Sisilo tells ANZ: Pour in more money into trade, investment

“In its current bilateral form, development assistance from Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) allows only little that directly benefits the development of the private sector in Forum Island Countries (FICs) in general and trade and investment in particular.  “This will not have significant effects on the development of trade in goods by FICs.” This is…

New entertainment at airport

Visitors and returning residents arriving at the Honiara International Airport are now being treated to local music entertainment. Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) has contracted several local bands to provide entertainment at the arrival lounge each day. SIVB board chairman Wilson Ne’e said the idea was to make visitors feel welcome as they get off…

Community child forum held

SAVE the Children (SC) last week held a community child forum for communities within the Central Kwara’ae region of Malaita province. The forum which was part of Save the Children’s Communities Child Protection Project (CCPP) was aimed at informing and making known to both children and the communities of the issues of concern with regards…

New machine to screen cervical cancer here

Cervical cancer is the biggest cause of cancer-related deaths for women in Solomon Islands, according to health authorities. Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Dr Cedric Alependava revealed this, Thursday. He was speaking at the handing over of an important medical device called “Colposcope” by the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation to the Ministry…

Malaria workers to collect data

A week long training conducted for malaria workers on data collection and slide testing ended, Thursday. The training was part of preparing malaria workers for an indicator survey to be conducted in the provinces. Malaria Vector Borne Disease Programme within the Ministry of Health facilitated the training. More than 60 malaria workers participated in the…

NZ funds new eye care centre here

The New Zealand Government is contributing $3.8 million to the Fred Hollows Foundation to build a new eye clinic in the Solomon Islands. The state-of-the-art centre will double the number of patients that doctors can treat there. Luke Teaman was blind for 20 years because of cataracts. After a 20 minute surgery, his sight was…

Afuga hits back at Mata

FORUM Solomon Islands International chief executive officer Benjamin Afuga has hit back at a response made on the chemical spill issue. General Manager of the Tandai Seafront Hotel, Martin Mata in response to initial reports made by FSII on the issue described the claims as none-sense. But Mr Afuga yesterday said Mr Mata’s response only…

Students thank Miss Solomon

A student of Goldie College says Miss Solomons Tema Wickham is a role model for students, and in particular for girls, at the school. Christopher Lekelalu, a form four student, made the remarks when he delivered his speech during the reopening of the school’s upgraded kitchen recently. He said the new upgraded facility was a…

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

The greatest show on earth, has now began. •    Solomon Islanders will be treated to a feast of football as Our Telekom brings live the 2014 World Cup to our television screens starting today. •    Brazil, the spiritual home of soccer, is hosting the global soccer event long dubbed the “Greatest show on Earth”. •   …