Latest News Archive September 2008

WHO, Honiara, Provides Information on Melamine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Honiara, Dr. Jeffrey Hii has said that the use of the chemical melamine in baby formula in Mainland China is an issue of serious concern.

Yellow Parrot Discovered

Have you ever seen a yellow parrot?

Health and Customs Working Together on Confiscated Goods

The Ministry of Health together with the Customs Office will be working together to tackle the imports of the White Rabbit Candies said to contain the industrial chemical, Melamine.

Mango Season is Here!

Mango season: one of the seasons most Solomon Islanders look forward to.

Brazil in Carnival Atmosphere

Local FIFA Referee Instructor, Neil Poloso reported from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that the atmosphere there is one of carnival as people await the FIFA Futsal World Cup to kick off.

Rice Program Soon to be Implemented

Rice has become the main staple food for the people of Solomon Islands and with the increasing population; the import price for rice will be expected to exceed more than 200-million dollars.

Sogavare Criticizes Government on RAMSI

The Parliamentary Opposition leader, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has criticized the Prime Minister, Derek Sikua's recent statement on the CNURA Government's future partnership plans with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Cuba Beat Kurukuru in First Match, 10-2

The Solomon Islands Kurukuru has lost their first FIFA Futsal World Cup match against Cuba, 10-2.

Communication Materials to Support Gender Equality in Pacific Parliaments Launched in PNG

Women in the Pacific region campaigning for political office will now be assisted with the publication of a "Guide to Campaigning for Pacific Women" which was officially launched in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea last week.

Kurukuru Games to be Broadcasted on One News

One News Television of Solomon Islands will bring live, the games from the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil.

Integrity Bill Committee in PNG for More Consultation

In the first week of August the government's working committee on the integrity bill toured Papua New Guinea as part of its ongoing consultative and research process.

White Rabbit Candy Ordered Off the Shelves in Honiara

Health authorities in Honiara are taking no chances, White Rabbit Candies, said to contain Sanlu milk and hence the possibility of being tainted with melamine, have been ordered off the shelves of shops in Honiara.

'PV' Put into Practise in West Honiara

The concept of teaching people to become viable assets to themselves by using their own resources including their skills has been put into practice in West Honiara.

RenBel to Hold Workshop on Pressing Issues

The Rennell and Bellona Provincial Government is planning to hold a consultation conference in Honiara next month to discuss issues of importance to the Province.

KG VI Staff Demand Removal of Principal

King George VI teachers are still awaiting the Ministry of Education's decision on their submission to oust the current school Principal, Ms. Mary Hannah Kejoa.

PM Promises Free Education in 2009

The C-NURA government has promised to introduce free education by next year.

Kurukuru Takes on Cuba Today

With just a few hours before their first taste of World Cup representation, the Solomon Islands Kurukuru boys are relaxed and highly motivated.

China's Milk Disaster Affects Region

China's contaminated milk problem that has already claimed the lives of four babies in China is also affecting the region with countries here issuing warnings against certain products that contain the chemical melamine.

Outcomes of Sub-Regional Workshop on Special Measures for Women

SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON SPECIAL MEASURES FOR WOMEN25-26 SEPTEMBER 2008PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

National Pharmacy Begins Week Long Conference

Twenty-eight pharmacy officers and senior pharmacy division staff are meeting in Honiara this week for a week long conference which aims to update their knowledge and address key concerns within the National Pharmacy Division.

Kurukuru Team: Excited And Determined

If the Solomon Islands Futsal team needed any further reminding that they had reached the big time, then it came early last Friday when four police officers on motorcycles arrived at their hotel to accompany the team bus from Goiania to Brasilia.

Opposition Questions Use of SBD$2.3 Million on Premiers Conference

The National Parliamentary Opposition has questioned the National Government's usage of the $2.3 million dollars it allocated for the recent Premiers' Conference in Lata, Temotu Province.

PM Arrives Back Today from UN Meet

The Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua arrives in Solomon Islands today after addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time since becoming Solomon Islands Prime Minister in December last year.

SCA Takes HIV Awareness to Motels and Hotels

Save the Children Australia (SCA) in the Solomon Islands is expanding its HIV and AIDS awareness programs to hotels and motels operating in and around Honiara, in an effort to contain the spread of the HIV and AIDS virus believed to be spreading at a high rate in the country.

