Tina hydro tender extended

The national has extended the deadline for expressions of interest from firms to develop the 20-MW Tina River hydroelectric project on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Responses now are due July 31. The government previously called for responses by June 12. It plans to select a developer to design, finance, build, own, and operate the project on…

Code of conduct for journalists discussed

Local media workers yesterday met with officials from the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) to discuss and devise a code of conduct for journalist covering the upcoming national elections. The purpose of the workshop was to give journalists an opportunity to have some input into the proposed code of conduct, strengthen links between the SIEC…

Talks on RAMSI held

Government and RAMSI Officials held consultations to review the regional assistance mission, Friday. Speaking at the consultation, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo said the talks were held to reflect on the lessons learnt to assist Solomon Islands advance into the future. “We felt that it is an appropriate time for us to re-look at the…

Virtual into tangible

In order to convert your dreams into reality (virtual into tangible), read all you can read, listen to all you can listen to, and associate with everyone you can in connection to your dreams. But even by doing all of those things, none of them will create the belief or self-esteem necessary for converting the…

Why I love driving in Honiara

Driving in Honiara is an interesting experience for me. In Australia, I didn’t get my license until I was 27. I didn’t mind the driving so much, just the fact that there were other cars on the road. I found it hard to deal with the pressure of having to go fast, to always be…

Tourism hotspot within reach – Bonege

The beach at Bonege 2 (sometimes spelt Bonegi) is the kind that people remember. I have often seen its twin, staring at me from postcard racks as I flip the stand around while waiting for a plane at the airport or a drink at a tourist café. It’s the kind of beach that people shouldn’t…

KGA assists with food crops recovery

Kastom Gaden Association (KGA) is continuing to distribute planting materials to those affected by the recent flash floods in Honiara and Guadalcanal. “As an advocator of food security and rural livelihood, our assistance in this cause is part of our efforts to honour the commitment we were established to do,” a statement from the organisation…

Ministry launches war against trachoma

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr. Lester Ross officially launched the Mass-Drug Administration, a strategy aiming to eliminate trachoma in Solomon Islands in the Western provincial capital Gizo on 11 June 2014 with the theme “YUMI DRINKIM MERESIN FO STOPEM TRACHOMA”.  The official launching was attended by the British…

14 YEARS FOR RAPE

Rapist told his actions are ‘cowardly’ A MAN who raped a disabled girl in her bedroom on two occasions was jailed for 14 years, yesterday. And Justice Stephen Pallaras told the accused, who cannot be named because he was closely related to the victim, that his actions were cowardly. “It is difficult to imagine more…

Dancing under the stars

THE G’Day Solomon Islands Film Festival continues today with another popular Australian movie, ‘Strictly Ballroom’. Deputy Australian High Commissioner, Dr Dave Peebles encouraged everyone, not just lovers of dance, to come along. “Strictly Ballroom is a spectacular Australian comedy filled with dancing, drama and just a little bit of romance” he said. “This film will…