Minister’s trip to Renbel questioned

RENBEL premier has questioned the visit to his province by the Minister for Forestry Bartholomew Parapolo without the courtesy to call on him. Premier Collin Singamoana had questioned the visit made to his province Monday this   week by the minister and his Permanent Secretary and ministry officials. Premier Singamoana said as head of the provincial…

New funding for REP here

WORLD Bank has approved an additional funding of USD$1.5 million (SBD$$12 million) that will ensure the Rapid Employment Project (REP) continues for another year until December 2016. The additional assistance is made up of US$0.5 million from the World Bank’s International Development Association, and US$1 million from the Crisis Response Window – the World Bank’s…

Renbel kicks APID out

Cancels provincial business licence RENBEL Province has cancelled Asia Pacific Investment Development Ltd’s (APID’s) Provincial Business Licence, effectively pulling the plug on any hopes by the company to develop the province’s rich bauxite deposit on West Rennell. Premier Colin Tesua confirmed yesterday the Renbel Provincial Executive Council took the unilateral action on Wednesday last week…

Calls to complete Burnscreek clinic

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) and Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) is being called on to complete medical clinic at Burnscreek east of Honiara. Joyce Boykin, a member of Mercy School Board and Director of Read Solomon said this during an interview with the paper on Tuesday. She said, that people living there are in need of…

PPF withdraws from Auki, Friday

MEMBERS of the Participating Police Force (PPF) serving under the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI PPF) will depart Auki tomorrow after 12 years maintaining law and order in the province. This is part of draw down process that will see RAMSI operations coming to an end. A statement from RAMSI media unit said,…

New solar panels for the needy

VOTERS of Central Makira Constituency received new sets of solar panels sourced from their constituency funds. The handover of the solar panels was made by Gravis Tahiri, the Constituency Development Officer (CDO), during a recent visit. About 10 recipients of Kaokaoragana village including the old and disabled were the lucky ones to receive the solar…

Gold Ridge tailings treatment underway

NEW owners of Gold Ridge Mine, Gold Ridge Community Investment Limited (GCIL), has taken steps to treat and drain the most talked about Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) that has posed environmental and health risks to people in the area since St Barbra left the site. Work to treat the dam, which has not been treated…

HCC settle workers

Honiara City Council (HCC) direct employees have received their salary on Tuesday following their protest over salary delay on Monday morning. These employees comprised of those working at the Honiara Central Market (HCM), Works Division, Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) and other departments of the city council. The peaceful protest was to demand an explanation for…

MPs support affected communities

THREE Members of Parliament from Lau MBaelelea, North Malaita and Baegu Asifola have joined forces to assist the victims of Suava communities with relief supplies on Tuesday. The relief supplies included 20 bales of second hand clothes, 20 sets of kitchen utensils, 250 bag of rice and 100 cartoons of Soltuna products. The supplies were…

Telekom to launch more 3G towers

SEVEN more 3G towers of Our Telekom installed in Malaita province will be launched soon. This was confirmed by our Telekom Auki branch office on Tuesday. Assistance manager Jimmy Nange told the Solomon star the towers are 50metres in height. “The towers will provide the 3G services which includes the internet, TV and other important…