Taiwan release $13.5m to gov’t

TAIWAN Tuesday released $13.5 million to the government for the second payment of the 2014 Constituency Development Fund. Ambassador Victor Te-Sun Yu handed the funds to Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo. There are three annual installments of payments for 2014 Taiwan funding, which is composed of the Support to Constituency Development (RSCD), Constituency Micro-Project Fund…

Gov’t seeks extra $187m

THE Minister of Finance and Treasury, Rick Hou has introduced the 2014 Supplementary Appropriation (No.2) Bill 2014 in Parliament on Wednesday. The Bill is to appropriate an additional $187.8 million to the service of the year ending 31st December 2014. Introducing the Bill, Mr Hou said, as a Government it has to ensure that respect…

Parliament passes Family Protection Bill 2014

PARLIAMENT Wednesday passed the Family protection Bill 2014. The Bill, when it becomes an Act, prohibits conducts, or threats of such conduct, committed by a person against another person. This includes physical, sexual, psychological, and economic abuse. These forms of abuse are further defined in the Bill. It also defines the types of relationships in…

Increase in local porn circulation

CIRCULATION of local pornographic materials is reportedly increasing in the country. These are being shared or blue toothed on mobile phones and the internet. Speaking to this paper, Godfrey Abia of the Police Media Unit said that police are aware of such, however could not make arrests or lay charges without sufficient evidences. Police have…

KOICA donates vehicles to Ministry of Forestry

KOREAN International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has donated two vehicles to the Ministry of Forestry. The donation was made under a project called Establishment of Action for Forest Resource Management of Solomon Islands. Won Pil Lee,KOICA’s project supporter officer, said this is the first time for his organisation to assist the ministry with the two Hyundai…

Training part of UN Women’s

‘Strongim Mere’ project THE Transformative Leadership, Media, Gender and Election training is part of UN Women’s Strongim Mere project. The week-long training started Monday with participation from the media, civil society members and NGOs. It is organised in partnership with Vois Blong Mere Solomon and UN Women and funded by the European Union. UN Women’s…

Objection and omission process underway

THE objection and omission process got underway this week in Honiara for the voters’ list of Malaita Outer Island Constituency. Objection and omission review officers Michael Teuhiaki and MendanaKapei said 11 cases of both objection and omission were submitted by constituents. “We will deal with these cases this week and also next week amongst communities…

Child labour,trafficking is common in Pacific

CHILD labour and trafficking is common in the Pacific Island countries but proper information on the issue was never passed on to people who need to know of such issue. The trend, according International Labour Organisation (ILO) world report, has in the past years declined by millions, and in the last four years further reduced…

Forum on child labour and trafficking opens

REPRESENTATIVES of government, non-government organisations, and the private sector are attending a workshop on child labour and trafficking, which will end today in Honiara. The three-day forum is being held at the Heritage Park Hotel, organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The forum aims to build the capacity of participants to understand child labour…