Latest News Archive June 2014

Weathercoast Women Benefit from Australian Assistance

Mrs Jean Pichu’s vision was realised recently when the Niu Areata Women’s Weaving and Sewing project was completed with the assistance of the Australian High Commission’s Direct Assistance Program.

Axiom Injects Additional Funds

Axiom Mining (ASX:AVQ) has raised $1.1 million through a private placement as it focuses on its West Guadalcanal and Isabel Nickel projects in the Solomon Islands.
Geodynamics chief executive Geoff Ward said the company expected to start drilling activities "later this year".

ASX-listed Geodynamics Gets Go-ahead

ASX-listed Geodynamics has received the go-ahead to begin work on its 20 MW geothermal power project in the Solomon Islands.
SPC Supports Production of Vegetables, Safe for Human Consumption

SPC Supports Production of Vegetables, Safe for Human Consumption

When laboratory analysis showed that insecticides used by farmers to control the insect pest of Brassica oleracea (cabbage) are no longer effective, farmers began increasing the dosage. This was revealed in a pesticide forum attended by farmers, pesticide retailers and agriculture officials.
"The beauty of the Solomon Islands is that while Honiara is ideal for those larger meetings groups, our other islands lend themselves perfectly to pre and post meeting opportunities with which participants can avail themselves of some amazing activities."

MICE Industry a Key Driver for Tourism: Tuamoto

The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) has unveiled its plans to position the destination as a new and very alternative venue for the international MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition) market.
The investment by the New Zealand government will allow thousands of people receive quality eye care in the decades to come.

New Zealand to Fund Eye Care Center

The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand is working with the New Zealand government to build a state-of-the-art eye care center in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Six Provinces Qualify for Provincial Funds

Only six out of Solomon Islands nine provinces have met the seven minimum conditions allowing them access to 30-million dollars of Provincial Capacity Development Fund (PCDF) under the Provincial Governance Strengthening Programme (PGSP).
Australia's Justice Minister Keenan (c) speaking with Commander of the Participating Police Force, Greg Harrigan.

Australia and RAMSI Reaffirm Support

Australia's Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan has reaffirmed Australia and RAMSI’s commitment to supporting the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the conclusion of a two-day visit to the Solomons.

Evacuation Centers to Close this Week

Solomon Islands disaster officials have delayed plans to close the remaining evacuation centres, which were opened after the April floods.

ADB Boosts Hydro-power Generation

The Asian Development Bank yesterday, signed with the Solomon Islands grant and loan agreements to help the Government boost energy access and renewable energy generation in Auki, the capital of Malaita province.
“In our country, the Solomon Islands, it is unfortunate that corruption has taken precedence over general order, the normal administrative procedures, and, to say the least, there are elements of corruption even in our political system,” Archbishop Vunagi said.

Church Leaders Work Towards Mitigating Corruption

Churches in the Solomon Islands have committed to playing an active part in mitigating the root causes of corruption.
About 1,500 people are still being housed in the evacuation centres after April's deadly flash floods which killed at least 21 people and left thousands homeless.

Flood Victims Claim Assurance from Government

Flood victims in Solomon Islands say they have been given assurances they won't be forced out of the government-run emergency shelters in Honiara.

Visitors Bureau Goes Green

The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) has challenged the country’s population to show pride in their nation by keeping the Solomon Islands clean.

SolBrew Launches "6 Pack" in Provinces

Local Solomon Islands brewery, SolBrew Ltd has launched a new 6 pack throughout the provinces following its popularity and success in Honiara.
José Belo wears a gag at a Media Law Seminar in Dili hosted by the Secretary for Communication last month. Photo / Jornal Independente, via Pacific Media Centre

Veto the New Media Law in Timor - PFF

Rarotonga Cook Islands Wednesday 1 June 2014-- The new media law in Timor-Leste should be vetoed by the country’s President, agrees the Pacific Freedom Forum.
Connelly Sandakabatu, Minister for Development Planning and Aid Coordination recieves the donation from the Sri Lankan High Commission accredited to Solomon Islands.

Government Appreciates Sri Lanka's Donation

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has sanctioned a cash donation of US $ 50,000 from the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to the Government and the people of the Solomon Islands as a gesture of solidarity and assistance.
Health workers in Solomon Islands say unsanitary conditions caused by the floods in April have created ideal conditions for the diarrhoea outbreak.

Diarrhoea Outbreak Claims 18 Lives

Authorities in Solomon Islands say at least 18 children have died after suffering from extreme diarrhoea.

Anti-Corruption Work Reported On

The fifth session of the Implementation Review Group under the framework of the Mechanism for the Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, is holding its session from the 2nd – 6th June 2014 in Vienna, Austria.
The outbreak of diarrhoea have affected over one thousand people and have resulted in at least 16 deaths in young children in the past two weeks.

Health Ministry Declares Diarrhoea Outbreak

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services has has declared a nation wide diarrhoea outbreak.
The Solomon Islands are part of Rotary International District 9600, which also encompasses south-east Queensland, Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Rotary Volunteer Helps Rural Clinics

Most 68-year-olds would never consider travelling to a developing nation like Solomon Islands to build medical clinics and provide locals with access to water and sanitation.
The Ngasini wharf in Marovo, Western Province before receiving a facelift, to start this week.

Ngasini Wharf Receives Facelift

Work has begun to upgrade and rehabilitate Ngasini Wharf on Vangunu Island in Western Province, Solomon Islands.

Trade Consultations Held in Isabel

Solomon Islands Trade Policy Framework officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, led by Director of Trade Mr Barrett Salato, and Forum Secretariat have held a one day consultation in Buala, Isabel province.