Tourism operators reconcile

Two tourism operators in Florida Island, Central Island province last Tuesday have settled their past differences through a reconciliation ceremony. The reconciliation took place during a weeklong tourism inspections and evaluation by officials from the Green Tourism SI Ltd. The reconciliation was held between directors of Pota Sauragi Eco Lodge, Pota Sagupari and Taupuipui Island…

Assessment of eco-tourism on Florida Islands completed

Green Tourism Solomon Island Ltd has successfully completed its week-long evaluation and inspection of four (4) eco-tourism properties on Florida Island, Central Island province last week. The evaluation and inspection was conducted at four eco-tourism properties namely Roderick Bay Hideaway, Roderick Bay Beach Resort, Pota Saurangi Eco-Lodge, and Tapuipui Island Resort. The inspection started off…

Taiwan releases $22.5m

The Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan has formally released the first payment of the “2014 ROC funding support to the Solomon Islands government. This amount catered for the 50 MPs constituencies and the remaining 2013 ROC Funding support (covering 20 constituencies against their acquittal report). The funding support in the total amount SBD$22.5M was presented…

Call to ban card buying

 A call has been issued by the Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) on the Solomon Islands Government to make it illegal for anyone to buy or collect voter registration cards. Last week, TSI’s Advocacy Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) received a report that an intending candidate from a Honiara constituency is not only buying voters ID cards,…

Govt commends US navy bomb team

The Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services has commended the US Navy on a special underwater training program conducted for the Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Maritime Police team this month. Permanent Secretary of Police Edmond Sikua expressed gratitude for the US Government for funding the training program…

MMF plans to stage peaceful protest

Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) president is calling on RAMSI and police to arrest those involved in the recent bech-de-mer saga or else they will apply for a peaceful protest. Speaking to this paper last week, Charles Dausabea said police and RAMSI has to make arrest of those suspected in the issue of the two ton…

MMF still not convinced with NPF explanations

Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) says explanations made by the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) regarding its two investments, the 360 Discovery and Tavanipupu island resort are not convincing enough. Forum’s technical head Martin Housanau said the NPF board cannot lie to members about their lending tactics. “How can you say these are investments when…

Burns Creek kids undertake immunization

Burns Creek children are currently undertaking an immunization exercise for measles (rubella) as part of controlling the spread of the disease in the country. This was after confirmed that Solomon Islands is at high risk of the spreads of rubella, currently being reported in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The prevention exercise was carried out by…

MPs’ poor parliament performance costly

‘Tax payers pay $180,000 for under-par output from leaders’ MEMBERS of Parliament (MP) perform poorly in the current 6th Parliament sitting but the cost to tax-payers remains high; according to data obtain by The Solomon Star. The data showed times MPs spent in the meetings each day of the current session regardless of whether each…

No riot ‘big players’ arrested

Police are yet to make any arrest on the ‘big players’ behind the recent riot and looting in east Honiara last week. Acting Police Commissioner Ms Matanga said there are no initiators of the incident been arrest yet but investigations are still continuing. “Investigation into finding key leaders is ongoing and police remains high alert…