SOEs here doing well

State-owned enterprises (SOE) in Solomon Islands are now making profits as a result of reforms spearheaded by international financial institutions. This was revealed in a new report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) last week. The report stated engaging the private sector through public-private partnerships and privatisation improves the performance and service delivery of…

Two die from measles

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has confirmed that two children died in Honiara last week due to measles related complications. “Over 550 cases of measles have been reported to the MHMS National Surveillance Unit since the outbreak began in July 2014, and it is likely there are thousands more cases that have…

More seek mining licences

More foreign companies are seeking prospecting and full mining licences from the government, records from the Mining Department revealed. The records showed 25 companies have been issued with exploration licences and are currently on active prospecting. This number could increase after the Mines and Minerals board met last Friday to consider some of the applications.…

Call to fix roads, bus stops in Auki

Malaita provincial government is urged to maintain the conditions of the road in and around capital Auki. Bus operators in Auki made the call in light of the un-organised bus operations and the poor road condition. One bus owner said the province needs to designate bus stops so that the service is operated in an…

How to reduce poverty according to UN

A newly launched UN report has recommended that Pacific island countries must take serious considerations to the nine key recommendations in order to cut poverty and inequality in the region. The report titled, “The State of Human Development in the Pacific: A report on Vulnerability and Exclusion in a time of rapid change,” was launched…

Isabel mothers oppose mining and logging

Members of Isabel Mothers Union say they oppose to all kinds of logging and mining operations in the province. Logging and mining, they say, are disgraces to society. The mothers made their stand know in Honiara where they have attended the Mothers Union conference, which ended yesterday. Isabel has been the scene of some of…

Police urged to keep fit

A Malaitan has urged police officers from the province to stay health and maintain their fitness. Jonah Myles said he had noted a lot of police officers today – both male and female – are unfit, with some of them almost obese. “As officers of the law, it is their responsibility to stay health and…

Auki police end training

A WEEK-LONG Public Order Management (POM) training conducted for Auki police ended successfully, Friday. The training, which started Monday, was part of police preparation for the upcoming national elections. The training was conducted at the Aligegeo sports ground. It concluded with presentation of certificates. Commandant of Correctional Service of Solomon Islands (CSSI) at Auki, inspector…

Island issues, global problems

The problems affecting Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) are as far removed from the idyllic tropical holiday as the picture perfect postcard that is sent home by the tourist. But how does one capture in a photo for a postcard the rising seawaters that are affecting our aquifers, the increasing intensity of extreme weather events…

‘It’s in our DNA to conserve the ocean’

Two days before world leaders begin their weeklong conference on sustainable development in this Pacific island nation, mall island developing states have been inspired to follow the lead of countries like the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Palau in turning most if not a large part of their oceans marine reserves. And this development comes as…