All Archive January 2012

SPREP Launches Clean Pacific 2012 Campaign

The Clean Pacific 2012 campaign will be launched in partnership with the World Wetlands Day celebrations in Apia, Samoa on 2 February.
A typical coastal community in Solomon Islands.

Sea Level Rise Threatens Communities

The Solomon Islands Red Cross says the rising sea level and changes in weather patterns are slowly taking their toll on low lying islands in Temotu Province.

Unique Red Feather Money of Temotu

Before introduction of money in Solomon Islands, the currency came in different forms for the nine provinces of the country.

Ma'asina wants Parliament Dissolved

The Ma'asina Forum is calling on the people of Malaita province to support its push to have the parliament dissolved.
PNG PM Peter O'Neill says military mutiny is over.

Solomon Nationals Safe in PNG Mutiny

Solomon Islands Nationals living in Papua New Guinea are well and safe when a military mutiny on Thursday unfolded in the capital, Port Moresby.
"Today is also about recognizing the contribution of Australian volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves in the provinces of Solomon Islands," said Mr Andersen.

Aussies Celebrate Australia Day

Australians around the world will today celebrate Australia Day.
The Solomon Islands comprises an archipelago of nearly 1000 tropical islands, of which almost 200 are inhabited.

Aussies Dominate Tourist Arrivals

The Solomon Islands have enjoyed a 20 percent increase in visitor numbers in the past two years with Australian travelers the most frequent visitors to the untouched island paradise.

Scavenging to Survive

This is the side of Honiara many choose to turn a blind eye to. With cost of living soaring at an alarming rate, it is no surprise young children are now roaming the streets scavenging for bottles and tins to sell as a means of survival.
An old picture of the Tomoko.

The War Canoe of the Western Province

The war canoe from Western Province was once a revered sight in the waters of the Western Solomon Islands.

Put School Drop-Outs to Good Use

As school results come in, many that were unfortunate not to make it are now left wondering, where to from here?
The Acting Police Commissioner Walter Kola says locals are helping police with identifying suspects involved in the crime.

Four People Charged in East Guadalcanal Unrest

Four people have been arrested and charged with intimidation and unlawfully taking vehicles from two of Solomon Islands' biggest companies.
The Famous Nati, George Herming and John Adifaka (Jr) during a production session at the Big Maos Studio at Vavaya Ridge.

Big Maos Launches Festival Radio Show

A new and exciting radio show featuring updates about the upcoming Festival of Pacific Arts will be aired on the countries major FM Radio stations starting today.

Solomon's Police to Work Harder at Rebuilding

The Royal Solomon Islands Police is pushing ahead with plans to become self-sufficient.

Fiji Offers assistance to Solomon Islands

Fiji will provide assistance to the Solomon Islands for the hosting of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in July.
Mathew Wale says he is aware that there is some discontent among the factions within the government but says that it is an issue for the Prime Minister to ponder over.

I am Not Plotting Against PM: Wale

The Solomon Islands' deputy opposition leader Mathew Wale has denied claims that he is plotting to demolish the government coalition and unseat the Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo.
Some of the recently arrived Australian volunteers in Solomon Islands. L-R: Angela Vass, Angus Mansfield, Joanna Mansfield, Bianca Priest and Jane Sheils.

Australian Volunteers Seek to Make a Difference

Fourteen new Australian Volunteers arrived in Solomon Islands this month to begin their placements with government ministries, colleges, non-government and community groups.

Banana Fibre Bags, a Symbol of Pride in Temotu Province

In Temotu Province, one of the unique things that people in Grasiosa Bay are known for is the weaving of banana fibre into hand bags, which they call 'Topla Birpi.'
The Special Co-ordinator of RAMSI, Mr Nicholas Coppel.

RAMSI Police Continues withdrawal in Provinces

RAMSI will withdraw police from a further five areas of Solomon Islands this year in order to focus more on building the capacity of the country's own force.

US$4 million for Nauru Solar Energy and Desalination Plant

Nauru will access US$4million from the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund to install a solar power generation system and sea water desalination plant.

Our Voice is Our Money: Zara

Solomon Islands local young talents, "Zara" from the Isabel province, are a three man band that's currently dominating airplay in most FM stations in the country.

Second Hand Bargains

Have you ever thought that shopping second hand was something you would never do?
Gold Ridge Mine processing plant, located around 20 kilometres east of Honiara.

Taskforce Set Up to Investigate Unrest

The Solomon Islands Police has set up a special task force to investigate acts of theft and violence against the property of two of the country's biggest companies.
Scientists found that some of the fake tablets contained pharmaceutical ingredients that might initially alleviate the symptoms of malaria, but fail to cure it.