Kurukuru Visits Futsal World Cup Venue

The Solomon Islands Kurukuru, in less than a day, will be propelled onto the global stage as the Futsal World Cup gets underway.

Sikua Calls for Recognition of Taiwan

Solomon Islands calls on the international community to recognize the Republic of China on Taiwan's good faith and build on the positive momentum achieved in the past months.

Rannonga Villagers Struggle for Daily Living

Rannonga in the Western Province, Solomon Islands are one of the hard hit areas during the April 2007 Tsunami.

Authorities Warn of Tainted Milk from China

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Dr George Malefoasi and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Jeffrey Wickham has advised the public against the infant formula, Sanlu.

Sean Kingston, KatchaFire to Launch Digicel in Fiji

Reggae singer and rapper, Sean Kingston, and New Zealand reggae band, KatchaFire, will be part of the free concert to be held in Suva, Fiji, marking the official launch of Digicel in the country.

UPNG to Have Open Campus in Honiara

Papua New Guinea will soon establish a UPNG open campus in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

PNG Government Supports SIG Students in PNG

About 145 Solomon Islands Government sponsored students studying at PNG based institutions are being assisted by the PNG Government.

Solomons Sign UN Convention on Disabilities

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.

Contract Signed for New Public Service Building Plan

Today at the Ministry of Public Service was the signing of a contract between the Ministry of Public Service and Ministry of Infrastructure together with the Kramer Construction Company.

Police Marks Blue Ribbon Day

This morning, the Solomon Islands Police Force, together with their RAMSI counterparts, organized an event to commerate the Blue Ribbon Day at the Police Memorial Park.

Folotalu: New MP for Lau/Baelelea

According to reports by the local media, Walter Folotalu is the new MP for the Lau/Baelelea constituency.

Dr. Manimu Acted Wrongly: Marshall

The Acting Police Commissioner Peter Marshall stated yesterday during a press conference that the actions of Dr. George Manimu may have been illegal.

ANZ Inter-Primary School Mini Tennis Competition Officially Closed

The ANZ Inter-Primary School Mini Tennis competition has officially closed yesterday afternoon at the Club Supreme tennis courts.

Solomon Games Cancelled

The much awaited Solomon Games has been cancelled.

Milikada Wins East Honiara Bye-Election

The East Honiara Bye-Election has a new Member of Parliament, Silas Milikada, a private businessman, won comfortably with a margin of well over 2000 votes.

Building Business, Sustaining Growth

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Tim George, yesterday called on business leaders to work together with government and RAMSI to sustain the economic recovery of Solomon Islands.

Survey Cites PNG as Most Corrupt in Region

A survey by Transparency International ranking Papua New Guinea as one of the 30 most corrupt countries in the world and most corrupt in the region reflects a situation affecting the entire region.

Pacific Plan marks Three-Year Milestone

Three years on, Pacific Island Countries continue to report progress on strengthened regional cooperation and integration as guided by the Pacific Plan.

SSEC to Send 200 Participants to Historic Event in Australia

Six Pastors from the SSEC Churches in East Kwara'ae Association in Malaita are sailing to Australia in a yacht to attend a historic evangelistic crusade in Bundaberg in Queensland in Australia.

Music Workshop to be Held

The Goods International and the Queensland University of Technology representatives are currently in the country to host a series of Music, Art and Drama workshop for young people aged between 8-20 years of age.

Counting Continues at Police Club Hall

Counting will continue despite pressures from candidates contesting the East Honiara bye-election for a halt to proceedings citing corrupt practices and voter irregularities.

Second Political Integrity Workshop Underway

A second conference on the issue of 'Political stability and governance in Solomon Islands' was officially opened in Honiara yesterday.

Central Province to Host 2009 Premier's Conference

It has been revealed that the 2009 Premier's conference will be hosted by the Central Province.

Work on Domestic Terminal Halted

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communication and Aviation, Luma Darcy has revealed that the plan formulated last year to build a new domestic terminal at Henderson this year, is still uncertain due to lack of funding.

Alufurai Urges Intending Parliamentarian to Recognize Soccer

The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) President, Mr. Martin Alufurai wants the newly elected East Honiara member to recognize the importance of football.

Dr. Manimu Demands Halt to Counting

The East Honiara bye-election has taken an unusual turn late yesterday afternoon with Dr George Manimu, one of the twenty six candidates, demanding that the counting be stopped.

