Air service still suspended

WHILE the Fijian Government has maintained its position on the airline dispute with the Solomon Islands, the head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) says the issue stemmed from a request for a new slot for Fiji Airways to fly direct from Nadi to Honiara on Saturdays. CAASI director George Satu told…

Call for intervention on Airline saga

The impasse between Fiji and Solomon Islands governments can only be resolved through the intervention of the prime ministers of both countries, says Association of the South Pacific Airlines secretary-general George Faktaufon. He said the impasse should not be allowed to continue because “the travelling public was suffering through no fault of theirs”.  “I personally…

Work on new eye clinic begins

WORK on the proposed new eye care centre in Honiara has kicked off with the sealing off of what used to be the hospital’s parking area. Work on the area has seen much of the former parking lot sealed off and fenced with the erection of the new building’s foundation (ground work) commence. The facility…

Driver in ATM heist remanded

The driver of the car involved in the robbery of the ANZ automatic teller machine (ATM) at Kwaimani building over the weekend is now remanded in custody. Saverio Sulimae was the second suspect to be arrested this week and was remanded in custody yesterday. He was charged with one count of armed robbery. Security officer,…

Reporter tells of tubi investigation ordeal

IT may look easy in the paper, but gathering information especially facing leaders who have something to hide is not an easy task. I was tipped by a landowner from Isabel whose land was logged of the endangered and prohibited tree species – Tubi by a Taiwanese company South Pacific Wood Co Ltd (SPW). I…

TUBI EXPORTED UNDER CANCELLED LICENSE

Forest commissioner authorised export, refuse to face media The Solomon Islands Forests Commissioner Reeves Moveni has allegedly authorised the Southern Pacific Wood Company, a Taiwanese owned company to export tubi round logs worth at nearly $2 million SI dollars early this month. The company only has a milling license to operate on San Jorge which…

Govt to deal with Renbel

Government through the ministry of provincial government and institutional strengthening (MPGIS) will deal with the current political turmoil affecting the Renbel provincial government (RPG). In an interview yesterday minister Silas Tausiga said his ministry is aware of current political turmoil. The impasse has resulted in three provincial ministers resigning from the Lence Tango led government.…

HCC malaria campaign continues

4000 mosquito to be distributed to communities in Honiara THE Honiara City Council’s (HCC) health division has continued its fight and campaign against malaria throughout the national capital with the distribution of up to 4000 mosquito nets to communities in Honiara.Speaking to this paper yesterday, Doris who is part of the division’s malaria campaign team…

Man escape jail

A young man who admitted stealing $50,000 from his employer has luckily escaped jail after his 12 months jail term has been suspended in full. Newton Orobulu, 22, yesterday through his lawyer said he stole the money because the company failed to pay up his NPF share. He said he worked for the company for…