Latest News Archive October 2016

“We are all members of the United Nations, and the respect for Human Rights is one of the key cornerstones of the Charter,” he says.

Respect for Human Rights is a UN Principle

News that the Indonesian government is upping the ante against supporters of West Papua comes as no surprise, a well-placed senior government source said.

Jailed Vanuatu MPs given hope

Fourteen jailed former MPs in Vanuatu could be a step closer to having their convictions quashed.
Indonesia's Defence Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, warned that Indonesia will not stay silent when its sovereignty is compromised.

Indonesia Issues Blunt Warning to Solomon Islands

Indonesia's Defence Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, has called on the Solomon Islands, and other Pacific states who spoke out about rights abuses in West Papua, to refrain from interferring in the internal affairs of Indonesia.
The objective of a Youth Parliament is to teach young people about some of the core principles of democracy, its values and how it functions.

Solomon Islands Seeks to Host 2017 Melanesian Youth Parliament

Solomon Islands are seeking to host the Melanesian Youth Parliament in 2017.

Australia Supports Western Province Tourism

The commercial nous of Western Province tourism businesses has received a boost thanks to a small business mentoring program recently held in Munda.

Not fair, says Solomon Islands Coach

Solomon Islands Women’s volleyball team is questioning the impartiality of refs at the Oceania Volleyball World Qualifying and Zonal Championship, held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, Fiji.
Key speakers at the Solomon Breweries Drink Responsible Talk in Gizo (l-r) Pt 109 owner Laurie Wickham, PPC Vincent Eria, Elliot Ragomo, Western Province Speaker Richard Tekipono and Solomon Breweries Rep David Lilomo.

Ragomo Talks Drink Responsibly and Futsal in Gizo

Setting foot in Gizo for the first time in 18 years, Solomon Breweries’ Drink Responsibly Ambassador Elliot Ragomo arrived to a crowd of supporters at the Gizo seafront, amongst them kids excited to see their Futsal hero. Elliot Ragomo was in Gizo over the weekend to talk Drinking Responsibly and Futsal.

Domestic Resources Dominate Development Finance in Asia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) opened a two-day meeting on aid ahead of the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
Looking forward, Mr Kraus said the future bodes well for the airline as it moves into a new era in its history with forward plans coming into play designed to give Solomon Airlines a far better chance of turning business around in 2017.

Solomon Airlines Looks to the Future

At the close of what represents one of its most difficult years in recent times, Solomon Airlines GM Operations and Commercial and acting CEO, Gus Kraus, acknowledged the difficulties faced by the national carrier but also pointed to what he sees as a bright future.

Women’s Volleyball Loose to Fiji in Opener

Solomon Islands have lost its opening match to Fiji in the opening round of the Oceania Zonal Competition at Vodafone Arena in Suva.
Jamaican-born reggae star Max-A-Million to perform Live at the Cowboys Bar and Grill this Friday.

Max-A-Million to Perform this Friday

To celebrate Sara Beer’s first Anniversary this Friday, music promoters Rebelle Inc. will fly in Jamaican-born reggae star Max-A-Million to perform Live at the Cowboys Bar and Grill.
The increase in numbers of Solomon Islands seasonal workers to Australia is due to improvements made with the recruitment process, understanding the market intelligences including identifying specific needs of employers (customers), responding to the needs and building a cohesive relationship with Australian Employers.

More Seasonal Workers Bound for Australia and NZ

More Solomon Islanders are benefiting from the Seasonal Workers Program (SWP) with Australia and New Zealand.
Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu implemented reforms to improve the business environment.

Economies in the Pacific Islands Ease Rules for Entrepreneurs - Report

A new World Bank Group report shows that economies in the Pacific Islands continue to implement reforms to make it easier for entrepreneurs to do business.
The 2-day summit will be held in Port Moresby from the 28 February – 1 March 2017.

