Latest News Archive December 2009

The LEARN & play team with their coach, while distributing presents to Children at the Children's Ward on Christmas.

LEARN & Play Pays Visit to Children's Ward

Santa Claus came in a form of 21 football players on Christmas Day for the Children at the Children's Ward at the National Referral Hospital.
Additional Police will be stationed in various places in Honiara as part of the Security Beef up over the weekend.

Security Beef Up for New Year celebrations

Police will launch a security operation today and will continue into the weekend to coincide with the New Year celebrations.

2009 Christmas, Quitest for Police

Security operation for the Christmas period was very successful with police observing quiet and peaceful celebrations across Honiara and surrounding communities.
Evidence from the Parliamentary Select Committee reports shows that the National Referral Hospital is in a parlous state.

Referral Hospital Described as National Disgrace

An enquiry into the Solomon Islands National Referral Hospital has called for urgent action by the Government to improve services that are described as a national disgrace.

Pacific Urged to do More to Fight HIV AIDs

The region has been urged to do more to control the spread of HIV AIDS.

Football is the School of Life: Alufurai

The Solomon Islands Football Federation President, Martin Alufurai OBE, on Monday, addressed the members of the SIFF LEARN & play team at the SIFF Academy Conference Room as they continued their preparations for their first ever international tour.
The LEARN and Play team with SIFF president.

LEARN and Play to Represent Solomons in Vanuatu Competition

The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) LEARN & play Select Squad is currently preparing to represent the country in the U15-U16 TVL International Tournament in Vanuatu in January 2010.
Julian Moti, during his arrest in the Solomon Islands.

Australian Federal Police in Spotlight After Moti Case

The former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti is calling on Australia to investigate how he came to be facing sex abuse charges which were tossed out last week by a Brisbane court.

Greenpeace Climate Heroes Imprisoned over Christmas and New Year

Amsterdam, 23 December 2009 - Four Greenpeace climate activists will spend Christmas and New Year in Copenhagen prison after the High Court there this afternoon rejected appeals to release them from Danish police custody.

1.5 Degrees Rejected, Pacific Condemned as 25 Leaders Deliver Copehagen Accord

Saturday 19 December 2009, COPENHAGEN--Officials from a growing list of countries at the UN Climate Change Talks are aligning themselves to a deal offered after a 24 hour marathon session that started on Friday and stretched out into Saturday.

Police Respond to Rock Throwing Incident

Negotiations between the RSIPF and community leaders in the Naha area continued yesterday after members of the Participating Police Force were forced to use teargas in the early hours of Saturday morning when two groups throwing rocks at each other started attacking the police and military.

Flaws in Government Financial System

The Auditor General, Edward Ronia says the Government's financial system has three major flaws that continue to affect service delivery.
"It is time to make the benefits of 21st Century communications available to our population, businesses and government": Prime Minister Sikua.

Prime Minister Sikua Explains Bemobile License

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has clarified the Government's decision last week to award a new Mobile Telecommunications License to mobile service provider, beMobile Company.

Fiji will Assist Neighbours in Climate Situation

Fiji says that it will consider taking in climate refugees from neighbouring countries in the future.

Traditional Knowledge Action Plan Launched

Press Statement - The Traditional Knowledge Action Plan for Forum Island Countries (FICs) has been launched marking a milestone development for the region.

Provincial Police Continues Search for Killer Crocodile

Provincial Police in Western Province are still searching for a crocodile reported to have snatched a seven-year-old boy around the Vona Vona lagoon, near Savanga village last Tuesday afternoon around 3pm.
"I intend to spend the rest of my life suing the Australian authorities for destroying my life": Moti.

Moti to Sue Australian Government

The former Solomon Islands' Attorney-General, Julian Moti, says he will sue the Australian Government over child sex charges that have ruined his life.

Call for Marine Component into Climate Change Text

Copenhagen, 16 December - Negotiators in Copenhagen have been called on to give attention and act on threats climate change poses to the marine environment, particularly coral reefs, fisheries and ultimately food security.

Pacific Countries will Negotiate to the Last Minute

Copenhagen, 16 December - As the clock winds down on a climate change agreement being reached at Copenhagen, Pacific Island leaders say they will continue to negotiate until the last minute.

Moti Exoneration is No Surprise: Sogavare

The Solomon Islands opposition leader Manasseh Sogavare says he's not surprised that the former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti has won a battle to have child sex charges against him dropped.
The licence is to be issued within the next week, subject to fulfilment of various conditions.

Bemobile Awarded Telecom License

The Evaluation Committee of Solomon Islands decided on Friday 11 December 2009 to award the country's first new entrant telecom licence to bemobile.

AG Criticizes Failure to Follow Tendering Procedures

The Report of the Auditor-General was tabled in Parliament yesterday with the AG citing common problems which included widespread failure to comply with mandatory procedures, the use of funds for purposes for which they are not authorized and the lack of accurate and relevant reporting on activities.
Moti was charged under Australia's child sex tourism laws and was facing up to 17 years in jail if convicted.

