Latest News Archive September 2016

Opposition Urges HCC to Address Overcrowding at the main market

The Parliamentary Opposition Group is urging the Honiara City Council (HCC) to address the overcrowding situation at the main market.
“ICAO must be fair to the aviation industry in Taiwan,” Solomon Islands Minister of Communication and Aviation Peter Shanel said.

Solomon Islands and Marshalls Back Taiwan’s ICAO bid

Taiwan’s bid for meaningful participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization was publicly backed by officials from the Solomon Islands during recent meetings with Ho Shu-ping, deputy director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, in Montreal, Canada.
The Solomon Islands offers a young demographic where 60% of the population is below the age of 25 and are keen to gain improved access to communication and digital services.

Solomon Islands Records Huge Mobile Phone Uptake

The Solomon Islands has demonstrated some impressive figures when it comes to mobile uptake, according to new research.
The small number of officers who will have access to guns have been training with replicas so they become familiar with weapons handling procedures.

Solomon Islands Police Officers Undergo Firearms Training

Police in the Solomon Islands are preparing to carry guns, a key milestone before they take back full responsibility for law and order in their country from Australia.
Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Snyder Rini, at a recent press conference.

Finance Minister’s Late Submission Improper: Opposition

The Parliamentary Opposition Group says that it remains convinced that the Minister of Finance has breached section 52(1)(a) of the Public Finance Management Act –PFM.
Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Constable Simon Rihia, of the Explosive Ordnance Team, monitors a towable side scan sonar array for an underwater search of explosive remnants of war in the Solomon Islands.

Underwater Detectives use Sonar to find Munitions

A team of Royal Australian Navy clearance divers are working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) on Guadalcanal during Operation Render Safe 16 to enhance the underwater clearance capability of the Solomon team.

Regional Journalists Call for Job Safety for PNG media

Pacific journalists say Papua New Guinea media bosses should provide more security and insurance to protect colleagues increasingly under attack.
Mr Salato highlighted a “worrying trend by the Member States resisting human rights scrutiny by the work of the Council.”

Solomon Islands Repeats Call for Independent Assessment of West Papua

The Solomon Islands representative in Geneva, Switzerland, has repeated calls for Indonesia to allow a UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression to visit West Papua and Papua Provinces.
The workshop sought to address the needs of national stakeholder and focus on strengthening institutional capacity in order to deal more effectively with natural hazards such as droughts.

Solomon Islands Looks At Developing Drought Policy

The first National Drought Policy Workshop and Consultations hosted by the Government of Solomon Islands was held this month.
Divers from the HMNZS Mamawanui, a diving support vessel, joined forces with the Canadian Defence Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit to recover the bombs in an operation dubbed Operation Render Safe 2016.

WWII Munitions Recovered As Operation Render Safe Continues

Divers in the Solomon Islands have recovered 50 unexploded World War II bombs, including a 250-pound explosive.
The difference here is you forget everything you need to escape from. The silence, interrupted only by the ocean and the occasional falling coconut, is unimaginable.

Under the Spell of the Solomons

After the whirlwind of a wedding, the special time set aside for a honeymoon is the perfect way to unwind with the love of your life in the Solomon Islands.
“Whenever a Solomon Islands team plays, we go crazy, because the reality back home is everybody knows who we are. Every single one,” Ragomo said after their 4-2 defeat to Costa Rica.

Kurukuru Defying the Odds

It’s hard to overstate the significance for Solomon Islands in having the legacy it does at the FIFA Futsal World Cup.
Gizo hospital during the fire in July this year.

Gizo Hospital Fire Calls for Asbestos Ban

The discovery of previously unknown asbestos after a hospital fire in Solomon Islands has sparked a call for a Pacific-wide ban of the toxic substance.
The Joint Task Force is in the Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe 2016, part of the enduring Australian-led mission to help rid the South West Pacific from the dangers of explosive remnants of war.

Multinational Force Commences Intensive Explosive Disposal Operation

A concentrated effort to dispose of unexploded bombs and munitions has now commenced in Central Province thanks to a multinational military team that is working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force over the next three weeks.
Costa Rica beat Solomon Islands 4-2 in the Group E opener of the Futsal World Cup which is underway in Columbia

Solomons Lost to Costa Rica in Opener

Costa Rica have survived a late scare, beating the Solomon Islands 4-2 in the Group E opener of the Futsal World Cup which is underway in Columbia.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Kenichi Kimiya launched the construction phase of the Kukum Highway Project after the recent conclusion of the Preparatory phase.

Kukum Highway Project launched

A major infrastructure improvement project in Solomon Islands financed by the Government of Japan is projected to improve economic activities by reducing the current traffic conditions while improving safety for road users in the capital, Honiara.
The Sanitary Solutions for Yandina Women established by Australian women have used their own skills in sewing to teach Yandina women how to make cloth sanitary pads.

Queensland Women Bringing Change to Rural Women

Mbanika Island is a rural Island in the Solomon Islands – but it’s closer to Queensland than Perth is.

