Latest News Archive November 2009

Driver's Death a Tragic Accident: Police

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has advised that the fatal single-vehicle crash, which resulted in the death of high profile Honiara businessman Rolland Timo, at Mbaranamba on Friday evening "was a tragic accident."
Chief Superintendent Nela Mosese said if these weapons had not been detected, they could have been used to cause great danger to players and the public.

Police Seize Weapons at Solomon Cup Soccer Finals

Police seized a large number of weapons during the recent Telekom Solomon Cup Soccer Tournament finals at Lawson Tama on Wednesday and Saturday.
"This is an important meeting and we look forward to working together to help improve life for the citizens of Honiara," said Cr Mua.

RAMSI Strengthen Ties with Honiara City Council

Representatives from RAMSI met today with Honiara City Council (HCC)'s executive group as part of the Mission's efforts to strengthen relationships with all levels of Government in Solomon Islands.

Workshop Ends with Better Understanding of Cairns Compact

Media Release - A regional workshop on the Cairns Compact held in Nadi, Fiji, 26 - 28 November has resulted in a greater understanding of the scope and implications of the Compact endorsed by Forum Leaders at their meeting in Cairns last August.
Australian High Commission and PPF representatives with children of Aenataerau.

Learning Resources and Sporting Goods Benefit Aenataerau Children

The children of Aenataerau Community, near Malu'u in North Malaita, were pleased to receive reading books, learning materials and sporting goods generously provided by the Australian High Commission and the Participating Police Force (PPF) Guadalcanal Beach Resort (GBR) Social Club.
The new recruits, inspected by Honiara City Mayor.

RSIPF Welcomes 27 Police Gradutes

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has proudly welcomed 27 Police new recruits officers who graduated in front of colleagues and family members at Police Headquarters Rove last Friday.

Hundreds Apply to Take Part In Voter Registration

Hundreds of people from across the country have applied to be involved in voter registration which starts early next year.
The Dash8 together with the Twin Otters will service the growing demands of Domestic travels.

Solomon Airlines Signs for Longer Term Dash8

Solomon Airlines confirmed last week that it has signed a historic agreement to bring a Dash8 aircraft into its Domestic operation from the 7th December and will remain part of its fleet for a longer term.
The newly-crowned Miss South Pacific 2009/2010, Miss Fiji, Merewalesi Nailatikau.

Fiji Wins Miss South Pacific

Miss Fiji was crowned the new Miss South Pacific on Saturday night in Fiji's capital, Suva, bringing the week-long festivities to an end.
The White Ribbon Campaign begin on Wednesday with various campaigning activities expected over the following weeks.

RAMSI Calls for End to Domestic Violence in Solomon Islands

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has thrown its full support behind White Ribbon Day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Police Call for Youths to Take Care

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is urging young people to celebrate the end of their school year and commencement of the long Christmas holidays safely.

Senior Officials Discuss Cairns Compact

Press Statement - Senior officials from Pacific Islands Forum countries, regional organisations, development partners and other stakeholders will discuss the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific at a regional workshop to be held in Nadi, Fiji, 26-28 November.

ADB Launches New Approach to Improve Development Effectiveness in the Pacific

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new approach to improve its development efforts in the Pacific.

Security Tight for Solomon Cup Finals

The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) held a meeting yesterday with the Royal Solomon Islands Police to confirm security arrangements for the semi-finals and finals of the Our Telekom Solomon Cup.
Inside the parliamentary chambers, where debate will resume today.

Boyers Camp Continues Stance against Integrity Bill

Peter Boyers, MP for West New Georgia/Vona Vona, Western Province, and several prominent parliamentarians are in a last minute attempt to defeat the Integrity Bill.

Pacific Islands Step Up Efforts to Counter Climate Change

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Low-lying Pacific island countries, which are among the most vulnerable in the world to climate change, are stepping up efforts to counter the threats posed by rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
Third Secretary, Amanda Davis, presented the latest cheque to Rev Johnson Bana on Monday, for a water tank for Tasia Training Centre in Isabel, which runs technical training courses for youth.