Sex Charges Against Julian Moti Dropped

Former Solomon Islands attorney-general and Australian lawyer Julian Moti is a free man after a court ruled child sex tourism charges against him were an abuse of process.

Grant to Boost Pacific Economic Growth

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Australia today announced a US$12 million grant package which aims to improve the business environment and stimulate private sector investment in the Pacific region.
In this initiative, feedback will be received from Provinces around Solomon Islands on the 1st 2009 Draft Federal Constitution of Solomon Islands document.

Constitutional Reform Provincial Feedback Delayed for 2010

The Provincial Feedback, which was expected to commence early December 2009, was postponed for next year as Government's slow revenue gain and financial constraints have been major factors in delaying the progress of the remaining activities of the Constitutional Reform programme for this year.

Three Men Arretsed Over Kongulae

The RSIPF yesterday arrested and charged three men for intentionally closing down the water source supply at Kongulae area over the weekend around 2pm.

Cyclone Passes through Fiji

Cyclone Mick, which caused destruction in Fiji in the past 24 hours, is now headed out of Fiji waters.

New Zealand Signs Multi-Million Dollar Fund for Education with Solomon Islands

Today, the Solomon Islands Government and Government of New Zealand signed a new three year funding arrangement of SBD165, 000,000 to improve the quality of basic education and to ensure all Solomon Islands children can go to school.

Australia Congratulates Government on Work to end Violence against Women

Australia commends the Solomon Islands Government for their commitment to addressing violence against women in Solomon Islands.
The Finance Minister pointed out that the budget was put together under very difficult circumstances.

Rini Unveils Billion Dollar Budget

Finance and Treasury Minister, Snyder Rini, has unveiled the government's budget, estimated at $1.997 billion. This is an overall increase of $43.9 million or 2.2 per cent on the 2009 Budget.

Asia Pacific Must Act Now to Tackle the Scourge of Climate Change - ADB

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - The countries of Asia and the Pacific have a strong stake in a successful outcome to the current climate change talks in Copenhagen, senior officials of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Sunday.

AOSIS Seek to Secure the Future Survival of its 43 members

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on Thursday announced a proposal designed to safeguard the Earth's climate system and to secure the future survival of its 43 members.

David and Goliath Showdown at Copenhagen Talks - Tuvalu & PNG Refuse to Bow Down

Report on Copenhagen Talks on climate change negotiations as reported by Makereta Komai for PACNEWS and released by the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

The Youth Engagement and Livelihood Project are implemented through a partnership between ADRA Australia, and ADRA Solomon Islands, as part of AusAID's Solomon Islands NGO Partnership Agreement.

Solomon Islands: ADRA Project Engages Youth, Communities

In the Solomon Islands, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) recently launched a $3 million project to benefit communities on the islands of Malaita and Guadalcanal, improving livelihood opportunities, building youth resiliency, and motivating the increased participation of youth.

Travellers to Australia Urged to Lodge Visa Application Well in Advance

With the Christmas and New Year holiday season fast approaching, the Australian High Commission today reminded Solomon Islanders planning to visit Australia to apply for visas well in advance of their intended travel date.
Dr. Sikua said the investments demonstrated the very close ties between the two governments.

PM Sikua Salutes Taiwans Investment in Solomon Islands

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua last night has praised the Republic of China, Taiwan for its growing investment in Solomon Islands.

Fate of Tuna and Pacific fisheries to be decided in Tahiti

December 07, 2009 Media Release
The RAMSI Pacific Choir, practising for Saturday.

RAMSI Pacific Choir joins Carols in the Islands

Carols in the Islands, the Christmas celebration scheduled this Saturday, 12 December, is set to see the return of the impressive voices of the RAMSI Pacific Choir.
John Alpress, during the FA course which ended in a high note yesterday.

FA Course Ends in High Note

The English Football Association (FA) run coaching course held in Honiara ended in a high note today with the 30 participants receiving the FA International Coaching Award Intermediate Level certificate from FA course coordinators John Alpress and Chris Dawham.
THe KOSSA Futsal Champions after their victory yesterday.

KOSSA the New Futsal Champs

KOSSA were crowned the new champions of the Honiara Futsal League after beating defending champions Brisolona 4 - 2 yesterday at the Honiara Multipurpose Hall court.

Honking Horns for Anti-Corruption Day

Today marks the United Nations World Anti-Corruption Day.
The Minister for Public Service, Milner Tozaka, said the code of conduct will cover five important areas.

Awareness Campaign on New Public Service Rules

The Government is prepared to carry out a mass education and awareness campaign on a new set of public service regulations starting in early 2010.

Body of Missing Boy Found

The 9-year-old boy, who went missing on Saturday afternoon at Betikama river bank, was found early yesterday morning by a man at the river bend near the Lunga River car wash area.

