Economy Archive November 2009

Driver's Death a Tragic Accident: Police

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has advised that the fatal single-vehicle crash, which resulted in the death of high profile Honiara businessman Rolland Timo, at Mbaranamba on Friday evening "was a tragic accident."
"This is an important meeting and we look forward to working together to help improve life for the citizens of Honiara," said Cr Mua.

RAMSI Strengthen Ties with Honiara City Council

Representatives from RAMSI met today with Honiara City Council (HCC)'s executive group as part of the Mission's efforts to strengthen relationships with all levels of Government in Solomon Islands.
Australian High Commission and PPF representatives with children of Aenataerau.

Learning Resources and Sporting Goods Benefit Aenataerau Children

The children of Aenataerau Community, near Malu'u in North Malaita, were pleased to receive reading books, learning materials and sporting goods generously provided by the Australian High Commission and the Participating Police Force (PPF) Guadalcanal Beach Resort (GBR) Social Club.
The new recruits, inspected by Honiara City Mayor.

RSIPF Welcomes 27 Police Gradutes

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has proudly welcomed 27 Police new recruits officers who graduated in front of colleagues and family members at Police Headquarters Rove last Friday.

Hundreds Apply to Take Part In Voter Registration

Hundreds of people from across the country have applied to be involved in voter registration which starts early next year.
The Dash8 together with the Twin Otters will service the growing demands of Domestic travels.

Solomon Airlines Signs for Longer Term Dash8

Solomon Airlines confirmed last week that it has signed a historic agreement to bring a Dash8 aircraft into its Domestic operation from the 7th December and will remain part of its fleet for a longer term.
The White Ribbon Campaign begin on Wednesday with various campaigning activities expected over the following weeks.

RAMSI Calls for End to Domestic Violence in Solomon Islands

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has thrown its full support behind White Ribbon Day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Police Call for Youths to Take Care

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is urging young people to celebrate the end of their school year and commencement of the long Christmas holidays safely.

Security Tight for Solomon Cup Finals

The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) held a meeting yesterday with the Royal Solomon Islands Police to confirm security arrangements for the semi-finals and finals of the Our Telekom Solomon Cup.
Third Secretary, Amanda Davis, presented the latest cheque to Rev Johnson Bana on Monday, for a water tank for Tasia Training Centre in Isabel, which runs technical training courses for youth.

Australia Supports 28 Community Projects

The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce its support for 28 community projects in Solomon Islands, totalling SBD 600,000.

Premier Johnston Wants Additional Constituency

Premier of Rennell and Bellona Province, Timothy Johnston says he was disappointed that no additional constituency has been allocated to the Province.
A busy day at the Auki markets, the provincial capital of Malaita.

Census Enumerators Threaten to Stop Work

Census enumerators in Malaita province have threatened to stop work over the nonpayment of their imprests and allowances by the national census office in Honiara.
Commissioner Marshall said that Assistant Commissioner Ofu was a dedicated and highly respected senior police officer who was an excellent ambassador for the RSIPF.

Ofu Farewelled With Guard of Honour

The late Jackson Ofu, Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, was farewelled with a police guard of honour at his funeral service held in Honiara earlier today.
Captain Cornelius Vonseau and Captain Scott Gamiandu were selected to train on the Dash 8.

Pilots Under Training on Dash 8

The Solomon Airlines has sent two of its senior pilots for Dash8 pilot training in Port Moresby.

Poverty Main Source of Corruption: Malaita Premier

Malaita Premier Richard Na'amo Irosaea says poverty is the main source of corruption in Solomon Islands and has urged all leaders in the country to unite in the fight to weed poverty and corruption.

Solomon Airlines Flight Attendants Undertake Training in POM

Solomon Airlines has sent three flight attendants to Port Moresby for training on the Airlines PNG Dash8 aircraft in preparation for a possible long term arrangement for the Dash8 operations in Solomon Islands.

Teenagers Stand Trial over Soccer Riot

Two teenagers will stand trial on charges relating to last weekend's soccer riot in Honiara.

High Court Rules SIPEU Strike Illegal

The proposed strike action announcement by the Solomon Islands Public Employees Union has ground to a halt following a high court ruling.
"We have diplomatic ties with Israel - and we should be consistent with the values we believe in and why we enter into diplomatic ties with Israel."