Lack of Marketing Sees PNG Miss out on Significant Investment Opportunities

“The energy sector in Papua New Guinea has been missing out on significant investment opportunities because of a lack of marketing,” says Minister for Petroleum & Energy, Nixon Duban, who made these remarks when announcing the launch of PNG’s inaugural Petroleum & Energy Summit.
Solomon Islanders may feel that the mango fruit is native to Solomon Islands, but the common variety is found in South Asia from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics.

Mangoes Galore!

Mango season is here, and there are plenty to go around.
Commissioner Prendergast explained that the RSIPF was now one of the best police forces in the region, particularly in terms of key capabilities such as public order management and crime prevention.

Police Ready for RAMSI Exit: Police Commissioner

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner says his police force is ready to stand on its own.
The Task Force Janus operation is between the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.

Major Arrest by Anti-Corruption Taskforce

Police have arrested and charged a senior government official with several counts of Official Corruption.
Accountant General Paula Uluinaceva.

MoFT Refutes Media Reports on AG Sacking

The Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) has described the front-page article in the Island Sun newspaper on Monday 17th October regarding the alleged sacking of the Accountant General and the purported delays in payments as a “deliberate attempt to distort the truth and to mislead the Public.”

Solomon Islands Unveils Tourism Blueprint at SPTO Regional Conference

Solomon Islands’ Minister of Culture & Tourism, the Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo has underlined the priority his government is placing on tourism development and the efforts being taken to facilitate growth at the recent South Pacific Tourism Organisation Council of Ministers of Tourism meeting in the Cooks Islands.
Analysis: MPs Tax Free Salary

Analysis: MPs Tax Free Salary

The Solomon Islands Court of Appeal (COA) has ruled that the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) acted within its powers when it granted Tax Free Salary status to Members of Parliament (MPs).
Runners and walkers breaking out at the start of last year’s event.

Road closure for G’Day Solomon Islands Fun Run this Saturday

The G’Day Solomon Islands Fun Run is on this Saturday 22 October and there are already over 5,000 participants registered.
Cook Islands Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism Henry Puna.

New Brand for South Pacific Tourism

Cook Islands Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism Henry Puna officially launched a new brand and identity for promoting South Pacific tourism globally after it was approved at the 26th Council of Tourism Ministers Meeting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands today.
Nick Ellis, General Manager of SolRice, said he was thrilled to be part of the event for the third consecutive year.

G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run on Track to be the Biggest yet thanks to SolRice

The annual G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run is on again this Saturday 22 October and it’s expected to be the biggest yet with over 4,000 participants already registered.
Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Ethel Sigimanu (C) with staff at her Ministry.

Research Investigates Barriers for Female Electoral Candidates in Solomon Islands

New research investigating barriers for female electoral candidates in the Solomon Islands has revealed that voters are willing to vote for a woman if they are perceived to be able to contribute financial resources to the community; and have a track record of community service.
The tax-free salaries were introduced last year, and despite Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare acknowledging the outrage expressed by the public little has been done since.

Outrage Over MPs Tax Free Ruling

The Court of Appeal overturned a High Court ruling that declared the decision made last year by the Parliamentary Entitlements Committee, which has MPs sitting on it, unconstitutional.
Dengue fever is caused by the day-biting aedes aegypti mosquito.

Health Authorities Declare Dengue Outbreak

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services have declared a dengue outbreak in Honiara and Guadalcanal.

Putting Gender and Protection on the Humanitarian Agenda

Actors working in the humanitarian space in the Solomon Islands gathered in Honiara last week to consider how they can better engage with different populations to meet their needs in disaster planning and response.
Kurukuru Captain Elliot Ragomo presents his Futsal World Cup 2016 jersey, to Solomon Breweries General Manager Mr Jan Arie Smit, on his return from Colombia in thanks for support.

Elliot Ragomo Gifts Solomon Breweries his World Cup Futsal Jersey

Solomon Islands Kurukuru Captain Elliot Ragomo on his return from the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 in Colombia, gifted Solomon Breweries his Solomon Islands National Futsal jersey in thanks for their support.
“This is not meant to discourage the use of Jadelle as it is quite effective, but it is important for women and medical practitioners to know,” says an expert in the area.

