Latest News Archive December 2012

Temotu Premier Defends Mining Company

The Premier of Temotu Province says the benefits of a deal to permit a foreign mining company to extract underwater minerals from its waters outweigh the concerns.
TSI encourages the Ministry to ensure that leaders, administrators and loggers do not escape the law.

Transperancy Pleased With Forestry Department

Transparency Solomon Islands, TSI, says it is pleased with the initiative taken by the Ministry of Forestry to crack down on 'irresponsible loggers.'
In farewelling the workers, Mr Anderson emphasised that the seasonal workers are ambassadors for Solomon Islands.

More Seasonal Workers Farewelled

Australian High Commissioner for Solomon Islands, Matt Anderson farewelled six more workers from Solomon Islands yesterday as they flew to Australia as part of the Seasonal Worker Program.

WHO Provides Immediate Response to Samoa

WHO provides immediate health sector response to damage caused by tropical cyclone Evan in Samoa

Seasonal Workers Departed for Australia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday farewelled its first batch of Solomon Islands seasonal workers to Australia under the Pacific Seasonal Workers pilot scheme facilitated by the Ministry's External Trade department.

Police to Begin Zero Tolerance Campaign

A zero tolerance operation is being organised in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara by the police for the Christmas and New Years festive period.

Public Service to Become Strict

The Solomon Islands Minister for Public Service has cautioned that the public service will become strict on all applicants qualifications and attitude towards work.
Four schools were visited in Central Islands Province by a joint review team from the Ministry of Education, World Vision and AusAID.

Central Province Primary Undergoes Evaluation

Reading and literacy skills were tested at schools in Central Province, Solomon Islands recently to feed into data about the impact of early childhood education to help shape the future design of a regional early childhood education (ECE) program.

Police Called to Calm Angry Crowd

Solomon Islands Police officers from the Police Response Team quickly dispersed a band of angry people, following claims of unpaid income around 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Point Cruz.
The new facilities are part of RAMSI's ongoing support to help improve and modernize the working environment of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) throughout the country.

Guadalcanal Police Get Impressive New Headquarters

A new Provincial Police Headquarters should be a "lighthouse for the people of Guadalcanal," the Solomon Islands Minister of Provincial Government said yesterday.
Due to Cyclone Evan, flights have been cancelled, at which time Solomon Airlines have stepped up to assist.

Solomon Airlines Assist Stranded Passengers

Solomon Islands national carrier, Solomon Airlines, is organizing a special flight to Fiji via Vanuatu to assist stranded passengers following Cyclone Evan.
Prioritising Climate Change Adaptations for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Fiji

Prioritising Climate Change Adaptations for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Fiji

More than 60 stakeholders from the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Fiji attended a workshop in Suva on 'Priority adaptations to climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Fiji: reducing risks and capitalising on opportunities'.

Plans Ahead for Establishment of Alcohol Anonymous

An International alcoholics organization plans to establish an office next year in the country to assist people with drinking problems.

Call to Revisit Country Policies

Solomon Islands Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Douglas Ete is urging the Ministries of Finance and Forestry to seriously look at policies that will sustain the country's economy.
Kabutaulaka states that the decline in income from the logging industry is an opportune time to relook at our economy.

Logging Revenue Expected to Decline

The logging industry in the Solomon Islands has been the country's biggest money earner for the past 30 years.

Regional Action to Fight Illegal Tuna Fishing in the Pacific

A new data-driven process to further crackdown on illegal tuna fishing in the Pacific will help reduce the loss of local fish industry.
The Hospitality graduates with their certificates.

More Graduate from APTC

Eighty-four Solomon Islands students graduated from the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) on Friday at a special ceremony in Honiara.
Candlelight vigils have been held throughout the United States following the massacre of 20 children and 6 adults.

Lilo Sends Condolences to Obama

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo on behalf of the Government and the people of Solomon Islands has expressed sincere condolences to the President of the United States of America, Barak Obama, following the Connecticut Massacre over the weekend.
The arrival of Solomon Airline's own Dash 8 marked a significant event in the Airline's history.

Big Plans Ahead for Solomon Airlines

Only three events this year have managed to bridge Solomon Islands divisive politics, bringing together the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

AusAID Announces Scholarship Awardees

Thirty five new Solomon Islands students will study at Australian universities next year under the Australia Awards, making it the largest ever intake of Solomon Islanders awarded Australian scholarships.

