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Thursday, April 20th, 2017


Off to Beach Soccer World Cup

Hebala leaves to officiate again SOLOMON Islands Beach Soccer International Referee, Hugo Hebala Pado will leave Honiara today to officiate in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas. The Beach Soccer World Cup will kick off on April 27 to the May 7 this year. Mr Pado will travel to Port Moresby, Singapore, London and then Nasau in the Bahamas on the April 21. Pado will also take part in the pre-world cup referee preparation workshop which starts on April 23 – 26. This is the 4th FIFA Beach SoccerRead More

Sade grabs three

Honiara Select defeats Nauru   HONIARA Rugby Union Association (HRUA) select side has defeated visiting Nauru squad 51-7 in their first international match yesterday. The visitors had to wait until the 79 minute to break the dead lock, scoring under the posts for an easy conversion. Henderson Hammer Head Sharks’ Bobby Sade grabbed three tries on the day helping the Honiara select side cruise to a comfortable win. Sade gave the home side the lead from a penalty conversion after Nauru was penalized by match referee Ryan Bala Wickham forRead More

SI & Taiwan to expand tourism

SOLOMON Islands is interested in establishing a tourism relationship with Taiwan. The Minister for Culture and Tourism, Mr Bartholomew Parapolo said Ministry and the ROC (Taiwan) Embassy in Solomon Islands agreed to focus on developing tourism destinations with Taiwan. This is a pathway for Solomon Islands and Taiwan to attract holiday makers. Hon Parapolo said the agreement was finalised after Ambassador Roger Luo’s courtesy call made to the Tourism Ministry in early February this year. Hon Parapolo said, “When Ambassador Roger paid a courtesy call to my office in FebruaryRead More

Human resource development a challenge

‘Govt still determined to upskill human resources’ THE Government is working hard on human resource development and admits it is a very challenging action in terms of its ambitious policy. The Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare stated this is his Sine Die speech in Parliament last week. According to the Prime Minister the country is producing human resources at the rate of 2.3 percent which he added is equivalent to a good number of classrooms built every year. Yet the country is still unable to cope with the rising rateRead More

SINU graduation set for April 26

THE Solomon Islands National University will hold its Graduation 2017 on Wednesday April 26, 2017 in Maranatha Hall. In this year’s graduation, according to SINU, 1,650 students will receive their certificates for Bachelor Degree, Diploma and Certificates. The event will be overlooked by the Chancellor Sir John Baptist Muria accompanied by the Guest of Honour, Governor General of Solomon Islands HE Sir Frank Kabui. Students Administration Office which is mandated to organise the ceremony, said only students who have achieved academic requirements and have paid fees in full will beRead More

Hon Maneniaru calls on government to work with churches

MINISTER of Fisheries and Marine Resources Hon John Maneniaru has called on the government to establish close partnership with churches. He made the call in reference and support to Motion 22 which was moved by Member of Parliament for Aoke/Langalanga Hon Matthew Wale and was deliberated during the fifth meeting of the tenth parliament early this year. Motion 22 anticipated the inquiry of the proposed amendment to the preamble of the Constitution. The motion seeks that Parliament resolves to direct the Constitution Review Committee to inquire into an amendment toRead More

WWF shocked by dugong slaughter

WWF-Pacific (Solomon Islands) is horrified by the footage of a dugong being slaughtered and sold at the market in Gizo town, Western Province. The dugong is classified as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and has seen a population decline of 30% in the last sixty years1. The Island Sun article of 18 April 2017, incorrectly suggested that it is the role of WWF to uphold laws to protect harvesting of wildlife. “We would like to clarify that the organisation’s roleRead More

Authorities react to killing of Dugongs in Gizo

THE recent report of a dugong killed and sold to businessmen in Gizo, Western Province over the Easter weekend emphasises one of the many challenges faced by dugong (or sea cow) populations in Solomon Islands. According to a joint statement from the Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry of Environment, this was the third case of dugong mortality reported for Western Province in the past 12 months. “This kind of activity is strongly discouraged as it a setback for ongoing efforts made by communities, Community- based Organisations, Non-governmental Organisations and nationalRead More

Child’s Welfare future in Western province show green lights

THE Western province government has pledged support for the provincial advisory committee on children (PACC) in promoting children’s welfare in communities. This comes after a child and family welfare workshop was successfully held in Gizo last week. From the workshop, the Western province is now developing an executive paper for endorsing its PACC. The Director for Children’s Division of Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Mr Goldie Lusi, said the workshop has been an eye opener for the participants because many are new to the Child Act andRead More

Smoke-free settings encouraged

BUSINESS Houses, company managers, transport owners, and property owners have been encouraged to enforce smoke-free settings in their respective surroundings. Director of Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Dr Geoffrey Kenilorea yesterday said they are working with other ministries on smoke-free settings. They have also worked with the Kings Taxi Service and have awarded them medals for the discouraging smoking in their cabs. “What we try to do is to empower ministries, different business houses, taxis, buses, property owners and workplaces to enforce the law in their workplaces. “We hope if people getRead More