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Malaitian tourism operator calls for more boats to Honiara

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Malaitian tourism operator calls for more boats to Honiara

- A tourism operator in Malaita’s Langa Langa Lagoon has called on the Government to encourage private boat operators to provide better transport options in and out of Auki, Malaita. Serah Kei, the owner-operator of Serah’s Hideaway in Langa Langa Lagoon, told SIBC during its recent tour of the province that the lack of ships from Auki back to Honiara was having big impact on her business, and the businesses of many people in Malaita

Categories: Travel & Recreation | 
Tags: Travel & Tourism |  Tourism |  Tours | 
Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands |  Honiara | 

Police warn gun owners: hand in your weapons or face the consequences

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Police warn gun owners: hand in your weapons or face the consequences

- Solomon Islanders still holding guns will face the full force of law for withholding illegal firearms after the amnesty period finishes. Deputy Police Commissioner Operations Gabriel Manelusi said firearms, which are banned in the Solomon Islands, were detrimental to the country. “People will face the full force of law if they refuse to surrender their arms as a consequence because the sentence part of it is not even beneficial to anybody if they continue to retain the arms or rifle,” he said

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Tags: Police |  Law Enforcement |  Wars |  Arms |  Weapons |  Firearms |  Law enforcement agencies | 
Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands | 

Second suspect in Easter double murder appears in court

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Second suspect in Easter double murder appears in court

- The second suspect arrested for the double homicide during the Easter period in Honiara appeared in Court this afternoon. Raymond Keota was charged with two counts of murder or homicide and was remanded in custody. Keota’s court appearance was brief, with prosecutors giving no further detail of the circumstances surrounding his charges. He will appear again in Court with his co-accused Jimson Goufi on the 30th of this month

Categories: Law & Crime |  Society & Culture | 
Tags: Murders |  Law Courts |  Judiciary |  Homicide |  Death & Dying |  Easter Holidays |  Holidays | 
Places: Solomon Islands |  Melanesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Second suspect in Easter double murder arrested

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Second suspect in Easter double murder arrested

- The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has arrested the second suspect in relation to the alleged murder of Jimmy and Joy Kwan at the LGZ building at Town Ground over the Easter period. A Police operation was conducted early hours of yesterday and the suspect was arrested at his home at Fourere, North Malaita. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley acknowledged the assistance of community leaders, chiefs, youths and church leaders for their support in the matter

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Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands | 

‘He told me he would kill her’, sister of murdered wife says.

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‘He told me he would kill her’, sister of murdered wife says.

- The man who allegedly killed the mother of his five children in Marau East Guadalcanal said he would kill her, her sister claims. Lydia Iloa told SIBC News her sister, Madlyn Menoni, had been a victim of serious domestic violence in the years since she lived with her partner, Joseph Oai, who has been charged with her murder. In a tearful interview, Mrs Iloa recounted the last incident in 2015 when her sister ran away from her partner for the third time to her house at Lungga, east Guadalcanal, seeking protection

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Tags: Murder Crimes |  Murders |  Women |  Men |  Crimes |  Death & Dying | 
Places: Solomon Islands |  Melanesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Police close in on second suspect in Easter double murder

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Police close in on second suspect in Easter double murder

- Police say they are closing in on the second suspect in the Easter double murder case, after the first turned himself in yesterday. In a press conference in Honiara today Police Commissioner Matthew Varley revealed they have approached friends and family of the man, who is believed to be hiding out in Malaita, to try and convince him to give himself up

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Places: Solomon Islands |  Melanesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Police make first arrest in Easter double murder

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Police make first arrest in Easter double murder

- The Royal Solomon Islands Police have late this afternoon arrested one of the two main suspects of the brutal Easter homicide. Police Media confirmed the first arrest to SIBC News this afternoon (Monday). It said community leaders and family members helped persuade the 21-year-old suspect to surrendered to the the Deputy Police Commissioner, Gabriel Manelusi this afternoon. It said the arrest was made at Baegu, Malaita Province

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Places: Solomon Islands |  Melanesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Police identify two suspects in Easter double murder

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Police identify two suspects in Easter double murder

