Economy Archive July 2019

Aronson and another student measure the head size of ants as part of a field research course in the Solomon Islands.

University of Miami Students Conduct Research in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is fast becoming a natural laboratory for researchers, particularly in tropical ecology. Three weeks ago, students from the University of Miami spent time in Makira studying the origins, ecology and conservation of insular diversity.
“The suspected 17-year-old mother of the dead infant is currently under counselling before police will be able to interview her,” says PCIO Nevol.

17 YO Mother in Custody Over Death of Infant

A 17 year old girl is currently being held by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for the alleged abortion of her infant child.
Solomon Water says that it has been working on building a treatment plant at Kongulai for over a year now, well before the logging operations caused significant disruption to supply.

Solomon Water Q&A During Stakeholder Consultations

Solomon Water provided answers to questions frequently asked by consumers as a result of the continuous shut down of their Kongulai water source during bad weather and heavy rain affecting thousands of homes in Honiara.
Police say the attraction is the so-called financial rewards promised to the public if they do join.

Police Warns Public About Getting Involved in Quick Money Making Schemes

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) warns members of the public to check the legality of any quick money making schemes before participating.
Taro police station in Choiseul province.

Disgruntled Landowners Attack Logging Camp

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Taro, Choiseul Province are investigating a looting incident at the Jito logging camp on the night of 5 July 2019 during which a group of people took and destroyed thousands of dollars’ worth of property.
UNDP Country Manager a.i. Tony Cameron and Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Jimmie Rodgers approve a new anti-corruption project in Honiara on 4 July 2019.

Solomon Islands Government Invests US$650K in Anti-Corruption Project

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has committed US$653,700 to continue a cost-sharing partnership agreement originally signed between the Solomon Islands Government, represented by the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2017.
A crocodile killed during an earlier PRT operation.

20 YO Survives Crocodile Attack

A 20 year old has survived a horrific attack by a 5.5 meter crocodile in North East Guadalcanal.
“Police is now continuing with its investigations into this fatal accident and the appropriate charges will be laid against the suspect,” says Superintendent Satu.

RSIPF Investigates Fatal Vehicle Accident in West Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are investigating a fatal road accident which happened in the early morning of Sunday 14 July at the Rove intersection along Tandai Highway in West Honiara resulting in the death of a 30-year-old male pedestrian.
Axiom's CEO Ryan Mount.

Axiom Hits Out At Government

Poor decisions and unfair treatment of investors in the mining industry by key figures in the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) are denying the country and resources owners of maximally benefiting from their efforts, the country’s leading miner Axiom Mining Limited has revealed.
“Take responsibility for your action and consider your safety first when traveling between our islands.”

Police Urges Public to Heed Warnings As Another Boat Rescued

The people of Central Province have been strongly urged to follow sea safety messages that have been repeated over and over again following the successful rescue of a boat which developed a mechanical problem while travelling from Honiara to Vutura Village on Small Gela on Monday.
QCS Supports Solomon Islands Correctional Service

QCS Supports Solomon Islands Correctional Service

Specialized training from Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) is being deployed internationally to assist officers from the Correctional Service of the Solomon Islands (CSSI).
The gardens are a protected "forest in the city" providing conservation habitat for rare birds, insects and plants said Charles Kelly.

How Squatters Are Fouling Honiara’s Water Supply

Squatters in the Solomon Islands National Botanical Gardens in Honiara are putting the city's water supply and ecology at risk according to the city clerk in the capital.
Kongulai and Kombito Supply Remained Closed

Kongulai and Kombito Supply Remained Closed

As of 9am this morning, our Kongulai pump and gravity system and Kombito supply remained closed due to the high turbidity (dirt particles in water) caused by heavy rainfall upstream at our water source and this is necessary to protect our water system, pipes and meters from damage.
Investigation into this matter is continuing and members of the public living close to the Solomon Star area in Lungga to assist your police with information on this tragic incident.

RSIPF Arrests Man Following the Death of Another in Guadalcanal Province

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson Police Station in Guadalcanal Province have arrested an adult man this week following the death of a man in his 30s in the Lungga area East of Honiara on 7 July 2019.
The facility would have a maximum capacity of 12,000 people, deemed suitable for the Games and ensure easy maintenance.

Solomon Islands Signs MOU with Taiwan Company for National Stadium

The Solomon Islands government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwanese company, Fu Tsu construction company, for the development of the National Stadium.
Cable-laying ship, Ile de Brehat at the port of Honiara.

