Latest News Archive October 2007

Tuhanuku Urges Police Head to Listen to Locals' Critics

The Chief Executive Officer of the Transparency Solomon Islands, Joses Tuhanuku, urged the Commissioner of Police to listen to criticisms and comments from people in Solomon Islands.

GSM Mobile Service Now in Tulagi

Our Telekom has now expanded its mobile coverage to the Central Province capital, Tulagi.

Minister Lilo Delighted with Outcome of Airline Meeting

The Minister of Finance, Gordon Darcy Lilo, is pleased with talks to settle disparities existing between shareholders of the national airline company, Solomon Airlines.

Solomon Airlines Workers to Get Wage Rise

SINUW members of the Solomon Airlines have been promised an increase of wages by 6%, as early as Friday, and a further 6% before December.

Marist Tops DJ League

After five matches played, Marist tops the DJ League standings in goal difference against rivals, Koloale.

Extended Work Hours for Public Servants

The government is rescheduling the working hours for public servants across the country to work an extra hour starting on November 1 to December 4, 2007.

Chinese Satellite Stations Concern Taiwan

The attempts by China to build satellite monitoring stations in the region has been considered a concern by Taiwan.

Police Conduct Inquiry into Dead Infant

The SIPF Sexual Assault Team is conducting an inquiry into the death of an infant.

ADB Hosts Workshop to Assist Regional SOEs

Pacific Government and State-Owned Enterprise Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) met in Port Vila, Vanuatu, last week to discuss best practices and shared experiences to do with SOEs.

Australia to Send Army Reserves to Solomons

A deployment of Australian Army Reserve soldiers will travel to Solomon Islands.

CBSI Raises Caution on Proposed Minimum Wage Rise

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands, CBSI, has raised caution on the proposed increase on the legal minimum wage from $3 to $7.50.

Disgruntled Security Workers Issue Strike Notice

Disgruntled workers of the Solomon Security Service firm have raised claims on rates being paid to them.

Malaita Puts Strong Team for Telekom Cup

Malaita Football Association is putting together a strong side to represent their province in the national Under 23 Telekom Cup competition.

Under 23 Selection in Process

Provincial football associations are being urged to select their best players for the upcoming Telekom Cup competition which kicks off on November 19.

Solomon Triathletes Race in Australia

Nine of Solomon Islands' most dedicated young triathletes are about to compete in one of Australia's biggest triathlon races - the Noosa Triathlon.

Police Come Clean for Honiara

If ever there was a time that the community could feel proud of their police and their city, it was today.

TSI Executive Officer Responds to Charges

The Executive Officer of the Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) said decisions to press charges on views raised in the media is a right not to be disputed.

Senior Police Officer Attacks Civilian

An attack on a civilian by a senior police officer stirred public reaction in Honiara.

PM Considers Defamation Charges on TSI Exec Officer

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is seriously considering pressing charges of defamation of character against the Executive Officer of Transparency Solomon Islands.

Japan Mission Completes Survey on WWII Soldiers

A Japanese two-men research team carried out surveys on battle and burial ground sites for Japanese soldiers who fought and died during World War II in Solomon Islands.

Fight for Rights of Local Musicians

A push in the right direction for local musicians is taking its toll.

Major Clean Up Campaign a Success

The Honiara City Clean-Up Day pulled together residents from all walks of life to help towards a major clean-up day.

Wives of Politicians Leave for Taiwan

The wives of politicians in the Sogavare-led government have left the country today bound for Taiwan.

Narasirato Pan Pipers to Saudi Arabia

The Narasirato musicians leave for Bahrain, east of Saudi Arabia, to perform in one of the country's biggest festivals.

Solomons Laws Do Not Recognise Same-Sex Marriage: Oti

Solomon Islands Laws does not recognise same-sex marriage.

Govt Appoints First Female For Top PS Post

The government has appointed the first female as Secretary to Cabinet.

Clean Up Campaign In Honiara

A city-wide clean up campaign will take place in Honiara.

Australian Navy Divers Assist Solomons Police

A team of Royal Australian Navy divers and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal element of the Solomon Islands Police Force have disposed over 400 explosive projectiles and bombs.

