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Preventing implementation from being overwhelmed by planning: Solomon Islands health  devpolicy.org

The amount of time planning and attending donor-led workshops can overwhelm implementation. Solomon Island health workers set out a strategy for change.

devpolicy.org
Red Cross steps up operations to deal with Pacific weather - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers thoughout the region have been mobilised over the past fortnight to deal with the bad weather pummelling several Pacific ...

ReliefWeb
The causes and effects of unspent health funding in Solomon Islands  devpolicy.org

Inability to spend is the most immediate constraint to health *service* provision in Solomon Islands. A group of health staff suggest what can be done about it.

devpolicy.org
Aid needed in Solomon Islands - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

Humanitarian aid is urgently needed in Solomon Islands where more than 22,000 people are estimated to have either had their homes or crops destroyed by ...

ReliefWeb
Solomon Islands: Heavy Rain Warning Number Twenty (6 Jan 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

HEAVY RAIN WARNING NUMBER TWENTY ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL *SERVICE* AT 9:00AM THIS MORNING ON SUNDAY ...

ReliefWeb
Solomons emphasises diplomacy with Indonesia on Papua  Radio New Zealand

Solomon Islands is prioritising diplomacy with Indonesia when it comes to advancing concerns about West Papuan human rights. The Solomons Foreign ...

Radio New Zealand
A group of Solomon Islands health staff, Author at Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre  devpolicy.org

G. Vahimolo, N Pego, M. Ifumae, C. Qalo, R. Maegerae, J. Harara, M. Gavira, B. Kiokimo, H. Orihao, A. Simbe, E. Thoa, R. Lebo, J. Denty, E. Titiulu, L. Irobaea, ...

devpolicy.org
Solomons and PNG at risk of more flooding and landslides - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on Solomon Islands about Agriculture, Water Sanitation Hygiene, Flood, Land Slide and more; published on 03 Jan 2019 by ...

ReliefWeb
Solomon Islands: Heavy Rain Warning Number Eighteen (5 Jan 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

HEAVY RAIN WARNING No.18 ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL *SERVICE* AT 7:00AM THIS MORNING ON SATURDAY 5th ...

ReliefWeb
Yacht in distress off Solomon Islands uses alert to help pinpoint its position  GOV.UK

Two people have been rescued after their personal locator beacon alerted HM Coastguard to the fact their yacht was in trouble off the Solomon Islands.

GOV.UK
Heavy Rain Warning Number Sixteen (4 Jan 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

HEAVY RAIN WARNING NUMBER SIXTEEN ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL *SERVICE* AT 7:00AM THIS MORNING ON FRIDAY ...

ReliefWeb
Heavy Rain Warning Number Twelve (2 Jan 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

HEAVY RAIN WARNING NUMBER TWELVE ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL *SERVICE* AT 7:00AM THIS MORNING ON ...

ReliefWeb
Special Weather Bulletin Number Four (2 Jan 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on Solomon Islands about Flood and Tropical Cyclone; published on 02 Jan 2019 by Govt. Solomon Islands.

ReliefWeb
Solomons Games postponed indefinitely  Radio New Zealand

The Solomon Islands Games have been postponed indefinitely due to a delay in funds from government.

Radio New Zealand
Pacific: TD03F and Tropical Cyclone Penny Information bulletin - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

English Analysis on Solomon Islands about Flood and Tropical Cyclone; published on 04 Jan 2019 by IFRC.

ReliefWeb
New minimum wage for Solomon Islands  POST-COURIER

Solomon Islands government last night announced an increase in the country's legal minimum wage from $4 per hour to $8 (US$0.49 – US$0.99) per hour that ...

POST-COURIER
Sanatana Reports Significant Progress on Its Tirua Project, Solomon Islands  GlobeNewswire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sanatana Resources Inc. (“Sanatana” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that after ...

GlobeNewswire
NZDF Transports Voting Equipment to Solomon Islands  Scoop.co.nz

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has delivered about two tonnes of voting equipment to the Solomon Islands for the South Pacific country's national and ...

Scoop.co.nz
Adapting Towards Resilience: Water and Sanitation is Everybody's Business - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

Honiara, Solomon Islands - Water and sanitation is everybody's business” from “ridge to reef” and “from community to cabinet.” Under Secretary to the Ministry of ...

ReliefWeb
Former Solomon Islands premier arrested on corruption charges  Radio New Zealand

The former premier of the Solomon Islands province of Temotu has been arrested on corruption charges.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands to appoint a new Governor General this year  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The Solomon Islands Governor General's term in office will end on 7th July 2019.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Solomon Islands National Emergency Operation Center fully activated  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The National Disaster Council confirms, bad weather conditions are still current for Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Spy chief Nick Warner in Vanuatu with Scott Morrison shows China pushback  The Australian Financial Review

Australia's top spy Nick Warner has accompanied Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Vanuatu, in a further sign that Australia is pushing back against China's rising ...

