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Thursday, April 27th, 2017


SINU successfully hosts 4th Graduation

SOLOMON Islands National University (SINU) has successfully hosted its fourth graduation yesterday at the Maranatha hall. A total of 1586 students received their certificates for successfully completing their studies at the university. These students were accredited with Bachelor, Diploma and certificates in various study professions which include; School of Education and Humanity, School of Natural resources and Applied Science, School of Nursing and Allied Health Science, Institution of Maritime Studies, School of Technology and Maritime Studies and School of Business and Management. Chief guest, the Governor General of Solomon IslandsRead More

SINU expecting major transformation

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) is expecting major infrastructural transformation if all the projects are completed, says the University’s Acting Vice Chancellor. Speaking at the SINU’s fourth graduation yesterday, Professor Basil Marasinghe said SINU will soon be transformed into world-class learning institution soon when all the projects are completed. “As you may have noticed, massive infrastructure projects have commenced. “Apart from Education Complex in Panatina Campus and Fisheries Complex in Ranadi Campus, there are medium sized projects for every school and a building of a modern Student Centre. “WhenRead More

Farmers and processors encouraged to utilise cocoa & chocolate week

SOLOMON Islands cocoa farmers and processors have been encouraged to make use of the golden opportunity presented by the Cocoa and Chocolate week underway in Honiara since Monday. Now in its second year running, the event is organised collaboratively and funded by Australia (DFAT) in partnership with the Adventist Relief and Development Agency (ADRA), the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access programme (PHAMA), the Rural Development Programme (RDP) the Commodity Export Marketing Authority (CEMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) and private sector representatives. Speaking at the official opening Permanent SecretaryRead More

Archbishop Cardone arrives at Kirakira

  ARCHBISHOP of the Catholic Church Bishop Christopher M Cardone was garlanded by Parishioners of Saint John the Baptist Parish at Kirakira on his first Pastoral visit to Catholic Parishes in the Makira/Ulawa Province. His Pastoral visit was purposely to meet and evangelize with Christian faiths of the Catholic Parishes and to offer Sacrament of Confirmation to young people of the Catholic Communities under the patron Saint of John the Baptist Parish, Kirakira. Prior to his arrival he was greeted with speeches from the Church, village and the Provincial leadersRead More

Countries experience in health and climate collaboration

THE Disaster Resilience in the Pacific SIDS (RESPAC) began its week long workshop yesterday. The UNDP project is focused on enhancing climate systems, preparing countries in terms of disaster recovery, improving stakeholder coordination, increasing assets collateral and reducing risk for livelihoods and economy. Participants at the workshop included representatives from Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The presentations were based on their country experiences in the case of health and climate collaboration. Fiji representative and the acting principal scientific officer from Fiji Met Services Mr Bipendra Prakash spoke on Fiji’sRead More

A hardworking woman

LIKE many women who enjoy selling products from their hard work and hand given talents Judy Stanley is one of them. She has a stall at Art Gallery where she sells products ranging from weaved bags, traditionally made baskets, hand woven blouses, sarongs (lava lava) and local accessories like necklaces, earrings, cup and table mats and carvings. Ms Stanley began selling food covers, woven bags and traditionally made hand bags back in 2005. These were her first line of products. As time passed, she ventured into other products. She beganRead More

Gender balance encouraged in sawn timber industry

THE issue of gender balance in the sawn timber industry has been highly regarded as very important despite of the many local barriers. This was discussed at a half-day workshop organised for members of the Solomon Islands Timber Processors and Exporters Association (SITPEA), and Ministry of Forest Utilisation Division staffs this week. It is also noted from part of findings from auditing process and gap analysis for sawn timbers by Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) Consultants working on the value chain, gender and social inclusion analysis forRead More

Machines bound for Small Mala road improvement

AN additional load of roadwork machines is now ready to be shipped to Small Malaita constituency for the Matangasi-Rorongo road improvement project. An excavator and two dump trucks will join the other three machines, a grader, a roller and an excavator that have already been shipped last year to work on the 10 kilometre Matangasi – Rorongo road. The heavy equipment are part of Solomon Islands Government (SIG) – Support to Constituency Development Programmes (SSCD) funded through the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD). Small Malaita Constituency Accountant, Stephnas Sanau, MRDRead More

Heartfelt thanks for aiding the Hearts of Hope (HOH) with a 3-tonne truck

I write to express my heartfelt thanks to the wife of the Honourable PM, Madam, Amy Sogavare, for her embrace  of the wonderful, charitable work being undertaken by the HOH volunteers, led by Janet Aihari, in caring for up to 1000 young orphans, elderly widows and people suffering disabilities in 30-plus communities across Malaita. I would also like to thank , once again, the SFA  for helping HOH and especially for the latest gift of a 3-tonne truck to help the HOH expand its outreach programmes for the benefit of many moreRead More

Lilo not satisfied with new round log licence fee

WESTERN Province MPA for Ward 18 Hon George Solingi Lilo is still not yet satisfied with the round log licence fee amount recently passed in the Full Assembly meeting. He said the round log marketable price is dropping within US$110,000 and the lowest comes in US$85,000, so when working on US dollars the current licence fee passed is still nothing. “The important thing I think is the regulatory part for us to promote tourism by decreasing our activity on logging because logging operators target Western Province very much,” said HonRead More