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…

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…

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…

Investigator training a success

FORTY three Solomon Islanders has undertook and successfully completed a rigorous training program on conducting investigations into alleged corrupt activities or misconduct over the last two weeks. Last Friday, the candidates were granted a Certificate IV in Government (Investigations) – an internationally accepted qualification. Building the capacity of investigators aims to deliver a long-term benefit.…

Gov’t dismisses rumour of renewed ethnic tension

THE Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) has dismissed rumours of renewed ethnic tensions between Guadalcanal and Malaita Provinces. The Government instead has called on groups and individuals to respect the ongoing peace building initiatives currently implemented by the Government and other stakeholders to restore lasting peace in the country. Government Authorities were made aware…

PM: Fiu hydro-power project preparatory work rolling

SOLOMON Islands Government preparatory work for the proposed Asian Development Bank-funded Fiu River hydropower project in Malaita Province is progressing well. “The land valuation assessment of the project site has been completed and the report on this assessment will be finalised by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey after it receives a report on…

PM to launch country’s new road map

THE Solomon Islands government will launched its National Development Strategy (NDS) today in Honiara. Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare and Minister for Development Planning and Aid Co-ordination, Hon Danny Philip will officially launch the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016 -2035, at the Heritage Park Hotel. With its national vision “Improving the Social and Economic Livelihoods…

World Vision supports Family Protection Act

VISITING faith and gender specialist, Maclean Dlodlo, has expressed concern at the level of gender-based violence in the Solomon Islands. Dlodlo, a Zimbabwean based in South Africa has invited World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) to facilitate its three-day Churches and Partners Conference, which ends today. Speaking at the Conference opening at Mendana Hotel on Monday,…

SIPA CEO fired

Yow given marching order for ‘non-compliance and insubordination’ IT’S OVER for Mr Colin Yow – Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) controversial Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Board of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) decided last Friday to fire the man on the grounds of “non-compliance and insubordination.” His sacking is effective as of the close…

Aust volunteers here on assignment

THE Australian High Commission has welcomed ten new Australian Volunteers to Solomon Islands, who will use their skills and expertise to develop host organisations across the country. The volunteers, funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Volunteers for International Development programme, will work in the areas of health, water resources, sports, finance, business, education…

National health launched 5 year strategic plan

THE Solomons health authorities now have a formal strategic plan to administer its health development for the next five years. This follows the launching of the National Health Strategic (NHS) plan for 2016-2020 at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara, yesterday. Delivering his speech before the formal launching, Minister of Health and Medical Services (MHMS)…

Airstrip to reopen after 3 years closure

Gwaunaru’u airport set to reopen following successful negotiations THE Gwaunaru’u Airport near the Malaita Provincial capital Auki will reopen in the next two weeks following successful negotiations between the national government and representatives of the tribal groups claiming ownership over the airport site. The Commissioner of Lands, Mr Nelson Naoapu, Permanent Secretary for Lands, Housing…