Training for community Gatekeepers

A NEW organization established to work with communities protect children conducted training for 16 community reps, Friday. Homes Of Peace and Empowerment conducted the training on the role of Gatekeepers in their communities and what are the weaknesses that encourage the exploitation of children. Spokesperson Helen Ferguson said men, women and youth attended and gave…

Medical students assured of jobs

THE Government has assured and guaranteed returning and recently graduated medical students that there are jobs available and that they will be absorbed in the Public Service upon their return. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Cedric Alependava revealed this when he accompanied the Education minister, Dick Ha’amori and his delegation to witness the…

Tourists praise shell-money festival

TOURISTS praised the 2014 Artificial Island and Shell Money Festival held in Langalanga, Malaita, over the weekend. And they encouraged the Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) and Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) to make the eventan annual one. On Saturday people from Busu and nearby villages in Langalanga Lagoon came together in numbers to…

Santa Ana fishery project queried

SANTA Ana people of East Makira Constituency have questioned whether the operation of the fisheries centre which was opened there last year was progressing or not. In 2013 Fisheries Minister and Member of Parliament for East Makira Alfred Ghiroopened the fisheries centre. A spokesperson Willie Foraásaid that the Fishery project has stopped operation for almost…

Johnston: I’m the new premier

NEWLY elected Renbel premier Timothy Johnston says he was the legitimate and democratically elected leader of the province. And Mr Johnston called on former premier Lence Tango to stop barking because he is no longer the premier. “Mr Tango should stop misleading the public of Renbel with his baseless accusations,” Mr Johnston said. “It is…

Gov’t bureaucracy a hindrance, says Rongovata

GOVERNMENT’S bureaucracy has become an obstacle to many well intentioned policies, ideas and plans. A Charles Rongovata from South Guadalcanal made the statement this week. “It is supposed to be a system that ensures all government’s policies, ideas and plans are implemented with efficiency, effectiveness and consistently,” Mr Rongovata stated. “Sadly, this is not the…

Sikaiana still waiting for disaster relief

ISLANDERS of Sikai’ana in the Malaita Outer Islands are calling on the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to clarify why no relief aid was sent to them during the past five months of disaster they’d been through. According to Sikai’ana islanders, many of them had resorted to eating only coconut after heavy winds and rain…

Aqorau: Media’s role in promoting tuna vital

MEDIA has an important role to play in promoting and reporting sustainable harvesting of the region’s tuna resources. This is because tuna is the single largest sustainable resource that is available in the region that will continue to support the regional countries and their economies and food security in the years to come, if properly…

Roberts: Implementing fisheries policies a challenge

IMPLEMENTING of sound and well executed policies remains a tough challenge and lacking in the country and region, resulting in fishing boats getting away without being prosecuted. This was highlighted by Philip Roberts, managing director of Tri Marine International Ltd, based in Singapore during his presentation early this week at the two-day media training organised…