Victims commemorate April flooding

VICTIMS of the 2014 flash flooding who were relocated to the newly established April Valley in east Honiara took time last Sunday to remember their family members who lost their lives during the disaster. The community commemorated the event through prayers and feasting. “It’s the day that we cannot forget in our lives. On April…

New firm addresses science, environmental issues

A NEW privately owned company that aims to address issues of research and science studies had been unveiled last week. Called SPE Analytical, it is a locally owned and operated laboratory to provide the following services, 1 – Soil, plants and water analysis, (2) School Science supplies (3) Research and consulting. According to the founder,…

Govt urged to recognise local scientists

GOVERNMENT has been challenged to utilise the services of its top qualified local scientists. A local soil specialist Simon Iro from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) highlighted this when speaking Thursday at the opening of SPE Analytical which stands for ‘Soils, Plants and Environmental Analytical & Scientific Supplies Services.’ Its owned by a…

Local lawyers return from overseas training

Two local lawyers have had the chance to strengthen their legal policy skills thanks to the Australian Government’s Pacific Legal Policy Development Program delivered by the Australian Attorney-General’s Department. Jasper Highwood Anisi from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and Kyla Venokana from the Ministry of Justice’s Policy Unit spent two weeks…

Hospital theatres remain closed

TWO operating theatres at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara will remain close after renovation work failed to bring up the theatres to the approved standard. The Commissioner of Labour closed the theatres last December due to their poor conditions. Hospital authorities were given a month to fix the problem. But a local contractor tasked…

Opposition, Independent applauds SIPA

MEMBERS of the Parliamentary Opposition and Independent groups have invited the Solomon Islands Chief Executive Officer Collin Yow and his management team to brief them about the SIPA reform. The briefing took place on Thursday at the Paul Tovua complex at the Parliament compound. The briefing was described by insiders a fruitful and candid. “The…

GP passes $17m budget

GUADALCANAL provincial government has passed its $17 million budget last week before the change of leadership on Tuesday. Ousted Premier, Bartholomew Vavanga’s led executive had passed the budget where his successor, Anthony Veke was the former Finance Minister. According to a officer in the provincial government, Veke resigned after the budget was passed in order…

SIPA claims ownership of city coastline

Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) has revealed on Thursday the coastline waters starting from Kokonut Café to Lunga is under their jurisdictions, thus any shipping activities along that coastline should be reported to them. Speaking during the forum at the Heritage Park Hotel yesterday, a SIPA team member presented in a power point presentation that…