Customs take one step ahead

Customs and Excise Division is taking a step forward in realising the ‘aviation project’ co- initiated by Brisbane based company Torn Parachute and local tourism training company Solomon Host. The aviation project involves displaying of important messages vital for travellers via plasma screens at the arrival and departure lounges of the international terminal. The project…

Electricity crucial for rural development

ABOUT seven million of the Pacific region’s ten million people still do not have access to electricity. Rural Melanesia in particular faces the exceptional challenge of achieving universal electricity access in an area where the cost of electricity and petroleum are among the highest in the world, averaging around 20% of total household income. This…

Province to repair Kamosi road

PEOPLE of Sigana ward in Isabel have welcomed the provincial government’s plan to improve the two kilometre road at Kamosi. Premier James Habu and his executive have already allocated funding for the road repair. The road stretched from Kasera sea side to the school area and is currently the main mode of travel by foot…

6,000 fraudulent voters detected

THE Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) says the first stage of the Biometric Voter Registration process has been a great success, with the new system detecting almost 6000 potentially fraudulent voter registrations. The SIEC is in the process of finalising the Provisional List of Voters, which has revealed 5923 duplicate registrations. “One person tried to…

Premium NZ ice cream launched here

THE Bulk Shop in Honiara launches New Zealand’s Award winning Tip Top Ice Cream at the J Kwaimani building, Kukum Highway on Monday. This is not the first time for Tip Top to be introduced in Solomon Islands however, the launching is fundamental for a premium line  of Ice Cream. The managing Director of the…

Gold Ridge spends $42m on payroll during break

DURING the past 10 weeks, St. Barbara Mining Company spent $42 million on salaries alone without any single return. The general manager of Gold Ridge Mine, Stean Barrie, revealed this during a meeting with company workers yesterday at the Don Bosco Technical Institute, Henderson. Mr Barrie along with the St. Barbara’s country advisor, John Kaimarama…

Beck is Pacific’s rep at UN Women

SOLOMON Islands is the only Pacific country represented on the United Nations Women Executive Board. Its representative is Helen Beck, the Counsellor at the Solomon Islands Mission in New York.  Sharing her experiences with civil society organisations including women and youth groups from around the region at a meeting in Nadi last week, Mrs Beck…

TSI says enforcement of law encourages fairness

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands says it is encouraging to see an authority using its powers to actually enforce the law. This week, the country’s giant logging company Earth Movers Solomons Limited has been served with a seizure notice by the Commissioner of Forest. The seizure notice was given following reports the company failed to comply with…

Victims: Where are the millions of dollars?

VICTIMS of the April floods have questioned the government and its relevant authorities where the millions of dollars that were poured into the country for flood victims went and spent. Speaking to this paper in an interview yesterday, chairman of the victims committee said they are anxious to know how these millions of dollars have…

Relatives confirm PM shunned

RELATIVES of the Christian Fellowship Church (CFC) spiritual leader who passed away last week confirmed the Prime Minister was unwelcomed and forced to return upon arrival for the funeral service of the late Sir Ikan Rove. After seeing the denial by the Prime Minister’s press secretary Douglas Marau yesterday, some relatives of the church leader…