- Police have confirmed they have identified two suspects in Auki in relation to the double murder of two Chinese shop owners over the Easter weekend. In what is a major breakthrough in the case, RSIPF Commissioner Matthew Varley said in a press conference today Police used the CCTV footage from the crime scene to identify the suspects alleged to have been involved in the murder of well-known couple Gongzhen Lao and Yuegui Wu also known as Jimmy and Joy Kwan

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Places: Solomon Islands |  Melanesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Severe winds, flooding set to Temotu Province as cyclone Donna hits

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Severe winds, flooding set to Temotu Province as cyclone Donna hits

- Tropical Cyclone Donna is still current for Temotu Province and its outer islands. A cyclone warning issued by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service confirmed. The Met office said the category two cyclone with central pressure of 977 Hectopascals was located approximately 46 nautical miles west of Tikopia island, Temotu Province. At nine knots, Cyclone Donna is slow moving towards the west-northwest and is intensifying

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Places: Temotu |  Solomon Islands |  Melanesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 

Police identify ‘people of interest’ in Easter double murder

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Police identify ‘people of interest’ in Easter double murder

- Solomon Islands Police have identified “people of interest” in the Easter double murder which shocked Honiara, and the nation. Speaking at a weekly press conference, Police Commissioner Matthew Varley said the investigation into the death of Jimmy and Joy Kwan at their business and home at Town Ground over the Easter weekend was ongoing. He said while no arrests had yet been made, Police were focusing on few “people of interest” for further information in relation to the alleged homicide

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Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands | 

SINU ceremony marred in controversy after graduates turned away

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SINU ceremony marred in controversy after graduates turned away

- It was supposed to be a day of celebration – yet for hundreds of Solomon Islands National University students it turned into a nightmare. Reports from the SINU graduation ceremony suggest hundreds – some reports suggest the number is about 200 – students ready to graduate were rejected at the last minute yesterday because of either failure to pay fees or failing to pass the final exam

Categories: Life & Style |  Education | 
Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands | 

President Trump, Prime Minister Turnbull and … the Solomon Islands?

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President Trump, Prime Minister Turnbull and … the Solomon Islands?

- It is perhaps a fleeting connection at best, but there is one reason why US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are meeting next month. And the Solomon Islands has a lot to do with it. Announced by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer yesterday, Mr Turnbull and President Trump will meet for the first time at a May 4 event on the USS Intrepid – a Sea, Air & Space Museum which is permanently moored off New York

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1700 SINU students graduate in huge ceremony

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1700 SINU students graduate in huge ceremony

- About 1700 students graduated from Solomon Islands National University this morning in a massive ceremony. The graduating class was the university’s fourth since it became a university, with graduates receiving certificates, diplomas and degrees. The Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui was the guest speaker at this morning’s SINU graduation. He said reminded the graduates that corruption was everywhere – both in the public service and private sector – and new graduates should try not to be part of it

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Mayor calls for reintroduction of death penalty

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Mayor calls for reintroduction of death penalty

- Honiara City Mayor Andrew Mua has called on legislators to reintroduce the death penalty into the Solomon Islands. In light of the barbaric killing of Chinese couple Jimmy and Joy Kwan over the Easter, Mr Mua said tougher laws could help prevent murders. “I call on the government through its judicial arm to review its laws to bring tougher penalties to these kinds of people,” he said at the rally to condemn the murders on Sunday

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Tags: Judiciary |  Laws |  Punishment |  Penalties |  Death Penalty | 
Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands |  Honiara | 

Sorcery revenge killing accused appears in court

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Sorcery revenge killing accused appears in court

- A man who allegedly attacked and killed a man in the GPPOL area after claiming the victim used sorcery to kill the accused’s mother appeared in court today. The alleged incident occurred on Saturday, with acting Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga, yesterday thanking the families who helped resolve the matter. However she said investigations were continuing. “The male person attacked another male person and as a result caused the death of that person,” the Acting Commissioner said

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‘We need your help’: Police appeal to public to help solve double murder

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‘We need your help’: Police appeal to public to help solve double murder

