All Archive May 2007

PAP to Discuss Position with Opposition

Longest surviving Political Party in the country, the People's Alliance Party, will hold an extraordinary meeting in Honiara at the weekend.

2006 Riots Commission Proceeds Despite Setbacks

Chairman of the Commission, Brian Brunton, revealed this yesterday at the Commission's first public hearing.

Sogavare should keep out of PNG's politics: Sir Mekere

A former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Mekere Morauta, says he was shocked by Mr Sogavare's interference in PNG politics during his brief stopover in Port Moresby.

Committee prepares for Independence Anniversary

The Committee, comprised of officers from various government departments, is headed by the Under Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs Solomon Palusi.

Forum Representative to Solomon Islands appointed

A source from within the Forum Secretariat in Suva has confirmed to PACNEWS that Dr Lesi Korovavala will soon be appointed as the Forum's representative to the Solomon Islands.

Deputy PM dispels rumors

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Service, Toswell Kaua has dismissed reports that he is critically ill.

UNESCO's unpaid bill upsets MASI Secretariat

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has left the country without settling its bill as a co-sponsor for one of the PINA workshop venue.

KOSSA CROWNED CLUB CHAMPIONS

The final of the Our Telekom Club Championship has concluded and KOSSA is now the country's new representative in the 2008 Oceania league.

We do not need Sir Michaels help: SDL

A POLITICAL party in Fiji believes they can solve their own problems and does not need the help of its Melanesian neighbors.

Koloale too good for Nothern Warriors

Koloale went through to the finals after overcoming an easy opponent, the Northern Warriors of Central Province by seven goals to one (7-1) in a hot and humid afternoon.

Medias; builders of Pacific economy: Hughes

Tony Hughes in a keynote address to the PINA delegations who were in the country last week, expressed the difficulties faced by the media.

Growing inequality in the Pacific a worry: Hughes

In his address to PINA delegates, former governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands stated that inequality in the Pacific has grown to an extent that it must be reversed.

ADB assists in emergency project

The Solomon Islands Government, with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank, have agreed on an Emergency Assistance Project for the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure.

Fishing agreement with New Zealand

New Zealand and the Solomon Islands reached an agreement in Wellington on Tuesday with regards to fisheries.

KOSSA upsets the mighty Marists

The scoreboard reads 3-1 in favor of KOSSA, what the scoreboard could not register was the drama involved in the win.

Urwin on Pacific Plan

Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Greg Urwin says the initiatives under the Pacific plan are now being implemented.

University of Papua New Guinea to have a Honiara centre

The University of Papua New Guinea, UPNG, will run a UPNG open college in Honiara beginning in July this year.

600 litres of Kwaso confiscated by police

The largest fermented locally brewed alcohol "Kwaso" on record was confiscated by the police over the weekend.

State funeral for the late Sir Lloyd today

The official state funeral of the late Sir Lloyd Maepeza Gina will be held today.

Sogavare keen to see Somare return

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made no secret of his preferred PNG counterpart after the upcoming PNG elections.

Koloale survives Marist onslaught

Koloale survived its final pool game on Saturday against Marist winning 2-1 and finishing on top of Pool A.

Tsunami affected communities urged to cooperate

Some villages in the Western and Choiseul Provinces are waiting for the government to assist them rebuild their homes. Some are reportedly refusing to assist in cleaning up their villages.

Solomon Star celebrates bi-centennial anniversary

Solomon Star, a daily newspaper in the Solomon Islands, celebrated its 25th anniversary last Friday May 25th.

Church of Melanesia to set up own University

The Church of Melanesia is planning to set up its own university in the Solomon Islands.

Media freedom honour given to Tongan Newspaperman

Tongan pro-democracy newspaper editor Tavake Fusimalohi has been honoured with the 2007 Pacific Media Freedom Award.

