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…

FSII vow to meet Sumsum in court

FORUM Solomon Islands International (FSII) has gone abuzz following confirmation the chief executive officer of Solomon Airlines is suing its leaders for defamation. Captain Ron Sumsum of Vanuatu took the action after recent postings and comments on FSII facebook page about his employment contract and the huge salary he reportedly earns. The postings claimed Captain…

Book on violence launched

THE British Council and Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) has launched a book entitled ‘Voices of Violence’ in Honiara yesterday evening. The launching ceremony took place at SIPPA office which kicked off with the screening of a short film, followed by the book launching and tool-kit launch. The book was authored in both English…

World Vision SI launches annual report

WORLD Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) has launched its 2014 annual review report yesterday. The report highlighted WVSI work in the Solomon Islands as well as the overall program impact that it contained in the pacific Timor-Leste Child Well-Being report. Also inside the annual report, it stated 2014 has been a busy and challenging year for…

Cabinet on scholarship for constituencies

CABINET has approved a scholarship scheme which would see all 50 Constituencies being granted four scholarships each as early as this year. This means 200 scholarships per year for all the 50 constituencies. Reliable government sources confirmed to this paper that the scheme was approved last week and the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG)…