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…

Small Malaita victims query MP over relief

SEVERAL flood victims from Small Malaita have questioned the system of distribution of relief aid by their Member of Parliament, Rick Hou, claiming that the MP only assisted his supporters and relatives. Speaking on behalf of the victims, Dutton Mabo said that ever since the floods that has caused 21 deaths, two still missing and…

Lilo hails NZ for offer to fund bailey bridge

PRIME Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has applauded the New Zealand Government for its quick response to immediately provide a bailey bridge to replace the damaged old Mataniko bridge at Chinatown. Mr Lilo over the weekend sought New Zealand to assist with the provision of a bailey bridge to replace the old bridge, which was washed…

Accused poised to take guilty plea

A MAN who allegedly hurled an ignited dynamite explosive at another man at Fox Wood area in East Guadalcanal is likely to enter a guilty plea to a lesser charge. As a result of this Mariano Besa will no longer stand trial for the incident on July 1, 2012. Besa was initially charged with an…