Latest News Archive September 2007

Impact on Reform Taxation Change Immense: SICCI

Inland Revenue Department's (IRD) intentions to reform the taxation on non cash benefits show the impact of the proposed changes would be immense.

Govt Selects PNG Firm to Design Chancery Office

The Government through has selected a Papua New Guinea Architecture Firm to work on the design of the new Solomon Islands High Commission Chancery Office Building Complex in Port Moresby.

Opposition Defections Likely: Lilo

Finance Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, says some Opposition MPs are approaching the Government, wanting to switch sides and take up new ministerial posts.

PM Should Conduct His Own Survey: Fono

The Solomon Islands Leader of Opposition, Fred Fono, has called on the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, to carry out his own survey as he is obviously unhappy with the one done for RAMSI.

Kukum Traffic Call on Citizens to Be Responsible

The increasing number of traffic accidents should not be the responsibility of the authority.

Police Rescue Passengers of Sunken Boat

The Solomon Islands Police Force and the Participating Police Force has helped rescue six people from a sunken boat that was stranded on an island near Gizo in Western Province.

MOU Signed Between Solomons Govt and UQ

The University of Queensland has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Solomon Islands Government.

QuestNet in the Solomons

The QuestNet Company was launched at the Honiara Hotel, the first time for the company to operate in Solomon Islands.

Police Remembrance Day in Solomons

The Police Remembrance Day was held this morning at the Solomon Islands Police Force (SIPF) Memorial Park at Rove.

Survey to Measure RAMSI's Performance

The People's Survey 2007 is an essential tool which RAMSI and the Solomon Islands Government can use to measure the performance of RAMSI against its objectives.

People's Survey Open and Transparent: Schaefer

The launch of the "People's Survey 2007" paves a way for RAMSI, the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI contributing countries to measure how RAMSI is performing against its objectives.

Govt. and RAMSI Consultation Talks Still On: Envoy

Preparation for consultation talks between the Government and RAMSI leaders is still in the process, despite major disagreement between the two parties.

Huni'ehu Claims Misleading: Kengava

Opposition MP, Edward Huni'ehu's claims that the present government's Bottom-Up-Approach Policy is not forthcoming has been described as 'misleading'.

Big Turnout for Silent Super Sprint Series

Over 30 competitors turned out to contest various courses on offer.

Workshop Discuss First Ever Disability Carnival

A group of young people are currently in a workshop to discuss arrangements for the country's first ever sports carnival for people with disabilities in Honiara.

Sogavare Questions Timing of Public Opinion Survey

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has questioned the timing of the release of the public opinion survey.

PM Questions Integrity of the Public Opinion Survey

Manasseh Sogavare has questioned the integrity of the public opinion survey on RAMSI carried out by the Australian National University with the assistance of the National Statistics Office.

Minister Oti Issues AOSISA Statement at the UN

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Patteson Oti, issues the Alliance of Small Islands Developing States (AOSIS) Press Statement at the United Nations.

Digicel Expands in PNG (PNG)

Mobile operator, Digicel, has launched its services in the New Ireland province in Papua New Guinea this week.

Milestone for Indigenous

This month saw a historic achievement for more than 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide as the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Scuffle Results in Stabbing Incident

A man is in hospital following a stabbing incident at Burn's Creek area.

Traffic Officers Investigate Fatal Accident

Kukum Traffic officers are investigating an accident that resulted in the death of a man believed to be in his thirties.

Police Investigate Death at Central Guadalcanal

Henderson Police are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of 10 year old boy from Kaimomosa village in the Tenaru area, Malango District, Central Guadalcanal.

Solomon Islanders Want RAMSI to Stay: Survey

An independent nationwide survey of Solomon Islanders' opinions has revealed strong support for RAMSI's continued presence in the country.

White River Clinic Celebrate "Baby Star of The Year"

The White River Clinic celebrated their "Baby Star of the Year" early this morning at the premises.

