Latest News Archive December 2022

Pele, one of the greatest footballers of all time, has died at the age of 82.

Soccer Legend Pele Dead at 82

The world of football has already started to come together to pay tribute to the Brazilian icon - from Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, and countless other soccer stars, the world of football is united in grief, but also in reverence, for a man who transformed the way the game was played.
The rape incident happened on the 20 November 2022. Police condemns the alleged incident in the strongest terms. It is inhuman and it is a very serious crime. Rape bears a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

45 Year Old Arrested for Raping 7 Year Old Girl

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Tulagi in Central Province charged and remanded a 45-year-old male suspect for the allegation of rape of a 7- year-old girl on 21 December 2022.
Prime Minister Sogavare and Madam Jennifer Fugui, wife of the Late Ambassador to PRC.

Casket of the Late Solomon Islands Ambassador to PRC Arrives Home

The National Government has formally received the Casket of Solomon Islands Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency the late John Moffat Fugui this afternoon.
This project is part of President Biden’s announcement at the United States-Pacific Island Country Summit, where UXO priorities were one of nine U.S. commitments to implement the Declaration on U.S.-Pacific Partnership.

US Funds USD$1M UXO Clean Up in Solomon Islands

On December 21, 2022, the Department of State provided $1 million to The HALO Trust (HALO) to launch a comprehensive unexploded ordnance (UXO) project in Solomon Islands beginning January 1, 2023.
Ballot boxes safe and secure with counting to start soon.

West and Choiseul Province Awaits Election Results

The Western and Choiseul province elections concluded yesterday at 5pm, with counting expected to start this morning.
The supervising Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Peter Shanel said the issue of voting during the last referendum was an internal matter for New Caledonia and France to resolve and agreed on a process to lead the way forward, one that Solomon Islands will support in every way possible.

New Caledonia Delegation in Solomon Islands to Shore Up Support for Self-Determination

A High-level delegation from New Caledonia was in Honiara to consult with Solomon Islands as an MSG member on an option of pursuing the results of the December 2021 UN self-determination referendum at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The agreements were signed at ADB Headquarters in Manila by ADB Executive Director Anthony McDonald, on behalf of the Government of Solomon Islands, and ADB Director General for the Pacific Leah Gutierrez .

ADB, Solomon Islands Sign USD$10 Million Loan and Grant to Boost COVID-19 Recovery

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Solomon Islands today signed concessional loan and grant agreements amounting to $10 million to help the recovery from COVID-19.
The Central Islands Provincial Government has pledged support to the Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption (SIICAC), in its mandatory
responsibility to fight against corruption in our society.

UNDP, SIICAC and Anticorruption Secretariat Reach Out to Communities

The UN Development Programme, Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption (SIICAC) and the Anticorruption Secretariat complete a one-week community outreach programme in Central province.
There are steady flow of people as the Polls opened this morning.

Western and Choiseul Province Goes to Poll

Today, 14th December 2022, will see voters in 16 electoral wards in Choiseul and 26 wards in Western Provinces go to polls to decide and vote for their provincial assembly members.
The appreciation event started off with acknowledgements, followed by a short video recap of developments that happened at SINIS in the past 11 months.

SINIS Hosts Event to Acknowledge Partners

The SINIS Business and Partnerships team hosted an appreciation event to thank the Solomon Islands Government, the supporting sponsors, stakeholders and partners for their support to SINIS programs’ offered for the athletes and coaches.
Director Research, Professor Sushil Kumar, said recognising researchers was an imperative part of USP’s journey as it also highlighted the evolution of all Pacific Island countries over the decades.

155 USP Staff and Students Recognised and Awarded for their Research for 2020 and 2021

The University of the South Pacific acknowledged and rewarded the hard work, commitment, and dedication of 118 staff and 15 students who released A-Star and A-ranked research publications in 2020 and 2021.
The Arnon Atomea ablution block Project Coordinator, Mr. Lensley Kwaimani and Australian High Commission's 2nd Secretary Political, Mr. John Russell during the handover ceremony.

Australia's Direct Aid Program Visits Beneficiaries

Last week a delegation from the Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands, visited the Malaita Province to handover and evaluate a combined total of eight community projects collectively worth SBD 1.3 million.
The project seeks to assist the Solomon Islands in ensuring a sustainable forestry and environment sector that adheres to existing laws and regulations.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Conducts a Project Planning Workshop With Solomon Islands Government and NGO

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) is announcing that it successfully concluded a four day project planning workshop with the Solomon Islands Government and Non-Government entities.
This year's judges unanimously awarded the prize to her song Fight which tells the story of West Papuans' fight for freedom.

