Economy Archive November 2008

Central Guadalcanal Enters New Horizon of Development

Valu Village in Central Guadalcanal conducted a ground breaking ceremony with the Pheonix International Limited (PIL) on Mbalasuna river bank for gold prospecting last Wednesday.

Another Huge Marijuana Bust by Police

In two separate successful operations, the Royal Solomon Islands Police have seized over 500 marijuana plants and arrested ten people.

RAMSI to Stay: Guadalcanal Leader

A Guadalcanal leader has spoken out strongly in support of RAMSI remaining in the country and describing any move to force RAMSI to leave Solomon Islands as untimely.

Traffic Police on New Operation to Minimize Accidents

"Next month Police from the Kukum traffic unit will start an operational check to make sure drivers follow safety road rules to avoid any further road accidents during this festive season."

Rice Growing Deepens Ties

Yesterday, a rice harvesting ceremony was conducted at the Secondary School, St. Joseph, the only school to have been growing rice made possible by the Taiwan Embassy and the CNURA government.

New Life with God: Former Militant

An ex-militant from the Guadalcanal Revolutionary Army shared his life experience after being in prison for one year.

Change of Name for Police Force

The local police force has changed its name back to the original Royal Solomon Islands Police.

PM Says Govt Committed to Provide Greater Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has reiterated his government's commitment to provide greater access to clean water supply and sanitation to rural communities in the country.

Stakeholders Together to Tackle Domestic Violence

Amongst events on the '16 Days of Activism against gender Violence' a one day workshop was also organized at the Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP) centre, particularly aimed at providing a system to tackle domestic violence in Solomon Islands.

Dr. Sikua Says Taiwan Funding Strictly for People's Welfare

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua says the Taiwan funded Rural Constituency Development Fund (RCDF) is a gesture of friendship meant to improve the welfare and livelihood of rural dwellers in Solomon Islands and should be expended only for that purpose.

"Here to Celebrate Peace": Festival Organizers

The Universal Peace Federation, together with organizers of the Global Peace Festival, held a press conference today at the Honiara Hotel to talk about the upcoming Global Peace Festival which will be held at the Lawson Tama stadium this Saturday.

Rice Import Reaches $200m

Solomon Islands have recorded a total rice import worth $200 million in 2008 alone to feed the country's more than 500,000 population.

Penal Code Issue Paper to be Launched

The Solomon Islands Law Reform Commission today will launch its Issues Paper on the Penal Code of Solomon Islands at the Iron Bottom Sound Hotel.

RAMSI Backs Solomons Islands Campaign to End Domestic Violence

The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has congratulated Solomon Islands on its commitment to ending the country's high rates of domestic violence.

Solomon Islands to Improve Safety and Efficiency of Domestic Maritime Services

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending a $14 million grant to help improve shipping services in the Solomon Islands to spur rural development and provide poor residents with greater access to markets and public services.

Our Telekom Extends GSM Base Stations

Our Telekom is pleased to announce that construction work has commenced for a new GSM Base Station at White River.

Research Reveals Shocking Domestic Violence Results

A recent completion of a national research on the violence against women and children provided shocking results, as according to the Minister for Women, Youth and Children's Affairs, Hon. Peter Tom in his address at the opening of the '16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence' yesterday.

Solomon Islands Begins Fight Against Violence

Yesterday evening, Solomon Islands joined the rest of the World in officially opening the '16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence' in Honiara.

More Youths Graduate in Horticulture

Yesterday fourteen youths graduated after attending a twelve week horticulture training by the Honiara Beautification committee headed by the United States Consul, Mrs. Kethie Saunders.

Israeli Ambassador Visits Solomon Islands

Israel's ambassador to Solomon Islands Michael Ronen is visiting the country this week to hold discussions with various people in both the government and business sector.

Five Arrested for Stoning Police Vehicle

Police arrested five males for throwing rocks after responding to a call for assistance at the Sun Valley area this morning at approximately 1:25am.

Reko Disaster Committee Advances Future Plans

Communities of Mberande, Mbokokibo and Moqa in northeast Guadalcanal have formed disaster committees to advance plans for awareness and training activities following the four-day workshop conducted by the National Disaster Management Office at Calvary village last week.

Leaders Unite to Fight Violence Against Women

Last night, 181 leaders in the country including the Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua, turned out for the 'Leaders Dinner to the White Ribbon Day' dinner, aimed at supporting awareness and services delivery program to stop violence against women and children in Solomon Islands.

Direct Aid Program Supports Water, Education Projects

The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce its support for the Numbu and Pitukoli community projects under the Direct Aid Program.

