Australia supports biosecurity work here

LAST week, Australian biosecurity specialists delivered computer and database equipment and specialised training in border operations information management to senior management and surveillance officers from Biosecurity Solomon Islands, within the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. This forms part of the Australian-funded Biosecurity Development Program that aims to strengthen Biosecurity Solomon Islands to carry out pest…

Rescued at sea

PNG nationals survive six-week sea ordeal FOURTEEN Papua New Guinea nationals who drifted for six weeks at sea have been rescued by a fishing boat outside national waters and brought in to Honiara yesterday. They include four males and 10 females, the youngest being a girl of 4. Unfortunately, a woman in her 40s had…

Back in power, Lusibaea reclaim ministerial portfolio

NORTH Malaita MP Jimmy Lusibaea is expected to be sworn in this morning, less than a week after he resigned as Minister for Infrastructure Development. This was after the Government decided to give him the same ministerial portfolio. “…yes, Mr Lusibaea will retain his same portfolio,” deputy private secretary to Government House Rawcliffe Ziza told…

GP celebrates it first sponsored graduates

Guadalcanal provincial government on Tuesday celebrated with the first lot of sponsored students who have successfully graduated at Solomon Islands National University (SINU) last week. The provincial government hosted the event to acknowledge and recognise them for successfully completing their studies. More than 10 students were sponsored under the Guadalcanal provincial government scholarship scheme which…

‘Gov’t to replace SIPA board’

RESIGNED Minister for Infrastructure development has decided to retain the Infrastructure Development portfolio but under one condition. The North Malaita MP Jimmy Lusibaea wanted the entire SIPA board replaced. A well placed source in the government confirmed a meeting between the Prime Minister and Mr Lusibaea on Tuesday this week to sort the matter out.…

Former combatants deny rumour of war

LEADERS of Solomon Islands Post Conflict Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Restoration Association (SIPCRRRA) Guadalcanal Desk have strongly disassociated and condemned a rumour that the past ethnic conflict will happen again. Militants from Malaita Malaita and Guadalcanal engaged in a conflict since 1998 until the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) intervened in 2003 to restore…

Makira ready to implement community-led total sanitation

A week long Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) training of local facilitators in Makira province was successfully completed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) last week. Around 30 individuals comprising of community members, staff from the provincial Environmental Health Department, Health Promotion Department, World Vision and UNDP participated in the CLTS program.…

Gov’t pays millions to pave way for road project

UP to $15 million has been paid by the government as compensation to residents and companies with property along the main Kukum Highway, to pave way for the new highway project to roll. The road project funded by the Japanese Government was expected to kick-off last year but was delayed. Infrastructure Permanent Secretary, Henry Murray…

PM: Fiu hydro prooject rolling

THE   Government’s   preparatory   work   for   the proposed  Asian  Development  Bank-funded  Fiu  River hydropower project in Malaita Province is progressing well. “The land valuation assessment of the project site has been completed and the report on this assessment will be finalised by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey after it receives a report on a…

PM backs bid team

Sogavare adjourns parliament to accompany games committee PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his deputy will lead a high-powered delegation to Vanuatu next week to lodge the country’s bid for the 2023 Pacific Games. Mr Sogavare revealed this yesterday as he adjourned parliament to May 17 to allow him and his deputy, Manasseh Maelanga, who is…