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  • Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials (and talks “climate change”)

    08/12/2014 9:55:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 12:39 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit Wednesday to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where he met the tiny nation’s leaders and commemorated the ferocious World War II battles fought on Guadalcanal. Kerry met with Solomon’s Prime Minister Gordon Lilo and Governor General Frank Kabui to discuss sustainable development, ocean preservation and how the islands’ 600,000 residents are coping with the effects of climate change. …
  • Tsunami alert after Solomon Islands earthquake

    04/12/2014 1:29:09 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4/12/2014 | staff report
    A magnitude 8.0 earthquake off the Solomon Islands has sparked a tsunami warning for the island nations of the south Pacific, with houses reported damaged in the Solomons. Local officials reported two 1.5-metre waves hitting the western side of Santa Cruz Island in the Solomons, damaging about 50 homes and properties. There were no reports of injuries or deaths. Villagers had gone to higher ground as a precaution. The tsunami formed after the earthquake hit near Lata on Santa Cruz in Temotu province, the easternmost part of the Solomons a three-hour flight from the capital, Honiara. The region has a...
  • 8.3 Earth Quake

    8.3 earth quake Solomon Islands tsunami warning issued 1437 UTC
  • Another Genetic Quirk of the Solomon Islands: Blond Hair

    05/04/2012 7:46:30 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 May 2012 | SINDYA N. BHANOO
    In the Solomon Islands, about 10 percent of the dark-skinned indigenous people have strikingly blond hair. Some islanders theorize that the coloring could be a result of excess sun exposure, or a diet rich in fish. Another explanation is that the blondness was inherited from distant ancestors — European traders and explorers who came to the islands. But that’s not the case, researchers now report. The gene variant responsible for blond hair in the islanders is distinctly different from the gene that causes blond hair in Europeans. “For me it breaks down any kind of simple notions you might have...
  • Magnitude 7.1 Quake Shakes Solomon Islands

    04/11/2010 5:31:50 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 38 replies · 984+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/11/2010 | AP
    A major earthquake has struck off the Solomon Islands, but a tsunami was not expected. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.1-magnitude quake struck at Sunday evening. Its epicenter was about 130 miles southeast of the capital, Honiara, in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 7.1 Quake hits Solomon Islands

    04/11/2010 5:32:07 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 14 replies · 709+ views
    ADELAIDE, Australia — A powerful earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday, but a monitoring agency said a tsunami was not expected. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.1-magnitude quake hit southwest of the island chain's Kira Kira island in the South Pacific. The temblor's epicenter was about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Honiara. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a destructive wave is not expected. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

    01/05/2010 11:32:11 AM PST · by freedomyes · 71 replies · 1,909+ views
    Townhall ^ | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    So many dead. So many grieving. So many distraught. Where is God? Where is the good God?
  • Back for good (Australia in East Timor)

    05/27/2006 4:42:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 393+ views
    The Weekend Australian | 27th May 2006 | Paul Kelly and Patrick Walters
    THIS week Australia assumed responsibility for a new state: the poor, unstable and violent nation of East Timor. Our 1300-strong troop intervention has been triggered by the failure of East Timor's political system, a crisis within its armed forces, an internal ethnic rift between east and west regions and the combination of an inept Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, and an immobilised President, Xanana Gusmao, who cannot work together but who have made a joint appeal for Australian help. This is Australia's largest ground force intervention since the 1999 Interfet operation, the international force authorised by the UN Security Council that...
  • WWII PT Boat Tossed up From Ocean Floor [by earthquake/tsunami]

    04/29/2007 6:07:56 PM PDT · by SJackson · 51 replies · 4,199+ views
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Wreckage from a World War II torpedo boat was tossed up from the sea in the Solomon Islands after a powerful 8.1 earthquake hit the area in early April, an official said Friday. Jay Waura of the National Disaster Management Office said the explosive-laden boat was exposed when reefs were pushed up three meters (10 feet) above sea level by the April 2 quake, which caused a devastating tsunami in the western Solomon Islands that killed 52 people. The Solomons' coastline is still littered with decaying military wrecks from World War II, including the torpedo patrol...
  • Quake lifts Solomons island out of the sea

    04/09/2007 12:30:16 PM PDT · by Wuli · 25 replies · 1,273+ views
    Yahoo/AFP News ^ | 4/9/2007 | Neil Sands
    RANONGGA, Solomon Islands (AFP) - The seismic jolt that unleashed the deadly Solomons tsunami this week lifted an entire island metres out of the sea, destroying some of the world's most pristine coral reefs. ADVERTISEMENT In an instant, the grinding of the Earth's tectonic plates in the 8.0 magnitude earthquake Monday forced the island of Ranongga up three metres (10 foot). Submerged reefs that once attracted scuba divers from around the globe lie exposed and dying after the quake raised the mountainous landmass,.....
  • Quake lifts Solomons island out of the sea

