Killer banana fungus spreads

FEARS of a banana shortage have increased after the United Nations warned an incurable fungus could spread across the globe. The fungus, known as Tropical Race 4 or Panama Disease, has recently been discovered in Jordan and Mozambique after causing major damage in south-east Asia over the past 20 years. Supplies in the UK have…

New project to address waste issues in Honiara

A PROJECT designed to address post disaster waste management issues in Honiara was launched this week. Dubbed J-HOPE, the project was established in light of the flood disaster that struck Honiara and Guadalcanal on April 3. Honiara City Council, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and involved in the project…

Buala evacuates patients during tsunami warning

LAST Sunday’s tsunami warning sparked a mass evacuation of patients at Buala Hospital, Isabel. The nation-wide warning was issued following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck near Kirakira, Makira-Ulawa Province, before 8am. The Solomon Star witnessed the evacuation exercise at Buala hospital after the warning was issued on the national broadcaster. A spokesman for the…

Sogavare wants government establish disaster fund

AN allocation of funds for natural disasters should be allocated each year under the national budget, a prominent MP suggests. East Choiseul MP Manasseh Sogavare said this is important to allow the national government responds swiftly to natural disasters. He was contributing to the debate on the ‘2014 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2014’ in parliament yesterday.…

Disease threatens banana worldwide

THE United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention to tackle one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle-East, and is now menacing Latin American countries. According to FAO, banana is the eighth most…

Save the Children helps distribute relief supplies

SAVE the Children is currently assisting the Guadalcanal Province Emergency Operation Centre (GPEOC) with distribution of relief supplies and assessment of damages in Guadalcanal Province. Distribution of food supplies to evacuation centres and affected areas in Guadalcanal was conducted on the weekend and continues this week. Save the Children has been taking part in assessments…

RAMSI briefs visiting US team on mission

THE Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) on Tuesday welcomed a visiting delegation of senior military and government personnel from the United States National Defense University in Washington to the Mission’s base at Guadalcanal Beach Resort, Henderson, east Honiara. The 19 personnel from the US National Defense University are in Solomon Islands as part…