- The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has called on the public to help it solve the Easter double murder of Chinese couple Jimmy and Joy Kwan. Supervising Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga told journalists yesterday the force was appealing to the community for information on the case. “On the double homicide, no arrests have yet been made and Police are still conducting its investigation into the case,” the Supervising Commissioner said

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Tributes flow for murdered Chinese couple

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Tributes flow for murdered Chinese couple

- Tributes are flowing for murdered Honiara couple Jimmy and Joy Kwan, with a flower mural and s. The sign, flowers and candles emerged yesterday, with locals paying respects to the Chinese couple who have lived in Honiara for 20 years. Mourners spoke positively of the business owners, who were well known in the Chinese community and around Honiara. Police are today attempting to crack the password to the CCTV camera system at the site of the murder, which is currently locked

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Sea level rises swallow up land in Russell Islands
Sea level rises swallow up land in Russell Islands It is an issue many Solomon Islanders ignore. But just a 90-minute boat ride from the capital, climate change is destroying land and the livelihoods of many islanders. Sea level rises have become a major concern for Russell Islanders, with huge chunks of coastline in the area now washed away. Last week SIBC toured the Russell Islands and witnessed firsthand the damages caused by sea level rise to some of the smaller islands   Read More ...
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Almost 14 per cent of Honiara drivers caught drink driving
Almost 14 per cent of Honiara drivers caught drink driving Almost 14 per cent of Honiara drivers who were tested for drink driving over a weekend earlier this month were over the illegal limit, Police have revealed. Police revealed during a random breath test operation over the June 9 to June 11 weekend, a total of 14 drivers were charged out of about 100 drivers tested. “We are using this as an example, as a reminder, to everyone, that people are still not getting the message,” RSIPF Commissioner Matthew Varley said   Read More ...
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Tags: Driving |  Drunk driving | 
Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands |  Honiara | 
Solomon Islands Government hit with $269 million revenue black hole
Solomon Islands Government hit with $269 million revenue black hole Solomon Islands Government Revenue has fallen short against expected collections to the end of May, resulting in a $SBD269.8 million revenue shortfall for the first five months of the year. Despite what the Government said was “record underspending”, revenue collection by the end of May was well below what the Government anticipated, resulting in the $269 million black hole. The shortfall, which the Government said was “manageable”, is set to be “financed internally” by the use of Government reserve   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
“Dissolve parliament’: West Makira MP calls for fresh elections
“Dissolve parliament’: West Makira MP calls for fresh elections MP for West Makira Derrick Manu’ari has called for fresh elections in the Solomon Islands amid the country’s dire financial situation. Mr Manu’ari made the call on his Facebook page earlier this week and was interviewed by the Island Sun newspaper today. He said a new election would bring “fresh hope” to the country. “The nation has witnessed the government bailed out $150 million of people’s savings from the National Provident Fund and since that the Government has been rummaging around looking for places to borrow from,” he said   Read More ...
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Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands | 
We need to kill more crocodiles: Solomons Opposition party
We need to kill more crocodiles: Solomons Opposition party The Parliamentary Opposition Group says more crocodiles need to be killed around the country to keep citizens safe. The Opposition says the recent incident in the Western province in which an eight year old girl was snatched by a crocodile and her body later retrieved from its stomach has raised a lot of fear. This comes on top of recent incidences of increased crocodile sightings and attacks around the country   Read More ...
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Places: Solomon Islands | 
The Paringiju Lodge story – a dream come true for father and son
The Paringiju Lodge story – a dream come true for father and son It has to be one of the best views in Guadalcanal, if not the whole of the Solomon Islands. Sitting about an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Honiara, Paringiju Inland Mountain lodge is like being in another world. And owner Stephen Riniu has big dreams to match the inspirational surrounds. The lodge, which sits about an hour’s walk away from Tenaru Falls, is quite often the starting point for tourists looking to walk to the well-known tourist attraction   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
Australian media says Guadalcanal boat tragedy rescue ‘delayed over helicopter bill’
