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Solomon Islands passes dual citizenship legislation  Radio New Zealand

The Solomon Islands parliament has passed the country's first dual-citizenship legislation.

Radio New Zealand
Anticipating the 2019 Solomon Islands elections  devpolicy.org

Julien Barbara and Terence Wood highlight some issues to look out for as Solomon Islands steps up electoral preparations.

devpolicy.org
Bougainvilleans arrested for robbery in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Police in Solomon Islands have arrested four Bougainvilleans for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery in Choiseul Province.

Radio New Zealand
Key agreements signed for hydro in the Solomon Islands  International Water Power and Dam Construction

A major new hydropower project in the Solomon Islands has moved a significant step closer to construction following the signing of a series of key agreements.

International Water Power and Dam Construction
Kubota highlights importance of justice to all  Solomon Star

UNITED Nation Development Programme (UNDP) Country Manager for Solomon Islands Azusa Kubota says access to justice is a basic principle of the rule of ...

Solomon Star
Solomon Islands police seize 500 marijuana plants  Radio New Zealand

Auki police in the Solomon Islands province of Malaita have uprooted and seized more than 500 marijuana plants at Fulisango area in the interior of central ...

Radio New Zealand
Mudgeeraba to expand NPL Women’s player search to the Solomon Islands  Gold Coast Bulletin

NEW Mudgeeraba coach Ian Shaw will expand his NPL Womens scouting search to the Solomon Islands this week as he looks to assemble a squad capable of ...

Gold Coast Bulletin
Solomon Islands govt lawyers go on strike  Radio New Zealand

Government lawyers in Solomon Islands have gone on strike after a 28 day notice to improve their terms and conditions was not responded to according to their ...

Radio New Zealand
High profile corruption convict refused bail in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

A high profile corruption convict in Solomon Islands has been refused bail pending his appeal case.

Radio New Zealand
Indonesia calls for palm oil development in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Indonesia's President is encouraging Indonesian companies to develop palm oil in Solomon Islands.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Youth to join Japanese cruise  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

Twelve young people from Solomon Islands will participate in a three month cruise under the 'Ship for World Youth' program.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes near Solomon Islands  Khaleej Times

An earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude struck east of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake, at a depth ...

Khaleej Times
MASSIVE magnitude 6.6 earthquake STRIKES Solomon Islands - ring of fire shakes  Express.co.uk

A HUGE magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck east of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Friday, the United States Geological Survey has reported.

Express.co.uk
Solomons PM says his govt want nothing to do with West Papua  Radio New Zealand

The Solomon Islands prime minister Rick Hou says his government wants nothing to do with West Papua.

Radio New Zealand
PNG man speared in the face in Solomon Islands  Herdon Gazette

A Papua New Guinean man has been admitted to hospital in Solomon Islands after being speared in the face by would-be thieves. The incident took place in ...

Herdon Gazette
Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises Announces Six Adventure Itineraries  Scuba Diver Magazine

Heralding a long-awaited return to dedicated Solomon Islands small ship cruise programs, newly-formed Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises (SIDC) has ...

Scuba Diver Magazine
Solomon Islands 2023 Pacific Games - Moving Forward  One Papua New Guinea

From December 6th to 7th, members of the Government of Solomon Islands, the Honiara City Council, the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands ...

One Papua New Guinea
SOLOMON ISLANDS: Don Bosco Rural Training Center provides educational initiatives and partnerships to ensure youth find and retain employment  MissionNewswire

(MissionNewswire) The Salesian-run Don Bosco Rural Training Center in Tetere Bay in the Solomon Islands is working to bring educational and workforce ...

MissionNewswire
More needed despite corruption arrests - Transparency Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Transparency Solomon Islands says a recent spate of arrests and convictions for corruption is welcome, but more work needs to be done with elections looming.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands 2019 5-ounce $10 coin features poppies in color  Coin World

Solomon Islands Proof .999 fine silver $10 coin bears a brilliant full-color motif depicting a field of red poppies.

Coin World
Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 strikes Solomon Islands  Yeni Şafak English

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck east of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands on Friday,

Yeni Şafak English
Earthquake today: Solomon Islands, Indonesia and Japan suffers HUGE quakes as 6.2 tremors  Express.co.uk

Tremors have been felt around the Ring of Fire today, resulting in magnitude 6.0 and higher earthquakes. Some of the countries affected includes the Solomon ...

