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BY ALEX DADAMU THE feeling of rejection and sadness arrived too early for Henry Yates, on that dreadful morning back in 1996. It was the day when his parents tried to register him as a student, at Naha Primary School in Honiara. For Henry, at that time, inside his very young heart, it was hurtful for him, when he learned from...
BY ALEX DADAMU THE outgoing Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, has urged leaders to invest in educating young people to be critical thinkers. Dame Meg Taylor made the statement during a press conference held after the appointment of the new Secretary General, Henry Puna, on Wednesday last week. The two-term PIFS Secretary General said it is...
PACIFIC Islands Forum Leaders have concluded their Special Leaders Retreat overnight and have announced Henry Puna as the incoming Secretary General.  Also on the agenda of the Special Leaders Retreat was the COVID-19 pandemic, including the distribution of vaccines to the region.   Leaders acknowledged the region’s efforts to date to manage the spread of the COIVD-19 pandemic in the Pacific region, including through the establishment and operationalisation of the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19.   Leaders also welcomed the significant support from...
BY ALEX DADAMU SOLOMON Islands is among Pacific Islands countries that participated in today's virtual 2021 Pacific Islands Forum (PIFS) Special Leaders Retreat. The main key areas of discussion will be on the election of a new Secretary-General to replace Dame Meg Taylor, the outgoing PIFS General Secretary and COVID-19 recovery and response, in particular equitable and timely access to safe...
BY MIKE TUA A person would expect eye doctors to be able to diagnose diabetic retinopathy or cataracts but might be surprised about other kinds of illnesses an eye examination could reveal. Dr. Claude Posala, Head of the newly-opened Regional Eye Center in Honiara said there’s a lengthy list of conditions that eye doctors can help to spot, including diabetes,...
A Christmas Message from Archbishop Leonard Dawea, Anglican Church of Melanesia. ‘God bless the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God’, Luke 19: 38. A very merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2021 to you all. After the four weeks of waiting in Advent, we have entered into the joyous celebrations of...
ALEX DADAMU ALL project payments for successful applicants of the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) will be suspended at the end of this week and will resume in mid-January 2021. This was according to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his nationwide address on Monday. He however announced that the new Economic Stimulus Package Online portal will be finally launched this week. “A comprehensive software underpinning...
BY ALEX DADAMU A new business entity registered as the Solomon Islands Seafarers Business or SI Seabus for short, has recently been formed by prominent Seafarers and Marine Lecturers at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) School of Marine. Interim CEO of the SI Seabus Business Venture, Captain Dudley L. Hoala, who is also a Nautical Lecturer at the Maritime Academy,...
BY LESLEY FOINAGWA SOLOMON Islands' rapid birth rate, increased projection on unemployment, fast-growing youth population, and teenage pregnancy, etc. are health, social, development, and economic indicators challenging the country today. The underlined changes have given the prospect for the Former Member of Malaita Provincial Assembly (MPA), Ward 27 in West Kwaio region, David Nguiburi to encouraged school students in his community...
BY ALEX DADAMU THE ‘Business Monitoring Joint Agencies Committee’ of Foreign Investment Division of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration has completed its assessment on ‘compliances and enforcement’ in various business sectors in Solomon Islands. According to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, this exercise and auditing is the first of its kind in 25 years. A total of 450 Foreign Investments...
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