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The training aims to increase nurses’ awareness and knowledge of the HINI, which is known to be highly effective in addressing undernutrition and mortality, especially during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.

Guadalcanal Province Nurses Complete Training

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) National Nutrition Unit and Guadalcanal Nutrition Program, with the support of NRH Paediatrician Consultant and UNICEF, successfully completed a five-day training of High Impact Nutrition Intervention (HINI) for Guadalcanal Provincial (GP) nurses.
Retirees in and around Sydney collect goods for schools, clinics and hospitals which are loaded into these containers.

To the Solomon Islands With Love

Clothes are like gold to many of the 720,000 people in the Solomon Islands, where three quarters of the population live in rural communities and are subsistence farmers – they eat mainly what they grow, which is their full-time work.
The $10 commemorative banknote is produced in a limited quantity, making it a treasured collector’s item and a significant component of Solomon Islands numismatic heritage.

CBSI Launches New $10 Note to Commemorate Games

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands has launched the new $10 banknote, dedicated to commemorating the upcoming 17th Pacific Games scheduled to be held in Honiara from November 19th to December 2nd, 2023.
Through the training with the Market for Change project, Ms. Andicar has expanded her network and knowledge, and continues to support rural women in her community to participate in further training that will boost their confidence and business.

A Driving Force for Change in Vanuatu’s Rural Community

In the quiet village of Vunaspef on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu, Elvina Andicar is making a significant impact to the lives of women in her local communities.
Villagers who used to paddle between the communities will now enjoy safer crossing any time of the day and faster access to school for children.

Footbridge Connects Communities in Marovo Lagoon

The communities of Bareho and Tusungoete in Marovo Lagoon, Western Province were able to celebrate this month on the handing over and opening of a Footbridge connecting the two communities.
“You will be representing your families, your communities, your provinces and most importantly our country,” encourages the Solomon Islands Chef de Mission, Ms. Fay Ghemu.

Team Solomon Holds Final Team Bonding Session

The Solomon Islands athletes who will represent the country in the upcoming Pacific Games took part in their final team bonding session over the weekend in Honiara.
SINU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Aqorau said, “The UQ-SINU partnership presents a unique opportunity to elevate our institution's standing both nationally and internationally. With these advancements, we come closer to realizing SINU's vision of being a crucial player in the educational, social, and economic development of the Solomon Islands.”

SINU Visit to University of Queensland Aim to Strengthen Ties

The Vice-Chancellor of Solomon Islands National University (SINU), Professor Transform Aqorau, and his team successfully visited the University of Queensland (UQ) from the 25th to the 27th of October 2023.
The ACP- EU joint parliamentary assembly hosted in Honiara will be the first time Solomon Islands has hosted such an event.

Sogavare Opens 19th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare MP today officially opened the 19th African Caribbean and Pacific – European Union (ACP- EU) joint parliamentary assembly at the National Parliament of Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands businesses, who responded to an open application circulated by SICCI and were competitively selected based on their export readiness and their products’ potential appeal to US buyers.

U.S. Government Hosts Business Study Tour for Solomon Islands Agribusinesses

Six Solomon Islands businesses and the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) travelled to the United States this month, for a market linkages and business networking study tour.
Iumi Water Sports Park in DC Park, will also host open water swimming, Va’a, Touch rugby and archery.

Sailing Games Venue Preparation On Track

"Iumi Water Sports Park" at DC Park is finalising preparations to host the Pacific Games sailing competition next month.
The sporting communities of Australia and the Pacific share a rich history and deep love of sport.

Australia Supports Rugby With Fresh Paint for Stadium

Last week, the Australian High Commission, through the Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) donated 260 litres of paint to refresh and upgrade Town Ground, preparing the stadium as a dedicated training venue ahead of the Sol2023 XVII Pacific Games.
The vast Pacific Ocean is the Pacific Islands' greatest asset, prompting Pacific Leaders to push for the Blue Pacific, a blueprint on how best the region can manage shared challenges and problems.

