All Archive December 2010

Western Teachers Express Disappointment

The Western Province President of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association has expressed disappointment over the nonpayment of Teachers Traveling allowances.
Illegal stocks of beche-de-mer were recently confiscated, and the owner claimed that there was "collusion with certain officials within the Ministry," and the mass confiscation was just to save face.

Former Fisheries Officer Calls for Internal Investigations

A former fisheries officer says that the Ministry of Fisheries should "demonstrate its seriousness in combating corruption by conducting an official investigation into allegations leveled against some of its officers."

Police Search for Locals

The Solomon Islands police are still searching for the four locals who helped a Sri Lankan escape deportation at the Honiara International Airport last week.

Police Search for Missing 15 Year Old Boy

Police are appealing to communities of the Burns Creek area to look out for a 15 year old boy who has been missing since Wednesday 22nd December 2010.
Mr Philip said that Western Province is the hub of tourism in the country so it is important that an international airport is setup in Munda.

Munda to Host Second International Airport

Munda Airport in the Western Province is set to be upgraded to an international standard airport, making it the second for the Solomon Islands.

Patients Disappointed With Response from Health Authorities

Hundreds of patients suffering from flu like symptoms are unhappy with the level of response by health authorities in the past few weeks.
Although Health Authorities are yet to officially declare a flu outbreak, health officials are seeing a sharp increase in patients with influenza-like symptoms.

Christmas Fever Hits Honiara, Literally

It seems like everyone you speak to in Honiara suffer from aching throats, dripping noses, chills and fever.

Sweden Adds To Fund Fighting HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (27 December 2010) - The Government of Sweden is extending an additional SEK35,000,000 (about $5 million equivalent) to an Asian Development Bank (ADB)-administered trust fund which is helping combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.

ADB, Partners To Help Manage Pacific's Marine Resources Against Climate Change

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are helping five Pacific countries manage their marine resources in the Coral Triangle.

Police Investigate Escaped Deportee

Police are investigating an incident in which a foreign national escaped deportation with the help of knife wielding locals.
He told SIBC News that the beche de mer shipment could have fetched close to four million dollars had it been exported.

Beche-de-mer Ban Still on: PS Fisheries

Fisheries Permanent Secretary Dr Christian Ramofafia says his ministry is doing all it can to confiscate marine resources which are illegally harvested.
Mr Riogano says that they do not want to repeat the mistakes made by others, where they are just mere spectators and blind recipients.

Isabel Landowners Want Control of Nickel Mining

The Bugotu Landowners Association, BLA, says the decision by government to award Sumitomo the license to develop Nickel on Isabel could "hamper the little progress that has been made in the partnership between landowners and the government."

ADB Assists in Major Transport Infrastructure Development

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help Solomon Islands upgrade its land, sea, and air transport infrastructure to support economic activities and social service delivery.

Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change

PRESS STATEMENT - Monday, 20 December 2010 - The Pacific Islands Forum and European Union last week launched the "Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change".
The ECF is an Australian Government initiative which aims to assist in commercialising business projects in participating countries.

Australia Supports Sustainable Eco-tourism Project in Western Province

Two new eco-friendly guest bungalows have been officially opened at the Wilderness Lodge on Gatokae Island in Western Province, with support from a grant of SBD $770,000 provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) under the Enterprise Challenge Fund (ECF).
Mr. Marshall's contract expires in February, but he may leave before that to prepare for his new position as New Zealand police commissioner.

Local Might Head Police Force

A government official in Solomon Islands says a local police officer may be appointed as a caretaker police commissioner until a permanent replacement is found for outgoing commissioner Peter Marshall.

Saving Pacific Migrants Money

www.sendmoneypacific.org has re-launched this week, to provide even more information on the costs involved in sending money back to the Pacific from Australia and New Zealand.

Isabel Names New Premier

Isabel Province has a new Premier.
The Ministry of Fisheries says that it is always important that all stakeholders "work hard to ensure that we maximize gains from this multimillion dollar industry."

Government Reduces Fine on Taiwanese Fishing Boat

The government has reduced a SBD$2.5 million dollars fine imposed on a Taiwanese fishing boat found guilty of fishing illegally in the country's waters.

Our Nurses Sought by Vanuatu PM

Solomon Islands would consider a request from neighboring Vanuatu for nurses.
Solomon Islands had facilitated the successful ceremony and the MSG had successfully been transferred to Fiji.

New Era of MSG Solidarity: PM Philip

Prime Minister Danny Philip says he is confident that "Melanesian countries have now entered a new era of MSG solidarity."

