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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017


Unnecessary deaths due to low blood supply

IT has been revealed that lots of deaths at the National Referral Hospital occur as a result of unavailability of blood supply. Voluntary Non-Enumerator Blood Donor Coordinator, Mr Roy Oeta told local media in a press conference yesterday, “They are avoidable deaths, we can avoid them from death if blood is readily available.” He said when there is a need and no blood is available, that’s what happens – people die. Mr Oeta said that is why they are advocating for voluntary blood donation. He said NRH needs a consistentRead More

PMO organises national dialogue for peace

A two-day National Dialogue to discuss solutions to sustain peace and stability will be held in Honiara on June 19 and 20. Under the theme ‘ONE PEOPLE, ONE COUNTRY, ONE FUTURE’, the two-day national dialogue is jointly organised by the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs. A notice in the newspapers says the Government is getting support from the United Nations Peacebuilding Project to hold the national dialogue to discuss waysRead More

Country’s blood supply drops

THE National Medical Laboratory has announced that the country’s blood supply has dropped since 2015. Director of the National Medical Laboratory under the MHMS, Mr Alfred Dofai said last year they managed to collect from around 3,200 blood donors – a decrease from 2015’s intake. Adding that in 2015 the collection was 3,500, showing a decreasing trend in blood donation. “According to the data, last year’s collection was mostly done by families or relatives replacements. “Out of the total blood collected for last year, 75 percent of them collected fromRead More

Opposition welcomes open skies agreement with ROC

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has welcomed the 57th Open Skies Agreement signed between the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan and Solomon Islands on Friday last week. The agreement was signed between Taiwan’s Transportation and Communications Minister Ho Chen Tan and Minister of Communication & Aviation Peter Shanel. “The Opposition Office welcomes the agreement as it will boost trading and commercial activities between Taiwan and Solomon Islands,” the Opposition Office stated in a press release yesterday. The Parliamentary Opposition Office, however, wants the Minister of Communication and Aviation to provide moreRead More

National dialogue is what we get from the Prime Minister’s UN trip

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has delivered on his week-long visit to the United Nations, promising a two-day National Dialogue on sustaining peace and stability to be convened in Honiara from June 19. The Dialogue is being jointly organised by the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs with support from the UN Peacebuilding Project. It will be held in Honiara from June 19 – 20, 2017. The Office of the Prime Minister took out aRead More

A step closer to ending use of fossil fuel in Solomon Islands

THE Solomon Islands Government is moving from fossil fuel to renewable energy in an effort to enhance the country’s energy efficiency and reduce reliance on diesel fuel source through hydro and other renewable energy sources. The move was seen as a step closer to ending its near-total reliance on diesel-powered electricity, thereby curbing greenhouse emission into the atmosphere. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Dr Melchior Mataki told Island Sun this week that the government’s support in the energy sector is from a climate changeRead More

It’s now or never

Solomon Islands faces wrath of climate change   FROM the melting glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica to the low-lying states of the Pacific Islands, like in the Solomon Islands, the impact of climate change is taking its toll on people’s livelihood on a scale never seen before. The country, an archipelago of six main islands and over 900 small islands has a population of just above 600,000 people, according to 2017 projection, 80 per cent whose lives depend on terrestrial and marine resources for food. But the land and theRead More

Fishy mines deal

New company gets prospecting licence quick, has LOI to untendered tenement   QUESTIONS are being raised at how quickly a prospecting company, Sunshine Minerals Limited, obtained its prospecting licence (PL) and are claiming operational rights to a tenement in Isabel. Eyebrows are raised at the Ministry of Mines and Energy for granting the PL only four months after the Sunshine Minerals Ltd was registered. Investigations by this paper found that Sunshine Mineral Limited was established and incorporated on September 19, 2016. And, by January this year they were granted aRead More