Australian media says Guadalcanal boat tragedy rescue ‘delayed over helicopter bill’ The Premier of Malaita claims rescue operation to find the 16 people missing after a boat capsized off Gudalacanal last week was delayed because there was “no money” to mount a rescue operation. Peter Ramohia has told a visiting journalist from Australia’s Fairfax Media that he contacted the national rescue centre after finding out about the incident late on Wednesday. He said he was told a helicopter search was put off because of an issue over payment to the helicopter company   Read More ...
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Places: Australia |  Solomon Islands | 
I was wrong on RAMSI, PM admits
I was wrong on RAMSI, PM admits Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has admitted he was wrong to have questioned the initial arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. In an exclusive interview with SIBC’s Moddie Nanau, Mr Sogavare commended RAMSI, for its tremendous contribution to rebuilding the country after the devastating effects of the ethnic conflict almost fourteen years ago. As RAMSI prepares to leave at the end of the month, Prime Minister Sogavare said it had achieved its mandate   Read More ...
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Five confirmed dead, 11 still missing in Marau boat tragedy
Five confirmed dead, 11 still missing in Marau boat tragedy The confirmed number of deaths of the Marau boat tragedy last week now stands at five, with 11 still missing. Deputy Director of the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) Jonah Mitau told SIBC the weekend search failed to locate any of the missing 11. He said the chances of finding them alive were slim. The dead were reportedly transported to their village, Uhu, Areare, Malaita Province yesterday while search efforts led by a Police Patrol boat were continuing today   Read More ...
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Tags: Passed Away |  Obituary |  Death & Dying | 
Places: Solomon Islands |  Melanesia |  Pacific Islands |  Oceania | 
Hopes fading for 15 missing at sea off Guadalcanal
Hopes fading for 15 missing at sea off Guadalcanal Hopes are fading for 15 people missing at sea near Marau, West Guadalcanal, with sea search and rescue crews now into their fourth day of searching. The 15 missing people were among 23 travelling from Malaita’s West Are’are region on Wednesday morning when their boat capsized in bad weather. Seven people were rescued. One child died. There are grave fears for the remaining 15, who have now been lost at sea for a fourth day today   Read More ...
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Governer General calls for alcohol advertising ban
Governer General calls for alcohol advertising ban The Solomon Islands Governor General has suggested there should be a ban on alcohol advertising unless more is done to educate the country on the dangers of alcohol abuse. Speaking during his official speech at the Queen’s Birthday celebrations in Honiara yesterday, His Excellency Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui said the undesirable social effect of alcohol consumption was widespread. The Governor Genera said he would not be surprised if Solomon Islands was one of the biggest beer-loving nations in the Pacific and suggested the ban could come in place to stop the normalisation of alcohol   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
Solomons Government looks to buy land to settle Tinge Ridge dispute
Solomons Government looks to buy land to settle Tinge Ridge dispute The Solomon Islands Government is considering buying land in the Tinge Ridge area to ease tensions over a dispute between settlers and the Hatanga company. According to ABC’s Pacific Beat program, the Government is seriously considering the purchase of the land, sub-dividing it, and distributing it to displaced settlers and other interested parties. The long-running land dispute came to a head last month when an excavator, along with several men carrying bars and hammers, demolished about 12 homes in Tinge Ridge   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
This is why the Labour ward at NRH closed…
This is why the Labour ward at NRH closed… Photos have emerged of the sorry state of the Honiara National Referral Hospital’s Labour Ward, which was abandoned recently because of unsafe and unhygienic conditions. SIBC has received pictures showing the inside of the former delivery rooms in the ward, which, SIBC understands, have not been used since an earthquake in December last year. Since December mothers have been forced to give birth in makeshift rooms with limited privacy and questionable hygiene   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
We’ve got mail: the Solomons set to get a nationwide delivery service
We’ve got mail: the Solomons set to get a nationwide delivery service A new address system using an online app and mapping of a small three-by-three metre area is being introduced to the Solomon Islands to enable home delivery of mail and goods. The system, called “What3Words”, maps out every three meter by three meter square area of the country – and the world – allowing mail to be delivered to a home or business within that individual zone   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
Is this the answer to Honiara’s crippling traffic?