Samoan Family Win Case against NZ Electricity Company

A Samoan family who had taken a New Zealand electricity company to court for the death of their mother 17 months ago was found in favour by the Auckland Coroner's Court.

Our Telekom Breeze GSM Expansion Continues Nationwide

Our Telekom, a company majority owned by the people of Solomon Islands through the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (NPF) remains committed to its ongoing IP-GSM based rural communication rollout for rural Solomon Islands this year.

Six Arrested in Relation to Bye-Elections

Yesterday, Police arrested six people for election related offences during the East Honiara By-Election.

Milikada Silas Takes Lead in Boxes Counted

As the day comes to an end, more and more people are crowding around the Honiara City Council, eager to hear the result of the Bye-Election for East Honiara.

Makira and Bananas

Makira Province in the Solomon Islands has always been labeled the 'Banana Land.'

People Caught Voting Using Different Names

The East Honiara Election is said to be fraught with voting irregularities, the most common being voters using different names to vote.

Poloso off to Brazil

Local FIFA Referee Instructor, Neil Poloso will leave today for Brazil via Canberra Australia.

East Rennell Communities Establish Disaster Committee

Residents of Niupani village in East Rennell have formed a disaster committee following a one-week workshop conducted by staff of the National Disaster Management Office mid July this year.

Vanuatu Appoints New Prime Minister

A secret ballot vote appointed Edward Natapei as Vanuatu's new Prime Minister this week.

Police on High Alert as Result Nears

While curious voters await the result of the East Honiara election, police are keeping a watchful eye for possible disturbance.

Bye-Election Outcome Delayed

The counting of the East Honiara Bye-Election is still continuing at the Honiara Town Council (HTC) Education Division conference room. Anxious supporters are currently gathered in front of the building, awaiting the outcome of the election.

Peace Building Trip to the Weathercoast

The Former Chairman of the Solomon Islands National Peace Council, Mr. Paul Tovua, yesterday joined police and RAMSI officials to bring a message of peace to the Guadalcanal Weathercoast.

Officials discuss Solomon Islands-Australia Partnership for Development

Senior Australian Government officials met with Solomon Island Government Ministers and Permanent Secretaries this week to discuss the Solomon Islands-Australia Partnership for Development.

West is Ready for Federalism: Lokopio

The Premier of the Western Province, Hon. Alex Lokopio, is adamant that the Western Province is ready to adopt Federalism.

Police Calls for Calm to Voters

Police are urging members of the community supporting candidates contesting the East Honiara by-election to remain calm in the lead up to the announcement of the winner after the general behaviour during the voting was excellent.

East Honiara Bye- Election

Early this morning, East Honiara residents flooded their respective polling stations to cast their votes.

Bonito Squad Named

The Bonito Squad to take on the Brisbane Wolves this week has been named.

HCC Must Keep Its Promise: Honiara Resident

A Honiara resident, John Keha, has questioned and challenged the Honiara City Council to keep a promise it made in January that it will introduce and enforce by-laws against betel nut chewers for spitting in areas used by the public in Honiara.

Police Commissioner Post, Police Ministry Responsibility: Public Service

The Ministry of Public Service has said that the responsibility to advertise the post of Commissioner of Police is with the Ministry of Police and National Security.

SISC Underway in Country

The Form Five Solomon Islands Secondary Certificate (SISC) entrance examinations are currently underway in the country.

Breeze Postpaid Customers Can Now Use Mobiles in Australia and PNG

Our Telekom has established international roaming agreements with Telstra and Optus - Australia in April 2008 and with Telikom PNG Limited in September 2008.

Brisbane Wolves to Arrive Today

The office of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) is pleased to announce the arrival of Brisbane Wolves FC in the national capital today.

Kurukuru Captain Recovering Well

Kurukuru's Coach Victor Wai'ia informed Solomon Times that Elliot Lilo Ragomo's recovery is progressing well.

ANZ Inter-Primary Mini Tennis Competion Kicks off

The Inter-Primary School Mini Tennis Competition was officially opened yesterday at the Supreme Tennis Court.

Secondary School 15s and 7s Rugby Update

The following are the fixtures and results of the Secondary School 15s and 7s Rugby League.