The Australian Financial Review
Teams deployed to conduct assessments  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

Officers from the National Disaster Management Office are currently supporting the provincial emergency centers to conduct assessments in areas affected by ...

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Tropical storm causes problems for Fiji and Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

A tropical storm making its way towards Fiji is expected to become a cyclone within the next 12 hours.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands, where your second-hand clothes find new owners  Waikato Times

Opinion: If you thought all your donated clothes went to fellow Kiwis think again.

Waikato Times
Solomons hit by storm as bad weather converges on Fiji  Radio New Zealand

Strong wind in Solomon Islands has destroyed homes as more storms are converging on Fiji.

Radio New Zealand
Bad weather affects parts of Solomon Islands as Met issues Special Weather Advice  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

A number of families in East Malaita are homeless after strong winds and rain hit hard in that part of the country last night.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
No Tsunami Threat to Hawai'i From 6.8-M Vanuatu Quake  Big Island Now

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports an earthquake has occurred near Vanuatu at 8:16 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2019.

Big Island Now
Solomon Games postponed indefinitely due to delay in funds  Insidethegames.biz

The Solomon Games have been postponed indefinitely due to the delay of funds from the Solomon Islands Government.

Insidethegames.biz
The pilot bishop of the South Pacific  Catholic News Agency

Known as the “flying bishop” of Solomon Islands, Bishop Luciano Capelli visits Catholics across dozens in islands by piloting a small airplane he also uses to ...

Catholic News Agency
Earthquake info : M4.7 earthquake on Mon, 14 Jan 02:23:45 UTC / - 185km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands - 1 experience report  VolcanoDiscovery

Date & time: Mon, 14 Jan 02:23:45 UTC - 1545876567396 seconds ago. Local time at epicenter: 2019-01-14 13:23:45 +11:00. Magnitude: 4.7. Depth: 119.2 km

VolcanoDiscovery
Solomon Islands United Party yet to register  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

Solomon Islands United Party have, through their legal representation, issued a letter to the Prime Minister demanding that the Party be registered in accordance ...

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
New Solomons' agency to help address political instability  Radio New Zealand

A new Solomon Islands government agency has begun its work to strengthen political parties to help bring stability to the country.

Radio New Zealand
Solomons at risk of more flooding and landslides  FBC News

Continued heavy rain and strong winds in Solomon Islands could lead to more flash flooding and possible landslides over the next few days. The country's met ...

FBC News
It’s Not Easy to Map the 100 Largest Islands in the World  Atlas Obscura

They're hard to define. (Must they always be surrounded by water? What about ecosystems isolated on tops of mountains?) They're also hard to count. (What ...

Atlas Obscura
Central Island victory forfeited  Solomon Star

Central Islands U-16 team 3-2 victory against Guadalcanal was forfeited for fielding in over aged player. This means Guadalcanal received free three points ...

Solomon Star
How one heatwave killed 'a third' of a bat species in Australia  BBC News

Two months ago, a record-breaking heatwave devastated Australia's population of spectacled flying foxes.

BBC News
Thousands return home after wild weather in Solomons  Radio New Zealand

Most of the about 100000 people across Solomon Islands affected by wet and windy weather last week have returned home or are being sheltered by other ...

Radio New Zealand
Climate change hits as Solomon Islands flood again  Indian NewsLink

Indira Stewart Solomon Islands, January 5, 2019. The Solomon Islands has been drenched by two weeks of unrelenting heavy rain that has caused extensive ...

Indian NewsLink
Looted ‘cannibal’ bowl will not travel to Quai Branly in Paris for Oceania exhibition  Art Newspaper

Royal Academy says conservation issues—not restitution fears—mean the ceremonial feast trough can not be loaned.

Art Newspaper
Pacific links: “You're my best friend”  The Interpreter

Scott Morrison on an island escapade, leaders serenade, and links and stories from the Pacific Islands region.

The Interpreter
SINU's new School of Fisheries heads into second academic year  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

“We want it to be the best in the region.” These were the words of Dr. Kofi Apreku, head of the Solomon Islands National University's School of Fisheries at ...

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Food security main concern after Solomons' storm  Radio New Zealand

An estimated 100000 people across six of Solomon Islands' eight provinces have been affected by two weeks of torrential rain and strong winds.

Radio New Zealand
Two deaths and more than 22,000 impacted by Solomons floods  Radio New Zealand

Two people have died and over 22000 people have either lost their homes or food gardens in Solomon Islands due to extreme weather over the last two weeks.