Solomon Islands Must Stay True to its Friends: Sogavare

Opposition Leader Manasseh Sogavare has expressed regret over Solomon Islands decision to vote in support of a United Nations report which condemns Israel military excursion into the Palestinian territory of Gaza last year.
Sir Richard addressing the village at Mbimba on Lord Howe Island and explaining about malaria elimination.

Australia Assist Solomon Islands Battle Malaria

A leading malaria expert believes malaria could be eliminated from Temotu Province within a few years. The Chairman of the Malaria Reference Group, Sir Richard Feachem, visited Solomon Islands last week to view some of the country's malaria action programs, and said Temotu could soon be malaria-free.

Two Injured in Motor Accident

The Police Traffic Centre is investigating the circumstances surrounding a motor accident which occurred at the road junction near the Taj Mahal restaurant at approximately 7:15pm on Sunday afternoon.

RSIPF Urges Soccer Fans to Behave

Police have so far been encouraged with the behaviour displayed by crowds during the second round of Solomon Cup matches played today at Lawson Reserve, Honiara.

Australian Environment Minister in Honiara

Environment Minister Peter Garrett today departed for Solomon Islands to plan the next phase of action on protecting marine biodiversity and the vulnerable coastal communities whose livelihoods are dependent on maintaining the health of the remarkable Coral Triangle.
"Operational briefings were conducted today to identify areas that will likely need increase police security," Assistant Commissioner Aoraunisaka.

Police Make Headway on Stadium Arson Investigation

Police have made important progress with their investigation in to the burning of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) office at Lawson Tama on 14 November 2009.
Robert Laua, another Solomon Islands wonder boy gracing the sands of Dubai.

Solomon Islands Beats Uruguay 7 - 6 in Beach Soccer World Cup

Solomon Islands have caused a massive upset in Dubai edging Uruguay 7-6 in what was an exhilarating start to their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai 2009 campaign.
This labor-based road maintenance aims to help develop a vibrant private sector.

ADB Provides USD$24 Million to Improve Roads

The Asian Development Bank is providing a 24 million US dollars grant package which will expand the existing Solomon Islands Road Improvement Project.

Former Peace Monitors Claim SBD$14 Million

Former peace monitors, who claim they helped to disarm militants during the ethnic unrest, are threatening to take their SBD$14 million dollar claim to court if government is not willing to negotiate with them.
Members of the crowd threw rocks onto the field and set fire to the football administration building following a ruling by the referee against the Malaita team.

SIFF Building Torched, Six Arrested

Six people have been arrested as the Police Commissioner Peter Marshall has ordered a criminal investigation into the arson attack on the administration building of the Solomon Islands Football Federation, SIFF.
He says the report also considered the responsibilities of the Solomon Islands government as an equal and responsible partner in the SIG-RAMSI partnership.

Foreign Relations Committee Presents RAMSI Report

The Foreign Relations Committee Chairman says he presents the RAMSI Inquiry Report to the National parliament "with a sense of gratitude and satisfaction."
Topics discussed included RAMSI's focus on combating corruption and efforts to strengthen the justice system in the provinces.

RAMSI and Government Hold Talks in Visit to Temotu

RAMSI's Special Coordinator, Graeme Wilson and the Permanent Secretary with responsibility for RAMSI, Paul Tovua, led a delegation to Temotu Province this week.
Dr Sikua hailed the assistance saying it reveals Taiwan's commitment to its relationship with Solomon Islands.

Taiwan Donates SB$27 Million for MPs Complex

The Republic of China (Taiwan) has donated SB$27 million today for the construction of a new Office Complex for Members of Parliament.
Participants now better understand the need for food safety and the import requirements of countries to which they plan to export their value-added processed food products.

FACT Organises ICT/food Safety Awareness Training in Solomon Islands

Food safety is everyone's business, and it is a must that all those involved with food processing either for home consumption or for business observe good food safety practices.
Nori says coalition agreements between political parties should only be permitted before the elections so that parties campaign on a common platform.

