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Friday, May 12th, 2017


Provincial ministers glimpse tourism paradise in Western province

TOURISM ministers for the provinces yesterday were given a tour of several tourism sites near Gizo, Western province. The visit was aimed at allowing the ministers to see firsthand the beauty and settings of developed tourism sites, which they can relay to their own tourism aspirations back in their own provinces. They were led by Western Province Premier Wayne Maepio, Chief of Tourism officer Jeffson Patovaki, Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Vincent Eria and the national Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hon Bartholomew Parapolo. They first visited the million-dollar jettyRead More

ESSI conducts GPS training for 12 regions on Choiseul

  A local Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Ecological Solutions Solomon Islands (ESSI) has received a small grant from Global Green Grants Fund. David Boseto of ESSI said the fund will support the group’s working in partnership with Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Community (LLCTC) to conduct Global Positioning System (GPS) training for 12 regions around the Island of Choiseul. A total of 12 trainings altogether will be conducted. Boseto added that the training will enable each tribe to use the GPS to map their customary land boundary. He said ESSI isRead More

Red Cross volunteer

DEAR EDITOR, I wish to register my concern about Red Cross volunteers. During the final week of April, a Red Cross volunteer came to Gizo and his actions were not so humanitarian in nature. He abused the Red Cross office in Gizo by inviting female friends to drink alcohol and use the office as a private residence. The action of the volunteer is uncalled for and may cause families to break up. A Red Cross volunteer is supposed to uphold the aims and objectives of this reputable organisation. The actionRead More

Anolpha shipping service to Makira Ulawa province

DEAR EDITOR, my concerns regard the shipping service provided by Anolpha Shipping to my province, Makira Ulawa Province (MUP). While I applaud Anolpha Shipping for their wonderful and continuous service to the people of our province, I would like to highlight two areas which I think needs a lot of improvement. Firstly, the lack of respect shown by some of the crew members towards passengers, especially crews on board MV Awka. On my last trip from Kirakira to Honiara, I witnessed one crew of the ship disrespecting an elderly man.Read More

Council of tourism ministers meeting kicks off with major development agenda

THE 2017 Council of Tourism Ministers meeting (CTMM) kicked off yesterday at the Gizo Hotel with the main agenda based on tourism development for Solomon Islands. According to Minister of Tourism, Hon Bartholomew Parapolo, during the official opening, CTMM is the next highest level of development dialogue between provinces and the national Government. It was started by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism with the objective to focus on developing tourism as one of the most important productive sectors for the provinces and country as a whole. “Development of anyRead More

Isabel paramount chief and long serving leader dies

PEOPLE of Isabel province are mourning the passing away of Late Chief Denis Carlos Lulei, whose soul was called to rest last night. Former Member of Parliament, Paramount Chief of Maringe House of Chiefs and one of the Directors of Isabel Development Company late Lulei died at the National Referral Hospital. Condolences have been pouring in via Facebook from all around the country and abroad since his death was announced online. Among them is the President and Founder of Isabel Province Youth Forum (IPYF), Mr Josiah Manehia. Mr Manehia saidRead More

WPG desirous to build strong and vibrant province on PPP

WESTERN Province Premier Hon Wayne Maepio said WPG is desirous to build a strong and vibrant province on the pillars of “Private Public Partnership”. The Premier made this reminder to dignitaries and the general public during the World Tuna Day celebration at Noro Town. He said the people of Western Province firmly believes that the way forward will be achieved through working in partnership with the public and private sectors in providing good policies conducive to create a favourable environment and situation in the province. “This is in which ourRead More

Betel-nut a source of great income

BETEL-NUT is coming up among other agriculture products in the country as a source of great income domestically. A betel-nut farmer, Mr Eddie Poraitara told this paper recently that betel-nut is economically gaining momentum in the country. He said with the population of betel nut chewers on the rise, the market is becoming more lucrative. His experience as a betel-farmer has allowed him to deduce that betel nut can be harvested after five to six years. “One good thing about betel-nut is there’s nothing to go through or no processesRead More

Hou completes visit to constituency

HON Rick Hou has just come back from his second visit to the constituency in 2017. In a statement, the South Malaita Constituency Office said that the visit was very successful since all the meetings intended for the visit were convened accordingly. The statement said that the tour was conducted from April 13 – 26, 2017. On one of these occasions Hon Rick Hou conducted awareness and orientation workshop for the new constituency zone members. The workshop was attended by nearly 30 members representing chairman and secretary of the 12Read More

Hon Maepio thanks Tourism Ministry for services and budgetary support

WESTERN Province Premier Hon Wayne Maepio commends the great efforts and assistance the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has rendered for Western Province. “I commend the Ministry for the great efforts and assistance it rendered to our Provincial Government in terms of tourism support services and budgetary support of about Five Million dollars,” said Hon Maepio. “Budgetary support really helps us in executing the required outputs being from the cruise ships, to infrastructures such as wharfs, OBM’s, basic furniture’s, committees and small support grants to the operators. “The 5 MillionRead More