Disease threatens banana worldwide

THE United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention to tackle one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle-East, and is now menacing Latin American countries. According to FAO, banana is the eighth most…

Save the Children helps distribute relief supplies

SAVE the Children is currently assisting the Guadalcanal Province Emergency Operation Centre (GPEOC) with distribution of relief supplies and assessment of damages in Guadalcanal Province. Distribution of food supplies to evacuation centres and affected areas in Guadalcanal was conducted on the weekend and continues this week. Save the Children has been taking part in assessments…

RAMSI briefs visiting US team on mission

THE Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) on Tuesday welcomed a visiting delegation of senior military and government personnel from the United States National Defense University in Washington to the Mission’s base at Guadalcanal Beach Resort, Henderson, east Honiara. The 19 personnel from the US National Defense University are in Solomon Islands as part…

Quake assessments underway

OFFICIALS are still assessing the damage caused by two large earthquakes in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. On Friday, a magnitude 7.1 quake hit off the coast of Bougainville. A magnitude 7.6 quake struck 100 kilometres south of Kira Kira, the capital of Makira Province, in Solomon Islands early on Sunday.  …

Gov’t commits to fix roads and bridges

THE Ministry of Infrastructure Development says it is committed to begin repair works on bridges and roads affected by the recent flash floods in Honiara and Guadalcanal. Speaking during a press conference in Honiara this week, director of civil engineering Harry Kiri said the ministry has already began working on affected infrastructures with the support…

Sir Peter sends condolences

AUSTRALIA’S Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove has send condolences to the people of Solomon Islands who have been devastated following the April 3 floods which killed 21 people and left thousands homeless. In a message to his counterpart, Sir Frank Kabui on April 4, Sir Peter said he was shocked and saddened to learn of…

Kola blames flat tyre on accident

DEPUTY Police Commissioner Walter Kola has blamed a flat tyre on an accident he was involved in the early hours of last Friday. Mr Kola reportedly hit a post outside the Central Police Station in Honiara, damaging the front of the police executive vehicle he was driving. He said he was the only officer in…

Solomon Water restores supply to West Honiara

SOLOMON water says residents in Honiara will continue to experience improvements to its water supply following the recent devastation of floods and damages. Ray Andresen, Solomon Water’s Operations Manager, said water from the Tasahe reservoir tank was fed into to the Kongulai Gravity system. This means that all areas in White River, St John School,…

Victims query relief distribution

VARIOUS victims of the April 3 flash floods living in evacuation centres in Honiara have expressed concern over the management of several centres and relief distribution to victims. Speaking to this paper, Dutton Mabo, a victim from Marble Street and now residing at the Coronation Centre said that ever since the floods, they have been…