Undersea cable project gets green light

MINISTER for Communication and Aviation (MCA) Peter Shanel revealed in parliament, Monday that the short fall of US$10 million to fund the submarine cables now stands at US$5 million after some donors willing to fund the other half of the outstanding cost. Shanel revealed this after continuous pressure from some Members of Parliament (MP) who…

Gov’t seals SBD$70.97 m deal for infrastructure reconstruction on Guadalcanal

THE Government yesterday formalized a contract with an international contractor to implement the reconstruction of seven bridges on Guadalcanal which were damaged by the April 2014 flash floods. Supervising Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Mr Moses Virivolomo signed the US$9.1 million (SBD$70.97 million) contract with Ma Jianhua, General Manager of China Harbour Engineering…

PM Sogavare welcomes call for “ghost companies” probe

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledged the call by the Parliamentary Opposition Group for the government to investigate ‘ghost companies’ which it claims embezzled millions of dollars from the state coffers. The Opposition in a statement issued yesterday, Wednesday 18th May, said it is aware of serious allegations of ghost companies established by middle-people…

NRH operating theatres reopened, resumes services

THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) operating theatres have been reopened today Tuesday 17th May 2016. Full surgical services will now be resumed as the NRH theatres have now been completely renovated. Renovation of the NRH operating theatres has been satisfactorily completed and the Occupational Health and Safety Inspectors have lifted the prohibition notice,’ NRH Chief…

SIPA approved Kurukuru sponsorship

THE Solomon Islands Ports Authority Board has approved the sponsorship of the country’s national futsal team, the Kurukuru. The Solomon Islands will contest their third consecutive World Cup in Colombia in September after defending their Oceania title earlier this year. Kurukuru coach Juliano Schmeling had hoped to arrange up to ten friendly matches for his…

SI MPs could keep tax free salaries

SOLOMON Island MPs may yet keep their tax free salaries if an appeal against a court ruling declaring them illegal is successful. The Solomon Islands Parliamentary Entitlement Commission has filed the appeal which will most likely be heard at the next sitting of the appeal court in October. One of the claimants of the original…

Tuna resource must be managed: Honiwala

THE Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Mr. Edward Honiwala has highlighted the need for proper management of the Tuna resources. Speaking on the occasion to mark the World Tuna Day at Noro Western Province on Friday, he said Tuna is important to Solomon Islands because it contributes significant revenue to the…

CITREC grants job offer’s to Guadalcanal Province

GUADALCANAL Premier Hon. Anthony Veke has created labour mobility history by receiving Letters of Offer for employment from Major Employers, Canadian International Training and Education Corp (CITREC) who are ready to hire Guadalcanal CITREC graduates for temporary employment in Canada. Premier Hon. Veke, who is in Canada at the invitation of the sector council said…

Airline conference ends

MORE than 80 delegates attended the 34th annual general meeting of the Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) from May 4 to 6 in Honiara. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare officially opened the bi-annual conference, which focused on the theme “Aviation & the Environment”. Mr Sogavare commended the work of ASPA in providing the ideal forum…

CBSI donates 50K towards Cyclone Winston appeal

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has formally handed over its’ internal donation of $50,000 as part of its contribution towards the Cyclone Winston Fiji Appeal, Friday. In a short ceremony held at the CBSI Boardroom, Central Bank Governor, Mr. Denton Rarawa handed over the cheque payment of $50,000 dollars to the Solomon Islands…

Wate, SIPA interim CEO

MICHAEL Wate has begun his new posting as Solomon Islands Ports Authority’s (SIPA) interim chief executive officer, Wednesday. Mr Wate, an economist by profession, is the deputy general manager of National Provident Fund (NPF). He will be with SIPA for three months while the SIPA board advertises the top job. “….yes Mr Wate has taken…

Western Province farewells RAMSI

THE people of the Western Province and their provincial government have officially farewelled the last two provincial-based Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) advisers to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). The departure of the Gizo-based RAMSI Participating Police Force (PPF) advisers is a major milestone in the drawdown of the RAMSI as…