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Boxers under Solomon Islands Amateur Boxing Association (SIABA) competing in the ‘2023 Golden Gloves’ championship at Queensland have bagged ‘one Gold and five Silver medals’.

One Gold and Five Silver Medals for Team Boxing

Boxers under Solomon Islands Amateur Boxing Association (SIABA) competing in the ‘2023 Golden Gloves’ championship in Queensland have bagged one Gold and five Silver medals.
The exercise is jointly developed by the RSIPF and Defence Australia. This is an annual event since it was first conducted in 2017.

Exercise Coastwatchers Set to Return to Honiara

An Australian Defence Force team will be back in Honiara from late August until late September to partner with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) on a range of training- including small boat handling and maintenance, and border surveillance.
As an Official Silver Sponsor of the Games, SIPA is granted exclusive rights as the official Ports Management and Service Partner for Sol2023.

SIPA Sign Up As Sol2023 Pacific Games Silver Sponsor

The Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) is the latest SOE (State Owned Enterprise) to sign up as a partner-sponsor of the Sol2023 Pacific Games.
The Vice Chancellor also emphasized the importance of due diligence in every university procedure and urged any members of the university community or the public who are aware of any improprieties to report these through the proper channels.

SINU Vice Chancellor Committed to Upholding Good Governance

The Vice Chancellor of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), Professor Transform Aqorau, today released a statement reiterating their dedication to upholding the highest standards of probity and governance within the institution.
Chaplain Hall and Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan at the ACTP Traffic Centre Opening.

AFP, Solomon Islands Chaplains Exchange Caring Insights

The AFP has hosted Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Chaplain Melden Hall for his first Australian visit to meet his AFP counterparts and exchange experiences of supporting police employees.
Solomon Islands kicked off their campaign with a win against Vanuatu.

Solomon Islands Defeats Vanuatu in Group B Opener

A Javin Wae double from the penalty spot helped Solomon Islands to secure three points in their opening Group B match against Vanuatu at The Trusts Arena in Auckland.
PPC Kili appealed to those living in villages along the northern coast to look out for the missing boy or report any unusual or suspicious sightings to the nearest police station.

Police Search for Missing Person After Fishing Accident

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Auki Police Station in Malaita Province are conducting a search for the body of a male person who had gone missing after a fishing trip near the Ramos Island on 22 August 2023.
Regardless of the science, the Fukushima release has created a political opening for Beijing, according to Mihai Sora, a former Australian diplomat who is now with the Lowy Institute in Sydney.

China's Allies Lead Pacific Criticism of Fukushima Water Release

China's Pacific allies — from Solomon Islands' government to Fiji's opposition — on Friday echoed Beijing's criticism of Japan releasing wastewater from its disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant.
Tahiti had been in superb form and were unbeaten throughout the round-robin group stages of the competition.

Tahiti Defeats Solomon Islands 7-0 in Beach Soccer

Host nation Tahiti have won the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Men’s Beach Soccer Nations Cup at the Parc Aorai Tini Hau in Papeete.
Operation Island Chief aimed to enhance data collation, analysis, and filtering to inform both national and regional surveillance.

Pacific Ocean Safeguarded from Illegal Fishing Threats

Marking a significant achievement, Operation Island Chief, a comprehensive surveillance initiative led by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), successfully concluded its mission last week.
Spain emerged winners in their 1-0 victory over England - a hard-fought Women's World Cup final at Stadium Australia on Sunday.

Spain Defeats England in Women's Football World Cup Finals

Solomon Islands witnessed arguably one of the best finals in living memory, when Spain took on England at the Women's Football World Cup finals.
Prime Minister Sogavare receives the keys to the stadium from Ambassador Li Ming.

2023 Pacific Games Stadium Handed Over to Government

Prime Minister and Minister responsible for PG 2023 Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has termed as “totally appropriate” the 2023 Pacific Games investment.
The direct shipping ore (DSO) nickel laterite project is estimated to have a mine life of six years. It is expected to require an initial investment of $21.3m.

Kolosori Nickel Project in Isabel Set to Commence in October

The Kolosori nickel project located in the Solomon Islands is expected to commence operations in October 2023. The Kolosori nickel project is an open-pit mine being developed on Isabel Island of the Solomon Islands.
The participants of the refresher training had the opportunity to learn about key information related to scabies control including the cause, sources of transmission and updated treatment regimens.

Repeat Mass Drug Administration against Scabies Currently Underway in Honiara City

The nationwide Mass Drug Administration (MDA) a program that aims to treat everyone with scabies medicine that commenced last year in Honiara and across the provinces, have again commenced in Honiara City on Wednesday 16 and will complete 29 August.
Essential drugs such as panadol, antibiotics, anti-fugal, anti-inflammatory, ibuprofen, ampicillin, and diclofenac, including IV antibiotics and dressings are out of stock.

Chronic Drug Shortage Being Addressed

The ongoing shortage of drugs in the country is being addressed, officials from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) say.
L to R: Former Captain Matai Vave, Wilson Maelaua, Kevin Samani, Jefferey Kwamae, Robert Mark, Samson Gamasi, Charlie Aluta, Nelson Nausi and Felix Ray Jr. Missing is George Kiriau.

