Latest News Archive December 2013

Hundreds Survive Ferry sinking

Authorities in Solomon Islands say it's lucky no one died when a ferry carrying nearly 400 people sank.
What reggae means to a majority of us Solomon Islanders is synonymous with Bob Marley. Julian brings a similar sound to his father’s music maintaining comparable messages and good vibes.

Julian Marley to Launch “Iumi Wan Festival” in 2014

2014 marks an important year for our nation. With numerous events planned out for 2014, Rebelle Inc is proud to present, Julian Marley – the son of Reggae Royalty, Bob Marley and the Uprising band, in the inauguration of the ‘Iumi Wan Festival’ on the 8th of January 2014.

Earthquake Hits Lata, 5.1 Magnitude

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has reported a 5.1 magnitude earthquake has hit Lata East of the Solomon Islands. The epicenter of the earthquake was underwater at a depth of 25.6 km (15.9 m). No tsunami warning was issued for the surrounding area.

New Caledonia Returns Solomon Islands Red Feather Money

The Museum of New Caledonia (MNC) and Solomon Islands National Museum (SINM) are participating in a cultural exchange - the return of the traditional red feather money (te vau). Red feather money is considered a national treasure by the people of the Solomon Islands.
SIMSA warns that heavy penalties will be applied if boat owners ignore safety requirements such as passenger and cargo limits.

Passenger Boat Sinks Off Ngella Islands

A local passenger vessel, the MV Francis Gerena, has sunk between Ngella in the Central Islands and Malaita Province.
The awardees together with the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.

Sixty Nationals Awarded Australian Scholarship

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has congratulated 60 Solomon Islanders who will receive Australia Awards scholarships to study at Australian or regional universities next year.
Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop together with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo.

Australia Commits to Preventing Family Violence

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop yesterday announced that Australia will provide an additional A$5 million for the Prevention of Family Violence Program to help prevent incidents of family violence in Solomon Islands.

Airport Closes Indefinitely

Malaita Province's Gwaunaru’u airport is currently being closed indefinitely after landowners claim that their Memorandum of Understanding with the Government was breached.

Trade Envoy Clarifies Last Week’s PACP Meetings in Honiara

For anyone to suggest that the Pacific ACP internal meetings and their meeting with the EU Trade Commissioner held in Honiara last week were orchestrated by the Forum Secretariat is simply not true.This was highlighted by Robert Sisilo the country’s trade envoy in a statement.
Members of the community receiving bed nets in Titiana Village.

Fight Against Malaria with Bed Net Distribution

By boat, truck or foot – tyranny of distance no barrier for distribution of bed nets to stop malaria.

Fiji Will Help Kiribati in Climate Change Crisis

Fiji's Prime Minister has stated that his country will help Kiribati even though there are some aspects to consider as the climate change crisis escalates.
Marijuana is the most common illicit drug used in the Solomon Islands.

Marijuana Plantation Worth SBD$14 Million Raided

The Royal Solomon Islands Police and the Participating Police force have raided several hectares of Marijuana plants with a combined street value of SBD$14 million dollars.
Allegations Against Rick Hou Inaccurate: LCC

Allegations Against Rick Hou Inaccurate: LCC

Chairman of the Leadership Code Commission (LCC) says recent newspaper reports on LCC charges against Finance Minister Rick Hou and his Permanent Secretary, Shadrach Fanega, are 'inaccurate and came from information that was obtained illegally'.

GG Appoints Cohen as Acting Auditor General

The Governor General His Excellency Sir Frank Kabui has formally appointed Mr Robert Cohen as Acting Auditor General today.

Rising Fiscal Challenges in the Pacific in 2014 - ADB

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – Fiscal pressures are expected to increase in the Pacific in 2014, according to the latest issue of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Pacific Economic Monitor, launched today at the offices of the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Government Progresses Development of National Peace building Policy

The Solomon Islands Government has progressed the development of a National Peace Building Policy with the convening of a two-day peace stake-holders consultation workshop in Honiara from 26 – 27 November 2013.

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