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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017


Woodford represents SI in global robotics competition

TEAM Woodford International School (WIS) will represent Solomon Islands in the United States in the field of competitive robotic building next month. The team of four dedicated science and technology WIS students, under the guidance of school mentor, Rakesh Pandey, are gearing up for the FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Joining nearly 150 nations, team Woodford will play in six rounds, and in each round they will get to mingle with two other countries. This gives them the opportunity to interact and create network, shareRead More

Woodford robot builders proud to represent Solomon Islands

THE Woodford International School students bound for the United States are proud to represent the Solomon Islands in the world stage. The team was put together eight weeks ago, the youngest being 12 years old and the eldest 18 years old, all with vast knowledge in science and technology. The materials with which the team worked were shipped directly from Japan. The team are; Nathan the builder, Travis Fuss, 12-year-old programmer for the group, Ryan Prasad, group’s chief Architecture, and Marialena Toya, the only female in the group and whoRead More

Solomon Islands on world map from global robotics competition

WOODFORD International School’s involvement in the global robotics competition in the United States is another chance to highlight the country to the world. BOC Country Manager, Mr Nick Rolf said the four Woodford students’ participation in the world stage will place the country on the map. Mr Rolf said it is costly to travel far, to the Washington DC, but it is worth it as its positive ramifications for the country offers much more in return. “What it going to do, they going to put Solomon Islands on the mapRead More

Makira-Ulawa Province the latest to support a revival of the DBSI

DEAR EDITOR, Makira Premier, Stanley Siapu, has expressed his people’s desire for the DBSI’s re-opening during consultations by members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee Taskforce on DBSI in Kirakira last week. During the consultation and awareness programmes, participants said the demise of DBSI has resulted in the country losing 15 years of development in the rural areas. “It has marginalized our rural people from participating in economic activities because they cannot afford to borrow money from commercial banks,” Premier Siapu said. The DCC Government has been urged to ensure that the DBSI is up and running before the dissolution of the current House and not to leave it to the next government afterRead More

Appreciation of Solomon Islands Peace Building efforts at the UN

Dear Editor ACCORDING to a media release from the Press Secretary of the Prime Minister today, Sunday, 11 June 2017, the PM has described his trip to New York, United States of America for the special session convened by the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission for him to present Solomon Islands case as a post-conflict country and the challenges facing its peace-building efforts as successful. Prime Minister Sogavare  has said the responses to his presentation by the Members of the UN Peacebuilding  Commission  (PBC)  and  the  leaders  of  the  Pacific Islands  Forum  Member  countries who  participated  in  the  special session discussions have all appreciated the peace-building efforts of the Solomon Islands Government and the progresses made to date. The media release went on to say it was further heartening to hear the expression of continued support by the UN PBC to continue collaborating with the Solomon Islands Government in supportingits peace-building efforts after the withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and its call to its partners to support this collaborative effort. Prime Minister Sogavare said such positive responses were reflective of the commitment of the  United  Nations to see  lasting  peace  in Solomon Islands and a bright future for its citizens. The PM said as the current head of the Solomon Islands Government, he will ensure continued dialogue with relevant UN Departments to transform those collaborative efforts into tangible actions on the ground at home.  Read More

Second hand clothes needed urgently by SI charity organization

THE Hearts of Hope (HOH) registered charity trust, on the island of Malaita in the Solomon Islands is run by a group of volunteer women and currently provides care for more than 1000 orphans, from tiny tots, to teenagers and elderly widows. The charity is struggling to meet its needs in providing second-hand clothing, mattresses, blankets, towels, soap and basic school materials for the orphans that are attending schools. If you believe you can help the charity with their basic needs, please get in touch with me via the linkRead More

Moving speech from a Youth Peace Activist

“We don’t want a future that is a mirror of my past.” The words quoted are those of Regina Lepping who represented the Solomon Islands Young Women’s Parliamentary Group at the United Nations in New York last week. Regina’s moving words are quoted in full on the SIBC’s website. In part of her speech she said, “From my experience in working with youths in Solomon Islands for 7 years, I see the main challenges young people are facing as lacking of support for our ideas and initiatives. With no support,Read More

Promises given on the rights of persons with disabilities

IN a press statement from the PM’s Press Secretariat in September 2015, Prime Minister Sogavare said, “Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) can be done in Solomon Islands and transmitted to the UN. Furthermore any decision by the government to ratify this convention does not even need to be approved by Parliament. All we need is a Cabinet Paper for endorsement by Cabinet and we will proceed to be a signatory to the CRPD.” According to Radio New Zealand International (RNZI), Fiji’s PrimeRead More

Solomon Islands students to compete in a global robotics competition

ONE generally associates Japan being the leaders in robotic developments but the SIBC has reported that, surprisingly, a team of four students from the Woodford International School will compete with students from more than 160 nations in a global robotics competition to be held in Washington DC in July this year. Solomon Islands is said to be the only team from the Pacific apart from Australia and New Zealand. The competition will engage high school students with different levels of robotic designs and promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics orRead More

Only finance slows the idea for a Gizo CHS library

WESTERN Provincial Minister for Education Hon John Hopa supports the idea for Gizo Community High School to have a school library and said it has been under discussions. The only reason to slow this development for the school according to the Minister is finance to support the plans. “Gizo CHS is an education resource centre and it is a big school located in the heart of the Provincial Capital so it should indeed have a school library,” confirmed the Minister. “Most of our schools engage through the internet nowadays toRead More