Economy Archive February 2019

About 75 tonnes of fuel oil are understood to have leaked out of the stricken vessel already, creating a large slick that is creeping towards the UNESCO-listed southern stretch of Rennell Island, the world’s largest raised coral atoll.

Growing Concerns Over Bulker Oil Spill

Australia is helping to pressure a Hong Kong shipping company and several other firms to take responsibility for cleaning up a major oil spill close to a World Heritage-listed coral reef off the Solomon Islands.
L-R: Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, HE Mr Roderick Brazier; Caretaker Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon Rick Houenipwela; APTC Country Director for Solomon Islands and Kiribati, Mr Donald Malasa; APTC Deputy CEO - Strategy and Effectiveness, Ms Lori Banks Dutta.

APTC Students Graduate with Internationally Recognized Skills in Honiara

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) continues to support the skills development of Solomon Islanders through Australian standard training.
Hilda, 33, from Malaita Province has been working for seven years in the beauty and fashion sector and has a strong belief in the empowering effect of beauty in the lives of women and girls.

Importance of Self Care Through Local Lense

It has always been Hilda Surimae’s passion to be in the field of beauty and fashion.
Unexploded ordinances are often discovered in and around various parts of the country. THe bove are unexploded Japanese bombs at Ringi, Kolombangara, Western Province.

Local Police Graduate Following EOD Training

Eight operators in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit of the Royal Solomon Police Force (RSIPF) have graduated with International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) Level 3 Certificates on 19 February 2019 at Hells Point, East of Honiara.
The Bulker Solomon Trader is currently located in a marine protected area and any pollution can seriously affect the environment and livelihood of the local community.

Solomon Trader Leaking Oil

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has asked Australia for emergency help cleaning up an environmental disaster after oil spilled from a bulk carrier that ran aground on a coral reef near a world heritage area.
Until this year, the battleship Hiei's exact whereabouts and final moments had remained a mystery.

Japanese WW2 Wreck Found

The first Japanese battleship sunk by US forces during World War II has been found off Guadalcanal, the largest island of the Solomon Islands and the location of fierce battles during the Pacific War.
A disciplinary committee found Under-16 player Chris Satu breached both the OFC Disciplinary Code and OFC regulations when he turned out for Solomon Islands at the OFC U16 Championships last year.

Solomon Islands Out of U-17 World Cup

The Oceania Football Confederation has found the Solomon Islands Football Federation breached regulations during a 2018 tournament and has effectively thrown the country out of this year's Under-17 World Cup.
Earlier this month, the vessel went onto a reef off Rennell Island, the southernmost island in the Solomons. Rennell is located about 100 nm due south of Guadalcanal.

Bulker Grounds on Rennell Reef

The bulker Solomon Trader has gone aground in a sensitive marine area in the Solomon Islands, raising concerns of environmental damage.
Maleai Village in Shortland, Solomon Islands, where armed men allegedly from Bougainville attacked and robbed villagers.

Maleai Incident Under Investigation

Police on both sides of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea border are working together to try and clamp down on criminals preying on local communities.
Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne (R) and Solomon Islands' caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou (L) in Honiara at a ceremonial ground-breaking event for the landing site of the Coral Sea Cable this week.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Cable Project

A 4700 kilometre long fibre optic, submarine cable connecting Solomon Islands to Australia via Papua New Guinea is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Police Investigates Another Logging Accident

Police in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands are investigating a fatal logging accident involving two men at the Vavale Logging Camp in East Central Guadalcanal over the weekend.
Second hand shops - where Solomon Islanders get most of their clothes.

Where Second Hand Clothes Find New Owners

If you thought all your donated clothes went to fellow Kiwis think again - Globally, the trade in second-hand clothes, mostly to developing nations, is big business.
One of the local officer of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force upon his return from Deployment in 2018.

Police Officers Trained for UN Deployment

About forty officers from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are currently undergoing training and screening at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara to be eligible for United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Missions deployment.
The Solomon Islands only receives a small number of visitors and has them spread out over a vast archipelago.

Date for ‘Me Save Solo’ Announced

Tourism Solomons has confirmed the second annual ‘Me Save Solo’ tourism exchange will take place in Honiara, Solomon Islands on 05 July 2019.