City council expands patrols

THE Honiara City Council Law Enforcement Officers have extended their patrols towards the western end of the Town Boundary at White river yesterday. This is part of the enforcements move to expand its operations. Chairman Charles Aiwosuga said the patrols are part of ensuring and enforcing the laws of the Council. “Our officers have been…

PNG open for business, says O’Neill

RNZI: Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister says there’s never been a better time to invest in the country, RNZI reports. Peter O’Neill made the comment at an Australia PNG Business Council event in Sydney where he highlighted opportunities in areas outside the resources sector. He outlined government plans to expand the agricultural sector through private…

Selwyn College students evacuated

More than 500 students from Selwyn College have been evacuated for their safety from flood and tropical cyclone threats. The school took the measure on the advice of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to take extra precaution measures. “People are adviced to take extra precautionary measures and start thinking about possible actions that you…

West to upgrade roads, bridges

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Demographic health survey training

THE final set of a series of three weeks training for the Solomon Islands Demography and Health Survey (DHS) kicked off on Monday. The training organised by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) within the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) is being held at the Red Manson Inn in Honiara. More than one…

Govt to improve rural water, sanitation

GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Health is embarking on plans to improve rural water supply, hygiene and sanitation in the country. The Ministry’s acting Permanent Secretary Dr Chris Becha highlighted this on Monday at the opening of a two weeks Community Wash Facilitators. Dr Becha said, the program is being spelt out in the government’s…

Whose side are we on?

Fiji Times – EXILED  West Papuan pro-independence leader Benny Wenda is hoping Fiji will support his movement’s bid for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group. He said becoming a member of the MSG would provide the platform the indigenous West Papuans needed to raise issues such as the alleged atrocities by Indonesian security forces against…

Training for local fishers

A TRAINING aimed at strengthening the skills of rural fishermen and women in the rural communities of the country is currently making progress. A statement from the Ministry of Fisheries said, the Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF) programme is being funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme and it is assisting the Solomon Islands…

Market vendors call for improvement

MARKET vendors selling their produce at the Auki market in Malaita Province are appealing to the Malaita Provincial Government to improve some of the services and facilities at the market. The call was made last week during the two days’ Healthy Market Settings training conducted for Auki Market stakeholders. The vendors said, the market needs…

FFA praises fishing projects in PNG

THE Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has commended two fisheries project planned for Rabaul, in East New Britain, saying they will have vast economic benefits. Justin Ilakini, based with the FFA in Honiara, said that last week in Kokopo during a validation workshop for East New Britain fisheries five-year development plan 2015-21. He said…