Australia Supports 28 Community Projects

The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce its support for 28 community projects in Solomon Islands, totalling SBD 600,000.

Premier Johnston Wants Additional Constituency

Premier of Rennell and Bellona Province, Timothy Johnston says he was disappointed that no additional constituency has been allocated to the Province.
A busy day at the Auki markets, the provincial capital of Malaita.

Census Enumerators Threaten to Stop Work

Census enumerators in Malaita province have threatened to stop work over the nonpayment of their imprests and allowances by the national census office in Honiara.
Miss Fiji, Merewalesi Nailatikau, leads other contestants to the canoe ride to the opening ceremony.

Miss South Pacific Pageant Underway in Fiji

This year's Miss South Pacific Pageant opened in Fiji over the weekend in the capital, Suva.
Commissioner Marshall said that Assistant Commissioner Ofu was a dedicated and highly respected senior police officer who was an excellent ambassador for the RSIPF.

Ofu Farewelled With Guard of Honour

The late Jackson Ofu, Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, was farewelled with a police guard of honour at his funeral service held in Honiara earlier today.
Captain Cornelius Vonseau and Captain Scott Gamiandu were selected to train on the Dash 8.

Pilots Under Training on Dash 8

The Solomon Airlines has sent two of its senior pilots for Dash8 pilot training in Port Moresby.

Poverty Main Source of Corruption: Malaita Premier

Malaita Premier Richard Na'amo Irosaea says poverty is the main source of corruption in Solomon Islands and has urged all leaders in the country to unite in the fight to weed poverty and corruption.
Sikua said the people have spoken and urged parliamentarians to support the bill in honour of the people they represent.

PM Appeals for Support

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has appealed to his fellow parliamentarians to vote in support of the constitutional political parties' integrity bill.
Water tanks on Aitutaki, Cook Islands, as part of a project to ensure safe drinking water for families adapting to climate change.

The Pacific Calls for a Legally Binding climate Change Treaty to be Sealed in Copenhagen

Press Release - Pacific delegations are angered by suggestions that the UN Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen will lead to a political declaration instead of an international legally binding agreement.

Solomon Airlines Flight Attendants Undertake Training in POM

Solomon Airlines has sent three flight attendants to Port Moresby for training on the Airlines PNG Dash8 aircraft in preparation for a possible long term arrangement for the Dash8 operations in Solomon Islands.

Teenagers Stand Trial over Soccer Riot

Two teenagers will stand trial on charges relating to last weekend's soccer riot in Honiara.
Ambassador Taylor says every country is going to act within its own interest and he expects Solomon Islands will do the same.

US Diplomat Speaks on Iranian Funding Saga

The US ambassador to Solomon Islands, Teddy Taylor, says the decision by Solomon Islands to send its medical students to Cuba and to acquire funds from Iran is their business.

USP Recognized for Business in Region

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has been recognized as the leading provider of quality business education in the Pacific.

High Court Rules SIPEU Strike Illegal

The proposed strike action announcement by the Solomon Islands Public Employees Union has ground to a halt following a high court ruling.
Ze Maria of Portugal sees off a challenge froim Gibson Hosea of the Solomon Islands.

Portugal Beats Our Bilikiki

With all to play for in Group A, Portugal and Solomon Islands were ready to do battle on the beach, each having suffered disappointing group-stage losses the previous day.
"We have diplomatic ties with Israel - and we should be consistent with the values we believe in and why we enter into diplomatic ties with Israel."

Solomon Islands Must Stay True to its Friends: Sogavare

Opposition Leader Manasseh Sogavare has expressed regret over Solomon Islands decision to vote in support of a United Nations report which condemns Israel military excursion into the Palestinian territory of Gaza last year.
Sir Richard addressing the village at Mbimba on Lord Howe Island and explaining about malaria elimination.

Australia Assist Solomon Islands Battle Malaria

A leading malaria expert believes malaria could be eliminated from Temotu Province within a few years. The Chairman of the Malaria Reference Group, Sir Richard Feachem, visited Solomon Islands last week to view some of the country's malaria action programs, and said Temotu could soon be malaria-free.