Express.co.uk
Solomons hydropower project moves forward  Radio New Zealand

The World Bank Group has welcomed the signing of agreements to build a hydropower project in Solomon Islands.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands prepares to ship tuna direct to Europe  Undercurrent News

The port authority of the Solomon Islands expects to begin shipping tuna direct to Europe, once the currently-underway preparations are complete, reports ...

Undercurrent News
Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 strikes Solomon Islands: USGS  Reuters

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck east of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands on Friday, the United States Geological Survey said.

Reuters
Solomon Islands Withdraws Recognition of Kosovo - Reports  Sputnik International

BELGRADE (Sputnik) - Solomon Islands, a sovereign state in Oceania, has withdrawn its recognition of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, formally ...

Sputnik International
No Tsunami Threat From 6.5-M Solomon Islands Quake  Big Island Now

The USGS reported that a 6.5-magnitude earthquake occurred in the Solomon Islands on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at 5:27 p.m..

Big Island Now
Solomon's MPs to receive 'terminal grants' next week  Radio New Zealand

Solomon Islands MPs are set to receive controversial tax-free $US50,000 payments next week.

Radio New Zealand
From the Solomon Islands to Liberia: These are the 25 poorest countries in the world  USA TODAY

Even though worldwide wealth is increasing – it rose more than 3% to $80.68 trillion in 2017 – not all of the regions are experiencing the same level of affluence.

USA TODAY
Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Friday, 16 November 2018 - information :  VolcanoDiscovery

Date & time: Fri, 16 Nov 03:26:55 UTC Magnitude: 6.1. Depth: 10.0 km. Epicenter latitude / longitude: 10.49°S / 163.07°E Nearest volcano: Tinakula (299 km)

VolcanoDiscovery
PM signs gov't pledge to ban logging, mining  Solomon Star

PRIME Minister Hon. Rick Houenipwela has signed the Sky Islands Pledge to ban logging, mining and other commercial activities at and above the 400m ...

Solomon Star
Vijai Kumar named High Commissioner of India to Solomon Islands  ANI News

New Delhi [India], Nov 30 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Friday that Vijai Kumar, the current High Commissioner of India to Papua ...

ANI News
The Solomon Islands: Diving off The Beaten Path  DeeperBlue.com

The Solomon Islands: exotic, mysterious, remote and unspoiled; a world-class diving destination that is gaining in popularity as a “go-to” destination.

DeeperBlue.com
6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

SYDNEY, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck east off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Xinhua
Search for rat and bat led to reconciliation between Solomon Island indigenous people and Australia  Daily Mail

Tyrone Lavery, postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum in Chicago, travelled nearly 8000 miles to find the species in Malaita, one of the Solomon Islands' ...

Daily Mail
Supporting disability advocacy: Insights from Savina Nongebatu  Devex

CANBERRA — Savina Nongebatu has long been a vocal advocate for the rights of people living with disability in the Pacific. She was the president of People ...

Devex
KOREAN AMBASSADOR PRESENTS CREDENTIALS  Solomon Star

Korea's Ambassador to Solomon Islands His Excellency Kang Kymgu has presented his credentials to the Governor-General of Solomon Islands, His Excellency ...

Solomon Star
Warning against illegal campaigning in Solomons  Radio New Zealand

The Solomon Islands is warning all potential election candidates and their agents not to campaign before the official election date has been announced.

Radio New Zealand
Warnings issued as Tropical Cyclone Owen re-forms near Australia  Al Jazeera English

Storm has potential to bring flooding to some of the most populated parts of Queensland.

Al Jazeera English
Earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude strikes east of Solomon Islands - USGS  Reuters

An earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude struck east of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Reuters
Solomon Islands APEC trip costs $2.7M  One Papua New Guinea

Despite Solomon Islands precarious financial situation, the Government forked out $2.7 million (US$336,000) to pay for Prime Minister Ricky Hou and his ...

One Papua New Guinea
Solomons health shortages costing lives - Wale  Radio New Zealand

A Solomon Islands MP says the government's failure to address drug and equipment shortages in hospitals around the country is costing lives.

Radio New Zealand
International Airport upgrade project to begin next year  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands His Excellency Shigeru Toyama has announced the Honiara International Airport upgrading project will begin ...

