Suafa LOs meet Fisheries Minister

MINISTER for Fisheries John Maneniaru on Wednesday met with the landowners of Suafa bay and Malaita provincial government to discuss the proposed Suafa Bay cannery. The proposed cannery is one of the national projects earmarked for Malaita province by past governments. Malaita provincial secretary Patrick Taloboe told the paper yesterday that the meeting was a…

Training on proper waste collection

The Honiara City Council Works Division waste disposal unit has been briefed on how to improve on waste collection. The brief training was conducted by Mike Savage, Contract Manager for the EnviroWay, a New Zealand based company. Director for the Works Division John Labu said, the New Zealand Government has responded positively through a request…

Two charters remain

CLOSE to 136 students left yesterday for Fiji in the seventh charter flight organised by the Solomon Islands Government. Nine charters are being earmarked to get all the students over to Fiji. Of the nine charters, seven have been completed leaving two remaining charters to be done before the end of this week. The seventh…

National cocoa quality testing laboratory opens

A National Cocoa Testing Laboratory was officially opened yesterday afternoon in Honiara. The ceremony was officiated by the visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary the Hon Steven Ciobo and the Minister for Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration, William Marau. Located within the Commodity Export Marketing Authority (CEMA) office, the new laboratory enables exporters for the first time…

UNITECH students’ visa lodged

The visa for 17 local students studying at University of Technology (UNITECH) in Lae, Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been lodged and should be available for collection on Monday. An NTU officer spoken to yesterday said, the visas are now in process. “We lodged the visa’s yesterday (Tuesday) to SI High commissioners office in Port…

Tooth-brushing awareness

THE dental department within the Ministry of Health and Medical Service in partnership with Colgate Palmolive Limited Fiji will launch their awareness program today. It will be held at Kukum Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) School. Head of population oral health and research unit with the dental department Dr Ellison Vane said, the program aims at…

Locals start training on road works

A total of thirty local participants will benefit from a one year training program launched Thursday last week with the aim of equipping local supervisors (contractors) with technical quality skills to do government construction works in the country. The training was a joint initiative organized by the National Government, through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development…

Chinese marks year of the Goat

FOR Chinese, 2015 is the year of the goat. While it’s the year of the goat, local Chinese in and around the country will celebrate their New Year today. According to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, this marks the starting of the New Year. Attempts to talk with the Solomon Islands Chinese Association (SICA) president Mathew…

Australia reaffirms commitment to SI

AUSTRALIA has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen its bilateral relationship with Solomon Islands. In a meeting with Prime Minister Manaseh Sogavare on Wednesday, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Investment, Steven Ciobo reaffirms Australia’s stand. Mr Ciobo said, the meeting he had with PM Sogavare certainly reflects how Australia values…