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…

Renbel farewells mining directors after visit

Executive members of the Renbel provincial government on Wednesday night hosted farewell function to two directors of Bintang Borneo mining company (BBMC) of Indonesia. The ceremony was staged at Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara. The two top directors who have spent a number of days in the country to sort out the company’s proposal to…

‘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…

TOWER Insurance donates tank to school

TOWER Insurance Ltd had donated a 4,300 litre tank to King George VI high school in Honiara last week. The presentation of the tank was made to the principal of the school, Mr Samuel Fangata. The school is currently home to the displaced flood victims who have taken refuge at the school in this tragic…

Chamber members join force to deliver water

MEMBERS of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) have joined force to deliver clean filtered water to affected communities and evacuation centres in Honiara. Solomon Breweries Limited (Solbrew) General Manager Andy Hewson confirmed that a group of SICCI’s members  have been assisting to deliver water. “Solbrew, Tongs, Solomon Tobacco and Silent World have conmmitted…

Accused pleads guilty to unlawful wounding

LAWYERS representing the man who hurled an ignited dynamite explosive at another man at Fox Wood, East Guadalcanal mitigated for him on Thursday. This was after Mariano Besa entered his guilty plea to the charge of unlawful wounding before Justice Francis Mwanesalua. He was initially charged with attempted murder but that has been reduced. This…

Bill seeks to increase royalty to landowners

LANDOWERS will receive increase royalty from mining companies operating on their land under amendments being made to the Mines and Minerals Act. The Mines and Minerals (Amendment) Bill 2014 is now before parliament. Minister for Mines and Minerals, Moses Garu, said the mining industry is an important integral part of development for inclusive economic growth…