Olympic run today

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More graduates from APTC

MORE than a hundred fifty (150) local students have successfully completed their training under the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) during a graduation cermeony last Thursday. This was by far the largest number to have graduated from the institution since the inception of the program. The graduation ceremony was attended by minister of education Dick Ha’amori,…

Trade expo work takes shape

Preparations for the upcoming trade expo in Honiara which is set to begin on the 6th of July 2014 is progressing well. The chairman of the trade expo Redley Raramo confirmed this on Sunday. “I’m pleased to confirm that work has progressed well over the past weeks and I must commend my committee members and…

‘Solomons just like Jamaica’

Members of the visiting group band from Jamaica, Inner Circle said they are keen to return to the country in the future. Speaking to local media and VIP guests at a press conference on Sunday at the Heritage Park hotel, the band’s drummer Lancelot said their coming back depends entirely on the promoters and the…

Online registry benefits region

SAMOA and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have joined the country in benefiting from the newly established online company registry. Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) private sector development initiative business law reform expert Aaron Levine fortnight ago spent time in Apia to work on the Samoan company registry to ensure it is operational. Speaking at the Pacific…

SPC and PIDF join hands for sustainable development

 (SPC), Nadi, Fiji –  The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) last week made a commitment to work together to address issues relating to sustainable development in the Pacific region. This follows the signing of a four-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) between SPC’s Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, and…

ADB supports Samoa in AgriBusiness

APIA, SAMOA – Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Lakshmi Venkatachalam and Samoan Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last week launched an AgriBusiness Support Project that will provide business support services and financing to agribusinesses in Samoa. “Agribusinesses provide jobs and income, so their development will play a critical role in promoting…

Western women launch savings clubs

Women in Gizo and surrounding island communities have celebrated a historic launch of their savings clubs over the weekend. The one day programme that was held in Gizo brought together more than 300 women who have participated in various activities to celebrate the first six months of their savings clubs initiative. Dr Alice Pollard who…

Rural women to benefit from micro-loan

Women of Gizo and surrounding communities in the Western prpvince will benefit from a Revolving Fund that was officially launched in Gizo last week. Director of WWF Australia made the announcement last Friday during the launching celebration of the Women Saving Club. Seven zones of women within Gizo Environment Livelihood Conservation Association (GELCA) and Nusatuva…

Gizo women celebrate in style

Women in Gizo, Western province have celebrated their historic six month old saving club last Friday in the township. With more than 500 members, the serving club has so far managed to save $84,780.14. More than 300 women consisting of seven zones within the community turned up for the celebration which featured speeches and entertainment.…