Farmers seeks compensation

A number of farmers who lost their copra and dried cocoa products during the recent bad weather have called on the owners of LC Dragon for some form of compensation. Speaking on behalf of the farmers, a Tetere farmer in North East Guadalcanal Brain Nahu who claimed to have bags of copra and dried cocoa…

Ringi wharf completed, thanks to ADB

Communities in Ringi on Kolombnagara were so delighted to see their wharf constructed by Dalgro (SI) Ltd completed on time. People were flooding down Ringi bay to see LC Marama loading off machines and materials on Saturday for the next wharf project at Keru, North New Georgia. Indeed it was a mix feeling day for…

ADB gives US$200k for relief effort

The country is benefiting from a $200,000 (SBD$1.5m) grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help fund humanitarian and relief efforts following recent major floods. On 3-5 April 2014, prolonged heavy rain associated with a tropical storm caused severe flooding in Honiara, and parts of Guadalcanal province. As a result of the disaster 21…

MPA wants ministry to audit tourism funds

A member of the provincial assembly (MPA) in Isabel province has called on the ministry of culture and tourism to follow up and audit funds that have been accessed by tourism operators. Rhoda Sikilabu made the comment during a meeting between the Solomon Islands visitors bureau (SIVB) officials and Buala tourism operators last Friday. Ms…

Reconstruction of jetties set for Isabel

Isabel provincial premier James Habu says his government will this year focus on rebuilding and construction of jetties around the province. He revealed this during a meeting held with the Solomon Islands visitors bureau (SIVB) officials in Buala last Friday. Mr Habu said the province would renovate existing jetties and build some additional ones  to…

Aviation: Safety is our priority

Aviation authority within the ministry of communication and aviation (MCA) says safety of airport runway is a priority. Alwyn Navo aviation’s chief air traffic training officer highlighted this during a courtesy call to Isabel provincial government’s headquarter in Buala last Friday. Mr Navo was part of the Solomon Islands visitors bureau delegation (SIVB) officials that…

We’ll be back

St Barbara says they are returning to Gold Ridge OPERATORS of Gold Ridge mine, Australian company St Barbara, has insisted it hasn’t pulled out of the country. Instead, the company said it was forced to shut down operations at the Gold Ridge mine because of flood damage and subsequent security risks. St Barbara’s managing director…

Sisilo: Let’s go for the best possible deal

THE negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Pacific countries and the European Union (EU) have reached a critical stage. At their meeting held last week in Suva, Fiji, Pacific Trade and Fisheries Ministers agreed to conclude the negotiations as a single region by June 2014. To achieve that both sides will have to…

Isabel gov’t seals deal to extend airstrip

Isabel government has sealed a deal with a logging company currently operating on the island to help upgrade the Suavanao airstrip. Provincial premier James Habu revealed this last week during a visit by the Solomon Islands visitors bureau (SIVB) delegation. Mr Habu said his provincial government had a verbal agreement with a logging company operating…

SI fully committed to negotiate a comprehensive EPA

Minister of fisheries and marine resources, Mr. Alfred Ghiro, assured his colleague Pacific Fisheries and Trade Ministers that Solomon Islands is fully committed to negotiate a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). “It’s clear that we are now under severe time pressure and I urge us all to work together over…