Is this the answer to Honiara’s crippling traffic? Detailed planning is underway for a 4km inner-city bypass along the Hibiscus Avenue route to ease the crippling traffic in Honiara’s city centre. Early planning, revealed in the 2017-2036 National Transport Plan, would see the link run from the Holy Cross Cathedral, and, possibly, all the way to SIBC’s headquarters in Rove. However the plan, which has been tentatively costed at $SBD 24 million, is still in very early stages   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands |  Honiara | 
Prosecution pushes for maximum penalty after Blue Boat captains plead guilty
Prosecution pushes for maximum penalty after Blue Boat captains plead guilty State prosecutors will push for the maximum penalty – either a $SBD12 million fine or five years jail – against the three captains of the Vietnamese Blue Boats. After the captains pleaded guilty to the charges of illegal fishing last Friday, prosecutor Andrew Kelesi told SIBC News in an interview today he would push for the maximum penalties against the captains   Read More ...
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UN backs Solomon Islands for a brighter future
UN backs Solomon Islands for a brighter future Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare says he is heartened to hear the continued support of the United Nations Peace Building Commission (NPBC) with the Solomon Islands Government. Speaking after returning to the Solomons yesterday, the Prime Minister said the NPBC praised the peace-building efforts in the country in light of the impending withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands   Read More ...
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Solomon Islands beat PNG! New Zealand’s next
Solomon Islands beat PNG! New Zealand’s next The Solomon Islands will face New Zealand in the Oceania final of the World Cup qualifiers after beating Papua New Guinea 2-1 in Port Moresby tonight. After a number of chances in the seconds half, the score remained at the half time score of 2-1. It means the Solomons will now go through to the two-leg final against New Zealand in late August and early September respectively   Read More ...
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‘A draw will do it’: Solomon Islands national team gets ready in PNG
‘A draw will do it’: Solomon Islands national team gets ready in PNG The Solomon Islands National football team has arrived in Papua New Guinea ahead of tomorrow’s crucial game at Port Moresby. It is the final group match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers, with the Solomons team needing only a draw to go through to the two-leg final against New Zealand in late August and early September respectively. The winner of that will progress to the Intercontinental Play-Off with the fifth-placed nation from South AmericaSXS, and then the World Cup awaits   Read More ...
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Resource owners to get more say in mining in the Solomons
Resource owners to get more say in mining in the Solomons Resource owners will now have more to say in terms of developing their mineral resources following the release of the new National Minerals Policy 2017-2021. Launched in Honiara, the Policy, which was tentatively endorsed by locally-based miner Axiom, has been created to provide a legal framework to guide the extraction of mineral resources in the country. Acting Director of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification Thomas Toba told SIBC News the policy encouraged people’s participation in developing their mineral resources   Read More ...
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Malaitian tourism operator calls for more boats to Honiara
Malaitian tourism operator calls for more boats to Honiara A tourism operator in Malaita’s Langa Langa Lagoon has called on the Government to encourage private boat operators to provide better transport options in and out of Auki, Malaita. Serah Kei, the owner-operator of Serah’s Hideaway in Langa Langa Lagoon, told SIBC during its recent tour of the province that the lack of ships from Auki back to Honiara was having big impact on her business, and the businesses of many people in Malaita   Read More ...
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Tags: Travel & Tourism |  Tourism |  Tours | 
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Solomon Islands students to attend US global robotics competition
Solomon Islands students will participate for the first in a global robotics competition in Washington DC July this year. A team of four students from the Woodford International School will compete with students from more than 160 nations in the event. Solomon Islands was the only team from the Pacific apart from Australia and New Zealand. The competition will engage high school students with different levels of robotic designs and promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM education   Read More ...
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Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands | 
Honiara Business man arrested for Forgery
Honiara Business man arrested for Forgery Police have confirmed a business man was arrested yesterday and was charged with one count of forgery. A press statement from the Police media unit today confirmed the business man was charged with one count of Forgery as codified in section 337 (3) (f) and Uttering section 343 (1) of the Solomon Islands Penal Code. “The charges stem from an extensive inquiry into the legitimacy of a document emailed to the Inland Revenue Department,” “The document was a letter purporting to have been authored by a Minister of the Crown authorizing the waiving of 14 million dollars of tax liabilities allegedly owed by the accused   Read More ...