PAP to decide on allegiance

The Peoples Alliance Party will meet on Saturday to decide on whether or not they should remain with the Opposition.

Sogavare praises late Ulufa'alu

Mr Sogavare said the late Ulufa'alu had lived a colorful life saying the late Ulufa'alu is an enemy to none and friend to all.

Condolence by RAMSI for late Ulufa'alu

Acting Special Coordinator Jonathan Austin has offered RAMSI's condolences to the nation on the passing of the statesman and former prime minister, Hon Bartholomew Ulufa'alu.

New PINA board elected

General Manager of the National Broadcasting Commission of Papua New Guinea, Joseph Eladona is the new president, and Jonas Culwick of Vanuatu the vice president.

Late Ulufa'alu honored with State funeral today

The late Bartholomew Ulufa'alu has been accorded with a State funeral today.

36,588 people affected by tsunami disaster

The National Disaster Management Office Program Officer Julian Maka'a stated that at least 36,588 people were affected by the tsunami disaster.

Chinatown re-development plan approved

The rebuilding of Chinatown will soon commence after the Minister of Lands, Reverend Leslie Boseto had approved the re-development plan.

Andersen denied he stormed out

The Chairman of Police and Prison Service Commission, Mr. Edmund Andersen, had denied allegations made by the Acting Prime Minister that he stormed out of the Government House.

Long time Politician and former Prime Minister dies

Former Prime Minister, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu has died. The MP for Auki Langalanga passed away mid morning yesterday.

Professional economic journalism needed: Hughes

Tony Hughes stated in his key note address to PINA delegates that the media's impact on developing economies is not effective as it should be.

Government may set up review commission

It appears that the Government will go ahead with a review commission to look into the conduct of the board of the Public Service Commission.

MASI should stay out of Politics: Tozaka

The MP for North Vella La Vella, Milner Tozaka stated that the Media Association of Solomon Islands should not get involved in Politics.

ANZ paves the way with solar powered banking

The Acting Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo revealed to PINA delegates that ANZ has won the tender to provide rural banking to the main provincial centers in the country.

Economic base needs to be broadened: Lilo

The Acting Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo highlighted some of the progress made to government's economic reform during the opening of the PINA convention today morning.

Logging exceeds sustainable levels

The International Monetary Fund has issued a warning that the current rate of logging in Solomon Islands is expected to exceed sustainable levels this year.

PINA convention opens today

The Solomon Islands Acting Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo, will today open the Pacific Islands News Association convention in Honiara.

RAMSI immunity is subject to the Constitution: George

Special Coordinator of RAMSI, Tim George, stated in a luncheon yesterday that the immunity given to RAMSI personal is a necessary component to the effective delivery of RAMSI's functions.

Hughes to give keynote address during PINA convention

Tony Hughes will give the keynote address at the Pacific Islands News Association, PINA convention in Honiara.

Rental boom may burst one day

The deputy Governor of CBSI, Denton Rarawa has told budding journalists who attended a workshop on economic reporting that journalist do have a role in warning citizens of economic impacts.

Solomon Islands Foreign Reserves continue to rise

Solomon Islands' foreign reserves rose to SBD$902 million by mid may 2007 from SBD$790 million at the end of 2006.

Solomon Islands Acting PM refutes allegations

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Gordon Darcy Lilo says government has no intention to bring the Police Commissioner directly under the authority of the Prime Minister.

Liquor Licensing Squad targets illegal outlets

The Liquor Licensing Squad conducted a series of operations over the weekend that resulted in arrests and the seizure of illegal alcohol.

4 year old killed in traffic accident

A four year old girl was killed and three others seriously injured after an accident mid-day yesterday at Guso Point on the Kukum Highway.

Government records SBD$ 39-million surplus last year

Deputy Governor of Central Bank Denton Rarawa released these figures yesterday when presenting a paper on the economic performance of the country.

Kokohale pushes Marist to the brink

The lads from Central Roviana gave Marist a run for their money ending the game with a 3 all draw.

