SEB confirms, sends out new lot with horticulture skills

TWENTY-THREE (23) young unemployed youths were given hope again after completing studies in horticulture. The group who graduated on Thursday this week, graduated with a TAFE (Technical   education – Australia) based certificate in basic gardening, landscaping, plant and soil knowledge, together with a component in small business skills.  During their training, they do field work…

Sogavare misses out at PALM7

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare was an obvious absentee when the seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) opened in the Japanese city of Iwaki last weekend. All 14 island leaders, except Mr Sogavare, are attending the summit at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Mr Sogavare had instead dispatched his deputy Douglas…

Dysentery outbreak in Pamua, school in poor condition

HEALTH authorities this week made a prompt response to an outbreak of dysentery at Pamua National Secondary School in West Makira. Members of the Health Promotion division, Environmental Health Division, Expansion Program of Immunisation and the Vector Borne Disease Division visited students and the school to assess the likely causes of the outbreak. More than…

APID pledges attractive returns

Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID), the mining company having interest for bauxite deposits on Rennell have promise good returns to both the national and provincial governments including landowners. A Spokesman for APID explained APID like any other operating companies has a timeframe set to follow regarding benefits of royalties of whatever kind. “Whilst APID is…

PMO denies pressure claims

The Office of the Prime Minister has denied there is pressure to remove members of the Kandere Party from the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government. The Office of the Prime Minister was responding to media reports that the Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare was under pressure to remove one of the coalition partners from…

Unscrewed scale, a concern

Some fish vendors at the Honiara Central Market continues to use unscrewed scales to weigh fish robbing customers of the little money they have. This was seen last weekend at the market when one of the Honiara City Council officers was alerted about a fish vendor cheating incident of fish scaling, which was later confiscated…

Regional fuel prices increasing again

Suva, Fiji – For the past ten months, Pacific Island countries and territories have enjoyed falling petroleum prices but there are indications that the region should prepare for rising fuel prices. Assessments by Economic Development Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) show that between July 2014 and May 2015, annual savings for…