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
The Lethal Consequences of Misclassifying Dolphins | by Peter Singer  Project Syndicate

Japanese law categorizes dolphins as fish, not mammals. As a result, for the past two months, commercial fishers have been herding dolphins into a narrow ...

Project Syndicate
New SICCI CEO assumes role  Solomon Star

Ms Atenasi Ata has officially assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) as of 3rd ...

Solomon Star
Kosovo’s future is under threat. Solomon Islands has withdrawn the recognition of the independence  The Kozweek

Government of Solomon Islands – small island States in the Pacific have withdrawn the recognition of the independence of the breakaway Republic of Kosovo, ...

The Kozweek
Earthquake info : M4.9 earthquake on Fri, 16 Nov 05:03:45 UTC / - 156km E of Kirakira, Solomon Islands -  VolcanoDiscovery

Date & time: Fri, 16 Nov 05:03:45 UTC Local time at epicenter: 2018-11-16 16:03:45 +11:00. Magnitude: 4.9. Depth: 10.0 km. Epicenter latitude / longitude: ...

VolcanoDiscovery
6.5-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit 162km east of Kirakira, Solomon Islands at 2:26 p.m. (0326 GMT) Friday, ...

Xinhua
Solomons police improve response to family violence  Radio New Zealand

The police in Solomon Islands have taken significant steps to improve the way they respond to family violence.

Radio New Zealand
Adventist College Celebrates 50 Years of Service in Papua New Guinea  Adventist Review

Sonoma Adventist College follows a long tradition of support to the work of the church in the area.

Adventist Review
Pacific island nations to resist US push for tuna quota increase  Undercurrent News

The group of small Pacific island nations that control the world's largest certified-sustainable tuna purse seine fishery say they will resist an effort expected this ...

Undercurrent News
Narrowing knowledge gap  Fiji Times

RESERVE Bank of Fiji governor Ariff Ali has urged regional central banks to continue partnering with relevant stakeholder institutions to up-skill its researchers, ...

Fiji Times
How a rat and bat helped heal a 90-year cultural rift  Science Daily

Mammalogists went to the Solomon Islands in search of a giant rat and monkey-faced bat -- and ended up playing a role in fostering peace between the Kwaio ...

Science Daily
Cyclone, humidity and a scorching Test all part of an 'extreme weather week'  The Sydney Morning Herald

A 'zombie cyclone', thunderstorms, high humidity and scorching heat are some of the highlights to look forward to this week across Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Taiwan holds discussions on sidelines of world climate conference | Politics  Focus Taiwan News Channel

Berlin, Dec. 11 (CNA) The Taiwan delegation to the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland has been meeting with participants on the sidelines to ...

Focus Taiwan News Channel
Discovery Cruises Announces Six Adventure Itineraries  Solomon Times Online

Operating ex-Honiara and timed to dovetail with Solomon Airlines' Brisbane-Honiara services, SIDC has employed the 30-metre MV Taka to operate the six and ...

Solomon Times Online
Third time's the charm for 2018 Solo Icon  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

Solo Icon has crowned its 2018 winner Sunday night. Simon Kosa, 23 from Western and Malaita Province took home the coveted title for the senior category ...

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
MEA names Vijay Kumar as next High Commissioner of India to Solomon Islands  indiablooms

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IBNS): Vijay Kumar has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Solomon Islands, Indian government said on Friday.

indiablooms
Flash-flood warning with 'zombie cyclone' set to bring thunderstorms  The Age

Parts of Victoria are at risk of flash flooding on Thursday with heavy downpours to lash the state thanks to a "zombie cyclone" that is reviving into a powerful ...

The Age
Inaugural South Pacific Central Banking Research Conference opens in Suva  Griffith News

The inaugural South Pacific Central Banking Research Conference was opened today by the Deputy Australian High Commissioner, Ms Amy Crago, at the ...

Griffith News
Solomons' MP, facing charges, gets free medical care overseas  Radio New Zealand

As the Solomon Islands medical sector struggles with drug and funding shortages, an MP facing criminal charges is being funded by the taxpayer to seek ...

Radio New Zealand
Noro anticipates direct tuna trade to Europe  Solomon Star

THE Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) anticipates direct tuna shipment to Europe from their Noro Port in the Western Province. The second international ...

Solomon Star
Shane Drumgold announced as new ACT DPP  The Canberra Times

A local prosecutor with more than 16 years of experience was announced Tuesday as the new ACT Director of Public Prosecutions. The appointment of Shane ...