Two Injured in Motor Accident

The Police Traffic Centre is investigating the circumstances surrounding a motor accident which occurred at the road junction near the Taj Mahal restaurant at approximately 7:15pm on Sunday afternoon.
Veteran player Batram Suri controlling the game up front against a very determined Makira Ulawa side.

Solomon Cup Updates

One could be forgiven for thinking that Honiara would have an easy game against Isabel but the 0 - 0 score line at the end of the match showed just how far provincial teams have developed in the recent past.

20th SPREP Meeting opens in Samoa

Press Relese - The 20th Annual meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) opened in Samoa amidst a tribute to the Pacific nations struck by the tsunami, spiritual inspiration and an embracing of Samoan culture.

RSIPF Urges Soccer Fans to Behave

Police have so far been encouraged with the behaviour displayed by crowds during the second round of Solomon Cup matches played today at Lawson Reserve, Honiara.

Australian Environment Minister in Honiara

Environment Minister Peter Garrett today departed for Solomon Islands to plan the next phase of action on protecting marine biodiversity and the vulnerable coastal communities whose livelihoods are dependent on maintaining the health of the remarkable Coral Triangle.
Mr Avui says SIPEU has not tendered a proper notice for todays planned strike action, and it would be illegal for them to rely on the last strike notice they issued.

Avui Appeals to Public Officers

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Public Service, Ishmael Avui, has appealed to government workers to refrain from taking part in todays strike action as it would be illegal for public officers to go on strike without proper notice.
Rami Al Mesaabi of UAE holds off Hickly Rence (L) and Franco Nee of the Solomon Islands during the Group C FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup match between Solomon Islands and UAE.

UAE Defeats SI 7-1

After a dream start to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai the Solomon Islands succumbed to a hugely determined United Arab Emirates side going down 7-1.
The marine iguana that is worrying islanders of Qamea Island in Fiji.

Rare Marine Iguana Under Study

A marine iguana which has been causing fear among inhabitants of an island in Fiji is currently being studied by experts who have said that it is a rare species of iguana.

Israeli Official Visits Solomon Islands Seeking Answers

An Israeli foreign ministry official is arriving in Honiara to seek an explanation as to why Solomon Islands became the only country in Oceania to vote at the UN for the Goldstone report condemning Israel's assault on Gaza.

Community Governments Should be Explored: PM

The Prime Minister says the way communities in the country have been governed under traditional leadership must be recognized.
"Operational briefings were conducted today to identify areas that will likely need increase police security," Assistant Commissioner Aoraunisaka.

Police Make Headway on Stadium Arson Investigation

Police have made important progress with their investigation in to the burning of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) office at Lawson Tama on 14 November 2009.
Robert Laua, another Solomon Islands wonder boy gracing the sands of Dubai.

Solomon Islands Beats Uruguay 7 - 6 in Beach Soccer World Cup

Solomon Islands have caused a massive upset in Dubai edging Uruguay 7-6 in what was an exhilarating start to their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai 2009 campaign.

Pacific Islands Regional Plan of Action (PI-RPOA) on Sharks Launched by FFA, SPC and SPREP

Press Release - PACIFIC ISLANDS, MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2009: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) today launched the Pacific Islands Regional Plan of Action (PI-RPOA) on Sharks*.

MASI Calls on SIFF to Appreciate Role of Media

The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) today calls on the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) to appreciate the role of media the country.
This labor-based road maintenance aims to help develop a vibrant private sector.

ADB Provides USD$24 Million to Improve Roads

The Asian Development Bank is providing a 24 million US dollars grant package which will expand the existing Solomon Islands Road Improvement Project.

Former Peace Monitors Claim SBD$14 Million

Former peace monitors, who claim they helped to disarm militants during the ethnic unrest, are threatening to take their SBD$14 million dollar claim to court if government is not willing to negotiate with them.
Members of the crowd threw rocks onto the field and set fire to the football administration building following a ruling by the referee against the Malaita team.

