Latest News Archive January 2021

“Social problems are one the main issues that arise in the community because of such substance abuse, so we have very young people involved in such activities."

Stop Illegal Sale of Alcohol and Drugs in the Community: Elder Pleads

A prominent man from Kolosulu community in east central Guadalcanal, Mr. Patterson Divasia, says the increasing numbers of illegal alcohol and drug selling in his community is concerning.
Mangau says by 21st December 2020, disturbance and disorderly behavior accounts for 1678 of the more than 8000 reported offences.

Disturbance and Disorderly Behavior Tops Crime Stats for 2020

Disturbance and disorderly behavior have topped the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) crime statistics for 2020.
“Sometimes the language is too scientific. And so, maybe they have access to the information, but may have problems understanding the issue. So, that is an issue, one of the challenges that we have."

Weather Office to Work on Simplifying Weather Forecasts

The World Meteorological organisation is encouraging member countries to implement what is known as the impact-based forecasting.
Dentana says pay-outs are continuing for the sectors of fisheries, agriculture and tourism in the rural areas.

ESP Pay-out Continues, SBD$100m Not Yet Disbursed

Pay-outs for the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) have recommenced. Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, McKinnie Dentana says the process of payment has resumed and will continue until all payments are done.
Parents spoken to say that there should be a better system in releasing exam results.

Authorities Need To Do More In Publication of School Results

Parents are calling on the education authorities to do more when publicizing school results.
Babies who die during and after childbirth including stillborn are usually placed in empty carton boxes and handed over to the mother and/or relatives to take home for proper burial.

Negligence in Neonatal Deaths Not Acceptable

A social media support group for mothers are raising concerns about unknown causes of neonatal deaths at the National Referral Hospital’s (NRH) labour ward.
Waste management is an issue for Honiara, which is why Solomon Ports is taking the initiative to encourage members of the public in Honiara to practice proper waste disposal manners.

Solomon Ports Launches 3 ‘R’s Campaign

Solomon Ports has now commenced the ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ (3 rs) campaign in Honiara.
The Trade Commissioner says in terms of trading connections and trading arrangements, the government must make sure the country enters into arrangements or agreements with important markets.

More Trade Agreements as Solomon Islands Prepares for Graduation

The Solomon Islands government is preparing itself for graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status.
From left, Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Hannah Van Voorthuysen, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Ethel Tebengi Frances, and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, McKinnie Dentana.

Solomon Islands and New Zealand Government Join Forces to Control Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle

Solomon Islands has formed a new partnership with New Zealand to step up the response to the invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) which, if left unchecked, would pose a serious threat to food security and coconut and palm oil industries.
Lisa sitting at her stall outside the Holy Cross Cathedral church.

Struggling Street Vendor Puts Family First

Lisa Loko would not sit around while her family struggles, she looked for other ways to make a living for her family.
Mr. Agovaka says that the government is now working on new telecommunication laws to register all mobile SIMs.

Government Backs Down on Plans to Shut down Facebook

The government has backed down on plans to ban the use of Facebook in Solomon Islands.
Solomon Water encourages those still receiving water to store water and to boil water before drinking or cooking.

Most of Honiara Will be Without Water For Few More Days

Solomon Water says that as of this morning the Kongulai pump and gravity system and the Kombito spring will remain shut due to high turbidity caused by heavy rainfall.
Part of the operation will focus on unlicensed drivers and vehicles and person permitting unlicensed drivers and vehicles.

Police to Mount Spot Check Operation

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the National Traffic Department in Honiara will mount an operation starts on 18 January to 31 January 2021.
The case study report says people they spoke to raise concerns that there is a lack of or poor quality rural infrastructure.

Nothing Much to Show in Rural Areas: Case Study

The government was not able to show that it is prioritizing it’s National Development Strategy 2016 - 2035 in rural development.
“I would like to remind boat owners and skippers of the importance of sea safety. Before you travel, please plan your trip properly. Make sure your boat is seaworthy and you’re Out Boat Motor (OBM) is serviced and maintained," says Commissioner Mangau.

Police Rescue Eleven People at Sea in Western Province

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RISPF) at Gizo Police Station in Western Province have rescued eleven people drifting at sea between Choiseul and Western Province on 10 January 2021.
Residents on Taro island this week were caught by surprise when their homes were encroached by waves, especially those residing in the low lying coastal area.

Tide Turning, Choiseul Premier Pleas for Help

The premier of Choiseul province is calling for assistance in his government's efforts to carry out work on the Choiseul bay township project.
"This air pollution was so strong, it smelled, and people avoided the area, and this went on for at least a month."

