Latest News Archive September 2010

U.S. EPA Applauds American Samoa's Decision to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

News Release - HONOLULU - The US Environmental Protection Agency today applauds the Governor, Legislature and residents of America Samoa for enacting restrictions banning plastic shopping bags - reducing their waste and protecting the environment in a single action.

Opposition Cautions Government on RAMSI Exit

A leading Solomon Islands opposition politician, Mathew Wale, says winding up the Regional Assistance Mission within six years is possible, but it would be pushing the limit.
"The call for the removal Commissioner Peter Marshall is outrageous and unsubstantiated," Inspector Balaga said

Call for Removal of Police Commissioner Unjustified

The President of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Senior and Subordinate Officers' Association (SPOA), Inspector Jack Balaga stated that the allegations and call for the removal of Police Commissioner Peter Marshall by the Solomon Islands Public Employees Union (SIPEU) are despicable and unfounded.

Solomon Islands Wins First Match at OFC Women's Nations Cup

Solomon Islands' has won its first match at the OFC Women's Nations Cup, and in doing so jotted down their biggest ever victory at senior women's level.
Concerns were raised over deliberate inflation of the voter register by multiple registration.

Elections Conducted Satisfactorily: Commonwealth

An Observer Group from the Commonwealth, which observed the Solomon Islands National Parliamentary Elections of 4 August 2010, has produced its final report detailing the generally sound orchestration of the nation's elections, but raising a few key issues on which the country needs to improve upon.

ADB Sells First Clean Energy Bond

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has sold $232.2 million in Clean Energy Bonds to support its renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Asia and the Pacific.

Tonga and Tuvalu Collaborate to Protect Whales and Dolphins

Press Release - Tonga and Tuvalu are the newest signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to protect cetaceans in the Pacific islands region.

Government Soon to Release Policy Document

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister is expected to include constitutional reforms in the government's first policy document, which is due to be launched this week.

Menapi Joins Nadi for Courts IDC Tournament

Solomon Island import, Cummins Menapi, flew to Fiji yesterday and has joined the Nadi team camp as they seek to lift the much coveted Courts IDC trophy.
Dr Levi Hou and Dr James Auto say that goal four of the international development wish-list, reducing child mortality - will take longer to achieve.

Health Related MDG May Not be Achieved

Two leading medical practitioners in Solomon Islands say two of the eight Millennium Development Goals cannot be achieved by the 2015 deadline.

ADB, UNICEF Join Forces for Children with Major Agreement

NEW YORK, USA (23 September 2010) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today signed a major agreement, joining forces across Asia and the Pacific region to fight disparities, reduce poverty, and ensure that equitable and sustainable development benefits all children.
Shift2Neutral and the Solomon Islands Carbon Project believe this can be achieved with real benefits to local stakeholders.

New Initiative to Stop Deforestation

An international organization, Shift2Neutral, has partnered with a local Solomon Islands group to try and start a Carbon Project to protect millions of hectares against deforestation.

Police Commemorate Fallen Officers on Blue Ribbon Day

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force will commemorate its fallen officers during the Police Blue Ribbon Memorial Service today morning.

Sexual Reproductive Health Centre Opens for Children

Save the Children will officially open a sexual and reproductive health resource centre in Honiara today.
Pan pipe music and dance has been recently regarded as the icon of Solomon Islands overseas.

Solomon Islands Ranks Top at Arts Festival

The Solomon Islands contingent to the recent 4th Melanesian Arts Festival in New Caledonia has done pride to the country when they topped the Cultural Arts and Performance category during the Festival.
Prime Minister, Danny Philip, concedes his coalition government suffers an international image problem.

RAMSI Takes Steps for Solomon's Exit

The Prime Minister says it should be free of intervention, writes Daniel Flitton of the Sydney Morning Herald in Honiara.
Remote areas which will be serviced under the project include: Temotu outer islands, Ontong Java & Dai Island, Ulawa and Sikaiana, the Shortland Islands, Makira and the weather coast.

Remote Communities to Gain from Franchise Shipping Scheme

Five franchise routes have been awarded to three ship operators, allowing the first scheduled voyages of ships to remote areas of Solomon Islands, under the Domestic Maritime Support Project.
Mr. Philip said that resource owners, who own well over 80% of the country's resources, must be included in the development process.

Philip Says Constitutional Reform is a Priority

Prime Minister, Danny Philip, reiterated his governments desire to change the current unitary system of government.

Asia Represents the World's Best Hope for Achieving MDGs, ADB President Tells UN

NEW YORK, USA - Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda said today that Asia and the Pacific, home to three-fifths of humanity and two-thirds of the world's poor, represented the world's best hope for achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
With pledges of more than $40 billion, the Solomon Islands, over the next five years, could tap into the Global Strategy Fund for Women and Children's Health.