SIFF Building Torched, Six Arrested

Six people have been arrested as the Police Commissioner Peter Marshall has ordered a criminal investigation into the arson attack on the administration building of the Solomon Islands Football Federation, SIFF.
Corroded holes on the side of the MV Princess Ashika.

Ashika Inquiry Reveals Grim Details of Ship and Voyage

The Commission of Inquiry underway in Tonga into the tragic sinking of the MV Princess Ashika in Tongan waters has revealed grim details about the ship's condition and the voyage that resulted in the loss of 74 lives.
He says the report also considered the responsibilities of the Solomon Islands government as an equal and responsible partner in the SIG-RAMSI partnership.

Foreign Relations Committee Presents RAMSI Report

The Foreign Relations Committee Chairman says he presents the RAMSI Inquiry Report to the National parliament "with a sense of gratitude and satisfaction."

Kemakeza Takes Oath in Parliament

The Savo-Russell's MP, Sir Allan Kemakeza, took his oath of allegiance in Parliament amidst claims that it was unconstitutional.
Topics discussed included RAMSI's focus on combating corruption and efforts to strengthen the justice system in the provinces.

RAMSI and Government Hold Talks in Visit to Temotu

RAMSI's Special Coordinator, Graeme Wilson and the Permanent Secretary with responsibility for RAMSI, Paul Tovua, led a delegation to Temotu Province this week.
Dr Sikua hailed the assistance saying it reveals Taiwan's commitment to its relationship with Solomon Islands.

Taiwan Donates SB$27 Million for MPs Complex

The Republic of China (Taiwan) has donated SB$27 million today for the construction of a new Office Complex for Members of Parliament.

25 year old Man Arrested for Murder

Police have arrested a 25 year old man from Northeast Guadalcanal in relation to the Ngorou murder incident in November 2001.

Kemakeza Should Not Be Sworn In: Losing Candidates

Four losing candidates in the recent Savo-Russell Constituency bye-election have asked the Speaker of Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, not to allow winner of the election, Sir Allan Kemakeza, to take the Oath today when Parliament resumes.
Mr Keniapasia questions why Nori had not presented his views during consultations on the proposed reforms in Honiara.

Keniapasia Accuses Nori of Sabotaging Reforms

Special Secretary to Prime Minister, John Keniapasia, has accused Honiara lawyer Andrew Nori of engaging in a campaign to sabotage government's political reforms.

Forum Economic Ministers Emphasise Importance of Cairns Compact

Media Release - The Forum Economic Ministers have strongly emphasized the importance of the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific to better coordinate and harmonise aid management in the region.
Participants now better understand the need for food safety and the import requirements of countries to which they plan to export their value-added processed food products.

FACT Organises ICT/food Safety Awareness Training in Solomon Islands

Food safety is everyone's business, and it is a must that all those involved with food processing either for home consumption or for business observe good food safety practices.
Nori says coalition agreements between political parties should only be permitted before the elections so that parties campaign on a common platform.

Nori Critical of Integrity Bill

A senior Solomon Islands lawyer and former politician, Andrew Nori, says the prime minister is not being properly advised on serious inconsistencies and contradictions in the Political Parties Registration and Administration Bill 2009.
The 22 year old man was arrested and taken to Honiara City police where he was charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Police Arrest Husband for Alleged Stabbing of Wife

Police have arrested a 22 year old man at Adaliua settlement in East Honiara for allegedly stabbing his wife at their home shortly after mid-night last Saturday.
Dr Sikua says an Auditor General's report on Corruption in Solomon Islands Government showed that about 433 million dollars was either loss of revenue or malpractice.

Approx 400 Million Lost Through Malpractice: PM

Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has said the government has lost an estimated 400 million dollars through carelessness and malpractice in government Ministries.

Academic Forced to Leave Fiji

A prominent academic in the region was reportedly taken into detention and interrogated and then forced to leave Fiji for comments regarding the expelling of New Zealand and Australia's high commissioners from Fiji.

Anti-corruption Workshop Continues

A second workshop on corruption and anti-corruption in Solomon Islands has begun in Honiara.
The inquiry will be looking at the acquisition, occupation, and settlement of such lands by persons from other provinces.

