All Archive June 2013

The New Zealand couple will be working in the education and government departments in Isabel's provincial capital of Buala, home to about 2000 people.

New Zealand Couple Look Forward to Solomon Stint

Saltwater crocodiles and access to electricity are soon to become Les and Kay Dawson's biggest concerns as they move to a remote area in the Solomon Islands to volunteer their skills.
The new network will be able to connect all 85 Ministries of the Government within Honiara.

Government ICT Network Complete

Australian networking company, CBO Telecommunications, has successfully completed a large ICT project for the Solomon Islands Government with the deployment of a secure private network to connect 85 government offices.

Civil Case Backlog Raises Concerns

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry is concerned about the number of civil cases mounting up in the courts which are delaying major development projects.

New Era for Coorperation

Solomon Islands and Australia have begin a new era of cooperation with the transfer of RAMSI’s development programs to the Solomon Islands - Australia Partnership for Development.
Chamber CEO Jerry Tengemoana with SINU Vice Chancellor Dr Glynn Galo.

SINU Business Graduates Get a SICCI Boost

Top business graduates of the Solomon Islands National University will now have sponsorship support from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SICCI.
Prime Minister Lilo pointed out that since 2011, various Government Ministries and Departments have used results of the survey to design their action programs.

Peoples Survey to Set 2014 Priorities: PM Lilo

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says the Government will use results of the 2013 Peoples Survey as guidelines to develop its 2014 priorities.
The Nicrophorus efferens are a part of six other specimens collected in 1968. But they were unrecognised as well as undescribed species for more than 40 years.

New Beetles Species Found in Solomon Islands

Scientists of University of Alaska Museum discovered a new species of burying beetle from the Solomon Islands archipelago.

Taiwanese Vessel Detained

A Taiwanese fishing boat registered in Donggang Township, Pingtung County, has been detained in Solomon Islands since last week.
She is seen here as the first person to occupy the Cockpit Module of the RAAF F111 (A8-135) Strike Fighter aircraft.

Local Pilot Achieves Good Results

Local girl from Honiara Emma White has recently achieved her first solo in a Cessna 172 and is on her way to graduating from General Flying Progress Test (GFPT).
The milestone signing now opens the way for the reforestation project to begin with a Korean funding of SB$7.2 million to support the Government’s reforestation program.

Solomon Islands and Korea Sign Reforestation Project

The Governments of Solomon Islands and the Republic of Korea have signed a Framework Arrangement to formalize the start of a Reforestation Project in Solomon Islands.
Kadau explains that the recall is based on a mutual acceptance that these players have matured after their ordeal and should be given another chance.

Kadau Names Kurukuru Line up

Solomon Islands national futsal team head coach, Dickson Kadau, has named a 12-man line-up for the upcoming OFC Futsal Championship Invitational to be held in July in Auckland.
Sir Albert and Ambassador Reha Keskintepe chats as Supervising PS for Foreign Affairs John Wasi looks on.

Turkey Determined to Enhance Ties with Solomon Islands

The new Turkish Ambassador to Solomon Islands, H.E. Reha Keskintepe has announced his country’s determination to enhance ties with Solomon Islands as steps are being taken for the two countries to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance engagement.

Premiers Conference Ends with Six Resolutions

The 2013 Premiers Conference has ended successfully with a Six-Point Resolution contained in the Gizo Communiqué signed on Saturday.
Addressing the Epidemic of Violence Against Women

Addressing the Epidemic of Violence Against Women

MANILA, 21 June 2013 - Nearly a quarter of women (24.6%) in the low- and middle-income countries of the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region have been victims of violence by an intimate partner.
"It is really exciting," said the 30-year-old. "Local botanists haven't had a chance to examine the plant thoroughly to see if it has any further applications in Chinese medicine."

Taiwan Researcher Discovers New Plant on Solomon Islands

A Taiwanese researcher studying biodiversity on the Solomon Islands said Wednesday that he has found a rare plant in the South Pacific country traditionally used in Chinese medicine.
East Rennell Region in Solomon Islands Placed On UN List of World Heritage in Danger.

