PAP to introduce nationalization policy

The People’s Alliance Party (PAP) says an Alliance Party government will introduce a nationalization policy to empower Solomon Islanders to retake commerce from foreign hands. The idea of introducing the nationalization policy was discussed in great length at the party’s national convention in Honiara over the weekend. Speakers raised the concern that commerce in Solomon…

Empowering our future leaders

What a leader looks like and the importance of women’s political participation will be the focus on two events run by UN Women in Honiara this week in partnership with VOIS Blong Mere and US Embassy. Samoa’s Electoral Commissioner Papali’i Malietau Malietoa will take part in both the two-day Empowerment Series and a week-long Transformational…

Rotary team making sustainable developments in Munda region

Munda’s Helena Goldie Hospital and numerous schools in the Vona Vona and Roviana regions recently received an impressive facelift courtesy of a 26-person team of skilled Australian workers and donors. Early in July, members of Mackay and Rockhampton Rotary Clubs, in Queensland, Australia, arrived in Munda accompanied by two 20-fot shipping containers packed full of…

EU support to gender, good governance

EUROPEAN Union (EU) has been supporting Solomon Islands through the promotion of good governance and gender issues in the past years will continue to do so. The EU Attaché-Aid cooperation of EU to the Solomon Islands, Lorena Elvira Ayuso highlighted this yesterday at the start of the Transformational Leadership workshop which open in Honiara yesterday.…

No cardiovascular benefits of alcohol

The verdict is in: there are no health benefits to drinking alcohol. A European study of more than 260,000 individuals1 has found people who consumed lower amounts of alcohol or were non-drinkers had a more favourable cardiovascular profile and reduced risk of coronary heart disease. The findings of the study were published in the British…

Taiwanese volunteers here to promote health

FIVE medical students from Taiwan last week spent time at Visale community high school in North West Guadalcanal to conduct health promotional talks. The group included two boys and three females including their supervisor. Speaking on behalf of the team Zuyang Weing said their visitation was part of their visit program to Solomon Islands. She…

Local schoolgirls to take the ‘clean-up’ message online

Having successfully launched its ‘Keep the Solomon Islands Tidy’ campaign with two high profile clean-up operations in Honiara, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) ‘Green Team’ has now taken its message online with the help of two local schoolgirls. Posted this week on the SIVB facebook page (www.facebook.com/visitsolomonislands) the 30-second clip entitled ‘Our Home –…

Man surprised with no public toilets

A visiting Guadalcanal villager, Professor Rughu Poli has expressed surprise the Solomon Islands capital city of Honiara does not have public toilets. He said before the country gained its independence from Britain 36 years ago, Honiara did have public toilets. Mr Poli said it appears people use the beach or bush, but that practice is…

PAP won’t marginalize Kiribati people

The People’s Alliance Party (PAP) has assured the Kiribati descendants in Solomon Islands that an Alliance Party Government will not marginalize them. The assurance was made on Sunday in an awareness meeting PAP executives held with the United Church community at White River, West Honiara. Members of the Kiribati-Tuvalu United Church community were anxious that…

SI-Aust in talks

Senior representatives of the Solomon Islands Government met with Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne and his team for High Level Development Talks last week. The talks are an annual meeting between the Australian and Solomon Islands governments to discuss their work together in delivering effective development assistance for Solomon Islands. Talks covered a range of…