Solomon Islands

Solomons to declare national park at WWII battle site

It is one of several key events during the 75th commemorations of the historic World War Two battle.

About 1000 soldiers died on Bloody Ridge which the Solomons' government says is one of the world's most important World War Two sites.

Sir Bruce Saunders, of the Solomons' Scouts and Coastwatchers Trust, which is one of the organisers of the commemorations, says Bloody Ridge was adjacent to Henderson Field airport - the key prize sought in the fighting.

Solomons aims to boost tertiary education

The education minister John Moffat Fugui said currently only three percent of the population has had the chance to obtain higher education.

He said the government would this year spend $US37 million on scholarships for students to attend the National University in Honiara and other regional tertiary institutions.

Mr Fugui also said the ministry would set up 500 scholarship Awards for 2018 to be fully and partially funded by the government.

Brazilian duo make first appearance with Solomon Islands Marist FC

The duo, Diego Maximo and Marcelo Oliveira arrived in Honiara last Thursday and made an impressive performance in their first appearance.

Feeling excited about their first appearance they assured the club that they are now part of the team and will make sure to help the team win the Telekom S League and qualify for the OFC Champion League.

“We want to let you know that we are very happy to be here and be part of the team.

“I know how strong this team is because I have played against you guys in the OFC champion league,” Maximo told his team mates.

Ground-breaking ceremony for 4th USP campus in Solomon Islands

The Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, John Moffat Fugui announced the plan during the USPSI open day last Friday.

Mr Fugui said once the ground-breaking is done the construction will commence in September this year.

The Minister said his ministry will do all it can to support the development because it will create a better learning environment for all Solomon Islanders as well the students from other Pacific countries.

USPSI Campus Director, Dr Patricia Rodie said the development of the fourth campus is their top priority.

2 year plan to tackle Solomon Islands crocodile problems

The plan will include raising awareness about crocodile hotspots and precautions, exploring options and making policy recommendations for the current crocodile ban and trade.

The ministry also intends to conduct a national survey for crocodile population status, distribution and developing management plan.

The increase in the population of crocodiles is posing to communities particularly to those residing in coastal areas.

Vanuatu Rugby league to select squad soon

President of Vanuatu Rugby League Tom Carlo said at this stage they just completed the Port Villa Rugby League season.

He said a high performance squad representing the Port Vila Fire Ants will be selected to play against Santo Boars for the Annual Island of Origin.

He said after the Annual Island of Origin, a final selection trial for the squad will then be selected to travel to Solomon Islands for the test match.

Coconut rhinoceros beetles threaten Solomon Islands coconut and palm oil industries

The two commodities are the country’s main export products.

The rhinoceros beetles are understood to have arrived in Solomon Islands from Papua New Guinea in 2015.

There was an outbreak in April 2016 and the government declared the rhinoceros beetles emergency pests as they destroyed coconut trees and palm oil trees.

Coconuts are significant crops for Solomon Islands both for food and export.

Palm oil is also significant bringing in export revenue of about $138 million to the Solomon Islands economy annually.

Solomons' police chief concerned at drink driving offences

Matthew Varley told the Solomon Star newspaper 36 drink drivers were caught in May, 28 in June and 11 so far this month.

Mr Varley said this corresponds with 32 traffic accidents in May, 32 in June and 18 in July.

The commissioner said police are still seeing people out on the roads drinking and driving at all hours of the day and night.

Mr Varley has appealed to the community and to the media to help get the message out that drink driving is a dangerous practice that makes the roads less safe for everyone.

Solomon Islands awaits Vanuatu’s confirmation for international friendly

Solomon Islands Football Federation Media and Public Relations Officer, Joseph Boso said they have made an arrangement with Vanuatu national team for an International friendly but that will be confirmed tomorrow.

Mr Boso said once they receive the confirmation the game will be held on Thursday.

The international friendly is to prepare the Solomon Islands National team ahead for the World Cup Qualifier against New Zealand in September.

Solomon Islands fish exporters to benefit from new project

The project, which runs from June 2017 to May 2020, is being led by the FAO, with a total budget of US$508,336.

The FAO is also providing in-kind support to the project alongside the government and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA), backed by Australia and New Zealand.

Support will help the National Public Health Laboratory to achieve ISO 17025 certification, which is required for fish exports to access the EU market.