Blood programme resumed

Red Cross has resumed its voluntary blood donation programme. The programme was disrupted after the humanitarian organization and its many volunteers turned their attention to last month’s devastating flash floods in Honiara and Guadalcanal. Red’s Cross’s Blood Donation Officer Deanne Seppy said their Blood bank team had started their blood drives at Don Bosco Institute…

Why we remain a LDC

The  Prevalence of Trade imbalance, budget deficit, weak infrastructure, less business initiatives and high rate of unemployment are reasons why, Solomon Islands remains under the least Developed Countries (LDC) category. A management professional, who asked not to be identified, also said that trade imbalance is likely to be inherent in the island country. He explained…

Ariki to Forau: Please explain

Member of Parliament for Temotu Vattu constituency Clay Forau is being accused of mismanaging constituency funds, and constituents are demanding explanations. Constituents want the MP to explain where the 2012 Agriculture Funds amounting to $350, 890 for cocoa and coconut rehabilitation, Forestry Fund – downstream processing at $254,872 and reforestation division at $140,000, Church Fund…

Nestle Pacific donates noodle for victims

Flood relief assistance is still pouring in as Nestle Pacific Islands (NPI) delivered a container of noodle for flood victims in Honiara, Friday. The donation worth $100,000 of maggi noodles were donated through Red Cross Solomon Islands by Nestle Pacific’s local distributor, George Wu Company. Red Cross Disaster Manager, Cameron Ngatulu said Red Cross Solomon…

Officials end training

Reproductive health coordinators, teachers, Non-government organisation reps, and provincial disaster coordinators concluded their five-day training on Saturday. The training on Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) was held at the Star Events conference room in Honiara. It was facilitated by Ministry of Health’s Reproductive Division, in collaboration with United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), and…

Students welcome short bus route report

Students at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) have welcomed parliament’s endorsement of the Short Bus Routes report. Parliament endorsed the report, Thursday. The report was produced by a parliamentary special select committee appointed to look into the issue. Caroline Roka from SINU’s Institute of Natural Resources and Applied Science said this is a big…

Voter ID cards arestate properties

Registered voters are told to respect the law and stop selling their voter ID cards, which legally, are properties of Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC). Speaking during the Transformational leadership and character education for peaceful co-existence, Friday, Ben McNair, a media trainer said ID cards are state properties and should not be sold here and…

Financial education in the Solomons

Integrating Personal Finance Management into our schools curriculum From executive meetings in corporate boardrooms to family discussions around rural kitchen fireplaces, the gradual switch from our usual subsistence to cash economy has triggered new concerns for better knowledge and understanding of this new tool-MONEY.  Just as we know how to effectively sharpen our axes and…