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Friday, June 16th, 2017


SINU school of nursing awards pre-diploma graduates

NURSE Aide students of Solomon Islands National University (SINU) have successfully completed a bridging programme which qualifies them to enroll for the Diploma Nursing programme. A total of 36 Nurse Aides graduated in yesterday’s mini graduation held at Ranadi Campus of SINU. The bridging course had taken 13 weeks and the candidates were sponsored by their respective provinces, the national referral hospital and the Honiara City Council. SINU’s Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Basil Shelton Marasinghe thanked the Ministry of Health and Medical Sciences (MHMS) especially, National Director Mr Michael LaruiRead More

Niue to provide 40 percent of its energy through renewable generation by 2018

DEAR EDITOR, Radio New Zealand International has reported that New Zealand‘s Prime Minister, Bill English, who recently visited Niue, has opened new tourism facilities and unveiled plans to improve services for local households. New Zealand will also help fund Niue connecting to the Manatua submarine cable between Samoa and French Polynesia. There will also be more money for renewable energy generation. Mr English has said funding of $US3.62 million dollars will pay for installing solar panels, which will result in a state of the art generation and storage system for Niue and take its renewable generation to 40 percent by next year,Read More

Climate change seriously impacting on the Solomon Islands

DEAR EDITOR, in common with several of neighbouring low-lying pacific states, Solomon Islands future is being seriously threatened by the continuing impact of climate change. Turning attention to the COP23 Meeting which the Solomon Islands will be attending with all other states determined to continue the fight to limit the rise in of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, Fiji has named the governor of California, Jerry Brown, as the COP23 special envoy for states and regions in a ceremony held in Sacramento in California. Radio New Zealand International has reported, “Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has indicated GovernorRead More

Pacer plus trade agreement- a new deal

ACCORDING to Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) sources today, Wednesday, 14 June 2016, a region-wide free trade agreement has been signed in Tonga, with some notable absences. “The deal, known as PACER-Plus, has been hailed by proponents as a new kind of agreement that links development to trade to boost island economies. “Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Niue, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Cook Islands were at the signing ceremony in Nuku’alofa. “The near decade of negotiations for PACER-Plus has been polarising, with three of the region’s main economies –Read More

First un peacebuilding project commences

FOLLOWING on Prime Minister Sogavare’s recent call on the United Nations Peace Building Commission (NPBC) to support local collaborative efforts to stabilize peace initiatives in the country, the first UN Peacebuilding Project supported training in peacebuilding and economic livelihood was launched on Monday with 20 youths from communities in North Malaita and Weathercoast It is proposed that through a partnership agreement signed between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Coconut Technology Centre (CTC) up to 200 youths will benefit from such training over the next six months. The training will beRead More

Harvest the Honiara road system to generate electricity

THE SIBC Wednesday evening news bulletin gave startling details of the amount of road traffic on Honiara’s main roads on a daily basis. It was claimed in the news report there are almost 15,000 vehicles registered in Guadalcanal, with 23,000 “vehicle movements” over the Mataniko bridge everyday, which is more than Victoria Bridge in Penrith, Australia, which sees 21,000 movements. With so many vehicles registered in Guadalcanal it is not surprising there is constant congestion but could the traffic flow be used for practical purposes to generate electricity? To generate electricityRead More

Logging scandal scares Isabel communities

A proposed logging operation which is expected to land on Lava land close to Bagovu village, Maringe district, is scaring communities within Gao in Isabel province. Report reaching this paper stated that a logging company was granted a timber right to undergo logging operations at Lava land in Bagovu area but instead of establishing a log pond on areas within Bagovu, the company landed at Giloto land, close to Tanade village in Bogotu district. The report stated that the landing took place because the company was unable to get positiveRead More

Youth@Work monitor team to visit youth’s businesses

AFTER three or four months, a Youth@Work Monitor Team from Honiara will be visiting its Gizo Business Enterprises students within their communities. According to Ms Hinima Charles a Team Member of the Youth@Work Staff in Gizo Town, the team will be visiting purposely to interview the students if there are any challenges. “If there are challenges then the Monitor Team will make evaluations,” said Ms Charles. “We will do refresher trainings with them for three days or so but it all depends on the feedback from the Monitor Team.” ThisRead More

Lavukal house of chiefs meet OPMC officials

A strong delegation from the Lavukal House of Chiefs from Russell Islands yesterday held fresh discussions with senior officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to press forward for solutions, better understanding and a way forward on various issues affecting the Lavukal People. The meeting was attended by a 12-member delegation from the Lavukal House of Chiefs and the representative of the Lavukal Trust Board (Inc). OPMC was represented by the Special Secretary to Prime Minister, John Junior Muria and a representative from the Secretariat to theRead More

AMA University arrangement must be reviewed: Opposition

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has called on the Government to seriously review all arrangements in sending our students to AMA Computer University in Philippines for studies. In a statement yesterday, the Opposition Group said information received by its office pointed out that the cost of sending students there is not only costly but the quality of education provided is highly questionable. “We have received information from informants in Philippines that multinational highly technical IT Firms in Philippines regard AMA as one of the least Universities in the country because ofRead More