All Archive December 2011

Mr. Pollard says that an example would be the appointment of a Government backbencher, MP David Tome to Chair the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

TSI Questions Appointment of PAC Chairman

The Gordon Darcy Lilo Government is undermining accountability and transparency of Government says Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) Chairman Mr. Bob Pollard.

TSI Speaks Out on Tsunami Report

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) is critical of what they say appears to be the Prime Minister's deliberate move to block the Tsunami report being debated in parliament.

Seasonal Worker Program Announced

Australian farmers will now be able to employ workers from the Pacific Region, including Solomon Islands and East Timor under a permanent Seasonal Worker Program.
The phones will be reconnected once the Prime Minister is satisfied there are arrangements in place to stop the overspending.

Phone Suspension Order Remains

Suspension of all Post-Paid phones by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Lilo Darcy still remains this week.
Nepal has a rich geography, the mountainous north has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest.

Solomon Islands Establish Ties with Nepal

Solomon Islands has established diplomatic relations with Nepal.
Few oceanic archipelagos support a greater proportion of the Earth's living diversity, or a richer array of human ways of life and languages.

International Groups Assist in Conservation

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its US chapter have teamed up with the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History to support the Museum's conservation efforts in the biologically rich and diverse Solomon Islands.
Some of the participants at the training.

New Farming Techniques Help Improve Food Security

Changes to farming techniques using mulching, composting and crop rotation is dramatically improving food production and the quality of produce being grown in Solomon Islands, says Kastom Garden Association.

Government says it will lead RAMSI Phasing-out

The Solomon Islands government spokesperson on RAMSI affairs says the government must lead the process by which the work of the Regional Assistance Mission is wound down.

48 Solomon Islanders Receive Australia Awards Scholarships

Forty eight Solomon Islanders will study at Australian or regional universities next year under Australian scholarships.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will be visiting Solomon Islands on a state visit on behalf of the queen.

Prince William and Kate to Visit Solomon Islands

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will up their royal duties ahead of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year, taking part in their second official oversees visit, Clarence House has confirmed.

Global Financial Instability Shows Need for Fiscal Discipline in the Pacific - ADB

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The eurozone crisis is expected to have only limited impact on the Pacific because the region's growth prospects are more closely tied to the economies of Australia and New Zealand.
Miss South Pacific 2011, Miss Fiji, Alisi Rabukawaqa

Fiji Wins Miss South Pacific 2011

Miss Fiji, Alisi Rabukawaqa, is the new Miss South Pacific, after winning the title in Samoa.

Australia Assists SIWIBA

Australia has given A$80,000 (SBD$560,000) to help increase women's leadership and economic empowerment in Solomon Islands.
"We are very pleased that Solomon Islands have responded quickly to Australia's invitation to participate in the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme," said Mr Marles.

Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme Signed

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, and Solomon Islands' Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Peter Shanel Agovaka, yesterday signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Solomon Islands' participation in Australia's Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.

Arts Festival Team Hold Talks in Auki

A four-member delegation from the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts National Organizing Committee (FOPANOC) has ended a three-day consultative meeting with the Malaita Provincial Government last Sunday.

UPDATES FROM COP17: "Pacific Climate Futures" Launched in Durban

Pacific news at COP17 courtesy of SPREP Pacific Climate Change Blog - Durban, South Africa, 8 December - The UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa was the backdrop for the launch of two new landmark resources that have a crucial role for the Pacific region.
However a person familiar with the industry says that it is unfair that such sentiments are raised "targeting only the supplier."

Boycott Travel to Solomons: Marine Activist

A conservationist is calling on New Zealanders to boycott travel to Solomon Islands in protest at the live export of dolphins to China.

Bipartisan Delegation to Promote Gender Equality in the Pacific

Gender equality will be the focus of a visit to the Pacific this week by a bipartisan delegation led by the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles.

UPDATES FROM COP17: Niue Urges World Leaders to Leave Legacy of Action

Pacific news at COP17 courtesy of SPREP Pacific Climate Change Blog
The Fijian-born Mr Moti described the extradition as ''kidnap'' and said the campaign against him was based on ''my physical complexion and political creed''.

Moti May Sue Over Ordeal

Julian Moti says he will sue the government after child sex charges against him were dramatically dropped by the High Court.

Activist Lawrence Makili says the dolphins were shipped out without a valid permit, a claim confirmed by the Ministry of Fisheries.

Moves to Enforce Dolphin Export Ban

The Solomon Islands Government says it is moving ahead with draft legislation to enforce a ban on dolphin exports from January next year.

UPDATES FROM COP17: Nauru President Calls for Bold Action

[Durban, South Africa, 6 December 2011] - The Pacific nations did not come to Durban to fail.

MP Loses Seat

The Solomon Islands minister of communication and aviation, Andrew Hanaria, has lost his seat after losing an election petition.

An Australian citizen, Mr Moti was charged with seven counts of having sexual intercourse with the complainant under federal laws designed to crack down on overseas sex tourism by Australians.

Compo Looms as High Court Kills Moti case

The Australian government has been exposed as being party to another high-profile "deportation" bungle, after the High Court yesterday found federal officials facilitated the unlawful transfer of former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti to Brisbane to answer child sex charges.
Solomon Islands packing down against Niue at the recent Oceania Rugby Union Cup.

Solomon Islands Rugby Shoots Up Rankings

Solomon Islands have shot up five places in the latest IRB World Rankings to a new high of 69th after recording victories over Niue and Vanuatu in the Oceania Cup 2011 in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby over the last seven days.
Mr Taito Nakalevu, Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Regional Project Manager at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

UPDATES FROM COP17: Pacific Showcases Adaptation Efforts

[Durban, South Africa, 5 December 2011] - The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project presented to donors and implementing agencies during its side event at the 17th Conference of Parties held in Durban, South Africa showcasing progress and lessons learnt on their adaptation efforts on the ground.
Former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti, who will no longer face child sex charges pursued by Australian authorities.

High Court Orders End to Moti Prosecution

The High Court has halted Australia's prosecution on child sex charges of former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti.

New Zealand Helps Redevelop Munda Airport

Work is about to begin to develop Solomon Islands Munda airfield so it can take international flights in emergencies.

Tausinga Elected Deputy Speaker

The National Parliament now has a new Deputy Speaker. He is the MP for North New Georgia, Job Duddley Tausinga.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Munda Airport Project

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held in Munda, Western Province to signal the beginning of construction work for the country's second international airport.
The RAMSI transition is a process involving a gradual draw-down of RAMSI's work and activities in Solomon Islands.

Cabinet Endorses RAMSI Transition

Cabinet has formally endorsed the phased out transition of the work of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI.

Partnerships - A Necessity in Pacific-African Cooperation

Busan, Republic of Korea, 1st December 2011 -The Cook Islands Finance Minister, Hon. Mark Brown says developing partnerships are a necessity in the Pacific as countries in the region face new challenges and engage with new development actors, in their development aspirations.

Police Arrest Man for Stabbing Partner

Police have arrested a man in his 20's for allegedly stabbing his partner with a kitchen knife at their home in the Henderson area, East Honiara over the weekend.

BROADENING THE CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE

"Not just about sea-level rise"

Celebrating International Volunteer Day

On Monday, 5 December 2011, we celebrate International Volunteer Day.
"Essentially what this means is that workers earning SBD$580 dollars or less per fortnight will not pay any taxes," said the Finance Minister.

More Money for Government Workers

As of next year government workers will get to keep a little more money from their pay.

PM Lilo starts Ministerial Visits

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has started his Ministerial visits only two weeks after his election as Prime Minister.