All Archive July 2014

Dr. Heidi Lodge is seen providing medical assistance to a local villager during her two week long medical mission in the Solomon Islands.

Doctors Make Rural Visit

The Solomon Islands are famous for their beautiful blue waters, magnificent coral reefs, golden beaches and amazing sea life.
A burnt down house within Independence Valley.

Squatter Burning Raises Concerns

About 100 people have fled a squatter camp in Independence Valley in Solomon Islands capital after a number of houses were burnt by a mob.

Report Reveals Long Term Difficulties

A new report on a decade of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) says Pacific Island Forum representatives were largely shut-out of oversight bodies and reforms were pressed on Honiara by Canberra.
The stand-off between the two National Carriers now into its third week has affected hundreds of passengers travelling between Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Airlines Look Into Resolving Issues

Authorities in Solomon Islands want to resolve the impasse between its airline, Solomon Airline and Fiji’s national carrier, Fiji Airways, which has affected flights between the two countries.

Lilo Inaugurates Cuba Mission

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo yesterday inaugurated the new embassy in Havana, Cuba.
Many Solomon Islanders have witnessed and enjoyed peace and normalcy as RAMSI continue to provide an enabling environment for all citizens of Solomon Islands.

Maelanga Commends RAMSI

Solomon Islands Acting Prime Minister Honorable Manasseh Maelanga has sent greetings to all participating Forum Island Countries of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) on the Mission’s 11th Anniversary.

Ambassador Kalu Presents Credentials

The Solomon Islands Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia H.E Mr. Salana Kalu had presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Indonesia H.E Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono this week at the “Instana Merdeka Palace” in Jakarta.
“The measles vaccine is safe, effective and free. It is at available at local health clinics in Solomon Islands”, added Dr. Ross.

Health Ministry Responds with Free Measles Vaccination

Given the suspected measles outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and World Health Organization (WHO) remind parents to have their children immunized with the free vaccination available in Solomon Islands.
The "What is Mining? Train the Trainer" course was developed by the Isabel Mothers Union and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Solomon Islands with technical support from The University of Queensland.

Course Takes Mystery Out of Mining

Isabel Province communities in and around proposed mine sites are now feeling more informed about mining following the launch last week of an awareness programme to be rolled out across the province.
Mr Haununu said that registered voters who registered through the Out of the Constituency Registration Centers will have to check their registrations in their respective home constituencies/wards.

Provisional Voters List Released

Registered voters will have a chance to check their names on the Provisional Voters List starting from today.
“The study has been very helpful in clarifying what the reality of Solomon Islands cocoa position in the market is and the market factors that are affecting export returns,” said Mr Alfred Ramoagalo, General Manager for CEMA.

Cocoa Industry Learns More About International Markets

Efforts are underway to improve the cocoa industry’s knowledge of how the international cocoa market works, and to raise awareness on ways to potentially improve export returns for Solomon Islands cocoa.
Prime Minister Lilo and his seven-member team left yesterday and will return early next month.

PM to Open Cuba and Indonesia Embassies

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has left the country to officially open two of the country’s newest overseas missions.
Triathletes from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands have been training with Stirling Triathlon club.

Solomons and PNG "Acclimatise" Ahead of Games

This week will see most of the competing nations for the Commonwealth Games arrive at the Athletes' Village in Glasgow.
The Royal Solomon Islands Police will now have a new Police Commissioner contracted for the next two years.

New Police Commissioner Appointed

The Government wishes to announce that Mr. Frank Prendergast of Australia is the new Commissioner of Police of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Tina Hydro Agreement Signed

The four core landowning tribes of the proposed Tina River Hydro Project have signed a Process Agreement Wednesday this week as consent for the government to acquire their land for the development of the Tina Hydro project.

Forum Compact Peer Review Report Launched

At the 18th Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in Honiara last week, the governments of Solomon Islands and Cook Islands took the opportunity to launch their Forum Compact Peer Review Reports.

Provincial Election to Use Biometric Voter List

The Biometric Voter List (BVL) will be used as the voter list in the upcoming six provincial elections in Solomon Islands.
A single disaster event can result in losses in the millions of dollars and can undo progress in areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, healthcare and education.

Building Capacity for Resilient Development in the Pacific

Pacific Island countries are amongst the most disaster prone in the region, exposed to natural hazards such as floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, which all pose a significant challenge to development in the Pacific region.
Kingsford-Smith federal Labor MP Matt Thistlethwaite with Jean Ford with all of the clothes and items collected to be sent to the Solomon Islands.

More Donations Collected for Victims

The flooding which devastated the Solomon Islands in April 2014 is close to the heart for Matraville resident Jean Ford.
The Solomon Islands Government says it is suspending Fiji Airways flights to and from Honiara because Fiji authorities denied the entry of a Solomon Airlines flight to Nadi over the weekend.

Aviation Standoff Disrupts Flights

A commercial aviation dispute has erupted between Fiji and the Solomon Islands after direct airline flights between both countries was suspended.

Training Conducted for Local Exporters

The ability of Solomon Islands exporters to meet overseas requirements for agricultural and fish products has been strengthened with training on quality assurance and auditing.

Vodafone Expands to PNG and Solomons

Vodafone is extending its business activities to the somewhat exotic regions of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, after forming a non-equity arrangement with a local player.

Timber Trade Negotiations Approved

Solomon Islands is the first country in the world to receive approval to trade timber products to Australia under new timber legality guidelines.
The 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts was hosted in PNG and now Solomon Islands will host again in 2018 after last hosting it in 1998.

Solomons to Host 2018 Melanesian Festival of Arts

The Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture will return to Solomon Islands in 2018.

Pacific Ministers Commit to Fight Against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

HONIARA, July 11, 2014 – Forum Economic Ministers and Pacific Health Ministers committed to take proactive actions against the growing health and economic impact of the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) crisis in Pacific Island Countries.
Unconfirmed reports states that Doctors suspect that the illness is due to meningococcal septicemia. Meningococcal septicemia, which is characterized by rapid circulatory collapse and a hemorrhagic rash, is a more severe, but less common, form of meningococcal disease.

Mystery Illness Strikes Makira

A mystery illness has struck a small village in Makira, with four reported dead and the township in Kirakira advised to stay indoors while Doctors await test results.

MSG Signs MOU with Environmental Organization

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last Friday to reinforce cooperation between the two organizations.
Savo Island's volcano last erupted more than 100 years ago but steam escaping from its vents can often be seen from Honiara, on the much larger island of Guadalcanal where blackouts are not uncommon.

Savo Volcano Could be Solution to Blackouts

An Australian company is hoping it can use thermal power from a Solomon Islands volcano to provide electricity to the country's capital, Honiara.
John Kerry, United States Secretary of State has sent an Independence message on behalf of the President and the people of United States.

United States Sends Independence Message

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I send my warmest wishes to the people of Solomon Islands as you celebrate the 36th anniversary of your nation’s independence on July 7.

Airlines Appoint New Zealand Sales Agent

The national carrier of the Solomon Islands, Solomon Airlines has appointed Airline Marketing New Zealand as its General Sales Agent in New Zealand, effective immediately.