Logging Threatens World Heritage Site

The East Rennell area in the Solomon Islands was inscribed today on the United Nations Scientific, Cultural, and Educational Organization’s (UNESCO) list of endangered sites due to logging that is affecting the island’s ecosystem.
Solomon Islands Drawn Alongside NZ for OFC Futsal Championship

Solomon Islands Drawn Alongside NZ for OFC Futsal Championship

Top seeded Solomon Islands kurukuru have been drawn in the same pool as New Zealand for the upcoming OFC Futsal Championship next month.
“This will be similar to the Noro cannery (in Western Province) but will be bigger and will provide more opportunities and benefits to the local people and economy.”

Dongwon Wants To Build USD 34.3 Million Tuna Project In Solomon’s

Korea’s largest tuna company Dongwon has proposed to build a multi-million dollar tuna cannery and loining plant at Doma, West Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

PM Lilo Meets Japan Parliamentary Vice Minister

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has met Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs on Friday 14th June 2013 in Honiara.
From (L-R)Pacific Printers Sales Representative McPerson Taro, Secretary to Cabinet James Remobatu and Pacific Printer's GM Nathaniel Hebala

Pacific Printers Locks in Major Government Contract

The Government has signed a printing deal with local firm Pacific Printers Limited today.
This has now been reduced to about 200 cases a week, with the majority of infections coming from the capital, Honiara.

Slight Drop in Dengue Cases

There has been a reduction in the number of dengue fever cases being reported in Solomon Islands.
The late Laurie Crowley with a staff of Solomon Airlines during his recent visit.

Solomon Airlines Pioneer Passes Away at 93

Solomon Airlines has paid tribute to the passing away of Solomon Airlines founder and aviation pioneer Laurie Crowley.
He says it is unfortunate that certain individuals have been named, but he attributes that to the case being “played out in the media.”

LCC Called on to Name Those Charged

The Leadership Code Commission (LCC) has been called on to release the names of those charged under the LCC Act.
Benjamin Totori has left the Wellington Phoenix after agreeing to an early end to his contract.

Totori Departs Phoenix

Solomon Islands international Benjamin Totori is the latest player to depart the Wellington Phoenix after agreeing an early end his contract with the A-League club.
The Solomon Islands has experienced an influx of speculative mining companies in the past year, due largely to relatively steady mineral prices and huge demand originating from China.

Speculative Mining Companies May Wind Up: Ernst & Young

Speculative mining companies, including those operating out of the Solomon Islands, may go under as they struggle to raise capital to continue exploration.
The LCC says they have been given 60 days to respond in writing to the charges.

MPs and Senior Public Servants Charged

The Leadership Code Commission (LCC) has charged 21 MPs over alleged misconduct in office. 15 senior public servants have also been charged.
Dr Rodgers, Director General SPC, Mr Mike Batty, Director of FAME, Dr Christine Heimburger, Director for East Asia and the Pacific, with Senior Offficials from KfW and GIZ.

SPC Director-General Meets Representatives of German Development Agencies

Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), who was in Europe to meet key German development partners, held meetings in Frankfurt with high level representatives of key German agencies to discuss development priorities and an enhanced partnership with SPC.
Solomon Airlines was able to demonstrate its creditworthiness, and the viability of the project, which was to purchase the Dash-8 aircraft, Megapode.

New Borrowing Rules in Place for SOEs

The Solomon Islands government has outlined a new borrowing policy for state owned enterprises.
Marine protected areas' boundaries will include some area of ocean, even if it is only a small fraction of the total area of the Island.

Rennell Bellona Province Registers Marine Protected Area

The first Solomon Island community to request assistance from OceansWatch to help them manage their marine resources has had their marine protected area recognized by the Rennell Bellona Provincial Government.
Many desire to find the location of the fabled treasure.

Treasure Hunters Flock Solomon Islands in Search of Lost Gold

The Solomon Islands were as far as the Japanese Imperial Army got during World War II in their push towards conquering all of Southeast Asia and Australia.
The Governor General Sir Frank Kabui with the Premier of Temotu Province, Fr. Brown Beu.