Radio New Zealand
Arrow leads group A  Solomon Star

TEMOTU ARROWS U16 team is leading the group A of the Youth Solomon Cup currently underway at Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Academy.

Solomon Star
Getting to the heart of former Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's legacy  Chicago Tribune

Those closest to former Mayor Tom Weisner recall his many behind-the-scenes acts of kindness that helped give voice to Aurora's most vulnerable.

Chicago Tribune
Melanesian people: The world's only natural black blondes  Pulse Nigeria

For several years, blond hair was attributed to Caucasians but the Melanesians of Solomon Islands are one of the few groups with blonde hair outside Europe.

Pulse Nigeria
Exciting football action  Solomon Star

Solomon Islands Football Federation Academy was filled with exciting football action as eight provincial teams eyeing for the Youth Solomon Cup title on the day ...

Solomon Star
Finding future jobs  Sunraysia Daily

ATTRACTING overseas migrants through a new Federal Government labour scheme will play a part in helping overcome a forecast shortfall in labour the Mallee ...

Sunraysia Daily
Pacific islands build new economic links with UNCTAD help  UNCTAD

UNCTAD opens an office in Samoa to coordinate a trade and transparency project for Pacific small islands, ahead of a regional free trade agreement coming ...

UNCTAD
Solomons police say people ignoring weather warnings  Radio New Zealand

Police in Solomon Islands are concerned that people have taken bad weather warnings lightly over the past few weeks.

Radio New Zealand
PNG to host regional health meet  POST-COURIER

BY GRACE AUKA SALMANG. PAPUA New Guinea will host a regional conference this year aimed at promoting the health and well-being of mothers, women, ...

POST-COURIER
Is the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu growing, and not sinking, as Craig Kelly says?  ABC News

Coalition backbencher Craig Kelly says that the low-lying Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is growing, rather than sinking. Fact Check finds that checks out.

ABC News
Emerald Scenery Design Solomon Islands X V0.57 Update Now Ready  FSElite

Developer Emerald Scenery Design has updated their Solomon Islands X package to version 0.57. Despite having been a project in the works for over 5 years, ...

FSElite
Fiji's Latest News and Sports website  Fijivillage

Strong wind in Solomon Islands has destroyed homes while flood waters have damaged food gardens. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reported ...

Fijivillage
Rob Oakeshott to run against Nationals for NSW seat of Cowper in federal election  The Guardian

Former member for Lyne will run in a seat currently held by the Nationals.

The Guardian
Solomon Games postponed  Solomon Star

The much awaited Solomon Games supposed to be hosted in Rennell this month is facing indefinite postponement due to delay of funds. This was confirmed in ...

Solomon Star
No tsunami threat to Malaysia after 2 quakes  The Malaysian Insight

6.4-magnitude earthquake hits Vanuatu, then 5.8 magnitude hits Philippines.

The Malaysian Insight
Many Small Islands, One Big Problem  Harvard Political Review

In mid-October, President Donald Trump sat down for a wide-ranging interview with 60 Minutes. During the program, Trump said he did not know if climate ...

Harvard Political Review
eSwatini - Taiwan's last friend in Africa  BBC News

China has tried to win over eSwatini repeatedly, but the tiny kingdom, previously known as Swaziland, is staying with Taiwan for "diplomatic and political ...

BBC News
Coalition's $16m Pacific labour scheme recruits just 83 workers in five months  The Guardian

Program aims to plug low- and semi-skilled staff shortages in rural and regional Australia.

The Guardian
9 New Species of Animals You Didn't Know Existed  Reader's Digest

Of Earth's 8.7 million species of animals, plants and micro-organisms, the majority haven't been identified. Here are the more recent discoveries.

Reader's Digest
VOTERS LIST ON THE WAY  Solomon Star

By IAN M.KAUKUI VOTERS list for the upcoming national elections is expected to be finalised and approved tomorrow. That's according to Chief Electoral Officer ...

Solomon Star
Suva football strengthens its strike force  Fiji Times

THE Suva Football Association is strengthening its strike force this season as they aim to do wonders this year. According to the Fiji Football Association, the ...

Fiji Times
Blackbird - a journey of honouring my ancestors  Solomon Star

The tragedy and heartbreak of the "blackbirding" era has had a ripple effect all throughout the Pacific, yet it's a history that remains largely under-acknowledged ...

Solomon Star
Kylie Mines and Motivation Australia: change in motion  devpolicy.org

For the estimated 1.7 million Pacific islanders living with a disability, services on the ground are thin. The work of Kylie Mines and Motivation Australia is ...

devpolicy.org
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (1 - 7 Jan 2019) - Thailand  ReliefWeb

English Infographic on Thailand and 7 other countries about Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, IDPs, Flood, Land Slide and more; published on 07 Jan 2019 by ...

