SI represented at RSE physician forum

Solomon Islands is being represented at a two day recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) Panel Physician Forum currently underway in Nadi Fiji. Three doctors from the Family Medical Centre and the Honiara Private Medical Centre and two officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) are attending the Forum. With the theme “Healthy…

Local pig farmers association to be formed

PLANS are well underway to establish a local pig farmers association in the Solomon Islands. Last Sunday, a large group of concerned pig farmers from Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and Makira have gathered at the Samsung Café at Kukum, to discuss the formation of the proposed Solomon Islands Pig Farmers Association (SIPFA). Reports reaching the Solomon…

Nihopara highlights tourism initiatives

THE occasion to mark Solomon Islands Tourism Industry Council (SITIC) Open Day in Honiara last week, gave the opportunity for members of the public to know some of the major tourism pledges that the government is currently working on. Andrew Nihopara, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has highlighted these when…

Forestry awareness held in Mala schools

THE Auki Reforestation Unit officers have successfully conducted forestry awareness in nine schools around Malaita. They included Gwaidingale Community High School (CHS), Dala CHS,Faiako CHS,Gwauaoa CHS, Gwaigeo CHS,Kilusakwalo CHS, Daulusu CHS,Sinasau CHS and Alota’a CHS from the month of April and May 2016. According to the Auki principal forest officer Rony Aiwewe, the main objectives…

NTU to facilitate students’ repatriation

THE Ministry of Education’s National Training Unit is facilitating the repatriation of Solomon Islands students studying Papua New Guinea universities. The government after closely monitoring the political situation in PNG agreed to bring home students studying at UPNG, University of Technology (UNITECH) and University of Goroka (UOG). The planned repatriation of SI students is a…

Hospital reduces meals

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara will no longer feeds guardians that look after any sick patient being admitted, as part of efforts to improve nutrition, counter malnutrition on patients and save costs. This new system will come into effect on Friday the 1st of July next month, the Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO)…

Gov’t officials visit dam, raise concern

GOVERNMENT officials from the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Mines and Energy have visited the Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) at Gold ridge last week. The visit was to carry out normal monitoring of the dewatering operations that is still underway. During the visit, those from the Ministry of Environment have raised a concern…

MEHRD, donors education discuss action plan 2015

MINISTRY of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), Australia and New Zealand have discussed the National Education Action Plan 2013-2015 in Honiara yesterday. Speaking at the opening of the two-day conference, MEHRD permanent secretary, Dr Franco Rhodie said the Mid Term Review was supposed to be held in May but due to circumstances beyond their…

Rid out F7, says Sikua

THE Leader of Independent group Dr Derek Sikua has reiterated his call during the recent parliament sitting on the Minister of Education and Human Resources development (MEHRD) to seriously consider ridding the Form Seven (F7) secondary stream from its education system as early as 2017. Dr Sikua said it is an unnecessary burden to the…