Vahoe Speaks on Climate Change

Climate change and its consequent sea-level rise are having serious and irreparable damage to our ecosystem, food production and the livelihood of our communities that are most vulnerable.

Police Make More Arrests for Illegal Liquor Activity

Honiara Police are investigating an incident in which two suspects were found consuming liquor at Central Markets on Saturday night 22 September 2007.

Moti Reacts to Tim George's Statements

Julian Moti has challenged Tim George to get a Court injunction to stop National Parliament's proposed review of the Facilitation of International Assistance Act (FIAA).

Police Club Officially Opens

The police club officially opens with a 'face-lift' following renovations.

I Thank God For My Voice: Solomon Idol 2007 Winner

With thousands flocking to the Lawson Tama car park to witness the Solo Idols 2007 finale show at the Multipurpose Hall, the successful night event paid off well for one lucky contestant.

Kava: Million Dollar Industry to Reopen?

A call to reopen a potentially high income-generating industry for the region has brought focus back to one of the region's on-going issues.

Solomon Idols 2007 Attracts Thousands

Hot yet grooving was the jam-packed Multipurpose Hall, with a huge turn out for the Solomon Idols 2007 contest.

Good Results for Police Sexual Assault Unit

Investigation into a number of sexual offences have resulted in the arrest and charging of six men for offences that include indecent assault, incest and rape.

Guadalcanal Landowners Put Notice to Halt Development

Public notices will go up to halt all development plans between the areas of Lungga River to Foxwood.

Solomon Islands Supports Taiwan's Bid to Join UN

Solomon Islands, in supporting the inclusion of the Republic of China or Taiwan in the United Nations, have called on the General Committee to examine the Taiwanese application objectively.

MPs Sort Out "Personal Grudges"

Finance Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, and government backbenchers, Charles Dausabea and Francis Zama, have resolved personal differences at a special reconciliation ceremony on Wednesday.

Lilo Orders Investigation into SP Games Fund

The Minister of Finance, Gordon Darcy Lilo, has ordered an investigation into how funds allocated for the recent South Pacific Games in Samoa was spent.

Wally Pazy Tours Western Province

Walter Leo, also known as Wally Pazy around town, is leaving for his first tour in the Western Province.

Comouflage Comment An Insult: Lomaloma

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's recent "camouflage comment" has been described as "very insulting".

Police Officers Involved in Accident

A nasty accident involving two vehicles took place last night along Mendana Avenue in Point Cruz.

Govts. FIA Act Review "A Bit Harsh" on RAMSI: George

Special Coordinator to RAMSI, Mr. Tim George said that the debate on the Facilitation International Act was "a bit harsh on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands".

Police Investigate Illegal Harvesting Activities

Police based at Tetere and Henderson are investigating people reportedly harvesting coconuts and cocoa illegally in the areas and acting as caretakers.

Police Charge Man over Twin Tower Incident

The police media reports that a man in his late twenties was charged with murder.

Preferential Market Access Not Enough, says Oti

Foreign Affairs Minister, Patteson Oti, told the Asian Development Bank-sponsored conference yesterday that preferential market treatment does not significantly address the trade imbalance.

Silentworld Sends Triathletes to Australia

Solomon Islands top ten triathletes will travel to Australia in November to compete in one of the biggest triathlon events in Australia.

Proposed Reconciliation Talks Postponed

The first consultative meeting between the Guadalcanal and Malaita leaders ahead of the major provincial reconciliation between the two provinces will be deferred to October.

Sisters Unite for Women's Week

The women of RAMSI joined their Solomon Island sisters today to celebrate National Women's Week.

Conference to Assist Trade in Asia-Pacific

Top global and regional financial officials at a conference held today pledged to help small and weak states in the Asia Pacific region in global trade.

Gov't on Postponement of Tripartite Meeting

Short notice for the talk was the reason given by the government for the postponement of a consultative meeting.

Huni'ehu Condemns Govt. for Cancelled Forum Meet

Opposition spokesman, Honorable Edward Huni'ehu, said that he is not happy with the government's decision not to attend the forum meeting.

