Care centres given timely donations

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Manasseh Maelanga handed over a total of $100,000 to two local charity organizations on Friday. The funds were raised during the celebration of Malaysia’s independence day in Honiara on Wednesday. Maelanga travelled to San Isidro Care Centre in Aruligho, North West Guadalcanal and the Christian Care Centre…

PM spotlights challenge to managing the ocean

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says a key deep-seated challenge facing ocean conservation and management in the Pacific is human behavior. Sogavare told the one-day Pacific Ocean Summit of the International Union for Conservation of Nature in the Hawaiian capital, Honolulu, on Wednesday that ocean management is really not the challenge facing Pacific conservation efforts but…

New PPF chief takes up role

The Participating Police Force (PPF) has a new commander after Mark Ney left the mission prematurely on medical grounds. John Tanti was introduced to the media during the weekly police conference on Thursday at the Rove Police headquarters after serving as commander here for about a month now. He will be here until the Regional…

SIMSA will not register MV Sitka here

MOI ship is ‘too old’ Marine authorities will not accept MV Sitka on its register even if those who purchase the Tongan registered vessel insisted on bringing it over here. Derek Saru, chief marine engineer, Compliance and Standards Division of the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety(SIMSA), stated this. He was responding to announcements Albert Wong of…

USP to establish centres in provinces

The Vice Chancellor and President of the University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra says they intend to establish centres across the provinces. Professor Chandra said this while delivering his key note address at the USP graduation, Friday, in Honiara. “The university plans to establish centres in the remaining provinces as part of…

Drought policy workshop

A consultation workshop for the development of Solomon Islands National Drought Policy is set to start Monday 5th to 8th September in Honiara. The workshop is organised by the department of Meteorology, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Services in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the…

Wong clarifies MOI ship’s inspection

OWNER of Ocean Marine Albert Wong says MV Sitka was inspected by Tongan marine officials before it sailed to the Solomons. And he added officials there were satisfied with the condition of the vessel, which Mr Wong facilitated its purchase for the Constituency of Malaita Outer Islands (MOI). Earlier, local marine authorities say they were…

Experts design security plan

ABOUT seven experts are part of a team that is designing the new development assistance programme to succeed Australia’s development assistance programme to Solomon Islands through the Regional Assistance Mission in the post-RAMSI era. The Australian development assistance programme, through RAMSI,focuses on the strengthening of the police and correctional services, judicial system and governance machinery…