Solomons Stage First Police Open Days

The National Police Open Day officially launched today at the Rove police headquarters ground in Honiara.

Guadalcanal to Establish Provincial Capital

Guadalcanal Provincial Government will soon establish a provincial capital outside of Honiara following a ground breaking ceremony at Doma, West of Honiara.

Breaking Ceremony to Launch Guadalcanal Township

Guadalcanal Province heralds the first part of development of its very own township.

A Tsunami Survivor Recalls Tragedy

The 2nd of April 2007 is marked in the history of Solomon Islands, in particular the Western Solomons, as the 'dark day' for the nation as a whole.

Review will Strengthen Gov't - RAMSI Partnership: Oti

The Government's intention to review the Facilitation of International Assistance Act (FIAA) is important to strengthen the partnership between the government and the regional mission.

Solomon Cup Strictly for Under 23, says SIFF

This year's Solomon Cup will be an Under-23 competition only, stated the Solomon Islands Football Federations media officer, Francis Pituvaka.

Gov't Appreciates Forum's Understanding on Review

The Pacific Islands forum has taken note of the intention of the Solomon Islands government to review the Facilitation of the International Assistance Act.

Four Permanent Secretaries Takes Oath

A swearing-in ceremony of four Permanent Secretaries took place at the Government House.

Taiwan Government Releases Fund

The government of Taiwan today released more than SBD$900,000 to fund two separate government projects in the country.

New Zealand Indicates Willingness to Assist Solomons

New Zealand has indicated it would be prepared to consider providing assistance to Solomon Islands in the review of the Facilitation of International Assistance Act.

Transparency SI Delegation Leaves for Bali

A delegation of the Transparency Solomon Islands, TSI, have left for Bali, Indonesia, for the Transparency International Conference and Membership Meeting.

Gov't to Pursue Review of Facilitation Act

Review of the Facilitation of International Assistance Act, (FIAA) will be pursued, states Foreign Affairs Minister, Patteson Oti.

ADB, Donor Partners Sign Development Agreement in Tonga

Tonga and its development partners have signed an agreement applying the five principles of the Paris Declaration for Aid Effectiveness.

Open Days to Showcase Police Life

The Solomon Islands Police Force will stage a two-day event to showcase to the public what police life is all about.

Magistrates Dismiss Robbery Charge on Sir Allan

The Honiara Magistrates Court has dismissed a robbery charge against former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza.

Changes to Facilitation Act May Destroy RAMSI: Downer

Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, stated in an interview with Radio Australia that the Solomon Islands government could destroy RAMSI if it tampers with the Facilitation Act.

Fighting Women's Cancer a Challenge to the Nation

Combating the cancers that are routinely killing Solomon Islands women is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation.

Police Charge Woman With Assault

A 32 year old woman was charged by the White River Police with Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

Our Telekom Supports Pink Ribbon Day

Our Telekom donated SBD$2500 and two Prepaid Breeze mobile phones on Friday 19th October in support of Pink Ribbon Day.

New Centre for Burns Creek Youths

Save the Children Solomon Islands today funded a 'Sweat Before Success' (S.B.S) Information Centre for youths of Burns Creek Community and youths.

Combined Gov't Delegation Trip to Taiwan

A government delegation leaves Honiara for Taiwan today.

KOSSA Downs Laugu in DJ League Match

KOSSA Football Club put in a dominating second half performance on Saturday to convincingly beat rivals Laugu FC 3-0.

G-Province Premier Denies Allegations

Guadalcanal Premier, Joash Salani, has refuted statements made recently by the Province's former deputy Premier, Stephen Panga.

Dolphins Arrive Safely in Dubai

After 30 hours of transport time, all 28 dolphins from Solomon Islands arrived safely to one of the world's largest resorts, The Palm Atlantis in Dubai.

RAMSI Holds Special Memorial AFL Match

A special memorial match of Australian Football (AFL) attracted a lot of local participants as well as curious on-lookers at Panatina Oval on Saturday.

