Month February 2018

Uluga Primary signs contract with Japan

BY LYNTON AARON FILIA JAPAN Embassy in Solomon Islands signed out SBD$695,362.05 for Uluga primary School’s double-storey classroom yesterday. The grant is under the Japanese aid scheme known as Grassroots and Human Security project. Yesterday, Japan Ambassador His Excellency Kenichi…

Difficulty of saving in rural areas

BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE A study on Solomon Islands women’s savings groups in rural areas of Makira and Malaita provinces found that while women face difficulties in saving, others opt out simply because they did not have any surplus to…

Dual Citizenship Bill to Parliament

By Gary Hatigeva FOREIGN Nationals with Solomon Islands heritage and Solomon Islanders holding on to foreign passports are anticipating the tabling and passage of the Dual Citizenship Bill 2017, which is confirmed to be tabled when parliament resumes. Officials have…

Changes in gender roles

BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE IN Solomon Islands, how women earn an income is not only challenged by local conditions but by social and gender norms. Australian National University’s Associate Professor Richard Eves of Pacific Affairs Department discussed the above at…

Auki police called on to step up

BY GEORGE MANFORD AUKI COMMUNITIES around Auki are calling on police to crack down on kwaso production and distribution in the town. Speaking on behalf of the communities, Nelson Hugo said police should carry out raids on manufacture sites around…

Maepioh praises police chief for visit

BY ALFRED PAGEPITU GIZO WESTERN province premier Wayne Maepioh has praised the RSIPF Police Commissioner Matthew Varley for his visit to the province. Maepioh said it was an honour to welcome the incumbent commissioner to the shores of the province.…

Claims Malaita ward grants misused

BY GEORGE MANFORD AUKI A SENIOR officer in the Malaita provincial government in Auki has gone public with allegations that ward grants are being misused by the MPAs of the province. He claims that only a meagre portion of the…