Solomon Islands

Human trafficking high in Marshalls, PNG and Solomons

The country ranks the worst out of all island Pacific nations in the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report 2015.

The Marshall Islands' poor record revolves around the capital Majuro's role as a port of call for foreign fishing and transhipping vessels.

It says Marshall Islands girls are recruited by foreign business owners to engage in prostitution with crew members of the vessels.

It also says some Chinese women are recruited with promises of legitimate work and forced into prostitution after paying large recruitment fees.

Taiwan assists Solomon Islands with early warning system

This has been confirmed by Taiwan Weather Bureau’s Director of Research and Development, Mr.Mark Cheng.

Cheng is attending the Third Pacific Meteorological Council meeting in Nuku’alofa, Tonga this week.

He said the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan and the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service have conducted initial research to identify the strength and capacity of the Solomon Islands Met Service.

First international rugby league players for Solomon Islands

“First time ever, history for our country,” says Solomon Islands captain …..

It is the number one time, for the newly established Solomon Islands Rugby Football League (SIRFL) to play in an international sanctioned match.

“We (SIRFL) started a competition in 2013 and it’s only the beginning, one of the boxes has been ticked,” SIRFL chairman Beaver Biti told Loop PNG after their final match.   

He added that, the experience will have a “big impact on the development of the code back home.”    

Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands

However, no tsunami warning was issued and no major damage was expected.

PNG beat Solomon Islands 22-7

Rew scored the first points of the game to get the crowd up on their feet roaring as he shrugged off several defenders to score.

The Solomon Islanders responded straight away via Solly Seuika to score out wide.

A successful conversion put his team in front.

Some razzle dazzle rugby saw Rew grab his second score of the match right after the half time siren sounded. With the kick in, the score was 12-7 at the break.

The second half belonged to PNG as two more tries went to Arthur Clement and Butler Morris just on full time.

Heavy rain in Solomons increasing risk of infectious disease

The government says extreme rain and wind is predicted to continue for several days.

It says the heavy rain can cause flooding and landslides, and flood waters and mud can be dangerous for health, and increase the risk of disease.

One dead and 16 missing in the Solomons after cyclone Raquel

More than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed after tropical cyclone Raquel swept through the Islands last week.

One person was killed after being hit by a falling tree and a further 16 people are missing.

The category one storm swept through the southern part of the country before being downgraded to a Tropical Depression on Thursday evening.

Initial reports from the National Emergency Operations Centre show thousands of food gardens have been damaged or destroyed across the islands with over 40-thousand damaged in the southern region of Malaita alone.

Indonesia is into the MSG, says PNG

In a break from tradition where announcement of the MSG Leaders decision is supposed to be made by its chair, host of the summit, Prime Minister Mannaseh Sogavare of Solomon Islands, O’Neill’s office announced that Indonesia is an associate member of the MSG and that the United Liberation Movement of West Papua has been granted observer status.
 
“Today is very a important day for peace and goodwill for our brothers and sisters living in Indonesia’s Melanesian provinces,” said O’Neill’s press announcement.