SIPPA Establish Network to Help Rural Health

The Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) has established an effective network to help rural health.

Trial of Former PM Continues

The trial of former Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, on allegations made against him by a local law firm Sol-Law, continued this morning at the magistrates' court.

Women's Trade Fair Opens in Munda

A women's mini trade fair was officially opened in Munda at Western Province this morning.

Former Guadalcanal Deputy Premier Warn of Future Unrest

The Former Deputy Premier of Guadalcanal Province has warned that the continued sale of alienated land on East Guadalcanal could trigger civil unrest in the country in the future.

Opposition Should Retract Negative Statements: Kengava

The recently sworn in Minister for Rural Development and Indigenous Affairs, Clement Kengava, has lashed out at recent media statements made by the opposition Leader, Fred Fono.

Florence Young Christian School Holds Graduation

More than 800 students from Florence Young Christian School graduated on Friday during a colorful graduation ceremony held at the school compound.

Appointment of New Chief Magistrate

Chief Justice, Sir Albert Palmer CBE, has announced the appointment of the new Chief Magistrate of Solomon Islands, Leonard Maina, from Temotu Province.

Kilu'ufi Hospital to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

The hospital was opened on the 24th of November, 1967, by Sir Robert Foster (KCMG).

No Laws Broken on Lifting of Dolphin Ban: Leni

The Solomon Islands Fisheries Minister, Nollen Leni, has defended the decision to lift the ban on leidolphin exports to overseas markets in light of accusations from animal welfare groups.

Don Bosco Farewells Former Rector

The Don Bosco Technical Institute School in East Honiara bid farewell to former Rector, Fr. Luciano Capelli sdb.

Sogavare Pleased with Taiwan Trip.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will return this afternoon after attending the 2nd Taiwan-Pacific Allies Summit in the Marshall Islands and a brief visit to Taiwan.

Lokopio Dismisses Media Reports of Misuse of Funds

Western Provincial Premier, Alex Lokopio, has dismissed media reports claiming the government has diverted post-disaster rehabilitation funds to individual MPs.

Tuna Stock under Threat: Oti

Foreign Affairs Minister, Patteson Oti, told the Post Forum Dialogue Plenary session that two of the main tuna species of the region are on the verge of becoming over fished.

Forum Calls for Support on Climate Change

The President of the Republic of Nauru, His Excellency Mr. Ludwig Scotty, delivered a statement at the Forum on climate change, emphasizing on the urgency for support and action.

MPs Should Carry Out Own Survey on RAMSI: Fono

The Opposition is calling on members of parliament to carry out surveys in their own constituencies on whether the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands should remain.

Cleaning Up Provincial Finances

A project to help provincial governments better manage their accounts has been completed in three provinces and is now underway in Makira and Western provincial governments.

Blue Skies for Pink Ribbons

Lady Alice Waena took to the skies of Honiara today in support of Solomon Islands' inaugural Pink Ribbon Day which aims to raise funds for fighting women's cancers in Solomon Islands.

Taiwan Solar Energy Company Ready to Help SI

Taiwan's solar power giant, MOTECH Industries, has indicated that it is willing to assist Solomon Islands solve its power problem.

Sogavare's Leadership Not Under Any Threat: Ne'e

Recent media reports have speculated that the leadership of the Prime Minister is under threat after he decided to boycott the Forum Leaders meeting in Tonga.

2009 Elections for Fiji

Pacific Forum leaders today discussed the issue of Fiji with elections being set for 2009.

Tonga Welcomes Pacific Leaders

The opening ceremony of the 38th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting was held yesterday with hundreds of students, guests and the general public turning out to greet guests.

Dolphins Flown Out Today

The controversial dolphin trade has resumed with at least 28 dolphins bound for Dubai in the Middle East.

Man Killed, Suspect Dies from Knife Wounds

An elderly man was viciously attacked with bush knives and murdered at a plantation camp near Sifola in the Russell Islands.

Kemakeza Case Goes Before the Courts

Today, at the magistrate court, was the much awaited trial of former Prime Minister, Sir Allen Kemakeza.