The Pacific Islands at a Crossroad?

Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has made clear that he is more comfortable dealing with countries that share similar values, values that are built on democratic systems - free speech, free and fair elections, and respect for human rights, to name a few.
Sevens club Burraneer Rays, who took out the Dubai International Open sevens in December, spent a week in the region with the Solomon Islands national women’s team to assist with their preparations.

Rugby Australia Formalize Partnership With Solomon Islands Rugby

Rugby Australia has continued the development of Rugby in the Pacific after formalizing its partnership with the Solomon Islands.
Minister of Lands & Housing Hon Ishmael Avui is under the spotlight for threatening the Commissioner of Lands.

Leader of Opposition Calls on Avui to Resign

Leader of Opposition Hon Matthew Wale has called on the Minister of Lands & Housing Hon Ishmael Avui to issue a public apology and resign from his portfolio.Failing which, Hon Wale said the Prime Minister should immediately remove Minister Avui from Cabinet.
The “Iumi Wan Festival” is designed to be the Cultural Programme for the Pacific Games, offering an engaging experience for both the local community and guests arriving in Honiara for the Games.

"Iumi Wan Festival" an Exciting Event During Pacific Games

Honiara residents and visitors gearing up for the Pacific Games are in for a cultural treat, as the Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture & Tourism joins hands with the Sol2023 Pacific Games Organizing Committee(GOC) to present the “Iumi Wan Festival.”
The hybrid power systems handed over by Australia, combines solar and generator technology to ensure uninterrupted power supply even in off-grid locations.

Hybrid Power Systems to Improve Rural Connectivity

Australia and Our Telekom have achieved a major milestone in the Solomon Islands' telecommunications enhancement project.
The multidisciplinary oncology team from the Canberra Region Cancer Centre visited the National Referral Hospital to examine workflows, processes and policies in the NRH Oncology Unit, which the Australian team helped to commission in 2018.

Australian Medical Experts Enhances Capacity for Cancer and Palliative Care

Solomon Airlines has again supported an expert oncology team from Canberra Australia in their mission to help develop medical services for cancer and palliative care patients.
“We’re more comfortable dealing with traditional friends, that we have similar systems of government, that our democracies are the same brand of democracy, coming out of the Westminster system,” Rabuka told reporters.

Rabuka Says He is More Comfortable Dealing with Traditional Friends

Fiji’s prime minister said Wednesday on a visit to Australia’s capital that his government was “more comfortable dealing with traditional friends” such as Australia as China pursues closer security ties in the Asia-Pacific region.
The High Level dialogue was a strategic moment of pause to track progress, pinpoint priorities and ensure that the region is sailing together in the right direction regarding Pacific resilience efforts.

High Level Dialogue Discuss Progress on Pacific Resilience

A High-Level Panel held this week to review progress on the Pacific resilience journey, called for collective action and timely resources to safeguard the region against climate change and disaster risks.
Timothy takes great pride in knowing that his artwork will leave a lasting impression on the school for years and decades to come.

Student Beautifies Team Solomon Games Village

Timothy Manepuria Jr. is a Form 5 Arts student at St. Joseph's Catholic National Secondary School, Tenaru and hails from the eastern side of Guadalcanal, Marau Sound.
SINU Panatina Campus with a total of 11 buildings, 103 bedrooms, two common rooms, 21 ablution and laundry areas will be one of the accommodation venues.

Games Village Ready for Contingents

The Solomon Islands National University as one of the games village is now ready to be occupied by over 5000 athletes and officials from around the Pacific during the 2023 Pacific Games in November.
Prime Minister Sogavare acknowledged the Landowners and the donor partners of New Zealand and Australia that made the Airport upgrade possible.