Nori Critical of Integrity Bill

A senior Solomon Islands lawyer and former politician, Andrew Nori, says the prime minister is not being properly advised on serious inconsistencies and contradictions in the Political Parties Registration and Administration Bill 2009.
The 22 year old man was arrested and taken to Honiara City police where he was charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Police Arrest Husband for Alleged Stabbing of Wife

Police have arrested a 22 year old man at Adaliua settlement in East Honiara for allegedly stabbing his wife at their home shortly after mid-night last Saturday.

Anti-corruption Workshop Continues

A second workshop on corruption and anti-corruption in Solomon Islands has begun in Honiara.
The inquiry will be looking at the acquisition, occupation, and settlement of such lands by persons from other provinces.

COI into Land Dealings on Guadalcanal Set to Begin

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has set down the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry, COI, into Land Dealings and Abandoned Properties on Guadalcanal.
Digicel, one of the three companies interested in operating in the Solomon Islands.

Government to Announce New Mobile Operator Soon

Just months after the monopoly license given to Our Telekom was cancelled, government says it will announce the country's new mobile phone operator before the end of this year.

RAMSI and Government Brief Rennell & Bellona Province

RAMSI's Special Coordinator, Graeme Wilson, and the Permanent Secretary with responsibility for RAMSI, Paul Tovua, visited both islands in Rennell & Bellona Province this week.
Dr Sikua says he is confident that there is wide public support for the political reforms proposed by his government.

PM Defends Integrity Bill

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has defended his government against critics that he is running a dictator government pushing for a political parties integrity concept too fast without mass education on the reform.
Almost every person in this country will benefit from greater access to better telecommunication services, says Sikua.

ROC Assists Solomon Islands Compensate Our Telekom

The Republic of China (Taiwan) today formally released an SBD$8 million payment to assist the Solomon Islands government compensate Our Telekom to enable the company relinquish its monopoly license.
The AA member will be here to help set up regular meetings for people in Honiara who think they have a problem with alcohol.

Alcoholics Anonymous (A-A) to Visit Solomon Islands

A member of the international self-help group Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, is visiting the Solomon Islands next week.
The 50 youth MP's debated on a bill that proposes to reduce the legal voting age from eighteen years to sixteen.

Youths Debate Legal Voting Age in First Sitting

The Inaugural National Youth Parliament started its first parliament meeting yesterday morning in the chambers of the National Parliament house.
Dr Sikua has directed the attorney-general to produce a terms of reference for the inquiry.

PM Orders Inquiry into Civil Aviation Division

Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has ordered an inquiry into the management and operations of the Civil Aviation Division in the Ministry of Communication and Aviation.

Opposition Leader visits RAMSI Headquarters

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Graeme Wilson and Participating Police Force (PPF) Commander, Wayne Buchhorn, welcomed the Leader of the Opposition, Manasseh Sogavare to RAMSI headquarters at the Guadalcanal Beach Resort (GBR) this week.
She was located in a public bus with a 26 year old male on Monday.

Missing Three Year Old Girl Found

A three year old girl, who was reported missing since Sunday evening, has been found.

FACT Project Helps Local Cocoa Exporting Company

The European Union-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade, FACT project has engaged a cocoa exporting company Solomon Islands, to support communities and provide an alternative source of livelihood.

Pink Ribbon Dinner Helps Women Battle Cancer

Solomon Islands women and the cancers threatening their lives were the focus of attention on Saturday night, when over 400 people came together for the annual Pink Ribbon Dinner at Mendana Hotel in Honiara.

Lost Fishermen Rescued

Three men in their thirties, who had spent the past eight days at sea, have been rescued by an Asian fishing boat. They are reportedly in good health and are said to be happy to be back with their families.

Row over Ant-Malarial Drug, Artemedine

A private doctor in Honiara has dismissed fears that the anti-malarial drug Artemedine, which contains the ingredient artemether, is dangerous and is not adequate to treat malaria.
Mr Daboub says the World Bank Group is ready to support Solomon Islands in its commitment to undertake much needed reforms.

World Bank Supports Reform in Telecommunications Sector

The World Bank has congratulated the Solomon Islands government on recent reforms in the telecommunications sector - to encourage new private market operators and increase competition.