Expert Warns of Jadelle Contraceptive Side Effects

With the increasing popularity of the Jadelle contraceptive in the Solomon Islands, an expert has warned that several known side effects should be considered.
Speaking at a press conference upon his arrival in Honiara, Prime Minister Sogavare said the next step is to address the relationship between Temotu Province and Torba Province.

Treaty Provides Avenue for Further Cooperation: Sogavare

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has lauded the Mota Lava Treaty as providing a good opportunity for Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to address the relationship of their two maritime border provinces- Temotu Province in Solomon Islands and Torba Province of Vanuatu.
Elliot with local youths invited to the Drink Responsibly Talk.

Ragomo Co-hosts Drink Responsibly campaign in Munda

Elliot Ragomo took time out during his recent trip to his home province (Western Province) to host with Solomon Breweries Reps a Drink Responsibly talk in Munda.
Dr Rodie with Lord Mayor of Melbourne and CEO TDA - Acknowledged as official overseas guest.

Solomon Islands Sharing Lessons on Skills Development with Australia’s TVET Leaders

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) Dr Franco Rodie attended the TAFE Directors Australia annual convention in Melbourne Australia as a special overseas guest.

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Sign Border Treaty

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have signed a Maritime Border Treaty on Friday ending 33 years of negotiations over the common border of the two nations south of the Solomon Islands and north of Vanuatu.
High Commissioner Byrne congratulated Ms Revo on her selection for the Award, wishing her well for her studies in Australia.

Education Leader Presented Prestigious Ed Smith Memorial Prize

Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Officer, Ms Frances Revo has been presented with the prestigious Australia Awards Ed Smith Memorial Prize as part of her Australia Award to study a Masters Degree in Education Policy at an Australian University.
Ambassador Mose, EU Presidency Representative, HE Mr Peter Javocyk and Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation, Ms Belinda Pyke, DG-Migration and Home Affairs of the EC, exchanging copies of the signed SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement.

Visa Free Travel to EU Signed

Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states following the signing of the SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement which facilitates this visa free travel to Europe.
Australian High Commission and Senior Solomon Islands Government officials who attended the High Level Consultation.

Australia and Solomon Islands Meet to Discuss Stability, Growth and Human Development

Australia and Solomon Islands share a common goal of promoting stability, growth and human development in Solomon Islands, a partnership that will continue to deliver results in the year ahead.
The two Prime Minister’s will sign the document on Moto Lava Island in Vanuatu’s Northern-most Province of Torba come Friday 7 October 2016.

PM Sogavare to Sign Maritime Border Treaty with PM Salwai

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has left for Port Vila to sign a historic Maritime Boundary Treaty with his Ni-Vanuatu counterpart, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.
To make the analysis, the researchers used a sample from the petrous bone — a bone in the skull near the ear — that they've found to be best at preserving DNA that's many thousands of years old.

Ancient DNA of First Inhabitants of Vanuatu and Tonga Points to Indigenous Taiwan Population

A new study of ancient DNA could upend our understanding of the seafaring people who travelled vast distances to make their home in the Pacific.
Head coach Juliano Schmeling said it signified a big step forward for the country's futsal programme.

Massive Boost for Futsal as Complex Gets Green Light

Construction will begin next month on a long-awaited futsal complex in Solomon Islands.
"The National Population Policy places great priority on overcoming inequalities and exclusions – building fairer, freer and more caring communities that include everyone, regardless of differences."

National Population Policy Launched

Continuing efforts to ensure targeted national development planning in the Solomon Islands reached a milestone today with the launch of its National Population Policy 2017-2026.

Australia Alumni Meet and Greet Night

Alumni of the prestigious Australia Award Scholarship Program joined forces on Wednesday night to share experiences, and learn something new about each other.
“Pacific Eden has the honour of being the largest cruise ship and the first P&O vessel to visit the City of Gizo – a major event for the community,” said Sture Myrmell P&O Cruises president.

History Making Cruise in the Solomon Islands

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Eden became the largest cruise ship to visit Gizo on 30 September, and the first cruise vessel to berth at the new Honiara City wharf in the Solomon Islands on 1 October.