Another Political Stability Workshop to be Held

The Solomon Island Government's Working Committee on Political Party Integrity Reform will convene a two day conference on political stability from Wednesday 24th to Thursday 25th this week.

Waipora Describes Government Response as 'Laughable'

The Acting Leader of the National Parliamentary Opposition Group, Japhet Waipora has described the response to his call on the Prime Minister to stop misleading the premiers on the Provincial Government system as laughable and badly reflects on the highest government office.

Greenpeace Voices Effects of Logging in PNG

A Greenpeace team has been documenting the conditions in three Papua New Guinea (PNG) logging concessions revealing the negative effects logging is having on life in the area.

Countdown to East Honiara Bye-Elections Begin

On the eve of the bye-elections, excited fans jam packed trucks, vans and cars to drive through town cheering and shouting their candidate's names.

'Weto' a Traditional Dance From Ulawa

The 'Weto' dance, originally from Ulawa in the Makira and Ulawa Province is a traditional dance that is said to only pass to the next generation through a dream.

Sir Jacob Vouza-Solomon Islands War Hero

If you have been past the rove Police Headquarters, you may have noticed a huge monument next to the Police Station.

SI and PNG to be More Vigilant on Border Issues: Gukuna

A 2nd Joint Border Meeting between PNG and Solomon Islands began this morning at the Iron Bottom Sound Hotel.

Kurukuru Captain Injured in Warm Up Match

Solomon Kurukuru played Goias Futsal Club again on Saturday in their final practice game before the Futsal World Cup begins.

With Peace Comes Development

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Tim George said to the Premier of Temotu, Hon. Johnson Levela, that it was a great privilege to visit his province and spend time with the people of Santa Cruz Island.

Incident Over Weekend Brings Up Road Toll

A fatal accident on Saturday night resulted in a death of a young man believed to be from Malaita.

Hon. Tora Encourages Honiara Netball Association

"My Government desires to see that all sporting disciplines in our country be further developed and enhanced to make sure sportsmen and women are more competitive at the Regional and even International competitions in the future."

Honiara Netball Season Ends with Awards Night

The Honiara Netball Association held their awards night last Saturday at the Police Club to mark the end of the netball season.

Pedestrians At It Again

Two weeks ago, the Solomon Islands Police carried out an operation on road education for the public.

3 More Arrested Over RAMSI Attack

Consultation between police and community leaders on the Weathercoast has lead to three men being charged with attempted murder.

SIRUF Lines Up Team to Take on SI Fiji Side

The Solomon Islands Rugby Union (SIRUF) has revealed that it is organizing a rugby match to be part of the Fiji national day celebration in Honiara on the 11th of October.

RAMSI Values Talks with Premiers

RAMSI Special Coordinator Tim George said the chance to meet with Premiers and the Mayor of Honiara at the Premiers conference in Lata was a valuable one.

A Former Logger Becomes Australian Federal Opposition Leader

A former logger in the Solomon Islands has been elected as the new leader of the Australian Federal Government Opposition in an unexpected snap internal party election that wrong footed the media and caught political commentators and critics unaware.

RAMSI-Outstanding Example of Cooperative Regionalism: Dr.Korovavala

This morning, the Pacific Forum Secretariat representative Dr. Lesi Korovavala was given a chance to talk on RAMSI before the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee.

The Nguzu Nguzu: Western Province Symbol

Have you caught a glance of the Nguzu Nguzu symbol and wondered what it stood for?

999 Line Abused by Public

Communication Unit within the Police Headquarters has stated that the Emergency 999 toll free line is often misused by the public.

Pacific NGOs Prepare for the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Twenty four non government organizations (NGOs), from 12 Pacific Island Countries, working in the areas of gender, HIV, and disability will participate in a four day training in Nadi from Monday September 22.

Sex Crimes Not High: Marshall

Acting Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall stated in the Police Press Conference yesterday that the rate of sex crimes in the country is not on the increase.

Permanent Secretary May Face Sacking Over Porn Incident

The Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua is expected to order the sacking of Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Provincial Government Fred Ganate over the pornography incident during the Premier's conference in Lata.

More Rennell Communities Recieve Solar Lighting

Six more communities in East and Central Rennell this week received solar lighting.

Opposition Condemns Incident in Lata

The Parliamentary Opposition Group has described the Porn incident in Lata, Temotu as disgraceful and embarrassing.