Winners smile away with $4000 cash

FIVE lucky winners of Soltuna monthly competition were awarded with $4000 cash each yesterday. Marketing manager Kenwood Harry handed over the cash prizes to each of them at Soltuna warehouse in Honiara. The winners after receiving their prizes described the competition as worthwhile. “The amount of money is big enough and we don’t expect to…

Police detain vessels for overloading

AUKI Police over the weekend detained two marine shipping vessels for more than three hours for overloading. The two vessels, MV Daystar and MV Maetalau were detained for having been overloaded on Saturday morning, after both Police and the vessels declared that it was unsafe to travel to Honiara, given that the load of both…

Mounting police presence worries victims

FLOOD victims residing at the FOPA village have expressed fear at the increasing presence of police at the vicinity. Committee chairman of Mbokonavera camp said the presence of police at the village is worrying and caused fears amongst them especially women and children. Charles Ketea said since Thursday last week, police continued to present in…

NZ govt acknowledged over new bridge

PEOPLE of northwest Guadalcanal have acknowledged the New Zealand government for the newly completed Mataniko Bailey bridge. Northwest Guadalcanal chief John Kaoni said his people really appreciated the support by the New Zealand Government in supplying the new bridge after the old bridge was destroyed in the April 3rd flash flooding in Honiara. Mr Kaoni…

SI prepares for MSG arts festival

Solomon Islands is ready to participate at the upcoming 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Papua New Guinea. The festival opening ceremony will begin on June 28th in Port Moresby and will run for two weeks ending on July 11. The Government is sending a contingent of 168 participants who will take part…

Deal for Fiu hydro-power project sealeds

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday signed with the Solomon Islands grant and loan agreements to help the Government boost energy access and renewable energy generation in Auki, the capital of Malaita province. Signing the assistance package—which includes a $6 million loan and $6 million grant—was ADB Vice-President Lakshmi Venkatachalam and Solomon Islands Minister of…

New entertainment at airport

Visitors and returning residents arriving at the Honiara International Airport are now being treated to local music entertainment. Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) has contracted several local bands to provide entertainment at the arrival lounge each day. SIVB board chairman Wilson Ne’e said the idea was to make visitors feel welcome as they get off…

Community child forum held

SAVE the Children (SC) last week held a community child forum for communities within the Central Kwara’ae region of Malaita province. The forum which was part of Save the Children’s Communities Child Protection Project (CCPP) was aimed at informing and making known to both children and the communities of the issues of concern with regards…