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Young Solomon writer advocates for youth at the UN
Young Solomon writer advocates for youth at the UN Regina Lepping represented the Solomon Islands Young Women’s Parliamentary Group at the United Nations in New York this week. This was her speech. Honorable Prime Minister, Honorable Ministers and Ambassadors, Honorable UN officials, Ladies and Gentlemen, My name is Regina Maefasia Lepping. I grew up in a traditional home at peace with nature and each other. My father was a politician, a paramount Chief in Shortland Islands, an island at the Western end border of Solomon Islands, bordering with Bougainville in PNG   Read More ...
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Tags: Women | 
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Woman dies 2 days after assault
A 48 year old woman has died last yesterday at the Honiara National referral hospital after she was assaulted on Saturday night. A press statement from the Police media unit confirmed the incident happened on the 3 of June 2017 at about 23:30 hrs at Forest Valley, White River, West Honiara. The statement also clarified that the woman received wounds, and had bruising on her body as result of the assault   Read More ...
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New juvenile detention center to be constructed
New juvenile detention center to be constructed Government initiative to build a juvenile detention center at Tetere, North Guadalcanal is progressing into designing phase. Commissioner of Correctional Services of Solomon Islands-Frances Haisoma confirms, as CSSI was now looking to engage a suitable architect to design the facility. He said, once this was completed, the project will enter its construction phase. He said this was due to the pressure from the current juvenile detention center at Rove ,which was approaching full capacity   Read More ...
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Nearly half of Solomon Islands children under 5 stunted
Nearly half of Solomon Islands children under 5 stunted Poor nutritional intake by children resulting in stunting remains one of the top development challenges in the country. This was revealed during the launching of the Solomon Islands national statistics development strategy report today in Honiara, where it was revealed that poor child nutrition resulting in stunting was alarmingly high in the country. Presenting the details was government statistician, Mr Douglas Kimi, who said that 32 percent of children under five years were stunted, which 10 percent of them were severely stunted   Read More ...
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GPPOL hit with profit loss as rhinoceros beetle invades
GPPOL hit with profit loss as rhinoceros beetle invades The Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil company (GPPOL) is likely to lose 30 per cent of its annual profit after being invaded by the rhinoceros beetle. GPPOL Manager Graig Gibson revealed, the deadly pest was invading about 350 hectors of newly grown palm oil plants. Mr Gibson added the threat posed by the pest was extremely serious. “Currently we’re seeing about 350 hectares of young oil palm which is severely damaged, but we’re seeing small amount of damage right throughout the whole of GPPPOL,” he said   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
‘We need a Futsal stadium’: Ragomo
‘We need a Futsal stadium’: Ragomo The national Kurukuru Futsal captain Elliot Ragomo has called for a proper stadium to assist the development of the sport in the country. Speaking exclusively to SIBC from Brazil, the Kurukuru captain said the level of Futsal in the country would never improve unless proper facilities were built. Ragomo said the country was already blessed with talents, but lacked the financial support and proper facilities to nurture those talents   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
Climate change hurting Solomon Islands’ turtles: Nature Conservancy
Climate change hurting Solomon Islands’ turtles: Nature Conservancy Sea level rises and increased acidity in the sea and sand will affect the nesting population of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle in the future, the Nature Conservancy says. Project Manager for The Nature Conservancy’s Solomon Islands program Willie Atu said, in response, the Government should conduct climate change awareness programs for the three communities looking after the Arnavon Marine Park   Read More ...
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Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Solomon Islands | 
Prime Minister calls on Solomon Islanders to stop smoking
Prime Minister calls on Solomon Islanders to stop smoking The Solomon Islands Prime Minster has called on his countrymen to stop smoking and not wait for the Government to enforce its tobacco regulation. Manasseh Sogavare made this point during his key note address at the World No Tobacco Day official launch yesterday. Encouraging a concerted effort in the fight against tobacco and its use, the Prime Minister added smoking was a threat to development   Read More ...
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Two guns, 166 bullets handed to Solomons Police as amnesty continues
