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Thursday, June 1st, 2017


Unique panpipe festival to herald RAMSI exit

THE RAMSI Secretariat in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet announces that a Panpipe Festival will coincide with the RAMSI farewell celebrations at the end of June. Panpipe performers will take part in the Traditional Welcome and Thanksgiving Ceremony at Town Ground Stadium on Wednesday 28the June, which will be open to the public to attend. The welcome ceremony is dubbed ‘the Chiefs traditional welcome’ because it will involve traditional chiefs and landowners who will welcome RAMSI dignitaries to our country. This major event is being spearheaded byRead More

40 Youths undergo small business training

YOUTHS from the youth @work office in Auki have gone through two days of small business training which ended yesterday in the provincial township. Speaking to this paper yesterday, Youth @work team member Ms Francisca Wale said, the youths have gone through book keeping training, money management, poultry and piggery management trainings. These youths have also gone through a six months training and field work with the youth @work officers in some of the communities around Auki. Until today they are small business entrepreneurs from the trainings they have goneRead More

MHMS steps up enforcement of Tobacco Act

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Service is stepping up with the enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act. Permanent Secretary of the MHMS, Dr Tenneth Dalipanda made the statement during celebrations marking World Tobacco Day yesterday. He said the implementation of the Tobacco Control Act and the associated Tobacco Control Regulations are currently being implemented. “And we are moving to step up the enforcement efforts in collaboration with the Police and the Honiara City Council. “Work in the provinces is at the awareness stage and we will be moving upRead More

Government committed to tackling tobacco issues

THE Solomon Islands Government is committed to tackle tobacco related issues in the country. Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare made the remarks during events marking World Tobacco Day yesterday. He said under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the government has agreed to enact local laws safeguarding the health of the nation. “This is by protecting our population from all works of life from the threats of tobacco. “We delivered on this promise with the Tobacco Control Act 2010. And the Tobacco Control Regulations of 2013 and 2015, respectively. “TheRead More

Congratulations Naomi Tai! A deserving achiever

NAOMI Tai is a young member of the local YWCA and who works in the administration section of the PWDSI. Most recently, Naomi was selected out of 800 applicants to attend the upcoming Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1 June to 13 June 2017. Naomi will also be the representative of the YWCA at the Youth Forum, also taking place in Geneva. As it will be the first time for Naomi to travel outside the Solomons, the YWCA has been busy briefing her on what to expect while travellingRead More

Temotu province supports revitalization of DBSI

TEMOTU Province has strongly supported the Government’s intention to revive the former Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI). Reopening the Bank is one of the important flagship policies that the DCCG is currently pursuing. People of the Province were consulted on the proposed re-opening of the bank on Monday this week in the Provincial capital, Lata. With their apparent full backing, Provincial Government Leaders and prominent business people in the Province said reopening the bank is necessary to help existing businesses expand while at the same time provide easy accessRead More

Police ‘asked’ to go slow on arrests of Ministers

THE much-talked about arrests of Government ministers appears to have been put on the backburner because of fear it would tip the political scale, legal and other informed sources have revealed. One senior Minister being arrested reportedly asked Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in recent weeks to intervene on his behalf in stopping his impending arrest, the sources told Island Sun yesterday. “He (the senior minister) literally “cried” in Mr Sogavare’s presence. Please do all in your power to stop my arrest,” the informed sources said. Mr Sogavare’s response was notRead More

High Commissioner Brazier visits Gizo Market

GIZO market venders will soon have their market house redeveloped which would be funded by the Australian government. The Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Roderick Brazier visited Gizo market and the people of Western Province yesterday. The High Commissioner during his visit met with venders from different Islands, who shared their views regarding the situation affecting them at the market. He was accompanied by Western Province Premier Hon Wayne Maepio, Deputy Premier and Western provincial government officers during the brief visit. Hon Wayne Maepio introduced His ExcellencyRead More

Aoke man wants investment in shipping and shell money

A concerned man from Auki, Malaita province calls on the government to encourage people in Aoke/ Langa Langa constituency to engage in two sectors, particularly, shipping and shell money making. He said that since people from that constituency pose the potential, skills and expertise in the shipping sector as well as shell money crafting, the government needs to allocate more funds through their respective Member of Parliament to assist them in these areas. The man also mentioned that the country needs good ships for our people to manage and notRead More

Australian High Commissioner in Gizo for development issues

THE Australian High Commissioner HE Mr Roderick Brazier is now in Gizo Town purposely to check on the 10 donated Ausaid Water tanks to Boboe village in the Western Province and to discuss on the infrastructural development of the new Gizo Market to be built by Australia worth SBD$18,000,000,000.00 Million dollars. The Australian High Commissioner’s visit is to also see for himself the need for infrastructural and economical development in the province as part of Australia’s continuous support in their relationship with the province towards development. Above is when the Australian High Commissioner and his delegation wereRead More