USP thanks ADB

VICE Chancellor of University of the South Pacific (USP) Professor Rajesh Chandra has thanked the Asia Development Bank (ADB) for making it possible for USP to build its new campus in Honiara. He was speaking during the ground breaking ceremony on Thursday. ADB president Takehiko Nakao was present during the official program. “We thank you…

Gov’t Postponement Irks Guests

Guests slam deferral of Tax Review Launch The Minister of Finance and Treasury Synder Rini’s decision to postpone the official launch of the Tax Review at Mendana Hotel on Friday morning without prior notice has angered most of his guests who are members of the private sector. Invited guests, mostly CEOs and senior managers of…

Dettke queries gov’t over tax-free request

MEMBER of Parliament for North West Guadalcanal Bodo Dettke has questioned the Government’s commitment to fulfilling its policy on rural economic development and empowerment. Mr Dettke said the DCC Government in its policy document expresses commitment to rural development and the empowerment of Solomon Islanders to participate in economic development and Prime Minister Sogavare has…

Huawei assures SI of cyber security

The international technology company which has been contracted to carry out the Solomon Islands undersea cable project stated cyber security is a top priority amidst security concerns from Australia. Huawei Technologies in an official statement released this week stated cyber security remains a top priority for the company. “Cyber security remains a top priority at…

UOX requires coordinated approach

THE response to threat from Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) requires a well-coordinated and whole-of-government approach, says Police Minister Moses Garu. In his opening remarks at the National UXO Coordination workshop this week, the minister said one of the main messages of this workshop is that UXO are more than just a police matter. “The presence of…

Barana villagers to establish forest park

THE community of Barana on Mt Austen, Guadacanal, is determined to re-plant trees and protect the ecosystems at a proposed park and water catchment area for the Mataniko and Lunga rivers with the help of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and relevant Government and NGO partners in Honiara. At a community…

Villagers take charge of 6 new water tanks

BUBUMALA community in west Guadalcanal has taken charge of six rain water harvesting tanks. This followed a handover ceremony held at the community on Wednesday 23rd August 2017. The tanks were provided by the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society’s Supporting Community Planning (SCP) project. The community, which is located close to 30 kilometers west of…

Varley to Guam for Police conference

Commissioner of Police Matthew Varley will leave the country this weekend to attend the Pacific Islands Police Conference  to be held in Guam next week. He confirmed this during his weekly press conference yesterday at the Rove police headquarters. Varley said Guam is hosting the conference for the first time and the annual event was…

PM praises landowners at major bridge opening

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has highly commended landowning groups in North and North-East Guadalcanal for allowing their resources to support economic development activities in the country. Mr Sogavare made the comments when he joined the visiting President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Takehiko Nakao to open two new major bridges funded by ADB at…

Locals get their Canadian PR

TWO Solomon Islanders from Guadalcanal Province created history when they were handed their employment permit for Canada on Thursday. The duo Amelia Muse and Careka Volly are the first two Solomon Islanders to have been granted the permit under the Canadian government’s Immigration nomination program. They touched down at the Vancouver International Airport and were…