Leadership, peace training ends

The five days transformational leadership and character education for peaceful co-existence training ended successfully on Friday. Held at the Mendana Hotel, the training which was dominated by rural women ended with awarding of certificates. The purpose of the training was to equip and enhance the capacity of local community peace workers with the appropriate knowledge…

‘Reciprocity syndrome of corruption’

The Melanesian culture of reciprocity works well in an extended family or small community but it is much more difficult with a big group such as a constituency or nation. People do not know each other personally and the politician may be tempted to relate only with those who support him. Also, it will take…

What about the review of LCC?

THE review of the Leadership Code Commission (Further Provisions) Act must be prioritised. Early this year Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo announced his Government’s 10 priority areas for this year 2014. The second priority affirmed the commitment to improve Governance process by introducing the Political Parties Integrity Bill in Parliament and the new Leadership Code…

Disaster volunteers receive certificates

Disaster volunteers of World Vision have received their certificates from the World vision after engaging in the recent disaster assessment program. This was after World vision engaged more than hundred volunteer workers to help out in the assessment program in Guadalcanal province. Out from the total number engaged in the assessment only 19 volunteer were…

Training for health workers end

A one-week training on gender based violence and sexual reproductive health ended Friday in Honiara. The program was funded by the United Nations Fund Population Agency [UNFPA]. Total of 45 participants from various organisations, agencies, and the provinces, attended the training. Speaking to the media, Nashley Vozoto, gender based violence program coordinator, said the workshop…

Costly deal: Gov’t paying for land it does not own

Government is still paying thousands of dollars each year to landowners of Komarindi, central Guadalcanal, since 1996 although it has yet to acquire the land. The 12,900 hectare Komarindi site had been earlier proposed for a major hydro project that would provide electricity to Honiara. But the project never got off the ground, nor the…

Blood programme resumed

Red Cross has resumed its voluntary blood donation programme. The programme was disrupted after the humanitarian organization and its many volunteers turned their attention to last month’s devastating flash floods in Honiara and Guadalcanal. Red’s Cross’s Blood Donation Officer Deanne Seppy said their Blood bank team had started their blood drives at Don Bosco Institute…

Why we remain a LDC

The  Prevalence of Trade imbalance, budget deficit, weak infrastructure, less business initiatives and high rate of unemployment are reasons why, Solomon Islands remains under the least Developed Countries (LDC) category. A management professional, who asked not to be identified, also said that trade imbalance is likely to be inherent in the island country. He explained…

Ariki to Forau: Please explain

Member of Parliament for Temotu Vattu constituency Clay Forau is being accused of mismanaging constituency funds, and constituents are demanding explanations. Constituents want the MP to explain where the 2012 Agriculture Funds amounting to $350, 890 for cocoa and coconut rehabilitation, Forestry Fund – downstream processing at $254,872 and reforestation division at $140,000, Church Fund…

Nestle Pacific donates noodle for victims

Flood relief assistance is still pouring in as Nestle Pacific Islands (NPI) delivered a container of noodle for flood victims in Honiara, Friday. The donation worth $100,000 of maggi noodles were donated through Red Cross Solomon Islands by Nestle Pacific’s local distributor, George Wu Company. Red Cross Disaster Manager, Cameron Ngatulu said Red Cross Solomon…