First Lady Charity Receives Pink Ribbon Cheque

Yesterday, the Solomon Islands First Lady's Charity received SBD$208,300 that was raised during the Pink Ribbon Fundraising event, organized by the Participating Police Force's (PPF) Community Relations.

Manufucturers Association Donate Chairs to SIBC

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Cooperation (SIBC) this morning officially received twelve chairs from the Solomon Islands Manufacturing Association at a small ceremony within the SIBC compound.

STI and HIV Training Ends Successfully

An innovative STI and HIV training for community-based nurses was officially closed last Friday at the Red Mansion Inn in Honiara.

New Recruits for Correctional Services

Eleven women are among 40 new recruits that have been selected to take up positions as correctional officers with the Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI).

Yandina Community and Police Agree to Work Together

Police and communities in Yandina are now working more closely after a two-week visit from the Solomon Islands Police Force Community Policing team.

Offender Surrenders After Police Shoot Tyre

A 29 year old man was apprehended by police on Saturday night after allegedly trying to run his vehicle over a police officer in an effort to evade police arrest.

Teacher's Non-Attendance Due to Lack of Housing

When the Minister for Education, Hon. Mathew Wale made a surprise visit to the Honiara High School last week, following rumors of teacher absenteeism, he caused wide debates among teachers, parents and the public alike.

Speaker Highlights GFC in Parliament Opening

Speaker of Parliament Sir Peter Kenilorea has said he hopes parliament can actively assist in protecting communities across Solomon Islands from the damaging impacts of the Global Financial Crisis, GFC.

IFC Helps Solomons Improve Business Regulatory Environment

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping the government of the Solomon Islands plan reforms to attract investment and reduce the cost of starting a business, which could help create jobs in the country.

Panatina School Farewells Graduates

As the year comes to an end, more and more students graduate from high school.

Stop Vanadalizing Phones: Our Telekom

Our Telekom strongly condemns the vandalism of the public phone at the Rove Bus stop and also other locations in and around Honiara.

Government and Our Telekom Begins Negotiations

Our Telekom must look forward to vigorous competition in telecommunications as the Government is now moving to open up competition in the industry.

Men Arrested Over Dynamite Fishing

Two men were arrested by Police yesterday afternoon, after using dynamite to catch fish at Doma area North West of Guadalcanal at about 12 Midday.

Customs and Excise Division on Harbor Patrols

The customs and excise division today attended the police commissioner's weekly media conference to discuss upcoming operations designed to tackle illegal activities at the Point Cruz Harbor.

SISA to Release First Ever Newsletter

Today the Solomon Islands Students Association (SISA) in the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Fiji, will issue their first ever newsletter.

Launch of Mobile Community Police Post

The RAMSI Participating Police Force (PPF), in conjunction with the Solomon Islands Police Force (SIPF), is pleased to announce the launch of the Mobile Community Police Post at Rove Police Headquarters.

Government Officer Awaits Verdict

The Embassy of Taiwan in Solomon Islands has confirmed the attacks made by the government official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. William Marau, as true.

Guadalcanal Premier Praises Disaster Office

Premier for Guadalcanal Province Stephen Panga has praised the National Disaster Management Office for conducting a first ever community level disaster risk management workshop in his Province yesterday.

Stakeholders Prepare for World AIDS Day 08

Various stakeholders within Honiara are preparing for the World AIDS Day to be celebrated on the 1st of December.

World Bank Addresses Looming Economic Disaster

If the current rate of harvest continues conservative estimates say that forests of commercial value in the Solomon Islands will deplete within the next 10 years.

PM Did Not Refuse Invitation: SSPM

The Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, John Keniapisia, has refuted reports that the Prime Minister had snubbed an invitation from the Solomon Islands Rugby Federation to visit the construction site of the new International Rugby Stadium.

Villagers Plea for Clean Water

People in Mataruka village in the Malango District of Guadalcanal have questioned why their Member of Parliament has turned a blind eye to their most immediate need - the need for proper water supply.

Fourth Man Charged for Dereni Murders

Police have charged a fourth man in relation to the murders of four people in a roadside ambush that occurred at Dereni in east Guadalcanal in September 2002.

SIPF Keen to Work Closely With Security Firms

The Solomon Islands Police Force (SIPF) has indicated that it may be willing to work closely with security firms operating within Honiara.

Two Fuel Stations Re-open after Negotiations

The Government has successfully negotiated with two of the five fuel stations in Honiara to re-open their fuel stations after they closed yesterday.

Sir Ellison Pogo Announces Plans to Retire

The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, Sir Ellison Pogo will retire early next month after serving the church for many years.