Two guns, 166 bullets handed to Solomons Police as amnesty continues Solomon Islands Police have so far been handed rifle and a shot gun during the country’s current gun amnesty period. Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Commissioner Matthew Varley told reporters in Honiara on Wednesday afternoon the guns were handed in today and yesterday after education sessions in the Kakabona area. The two guns were a shot gun, handed in yesterday, and a   Read More ...
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King of Solomons Futsal moves his empire to Brazil
King of Solomons Futsal moves his empire to Brazil He was dubbed as the king of Futsal in Oceania, and was named young Solomon islander of the year in 2009 – and now he’s turned his sights to Brazil. Elliot Ragomo, the inspirational captain who led the national Kurukuru side to three consecutive Futsal World Cups and five Oceania titles, is currently on a one year contract with professional Brazilian club, Minas Tênis Clube, based in Belo Horizonte   Read More ...
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‘Not our responsibility’: Solomon Forest Association says logging impacts an issue for landowners
‘Not our responsibility’: Solomon Forest Association says logging impacts an issue for landowners The President of the Solomon Forest Association (SFA) says the devastating impacts of the logging industry in Solomon Islands are not its responsibility. Despite the social and environmental effects that communities continue to witness from logging activities, SFA president John Si said he did not think the logging companies should be blamed. Instead, he told SIBC News, the blame should come back to the resource owners who allowed their land to be logged   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
‘We need more time’ prosecutors tell court in Easter double murder case
‘We need more time’ prosecutors tell court in Easter double murder case The hearing into the alleged Easter double murder case has been adjourned to June 13, with prosecutors telling the court they needed more time. Prosecutor Andrew Kelesi told the Honiara Magistrate’s Court today Police were still in Auki interviewing people of interest, and asked for the adjournment. “The they are still following up on some areas of investigation, and some witnesses they need to speak to,” he said   Read More ...
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The Wogasia Spear Fighting Festival, in pictures
The Wogasia Spear Fighting Festival, in pictures Is one of the more amazing cultural celebrations in the Solomon Islands. Every year, on the island of Santa Catalina, locals celebrate the lunar new year with the festival of Wogasia. It is more commonly known as: The Spear Fighting Festival. Hundreds of spear fighters face each other on the shallows of the sea and hurl a spear as far as they can throw it as a sign of the ending of tensions and the beginning of a peaceful new year   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
Solomon Islands Police awarded UN peacekeeping medal
Solomon Islands Police awarded UN peacekeeping medal Five Solomon Islands Police working as United Nations peacekeepers in Darfur, Sudan, have been awarded the prestigious UN Peacekeepers Medals. In what was described as an historic and emotional ceremony, the five, who are the first ever Solomon Islands contingent to win the medals, were recognised by the UN last week. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley congratulated the officers for their “hard work, dedication and courage”   Read More ...
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Farmers call for action as catastrophic Rhinoceros beetle hits North Malaita
Farmers call for action as catastrophic Rhinoceros beetle hits North Malaita Presence of the deadly Rhinoceros beetle in north Malaita has led the farmers in the area to call on the Solomon Islands Government to help them eradicate the pest. Sighted since last year, the Ward Eight farmers said they were worried for their coconut plantations as copra has been their main source of income. Speaking to SIBC stringer Lensley Kwaimani, Ward Eight Farmers Association spokesman Samson Eric Lifuasi said they were “really worried”   Read More ...
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“I just want to help people”: meet Marilyn Iro, your nurse of the year
“I just want to help people”: meet Marilyn Iro, your nurse of the year For as long as she can remember, sister Marilyn Iro always wanted to be a nurse. In fact, she can pin point it down to an early memory as young girl. “I remember reading a book when I was at school called ‘A Nurse Like Anna’,” she told SIBC at Kilu’ufi Hospital during its recent tour of Malaita. “Since reading that I’ve always wanted to do it   Read More ...
Places: Solomon Islands | 
Police investigate hit-and-run death in Honiara as another dies on Sunday night
Police investigate hit-and-run death in Honiara as another dies on Sunday night Police say alcohol was involved in two deaths over the weekend on Honiara’s roads. Director of Traffic, Inspector Brian Suri Malefo told SIBC one was a hit-and-run accident which claimed the life of a man in his 30s on Friday night. “It occurred along the Kukum Highway, involving a white 15 seater van,” he said. “Its registration still unknown and this vehicle was travelling in the easterly direction   Read More ...
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