Gov’t must stop ‘advance pay’

A FOREIGN investor in the country has suggested that in order for Solomon Islands Government (SIG) to avoid ghost companies, mediated in the awarding of contract jobs is to stop the advance payment system. Speaking to the Solomon Star, the investor, who asked not to be named, said he had noticed that the system practised…

PM opens fisheries meeting

Fisheries resources will continue to occupy center stage in policy discussions for many pacific countries because of their importance to island economies that calls for more active surveillance of its stock, said Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare as he opened a regional workshop on fisheries management in Honiara yesterday. The two-day meeting brings together regional ministers…

Water tanks for Mt Alasa’a

A community success story from Malaita AUSTRALIA is helping communities on Mt Alasa’a, Malaita access clean drinking water by providing twenty water tanks. The Mt Alasa’a Community Water Tank Project has provided 1,209 people with access to clean drinking water through the construction of 20 water tanks across twelve communities as well as the Busurata…

Ministry acknowledges blood donors

THE MINISTRY of health and medical services together with its donors partners, Red Cross and other helping non-government organization (NGOs)  have acknowledged all the blood donors. Director of medical laboratory at the National Referral Hospital Alfred Dofai said the ministry and its donor partners are really pleased and appreciate all blood donors for their sacrifice…

Police supports FFA

The Maritime police is conducting a joint operation with the Forum Fisheries Agency. Deputy Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga at the police weekly conference on Thursday said the operation is mainly to support FFA in a program called Tui Moana and Island Chiefs. She said this joint operation is about forming a working relationship with the…

Sumsum leaving

Airline spent $29.1M on aircrafts’ refurbishments SOLOMON Airlines chief executive officer Captain Ron Sumsum is expected to leave the airline by the end of the year, after 10 years on the job. The airline’s general manager operations &commercial, Gas Kraus, announced this on Wednesday in front of business executives and leaders in Honiara. This was…

Logging dilemma

AG says he’s not aware of forestry moratorium THE Attorney General’s Office is not aware of any moratorium endorsed by Cabinet on the logging industry. This came after the Solomons Forest Association (SFA) claimed there was a moratorium endorsed by Cabinet about a year ago. However, government did not implement the moratorium which resulted in…

Malu’u medical staff assaulted

MEDICAL staff at Malu’u area health centre in North Malaita have in strongest term condemned an alleged assault on one of its staff early this week. Information reaching this paper claimed that a male nurse on duty on Tuesday was allegedly assaulted by young male after he was  unhappy with the medical instruction given by…