All Archive February 2013

Given the cost of transporting cattle, most of the nation's feed yards and slaughterhouses will be where there are strong shipping services.

Government Moves to Develop Beef Industry

Pasture work at two major cattle farms in Solomon Islands is underway as the government moves to develop the local beef industry.
“People should empty out anything that stores water, particularly during this rainy season, so empty out coconut shells, plastic bottles or anything that will help the mosquitoes breed further.”

Health Authorities Overwhelmed by Dengue Outbreak

The outpatient at the national referral hospital is now inundated with cases of dengue fever.

National PACER Meeting Highlights Challenges

A one day national consultation on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus this week has highlighted key challenges and potential benefits facing the Solomon Islands.

Airline's A320 to Undergo Maintenance

Solomon Islands national carrier, Solomon Airlines, have revealed that its Airbus A320 registered as H4-BUS will be undergoing its scheduled maintenance in Manila, Philippines from March 1 to 17 2013.
The Commission on Status of Women (CSW) is a 10 day meeting where leaders gather to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify gaps and challenges, set global standards and develop policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

World Vision to Share Successful Approach

World Vision’s faith-based approach for tackling violence against women in the Solomon Islands will be showcased at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 7 March 2013.
The dengue mosquito (Aedes aegypti) does not fly very far, so people should get rid of mosquito breeding sites around their home to significantly reduce the risk of being bitten by dengue mosquitoes.

223 Cases Recorded for Dengue Fever

The Solomon Islands local health authorities in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) are working closely on a strategic plan to prevent any increase of dengue fever in the country.
The group accounts for almost 350 million global citizens, the G7+ stands as the sole independent assembly dedicated to their plight.

PM Leaves for G7+ Summit

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo will participate in the G7+ summit in Timor Leste.

Panga is Guadalcanal Premier Again

Solomon Islands Provincial Assembly Member for Ghaobata, Steven Panga is now the Guadalcanal Province Premier for the next two years.

Former Militants Condemn $1 million Donation

Former members of the now defunct Malaita Eagle Force have joined in the outcry against the government’s recent $1 million dollar cash donation to the Gaena’alu Movement on the Weather coast of Guadalcanal.

USP and SPC Launch the First Human Rights-Focused Diploma in the Pacific

The University of the South Pacific (USP), in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Rights Resources Team (SPC RRRT) has launched a new Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights.
Mr. Faisi says the government has one week to pay teachers, or they will strike for the second time this year.

Teachers Threaten to Strike Again

Teachers in Solomon Islands say they will go on strike again on the 4th of March unless the Government pay up what was promised.

Electoral Commission Conducts Training

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission will begin trainings this week for Police Officers and Polling Officials in preparation for the upcoming Ngella By-Election.

United States Provides Assistance

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society $50,000 to support disaster relief efforts in Temotu Province.
Ready for Airbus A320 duty, Primula Sipolo, Paul Boka, Benza Tahuirao and Everlyn Siriurao.

Solomon Airlines Cabin Crew Graduates

National carrier, Solomon Airlines marked a new phase in enhancing the quality of its cabin service with the awarding of certificates to four flight attendants at a ceremony on Friday 15 February.
Solomon Islands students who received Australia Awards scholarships to study in Australia this year at the pre-departure briefing in Honiara.

Australian Scholarships for 2014 Opens

Scholarships for Solomon Islanders to study in Australia next year are now open.
It is now widely accepted that the battle against climate change cannot be won unless global deforestation is halted.

Logging Reduces Ability to Counter Climate Change: SPREP

The Pacific-wide environmental programme or SPREP says the Solomon Islands government must be pressured to change its approach to logging.

Japan Provides Additional Assistance

The Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Mr.Akira Iwanade, has announced that the Government of Japan will provide additional emergency relief supplies to the victims of the recent Temotu Tsunami.
AusAID's rapid response officer, Eric Lui (L) and local authorities working out food distribution in Temotu Province.

Australia Continues Support to Tsunami Victims

Australia has continued to support the Solomon Islands Government and NGOs in disaster relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami last week.
The quartet will tour Indonesia (February 14-26), Fiji (February 27-March 4), New Zealand (March 5-7), Samoa (March 8-11) and the Solomon Islands (March 12-16).

Audiopharmacy to Tour Solomons

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce that San Francisco-based hip hop group Audiopharmacy will tour Solomon Islands from March 12 as part of the American Music Abroad program.
Little children of the Kilusakwalo Christian Community High School in their newly renovated classroom, thanks to their dedicated teachers and Jane Sheils, an Australian Volunteer.

Brighter Start to 2013

Malaita Province's Kilusakwalo Christian Community High School began school this year to three brightly painted and newly carpeted classrooms and a newly converted classroom, thanks to the hard work of the teachers and an Australian Volunteer.

Electoral Commission Warns Candidates

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has warned contesting candidates to be vigilant and to make sure their act of campaigning is legitimate.

Government Organizes Memorial Service

A National Memorial Service for the victims of the recent tsunami disaster that struck the Solomon Islands Temotu Province, will be held tommorrow at the St Barnabas Cathedral.
"We are aiming to start the recovery and rehabilitation so that people can start to pick up and help themselves on their recovery process," says John Tafiariki of NDMO.

