Minister welcomes poverty report

THE Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister for Finance and Treasury was really impressed with the outcome of the first-ever report of the Solomon Islands Poverty Maps based on the 2012/13 Household Income and Expenditure Survey and the 2009 Population and Housing Census.  Manasseh Sogavare made the statement when officially launched the report on Monday at…

Police News

* RSIPF investigates death in West* Inmate charged for assaulting mate* Man attacks wife, arrested* One dead, police probe accident* 7 youths sentenced at Kirakira* Duo arrested for public drinking RSIPF investigates death in West Police in the Western province are investigating the death of a male adult while travelling on board a motorised canoe…

CJ: Attendance is worth the investment

Judges and magistrates who are attending a week long judicial training this week have been assured that their time in attending the course is worth the investment. The training commenced yesterday at the High Court. Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer made this assurance when welcoming the participants of the (PJSI) Pacific Judiciary Strengthening Initiative (PJSI)…

12.7% LIVE AS ‘POOR’

AN ESTIMATED 12.7 percent of the country’s population which equals to about 78,500 people in Solomon Islands live ‘below’ the poverty line and are regarded as ‘poor.’ This was highlighted by the Minister of Finance and Treasury Manasseh Sogavare yesterday when he officially launched what he described as the first-ever report of the Solomon Islands…

Battle against plastic pollution

Dear Editor – The UK Government has earmarked 61.4 million pounds from the public purse to fight plastic pollution in the seas. British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced the fund ahead of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London a few weeks ago. At CHOGM she called on all of the 52 leaders present…

A true football loving nation

Dear Editor – Though the news is by now a bit outdated, I am writing to say how much I admired the Marist supporters in their match against Lautoka.  They were relaxed, friendly and welcoming, even though the hillside seat that I found might have been daunting to many fellow Europeans.  As it was only…

Support for Wickham’s call

Dear Editor – Transparency Solomon Islands has commended the provincial secretary Jeffery Wickham to call on the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) for an immediate audit of Western province’s coffers –before a new Western Provincial Government is formed. PS Wickham said funds have been misused and the only way to find out is to…

Putting words into action in the Pacific

  WORKING together to ensure economic growth, security and stability in the Pacific is at the cornerstone of Australia’s strengthened engagement in the Pacific as highlighted in Australia’s new Foreign Policy White Paper. For after all, Pacific island countries are some of Australia’s nearest neighbours; their sea lanes are our sea lanes; their security challenges…

Inspiration

Dear Editor – Mostly, when I awake in the morning I greet my wife and look through our window at a pristine Iron Bottom Sound (IBS) and instantly day dream of the time when the Sound will be filled with images of winds pushing tri-cat sailing machines plying for destinies west and east of the…

What’s next after the dialogue?

WOMEN representing the 14 constituencies in Malaita last Wednesday met with eight of the MPs from the province. This was during a dialogue UN Women facilitated to allow the women leaders in Malaita to meet and express their views to the MPs. The dialogue aims to highlight the issues and concerns of women in Malaita to…