Solomon Islands and Fiji Sign MOU

The governments of Solomon Islands and Fiji have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, which will pave the way for the two countries to assist each other in various areas.
High Commissioner, Frank Ingruber, presents DAP recipient with a cheque.

Australian High Commissioner Holds Presentation for DAP Recipients

Representatives of 16 community groups gathered at the Australian High Commission on 9 December for a handover of project funding for small community development projects spread across all provinces of Solomon Islands.

Government Told to Respect Separation of Powers

The Public Solicitor has hit back at the government's ultimatum over the Cavanaugh-Lusibaea issue saying the government should allow the criminal justice system to take its natural course without interference.
In July, when Mr Natapei was the prime minister, he cancelled the MSG summit as not to give the chairmanship to Commodore Bainimarama.

Fiji Handed MSG Chairmanship

Vanuatu has handed over the Chairmanship of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to Fiji.

Solomon Government Seeks Explanation

The Solomon Islands government is seeking a formal explanation from the Public Solicitor's Office for the sudden departure of Lusibaea's lawyer from Honiara last week.
Member of Parliament, Hon. Jimmy Lusibaea was given a two year and nine month sentence.

Hon. Lusibaea Refused Bail

The Solomon Islands Member of Parliament, Hon. Jimmy Lusibaea was refused bail yesterday following his court application.
H.E Frank Ingruber during the opening in Wagina, Choiseul Province.

Project for Women and Disabled Opens

The Solomon Islands Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency, Frank Ingruber, has opened an income generation project for Women and Disabled persons in the Wagina Community in Choiseul Province.
The Public Solicitor's Office confirms that Edward Cade will replace Robert Cavanaugh.

Solicitors Office Replaces Lusibaea's Lawyer

Another lawyer from the Public Solicitor's Office will be appearing for jailed former Fisheries Minister Jimmy Lusibaea at his bail application hearing today morning.
The Solomon Islands Tobacco company, SITCO, has vehemently denied the accusations saying "it has no influence over the recent increases of cigarettes in Honiara."

We Played No Part in Price Hike: SITCO

As the price for cigarette soars, now more than SBD$30 a packet, smokers are now venting their frustration on the only producers of tobacco in the country, saying they had a hand in the price hike.

CBSI Announces Further Relaxation of Exchange Controls

Mr. Denton Rarawa, the Governor of the CBSI says the decision by the Central Bank to relax Exchange Control requirements on certain foreign exchange transactions through the commercial banks, will reduce the cost of doing business in Solomon Islands.
Santa and his helpers hitch a ride with a fire truck.

Carols in the Islands Attracts Thousands

Carols in the Islands prove to be a hit once again, with thousands braving the heat to enjoy fun and games at the Lawson Tama stadium.

Company Haus Goes Online

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has funded a new electronic Companies Registry (Company Haus), which will enable online registration of companies in the Solomon Islands and contribute towards the Government of Solomon Islands efforts to improve efficiency of doing business in the country.

Culture Offers Opportunities for Economic Development

PRESS RELEASE - 10th December 2010 - Creative, cultural and innovative industries offer unique opportunities for sustainable economic development in Pacific island countries, but initiatives to promote their development must be included in National Development Plans, says the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
MP for South Guadalcanal, Hon David Day Pacha, was arrested late yesterday afternoon and formally charged with one count of conversion.

Another MP Arrested and Charged

Yet another Member of Parliament (MP) has been arrested and charged.
Visitors to the National Parliament during a previous Open Day.

National Parliament Opens Its Doors Today

The National Parliament is again opening up its doors for the public today, to mark its 2010 Open Day.

Vanuatu PM Pulls Out of MSG Talks

Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, has pulled out of next week's planned meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in Solomon Islands.

Sumitomo to Explore New Nickel Deposits

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. said Wednesday it has obtained the right to explore three potential nickel mining sites in the Solomon Islands.

Roadmap Developed for New Regional Programme on Climate Protection

Roadmap developed for new regional programme on climate protection through forest conservation

No regrets for attacking Hekari after Club World Cup exit

Oceania champions Hekari United were not prepared to renounce their attacking instincts, their coach said, after the Papua New Guinean club crashed out of the first round of the Club World Cup.
Ambassador Beck says that disagreement over the future of the Kyoto Protocol is also frustrating Small Island States.

US May Not Deliver on Climate Change: Beck

Solomon Islands' lead negotiator at the climate change summit in Cancun says he's worried that the United States will not give the climate adaptation money it promised to vulnerable nations.

