Author: Robert Iroga


Forty local seasonal workers bound for New Zealand have received a pre-departure briefing in preparation for their work programme under the Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme. Officials from the Labour Mobility Unit (LMU) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade which oversees the New Zealand RSE Scheme and the Australia Seasonal Worker Program conducted the briefing this week. Pre departure briefing is an essential activity prior to a group of Seasonal workers departing for New Zealand or Australia under these seasonal labour schemes. Over a period of two days, Officials covered relevant areas including living in New...

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TB patients warned to take medicine faithfully or face drug resistance

  On this World TB Day, experts on the disease are calling on TB patients to adhere to their drugs to avoid multi-drug resistance. Tuberculosis Day is celebrated in Honiara today with a talkback show on the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation where local and international experts appealed to patients to take their drugs honestly and those feel they have the symptoms of the disease to seek medical attention. World Health Organisation TB Consultant Richard Oleko Rehan said TB is curable and patients must take their drugs regularly. However he said if patients interrupt with their drug schedule they would...

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Provincial Assemblies commend work of RAMSI

 Members of provincial assemblies across Solomon Islands have commended the work of the 15 member countries of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in returning law and order to the country and reviving the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to a point where it is now considered one of the best police forces in the Pacific Islands region. Throughout the month of March, teams comprised of senior officials from the Solomon Islands Government, RSIPF and RAMSI have been briefing Provincial Assemblies on the Missi on’s exit plans and their confidence in the ability of the RSIPF...

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New RSIPF officers set for UN as first 5 due out in Sept

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is in the process of identifying new police officers to serve in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, replacing the first five officers currently serving in Sudan. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley told journalists today that the five officers are due out in September and they would be replaced by new RSIPF officers. The police chief confirms they are in the process of identifying a pool of officers who are going through the final stages of their selection process. “We have to nominate their names to the UN for deployment later this year,” Mr Varley...

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PM welcomes MASI’s newly updated media code of ethics

Prime Minister Sogavare.Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has welcomed the newly updated Media Code of Ethics adopted by the Media Association of Solomon Islands and encouraged all media outlets in the country to strictly abide by the regulations in the discharge of their duties. The new Media Code of Ethics was put together by the MASI Executive with the assistance of an Australian Media Consultant, Mr Bruce Levitt. The Prime Minister who is the Minister responsible for information and media said the media plays a role in the collection and dissemination of information that have the potential of influencing...

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