All Archive July 2008

Media Training for Youths Workshop

Youths are given the opportunity to learn the basic in the media world.

Natural Beauty in the Solomons

Natural beauty comes with no cost attached for most in the Solomons.

Striving for Public Attention

To be famous does not require money for the Solomon Islanders who have their own way of gaining popularity among the crowd.

Attack on Officers at Weathercoast

The arrest of a wanted criminal leads to attack on four police officers, two locals and two RAMSI personnel, at the Weathercoast in West Guadalcanal.

Free Medical Services for Western Solomons

A medical team from Taiwan have left for the Western Province to offer free services to the people.

Funds to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has approved funding worth more than US$ 21 million over three years for a regional malaria program.

Solomons Launch One Laptop Per Child

A trial project for the One Laptop Per Child, O-L-P-C, initiative has been launched in three schools in the Western Province.

Rugby Giants to Contest for Finals

The semi finals of the rugby fifteens will kick off half past four today at the Panatina field between Avaiki and Matangiki.

Ghost Caller Spooks Honiara Residents

Honiara residents are murmuring on a mysterious number dubbed the 'ghost number' with several claiming to be receiving calls from the six-digit ID.

Parliament Fitness Equipment Stands Idle

Fitness equipments in Parliament stand idle due to 'lack of space'.

Calls to Sort Continuous Black Out

People in public are calling on the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority to do something about continuous power cuts currently experienced in the capital city.

Police Probe CEO Bonus Pay

The Police have confirmed to have formally received a complaint about the payment of more than half a million dollars, as bonus paid by Our Telekom Company in an off-shore arrangement, to its outgoing CEO Martyn Robinson.

Opposition Confident of Luring More MPs

The opposition group is determined to resubmit to parliament the motion of no-confidence on the Prime Minister next week.

RAMSI Officers Forced to Fire Warning Shots, Officer Injured

Last night, RAMSI Participating Police Force (PPF) advisers were forced to fire two warning shots on the Weathercoast.

Possible Ban on Cigarette Roll Selling

Rumor is spreading on possible ban of selling single rolls of cigarettes throughout the country.

Andel Soars to Top of Netball League

The unbeatable Andel claims victory after thrashing Gold Ridge One.

New Growth Chart for Babies

The World Health Organization country's liaison officer, Dr. William Adu-Krow said that the WHO Solomon Islands will work on a new growth chart for children.

Men Arrested for Assaulting Police Officers

Naha Police yesterday arrested two brothers after they allegedly assaulted two police officers Monday night at approximately 11:00pm at Kobito-2.

RAMSI Congratulates Vanuatu on Their National Day

Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands Acting Special Coordinator, Dr Jonathan Austin, congratulates the people and government of Vanuatu on the occasion of their National Day.

Agreement to Improve Power Services

An agreement for a 28-million dollar grant assistance has been signed to reform and improve the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority.

Steps Taken to Ensure National Broadcaster Remains On-Air

The Board of Directors of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation is taking steps to ensure the national broadcaster remains on air.

Solomon Islander Dies at Pacific Arts Festival

A member of the Solomon Islands delegation to the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts in American Samoa died this morning from a cerebral malarial infection.

Picking Through Debris for Fun

Sight of children scavenging rubbish in public brings questions to minds of many on how some parents could allow such a thing to happen to their child.

Workshop Aims to Empower Youths

Youths are currently attending a workshop that aims to encourage them to address issues that affect young people.

Keeping to the Simple Broom

While the more developed societies rely on high tech machinery to do heavy errands, Solomon Islanders still rely on the simple broom made of coconut leaves.

Combining the Old and the New in Weddings

Cultural practices in collaboration with a modern wedding still exist in the western part of the Solomon Islands.

Smoking and Betel Nut Links Friendship

Smoking and betel nut chewing are two common social interactions that builds friendship for most locals.

Stop Sea Contamination, Urges Bahai Residents

Residents near the Bahai area sea side have raised concerns about people in the neighborhood disposing rubbish in the sea.

Government Launch 2009 Budget

The Ministry of Planning and Aid Coordination together with the Ministry of Public Service officially launched the 2009 budget at the King Solomon Hotel.

Heroes Welcome for Bilikiki Team

DJ Graphics in conjunction with the Solomon Islands Football Federation welcomes home the Bilikiki boys' team.

Parliament Meeting Adjourns Yet Again

Solomon Islands Parliament has been adjourned yet again following a brief meeting.

Solomons Ready for 2012 Arts Festival

Solomon Islands representatives at the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts in American Samoa say they have already begun preparations to host the 11th festival in 2012.

Kossa FC Bows Out of Japan Trip

The dream historical trip to Japan for the Kossa FC ended when the Waitakere FC team from New Zealand claimed the champions of the O-League early May this year.

Latest Trend, the Diamond Effect

Fashion has changed a lot in Solomon Islands, especially among the young people of the country.