Tuvalu urges capacity building from Adaptation Fund Board

Press Release - Cancun, Mexico - Tuvalu's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Enele Sopoaga has urged the climate change Adaptation Fund Board to provide greater capacity building for islands that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Mr Detke has accepted a new portfolio, which is expected to be fisheries.

Bodo Takes Up New Appointment after Reconciliation

The sacked Solomon Islands forestry minister Bodo Detke looks set to take on a new ministerial position following a reconciliation ceremony with the Prime Minister yesterday.
Mr O'Connor held talks with senior officials while on a visit to the Solomon Islands.

Australia Praises Solomon's Crime Laws

Australia's Federal Justice Minister, Brendan O'Connor, has praised the Solomon Islands government for strengthening laws to stamp out money laundering.
Caretaker Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Gordon Darcy Lilo says the NCRA government is determined in its efforts to ensure that Solomon Islands benefits fully from its marine resources.

SIG Signs Development Agreement with WSFV

The Solomon Islands government, through the ministry of Fisheries and Marine resources, has signed a development agreement with the Western Solomon Fishing Venture (WSFV) Limited.

Missing Solomon Islanders Found Safe

Five Solomon Islanders reported missing near the Santa Cruz Island group have been rescued following an overnight dash by the Australian Air Force.
Provincial Election Results Today

Provincial Election Results Today

Results of the Provincial elections held yesterday are expected to trickle in as polling stations start counting this morning.

Remittances in Forum Island Countries

PRESS RELEASE - 6th December 2010 - Remittances are an important source of household income and foreign exchange for many developing countries, providing income directly to households to improve living standards.

PEC Fund PMU Established

PRESS RELEASE - 6th December 2010 - A project management unit (PMU) has been established at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji to manage and monitor the multi-million dollar PALM 5 Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund negotiated by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders with the Government of Japan in 2009.

Senior Police Officer Charged With Incest

A senior member of the Royal Solomon Islands Police has been remanded in custody late yesterday on incest charges.

Lusibaea Appeals Case

Fisheries Minister and MP for North Malaita, Jimmy Lusibaea, has lodged an appeal challenging his sentence.
He says although there are certain matters which the Prime Minister needs to discuss with his Ministers at a time of his choosing the government is operating well.

NCRA Solid and Stable: Lilo

As speculations rise on the future of the Danny Philip led National Coalition for Rural Advancement (NCRA) government, a senior member of the NCRA government says "the government is still solid and stable as ever."

PMO Distances Itself from Logging Confrontations

The Office of the Prime Minister today distanced itself from the confrontation between former Forestry Minister Bodo Detke and some logging interests in the country.

Pacific Calls for Greater Commitment from Global Community

Press Release - UNEP Report finds Copenhagen Accord pledges will not reach targets of 2 degrees or less.

Mitigating Climate Change: Vanuatu Leading by Example with Renewable Energy Targets

Press Release - The power utility of Vanuatu (UNELCO) has set itself a goal of generating 33% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2013.

Malaita Premier Questions Delay in Lusibaea's Case

Premier of Malaita Province has said that the case of Member of Parliament for North Malaita and Fisheries Minister Jimmy Lusibaea has left more questions than answers.

Detke Fully Aware of His Removal: Sasako

The Government is now claiming that the former Minister for Forest, Bodo Detke, was fully aware of his removal as Minister because he was present at the Caucus meeting at the time.
Commodore Bainimarama said Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, would attend on his behalf.

Bainimarama Will Not Attend MSG Reconciliation

Fiji's leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama is standing by his word that he will not attend the Melanesian Spearhead Group MSG reconciliation ceremony scheduled for this month in Honiara.

Advisor to Lusibaea Speaks Out

Chairman of Mr Lusibaea's Voluntary Advisory Committee Exly Taloiburi says the sentencing handed down this morning was very unfortunate.

Values of Mexican Goddess to Inspire Climate Change Negotiators - Figueres

By Makereta Komai, Climate Pasifika Media Team29 NOVEMBER 2010 CANCUN ---- Reason and creativity, values of the Mayan goddess Ixchel, is what UN climate chief hopes will inspire climate negotiators to reach an 'acceptable' deal in Cancun in the coming 12 days.
Mr Sasako says although he was not briefed on reasons behind the sacking, he believes the sacking is related "to a particular forestry issue."

Government Sacks Forestry Minister

The National Coalition for Rural Advancement Government Caucus has yesterday resolved to sack the government's Forestry Minister Bodo Detke.

Government Commits to Support Fisheries Minister

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to support Jimmy Lusibaea's legal team who will be seeking to appeal the High Court's two year nine month sentence handed down yesterday by Justice David Cameron.