UN Secures $40 billion for Women and Children's Health

Solomon Islands stands to benefit from a USD$40 million pledge from developed members of the UN.
"There is a need to realign our approaches that link to national development priorities, to enhance national ownership and long term sustainability."

Shanel Addresses UN MDG Summit

Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Peter Shanel, joined other Pacific Island Leaders in a United Nations summit, to reiterate the fact that if the developed world wants developing countries to meet all eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, then they will have to provide more help.
AusAID Development Counsellor, Juliette Brassington, congratulating Australian Leadership Award winner Joyce Maetoloa who will be studying Tourism at Masters level at the University of Queensland.

Top Local candidates win Australian Leadership Award scholarships

The Australian Development Counsellor in Solomon Islands, Juliette Brassington, today announced that eight Solomon Islands high performers will be offered a prestigious Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Scholarship for 2011.
The miniseries features well-known battles on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, as well as Basilone's involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Country Fails to Capitalize on "The Pacific" Popularity

The Solomon Islands has failed to capitalize on the hugely popular "The Pacific" mini series, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

News Release on Three-day summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Asia-Pacific Countries Still Have Opportunity to Turn Robust Growth into Anti-Poverty Success

Diesel and Marist Clash, A 2010 Rugby Highlight

It had all the hallmarks of a grand final, a young Marist side looking to turn the table on Diesel Services following a loss to them earlier in the year and the latter looking to teach them another sour lesson in losing. The result was eighty minutes of hard rugby.
Solomon Islands tribemen hunting dolphins.

Conservationists Score Major Victory to Save Dolphins

The Earth Island Institute team successfully negotiated an end to a 450 year tradition of killing dolphins with three of eight tribes in the Solomon Islands.

FSM Vulnerability Assessment

The government of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has carried out climate vulnerability assessments on 14 atoll islands in the states of Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap.

Solomon Gold Tops LSE Risers on Fauro Gold Project Results

Shares in Solomon Gold soared and at one point nearly doubled after the company announced the assay results from initial surface sampling on its 100% owned Fauro Island project in the Solomon Islands. The stock was still trading up 62% at midday.

HCC Team Leader Happy with Attendance on Draft Constitution Feedback

Honiara City Council's Constitutional Congress team has started its meetings on the feedback of the 1st 2009 Draft Federal Constitution yesterday with about a third of invited participants in attendance.

New Road Map for SPREP

Press Release - The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has a new road map which comes into effect next year. During the 21st Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme the "SPREP Strategic Plan 2011 - 2015" was adopted by environment ministers and SPREP Members.

Concerns over Backlog of Cases

A former public solicitor in Solomon Islands says legal procedures for handling ethnic tensions cases must be improved.

Pacific Biodiversity: An important topic for Environment Ministers

Press Release - Ministers and Heads of Delegation attending the 21SM renewed their commitment to biodiversity conservation and affirmed that biological diversity is the foundation of the well-being of our communities and cultures.
Mr Knight says that it will take time for the government to understand and attain knowledge of the mining industry and cites Papua New Guinea as an example.

The Rise of the Mining Industry?

Excitement is certainly growing within government circles with experts revealing, based on research and exploration, that highly lucrative gold deposits were found on Fauro Island.

Fiji's Fiji Times Purchased

Fiji's biggest newspaper, The Fiji Times, has been bought from the Australian-owned News Limited in accordance with the country's newly implemented media decree.
The petition also challenges the Electoral Commission particularly on the election process in these constituencies.

Nine Petitions Lodged

Nine election petitions have been lodged at the High Court so far.

New Shipping Services Begin for Solomon Islands

New shipping services to seven of Solomon Islands most remote Island groups begin this month.
Solomon Islands representative to Cuba, Ambassador Collin Beck with students in Cuba.

SI Medical Students in Cuba Complete Academic Year in Style

Seventy-four Spanish speaking Solomon Islanders studying medicine in Cuba have successfully completed its first academic year in July 2010.

Petitions will take time: Electoral Office

The Solomon Islands chief electoral officer says it's unlikely the petitions against the recent election results in the High Court will be heard before the end of the year.

New Kindergarten Opens in Aruligo Today

A new kindergarten in Harabau Community, Aruligo, will open today, following support from Save the Children's Youth Outreach Participation Project (YOPP).
Solomon Gold says the first 58 out of 215 samples taken suggest gold mineralization 'similar in style' to the major Lihir Island gold deposit in Papua New Guinea.