The Canberra Times
Saudi version of climate justice rejected by developing countries  Climate Home

Oil-rich country's resistance to welcoming findings of science report on 1.5C warming has marked it out from poorer countries. Saudi Arabia's Ayman Shasly and ...

Climate Home
Solomons govt going back to the basics for 2019 budget  Radio New Zealand

The Solomon Islands government says it is going back to the basics for the last budget of its tenure.

Radio New Zealand
Anger in Solomons as MPs get huge 'terminal' grants  Radio New Zealand

The watchdog group, Transparency Solomon Islands, wants more public pressure on MPs over the huge untaxed grants they are paying themselves.

Radio New Zealand
Fijian Shiprider Joins Coast Guard Aircrew on Patrol  Maui Now

A Fijian navy shiprider flew with an Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew on patrol over the Fijian Islands this past Saturday.

Maui Now
Male advocates needed to end violence against women  Radio New Zealand

Pacific islanders are discussing how men can advocate for an end to violence against women.

Radio New Zealand
Extended objection period ends today  Solomon Star

THE Extended Objection and Omission period of the Voter Registrants will end today 29th November 2018. According to the Solomon Islands Electoral ...

Solomon Star
SIDCCG Government has no policy on West Papua  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change Government does not have a policy on the West Papua issue, says Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Visa Launches Payments Security Roadmap To Strengthen Tourism And Economies in the Pacific  Fiji Sun Online

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) yesterday launched its Future of Security Roadmap ('the Roadmap') for the South Pacific. Visa's Head of South Pacific Andy McCowan said it ...

Fiji Sun Online
Widow of Pearl Harbor survivor wants to 'make sure they don't forget' sacrifices made in World War II  The Desert Sun

The bright-red truck that for years was used in the Palm Springs Veterans Day parade to carry survivors of the Pearl Harbor invasion on Dec. 7, 1941, was empty ...

The Desert Sun
Pacific countries side with Israel against UN probe  Radio New Zealand

Four Pacific Island countries have voted against a United Nations resolution to investigate Israel over its treatment of prisoners and detainees.

Radio New Zealand
The ancient law costing billions in super yacht tourism  Gladstone Observer

ANTHONY Hodgson, the skipper of super yacht 'Endless Summer' says a law dating back to the days of Captain Cook is costing Australia billions in tourism ...

Gladstone Observer
SINU increases fees  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

Students enrolling for a program or course at the Solomon Islands National University, SINU, will have to dig deep to pay for their fees as of next year.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
From war to wonderland: Secrets of the Solomons  Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

HONIARA, Solomon Islands — If it weren't for the potholes, cavernous pits slowing us down on the road to Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, I might have missed ...

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
'Alphameta products are not harmful': JM International explains  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The doctor's advise must always be considered as a priority when Solomon Islanders seek medical assistance outside. Global consultant for JM International ...

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Report: Solomon Islands’ Logging Risks Forests  VOA News

The South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands is felling its tropical forests at nearly 20 times a sustainable rate, according to research by an environmental ...

VOA News
ADB approves five million dollar policy-based grant  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The Asian Development Bank, ADB, has approved a five million dollar policy-based grant to support the efforts of the Solomon Islands Government to implement ...

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
SIBC Podcasts: Talem Ting Ting-Business and Financial services  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

More women in the Solomon Islands are involved in small scale businesses. A significant number of them are members of the Solomon Islands Women in.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Sport: Niue, Solomons reach rugby league rankings high, Tonga still Pacific pace-setter  Radio New Zealand

Niue have jumped 10 places in the latest Rugby League World Rankings following their runners up finish at the Emerging Nations World Championship.

Radio New Zealand
Increased Logging Is Decimating Forests in the Solomon Islands  Pacific Standard

Logging in the Solomon Islands, a small country of 667,000 people in the South Pacific, is decimating natural forests there at around 19 times the rate ...

Pacific Standard
Australian military help rescue survivors of Solomon Islands attack which killed young girl  The Guardian

Defence force personnel transport injured to hospital after unprovoked assault which killed seven-year-old.

The Guardian
Hundreds of kilos of cocaine seized on a yacht in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Police in Solomon Islands have seized a massive shipment of cocaine, the largest in the country's history, onboard a yacht anchored off the capital Honiara.