Football Veterans and Legends Prepare for FIFA Presidents Visit

Some of Solomon Islands football legends and veterans will be part of the historic visit by the FIFA President Gianni Infantino today, Monday 14th August 2023.
Solomon Airlines staff proudly holding up the Pacific Games Baton as it prepares to travel around the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Airlines Helps Fly the Pacific Games Baton Throughout Solomon Islands

Solomon Airlines has proudly played a part in mounting excitement for the 2023 Pacific Games.
Giovanni Vincenzo "Gianni" Infantino is a Swiss-Italian football administrator and the current President of FIFA. He was first elected to the office during the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress in February 2016, was re-elected in June 2019 and in March 2023.

FIFA President Gianni Arrives Today

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will arrive in the country today, Monday 14th August 2023. He will become the first FIFA President to visit the country where football is the national sport.
The Outstanding Women of Solomon Islands, an institution launched in 2019 by SECSIP, is playing its part by enhancing the visibility of women leaders at national, regional and local level.

Solomon Islands Women Seek to Increase Candidates in Upcoming Elections

Ms. Afu Billy, President of SOI National Council of Women and workshop coordinator, emphasized the broader significance of this event: “This week is a testament to women’s vital role in community and national development. We are bolstering their confidence, propelling their leadership to extend its impact beyond their local communities.”
The Acting Director of Solomon Islands Immigration, Mr. Chris Akosawa made it clear to the public and communities living along common borders of SI-PNG that the travel passage under the Immigration Act 2012 is meant for the traditional border inhabitants of Fauro, Mono, Alu (FAMOA) and North Western end of Choiseul Province.

Solomon Islander Convicted for Illegal Border Crossing

The Solomon Islands Immigration Division is warning the public against illegal border crossings following the conviction of a Solomon Islands national.
Mary Fowler is inspiring more than just young Australian football fans. Her deep links with PNG and the nations pride in her fame show she is changing their way of life too.

PNG Village Celebrates With Australia's Matildas

The Matildas are through to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup following a thrilling victory over number 13-ranked Denmark.
"When such agreements are kept in the dark, the public becomes skeptical, and they view such assistance as being conditioned – with the real intentions being hidden inside such cooperation agreements."

Calls for Transparency in Cooperation Agreements

It is over a month since the Solomon Islands signed a development cooperation agreement with China.
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Kennedy- Schlossberg, were in the Western Province of Solomon Islands to recreate the swim to commemorate the heroism and perseverance of the President and his crew.

The Kennedys: A Relationship with Solomon Islands That Will Endure

Eighty years ago, President John F. Kennedy was fighting for his life and that of his PT-109 crew when their boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer, later identified as the Amagiri.
'Poetry is a powerful platform that has the potential to empower and build young climate leaders, and more importantly their resilience in their own respective schools, communities and the country as a whole.'

Australia Supports SICAN to Launch Climate Change Poetry Competition

Australian High Commission (AHC) and Solomon Islands Climate Action Network (SICAN) are proud to launch a Climate Change Poetry Competition under the theme ‘People First’.
Many Pacific countries rely heavily on energy and food imports, and persistently elevated international food and energy prices will create prolonged price pressures on the region, with the potential to push vulnerable populations into poverty.

Pacific Recovery Picks Up Amid Uncertain Global Outlook

Despite uncertainty about the outlook for inflation and interest rates in major economies and trading partners, developing Pacific economies are expected to grow in 2023 and 2024 due to a recovery in tourism, post-disaster rebuilding, and infrastructure construction, a World Bank report released today says.
Construction of the SBD$60 million Munda International Airport Terminal Building is due for completion by the end of September under the Solomon Islands Roads and Aviation Project (SIRAP).

Solomon Airlines Reopens Brisbane-Munda Route

Solomon Airlines has announced an immediate expansion of services between Solomon Islands and Australia from October, 2023, following the arrival of the airline’s second international aircraft last week.
RAMSI was a turning point, bringing peace and stability after years of ethnic violence.

‘Big Fish’ Behind Ethnic Tension Still Out There: Tei'ifi

Member of Parliament for West Kwaio Constituency HonClaudius Tei’ifi says the ‘big fish’ behind the ethnic crisis are still out there.
"In regards to the national stadium, the construction is fully compliant with football, rugby and athletics international standards. The process of certification is yet to be completed but there is no doubt it will be certified," the NHA said in a statement.

NHA Clarifies Field Measurement Debate

The National Hosting Authority (NHA) has been forced to clarify debates on social media concerning the size of the national stadium.
The Prime Minister emphasized the significance of the project for the country’s economic and social development, stating that governments must invest in their national broadband networks.

Sogavare Forges Ahead With Building of Telco Towers Using Chinese Loan

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has declared that he will not be deterred by misconceptions and fear-mongering surrounding the “debt trap” rhetoric.
"The enthusiasm of all participants was palpable, and I am certain that this successful event will yield many fruitful collaborations and promote tourism to our beautiful island nations.”

Treasures of the South Pacific Roadshow 2023: A Celebration of Island Diversity

After an eventful journey across Australia's major cities, the annual Treasures of the South Pacific (ToSP) roadshow has concluded, once again uniting travel advisors, industry professionals, and tourism representatives from around the region.

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