Sir Frank Joins Celebrations in Lata to Mark Temotu Day

The Governor General Sir Frank Kabui has joined leaders and people of Temotu to celebrate the Province’s 2nd Appointed Day in Lata Friday last week.
Dr Lester Ross, from the Ministry of Health, said that maximum progress has been witnessed in Isabel.

Big Decline in Malaria Cases

Due to the untiring efforts of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme started by the Ministry of Health, a significant decline in the malaria cases of Solomon Islands has been witnessed.
Australian National University academic Miranda Forsyth, co-convenor of the conference in Canberra, said the belief in sorcery and witchcraft was widespread in countries such as Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Research Shows Belief in Witchcraft Growing

Belief in sorcery and witchcraft is on the rise in the Pacific, experts warned Wednesday after a young woman accused of killing a boy with black magic was burnt alive in Papua New Guinea.

TSI Concerned with Diversion of Agriculture Funds

Transparency Solomon Islands is deeply concerned about a Government plan to take SBD$33 million Solomon Islands dollars from the Ministry of Agriculture budget and channel it through Members of Parliament, a move that has been widely criticized.
SPC Works to Strengthen Pacific Aquaculture Farmer Groups

SPC Works to Strengthen Pacific Aquaculture Farmer Groups

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is working through the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) Project to support aquaculture farmer networks in the region. The latest one is the Sirinumu cluster in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The Ministry decided to drop a controversial 200 metre exclusion zone for the sale of tobacco products near schools and restaurants.

Ministry of Health Drops Big Ticket Item in Tobacco Bill

The Ministry of Health has used World No Tobacco Day to launch public consultation for new regulations governing the sale of cigarettes in Solomon Islands.
Premier Habu paid tribute to all serving officials who have contributed to the progress made and the overall performance of the province.

Isabel Invests Heavily in Social Service Infrastructure

The Isabel Provincial Government is increasing investment in its social sector in rural communities around the province.
A fish painting by local artist Selwyn Palmer.

Local Artist Gets Wide Exposure

The 2011 recipient of the Tautai Trust Art Residency in Auckland, New Zealand, Selwyn Palmer is one of Solomon’s up and coming artists.
A major 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck the same area on February 6, triggering a tsunami no less than 1 meter (3.4 feet) high that traveled up to 500 meters (546 yard) inland and destroyed entire villages, killing nine people and injuring 13 others. Nearly 1,000 people were left homeless.

Strong Quake Hits Solomon Islands

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands on Wednesday afternoon, just few months after a major earthquake struck the same area triggering a tsunami that killed nine people.

Nauru Elections Need Free Media - PFF

Government should allow Nauru Broadcasting Service to fully report politics leading up to this Saturday's general elections, says the Pacific Freedom Forum.
This year, the pressure from US, Asian and European fleets for tuna fishing days will be heavy.

Solomon Islands May Close Off Fishing Grounds

Solomon Islands may have to close off fishing grounds as part of a regional effort to control fish stocks within the western and central Pacific basin.

Free Up Land for Development: GG

The people of Isabel Province has celebrated their 29th second appointed day on Monday at the provincial capital Buala with a call to free up their land for development.

MP Welcomes New Fera Airport Terminal

The Member of Parliament for Maringe Kokota constituency in Isabel Province has welcomed the opening and handover of a government funded terminal building to the Province on Monday.
Australian surgeon Darrell Nam in surgery with local medical staff during the Interplast visit to Honiara in 2011.

Reconstructive Surgery Team visits Solomon Islands

An Australian plastic and reconstructive medical team arrives in Honiara this week and will spend two weeks working at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara and Gizo hospital undertaking plastic and reconstructive surgery and training local staff.
Silentworld General Manager, Glenn Bennett says the training is important for all staff in the company.

Corruption Has No Place in the Workplace

Silentworld have just finished intensive training aimed at teaching staff to identify corruption in the workplace.
Energy Smart Calculator Will Help Consumers Make Better Choices

Energy Smart Calculator Will Help Consumers Make Better Choices

Pacific Island countries (PICs) should now be able to better gauge the energy efficiency of refrigerators and freezers with new energy smart calculators that were developed by SPC’s Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) programme.