Local students undergo orientation

Hundreds of Solomon Islands first year students took part in University of the South Pacific(USP) weeklong orientation at Laucala campus on Monday in Fiji. Solomon Islands sponsored students who have arrived early in Fiji on charter flights attended event along with other regional first year students. The orientation week was designed to provide new students…

International Tea Group helps HOH raise funds

THE International Tea Group has donated sacks of rice to Hearts Of Hope in central Honiara on Tuesday. The donation will go towards the Non-Government-Organisation’s fundraising event scheduled to happen in Arabala, Central Kwara’ae this Friday. In thanking the International Tea Group, HOH director Janet Aihari said the donation will help HOH in their efforts…

PCW aims to establish centres in provinces

THE Provincial Councils of Women (PCW) have agreed to establish resource centre buildings in each province this year. During a gender equality forum attended by seven PCW representatives from seven provinces, the women concluded that it is important resource centre buildings are established in the provinces as focal points in the ongoing struggle to empower…

‘Voices Of Violence’ ready for release

THE British Council and Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) will launch a book titled ‘voices of violence’. The launching along with a documentary is scheduled for February 17, at SIPPA’s China Town office. The book is authored in both English and pidgin, a collection of firsthand stories of survivors of violence and the women…

New volcanic activity in Tonga

RNZI: Tongan authorities say fresh volcanic activity at the Home Reef volcano, near the northern islands of Vava’u, is creating a steam cloud two kilometres high. Government geologist Rennie Vaiomounga says a local pilot first reported the activity on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Vaiomounga says that report has since been confirmed by a boat in the…

DCC keen to invest in forestry sector

The present unsustainable harvesting of the country’s forest resources and the high rate of illegal logging activities necessitate a timely decision by the DCC Government to impose a moratorium on new registration and applications for logging business activities in Solomon Islands. A statement issued through the Government Communication Unit said, the Cabinet has reached this…

Lack of inforhinders development

Lack of available information regarding rural investments is a hindrance to assessing development results and planning of future investments at the sub-national levels. This was the finding of a recent World Bank report undertaken throughout the country that aimed to assist policy makers, program sponsors and implementers to make informed decisions. The study which looks…

Robust accountability and transparency measures needed for all funding programs

A  robust set of accountability and transparency measures for all funding programs including the Rural Constituency Livelihood Fund(RCLF) and all Constituency Development Funds(CDFs) is highly needed. The lack of information and accountability in all forms of funding programs has stokes concern and criticism nationwide of waste, fraud and corruption in the manner in which funds…

TPG passes budget

Temotu Provincial Government (TPG) passes its supplementary budget 2014/2015 last month. Temotu premier Buddley Soakifono told this paper in an interview from Lata. He said, the budget stands at $1,020,000.00.Top of their agenda meeting last month was to pass the provincial supplementary budget. The recurrent expenditure are office of the premier, $140,000.00, provincial assembly $49,700.00,…