Latest News Archive November 2013

The government of Vanuatu has stated that it will cease the export of live cattle to the Solomon Islands if these animals are killed.

Cattle Not Fit for Human Consumption

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has warned that the cattle brought in from Vanuatu are currently not fit for human consumption.
SolBrew general manager Andy Hewson announced his delight at the addition of the world’s most international premium beer brand, Heineken®, to the company’s portfolio.

SolBrew Launches the Heineken® Brand in Solomon Islands

Following the earlier celebrations around its anniversary, SolBrew is happy to celebrate its 20th birthday with an extension of its portfolio: the introduction of the Heineken® brand.
“At this advance stage of review, I expect all of you to proficiently identify the areas of concern and to propose appropriate solutions.”

Federal Constitution Must Reflect People’s Expectations: PM Lilo

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has challenged a special meeting of provincial team leaders of the constitutional congress to aim towards achieving a constitution that meets the expectations of the people.

Climate-threatened Solomon Islanders Prepare for Evacuation

In the Solomon Islands, where the sea level rise of 8 millimetres per year is almost three times the global average, survival of communities on the low-lying atoll of Ontong Java is already threatened.

TSI Questions Ronia’s Termination

Transparency Solomon Islands, TSI, is concerned that the termination of the Auditor General, Mr Edward Ronia, would impact negatively on the progress that has been made in the fight against corruption.

ADB to Help Samoa Boost Energy Security and Hydro Electricity

APIA, SAMOA – Samoa will reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and improve its energy sector’s resilience to future natural disasters with a $23.8 million project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to rehabilitate three small hydropower plants on Upolu and construct three new hydropower plants on Upolu and Savai’i.

UQ Researchers Discover New Giant Clam Species

University of Queensland researchers have discovered a vivid new species of giant clam on reefs in the Solomon Islands and at Ningaloo in Western Australia.

RAMSI SC Vows to Champion Prevention of Violence Against Women

The new RAMSI Special Coordinator Mrs Justine Braithwaite vows to use her appointment to advocate for the prevention of family and gender based violence in Solomon Islands.

SI Welcomes Host Country Grant Initiative to SPC

The Solomon Islands Delegation to the 43rd Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) Session of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has expressed its willingness to consider the Host Country Grant Initiative at the conclusion of the Session Monday this week.

Pacific Community Discusses Possible New Members

Members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) are discussing crucial and substantive issues relating to the Canberra Agreement of 1947 – the founding treaty of SPC.

We Must Sustain RAMSI’s Achievements: Maelanga

The National Government has advised the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, to ensure its achievements are sustained into the future.
Smoking has been banned at all public-transport under the Tobacco control Act since January this year.

SB$20,000 Fine for Smokers

Commuters in Honiara will be subject to a crackdown of smoking in public transportation as police, health and public transport officials join forces.

Solar Powered Lights to Light Up RMI Streets

11 November 2013, Suva Fiji: Urban centres in the Republic of the Marshall Islands will soon be lit through solar powered street lighting systems.

Nate Heartsoa Promises Fourth Album

Nate, commonly known as Nate Heartsoa, has been inspired to work all out on a fourth album.
Mr Lilo stressed that these are real challenges we will face today and well into the future.

Issues Relating to Water Scarcity Must be Addressed: PM

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says the inclusion of water into the second Round Table talks this morning seeks to highlight its critical importance to Solomon Islands.
HMAS Tarakan, followed by HMAS Labuan, prepares to berth in Honiara, Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe 2013.

Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 to Clear Unexploded War Remnants in Solomon Islands

More than 200 Australian Defence Force personnel will spend the next month in Solomon Islands clearing explosive remnants from World War Two and helping communities with school repairs and water supply projects.

Paramount Chief to Lead Isabel Mining Forum

Bishop James Mason, the Paramount Chief of Isabel and first Bishop of Hanuato’o Diocese, returned from England yesterday to lead more than 130 Solomon Island politicians, environmental experts, mining representatives and community members in an open discussion on what mining will mean for Isabel Province.
Adult topa fish landed by spear fishersat Bahana Fisheries Centre in Kia.

Research Finds Logging Destroys Solomon Fish Stocks

A marine scientist is warning Solomon Island landowners that logging will kill nearby reef fisheries within a decade leaving future generations with neither timber nor marine resources to support their families with.

Substance Abuse on the Rise Due to Rising Wealth

A World Bank report has found that substance abuse in Solomon Islands is becoming more pervasive due to wealth created by the resources sector.

Police Recapture Second Fugitive

The Guadalcanal Province Police Commander, Chief Superintendent David Diosi has praised his police officers including the Police Rapid Response team, the Participating Police Force and locals at the Weather coast region for the support and cooperation, which resulted in the recapturing of Fugitive Gedley Isa.
It says a total of 47 officers from the Guadalcanal Provincial Police and the Police Response Team were deployed to the weathercoast under the operation.

Police Recapture Escaped Fugitive

Police successfully recaptured Francis Lela, one of the fugitives from the weathercoast of Guadalcanal who escaped from the Correctional Facility at Rove on 5 October 2012.