Premiers Request Increase on Service Grants

In the latest Premiers' conference, eight provincial premiers and the Honiara City mayor have agreed that the government should increase service grants.

Incoming PPF Officers in Aus. Learn SI Culture

Three Solomon Islands police officers are heading to Australia to help train new members of RAMSI's Participating Police Force (PPF).

Kengava Looks Forward to Task Ahead

The newly appointed Minister for Rural Development and Indigenous Affairs, Clement Kengava, has vowed to achieve the goals of the newly created ministry.

Kengava Sworn in as New Minister

The new minister for the Ministry of Rural Development and Indigenous Affairs was sworn in this afternoon by the Governor General, Sir Nathaniel Waena.

Local Musician to attend Professional Music Summit

One of our own local artist, Mr. Samson Saeni, who is well known around the country as Sharzy, will be attending a Professional Music Summit this month.

Gov't Donates Boats and Vehicles to Renbel

The National Government on Friday donated vehicles and boats to Rennell and Bellona province after the first-ever annual premiers' conference in East Rennell.

Waipora Happy with Premiers Conference

Japhet Waipora has praised the country's top provincial leaders, including the Honiara City Mayor, for their determination to improve government service to provinces.

RAMSI Review Will Protect Our Laws: PM

Manasseh Sogavare says the need to review RAMSI is pertinent to protect the laws of Solomon Islands from being disregarded by foreign interests.

Water Body Moves to Samoa (Samoa)

The Pacific Water Association (PWA) has relocated from Suva, Fiji to Apia, Samoa.

Women's Week to Fight against Poverty

The official opening of the Women's Week was held at the town ground field this morning.

Solomon Islander Wins Commonwealth Scholarship

A Solomon Islander has been awarded with the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC) Programme.

State Funeral for Late Sir David Kausimae

The Late Sir David Kausimae has been accorded a state funeral today in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the country.

Malaita Premier says Sorry for Events of 2000

In his address during the Premiers Conference, Malaita Premier, Richard Na'amo Irosaea, apologized to the nation for the actions of Malaitans involved in the events of year 2000.

Western Province Reiterates Desire for Federalism

Western Province Premier, Alex Lokopio, on Friday reiterated his government's determination to adopt the proposed federal state government system.

RAMSI Congratulates PNG on their National Day

Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands Special Coordinator, Tim George, today congratulated Papua New Guinea on the occasion of its Independence Day.

RAMSI Disappointed, Lost Opportunity at Premiers' Meet

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Tim George, recently expressed disappointment that RAMSI's presentations to this week's Premiers Conference could not go ahead as planned.

Huniehu Criticizes Government Housing Estate

The planned housing estate for the Prime Minister and his cabinet has been criticized by the Opposition Spokesman for Finance and Treasury, Edward Huniehu.

Police Maritime Wharf Re-Constructed

The recently renovated SIPF Maritime Unit wharf was handed over to the Solomon Islands Government.

Forest Harvest Rates, Three Times Sustainable Level

The Solomon Islands is currently on the verge of a possible economic crisis given the fact that the country's forest stock is harvested at three times the sustainable level.

Fiji to Open New Medical School (Fiji)

Approval has been given to Fiji's new university to set up a medical school.

NOCSI and Government, Stop Politicising Sports: Huniehu

The MP for East Are'are, Edward Huniehu, calls on the Government and the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) to stop politicizing sports in the country.

Opposition Condemns PM Defending Moti

Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition has condemned the Government of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare for defending the Attorney General, Julian Moti.

Who Pays Lawyers Involved With 666 Questions: Fono

The Parliamentary Opposition is interested to know who is paying lawyers behind the 666 questions on the Attorney General, Julian Moti, for the Australian legal authorities to answer.

World Bank Approve US$3.2 Million for Rural Development

The World Bank Board approved a US$3.2 million grant to strengthen the rural economy of the Solomon Islands and thus increasing access for rural communities for infrastructure and services.