Futsal Has High Hopes for Opening Match

The Solomon Islands futsal team believes their opening match against Costa Rica is their best chance of victory at the World Cup in Colombia.
The sustainable development goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, are an intergovernmental set of aspiration goals and spearheaded by the UN.

SDG Consultations Planned for Fiji

A National consultations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held in Fiji in the next two months.
“I expect to receive from you (the Steering Committee) realistic deliverables that we should act upon in our collective fight against corruption and from my end, I will try my very best to ensure that the activities you have identified to implement will be adequately resourced,” Mr Sogavare said.

Sogavare Pledges More Support for Anti-Corruption Strategy

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has pledged extra support to adequately resource the Steering Committee which was mandated to oversee the country’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS).
He says more needs to be done to ensure that the FIB deploys a due diligence process that is both rigorous and thorough.

Calls for Closer Scrutiny of Foreign Investors

Government has been urged to put in place stringent processes when it comes to dealings with foreign investors.
The new facility will be used by all students in the Certificate II Hospitality course being delivered through a collaborative partnership between Don Bosco Technical Institute and the APTC.

Changes Brewing in the Skills Development Sector

Don Bosco Technical Institute and the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) opened a new, state of the art hospitality training facility yesterday in Henderson.
New Colombo Plan students from University of Sydney visit Malaita pineapple farm.

More Australian Students to come to Solomon Islands in 2017

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Australian Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, have announced that 82 Australian University students will come to Solomon Islands in 2017 under Australia’s prestigious New Colombo Plan.
St Joseph’s Tenaru narrowly defeated Betikama in the debate ‘adaptation is a better response to climate change than mitigation.’

Tenaru and Selwyn College Win G'Day Solomon Islands Debate

Students from Betikama, St Joseph’s Tenaru, St Nicholas College and Selwyn College have shown off their public speaking and critical thinking skills at the third annual G'Day Solomon Islands Great Debate, which took place in Honiara yesterday.
“We must continue to support our RSIPF and have confidence in them,” it said.

Opposition Applauds RSIPF

The Parliamentary Opposition Group has commended the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for their quick response in restoring law and order in Auki following confrontations by disputing parties to a land case.
The Opposition statement say this is a daylight manipulation of State power in a manner that has not been seen before.

Cabinet Sub Committees Illegal: Opposition

The establishment of the cabinet sub-committees is illegal and should be abolished, the Opposition Group strongly suggests.
APTC is an innovative development project funded by the Australian Government, delivering Australian-standard skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers for skilled workers across the Pacific.

122 Solomon Islanders graduate from APTC

More than 120 students of the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) were awarded qualifications in 13 skills areas at the APTC graduation ceremony held on 6 September at Maranatha Hall in Honiara.
To determine if fish farming could help improve household food and nutrition security, the ACIAR-funded Developing Inland Aquaculture in Solomon Islands project conducted participatory action research, which involved farmers as researchers themselves.

Solomon Islands Looks to Inland Aquaculture for Food Security

By 2030, the Solomon Islands is expected to have a shortfall in food fish supply of 6000 to 20,000 metric tons, driven by a growing population, the impacts of climate change and overfishing on inshore reef fisheries.
Betikama and St Joseph’s Tenaru will debate whether adaptation is a better response to climate change than mitigation. St Nicholas College and Selwyn College will consider if small island states like Solomon Islands have a greater obligation to combat climate change than other countries.

G'Day High School Debate Focus on Climate Change

The Australian High Commission will today host students from four Honiara high schools in the annual G’Day Solomon Islands Great Debate.
A World War Two American Stuart tank lies in the same spot where it was immobilised by Japanese forces on Kohinggo Island in 1943.

World War 2 Relics Hope to Attract History Enthusiasts

Solomon Islands is looking to attract more military history enthusiasts to Guadalcanal, which is famous as the battleground for the allied offensive against the Japanese during World War II.
President Obama addresses Pacific Islands Leaders in Honolulu at the conclusion of the 10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders.

Obama Commits to Pacific Development

The United States will commit US$30-Million to the Pacific for infrastructure, sustainable development and safer drinking water.
Royal New Zealand Navy’s diving and mine countermeasures support ship HMNZS MANAWANUI and an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) expert from the New Zealand Army would support an Australian-led operation to clear sites near the capital Honiara and in the nearby Russell and Florida island groups.

New Zealand to Help Destroy Unexploded Munitions

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will be helping the Solomon Islands dispose of the deadly threat posed by unexploded World War II-era munitions.

Pacific Coalition on West Papua Gains Momentum

The Pacific Coalition on West Papua (PCWP) is gaining momentum with the addition of two new members and the confirmation of the membership of two other parties who indicated their profound support for the initiative since its introduction in Honiara, SolomonIslands in July this year.
As part of the discussion, French Polynesia stated its willingness to share its tourism expertise and experiences with Solomon Islands to help improve its tourism industry.

Tahiti Pledges Support to Improve Tourism

French Polynesia (Tahiti) has offered to help Solomon Islands develop its tourism industry and also proposed potential areas for wider Pacific regional cooperation in airline services and restrictive fishing limits.

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