Fugui: Agriculture must up its budget

MEMBER of Parliament for Central Honiara, John Moffat Fugui on Wednesday highlighted the need for the Ministry of Agriculture to enlarge its budget with the emphasis of assisting agriculture students with their practical assessments. Mr Fugui said this during the question and answers session in Parliament. He said that it is a need that the…

Measles vaccination sites opened

THE eight vaccination sites for the measles campaign swung into action yesterday. The centres opened up to allow for the public, especially young children and adults around 30 years old, to get vaccinated to prevent them from measles attack. The sites will open up from Monday to Friday over the next 20 days. During weekends…

Japan hands over water project

JAPAN on Wednesday handed over the $150 million water supply improvement project for Honiara and Auki to Solomon Water. Japanese ambassador to Solomon Islands Kenichi Kimiya said the completion of the project was a “marvellous achievement”. Mr Kimiya appealed to Solomon Water, the government, and people to maintain the facilities in a proper way. The…

Austin: Water theft is a huge problem

ABOUT 60 per cent of water supply Solomon Water generates is lost through theft and leakage. General Manager Richard Austin revealed this on Wednesday when Solomon Water formally received the $150 million water supply improvement project for Honiara and Auki, from the Japanese Government. Mr Austin said people steal water through illegal connections. “There seems…

Workers finally paid

More than a hundred of direct employees of Malaita provincial government whose salaries have been delayed for almost a week finally received their pay this week. Reports reaching the paper said some of the employees received their pay on Tuesday afternoon. The remaining employees were expected to get their salary through their accounts yesterday afternoon.…

Land board to come into force on Dec 1

THE Minister of Lands, Housing & Survey Joseph Onika has authorised that the Land and Titles (Amendment) Act 2014 will come into force on 1st December 2014. The primary purpose of these legislative amendments is to introduce a new Land Board, to take over the responsibility for allocating interest in land from the Commissioner of…

No time for blame game, says Samoan PM

SAMOAN Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has urged governments of all Small Island Developing States(SIDS) to stop the “Blame and Shame” game and instead partner to address the growing challenges facing SIDS. Mr Malielegaoi said the problems facing SIDS will sooner than later become a “global problem”. He said everyone needs to work together and…

Making science matter – Media seen as vital partners in sustainable development

AS the global community focuses its attention on partnerships at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) took an ‘unconventional’ approach by acknowledging the role of the media as key development partners. Led by Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, SPC’s delegation to the SIDS Conference engaged…

School holds science fair competition

BURNS Creek Adventist Primary School (BAPS) on Wednesday staged its first ever annual science fair competition. The competition, which eventuated after a lot of consultation and planning, saw a total of 466 participants from early childhood education (ECE) to grade six compete for the three top prizes. Students were required to design, create and demonstrate…

Youth Market to promotes peace

THIS month’s Youth Market encourages young people to be peacemakers under the theme Peaceful Youth, Happy Isles. “Young people are powerful instruments of peace; when we let them explore peace in their own way we are giving them confidence to become peaceful citizens and to inspire other youths to build peace in their communities,” Youth…