Councillor Scott assists groups

Councilor for Kola Ward in Honiara, Badley Scott has provided assistance to a women and youth group in Gegema community in the Kola ward, Central Honiara. The assistance in the form of cash was delivered to them in a brief visit to the community As part of his development plans towards his ward, Cr. Scott…

Pacific youth framework launched

THE Pacific Youth Development Framework 2014–2023 was launched last week in Suva. It was described as an era of greater coordination of youth-centred development in the pacific region. Speaking at the launching last week, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, said considerable consultation with young people, governments and other stakeholders…

Keep our village clean to stop malaria!

In our continuous struggle to fight against malaria in Guadalcanal province, the provincial malaria program has organized a visit to Kobiloko village where is located on Westside of Guadalcanal island.  The trip was organized due to abnormal increase of cases reported from the said village by their nearby clinic. We found that there was some…

Corruption taints us with bad image

Revelations of corrupt practices, especially in the growing mining sector, is an odour colour to the country’s image, according to research findings by Dr Graham Baines. Baines has been in the Solomon Islands since 1981 and is currently a research fellow in the school of social science at the University of Queensland. In his discussion…

Politics as propaganda

……Malaita projects described as propaganda THE PARLIAMENTARY Opposition group has described the major development projects in Malaita earmarked by the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government as mere propaganda. Leader of Opposition and Member of Parliament (MP) for Hograno/Kia/Havulei constituency, Jeremiah Manele said, this in a press conference with the local media on Sunday. “The…

Communities undergo RDP training

ABOUT 40 communities around Guadalcanal province have ended their sub-project implementation committee (SIC) training over the weekend. The training was organized by Rural Development Program (RDP) for committees from the affected communities around the province. It was held at the Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) conference building. David Luza from the Guadalcanal provincial support unit…

‘Taskforce must be independent’

A West Rennell landowner has called on the Renbel provincial government to recheck their formed task-force and ensure that its members are free of bribery, independent and non-affiliated to any logging or mining companies. Speaking to the Solomon Star news last Sunday Rex Soaika stressed that the role played by the task force is highly…

Leaders meet McCully

NEW Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has met with the Leader of Opposition Jeremiah Manele and Independent Leader Manasseh Maelanga last Friday. When receiving Minister McCully and his delegation at Parliament, both leaders acknowledged the New Zealand Foreign Minister’s visit and to include them in the Minister’s schedule. The Leader of Opposition Mr Manele…

Fiu resource owners welcome gov’t’s commitment

RESOURCE OWNERS of the multi-million dollar Fiu hydro power project on Malaita have welcomed Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare and his Government’s strong commitment to implement the various development projects on Malaita. Chairman of the Resource owners task force, Alfred Gegeo, speaking from Auki, said that “it is heartening to hear the Prime Minister Manasseh…

NZ delegation visits eye centre

A NEW Zealand high level delegation led by Therese Walsh, Peter Kiely and Gill Greer, advisers to the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs visited the new Regional Eye Centre (REC) on Friday. Walsh, Kiely and Greer are members of the International Development Advisory and Selection Panel (IDASP), an independent group that provides advice to…