Radio New Zealand
War History and Pristine Waters in the Faraway Solomon Islands, by Travel Writers  Creators Syndicate

By Doug Hansen. The Solomon Islands, a 992-island archipelago, sit northeast of Australia and about 6,100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Most of the ...

Creators Syndicate
Isolation, opportunity and justice in Solomon Islands  devpolicy.org

Virginia Horscroft on a new World Bank project helping Solomon Islanders in rural communities access justice and build community harmony, reducing risks of ...

devpolicy.org
Smiles guaranteed at Beth Pryce's oceanic art auction  The Australian Financial Review

A former Sydney pharmacist whose $1.5 million oceanic art auction wowed Paris will sell a second phase of her collection in Sydney this weekend.

The Australian Financial Review
In Solomon Islands, the gendered effects of corporate logging  Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research

Solomon Islands - Sicolastika Okapisi cried as she watched machines raze the mangroves near her village of Mararo to the ground. These mangroves were so ...

Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research
Solomon Islands businesses pioneer measures to employ women  Radio New Zealand

A new report shows 15 of the largest businesses in Solomon Islands are now pioneering measures to employ women.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands' killer croc problem could be tamed by crocodile tourism  ABC News

Amid a growing number of fatal crocodile attacks in Solomon Islands, authorities are searching for new ways to manage the reptiles — but first they have to ...

ABC News
The Solomon Islands are known for wreck dives, but there's so much more to explore above water  Los Angeles Times

If it weren't for the potholes slowing us down on the road to Honiara, on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, I would have missed the sign that said Dolphin ...

Los Angeles Times
Australia supplants China to build undersea cable for Solomon Islands  The Guardian

The Australian government has stepped in to help build a key piece of infrastructure for the Solomon Islands, as concerns about Beijing's attempts at “soft ...

The Guardian
His Pacific Island Was Swallowed by Rising Seas. So He Moved to a New One.  The New York Times

It's that seaweed that keeps them here. The shallows near his island — and two others nearby that have also been settled by farming families — are perfect for a ...

The New York Times
Blue continent needs a coalition of the willing  The Australian

The challenges for national security and foreign policy continue to mount. News about the arrest of Huaweis chief financial officer for alleged infringements of US ...

The Australian
SIEC extends omission and objections period  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission, SIEC, is considering further extension of the current Omission and Objections period.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Solomon Islands: A deep dive  Honolulu Star-Advertiser

If a remote South Pacific destination with lots of World War II artifacts and world-class diving appeals to you, check out the Solomon Islands. This 992-island ...

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
IMF Staff Completes 2018 Article IV Mission to Solomon Islands  International Monetary Fund

July 30, 2018. End-of IMF team Article IV Consultation press releases include statements of the IMF staff team that conveys preliminary findings after a visit to a ...

International Monetary Fund
Cyclone Liua, still weak, drenches Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

The Solomon Islands' southern provinces are being drenched by heavy rain as Cyclone Liua continues to linger nearby.

Radio New Zealand
Introducing 'Stret Tok'  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

Solomon Islands has a motto on its Coat of Arms that reads, 'To Lead Is To Serve'.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
More young children surviving in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Solomon Islands is included among 10 countries with the most significant improvement in under five mortality rates between 2017 and 2018.

Radio New Zealand
 

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Solomon Islands is a sovereign state consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). The country's capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The country takes its name from the Solomon Islands archipelago, which is a collection of Melanesian islands that also includes the North Solomon Islands (part of Papua New Guinea), but excludes outlying islands, such as Rennell and Bellona, and the Santa Cruz Islands.The islands have been inhabited for thousands of years. In 1568, the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña was the first European to visit them, naming them the Islas Salomón. Britain defined its area of interest in the Solomon Islands archipelago in June 1893, when Captain Gibson R.N., of HMS Curacoa, declared the southern Solomon Islands a British protectorate. During World War II, the Solomon Islands campaign (1942–1945) saw fierce fighting between the United States and the Empire of Japan, such as in the Battle of Guadalcanal.The official name of the then British administration was changed from "the British Solomon Islands Protectorate" to "the Solomon Islands" in 1975, and self-government was achieved the year after. Independence was obtained in 1978 and the name changed to just "Solomon Islands", without the "the". Today, the sovereign state is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen of Solomon Islands, currently Queen Elizabeth II, as its head of state. Rick Houenipwela is the current prime minister.