Big plans ahead for GPPOL

Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) is proposing to expand the existing plantation with an addition of 35,000-40,000 hectares. This means the oil palm plantations is expecting to expand as far as Aola in East Central Guadalcanal. This was highlighted by Arial Manager of GPPOL Craig Gibsone during a visit by new the Minister of…

Minister’s trip to Renbel questioned

RENBEL premier has questioned the visit to his province by the Minister for Forestry Bartholomew Parapolo without the courtesy to call on him. Premier Collin Singamoana had questioned the visit made to his province Monday this   week by the minister and his Permanent Secretary and ministry officials. Premier Singamoana said as head of the provincial…

Four eye Gold Ridge mine

FOUR foreign mining companies are currently eying Gold Ridge Mine with interest to re-open the defunct mining operation. Chairman of Gold Ridge Community Investment Limited (GCIL),a local partner in the mining operation,Walton Naezon said the prospect ahead is to select a potential bidder and re-start mining operations again hopefully by  early next  year. The mining…

New funding for REP here

WORLD Bank has approved an additional funding of USD$1.5 million (SBD$$12 million) that will ensure the Rapid Employment Project (REP) continues for another year until December 2016. The additional assistance is made up of US$0.5 million from the World Bank’s International Development Association, and US$1 million from the Crisis Response Window – the World Bank’s…

Renbel kicks APID out

Cancels provincial business licence RENBEL Province has cancelled Asia Pacific Investment Development Ltd’s (APID’s) Provincial Business Licence, effectively pulling the plug on any hopes by the company to develop the province’s rich bauxite deposit on West Rennell. Premier Colin Tesua confirmed yesterday the Renbel Provincial Executive Council took the unilateral action on Wednesday last week…

BSP commits to acquire Westpac here

BSP Chairman Sir Kostas G. Constantinou, O.B.E has has on Tuesday announced that BSP remains committed to the acquisition of Westpac’s banking operations in the Solomon Islands. A statement from the Chairman said, BSP is working closely with the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) to obtain the necessary approvals and discussions with the Central…

PPF withdraws from Auki, Friday

MEMBERS of the Participating Police Force (PPF) serving under the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI PPF) will depart Auki tomorrow after 12 years maintaining law and order in the province. This is part of draw down process that will see RAMSI operations coming to an end. A statement from RAMSI media unit said,…

New solar panels for the needy

VOTERS of Central Makira Constituency received new sets of solar panels sourced from their constituency funds. The handover of the solar panels was made by Gravis Tahiri, the Constituency Development Officer (CDO), during a recent visit. About 10 recipients of Kaokaoragana village including the old and disabled were the lucky ones to receive the solar…