World Cup Rugby to be Televised

Our Telekom has announced that the 2007 Rugby World Cup Grand Final between England and South Africa will be screened live on television on Sunday 21st October 2007 at 6am.

Sacking of Airline Board Unnecessary: Huni'ehu

Opposition spokesman on finance and treasury, Edward Huniehu, says government backbencher and east Honiara MP, Charles Dausabea's call to sack the Solomon Airline board is unnecessary.

Waipora Promotes Lake Tengano in Taiwan

The Minister for Provincial Government, Japhet Waipora, said the Solomon Islands government is seeking foreign investors to develop Renbel Province's Lake Tegano as a tourism hotspot.

Fono Deplores Government's Boycott of Forum Meet

Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Fred Fono, has deplored the government's decision not to attend the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders summit currently underway in Tonga.

Our Telekom and ANZ Signs MOU to Expand to Rural Areas

Our Telekom and ANZ signed a milestone agreement which will directly lead to the expansion of financial services and telecommunication to more Solomon Islanders.

Bilikiki Prepares for Mighty Brazil

Bilikiki has nine more days left in the country before leaving Saturday next week, bound for Brazil.

Zion Volleyball Club Receives Help from RAMSI Officer

The Zion Volleyball Club today received a volleyball net and two balls from a RAMSI officer.

Consultation Workshop on Draft Early Childhood Policy

A consultation workshop on the draft of the national early childhood education policy framework and action plan for 2007-2009, was held at the community youth programme center (CYP) today.

Oti Boycotts Forum Leaders Retreat

Foreign Affairs Minister, Patteson Oti, will not be present during the Plenary Session and the Leaders Retreat of the 38th Pacific Forum Leaders meeting beginning today and Wednesday.

Women's Basketball Holds One Week Programme

The opening of the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) Women's Program was held on Sunday 14th October.

Constitutional Congress Closes for the Year

The official closing of the Constitutional Review Congress took place last week with a function at the Honiara hotel.

Taiwan Urges Allies on WEO

In meeting with its South Pacific allies, Taiwan's head urged the leaders to support the establishment of the World Environmental Organization (WEO) under a UN framework.

Rugby: SI Fijian Community Beaten by Honiara Select

The Solomon Islands Fijian community, as part of its Fiji Day celebrations on Saturday, took on a Honiara select side at the Panatina oval. The Honiara select team won the match 10-7.

Gov't Seeks to Introduce Free Basic Education

The government is seeking to introduce free basic education in the country with the assistance of Taiwan.

Equal Participation for Taiwan: Pacific Allies

The second Taiwan-Pacific Allies Summit concluded late last Friday evening with the signing of a declaration.

Sogavare Explains Absence from Forum Meet

Manasseh Sogavare says his government decided not to attend the Forum Leaders meeting in Tonga because discrepancies emerging from the Forum Review of RAMSI needs to be sorted out first.

30 Live Dolphins Bound for Dubai

It has been revealed that the Solomon Islands will once again engage in the controversial dolphin trade.

Isabel Holds Youth Parliament

In what has been described as "a major step forward for youths", Isabel Province will, on the 22nd and the 28th of this month, hold a Youth Parliament at its Provinicial Capital, Buala.

World Sight Day Celebrated

The world sight day was celebrated yesterday at the central market with the theme "Children and Vision" focusing mainly on children who are visually impaired.

MPs Acquitted by High Court

Two high profile cases involving Charles Dausabea and Nelson Ne'e, both of whom are Parliamentarians, have been acquitted by the High Court.

Airlines Board Chairman says Contract Justifiable

The Opposition Finance and Treasury spokesman joins other Parliamentary colleagues in criticizing the contractual arrangement between Solomon Airlines and its Finance Controller.

Sogavare Leaves for Marshalls, Taiwan

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is leaving tomorrow for the 2007 Taiwan/Pacific Islands summit in Majuro, Marshall Islands.

Taiwan Gov't Hands Over Hospital Project to Solomons

The Taiwanese government officially handed over the National Referral Hospital Phase 3 project to the government and people of Solomon Islands.

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