Workshop to produce gender monograph conducted

The Solomon Islands national statistics office has conducted a workshop to review the first draft report of the first gender monograph. The draft report is the first of its kind put together in the country. It was one analysis prepared base on the census data. The gender monograph work was funded by the United Nation…

Local fish export industry strengthened

Improvements are being made in the ability of Solomon Islands fish export industry to comply with requirements for the European Union (EU) market. Fish exports are an important export earner for Solomon Islands worth more than SBD350 million per year. Most of these exports go to the EU, which is the largest value market in…

Call for solidarity amongst commonwealth countries

British High Commission to Solomon Islands Dominic Meiklejohn has made call for pledges in support for girls affected by child, early and forced marriage including female genital mutilation (FGM). He urges Commonwealth member countries including Solomon Islands to show solidarity towards this cause and end these harmful practices. The call came as Solomon Islands joins…

Mother, son deny obstruction allegations

A mother and her son accused of obstructing Government Officers whilst doing their work at the evacuation camps during the recent flooding have denied the allegations. Linda Agooka and her son Eddie pleaded not guilty to a total of 24 charges on Monday before Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo. Both are facing six counts each of refusing…

Omission and objection period set

The Omission and objection period for registered voters has been scheduled for July 24 to August 6th. The two-week period was set down for registered voters to check against their names on the released provisional list. Chief Electoral officer Polycarp Haununu said the period is purposely for registered voters to check their details and inform…

Fishermen escape police hunt

FIVE fishermen escaped a possible arrest when Tulagi police were tipped that the men were using illegal explosive – dynamite. Tulagi Provincial Police Commander Fred Satu said the men were conducting the illegal fishing at Voloa coral reefs in Gela, Central Islands Province on Tuesday morning. Mr Satu said upon receiving reports from villagers in…

$4 million hotel bill questioned

RENBELL Premier Lance Tango has reportedly incurred a hotel bill of $4 million. A source revealed the bill is for occupying two rooms, food and other services at the Heritage Park Hotel. According to the source, the premier and his executive was invited by an Indonesian Mining firm Bintang Borneo Ltd in May for consultation…

Relief supplies heading for provinces

Tones of relief supplies have been shipped out to the provinces in the last two days. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has confirmed that relief supplies to Malaita, Isabel, Western and Choiseul provinces have now been shipped. Relief supplies for Isabel, Western and Choiseul provinces left on Sunday onboard MV Otega and supplies for…

Flood victims unsatisfied with repatriation

Flood victims of the April 3 floods have expressed dissatisfaction with the repatriation package the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has provided. Chairman of Mbokonavera camp Charles Ketea told this paper the victims felt like they were being mistreated and neglected since day one. “How could you expect someone losing all their belongings and home…