Latest News Archive April 2007

International treaties need up to date reporting

Afu Billy, the regional director of the commonwealth youth Programme (CYP), made the statement today at a public forum organized by the Office of the High commissioner for human rights.

Ratification is not enough - Averre

Ken Averre, Director of the Public Prosecutions, stated that the public needs to have the will to push international treaties beyond ratification.

UN Human Rights Office organize public forum

A public forum was today organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

British High Commission funds economic workshop

The British High Commission Office in Honiara is providing funds to the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) to assist it to host the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) conference

20 year old girl killed in hit and run

Last night at about 6.30pm a 20 year old girl was killed while trying to cross the road at the Prince Phillip Highway in Ranandi.

Suspect arrested and charged

A 46 year old man has been arrested in relation to a stabbing incident that took place on the 24th of April at the central market.

Uncles FC beats Koloale 2 - 1

A much improved Uncles FC defeated Koloale, boosting their confidence for the remainder of their DJ League campaign.

HIV kills three

Three people infected with the HIV virus have died. Five others, known to have also contracted the virus last year, are under medical observation.

Kwara'ae customary laws may compliment Constitution

The people and chiefs of Kwara'ae have completed the Kwara'ae Taki, or rules, at the end of a two weeks workshop.

North Vella Constituency villagers want to relocate

The psychological effect of the tsunami is forcing many of the villagers of North Vella La Vella constituency to remain on higher ground.

$210 million grant for education sector.

The Solomon Islands Government has signed an agreement with New Zealand and the European Union worth $210 million.

2007 rugby season kicks off

The first round of the 2007 rugby union season kicked off today with three exciting games.

$720,000 down the drain

With more then five government vehicles damaged since the beginning of the year the Finance Minister has had enough.

Government reduces import duty

Import duties, for certain household items, are expected to go down by a further 10%.

Kaliopate outlines forums review

Kaliopate Tavola stated that the review will be in two stages, the second being in June this year.

RAMSI review underway

The Pacific Islands Forum team is currently in the country to review the progress of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.

Commission of Inquiry into the April 2006 riots

The Commission of Inquiry into the April 2006 riots in Honiara will have a four member panel with two prominent nationals from Papua New Guinea.

7s Squad wins Easter knockout

The National Sevens Squad comfortably defeated SICHE, in the finals, thirty four goals to seven (34-7), in front of hundreds of supporters.

World Vision receives donation

Assitance by the World Vision to the affected areas of the Western and Choiseul Province has been boosted.

SIVF disappointed over venue allocation

Solomon Islands Volleyball Federation was disappointed when NOCSI decide to cancel its book of the multipurpose hall in the last minute to give away the venue to another group.

CBSI beats Kickaroun Oldies

The CBSI boloko blues were in excellent form, scoring two goals within the first half of the match.

Solomon Islands International targeted as weak link

Auckland City beat Waitakere (3-2) only after out psyching the latter on Monday night at Kiwitea Stadium.

Rangers FC returns to Premier Division

Rangers FC is set to return to the premier division of the city league after the team secured top place in the league's division one

Foreign Affairs' Assistant Secretary leaves for Geneva

George Hoa'au, the Foreign Affairs' Assistant Secretary for Asia/Pacific Branch contracted a six-month work experience at the Forum World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland last week.

Politicization of disaster must stop

Hon. Joses Sanga has called on the Parliamentary opposition to stop using the tsunami disaster for political mileage.

Relocation of Simbo villagers discussed.

The government has been urged to consider resettlement of people on low lying islands on Simbo Island.

Church groups to visit tsunami victims

Church groups will take turns to visit victims of the disaster stricken Western and Choiseul provinces.

Malaitans assist in rehabilitation efforts

With strong support from their Premier, concerned Malaitans have formed a committee to raise funds to support tsunami stricken areas of Western and Choiseul Province.

Counselors trained to address HIV/Aids

Counselors have been trained in a bid to help curb the spread of HIV/Aids in Solomon Islands.

Measles immunization given high priority

A campaign is being carried out in the Western and Choiseul provinces to immunize children in light of a possibility of a measles outbreak.

Opposition supports integrity bill

Mr Huniehu says the Opposition will support Government if and when it decides to introduce an integrity bill.

Finance Minister defends PM's late visit

The Finance Minister, Gordon Lilo has come out strong at recent criticisms by the opposition leader, Fred Fono, on the Prime Minister.

Prime Ministers plea to God

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made a personal plea to God following news of the devastating quake and tsunami in Western and Choiseul provinces.

Korea donates $SBD 500,000

The Republic of Korea has donated over half a million dollars to assist in the rehabilitation process of Tsunami stricken areas of Western and Choiseul provinces.

Ranongga and Simbo change landscape

The Islands of Ranongga and Simbo now have different landscape after the earthquake and tsunami a fortnight ago.

Man killed in broad daylight

Detectives from Honiara Central Station are investigating the suspicious death of a 26 year old man from Areatakiki village in north-east Guadalcanal.

Supplies must be distributed fairly

Western Premier Alex Lokopio has said any distribution of food and relief supplies to the victims of the April earthquake and tidal wave must be distributed fairly.

Final death toll reaches 52

In what could be the final death toll, 52 people have lost their lives in the earthquake and tsunami which devastated Western and Choiseul provinces two weeks ago.

Sogavare begins his tour

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare begins his tour of the Western and Choiseul Provinces to investigate damage from this month's deadly tsunami.

ANZ micro-finance scheme

The ANZ Banking Corporation recently introduced a micro-finance scheme through its mobile banking operation.

Relief supplies flown to disaster areas

Most of the relief supplies stored at the Honiara domestic airport have been sent to Western and Choiseul Province.

PINA news conference 2007

The Pacific Islands News Association 2007 Conference will go ahead as planned in Honiara next month despite the earthquake and tsunami.

Assessment team suggests relocation

An assessment team sent to Western and Choiseul Province has recommended to government that certain villages be relocated.

Major earthquake and tsunami unlikely

The chances of a major earthquake and tsunami in Western and Choiseul Province are slimmer than before and the area now safer.

Prime Minister to tour disaster areas

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will lead a Government delegation tomorrow on a five-day tour of the disaster stricken areas of Western and Choiseul provinces.

Taiwanese fishing boat rescued

Police patrol boats Lata and Auki and an American Seahawk helicopter carried out rescue operations when the boat ran aground Thursday evening.