Climate Change featured in PALM7

CLIMATE change and its adverse impacts on Pacific island countries are again going to feature prominently in the agenda of the seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) that opens in Japan on Friday. This summit, an initiative of the Japanese government some 17 years ago, brings together island leaders to have face-to-face dialogue with the…

RDP phase II adopts new approach

The emphasis of the launching of RDP II was to enhance rural livelihoods through diversification and commercialization of Agriculture products by assisting farming households. The expected result of RDP II is partnerships between farmers through Agribusiness support model design that would facilitate increase farming production and marketing of Agricultural commodities. Agribusiness partnerships development services, marketing…

Japan announces new funding boost for region

Japan over the weekend announced a new US$450 million (SBD$3.5 billion) funding package for the Pacific region for the next three years. Prime Minister Shizon Abe announced this at the end of the seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) at the Japanese city of Iwaki. “As a pledge of the Japanese Government, we will provide…

Stages of Change theatre group heads to Fiji

A group of Solomon Islands actors will take their message about peaceful homes to other parts of Melanesia this weekend. The six Stages of Change women, based in the Solomon Islands fly to Fiji yesterday, to conduct a workshop with acting students at the Oceania Centre, and for a VIP performance for the Government and…

Landowners want mining hiccups sorted

Landowners of the Rennell proposed bauxite mining site are calling on the government to deal with the mining issue honestly and act on laws appropriately. Jonathan Tohuika, Chairperson for the West Rennell Landowners Association said the growing controversial issues and decisions over the mining saga has not gone down well with landowners. “We only see…

Keava region youth leaders ready to deal with youths

YOUTH leaders in the Keava region, Anglican Diocese of Malaita have successfully completed three-day training on mind-management. Funded by the Church of Melanesia, the training aims to equip youth leaders with skills in understanding and managing minds as they deal with respective youths in their areas. Diocesan youth coordinator of the diocese of malaita Fr.…

Gov’t delegation attends World Education Forum

A Government delegation led by the Minister of Education Dr. Derek Sikua is attending the World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea at the invitation of the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Members of the Solomon Islands Government delegation include the Chairman of Parliamentary Education…

20 from Savo complete first aid training

The Solomon Islands Red Cross Society has successfully completed a community-based First Aid (CBFA) training for 20 members of three Savo Island communities this week. The three communities were, Kuila, Reko and Bonala. The USAID funded program is part of the Disaster Risk Reduction program “Together Becoming Resilient 4” (TBR4) and is being implemented by…

Rape figures shocking

THE increasing trend of rape cases and related cases in the country is growing at an alarming rate, Seif Ples records reveal. Seif Ples data showed some 133 rape cases were reported between January and April this year alone. Although cases reported to police were minimal, most cases of this nature were reported to Seif…