Significant Gold Find on Fauro Islands

Solomon Gold says sampling at its Fauro Island project in the Shortland Islands, West Solomons, indicates 'significant' gold mineralization.

ADB, Japan Fund Social Support Schemes in Cook Islands, Mashall Islands, Tonga

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan are extending grants totaling $3 million for a cash-for-work scheme and other pilot social support programs for vulnerable groups in the Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, and Tonga.

Minister for Fisheries to Face Charges Soon

The Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for North Malaita and Fisheries Minister, Jimmy Lusibaea, will appear before the High Court later this year for offences he allegedly committed in 2002.
Tri Marine has bought 51 percent while NPF brought 29 percent shares. ICSI and the Western Province have 10 percent shares each.

NPF and Tri Marine Invest in Soltai Fisheries

The Solomon Islands National Provident Fund and Tri Marine have invested in Soltai fisheries.

Fiji's Commerce Commission Blocks Rival Paper's Bid to Buy Fiji Times

Fiji's Commerce Commission has reportedly turned down an offer by Fiji Sun, one of Fiji's newspaper companies, to purchase the country's longest running newspaper, The Fiji Times.

Ex-wife Suspicious of Mr Meiners Alleged Suicide

The family of an Australian citizen found hanged in his Solomon Islands villa are demanding that Australian authorities investigate the death, which local police say was a suicide.
The two petitions bring the total number of election petitions lodged at the High Court to three, with some more to be lodged before the deadline of September 15.

Two More MPs Face Petition

Another two election petitions have been lodged at the High Court - bringing the total number of election petitions to three.

Marshall Urges Fugitive to Surrender

Head of the Royal Solomon Islands Police, Peter Marshall has called on a fugitive, Stanley Gitoa to give himself up.
III Kings are a ten-piece band based in Honiara who have been playing together for about five years.

Solomon Island Band Wins 2010 Pacific Break

Calling themselves III Kings, a Solomon Island band has taken out the much coveted 2010 Pacific Break competition.
Rose Gwali (L) competes with Joy Timo of Honiara Select for the ball.

Women's National Team Wins Third Friendly

The Solomon Islands senior national women's football team have rebuilt their confidence with a 2 - 0 win against the Honiara Select side at the SIFF Academy field yesterday.

Government Names New AG

Private lawyer Billy Titiulu is Solomon Islands new Attorney General.

Government Makes Three More Political Appointments

The government has made another three political appointments.
Based on eyewitness accounts, the plane may have been a light aircraft.

No Plane Crash, Says Police

The mystery plane crash, reported by villagers in Ogou Village and people living on Leli Island, just off the northeast coast of Malaita near Atoifi, has been ruled out.
A team from RAMSI had flown to the island by chopper last night but due to bad weather, they were unable to see anything from aerial surveys.

Ministry of Aviation Investigates Mystery Crash

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Aviation, Jeffery Wickham, says that his Ministry is currently conducting investigations into reports that a light airplane had crashed into the jungles of East Malaita.
It is understood that security measures at the Campus have been beefed up with heavy mobile police presence as of last Thursday.

Clashes Disrupt Classes in Unitech, PNG

Solomon Islands students studying at Unitech in Lae Papua New Guinea are still uncertain as to when classes will resume.

Public Cannot Access Declarations of Interest by MPs: Speaker

Direct interests declared by members of Parliament are not for public viewing and are not public information.
Sir Allan won the election by 27 votes, surpassing the 25 votes required to win the Speakers seat.

Sir Allan Wins Speaker's Election

Sir Allan Kemakeza has been elected Speaker of the National Parliament.

Former Forestry Commissioner Escapes Prison Sentence

A Former Forestry Commissioner has gotten off lightly on official corruption charges after a Magistrate ruled on a suspended sentence.
Unconfirmed reports say that former Temotu-Nende MP, Patteson Oti withdrew from the Speakers election late yesterday.

Speaker's Election Underway

Solomon Islands will have a new Speaker of Parliament today.

Women Vulnerable to Climate Change

A regional consultation meet heard that women are likely to be more affected by climate change because of the gender division of responsibilities and roles in the Pacific and other societies in the world.

21st SPREP Meeting opens in Papua New Guinea

Monday 6 September 2010, Madang - Environment Ministers, Officials, donors and government and non-government partners from in and around the Pacific have gathered in Madang, Papua New Guinea, for the twenty-first annual meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, being held from 6 to 10 September.
Premier Panga says his government respects the Tongan government's decisions not to waiver jurisdiction for their two soldiers.

Guadalcanal Premier Speaks on Titinge Incident

The Guadalcanal Provincial Government has expressed disappointment on the recent developments of the shooting death of a former police officer, allegedly by stray bullets from firearms belonging to two military officers of the Regional Assistance Mission.