Disaster Management Training in Solomons

Training is currently underway for provincial officers in disaster management.

Cooks Prepare for the Mini Games (Cook Islands)

Amid criticisms, Cook Islands is preparing for the 2009 Mini Games by looking at its available options.

Ex-Student Assaults Former School Principal

An 18 year old male from Burns Creek was charged by Police after he assaulted his former deputy principal.

Sogavare Opens Premiers' Conference

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare officially opened the Premiers' Conference on Rennell Island today.

Dealing with Deadly Asbestos

Ten people trained in handling asbestos are in Gizo this week to remove the deadly substance from government houses destroyed by the earthquake.

Triathlon Supports Opportunity to Clear Bosa

Investigations to find out why triathlete, Wilfred Bosa, was sent home early from the South Pacific Games received strong support from Triathlon Solomon Islands.

Allged SP Games Harrasment Under Full Investigation

The Government and the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands deplore in the strongest terms allegations of harassment to a local athlete at the South Pacific Games in Samoa.

Taiwan Donates Millions for Cattle Industry

The government of the Republic of China (ROC) or Taiwan today released more than SBD$7 million to the government of Solomon Islands to rehabilitate the country's cattle industry.

Minister Commends Peace Summit

The Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, Sam Iduri, commended leaders and the people of Malaita for pursuing an inter-provincial reconciliation with Guadalcanal province.

Rennell Bellona Ready to Host Premiers Conference

Rennell and Bellona Province will, beginning this week, play host to the premiers conference.

Joint-Fuel Buying Initiative for Region

A joint-fuel buying initiative for small companies across the region aims to lower fuel costs.

Fair Trial For Moti: Australia

Solomon Islands had been assured of a fair trial for Julian Moti in Australia.

Lilo Speaks on Govt. Reform

Minister of Finance, Gordon Lilo, told a visiting Trade Mission team from Taiwan that the government is serious in its effort to reform the legal and regulatory structure in the country.

Reform Will Bring Positive Change: Lilo

Minister of Finance and Treasury, Gordon Darcy Lilo, says the government's current reform agenda has improved the country's economic situation after years of stagnant growth.

SPG Update: Soccer

The Solomon Islands soccer team went down to a more determined Vanuatu side 2 - 0 in the Bronze Medal match.

New Investment Act Catalyst for Growth, says PM

Manasseh Sogavare announced to a visiting Taiwanese Trade and Investment Mission that the new Foreign Investment Act will speed application process for foreign investors.

Capital Investment Needed to Boost Economy: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said that the economic viability of Solomon Islands lies in its ability to attract more investment capital into the rural economic sector.

Leong Wins Country's First Gold in Tennis

Solomon Islands Tennis ace, Michael Leong, has won the country's first gold medal in the 13th South Pacific games in Apia, Samoa.

Sogavare Rejects Assertions by Hooton

The Prime Minister has rejected recent assertions made by Australian High Commissioner, Peter Hooton, concerning the 666 questionnaire and the official extradition rejection letter.

Tonga in WTO (Tonga)

The neighboring island kingdom of Tonga was welcomed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) this year as its 151st member.

Solomon Islands Tops Health Care in Pacific

Solomon Islands is currently topping health care systems in the pacific region, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Fiji Again Under Emergency Decree

As of midday today, Fiji's Interim Government once again imposed the Public Emergency Regulations Decree.

Tourism: China One of Emerging Markets

Pacific Island countries are told to target quality visitor experiences by slowly developing the Chinese visitor market.

Soccer: SI Goes Down to New Caledonia

The Solomon Islands have gone down to the New Caledonian side 3-2 amidst high drama.

Govt. Letter to Vanuatu Un-protocol: Haomae

Parliamentary Opposition spokesman for Police and National Security, William Haomae, has described the protest note sent by the government to the Supreme Court of Vanuatu as un-protocol.

Central Bank Cautions Govt. on Minimum Wage Rise

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands has joined in on the debate on minimum wage after government made its intentions known that it would seriously consider increasing the minimum wage.

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