Demographic health survey training

THE final set of a series of three weeks training for the Solomon Islands Demography and Health Survey (DHS) kicked off on Monday. The training organised by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) within the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) is being held at the Red Manson Inn in Honiara. More than one…

Govt to improve rural water, sanitation

GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Health is embarking on plans to improve rural water supply, hygiene and sanitation in the country. The Ministry’s acting Permanent Secretary Dr Chris Becha highlighted this on Monday at the opening of a two weeks Community Wash Facilitators. Dr Becha said, the program is being spelt out in the government’s…

Whose side are we on?

Fiji Times – EXILED  West Papuan pro-independence leader Benny Wenda is hoping Fiji will support his movement’s bid for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group. He said becoming a member of the MSG would provide the platform the indigenous West Papuans needed to raise issues such as the alleged atrocities by Indonesian security forces against…

Diocese of Malaita launches newsletter

The Anglican Diocese of Malaita on Monday launched its first quarterly newsletter in Auki for its Anglican members and the public. The newsletter is called ‘Diocese of Malaita Quarterly Newsletter’. Diocesan Mission Secretary Lesly Filomea said, the purpose of the newsletter is to encourage the members, to be informed about the activities, programs and the…

Training for local fishers

A TRAINING aimed at strengthening the skills of rural fishermen and women in the rural communities of the country is currently making progress. A statement from the Ministry of Fisheries said, the Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF) programme is being funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme and it is assisting the Solomon Islands…

Market vendors call for improvement

MARKET vendors selling their produce at the Auki market in Malaita Province are appealing to the Malaita Provincial Government to improve some of the services and facilities at the market. The call was made last week during the two days’ Healthy Market Settings training conducted for Auki Market stakeholders. The vendors said, the market needs…

FFA praises fishing projects in PNG

THE Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has commended two fisheries project planned for Rabaul, in East New Britain, saying they will have vast economic benefits. Justin Ilakini, based with the FFA in Honiara, said that last week in Kokopo during a validation workshop for East New Britain fisheries five-year development plan 2015-21. He said…

Women gears up for expo

A SPECIAL sub-committee for Women’s Innovation Expo (WIE) have met on Tuesday to finalize activities, program and checklist for the first ever women Expo. WIE is set for 23 – 27 March 2015 at the Art Gallery Ground organized by Honiara Council of Women (HCW). During the meeting, the organizing team thoroughly went through the…

Support for more women in banking industry

The National –  ANZ PNG chief executive officer Mark Baker says the visibility for female employees in the banking industry is important for them to advance in their profession. 
 ANZ celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day yesterday with the theme “Make it happen”.
Baker said as a global bank, ANZ recognised the importance of diversity…

BSP launches promotion

Fiji Times – THE Bank of South Pacific (BSP) has announced special financing for women who want to buy cars this month. In recognition of International Women’s Day this month, the bank said any woman who applied for a car loan with BSP would have the establishment fee on the loan waived. BSP country manager…