LAG to deal with MASI issue

THE Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) will refer the issue raised in the Island Sun newspaper on Monday to the MASI Leadership Advisory Group (LAG). Newly elected MASI President Charles Kadamana said this is to allow an independent body of veteran and senior journalists to look into the issues raised in the newspaper article.…

Divit RTC offers training for boys

Divit Rural Training Centre (RTC) in North West Guadalcanal has opened its door for boys to undergo life skill training. The training centre since it was established in 1904 only provide like skill training for females not until last year. The region’s Solomon Star stringer John Toki said, as of last year 12 boys have…

Call to plant more trees

REFORESTATION division within the Auki Forestry Office, Malaita province has encouraged tree farmers in Malaita to plant more trees for future benefits. The encouragement was part of Auki reforestation team preparation for distribution of Mahogany seedlings and planting programs to its associated schools and interested tree out-growers in Malaita province next month.  Auki reforestation senior…

Auki Market face-lift soon

Security fencing and increasing access to facilities for people with disabilities will be priorities for Auki Market’s revamp following requests from market management, vendors and others who use the marketplace. The recommendations are from the first formal Auki Market Infrastructure Task Force Meeting, held 9 February, that brought together representatives from Auki Market Vendor Association,…

Top health team visit Malaita

HEALTH related cases like pneumonia and meningitis have dropped in Malaita province in the last five years due to the National Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). Director of Reproductive and Child Health Division, Dr Divi Ogaoga confirmed this after a team consisting of Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) representatives, United Nations Children’s Fund…

KWASO KILLS 4

TOP medical surgeons at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) have warned of a real danger posed by consuming kwaso (home-brew) following four deaths over the past one and half month of this year . Speaking to the Solomon Star in an exclusive interview last night Dr Rooney Jagilly, NRH’s Medical Superintendent and Head of the…

GOVT BOWS TO PRESSURE

No reduction on PA salaries and benefits MORE than 20 political appointees (PAs) under the new Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change (SIDCC) Government are yet to formalise their employment contracts as negotiations over their salaries and benefits have become a sticking point for the Rick Hou-led Government. Sources at the Office of the Prime…

PNG pledges to support Pacific Games here

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has initiated a new proposal with his PNG counterpart Peter O’Neil, which will see PNG providing financial support towards the Pacific Games. Both Prime Ministers met Tuesday for bilateral talks and agreed for PNG to redirect a portion of its grant assistance of K40 Million to help build infrastructures and provide…

PM apologises for sour relations within MSG

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela used his hand-over speech to his Papua New Guinea counterpart to apologise for any sour relations with other member countries during its two year as chair of the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG). “Bilaterally, under our chairmanship over the two years, we may have renewed or soured some relationships with other members…

Vanuatu seeks to recruit nurses again

VANUATU is again seeking to recruit our local nurses to work at its hospitals and health centres. Two officials from the Vanuatu government were reportedly here in Honiara last week to pursue their recruitment drive. Up to 100 local nurses were reportedly interviewed by the two Ni-Vanuatu consultants. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health…