Whose side are we on?

Fiji Times – EXILED  West Papuan pro-independence leader Benny Wenda is hoping Fiji will support his movement’s bid for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group. He said becoming a member of the MSG would provide the platform the indigenous West Papuans needed to raise issues such as the alleged atrocities by Indonesian security forces against…

Training for local fishers

A TRAINING aimed at strengthening the skills of rural fishermen and women in the rural communities of the country is currently making progress. A statement from the Ministry of Fisheries said, the Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF) programme is being funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme and it is assisting the Solomon Islands…

Market vendors call for improvement

MARKET vendors selling their produce at the Auki market in Malaita Province are appealing to the Malaita Provincial Government to improve some of the services and facilities at the market. The call was made last week during the two days’ Healthy Market Settings training conducted for Auki Market stakeholders. The vendors said, the market needs…

FFA praises fishing projects in PNG

THE Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has commended two fisheries project planned for Rabaul, in East New Britain, saying they will have vast economic benefits. Justin Ilakini, based with the FFA in Honiara, said that last week in Kokopo during a validation workshop for East New Britain fisheries five-year development plan 2015-21. He said…

BSP launches promotion

Fiji Times – THE Bank of South Pacific (BSP) has announced special financing for women who want to buy cars this month. In recognition of International Women’s Day this month, the bank said any woman who applied for a car loan with BSP would have the establishment fee on the loan waived. BSP country manager…

New ECE centres open in West

TWO new Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centres have officially opened last week in the Western Province. This new education centres will allow for more than than eighty children from Ilangana and Kinamara communities to gain access to ECE or kindy learning centres. Save the Children helped to construct the centres with funds coming from the…

Upgraded roads won’t be tarsealed

Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) says all the roads that will be upgraded in Honiara won’t be tarsealed. MID Director Harry Rini clarified this following speculation that all upgraded roads in Honiara will be tarsealed. However Mr Rini that all upgraded roads in Honiara will not be tar-sealed.  “A good numbers of communities in…