Green Leaf for Personal Gain

Making the first approach to win someone's heart is not an easy task for most but in the native Solomon Islands, there was once the approach of using the "green leaf".

Disaster Management Meeting in Buala

Six officers of the National Disaster Management Office, NDMO, are currently in Buala of Isabel Province on tour.

Gossip a Killer Pastime

There is no better way to kill time than to indulge in a gossip session with a group of friends.

Need to Address Littering Problem

Beautifying the capital city of Solomon Islands is a grueling job for those placed with the responsibility.

Rise in Food Prices Not Our Fault: Maga

The Acting Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Martin Maga, during the opening of the sub regional workshop on food security stated that the government should not be blamed for the soaring food prices.

SIEA Owes SBD$18 Million to Fuel Suppliers

The Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, SIEA, owes SBD$18-million dollars to its fuel suppliers.

No Participants Results in Postponement of Workshop

An important workshop was to be held at the Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association office this morning.

Renbel Province Reiterates Disaster Management Work

The premier of Renbel Province Timothy Johnston Peseika has again pledged his government's support to disaster management work in his province.

Familiarization Exercise for Police Response Team

The Police Response Team under the Solomon Islands Police Force National Response Unit had conducted a Familiarization Exercise at the Rove Ground.

Free Basic Education Government Priority

Free basic education is one priority area for the current Sikua-led government.

Totori Returns Due to Injury

Solomon Islands international soccer star, Benjamin Totori, had to cut short his stint at the United States due to an injury sustained during training. Totori will return to Solomon Islands on Saturday to begin his rehabilitation.

Japan Expands Health Service in West Kwara'e

The Areo community in West Kwara'e, Malaita province, were lucky recipients of a health clinic thanks to the kind assistance of the government of Japan.

Motion on RAMSI Passed in Parliament

The Solomon Islands National Parliament yesterday passed a motion to review the Facilitation of International Assistance Act under which the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, operates.

FOC Discusses Forum members' Contribution Paper

The Pre-Forum session of the Forum Official Committee (FOC) which is meeting in Suva, Fiji will discuss a positioning paper on issues concerning the long term sustainable funding and resources of the Forum Secretariat.

Fiji Government Repeals Tax on Bottled Water

Fiji's interim government has decided to repeal the new taxation system it had recently imposed on the bottled water industry following the shutting down of operations by bottled water companies across the country.

Fiji Water Shuts Down, Joining Fellow Bottlers

Bottled water giant, Fiji Water, is the last bottled water company to shut down in Fiji, following the other companies who have all shut down in response to the Fiji government's decision to impose a 20 cents per liter taxation over bottled water.

RAMSI Celebrates 5 years of Partnership with Solomon Islands

RAMSI is today celebrating its anniversary with sausages and sack races, coconut husking and traditional feasts; after five years on the ground, the Regional Assistance Mission is taking its birthday party to the provinces of Solomon Islands.

Simple Rural Life the Best

Life in the rural is one that cannot be found anywhere else.

Medical Supplies for Solomons Hospital

The Ministry of Health received medical supplies from the World Health Organisation office in Honiara.

Second Parliament Meet Commences

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands will commence its second meeting for the year today.

Our Telekom Launches Kirakira Breeze GSM Mobile Service

Our Telekom will launch its Breeze GSM Mobile Service in the Makira provincial capital, Kirakira, on Tuesday 29th July, 2008.

Stronger Public Service Means Better Government Services

The Government says a new program to improve the public service will lead to better trained workers with the right tools to improve government services across Solomon Islands.

Fiji's Announcement of No Elections Draws Criticisms

The statement by Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Bainimarama, that the March 2009 elections he had promised is "unachievable" has drawn heavy criticisms and reactions.

Two New Princes for Tonga

The King of Tonga, King George Tupou V, has elevated the status of two of the island kingdom's Nobles to Princes.

Back to School for Solomons Students

Students are back in schools after weeks of non-stop celebrations to commemorate Solomon Islands 30th independence anniversary.

Open Relationship Huge No for Solomons Culture

Open courting is a huge no for most cultures in Solomon Islands societies.

Critics on First Idol Show Good: Ratu

Poor sound quality at the first round of the Solo Idol show is a good mistake to learn on, states a representative of the organizing committee.

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Visits Solomons

The Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, will be visiting Solomon Islands for the first time this week, on route to the King of Tonga's Coronation early next month.

Homeless Mother Rufuse Help

Living on the streets is one that is fast becoming common in Honiara.

Naka Smiles Despite Loss

Despite losing out in the continuing 2008 Beach Soccer World Cup in Marseille France, goal getter for the Bilikiki side, James Naka still smiles.

Calls for Solomons to Halt Dolphin Capture

The Save Japan Dolphins Coalition is urging Solomon Islands government to consider halting Ocean Embassy/WIN from continuing their dolphin capture business in the country.