PNG Artist Becomes First Female Winner of Pacific Break

PNG singer and songwriter Danielle has been crowned Pacific Break's 2022 winner, the first female artist to take out the top prize in the competition's history.
The main portion of the funding of AUD$17 million (SBD$93,744,835) is to assist with the refurbishment of school dormitories, which will be used for athlete accommodation during the Games.

Australia Formalize 2023 Pacific Games Assistance to Solomon Islands

Acting Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands Sally Anne Vincent has signed a formal agreement for direct funding to the 2023 Pacific Games from the Australian Government.
PPC Kili says: “The deceased spent last weekend with his relatives at Kilusakwalo Village to watch the World Cup 2022. He was last seen at Kilusakwalo on the evening on 3 December 2022.”

Police Remove Body Found Under Fiu Bridge in Malaita

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Auki in Malaita Province have removed a dead body found underneath Fiu Bridge in Central Kwara’ae this morning.
Hon Wale said the issues our country face are challenging, although some of these challenges could be described as ‘self-inflicted’.

Solomon Islands at a Crossroad: Opposition Leader

Solomon Islands is at a crossroad says Solomon Islands Democratic Party (SIDP) Wing Leader Hon Matthew Wale.
Police with the confiscated kwaso items used for the production of the illegal homebrew.

Police Raid Homebrew Production House in Tasahe

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Central Police Station have confiscated kwaso (homebrew) production during a raid at Tasahe B area last week.
Teachers completed training to use the science teaching tools in the classroom. Catalpa’s Juliet Horihau presents Newton Banisi with a completion certificate.

New Program Inspires Solomon Islands Future Scientists

Skills training is at the heart of a new programme designed to support teachers and bring science learning to life for Solomon Islands’ school children.
SIVF President Morris Maitaki presenting the prize to the winners in the men's category - Ralph and Tam.

First National Beach Volleyball Championship Held

Solomon Islands Volleyball Federation (SIVF) successfully held its first-ever national beach volleyball Championship over the weekend at SINIS Multi Beach Court.
The plant will produce different grades of concretes for various works based on the mixed design taking into consideration the concrete slump, grade, and efficiency. Mixed design is the process of finding right proportions of cement, sand and aggregates for concrete to achieve target strength in structures.

Tina River Project Concrete Plant Ready to be Commissioned

The Concrete batching plant for the Tina River Hydropower Development Project has gone through its final installation work and is expected to be in full operation by January 2023.
Delivering the keynote address, Health Minister Hon. Dr Culwick Togamana explained that the National Disability Inclusiveness Development Policy 2022 -2031 embraces the vision that Solomon Islands is a society that upholds people with Disability as equal and equal participants in the development of the country.

Government Launches National Disability Development Policy 2022 -2031

Following Endorsement by the Cabinet, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and its partners including disability groups, successfully launched the Solomon Islands National Disability Development Policy 2022 -2031 and the Rehabilitation Strategic Plan 2022 -2031, in Honiara, on Friday 2nd of December 2022.
Chief Secretary of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Shadrach Himata (Centre) exchanging notes with the Director of External Trade in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, George Tuti. Witnessing the occasion is Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Moses Kaul.

Moves to Boost Trade and Investment Opportunities at Solomon Islands, PNG Border

Trade and investment will soon be the focus of interaction between Solomon Islands and the Autonomous region of Bougainville, along the Papua New Guinea-Solomon Islands common border.
Australian Army engineers, Lieutenant Colonel Gavin Cooper and Captain Luke Staples inspect the National Referral Hospital in Honiara for damage.

Rapid Response from Australia to Assess Impact of Earthquake in Solomon Islands

Army engineers from Australia and an Air Force C27-J air crew responded rapidly to the Solomon Islands earthquake recently, conducting damage assessments on key infrastructure in Honiara and reconnaissance of the affected shoreline in south-west Guadalcanal.
The figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO), show a total of 2481 international visitors travelled to the destination between 01 July and 30 September 2022 - a far better statistics than anticipated.

Lelebet by Lelebet – Solomon Islands Tourism Slowly Returns

Just three months after the Solomon Islands reopened its border on 01 July after an 800-day lockdown, official visitor arrival (VA) numbers for Q3 2022 show the destination has got off to a far better than expected result.
L-R Mr. Michael Burke, UNDP Chief Technical Advisor, Ms Sally-Anne Vincent, acting Australian High Commissioner, Hon. Lanelle Tanangada, Minister of Education and Dr Transform Aqorau VC of SINU.

Outstanding Women Exhibit Shines a Light on Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership

The UN Development Programme and the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands have gathered an exciting selection of posters and essays including the winners of the 2021 Outstanding Women’s Essay and Poster Competition in an exhibition that will be on display from December 1 to December 4 at the National Art Gallery in Honiara.