ADB Calls for Ambitious Climate Pact as World Leaders Gather in Copenhagen

News Release - 7 December 2009
Solomon Telekom Limited received a new license in exchange for its old license, ending its monopoly over telecommunications services in the country.

Telecommunication Market Opens to Competition

The Solomon Islands Government is delighted to announce that it has yesterday opened the Solomon Islands telecommunications market to competition.

Regional Progress Welcomed on Int. Day of Persons with Disabilities

PRESS STATEMENT - Friday, 4th December 2009INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:UN and Pacific regional organisations welcome progress in addressing rights of persons with disabilities

Govt Plans Information Campaign for New Rules

The Solomon Islands government plans an education and information campaign on a new set of rules for public servants.
The campaign is supported by a number of agencies in Solomon Islands, including anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency Solomon Islands.

Anti-corruption Comic Hits the Streets of Honiara

Corruption, in all its forms, is the target of a new week-long comic series launched today by RAMSI and the Solomon Islands Government, in partnership with Transparency Solomon Islands.
Santa adjusts his hat after a landing practice for next week's 'Carols in the Islands', to be held at Lawson Tama Stadium on Saturday 12 December.

The Carols Are Back

The Carols are back. And this year, they are set to be bigger and better than ever. Carols in the Islands, presented by DJ League and RAMSI, is held each year at Honiara's Lawson Tama Stadium, with over 10,000 people attending last year's event.
Ambassador Beck believes that a deal will be reached during the summit, a consistent view reiterated by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

Failure in Copenhagen is Not an Option: Ambassador Beck

Failure in Copenhagen is not an option in seeking a legally binding international agreement when world leaders meet next week to discuss a new climate change deal, said Collin Beck, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Solomon Islands to the United Nations.

Voter Awareness Vital for 2010 Elections

There are fears voters in Solomon Islands will not be properly prepared for elections next year because the Government is short of money.
Noel Wagapu (C) with the two course instructors from England, John Allpress (L) and Chris Dawham (R).

Soccer Course Begins

The FA Beginners Coaching Program begun yesterday at the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Academy in Honiara.

Mark Kemakeza Appears in Court

Commissioner of Police Peter Marshall confirmed that Hon Mark Kemakeza, MP representing the Nggella Constituency of Central Islands Province and younger brother of Sir Allan Kemakeza, appeared at a mention hearing at Honiara Magistrate's Court yesterday .
Acting Assistant Commissioner Operations Nela Mosese today said that Police would continue to target Central Market and other known areas for illegal trading and manufacturing of kwaso.

Police Strike Kwaso Black Market Trade

An operation by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Liquor Licensing Squad, supported by General Duty officers and CID detectives, struck at the heart of a black market trade of illegal made homebrew, known locally as Kwaso, at Honiara's Central Market.

ADB to Tap $700 Million from Two New Funds to Combat Climate Change

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to channel around $700 million from two new investment funds to its developing member countries as part of a broad global initiative to help developing countries meet the cost of actions needed to combat climate change.

Mr Fanega said that the situation would require careful management for the remainder of the year. Some people would be inconvenienced as a result of the strategic and careful management.

Government Finance Remains Tight: PS Fanega

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Mr Shadrach Fanega, today issued an update on the government's finances in response to public concerns.

RAMSI Welcomes New Public Service Code of Conduct

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) today welcomed the new Code of Conduct as a milestone in the rebuilding of Solomon Islands public service.

PNG to Improve Border Links with Indonesia to Aid Poor Provinces

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Papua New Guinea (PNG) is to improve its border facilities with neighboring Indonesian province, Papua, in a bid to tap trade and investment opportunities that can benefit some of its poorest provinces.

ADB Joins Multilateral Development Banks in Call for Equitable Climate Pact

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda joined heads of other multilateral development banks in calling for a comprehensive agreement to come out of climate change negotiations that begin in Copenhagen next week.
A woman with her child enjoying a necessity many take for granted, running water.

Fresh Water and New Toilets for Sanivele Community

Walking long distances to source fresh, clean water is a thing of the past for the people of Sanivele village on the Guadalcanal Plains, thanks to help from the Australian Government Aid Program.
The rehabilitation of roads and bridges is essential for re-connecting communities to markets and social services and sustaining economic activities in the area.

Grant to Improve Roads in Solomon Islands

A partnership of government and international development agencies today announced a $24 million grant package which aims to improve access to markets, health and education services among rural and urban households in Solomon Islands through an expansion of the Solomon Islands Road Improvement Project (SIRIP).
RSIPF Welcome 27 Graduate Police Officers

RSIPF Welcome 27 Graduate Police Officers

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 yesterday morning.

Solomon Gold Gets Prospecting Licence for 100 pct-owned Fauro Island Project

Solomon Gold plans to start a thorough exploration of Fauro Island in the north of Solomon Islands for gold copper porphyries and large scale epithermal gold ore bodies after it was granted a three-year prospecting licence for the tenement covering a 70 square kilometres area.

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