Makira ready to implement community-led total sanitation

A week long Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) training of local facilitators in Makira province was successfully completed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) last week. Around 30 individuals comprising of community members, staff from the provincial Environmental Health Department, Health Promotion Department, World Vision and UNDP participated in the CLTS program.…

Gov’t pays millions to pave way for road project

UP to $15 million has been paid by the government as compensation to residents and companies with property along the main Kukum Highway, to pave way for the new highway project to roll. The road project funded by the Japanese Government was expected to kick-off last year but was delayed. Infrastructure Permanent Secretary, Henry Murray…

PM: Fiu hydro prooject rolling

THE   Government’s   preparatory   work   for   the proposed  Asian  Development  Bank-funded  Fiu  River hydropower project in Malaita Province is progressing well. “The land valuation assessment of the project site has been completed and the report on this assessment will be finalised by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey after it receives a report on a…

Visale marks St. Joseph of Workers day

The Parish of Visale in West Guadalcanal joins Catholic’s worldwide on celebrating the Saint Joseph Workers day. Visale acting Parish Priest, Fr Peter Chele took the honour to officiate this commemoration marking. The commemoration was hosted by the Parish with Catholic Priests from all over the region. Acting Parish Priest, Fr Peter Chele emphasised the…

Tanasali marks church day

Tanasali community on West Guadalcanal over the weekend marked an important day of the Catholic Church calendar. The St Joseph of Workers day marking coincides together with the successful achievement of children who were able to receive sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion for the first time. Parish Priest, Fr John Galvin marked the day…

PM backs bid team

Sogavare adjourns parliament to accompany games committee PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his deputy will lead a high-powered delegation to Vanuatu next week to lodge the country’s bid for the 2023 Pacific Games. Mr Sogavare revealed this yesterday as he adjourned parliament to May 17 to allow him and his deputy, Manasseh Maelanga, who is…

Tribute to David Friend 1940-2015

Dear Editor – David Friend was born in Hampshire in 1940.   He obtained a BSc (Agric)  from Reading University and  a DTA from the University of the  West Indies.    He was appointed as  tree crops  agronomist to the British Solomon Island Protectorate during 1964 and was posted  to Dala Research Station on Malaita. At Dala…

SIPA’s sponsorship

Dear Editor – Sad to hear that Collin Yow is being given the marching order to leave. My worry is with the sponsorship deals with some of our organisations and sports team. Would they still benefit from the financial package? I hope that Board can enlighten us on this.  Joss Den JnrHoniara

Demographic aiding human, economic development

Dear Editor – Speaking to Radio New Zealand’s Pacific Correspondent, Koroi Hawkins, last week. Osnat Lubrani, the UNDP Representative for the Pacific, spoke of a new UN report which has highlighted a demographic report which he claimed as saying the Pacific has a unique opportunity to accelerate growth by investing in its youth. Mr Lubrani…

Mayor faces motion

HONIARA City Council Mayor is facing a leadership challenge as moves are underway to remove from the position. A Councillor within the Honiara City Council (HCC) has confirmed that a move to oust the HCC Mayor Alfrence Fatai will be lodged as soon as he completes his 18 months ruling, as stipulated in the constitution.…