MID plans testing lab

PLANS are underway by the ministry of infrastructure development (MID) to improve the effectiveness of the existing MID materials testing laboratory. The plan was initiated since the early of this year. In a statement MID said the lab has always had a presence in MID projects and has played an important role in checking the…

Extra budget support

From aid donors and other sources Hou announces CARETAKER minister of finance has announced additional financial support that has become available to support the 2014 budget. This follows budget pressures due to the April floods and the suspension of production at the Gold Ridge Mine. Rick Hou last week said that the Government has received…

Lomlom inspection today

People of Reef Island, Temotu province will today witness a team from the ministry of civil aviationto conduct the final inspection at the Lomlom airport. Director of aviation George Satu is leading the delegation with a survey officer and officials from of Temotu provincial government to conduct the final inspections. They will leave 6am this…

Marovo tourism operators receive training

An eyeopener, educational and well advanced tourism training ended successfully last Thursday in Batuna, Marovo lagoon, Western province. Ministry of culture and tourism senior tourism officer Laurie Leketo who was part of the team said the week long training has offered opportunity for the local tourism operators to get some insights and tips on how…

Government urged to build proper wharf

The national government has been urged to build a proper permanent wharf specifically for cruise boats that are bringing in visitors in the Honiara in the future. This call came following the successful visit by cruise boat MV Dawn Princess last Thursday. Due to technical reasons the tourist boat was unable to berth at the…

Concern over illegal vendors

A Honiara resident is concern with the continuous selling of betel nut & cigarette in front of shops at the City centre, Point Cruz area. The resident said city council should conduct hourly patrols along the streets of Honiara to crack down on such illegal vendors. He said Chinese shop owners should not entertain or…

Bank plans package for older age

Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) says it will design a product that will allow old age people to have the chance to benefit from the services provided by the bank. This came after questions were raised as to why people ages more than 50 or 55 are not allowed to loan. The bank’s chief executive officer…

Local USP staff acknowledged

LOCAL staff working at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Solomon Islands campus have been acknowledged for their hard work and commitment in ensuring classes and lectures remain operational despite the April flash flood. Speaking at the USP’s annual graduation ceremony at the Maranatha conference centre, east Honiara on Friday Pro-Chancellor Ikbal Jannif said…