Court to hear Tovosia, Veke’s case

The court has on Wednesday confirmed which magistrate will hear the trial of the Member of Member (MP) of Parliament for East Guadalcanal Bradley Tovosia and Guadalcanal Premier Anthony Veke. Magistrate Augustine Aulanga will be hearing the trial that is yet to be fixed a date. The court on the last occasion has adjourned the…

Chamber: why withdraw SIPA?

SOLOMON Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) says it is disappointed at Solomon Islands Port Authority’s (SIPA) decision to leave the Chamber. SIPA withdrew its membership last week in the wake of the controversy surrounding its reforms. A number of Chamber members have sharply criticised SIPA’s new tariff rates, describing them as excessive. SICCI…

Veke announces executive line-up

NEWLY elected Guadalcanal Premier Anthony Veke has announced his new executive. The announcement of the new line-up was made after consultations which resulted in the allocation of portfolios. Mr Veke says his new government will focus and implement reforms that will improve effectiveness and the efficiency of administration and service delivery to people of the…

Lower growth for Pacific economies

Pacific economies will grow by an average 3.8 per cent this year; down from 7 per cent last year, mainly because of pressures faced by Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Fiji — the region’s largest economies. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) notes Pacific economies face lower growth and tighter fiscal conditions this year because of…

Pacific Island ministers in Nelson

NELSON, (VOXY) —Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is to host a delegation of Pacific island fisheries ministers and agency representatives next week (April 14). Ministers from at least a dozen nations will spend the day in Nelson. Participants have been invited from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru,…

Tongan lines crew to assist Fiji recovery

NUKU’ALOFA, (MATANGI TONGA) —-A Tongan line mechanic group will be deployed in Fiji to assist with the efforts to repair the damage to the Electricity Distribution Network caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The group consists of six qualified and experienced line mechanics personnel from Tonga Power Limited, led by line supervisor Metuisela Afu. The first…

Heavy rain threatens tailings facility

Gold dam scare THE controlled de-watering of Gold Ridge tailings dam in central Guadalcanal is reportedly gone out of control due to heavy rain in the area. Downstream villagers have lodged complaints to health authorities in the past week about the safety of the water that was released into their streams. This had prompted teams…

Container trucks and safety

COMPANIES that are involved in transporting containers on our public roads have ensured they abide by the safety rule. This is despite the risk these vehicles posed to the public and the traffic. Most companies said, they ensure that containers don’t fall off from the back of the trailer while on the road is their…