UN releases $13.1m for flood relief work

THE United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$1.8 million (SBD 13.1 million) to provide critical humanitarian support to flood-affected people in the Solomon Islands. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) will use the funds to deliver life-saving activities, including health, nutrition, immunization, reproductive…

Taiwanese doc ends assignment here

A TAIWANESE doctor has completed his one-week volunteer service at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara and Good Samaritan Hospital, Guadalcanal plains. Dr John Wei-Chung Lai had worked at Melbourne Hospital for five years. In the wake of cyclone Ita striking Honiara, more than 10,000 people were affected. Due to poor sanitation and flood influence,…

Ngasini wharf construction starts

Work has begun to upgrade and rehabilitate Ngasini Wharf on Vangunu Island in Western Province. The wharf is one of four wharves and a landing ramp to be improved under the second phase of the Domestic Maritime Support Project, which is financed by the Solomon Islands Government, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Australian Government,…

Alota’a school acknowledges tools

ALOTA’A community high school near Auki has acknowledged Australia and New Zealand Government for the provision of the agricultural tools equipment which was supplied to the school. School principal Andrew Eteri and agriculture teacher Freda Ruka were pleased with the materials. Ms Ruka said the school is one of the community high schools in Auki…

Melanesian Festival

Government through the ministry of culture and tourism (MCT) will send ten local artists to participate at the 5th Melanesian festival of arts and culture that will be held in Papua New Guinea next month. The festival will be held over two-week from 28th June – 11th July.  Port Moresby will stage the major event…

Candidates accused of buying votes

Transparency Solomon Islands has heard allegations that the new biometric registration system designed to reduce election fraud is being abused by candidates. The group is calling on the government to make it illegal for anyone to buy or collect voter registration cards.  Transparency chief executive Daniel Fenua has received reports of one candidate buying official…