COI into Land Dealings on Guadalcanal Set to Begin

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has set down the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry, COI, into Land Dealings and Abandoned Properties on Guadalcanal.

Tourism Rebounds in Pacific, Raising Hopes of Recovery, Says ADB

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - A recent increase in Australian and New Zealand tourists to Pacific island countries has raised hopes the region's vital tourism industry is recovering after being buffeted by the global financial crisis, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) publication.
Digicel, one of the three companies interested in operating in the Solomon Islands.

Government to Announce New Mobile Operator Soon

Just months after the monopoly license given to Our Telekom was cancelled, government says it will announce the country's new mobile phone operator before the end of this year.
Mr Sore says after two years of negotiation for green house gas reduction - small islands states had achieved nothing but deadlock.

Solomon Islands Makes Strong Statement on Climate Change

Solomon Islands has issued strong opposition to reports that certain developed countries who are parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change, are scaling back from a fair, ambitious and legally binding deal they hope to reach at Copenhagen next month.

RAMSI and Government Brief Rennell & Bellona Province

RAMSI's Special Coordinator, Graeme Wilson, and the Permanent Secretary with responsibility for RAMSI, Paul Tovua, visited both islands in Rennell & Bellona Province this week.
Dr Sikua says he is confident that there is wide public support for the political reforms proposed by his government.

PM Defends Integrity Bill

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has defended his government against critics that he is running a dictator government pushing for a political parties integrity concept too fast without mass education on the reform.
Almost every person in this country will benefit from greater access to better telecommunication services, says Sikua.

ROC Assists Solomon Islands Compensate Our Telekom

The Republic of China (Taiwan) today formally released an SBD$8 million payment to assist the Solomon Islands government compensate Our Telekom to enable the company relinquish its monopoly license.

Solomon Cup Scheduled for November 16th 2009

The Solomon Cup tournament is now confirmed to kick off from the 16 to 30 November in Honiara.
The AA member will be here to help set up regular meetings for people in Honiara who think they have a problem with alcohol.

Alcoholics Anonymous (A-A) to Visit Solomon Islands

A member of the international self-help group Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, is visiting the Solomon Islands next week.
The 50 youth MP's debated on a bill that proposes to reduce the legal voting age from eighteen years to sixteen.

Youths Debate Legal Voting Age in First Sitting

The Inaugural National Youth Parliament started its first parliament meeting yesterday morning in the chambers of the National Parliament house.
Dr Sikua has directed the attorney-general to produce a terms of reference for the inquiry.

PM Orders Inquiry into Civil Aviation Division

Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has ordered an inquiry into the management and operations of the Civil Aviation Division in the Ministry of Communication and Aviation.

Opposition Leader visits RAMSI Headquarters

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Graeme Wilson and Participating Police Force (PPF) Commander, Wayne Buchhorn, welcomed the Leader of the Opposition, Manasseh Sogavare to RAMSI headquarters at the Guadalcanal Beach Resort (GBR) this week.

Australia Expels Fiji Diplomat

The Australian Government has expelled Fiji's top diplomat in response to a decision by the country's military leaders to declare Australia's High Commissioner persona non grata.

Australia and New Zealand Envoys Ordered Out of Fiji

Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, Fiji's military commander has ordered the high commissioners of Australia and New Zealand to leave the country.

ADB Announces Asia-Pacific Climate Change Video Contest

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced a new video competition - My View: The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Video Contest - to promote awareness of climate change, stimulate debate, and encourage climate change solutions in the lead-up to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
She was located in a public bus with a 26 year old male on Monday.

Missing Three Year Old Girl Found

A three year old girl, who was reported missing since Sunday evening, has been found.
This is a move away from the tradition of moving no confidence motions for the removal of a prime minister within the Legislature.

Integrity Bill Gives Considerable Powers to Political Parties

The Political Party Integrity Bill, which government is taking to Parliament when it meets on November 12, proposes to vest powers to remove a prime minister in the ruling parties.
The  Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Electoral Commission, the Right Hon Sir Peter Kenilorea, officially opens Parliament Open Day 2009.