Authorities to Prepare for Recovery Phase

Emergency crews in tsunami-affected parts of the Solomon Islands say they want to move to the recovery phase now that the emergency response has been completed.

Pacific Island Countries Commit to Appliance Labelling and Standards

Thursday 14 February 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji - More and more Pacific Island governments are embracing appliance labelling and standards.

SBD$1 Million Payout to Landowners

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has handed over SBD$1 million dollars to the Gaena’alu Movement at Komuvaolu village, East Guadalcanal.

EPA Consultations Completed

A three days national consultation process on the EU-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has been completed in Honiara on Wednesday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, during their recent visit to Solomon Islands.

British Royals Send Condolence to Tsunami Victims

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton have expressed sadness over the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Temotu Province, Solomon Islands on Wednesday 6th February.

Pacific Human Rights Trainers Trained to Higher Standards

Fifteen human rights trainers from the Pacific region have graduated with greater capacity in imparting knowledge and skills through professional training after an intensive two week training course conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Rights Resource Team (SPC-RRRT) in Suva, Fiji.

Betelnut Vendors Told to Vacate Premises

Betel Nut vendors along the White River bus stop and opposite the Rove Police Headquarters have been urged by the Honiara City Council to close their betel nut business and voluntarily demolish all illegal structures as of yesterday.

People Told to Vacate Australian Property

The Australian Government has agreed and given permission to the Honiara City Council and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force to remove any illegal structures attached to the existing buildings in or around the perimeter of their property in White River.

Maelanga Denies Claims

Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga has rejected accusations that he was secretly campaigning for a government candidate in the upcoming Gela by-elections.
Assessment teams are already on the ground to provide more information on the full scale of the disaster.

Santa Cruz Declared Disaster Zone

The Solomon Islands Government today has officially declared a State of Disaster for Santa Cruz Islands in Temotu Province following Wednesday’s deadly 8.0 magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami that claimed lives and property.

Aftershocks Continue in Santa Cruz

Disaster relief agencies are struggling to reach the remote tsunami-hit villages in Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands following Wednesdays powerful 8.0-magnitude quake and consistent strong aftershocks.

Sir Frank Offers Condolences

The Solomon Islands Governor General, His Excellency Sir Frank Kabui and Lady Grace Kabui have expressed deepest their condolences for people of Temotu Province who suffered the brunt of the Quake and Tsunami that hit the Province on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister appeals to those affected to remain calm as Government officials work on an urgent response.

PM Express Condolence to Tsunami Victims

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has expressed his deepest condolences to the victims of yesterday’s deadly Quake and Tsunami that killed at least 6 people and others missing on Santa Cruz Island in Temotu Province.
Five Deaths Following Temotu Tsunami

Five Deaths Following Temotu Tsunami

Emergency crews have now been dispatched to the remote Santa Cruz Islands in the far east of Solomon Islands after a tsunami was generated yesterday by a 8.0 magnitude earthquake.
The Tsunami that happened in the Western Province was generated from an earthquake of the same magnitude.

Tsunami Warning Issued

A Tsunami warning has been issued by local authorities after a magnitude 8 earthquake struck off the coast of Temotu Province in the Solomon Islands.

Asian Log Ship Detained

The Solomon Islands authorities have detained a log ship who was caught trying to ship out logs that have been illegally logged in the Western Province.
Prime Minister Lilo acknowledged Mr Campbell for his international contribution towards promoting the virtues of unity, love and peace through his music career over the years.

Lilo Welcomes Ali Campbell

Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has welcomed the world renowned English Reggae Star and former UB40 front man, Ali Campbell to the shores of Solomon Islands.
Schools around the Solomon Islands are now expected to resume classes this week.

Back to School For All

The Solomon Islands' government has pledged to stand by its memorandum of understanding on teachers'wages.

Western Premier Returns with New Perspective

The Solomon Islands Western Provincial Premier has described his recent trip to South Korea as an eye-opener.

Government Approves Teacher's Request

The Solomon Islands Government has stated that it will try and meet all Teacher's outstanding dues under the new salary levels by the end of the week.
Sir Frank Kabui, the Solomon Islands Governor General proposes a toast to the people of United States while Ambassador North looks on.

Obama Wants a Brighter Solomons

United States, President Barack Obama have supported the Solomon Islands’ vision for a brighter future for all Solomon Islanders.

Twin Otter Undergoes Refurbishment

Solomon Islands National Carrier, Solomon Airlines has announced that one of its two Twin Otter Aircrafts registered as H4-NNP will be under-going scheduled refurbishment works on one of its wings.

More Students Receive Australian Scholarship

Thirty three more Solomon Islands students have received scholarships from the Australian Awards Pacific to study at regional institutions within the Pacific Region.

Ngella By-Election Candidates Announced

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission have received the final list of candidates who will contest the vacant Parliamentary seat for Ngella Constituency.
The Solomon Islands is part of the “Ring of Fire”, a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific Ocean that is subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Earthquakes Strike Over the Weekend

A series of very strong earthquakes had struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday but no damage was reported and no tsunami warnings were issued.