SOLOMONS BROADCASTER SIBC ONLINE FOR THE ELECTIONS WEDNESDAY

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (November 30, 2001 - Solomon Star/PINA Nius Online)---The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation has launched a new website, in time to bring the world news about Wednesday's general elections.

The website, http://www.sibconline.com.sb, will include a special page dedicated to the general elections.

It will also include daily news bulletins, sports news, program schedules, analysis, and advertising rates.

General manager Johnson Honimae said: "With the web site, people from around the world will have access to information about what is happening in the Solomon Islands on a daily basis.

"This is especially important with what the country has been going through in the past two years and more importantly the national elections (December 5)."

Access to the news pages will be free for the next four weeks, covering the elections and the formation of the new government.

But Honimae said afterwards SIBC will be financing the website by:

* restricting the news pages to subscribers, who pay for access to them;

* selling advertising.

However, Honimae said if the website can attract enough advertisers SIBC will consider opening up the news pages to free access for everyone.

Honimae expressed appreciation to New Zealand High Commissioner Nick Hurley and his deputy, Marion Crawshaw, for funding the equipment and the consultancy to set up the website.

General Manager Honimae also received a Sol$ 19,200 (US$ 3,491) check from the Australian High Commission to help fund carrying a series of broadcasts on leadership and ethics.

Honimae said the programs are designed to help leaders to improve their leadership skills and people who will be elected into Parliament next week.

"We hope that this program would also help voters make a better choice when they go to the polls," he said.

The series features Solomon Islands academic Dr. Kapini Sanga.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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