cocoa beans is currently underway in Honiara. It was organised by the Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA) with support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government (DFAT) and Solomon Islands NGO Partnership Agreement (SINPA). About 40 farmers mostly young farmers…

US chocolate maker plans to source our cocoa beans

A United States (US) based chocolate manufacturer Madre Chocolate is planning to source cocoa beans from the Solomon Islands to produce chocolate. Speaking to the Solomon Star on Wednesday Dr Nat Bletter, ethnobotanist, cacao researcher and chocolate maker based in Hawaii said, he has been collecting cocoa beans from Hawaii, South and Central America to…

Operators told to settle bills, license

TOURISM operators in Marovo Lagoon, Western Province who fails to pay up their bed levy and business registration with Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau(SIVB)have received letters reminding them to settle their outstanding payment and register their accommodation or they will face the law. About seven operators in Marovo lagoon who are yet to settle their bed…

Operators told to build standard accommodation

TOURISM operators in Marovo Lagoon, Western Province have been urged to build standard and simple accommodation. Officials from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) and Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) highlighted this during a two days tour to some of the tourism operators within the Lagoon last week. The aim of the visit was…

Delite helps protect Solomon Islanders from disease

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services on Thursday has congratulated Delite Industries in undertaking the fortification of their flour. This means Solomon Islanders will be less vulnerable to disease, after the country’s flour miller began adding essential vitamins and minerals to their product last week. This is a significant achievement for Solomon Islands,’ said…

Westpac delayed

Proposed purchase of Westpac Corporation’s operations in Solomon Islands by Bank South Pacific of Papua New Guinea has been delayed. Expectations were for all necessary statutory, regulatory and third party approvals to be completed with full transactions, June 2015. BSP early this year announced it had entered into a proposed sales agreement to purchase Westpac’s…

NPF clarifies position

Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) says that performance of investments can credit member contributions from 2.5% to whatever rate the Fund’s investments can deliver. The Fund’s Deputy Manager Michael Wate made the clarification yesterday following a concern raised by a local man Hendry Kahui. “Where was Hendry Kahui when the credit was 2.7% in…

New portable sawmill introduced

A NEW portable sawmilling is being introduced in Honiara on Wednesday by its owner who is currently here to train locals how to handle the portable saw mill. Called “Junior Peterson” which in short ‘JP portable sawmill’, it is original from New Zealand. The sawmill was first introduced in Solomon Islands few years ago and…