Officers undergo cyber training

TWENTY police officers will undergo a cyber training starting today at the police headquarters in Rove, West Honiara. Acting police chief Juanita Matanga said this is an important training for police officers in dealing with issues of cyber crimes in the country. The training is part of the Cyber Safety Pasifika program that was recently…

Parl endorses ‘Short Bus Route’ report

IMPLEMENTATION of the recommendations contained in the ‘Honiara Short Bus Route’ report now falls squarely on responsible authorities. Parliament yesterday deliberated on the report after it was introduced by former chairman of a special select committee established to look into the issue, Moffat Fugui. After some heated debate, the recommendations were passed.  Short Bus Routes…

New lands bill passed

PARLIAMENT this week passed the Land and Titles (Amendment) Bill 2014. The (Amendment) Bill seeks to increase transparency and openness in the process of land allocation and to provide an administrative system that should stimulate better customer service and set the platform for a fairer, efficient, justifiable and equitable land allocation system. As such, the…

Kirakira ready for Banana Festival

PREPARATIONS for next week’s Banana Festival in Makira-Ulawa Province are well on track, according to organising committee chairman Noel Mamau. “Final touches should be completed this week,” Mr Mamau said. The festival, to be held at provincial capital Kirakira, will run from June 6 to 8. Mr Mamau said all work major works have been…

UN releases $13.1m for flood relief work

THE United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$1.8 million (SBD 13.1 million) to provide critical humanitarian support to flood-affected people in the Solomon Islands. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) will use the funds to deliver life-saving activities, including health, nutrition, immunization, reproductive…

Taiwanese doc ends assignment here

A TAIWANESE doctor has completed his one-week volunteer service at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara and Good Samaritan Hospital, Guadalcanal plains. Dr John Wei-Chung Lai had worked at Melbourne Hospital for five years. In the wake of cyclone Ita striking Honiara, more than 10,000 people were affected. Due to poor sanitation and flood influence,…

Ngasini wharf construction starts

Work has begun to upgrade and rehabilitate Ngasini Wharf on Vangunu Island in Western Province. The wharf is one of four wharves and a landing ramp to be improved under the second phase of the Domestic Maritime Support Project, which is financed by the Solomon Islands Government, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Australian Government,…