Democracy and People Win at Parliament Open Day

More than 10,000 people filled National Parliament yesterday to learn more about their vote, their voice and how their democratic system of government works.

Marist FC Takes on Tafea FC of Vanuatu

Marist have a chance to redeem themselves on Saturday with a second straight home match at Lawson Tama Stadium, this time against Vanuatu club champions Tafea FC.

FACT Project Helps Local Cocoa Exporting Company

The European Union-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade, FACT project has engaged a cocoa exporting company Solomon Islands, to support communities and provide an alternative source of livelihood.

PM Warns Public Servants to Stay Out of Public Debates

Prime Minister Dr Derick Sikua has warned public servants to stay out of political debates.
Kokili says the legal question surrounding Sir Allan's candidacy have put undue pressure on the voters of Savo-Russells.

Petition To Be Lodged Against Kemakeza

The runner-up candidate in last week's bye-election for Savo-Russells constituency has confirmed plans to file a High Court petition against the election victory of Sir Allan Kemakeza as Member of Parliament.
Support from people of all walks of life help identify corrupt practices.

Taskforce Continues Fight against Corruption

The Government's Anti-Corruption taskforce is stepping up on its work against corruption - with an appeal to community leaders and people to come forward with their experiences with corruption in politics and in public services.

Sustainable Urbanization Key to Sustainable Growth, Says ADB

SHANGHAI, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA - With more than one billion people in the Asia and Pacific region expected to join the urban population in the next 20 years, sustainable economic development is not possible without sustainable urbanization, said a senior official from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Asia-Pacific Must Invest Up to $9.7 Trillion by 2030 to Meet Energy Needs

TOKYO, JAPAN - The Asia and Pacific region must invest between $7 trillion and $9.7 trillion in the energy sector from 2005 to 2030 to meet the rapidly growing demand for energy in the region, according to a new report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Pink Ribbon Dinner Helps Women Battle Cancer

Solomon Islands women and the cancers threatening their lives were the focus of attention on Saturday night, when over 400 people came together for the annual Pink Ribbon Dinner at Mendana Hotel in Honiara.

Lawyers Advised That I Could Contest: Kemakeza

Re-elected MP for the Savo-Russells constituency, Sir Allan Kemakeza, has defended his triumphant return to politics amidst allegations he was not eligible to contest last week's bye-election.
The youth parliament program includes a three-day workshop and a meeting at the National Parliament house later this week.

Sir Peter Opens Inaugural Youth Parliament

Speaker of National Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea has challenged youth parliamentarians of the inaugural National Youth Parliament to take the helm of political service and leadership of the country.
Mr Panga says land on Guadalcanal is, "very sensitive to the people and it has been the main catalyst behind the social unrest experienced in the country."

Land Issue Must Be Settled: GP Premier Panga

Guadalcanal premier, Steven Panga, says there will be no meaningful reconciliation on Guadalcanal until the land dealings on the island are sorted out.

USP to Make Climate Change a Compulsory Subject

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is going to make Climate Change a compulsory subject for all of its students from next year.

Lost Fishermen Rescued

Three men in their thirties, who had spent the past eight days at sea, have been rescued by an Asian fishing boat. They are reportedly in good health and are said to be happy to be back with their families.

Row over Ant-Malarial Drug, Artemedine

A private doctor in Honiara has dismissed fears that the anti-malarial drug Artemedine, which contains the ingredient artemether, is dangerous and is not adequate to treat malaria.
Mr Daboub says the World Bank Group is ready to support Solomon Islands in its commitment to undertake much needed reforms.

World Bank Supports Reform in Telecommunications Sector

The World Bank has congratulated the Solomon Islands government on recent reforms in the telecommunications sector - to encourage new private market operators and increase competition.
Sir Allan Kemakeza has won the Savo- Russell's by-election by 1,654 votes, Reginald Kokili came second with 957 votes.

Kemakeza Wins By-Election

Sir Allan Kemakeza has won the Savo- Russell's by-election by 1,654 votes, Reginald Kokili came second with 957 votes. 154 votes were rejected where ballot papers could not be counted because they were not correctly completed.