ReliefWeb
Call for change  Solomon Star

Solomon Islands Medical Association (SIMA) is calling for changes to the way MPs access medical treatment overseas. Under their parliamentary entitlements, ...

Solomon Star
Pacific predictions: 2019  devpolicy.org

2019 will be a busy year in the Pacific, writes Tess Newton Cain.

devpolicy.org
Scott Morrison wants to be friends with Pacific, and Pacific has a shopping list  The Australian Financial Review

A visit by an Australian prime minister to a Pacific Island country is a rare event. Such a visit, other than to attend a regional meeting or to Papua New Guinea ...

The Australian Financial Review
BC's Tales of the Pacific | Kavachi, the disappearing volcano  Marianas Variety

BORN of massive earthly forces in the depths of the ocean and the guts of the planet, Pacific islands come from violent beginnings. We can witness the birth of ...

Marianas Variety
WWII Japanese Aircraft Wrecks Salvaged at Balalae  Warbirds News

This Mitsubishi G4M1 Betty bomber is one of several airframes being prepared for transport from Balalae Island in the Solomons. (photo by Michael Holmesby).

Warbirds News
SIEC receives new voting screens  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has received four thousand voting screens to be used in the 2019 National General elections.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City live streaming: Watch online, preview, prediction & odds  101 Great Goals

Central Coast Mariners vs Melbourne City live streaming & live stream video: Watch online, preview, prediction & odds. A-League match: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019.

101 Great Goals
The Atlantis-Style Myths That Geology Proved To Be True  Forbes

Tales from around the world tell of cities or islands that have been lost to the waves. Geomythologists investigating such tales discovered that some of them ...

Forbes
Divided Tribe  Stuff.co.nz

Moriori are proud of their pacifist culture, but have been split by power struggles, employment disputes and even arguments over who is Moriori. Tony Wall.

Stuff.co.nz
UNCTAD Helps Pacific Islands Build New Economic Links  IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

GENEVA (IDN) – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has opened an office in Samoa to coordinate a trade and transparency ...

IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters
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
National Societies across Asia Pacific and Mideast grapple with impacts of damaging seasonal weather - World  ReliefWeb

The Red Cross Red Crescent across the Asia Pacific region and in the Middle East have been helping people prepare for and cope with damaging extreme ...

ReliefWeb
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
Five-day volleyball coaching clinic hailed a success  POST-COURIER

Volleyball BY KILA NAO. A five-day volleyball coaching clinic was hailed a success for participants from Siwai area in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville ...

POST-COURIER
Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System Weekly Bulletin / Système de Surveillance Syndromique dans le Pacifique - Bulletin Hebdomadaire: W1 2019 (Dec 31-Jan 6) - World  ReliefWeb

English Situation Report on World and 14 other countries about Health; published on 10 Jan 2019 by WHO.

ReliefWeb
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
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
Chinese demand fuels Solomon Islands mass deforestation  Al Jazeera English

Global Witness investigation finds forests being felled at 19 times the sustainable rate; vast network of logging roads.

Al Jazeera English
Cyclone could land in Far Northern Qld on Tuesday  Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

5pm: THE Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has provided an update on the current weather situation in Northern Queensland. The tropical low off the Peninsula has ...

Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
RA Reviews: Black Merlin - Kosua on Island Of The Gods (Album)  Resident Advisor

Black Merlin - Kosua Black Merlin, AKA George Thompson, has released numerous EPs of chugging techno for labels including Berceuse Heroique and ...

Resident Advisor
How songs from tiny villages in the Pacific are now floating in outer space  ABC News

Just outside of our solar system onboard the Voyager space probes sits the Golden Record, a 'message in a bottle' filled with songs and sounds from life on ...

ABC News
Adventists Explore Ways to Tackle Diabetes Epidemic in the South Pacific  Adventist Review

Representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church recently met with Fiji government non-communicable diseases advisors to discuss the ongoing epidemic ...

Adventist Review
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
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
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
Solomon Islands MP Charged for Misusing Funds on Motorized Canoes  OCCRP

Police arrested on Wednesday a Solomon Islands lawmaker and charged him with corruption for allegedly misusing a shipping grant worth more than ...

OCCRP
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
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
Will Solomon Islands abandon Taiwan? | The Interpreter  The Interpreter

The official welcoming of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to Solomon Islands, November 2017 (Photo: PresidentialOffice/Flickr) ...

The Interpreter
Pre-season cyclone forms near Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

A tropical storm near Solomon Islands has intensified into a cyclone - the first of the season for the South Pacific.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands MP Dickson Mua arrested for corruption  Radio New Zealand

A member of parliament in Solomon Islands, Dickson Mua, has been arrested and charged with corruption. The MP for Savo Russell, is accused of misusing a ...

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.