Survival Means Against High Pricing

Surviving continuous rise on cost of living throughout the Solomons is becoming daily for the locals.

Makuru FC 2007 DJ League Champions

A small but good crowd turned up to witness the 2007 DJ League presentation night at Lawson Tama in Honiara.

Japanese Troops Return in Peace

Japanese troops may return to Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

Opposition Using "Unconventional Means" to Oust Government: Fono

Solomon Islands government accused the Parliamentary Opposition of using "unconventional means to oust the government".

Hard Life in the Rural

Living in the rural is tough life for people residing in the capital city.

Solo Idol Storms Multipurpose Hall

Eager spectators flood the multipurpose hall way before official opening of doors to witness the second elimination round to the Solo Idol.

Kiribati Celebrate Independence in Solomons

Hundreds of Kiribati families in Solomon Islands gathered to witness celebrations to mark the 29th Independence Anniversary of Kiribati.

Solomons Rugby 15s Squad to New Caledonia

Solomon Islands national senior rugby 15s squad will participate in the Federation of Rugby Union (West) Cup in New Caledonia next month.

Police Arrest Shocking Murderer

Police have charged a man responsible for horrifically murdering four people and attempting to murder 15 others in a roadside ambush that occurred at Dereni in east Guadalcanal in September 2002.

Increase on SINPF Members' Contribution

The Solomon Islands National Provident Fund will set an increase on members' contribution.

Lake Tengano Residents Say Lake Level Increasing

Residents of World Heritage site, Lake Tengano in East Rennell say the level of the lake is rising and is threatening their taro garden lands.

Delay In Appointment of Central Bank Governor

The government is being blamed for the delay in appointing the next Governor of Central Bank.

New Training Centre Receives High Support

A new training centre launched today receives strong support from various organisations and government departments in Honiara.

New Training Center for Youths

A new training center was officially launched this morning at the Mendana Hotel.

Need for Nurses to be Professional

Sick patients are complaining that nurses are not being professionals in their field.

Police Find Another Female on Foreign Fishing Vessel

The joint law enforcement initiative to stop criminal activity associated with foreign fishing vessels known as Operation Clean Harbour continued today.

Five Diseases in One Shot

Solomon Islands government will officially launch a Pentavalent Vaccine next month.

Italy Exhaust Solomons Bilikiki Side

Italy exhausted a courageous effort from Solomon Islands to win 7-4 in what proved a fitting curtain-raiser to Marseille 2008.

Bad Habit of Overloading Trailers

Overloading of vehicle trailers is a noticeable bad habit in the Solomons.

Solomons Police Appreciates RAMSI PPF Assistance

The Police Association has expressed heart felt appreciation to RAMSI's Participating Police Force (PPF) and the Ministry of Health for assisting a local senior executive officer and his wife travel to Sydney to undergo medical treatment.

Our Telekom Supports Solo Idol

Our Telekom donated a prepaid mobile phone in support of the Solo Idol programme.

Opposition Motion of No Confidence Notice

Parliament yesterday gave notice of the Motion of No Confidence it received from the Parliamentary Opposition group.

Digicel Runs Cell Site on Coconut Oil in PNG

Digicel has become the first mobile operator to run transmission sites on coconut oil fuel, having successfully run one tower for over two months.

Leadership Development for Police Force

The Solomon Islands Police Force is currently working on the development of leadership within the police force.

Bird Flu Awareness for Local Farmers

The Livestock Division under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock will be doing awareness programs on bird flu for local farmers.

Local Businesses Complain of Foreign Invasion

Business development is a struggle for most locals in Solomon Islands who complain of foreign business people "invading our space".

Solomon Islands to Receive Royal Visit

Solomon Islands looks forward to hosting a royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester next month.

SIEA Takes Cost Cutting Measures

The Board of Solomon Islands Electricity Authority has taken drastic cost cutting measures to address the rising cost of operation due to the rise in fuel.

Wellington Policeman Reaches Out to Solomons Children

Christmas comes early for the children of Solomon Islands thanks to a Wellington policeman.

Women Victims of Weekend Hassles

People welcome weekends with open arms but such is not the case for some women who fear hassles from drunkards.

Solomons Bilikiki Boys in France

The Bilikiki boys have arrived in France and are settling well ahead of their opening match on Thursday.

SIFF Approves Two Teams in Wantok Cup

Green light has been given to maintain the two teams that participated in the inaugural Telekom Wantok Cup.

Bilikiki Kicks off Beach Soccer World Cup Campaign

The Solomon Islands kick off the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup today when they play Italy in the opening match of the tournament at Stade du Prado in Marseille, France.

Agricultural Workshop in Honiara

A three days international food workshop will take place in Honiara.

Australian Businessman Assist Rugby Sevens Team

An Australian businessman has responded positively to assist the country's national rugby sevens team in their preparation for the upcoming World Cup Rugby Sevens 2009 Qualifier.