Former Finance Minister charged with corruption

Francis Zama has been sentenced to 20 months jail for official corruption although Zama made a belated payment of the sum owed under the Stamp Duties Act.

Growth rates up 6%

Forecasts by the Asian Development Bank put the Solomon Islands growth rates at six per cent.

Charles Ashley warns Moti critics

A local Lawyer Charles Ashley has come out strong against certain media reports which he claims are spreading untruths about the suspended attorney general, Julian Moti.

Solomons Medal prospects at the SPG still unclear

The Pacific games dateline is near but Athletics Solomon Islands officials are still unsure of our medal chances at the games.

Government gives SBD$3.93 Million in tithes to churches

The Cabinet has formally announced the initial payments of tithes to the Churches. This was revealed to journalists by the Acting Prime Minister Mr. Gordon Lilo during a press conference.

PINA Convention starts today

The official opening of training workshops by Pacific Islands New Association PINA and the Media Association of Solomon Islands will begin today at the Honiara Hotel.

Ranongga reportedly missing out on relief supplies

Whilst aid money keeps pouring into the country for victims of the tsunami disaster, people in Ranongga Island, Western Province are claiming to be in desperate need for relief assistance.

Brunei donates US$50,000 towards post tsunami relief

Brunei is the latest country to donate funds towards the Solomon Islands National Disaster Relief Fund following the April earthquake and tsunami.

Fono was never offered the DPM post: Lilo

The Acting Prime Minister Mr Gordon Darcy Lilo stated in a Press conference that the post of the Deputy Prime Minister was never offered to the Opposition Leader.

SOCCER: The National Club Championship begins.

Honiara based clubs made their mark in the opening of the National Club Championship yesterday at the Lawson Tama stadium.

RUGBY: HRUA games over the weekend

Three tough rugby games were played today at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) oval.

Taiwan will not attend PINA

Taiwan has cancelled its delegation to this year's Pacific Islands News Association conference in Solomon Islands.

Preparations for National Trade Show underway

Chairman of the Small and Medium Enterprise Council, SMEC, Michael Maena says his committee is working around the clock to ensure deadlines are met.

PSC Commission may be referred to a tribunal

The Chairman of the Public Service Commission and the entire commission may face up to a review tribunal if cabinet gives the go-ahead.

Solomon Islands hosts PINA conference

Media managers and personnel from around the Pacific region will convene in Honiara next week for a week long Conference.

Commission in the dark with appointment

Chairman of the Police and Prison Services Commission Edmund Andresen says the commission is in the dark as to how the new Commissioner of Police was identified.

Sogavare receives medal in recognition of support

The President of Taiwan Chen Shui-bian has presented a medal to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Andersen clarifies his position

The Police and Prison Services Commission chairman Mr Edmund Andresen denies reports that he had attempted to block the swearing-in-ceremony of the new Police Commissioner on Tuesday.

Makuru out, Marist in

The verdict is out, the winner of the HFA premier league; Makuru is out of the national club championship tournament to be held over the next two weeks starting today.

Charity Match Captivates Honiara Fans

In a show of talent, Honiara fans witnessed an entertaining game that ended up in a draw after both sides came near to scoring on many occasions.

60 percent of water collected by SIWA gone to waste

It is estimated that 60 percent of water pumped by Solomon Islands Water Authority have gone to waste or has not been paid for.

Coach Burns confident of Basketball squad

National Basketball Head Coach Ryan Burns is optimistic that the men's and women's squads will compete well in the upcoming SPG in Apia, Samoa.

Commissioners begin dialogue with community

Commissioners of the April 2006 riots will commence community interaction Tuesday next week.

PM cancels acting AG's trip to Australia

A scheduled trip to Australia for the Acting Attorney General Mrs. Nuatalia Tongarutu had been cancelled with no official explanation.