Seghe Airport to Begin Upgrade

This week, the national government, led by Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare MP joined other stakeholders to officiate the ground- breaking ceremony to officially start the upgrading of Seghe airport.
As an outcome of the training, youths are expected to plan anti-corruption activities to implement in their respective wards.

UNDP Holds Anti-Corruption Workshop for Youths

A new round of workshops on anti-corruption for youths has been conducted in the capital city under UNDP´s Transparency and Accountability Project (TAP).
“Due to overfishing in most areas, we decided to adopt this initiative to manage our sea resources so that we can benefit from it,” says Remy Amos, the Chair of Peava community Marine Resource Management Committee.

Peava Community, a Marine Resource Management Champion

Nestled on the eastern edge of Gatokae Island, in the picturesque Marovo lagoon, Western Province, lies a community that has been a shining example of integrating conservation, sustainable fisheries management, tourism and traditional knowledge to reduce overfishing pressures and improve the livelihoods of people.
It is almost 50 years to the day the last time Israel was officially at war in what is known as the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Pastor Says End Time is Near

A local pastor says that the unprovoked attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists is a fulfillment of scripture, ushering in the end time.
Guadalcanal Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Chief Supt. Rodney Kuma, and AFP RAPPP Advisor, Supt. Adam McCormack, during the opening of the Tetere Police Station leaf hut.

Tetere and Henderson Police Station Open Neutral Huts

Two more leaf huts have been opened at Tetere Police Station on the Guadalcanal plains and Henderson Police Station in East Honiara last week.
The PALM scheme family accompaniment pilot will allow 200 eligible long-term PALM scheme workers from the Pacific to bring their immediate family members to Australia.

Solomon Island Families Will Soon Be Able to Join Partners Engaged Under PALM Scheme

Solomon Islanders participating in the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme will soon be able to bring immediate family members over to Australia under the PALM scheme family accompaniment pilot scheduled for launch in 2024.
The Royal Canada Mounted Police (RCMP) is further investigating this matter.

Solomon Islander Loses Life Following Motor Vehicle Accident in Canada

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade has offered its condolences to the family of a Solomon Islands national who sadly lost his life in a motor vehicle accident in Canada on Tuesday morning (Canadian local time).
Last month, Limmer allegedly posted two illegally obtained birdwing butterflies from the Solomon Islands for around $480, according to the indictment.

New York Man Caught Smuggling Butterflies From Solomon Islands

A New York man from Long Islands was charged Tuesday with smuggling more than $200,000 worth of wildlife in and out of the country.
Hon. Lanelle highlighted key areas within the Education Bill during the World Teachers Day celebration on Friday 6th October.

Education Bill to Provide Clear Pathway for the Education System

The Solomon Islands Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, Hon. Lanelle Tanangada is confident that the Education Bill 2023, once passed by Parliament will provide fresh and clear approach to our education system.
Ms. Wignaraja (R) was accompanied by UNDP Resident Representative, Pacific Office, Ms. Munkhtuya (Tuya) Altangerel to discuss further enhancement of UNDP’s partnership with the government.

UNASG/UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific meets Sogavare

The United Nations Assistant Secretary General (UN ASG), UNDP Assistant Administrator and UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms. Kanni Wignaraja met with the Hon. Prime Minister, Manasseh Damukana Sogavare yesterday.
The new banknote once officially launched, will both serve as a circulation and a collectors’ banknote as a special token of celebration and remembrance for this sporting occasion of the PG 2023.

CBSI Commemorates Pacific Games With New $10 Note

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) is thrilled to announce its plans to release a new limited-edition $10 commemorative banknote to commemorate a significant event in the Solomon Islands nation’s history—the XVII Pacific Games 2023, which will be held in November here in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands His Excellency Rod Hilton hands over key to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Sogavare Receives Keys to Australian Funded KGVI Dormitories

Prime Minister and Minister for Pacific Games 2023 Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has taken delivery of upgraded facilities at King George VI School from the Government and people of Australia on Friday.

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