Fuel Stations Close Throughout Honiara

Fuel refilling stations in Honiara have closed today following what they say was government's non-reply to a submission made by the Chamber of Commerce to increase profits of retail fuel providers.

MOH Addresses Mental Health Issues

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has taken another step in the fight against a recent rising problem, particularly amongst youths - Mental Illness.

WHO Warns of Rising Diabetes Cases

The Ministry of Health together with countries around the globe celebrated World Diabetes Day with the theme 'Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.'

Prison Training Exercise a Success

The Solomon Islands Police Force, Solomon Islands Prison Service and members of RAMSI's Participating Police Force (PPF) conducted a training exercise designed to improve the preparedness and capability of officers when working together to control situations of public disorder at Rove Prison.

HIV is Everyones Business: Dr. Auto

Recent results have shown that the number of people living with HIV in the Solomon Islands stands at twelve.

Marshall Concerned With Forbidden Items Still Sold in Shops

The Acting Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall has called on shop owners to stop selling toy guns as most of them are very close replicas of the actual hand guns.

Aussie to be Extradited, Faces Murder Charges

An Australian accused of murder can now be sent back to Australia after an extradition order was issued by the Attorney General's Office.

Law Reform Commission Reviews Penal Code

The Law reform Commission of Solomon Islands is embarking on a project to review the Penal Code, which is the criminal law of the country, and the Criminal Procedure Code, the procedure of bringing criminal offenders to court.

Police Officers Congratulated by Commissioner

This morning Acting Police Commissioner Peter Marshall officially congratulated three SIPF officers and their RAMSI Advisor for performing with excellence.

Ex Waimapuru Students Plan Huge Silver Jubilee Celebration

Friends and Former students of Waimapuru National Secondary School around the country are planning to host a huge celebration to mark the school's Silver Jubilee next year.

No Plans for Rearmament: Marshall

The Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Peter Marshall, in his weekly press conference, informed the media that he has no plans to rearm the police.

Honor our Children: City Mayor

Solomon Islands today marked International Children's Day at the Multipurpose Hall. The Honiara City Lord Mayor, Andrew Mua, gave a dose of advice to parents, "Honor our Children."

Police and Correction Officers to Conduct Prison Training

On Friday 14 November 2008, the Solomon Islands Police Force, Solomon Islands Prison Service and members of RAMSI will be conducting a training exercise at Rove Prison to improve the team-work of the organisations.

Police Officers Congratulated by Commissioner

This morning Acting Police Commissioner Peter Marshall officially congratulated three SIPF officers and their RAMSI Advisor for performing with excellence.

Suicide Rates Increase Among Youths

Psychiatrist, Dr Paul Orotaloa of the Acute Mental Health Unit, said that suicide cases in the Solomon Islands have increased to levels not seen before.

Japanese Sets up Scholarship Fund

Eleven students will benefit from a newly established Japanese scholarship fund beginning next year.

Fake Cigarettes Destroyed

Officers from Police, Customs and Excise and representatives of Solomon Tobacco yesterday destroyed over one million fake cigarettes.

Professional Tattooist Opens Shop in Honiara

Tattoos have always been part of Solomon Islands culture and tradition. But prior to Christianity, tattooing was only done by an elite few. It was not something that everybody participated in.

Women To Have Annual Women's Convention

Women from all denominations and organizations in Honiara are looking forward for a Women's Convention to be held in Honiara this weekend; from the 14th to 16th of November.

"Taking Action Against HIV" Handbook For Parliamentarians Launched

Hon. Francesca Semoso, Deputy Speaker of the Bougainville Legislative Assembly and Hon John Tangi, Leader of the House from the Parliament of Cook Islands launched a major new publication - "Taking Action Against HIV: A Handbook for Parliamentarians" - in Solomon Islands last week.

World Bank Team Looking at Alternative Source for Economic Growth in SI

A team from the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) is currently visiting Solomon Islands.

Police Plead to Road Users After Another Death

Director of Police Traffic Centre, Superintendent Albert Samani, is pleading with drivers and pedestrians to take more care on the road after another person was killed on Monday night.

World Bank and ADB Opens Office in Solomon Islands

Yesterday, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank officially opened their office in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

'People With Disabilities Need Recognition'

The Community Base Rehabilitation (CBR) Department within the Ministry of Health is seeking help for people with disability in the Solomon Islands.

Avuavu Case Adjourned

Mr. Philip Talaolia, arrested on Saturday in Avuavu in the Weathercoast, appeared briefly before the central magistrates' court late yesterday afternoon.