Warnings of Fake Malaria Drug

Fake antimalarial drugs could potentially endanger the lives of Solomon Islanders, scientists have warned.

The Solomon Islands Flag

National flags of a country are a symbol of a country's pride, something people have often taken for granted.

Mossy Speaks on the Plight of Shell Money Vendors

While there is a very high demand for shell money, often for bride-price and compensation, shell money vendors are currently experiencing a shortage in the supply of shell.
"Coaching is not easy though. When you make a decision it is up to you and you're the one who gets the blame when the team doesn't win. It is hard when things are not going your way."

Suri Swaps Football Boots for Clipboard

The remarkable playing career of Batram Suri may finally have come to an end but the last words of his footballing story are far from being written.
Dolphin Exporter Wins Court Case

Dolphin Exporter Wins Court Case

The Solomon Islands High Court has ordered the government to pay more than a million US dollars in damages to a company for stopping its export of live dolphins.
"It should be a signal to the international community that the force has now become a professional force and it can be trusted and trusted with arms."

Re-arming is a "Positive Sign," says Sogavare

A former prime minister in Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare says the prime minister's announcement that the police will eventually be re-armed is a good sign.

Dash 8 Limits its Operations

A Solomon Airlines spokesperson has indicated that the Airlines PNG Dash8, currently on lease to Solomon Airlines, will have to limit its operations because of minor technical issues.

Overfishing of Western Pacific Bigeye Tuna Continues

Overfishing of bigeye tuna continues in the western and central Pacific tuna fishery, the world's biggest tuna fishery, according to the 2010 tuna fishery assessment report released this month by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
Striker Dennis Ifunaoa is in line for a place in the Solympics squad.

Solomon Islands' 'Solympics' Squad Shaping up

Nearly 50 talented young Solomon Islanders will face some anxious moments over the coming days as they attempt to force their way into the 'Solympics' national U-23 squad for the Oceania qualifying tournament for the London 2012 Olympics.
Peter Boyers says he would like to see the police re-armed in six to ten years.

Re-arming of Police a Long Way off: Boyers

A former member of parliament, Mr Peter Boyers, says he believes it is a long way off before the police force will be re-armed.

CNMI Withdraws from Pacific Arts Festival

The Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture has decided that it will not be sending a CNMI delegation to the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in the Solomon Islands this July.
Foreign Minister Peter Shanel Agovaka says that the ratification of UNCAC is a significant step taken by the government.

Solomon Islands Ratifies Anti-Corruption Convention

Solomon Islands have officially ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
Gideon Omokirio wants to give something back to the sport that has brought him so much pleasure.

Omokirio Relishing New Role

Former Solomon Islands international Gideon Omokirio has produced many special moments on the pitch but is now focused on helping others do likewise.

Search and Rescue Calls off Operation

A week-long official search for a Wagina man in the Western Solomon Islands, who has been missing at sea for a week, has been called off.
"New Zealand is investing in a range of projects in the Solomon Islands to create economic opportunities as we look for drawdown from the RAMSI commitment."

NZ Foreign Minister Visits Solomons

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully will be arriving today to meet with the Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, and Cabinet members, and to visit key aid projects.
6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Solomons

6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Solomons

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake has struck the Santa Cruz Islands, east of the Solomons, but there was no threat of a widespread tsunami.
Despite the ban on the bechedemer trade the lure of easy money has proved too much of a temptation for some.

$2M worth of Bechedemer Destroyed

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has destroyed 57 bags of bechedemer valued at SBD$2 million dollars.

Prime Minster Clarifies Allegations

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has clarified allegations leveled against him by Transparency International Solomon Islands (TSI) labeling them, "misleading and a deliberate misrepresentation."

S-League Receives Boost from Sponsor

The second half of the S-League season has received a major boost in the form of the first tranche payment from competition sponsor Our Telekom.

PM Hits Back at TSI

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has rejected a claim by Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) that he has been undermining accountability and transparency.
The trio appeared in the Supreme Court in Vanuatu three weeks ago.

Solomon Islander Facing Rape Charges in Vanuatu

A Solomon Islander and two Fijians have been charged with acts of indecency and sexual intercourse without consent in Vanuatu.
The visit would be part of celebrations in the United Kingdom and throughout the world to mark the 60th anniversary of the ascension to the British Throne by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Prime Minister Accepts Royal Visit

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has formally accepted a request from Buckingham Palace for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to undertake a Royal visit to Solomon Islands middle of this year.
Police clearing up road blocks East of Honiara.

Quiet New Year's Weekend

It was a quiet New Year's weekend in Honiara with no major crimes recorded by police.