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Friday, May 26th, 2017


Choiseul supports revitalization of DBSI

CHOISEUL Province has strongly backed the Government’s intention to revive the former Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI). Provincial Government Leaders, local business operators, community elders, women and youth representatives have expressed their desire to see the Bank revived during a consultation and awareness meeting in Taro, Wednesday this week. The Cabinet Sub Committee Taskforce on DBSI toured the Province to raise awareness on the proposed DBSI business model (operation) and to consult on the policy framework on proposed amendments to the DBSI Act. This awareness and consultation is mandatoryRead More

Investigation into LGZ homicide still ongoing

INVESTIGATION into the LGZ homicide is still ongoing despite the recent arrests of the two suspects, with police digging deeper into the matter. Police Commissioner, Matthew Valley told this to local media during a media conference yesterday. He furthers that police are working tirelessly with witnesses and suspects. “At this point in time the suspects do not have come forward with too much additional information. “But we are still working on other avenues of inquiries that set before to identify if there are other people involved. “We also work onRead More

Taiwan donates fabrics to SIG

TAIWANESE Embassy handed over fabric worth more than half a million dollars to the Solomon Islands government yesterday. Grossing $625,000 and totaling overall 33,593 yards, the fabric were handed over by Ambassador HE Roger Luo to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at a ceremony held at the Ports compound. The fabrics are donated by SimplyHelp Foundation, a Taiwanese-American Charity organisation based in Los Angeles, United States. HE Luo said he believes the Solomon Islands Government will smartly distribute the fabric. “I believe this fabric will be smartly distributed by Hon PrimeRead More

Us small grant support conservation community

SEA level rise is a global challenge for low lying Islands such as Pacific Island nation that it poses real threat to the existence of biodiversity of both marine and terrestrial life. Like in other smaller islands, Arnavon Community Marine Park has experienced severe changes in regards to beach erosion and washing away of coastal vegetation that is a breeding ground for a critically endangered species (hawksbill turtle). In 2014, a US-based small grant programme known as Globalgreen Grant Foundation financially supported the conservation area to address an adaptive strategyRead More

NZ High Commissioner looking forward for Mono commemoration

A commemoration date to mark New Zealand’s military landing on Mono Island in the Shortlands during World War II will soon be set. The provincial government of Western Province are still waiting for the people of Mono Island to set the date for them. Speaking during his courtesy visit to the Western Province Premier Hon Wayne Maepioh, HE Donald Higgins expressed his excitement to attend the commemoration on Mono Island because the island is an important part of the military history of New Zealand during World War II (1939-1945). “TheRead More

Australian High Commissioner to visit Gizo this month over market project

THE Australian High Commissioner in Solomon Islands will visit Gizo on the 31st this month to work on the progress of the huge market project for the town. Amount funded for the new Gizo Market project is SBD$18-million. Ms Fiona Hoggart the Australian High Commission Counsellor foreshadowing the Australian High Commissioner’s visit by the end of this month expressed to the Premier of Western Province Hon Wayne Maepioh the excitement of the Australian High Commissioner to visit. “He is very excited to come down to Western Province as an importantRead More

Sealed Seghe airstrip to boost tourism

NEW Zealand is currently going out for a design to see what the costs are for the Seghe runway to be sealed. This is according to the NEW Zealand High Commissioner HE Donald Higgins during his courtesy meeting with the Premier of Western Province Hon Wayne Maepioh this week. “For airports like Seghe, we think that it is really important for them to be sealed because of the tourism potential surroundings,” said HE Higgins. “Seghe’s tourist number arrivals are limited because of the situation of big planes that could notRead More

UN supports peace building dialogue

THE United Nations (UN) has a strong focus on dialogue and supports peace building efforts in Solomon Islands. According to the United Nations Development Programme Country Manager, Ms Azusa Kubota, the United Nations support to peace building efforts has a strong focus on dialogue. Ms Kubota said global experiences show that dialogue is important and effective in peace processes because it closes gaps in understanding, fosters opportunities for consensus building and allows us to mutually learn how to live in peace. Ms Kubota said peace building means the development processRead More

MSG 6th CACM ends on high note

THE two-day Melanesian Spearhead Group 6th Council of Arts and Culture Meeting ended on a high note yesterday. The 6th CACM was hosted by Solomon Islands gathering Melanesian brothers and sisters from the five Melanesian countries in the region. In an interview with the PS of the MCT and the current chair to the 6th CACM, Mr Andrew Nihopara, he said within the two days’ meeting the council had very fruitful discussions regarding issues of arts, culture and heritage within the MSG. He said some areas discussed looked at zoomingRead More

20 Solomon Islanders graduate from University of Goroka

A total of 20 students from Solomon Islands have graduated from the University of Goroka (UOG) yesterday after completing their Bachelors studies in School Management, Science, Applied Science and Agriculture. High level delegation from UOG led by the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dean of the university and administration staff travelled all the way from Papua New Guinea to witness the graduation, which was held at the Pacific Casino, in Honiara. Representative from Papua New Guinea High Commission to Solomon Islands, the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Education andRead More