Coral Sea Cable Installation Commences

The Australian and Solomon Islands Governments has announced that the installation of the Coral Sea Cable will commence this weekend in Solomon Islands.
Tuamoto – “it is imperative that we do all we can to ensure we keep this amazing pool of talent within our islands”

SI Tourism Industry ‘Faces of Tomorrow’ on Display at ‘Mi Save Solo’

Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has paid tribute to a team of Institute of Tourism & Hospitality lecturers and students in attendance at last week’s ‘Mi Save Solo’ tourism exchange, describing their efforts as delivering a true showcase for what the future holds in store for the Solomon Islands tourism industry.
“Always remember the sea safety messages that the RSIPF and other authorities have been sending out to prevent any sea disaster,” says DC Manelugu.

MET Issues Strong Wind Warning, Police Urges Caution

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) advises sea travelers throughout the country to take all precautionary measures in the light of the strong wind warning issued by the Meteorological Service for parts of the country.
Experts say accidental spills of bauxite during the loading process could leave the ocean floor covered, making the water murky. This, in turn, could damage or kill corals that need sunlight to survive and attract fish the locals depend on for food.

Another Environmental Disaster in Rennell

For the second time in six months, an environmental disaster is threatening the livelihoods of the people in Rennell.
Strongim Bisnis Senior Business Advisor James McGoon at a booth talking with one of the 28 tourism operators.

Australia Supports “Mi Save Solo” Tourism Event

The Australian Government initiative, Strongim Bisnis supported Tourism Solomons at last Friday’s “Mi Save Solo” tourism exchange to support the event’s organisation.

22 YO Thief Arrested and Charged

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Western Province arrested a 22-year-old man at the Kolombangara Forestry Plantation Limited (KFPL) on Kolombangara Island in Western Province last week for alleged robbery and wounding of another man.
"It is embarrassing to see people including vehicle drivers ignoring police signs placed on the public road."

Drivers Continue to Ignore Traffic Rules: Police

As officers of the Traffic Department continue to arrest and charge drivers for ignoring the Road Transport Act 2009, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is concerned that some drivers continue to park dangerously at the Fishing Village Market in East Honiara.
Papua New Guinea Data welcomed the start of work on the Coral Sea Cable in Port Moresby.

Coral Sea Cable Begins Journey from Port Moresby

The laying of a 4,700km long high-speed internet cable connecting Australia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has begun in Port Moresby.
An Australian Embassy official surveys oil spill damage to the shoreline of Rennell Island.

Environmental Toll of Oil Spill Still Being Calculated

An international effort to halt a massive oil spill from a wrecked ship in a far-flung province of the Solomon Islands has finally succeeded. But the scale of damage to the marine and coastal environment near Rennell Island, where the incident occurred within a few kilometers of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is still being calculated.
Ms Ata reiterated the fact that the tourism sector can help drive and shape the future of our economy as Solomon Islands anticipates a slowdown in the forestry industry.

SICCI: ‘Tourism An Important Pathway For Economic Growth’

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) welcomes the announcement of the first Solomon Islands accommodation providers to achieve ‘Minimum Standards Accreditation’, which the Chamber sees as a boost to the local tourism industry.
RSIPF traffic officers controlling traffic including buses at the Honiara Central Market bus stop.

Respect Traffic Signs: Police

Members of the public in Honiara have been urged to respect traffic signs including traffic cones placed on roads as the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) conducts an operation to address the traffic congestion in some parts of the capital city.
Participants underwent the ‘Bookkeeping and Basic Accounting’ training hosted by SICCI as part of its efforts to help build and improve the capacity of businesses in the provinces.

SICCI Delivers Business Training in Auki

Business owners and representatives of small businesses in Auki, Malaita Province successfully completed a four-day business training that was conducted from 25-28 June 2019.

Body of Missing Passenger of Sunken Ray Boat Found

Police has confirmed that the body found outside Cowgile Village in South Savo on Sunday afternoon is that of one of the missing passenger of the ray boat that sunk outside Bungana Island.
The Kongulai water source.

More Water Interruptions with Wet Season Approaching

Expect more water cuts! with the wet season approaching that is essentially the message from Solomon Water.
Bishop Leonard Dawea will become Primate of Melanesia in September.

Bishop of Temotu, Leonard Dawea, Elected Primate of the Anglican Church of Melanesia

The Anglican Church of Melanesia will have a new Primate later this year when the Bishop of Temotu, Leonard Dawea, is installed at St Barnabas Provincial Cathedral on 15 September.
This shutdown is a direct consequence of illegal and unmanaged logging in the Kohove and Konguali catchment areas and is outside Solomon Water's control, the water authority said in a prepared statement.

Solomon Water Cuts Supply Due to High Turbidity

Solomon Water has advised customers that due to the high turbidity (dirt particles in water) caused by heavy rainfall upstream at its water source, Kongulai pump and gravity system remain closed.