AUSTRALIA OFFERS RELIEF HELP

THE Australian government has supported Solomon Islands after Friday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake by offering more than SBD$290, 000 in relief efforts. A statement from the Australian High Commission office in Honiara yesterday said Australian government is on standby to help. It has also expressed condolences to Solomon Islands. The statement added, the Solomon Islands Government…

Miss Solomons to promote tourism

Miss Solomon Islands is now back in the country after her successful campaign in Samoa with plans to promote the country’s tourism industry. Speaking to PAOA FM, Camilla Grossmith said promoting tourism through our culture is important. “Culture plays an important part in promoting our local tourism industry because tourists coming into the country want…

Coronation plans to expand secondary classes

Coronation Christian School is now planning towards upgrading its infrastructure to expand its secondary classes with forms four and five classes. The school principal Adrian Dorovia said the school is now working on a proposal to upgrade its secondary intake. “That is to enrol into forms four and five specifically in the years to come,”…

Relief food to quake victims

Patrol boat dispatched to Makira A patrol boat will be dispatched today with emergency food supplies to the earthquake stricken province of Makira-Ulawa to assist communities there. That’s according to the Director of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Loti Yates. Makira-Ulawa Province, as well as parts of Malaita, Guadalcanal and Malaita, were badly hit…

Sogavares touched the sick in Gizo

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his wife Emmy have touched the hearts of the sick at Gizo Hospital including children and women. The Sogavares were in Gizo on Wednesday 7th December to attend Western Province’s 33rd Second Appointed Day Anniversary. During the visit, many of the patients who were unable to join the celebrations due…

Alleged arsonist remanded

A 40-YEAR-OLD man has been remanded in custody yesterday for allegedly burning down three houses in east Guadalcanal last month. Donation Tapalia faces three counts of arson in relation to an allegation on 25 October 2016 at Listara village. The houses he allegedly burnt were made of sago palm leaves and bush materials and belonged…

Australia ready to give help

AUSTRALIA’S Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says her government is ready to provide any support once requested in relation to Friday’s 7.8 earthquake that stuck off Kirakira, Makira-Ulawa Province. “The Australian Government has in place pre-positioned supplies for shelter, water, sanitation, food,” Ms Bishop said. “If they’re required we can work with the local authorities and…

7.8 earthquake causes damages in Kirakira

THE 7.8 earthquake that struck at 4.38am on Friday caused damages to buildings in Kirakira including homes, a hospital, a church, the World Vision office and cut off the town’s power supply. That was according to World Vision Solomon Islands. The earthquake hit less than 30 kilometres off the island of Makira and around 200…

Gov’t to respond to quake damages

THE government is preparing to respond to the affected communities hit by a very strong undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.8, which occurred at 4.38am, Friday. Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Samuel Manetoali confirmed this when he informed Parliament on Friday. Mr Manetoali said from information generated from collected data and reports…

Team to assess damages

MAKIRA National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) will deploy an assessment team to remote areas believed to be affected by Friday’s powerful earthquake. Makira NDMO officer Ruth Timauku confirmed that they have received confirmation of damages around the province and her assessment team will be deployed today. “Around Kirakira, we have some major damages, two residential…