Mobile Banking Can Transform Lives: Simbe

The Government can transform the lives of its rural people by supporting and encouraging the introduction of mobile phone banking services in the country.

Winning Candidate Ready to Defend Himself against Petition

Chairman of the Taskforce for the winning candidate for East Are'are Constituency on Malaita has defended the victory of Andrew Hanaria as MP for the constituency.
The event will also feature the traditional Cleanup Honiara Day, earmarked for Saturday 4th September.

Fly Solomons Fun Run on Again

The hugely popular Fly Solomons Half Marathon and Fun Run 2010 will be launched on Friday 10th September at the Heritage Park Hotel.

Oti Likely Candidate for Speaker

The former Member of Parliament for Temotu Nende John Patteson Oti is a likely candidate for the Speaker of Parliament's election on Wednesday.
Mr Hatimoana told SIBC News he has a "very strong case against the MP Elect-Mark Kemakeza."

Petition Looms for MPs

First runner up in the Ngella constituency, Johnly Hatimoana, will launch the petition.

New Regional Plan to Conserve Pacific Wetlands

Press Release - A new draft three-year action plan has been developed outlining activities, responsibilities and targets that seek to promote and strengthen the wise use and conservation of wetlands in the region.

MPs Must Avoid Conflicts of Interest: TSI

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) supports the call by the Chairperson of the Leadership Code Commission (LCC), Emmanuel Kouhota, that leaders, particularly Members of Parliament, must avoid putting themselves in situations that give rise to conflicts of interest.
Wagapu said that he is happy with the turn out and the energy the players have put into their training on the first day.

National U-20 Soccer Team Starts Preparations

The Solomon Islands Men's National U-20 Training Squad has begun its preparations for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U-20 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in April 2011.
The basis of SIFF's argument was that the Pacific Games is recognized by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) as the preliminary rounds of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

NOCSI Gives Green Light to Football for 2011 Pacific Games

The football fraternity and football fans in Solomon Islands received their best news yet this year with the announcement that football is among the sports approved for the 2011 Pacific Games.
The successful Trivia Night was a youth driven initiative in recognition of the growing concern of domestic violence in the country.

Trivia Ends With Handover of Goods to Christian Care Centre

Miss Solomon Islands 2009, Rabobo Toma, together with the Henderson Hammer Heads Rugby club, following their Charity Fundraiser, handed over kitchen, gardening and various essentials to the Christian Care Centre on Wednesday this week.

Telecommunication Commissioner Pleased with Launching of Bemobile

Telecommunication Commissioner says the Commission is pleased with Be-mobile's launch and hopes that it will perform well in the telecommunication market.
"I will give it to the Director of the Public Prosecutions for his independent scrutiny. We don't need an overseas independent study for this particular matter," said the Police Commissioner.

No Need for Independent Investigations: Marshall

The head of police, Peter Marshall, says there is no need for another independent investigation into a recent shooting death of a former police officer at Titinge in Honiara.
Miss Solomon Islands and the Trivia Champions, Team Wayfarers.

Trivia Night a Success

On Tuesday 31st of August, Miss Solomon Islands 2009, Rabobo Toma, in collaboration with the Henderson Hammerheads Rugby Club, hosted a "very successful" Trivia Night at the King Solomon Hotel's Bamboo Bar.
Mr Sevele says their soldiers were only acting under the rules of engagement.

Tonga's PM Comments on Soldiers

Tonga's Prime Minister says there is no need for his soldiers to remain in the Solomon Islands to answer questions about the shooting death of a former national police officer.

Bemobile Overwhelmed!

Chief Executive officer of the newly launched Bemobile says the company is overwhelmed by the outcome of Tuesdays launching.

Opposition Group Appoints Shadow Ministers

The Parliamentary Opposition says it has an impressive line-up of Shadow Ministers to take on the watch-dog role of the government.

Pacific Women Call for Stronger Regional Processes to Accelerate Equality

Tuesday, 31 August 2010 - The 11th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women held at SPC headquarters in Noumea from 16-20 August 2010 called for stronger regional multi-sectoral processes and mechanisms to accelerate the achievement of equality between women and men in the Pacific Island region.
Past governments have used expansionary fiscal policies, which basically encouraged more government spending but slightly less tax, because of the boom in the forestry sector in past decades.

We Must Spend Within Our Limits: Lilo

Solomon Islanders are likely to face a much tighter fiscal policy regime from the new government, meaning a reduction in government spending and a possible increase in tax.

Taxation Issues a Top Priority: Lilo

The country's new Finance Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo says taxation issues will top the list of priorities for the Ministry this term.