Septic Systems Burst in Residential Area

Over the past month Mbuavalley and Kukum residents have been complaining about the leakage of septic waste pipes. They say relevant authorities were informed of the leakage but were slow to respond.
“This too has been a long time dream for our Province and once completed will add enormous value to our business houses, traveling public and potential overseas markets," Mr. Maka’a says.

Makira Ulawa to Access Internet Services Soon

The people of Makira, Ulawa and Ugi will soon have access to 3G services provided by telecommunication company, Our Telekom. Currently work is underway to build telecommunication towers in the province.
The NCC had its first meeting in the first week of December 2020, where the Solomon Islands application for COVID-19 vaccines was reviewed and approved.

Government Establish New Committee in Preparation for Vaccine

A new coordinating committee has been established by the government. This committee is jointly chaired by the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance.
“These prolonged positive cases are telling us that the Covid-19 virus does not just disappear at 10 or 14 days after symptoms subside, or even if there are no symptoms."

Sogavare Calls for Repeat Testing of Those Discharged

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is urging those that tested positive for Covid-19 and have since been released from quarantine after three consecutive negative tests to return for retesting.
AC Uiga says, “If any vessel enters Solomon Islands border the team will deal with them or it is advisable to immediately leave Solomon waters by moving back from the border.”

Another Deployment to Solomon Islands - PNG Border

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) make its 10th deployment of police officers to the common border between Solomon Islands (SI) and Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 10 January 2021.
His group were recently awarded a prize for participating in the Native Lens Film Festival December last year.

Telling Stories Through Short Films

“The film industry in Solomon Islands is still in its infant stage, but slowly it has reached us in the rural communities,” said Riley John, one of the founders of Longa Boys, a group of young film makers based in Belaha, Central Guadalcanal Province.
Health workers give Palau citizens their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination.

Palau Could Become the First in the World to be Vaccinated

A cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean that's one of the few places on Earth entirely free from COVID-19 could become one of the first countries vaccinated against the disease.
Cigarettes concealed in cream buns were found earlier, leading to a ban in food items from outside.

No More Privileges After Festive Season

Persons in quarantine will not be having any more privileges after the festive season.
Superintendent Sevoa says, "I call on those remaining suspects to surrender themselves to police. You will not hide and police will keep on hunting for you.”

Another Mining Camp Robbery Suspect Arrested

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson Police Station have arrested another suspect in relation to Winwin robbery incident in Central Guadalcanal on 6 January 2021.
Inspector Ramosaea says, “The victim of the wounding incident had no connection in relation to the land dispute. He is a passenger on board the transport.”

Thugs Injure Passenger During Knife Attack

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Auki are investigating a knife attack by a group of young men.
The expedition to China was heading to Wuhan to investigate the earliest cases.

China Blocks WHO Team Sent to Study Covid's Origins

China has blocked the arrival of a team from the World Health Organization investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, claiming that their visas had not yet been approved even as some members of the group were on their way.
HHC has agreed to give TSL Board and SIFF access to Lawson Tama to enable the completion of the top tier league.

S-League Resumes on Saturday

The Solomon Islands premier soccer club competition Telekom S-League 2020/2021 season resumes this weekend on Saturday 9 January 2021 despite the ongoing lease stand-off between the Solomon Islands Football Federation and Honiara City Council on Lawson Tama Stadium.
All incoming passengers will be required to have taken two COVID-19 tests, the first test by 6th January 2021 and the second test no earlier than 72 hours before departure.

Repatriation Flight Scheduled for 17th January

Solomon Airlines has advised that subject to regulatory approval, the airline will operate a repatriation flight on the 17th of January to bring more Solomon Islands citizens home from Australia and New Zealand.
He says, “I call on those remaining suspects to surrender themselves to police. You will not hide and police will keep on hunting for you.”

More Suspects Arrested Over Mining Camp Robbery

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson have arrested third and fourth suspect in relation to Winwin robbery incident in Central Guadalcanal.
“Accessing vaccines in circumstances as presently faced is not a simple matter. There are a lot of technical issues and processes that need to be addressed and complied with. Dealing with such hurdles is not easy matter,” says Hon. Wale.

Wale Urges PM to Make Advanced Preparations for Covid-19 Vaccine

The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale, has called on the Prime Minister to quickly take steps to ensure that Solomon Islands is ready for the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
In addition, the Government is also in bilateral talks with our donors and partners to secure additional supply of vaccine to increase the coverage of vaccination against Covid-19.

Health Ministry Says Preparations for COVAX on Track

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) assures the public that work on acquiring Covid-19 vaccines once they are approved, and the preparations in country to receive and roll out COVAX (Covid-19 Vaccines Access Facility) is well underway and progressing according to plan.