Youths: Climate Change is Everyone's Responsibility

Youths who attended the Honiara Youth and Climate Change Forum, held last week, are calling for everyone in the community to take responsibility for reducing the impacts of climate change.

PAC Conducts Inquiry into Reports

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today has concluded an inquiry into a number of audit reports released by the Office of the Auditor General.

Sir Nathaniel: Need to Strengthen SICHE Council

The Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena has strongly articulated the need to strengthen the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) Council during a meeting last Friday.

RAMSI Destroys Eleven Crocodiles

A total of eleven crocodiles have been destroyed by two teams of RAMSI Participating Police Force (PPF) officers that were dispatched last Friday to help local police deal with threatening animals in two separate provinces.

British High Commissioner Recieves Solomon Medal

Last week, the British High Commissioner, His Excellency, Richard Lyne was awarded with the Cross of Solomon Islands (CSI) medal at the Government House.

Police Beef Up Operations as Christmas Nears

The Honiara Police has stepped up its ongoing operations to help maintain law and order in the capital as the Christmas period nears.

Women Meet to Seek Better Representation in Parliament

Various women stakeholders, along with the Ministry of Women Youth and Children Affairs and UNIFEM, held a workshop recently to look at ways in which women of the Solomon Islands could have better representation at the political level.

Kola Thanks NZAID and RAMSI for Housing Scheme

The Acting Commissioner of Police, Walter Kola, was full of gratitude with the housing project donated by NZAID and RAMSI.

Yummy Yams!

There are many staple foods in the Solomon Islands many however prefer yam, or uvi, as it is known in Guadalcanal.

Police Charge Man Responsible for Attacking RAMSI Officer

Solomon Islands Police Force detectives have charged a man with attempted murder after he attacked a RAMSI police officer with a bush knife.

Relatives Suspicious of Young Man's Death

Relatives of a young man found dead in a drain east of Honiara are questioning the circumstances surrounding his death.

Children Prepare To Celebrate International Children's Day

Children in and around the Honiara city will join millions of children around the globe to celebrate Children's International Day on the 13th of this month, with the theme 'Protectim Pikinini, Healthy, Wealthy Solomon Islands.'

Investigate Sale of Twin Towers: OAG

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has called on the Government to seek further legal advice on the sale of the "twin tower buildings" and the "Herons Club" in the town ground area in west Honiara.

Commission of Inquiry Spending Queried by OAG

The Office of the Auditor General, OAG, has raised some serious questions about the way the commission of inquiry into the 2006 April riots spent more than SBD$4.1 million dollars.

Rove Barracks to be Replaced Under New RAMSI - NZ Police Housing Project

Thirty four new houses for police families will soon be replacing the current police barracks at Rove and other priority locations in the provinces as part of the new RAMSI - NZAID Police Housing Project launched today.

RAMSI Joins Hunt for Killer Crocs

Two teams of RAMSI Participating Police Force (PPF) officers are being dispatched today to help local police deal with threatening crocodiles in two separate provinces.

Two Murder Suspects Arrested in Auki

Police have arrested two murder suspects at Auki, Malaita Province, in relation to an incident, where a 25 year old man died from wounds sustained during a fight at Maoro village, South Malaita on the 17 October 2008.

Youths Attend Climate Change Workshop

The Honiara Youth Forum on Climate Change Committee held a 'Youth Forum on Climate Change at the Commonwealth Youth Program Center.

Crocodile Attack in Russell

Police are investigating the death of a 10 year old girl who was found dead on the 3rd of November 2008 at Ale village, West Russell Island.

Rural Malaitans Welcome Taiwan Support

People in West Fataleka in Malaita Province have welcomed with open arms an announcement by a senior Taiwanese Official of Taiwan's commitment to improve livelihood in Solomon Islands rural areas.

Gun Owners get Compensation Today

The Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services will today compensate licensed gun owners in the Solomon Islands.

People Dispute Idea to Rearm Local Police

There were some mixed feelings when the Speaker of National Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea in a statement last week said that it is the right time to rearm the Solomon Islands Police Force.

Telekom Monopoly to be Reviewed

The fate and future of Our Telekom's 15-year monopoly hangs in the balance as the company and the Solomon Islands Government prepare to review the terms of the license in two weeks times.

Tsunami Exercise Brings Panic

The Pacific Wave 08 Tsunami exercise held last week by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) did not go as well as they had hoped.

Pastor Roy Funu Challenges the SSEC Church

A SSEC Church leader who has lived in Australia for the past twenty years, Pastor Roy Funu, has challenged the SSEC church in Solomon Islands about living as Christians, particularly in this day and age.