Western Province Bolsters Women’s Inclusion With Launch of Women’s Policy

Gizo, 18 July 2018 –The Western Provincial Government has affirmed its commitment to addressing gender and women’s issues with the launch of its first-ever women’s policy. The Western Province Women’s Empowerment and Transformation Policy for Development is a blueprint for the strategies, projects and programmes the province can use to address obstacles that prevent women…

Concert to buy medicine

THE newly established Honiara Bands Association (HBA) is planning to organise a two day live band concert to raise money for the National Referral Hospital (NRH) this weekend. The group which, is a newly formed association was recently established to become voice for all live bands in Honiara. The event will be hosted based on…

Challenges on ACB highlighted

BILLS and Legislative Committee chairman, Matthew Wale, has highlighted some challenges the Anti-Corruption Bill (ACB) 2017 will encounter after its passage in Parliament. Speaking during the second reading of the Bill in Parliament yesterday, Wale, said out of 16 recommendations made by the Committee to government, only two recommendations were taken on board. He said…

New MP takes oath

SPEAKER of Parliament, Ajilon Nasiu has welcomed the newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Gizo Kolombangara, Lanelle Tanagada, Wednesday.   Mrs Tanagada took her oath before the clerk and vowed to represent her people and the country.   Prior to her oath, Prime Minister Rick Hou appointed her as new Minister for Home Affairs.…

CALL TO ACT

A GROUP of photographers Wednesday took to the street in Honiara to take photos of local citizens holding a flyer calling on the government to address the current drug situation affecting the country’s health system. Members of a local photographers group who called themselves ‘One-more-shot’ team walked through the street from Honiara City Council all…

ANTI-CORRUPTION BILL TABLED

PRIME Minister, Rick Hou, has tabled the ‘Anti-Corruption Bill 2017’ in Parliament yesterday after it was withdrawn last year by his former predecessor, Manasseh Sogavare. The Bill was the flagship of the former Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government’s anti-corruption policies and aimed to establish the framework for an independent commission against corruption. Speaking in…

Drug shortage to end soon

THE current drug shortage experienced at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) and other clinics in the city will end soon. This was the assurance given to the prime minister, Rick Hou, and his visiting team, when touring the National Medical store at Ranadi, east Honiara, Thursday. Manager of the national medical store, William Horoto, said…

Meeting to deal with Rhinoceros beetle today

A meeting in Honiara brought together Government, private sector and international participants to develop a clean-up plan to manage Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB).   The Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), Oswald Ramo, led the meeting and said; “Over the last four years, 90% of the palms in the Honiara area…