Nuaiasi is new Agriculture and Livestock Minister

MP for West Are'are Severino Nuaiasi has taken his oath as the new Agriculture and Livestock Minister this morning.

PAP withdrawal still uncertain

Former Peoples Alliance Party Parliamentary leader, Sir Allan Kemakeza had denied claims made by Mr. Kengava that PAP had withdrawn from the Opposition.

Fiji Company wants Soltai Trade Mark

A company incorporated in Fiji Islands have applied to be the registered proprietor of the Soltai Trade Mark.

Sir Nathaniel furious over attempted delay

The Chairman of the Police and Prison Service Commission yesterday disputed the appointment of the new Police Commissioner.

Moti issue a diplomatic blunder: Australian academic

A Senior Research fellow with the Australia National University, Greg Fry, stated in an interview with radio New Zealand that the Moti issue has become a political blunder.

Wrestling eyes Gold Medal in SPG 2007

An eight man squad will represent the Solomon Islands Amateur Wrestling Association for this year's South Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.

Touch Rugby prepares for SPG

The Solomon Islands touch rugby team is hard at training for the South Pacific Games.

SPG bound women's soccer team progressing well

Women's soccer training is progressing well for the upcoming South Pacific Games.

New Zealand Aid to Solomon Islands up NZD$12.8 million

The Solomon Islands will stand to benefit from an increase in aid of NZD$12.8 million from New Zealnd.

Sogavare leaves for Taiwan

Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare left the country yesterday afternoon for a two week visit to Taiwan.

Police Commissioner Khan sworn in today

The newly appointed Solomon Islands Police Commissioner will be sworn-in today.

Calls for resignation a mockery to democracy: Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has stated that the call for his resignation by the Opposition MP Edward Huniehu, over the Moti affair, was ridiculous.

The Courts should decide on Moti's fate: Downer

The Foreign Minister of Australia Alexander Downer stated in a recent interview with Radio Australia that the Courts, and not politicians, should decide on Moti's case.

SISA raises SBD$80,000 for tsunami rehabilitation

SBD$80-thousand dollars was raised recently by the Solomon Islands students association of USP, Fiji.

Sevens preparations on target

The Solomon Islands Rugby Sevens team is on time with training schedules and is into the midseason phase of their preparations.

SICTU calls on Governor General not to swear in Moti.

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Union has called on the Governor General not to swear in Julian Moti as Attorney General.

Auki to host 2007 trade and cultural show

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Jeffery Wickham, has announced that this year's National Trade and Cultural Show will be hosted in Auki, Malaita province in July.

Pedestrian killed in 'freak' accident

The cruel suddenness of the death of a mother yesterday afternoon has left Naha Heights residents in shock.

Visitors Bureau launches campaign through the BBC

The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has launched its first major advertising campaign through the BBC's 24-hour international news and information channel.

Mela kept Marist's hope of making the club championship

In what most spectators expected to be the clash of the week, lived up to its rating. Both teams displayed fast flowing football that often tested the referee's fitness level.

Sogavare wants power over police: Fono

The National Parliamentary Opposition has expressed grave concerns over moves by the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, to change certain provisions in the Constitution.

Menapi to feature in charity match

Commins Menapi is set to join a tentative national squad outfit selected by the Solomon Islands Football Federation.

Not Guilty verdict in Dunning murder case

Two former militants, John Ome and James Tatau, have been acquitted on charges of murdering Australian Protective Service officer Adam Dunning in a sniper attack in Honiara in 2004.

Vanessa Quai to assist in tsunami drive

The very popular Vanessa Quai is expected in the country Wednesday next week to assist in the tsunami fundraising drive.

PAP unofficially joins the government

The GCC government's intention to make sweeping changes to the constitution is boosted with the inclusion of four MPs from the opposition.

Dunning verdict expected today

The High Courts will today deliberate on the Adam Dunning murder trial with a verdict expected later this afternoon.