All Archive April 2018

Solomon Islands Tourism Industry Mourns Tragic Loss of SIVB Officer

The close-knit Solomon Islands tourism community is in shock following the tragic death yesterday of Solomon Islands Visitor Bureau (SIVB) marketing officer, Stella Lucas.
The World Bank, acting as administrator of funds from the Japan Social Development Fund, today signed a grant agreement with the Solomon Islands Government for a USD 2.8 million, Community Benefit Sharing Pilot Project.

Solomon Islands Sign Agreement worth USD$2.8M with World Bank

World Bank and Solomon Islands government sign agreement worth USD 2.8 M.
While in London, the Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with some of the Commonwealth leaders and will also attend Her Majesty The Queen’s Opening of CHOGM 2018 at the Buckingham Palace.

Prime Minister Meets Prince Charles

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon.Rick Hou has met with the Prince of Wales and the apparent heir to the British throne Prince Charles at the Clarence House, Sir James Palace yesterday.
Dash 8 Forced to Turn Back After Mechanical Issues

Dash 8 Forced to Turn Back After Mechanical Issues

Solomon Airlines Dash 8 was forced to return to Honiara from Lata after encountering mechanical issues.
Elsie holding her 4 months-old daughter Elmah who has had diarrhoea for several days and waits to be attended by Doctors at Honiara Central Referral Hospital.

Solomons gets More Support on Children's Health

Yesterday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) signed a NZ$7 million agreement to support the prevention and reduction of newborn mortality in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Taro Police Detains Ukrainian National

Police in the Taro Police Station in Choiseul Province have detained a 28-year- old man from Ukraine following instructions from the Immigration Department alleging that the man entered Solomon Islands illegally through the common border with Papua New Guinea.
Tema Wickham is a Provincial Officer with UNDP Solomon Islands, working on a project to improve the resilience of fresh water resources.

Sharing an Insight on Climate Change

An archipelago of over 990 small islands, covering around 27,000 square kilometres, the Solomon Islands boasts rich cultural diversity and an array of terrain, species and natural resources.
The All Black Sevens have now claimed five out of six gold medals since the event began back in the 1998 Games.

New Zealand Wins Commonwealth Rugby

New Zealand cleaned up in the rugby sevens Sunday, with their men's team defeating Fiji 14-0 in the Commonwealth Games' final, after the women's team had beaten hosts Australia earlier.
The three local police officers are now certified to  maintain and repair all Glock firearms in the RSIPF possession.

Local Officers Certified in Arms Management

Three Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) members working in the National Response Department within the Force have received certificates as qualified armorers.
The Vanuatu pair have been labelled the "Super-Mums" during the Gold Coast Games.

Vanuatu Celebrates Another Medal Win

Vanuatu is celebrating a second Commonwealth Games medal after their women's beach volleyball team beat Cyprus in the playoff for bronze.
Abandoned buildings in the former Paguna mine site in Bougainville, main island of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville of Papua New Guinea.

Landowner Consensus Preferred for Paguna Mine Site

The Government in the Autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville says it will not allow exploration or mining activities at the Panguna mine site until landowners unite.
Part of Vunisea Secondary School on Kadavu Island was badly affected during the cyclone.

Fiji in Recovery After Josie and Keni

People in Fiji are drying out and cleaning up after two cyclones and massive flooding in just under two weeks.
The new penalties include over $US300,000 in fines or a jail term of up to five years for the use of unlicensed firearms and the misuse and abuse of licensed arms.

PNG Passes Tougher Gun Laws

Papua New Guinea's parliament has passed tougher gun laws to address the widespread use of such weapons in crimes and in tribal fights.
Turnbull said in a press conference Tuesday that the High Commissioner of Vanuatu had assured the Australian government no Chinese requests for a military presence had been made.

China Military Base Talks Denied

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia would view "with great concern" any foreign military bases being built in the South Pacific, following reports Beijing was in talks with Vanuatu to host Chinese forces.
Jenly Wini (far right) is the woman behind Solomon Islands’ success, lifting the country to victory in the 58 kilogram weight division earlier in the games.

Pacific Countries Make History with Medal Win

Celebrations are in place as first time medal winners, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and the Solomon Islands finally joined the ranks of podium-finishers, picking up medals at the Commonwealth Games.
Vilu War Museum has an extraordinary collection of war artifacts that included remnants of fighter planes, tanks, howitzers and anti-aircraft guns nestled incongruously among the flowering shrubs.

Solomon Islands-A Deep Dive

If a remote South Pacific destination with lots of World War II artifacts and world-class diving appeals to you, check out the Solomon Islands.
The shipping industry generates more than two percent of global CO2 emissions with the projecttion to increase rapidly.

Push Against Shipping Emissions Continues

Pacific nations are pushing for big cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry at a conference in London.
His Excellency Roderick Brazier, Australian High Commissioner, Hon. Rick Houenipwela, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands and Deputy Secretary Penny Williams, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Findings From Undersea Cable Study Presented

A high-level delegation from the Australian Government is in Honiara this week to present thefindings of a scoping study into a new undersea cable from Australia to Solomon Islands.
"It's the confidence I have, like each Games I get more experience and confidence to do my lifting, so I learn from all my mistakes each competition," she said.

First Comm Games Medal for Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands has won its first medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Prime Minister Hou says that despite the limited time in office, his Ministers “will waste no time in implementing its ministerial programs.”

SBD$3.7 Billion Budget Passed

The Houenipwela led government has passed its budget for 2018, totaling SBD$3.7 Billion Dollars.

Vanuatu Civil Society Petitions Same Sex Marriage

Leaders of the churches, the chiefs, women and the youth have begun signing a petition opposing same sex marriage in Vanuatu.
Keni is the second cyclone to hit Fiji in just over a week after Cyclone Josie left six people dead over Easter.

Fiji Braces for Keni

Fiji's Disaster Management authorities are warning people to get their disaster kits ready as another approaching cyclone gathers strength.
Former Solomon Islands' prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has won an election petition against the minister for home affairs.

By-Election for Gizo/Kolombangara in May

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has confirmed that the by-election for Gizo/Kolombangara will take place in late May, with an official proclamation to be made soon by the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui.
Solomon Islands, as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) and Least Developed Country (LDC), requires up-scaled and targeted financial resources to be able to effectively respond to the adverse effects of climate change and disasters.

Solomon Islands Climate Change and Disaster Risk Finance Assessment Report Released

Climate change and disaster risk management are issues of high priority to the Solomon Islands Government, given the current and future impacts expected, and the associated risks posed to natural ecosystems such as coastal and marine environments, fisheries, agriculture, water resources, health, biodiversity, infrastructure and industry.