Getting to the Point on Pacific Tuna Fisheries

Scientists call for reference points to replace the current gridlock.

Guadalcanal Premier Voices Concerns

The Premier of Solomons Islands' Guadalcanal Province says he is still concerned about possible militant activity, despite positive comments from the head of the Regional Assistance Mission to his country.

Solomon Sharks in Fiji for Oceania Meet

Last week, the Solomon Islands AFL team, Solomon Sharks, departed for Fiji to compete in the 2012 AFL Oceania Cup.
Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Maelanga encourages everyone to recognise the importance of sharing a common vision.

Transition on Track

Senior officials of the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI recently met to jointly review the progress being made towards RAMSI's transition.

Human Rights Tools for Pacific Island Countries Launched

Suva, Fiji - Dec 6 A set of tools that will assist Pacific Island countries to design and deliver actions to further human rights were launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
The police chief added that the recognition of corrupt activities is an important first step.

More Needed in Fight Against Corruption: Lansley

The Police Commissioner, John Lansley, says more needs to be done in the fight against corruption.

New Network for Government

Solomons Islands is set to revamp its governments internet and communication facilites, with a $3.2m project run by Australian company CBO communications.
A 'Take Back the Night Candle Light Vigil' has been organized to mark the final day of the Activism.

'Take Back the Night Candle Light Vigil' Organized

"From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World", the Solomon Islands, through its key stakeholders will join the rest of the world to celebrate the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence on Monday the 10th.

Malaita Premier States Disappointment

The Solomon Islands Malaita Provincial Premier has described Solomon Islands' vote to support Palestine at the United Nations as disappointing and sad.

Government Holds Gender Violence Awareness

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services in coordination with the Ministry of Women Youth Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA), will be holding an awareness on Gender Violence at the Honiara Central Market this morning.
 "CRYSTAL RIVER BAND", is launching its first ever DVD on Friday 7th and Saturday 8 December 2012 in Auki, Malaita Province and on 15 December in Honiara.

Gospel Group to Launch Album

Deep in the highlands region of Central Kwara'ae in Malaita Province, Solomon Islands, a Religious Country Music Band has emerged.

SPC Strengthens Efforts to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Pacific Region

While we focused our attention on World AIDS Day last Saturday, we must remember that high rates of sexually transmitted infections leave Pacific Islanders particularly vulnerable to HIV.

Lusibaea Gives Fund to Students

The Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for North Malaita, has given more than SBD$50,000 to its University students from its constituency for various activities throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
"Assistance with ongong development challenges was best provided by international donors, rather than RAMSI which was essentially a peacekeeping mission."

RAMSI Transition Timely

The Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Nicholas Coppel says the time is right for RAMSI's transition in the country.
The mural will help to promote clean hands and hygiene in the hospital.

Australian Volunteers Promotes Hygiene

Australian Volunteers will leave a permanent legacy of their contribution to Solomon Islands by painting a 'hand hygiene' mural on the wall outside the children's ward at the National Referral Hospital.
The Australian army with RAMSI in the early years, when the focus was peacekeeping.

Peacekeeping Lessons Learnt Shared

The Australian Government has recently shared its experiences and lessons on its peacekeeping missions in the East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

Telekom S-League Delayed

The kickoff of the third Telekom S-League season has been delayed until February 2013 following a decision by the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF).

WHO Draws Attention to the Alarming Rise of New HIV Infections

On World AIDS Day, WHO draws attention to the alarming rise of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people in Asia.
About 1500 Kiwi soldiers have served in the Solomon Islanders under the RAMSI scheme.

Last NZ Platoon Farewells Solomon Islands

After a decade of service in the Solomon Islands the last remaining New Zealand military platoon, serving under the military component of RAMSI, is set to return.

Sad Day for Solomon Islands-Israeli Relations: Israel Consul

Israel Consul in Solomon Islands, Leliana Firisua, says it is a truly "a sad day in the friendship between Solomon Islands and Israel when Solomon Islands last Friday voted for UN's recognition of Palestine."
He says perhaps the lack of understanding is partly due to the role played by the Court in years past when delivering sentences that are often seen as comparatively lenient.

Sexual Assaults Appalling: Justice Pallaras

A High Court Judge says the increasing number of sexual assaults in the Solomon Islands is appalling, and he suggests that its criminality and severity of penalty available upon conviction is undervalued in the community.

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