Fijian PM promises help for affected businesses

SUVA, (FIJI TIMES) – The Fijian Government is working on ways to assist people who already received Micro and Small Business Grants (MSBG), but suffered damage in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made this announcement at the MSBG disbursements at the Valelevu grounds in Nasinu. “This includes recipients on…

Inquiries to begin, UPNG bid dismissed

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) – The Papua New Guinea Government’s immediate task is to salvage the 2016 academic year at State-run universities which have been hit by protests and boycott of classes by students for more than one month, Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari said Wednesday. Lupari warned that if the protesting students did not adhere…

Police supports FFA

The Maritime police is conducting a joint operation with the Forum Fisheries Agency. Deputy Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga at the police weekly conference on Thursday said the operation is mainly to support FFA in a program called Tui Moana and Island Chiefs. She said this joint operation is about forming a working relationship with the…

Sumsum leaving

Airline spent $29.1M on aircrafts’ refurbishments SOLOMON Airlines chief executive officer Captain Ron Sumsum is expected to leave the airline by the end of the year, after 10 years on the job. The airline’s general manager operations &commercial, Gas Kraus, announced this on Wednesday in front of business executives and leaders in Honiara. This was…

Logging dilemma

AG says he’s not aware of forestry moratorium THE Attorney General’s Office is not aware of any moratorium endorsed by Cabinet on the logging industry. This came after the Solomons Forest Association (SFA) claimed there was a moratorium endorsed by Cabinet about a year ago. However, government did not implement the moratorium which resulted in…

Malu’u medical staff assaulted

MEDICAL staff at Malu’u area health centre in North Malaita have in strongest term condemned an alleged assault on one of its staff early this week. Information reaching this paper claimed that a male nurse on duty on Tuesday was allegedly assaulted by young male after he was  unhappy with the medical instruction given by…

Obstruction charge withdrawn

The charge against an employee of the closed down mini casino, Cyber King, will be officially withdrawn on Thursday. Public Prosecutor David Tepai on Wednesday confirmed to the court that prosecution will withdraw the charge of obstructing a police officer against Raymond Ting due to insufficient evidence. He however needs time to get the authority…

Alleged Auki BSP bank robbers refused bail

A third bail application made for two of the men accused of the armed robbery at the Bank of South Pacific (BSP) in Auki last year, has been refused. Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo yesterday refused bail for John Kiki and Nelson Ausolo fearing they might influence investigation and the trial. “The nature of the…

PM meets senior Australian diplomat

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Wednesday briefly met with the Australian senior foreign affairs official Deputy Secretary Ric Wells. A statement from the PM Press Secretariat said Mr Wells from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade made the courtesy call yesterday afternoon as part of his three-day visit to Solomon Islands. “As the…

‘Megapode’ back in the air

After a three-month’s absence, Solomon Airlines’ Dash 8 aircraft (H4-SOL) has resumed full operation on the national carrier’s domestic services as of last Friday. The aircraft, affectionately known as ‘Megapode’, had been undergoing its heavy C-Check maintenance program under contract with Hawker Pacific based in Cairns, Queensland. Solomon Airlines General Manager – Operations & Commercial,…