    04/09/2007 6:27:28 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 36 replies · 1,453+ views
    The seismic jolt that unleashed the deadly Solomons tsunami this week lifted an entire island metres out of the sea, destroying some of the world's most pristine coral reefs. . . . . . .Submerged reefs that once attracted scuba divers from around the globe lie exposed and dying after the quake raised the mountainous landmass
  • Grieving comrades pray with guns in their hands

    12/23/2004 6:49:34 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 352+ views
    The Australian ^ | 24th December 2004 | Tony Koch and Patricia Karvelas
    FOR men who carry guns as part of their every working day, and face danger from people who are also armed, the murder of a mate is keenly felt. One hundred police and 30 soldiers went to church on a hot and humid day to honour the memory of their fallen comrade, Adam Dunning. The police men and women wore Glock pistols on their hips. The soldiers - including a New Zealand contingent with a heavy Maori presence - carried Steyr automatic rifles into the church. They knelt, stood, sang and joined in prayer - but the weapons never left...
  • Slain officer's body returned to Canberra

    12/23/2004 2:41:36 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 23rd December 2004 | Greg Jennett
    The body of Adam Dunning, the young Australian Federal Police Protective Service officer murdered in the Solomon Islands, has been returned to his home town of Canberra. Mr Dunning's family, girlfriend and friends waited on the tarmac at Canberra airport for the return of his body on a Royal Australian Air Force jet from Honiara. Flanked by an Australian Federal Police (AFP) honour guard, a team of officers lowered the flag-draped coffin from the plane and carried it in a slow procession to a hearse. It was then led away by a police motorcade, as a general salute was given....
  • Australians in the firing line

    12/22/2004 2:32:45 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies · 399+ views
    The Australian ^ | 23rd December 2004 | The Australian
    ALL of us feel it like a death in the family when a brave young Australian is killed in the service of our country. And the cause that took Adam Dunning to the Solomons, and cost him his life there, is especially noble. The young policeman, who had already served with the Australian Defence Force in East Timor, was part of the peacekeeping mission that has rescued the Solomons from rule by violence and intimidation. The success of the 18-month mission, which has near universal support among the local people, was symbolised by the arrest of warlord Harold Keke, who...
  • Aussie peacekeeper shot in the back

    12/22/2004 2:11:20 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 300+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23rd December 2004 | Nick Butterly
    A YOUNG Australian peacekeeper shot in the back by a sniper in the Solomon Islands yesterday was a hero before he died. Australian Protective Service officer Adam Dunning, 26, was murdered during an early morning attack in the capital Honiara. Australia will send a rapid response unit to the Solomons today in the wake of the killing -- the first time an Australian peacekeeper had died as a result of a direct attack. "This is to send a clear message to the thugs . . . that we will not tolerate the murder of our police officers," Defence Minister Robert...
  • Australia to boost troops in Solomons

    12/22/2004 5:07:17 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 136+ views
    The Age (Melbourne) ^ | 22nd December 2004
    Australia will send a rapid response unit to the Solomon Islands after a sniper shot dead a young Australian peacekeeper in what authorities fear was a targeted attack. Australian Protective Service (APS) officer Adam Dunning, 26, died when he was shot in the back during the early morning attack in what had been considered a secure area of the capital, Honiara. In a joint statement this afternoon, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Defence Minister Robert Hill said the government had authorised the immediate redeployment of an Australian Defence Force rapid response unit from Townsville tomorrow. Mr Dunning, of Canberra, died...
  • Australia boosts Solomons force

    12/22/2004 3:31:00 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 126+ views
    Australia will send about 100 soldiers to Solomon Islands after the murder of an Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer in Honiara this morning. A sniper using a military-style rifle fired on the police vehicle that Adam Dunning, 26, from Canberra, was travelling in with another officer. Mr Dunning was shot in the back and died at the scene. He had been a member of the AFP since March last year and previously served in East Timor. The rapid response infantry company will start deploying to the Solomons from Townsville tomorrow. Defence Minister Robert Hill says strengthening the military presence in...
  • No Surrender, No Retreat: Australia will not fail the Iraqi people

    10/13/2004 5:51:12 AM PDT · by OESY · 9 replies · 523+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 13, 2004 | ALEXANDER DOWNER
    Without seeking to underestimate the role of domestic issues such as economic management, there can be no mistaking the clear foreign-policy choices made by Australia in last weekend's election. Presented with some tough decisions, the Australian people again demonstrated their robust commitment to international order and the common good. With opposition parties promising to bring home Australian troops from Iraq by Christmas, Australians could have taken the easy option to "cut and run." Instead, they strongly re-endorsed the government of Prime Minister John Howard and its promise to stay the course in Iraq. Having been an original, modest but important...
  • Most (Australian)Troops to leave 'stable' Solomons

    06/25/2004 8:34:42 PM PDT · by Levante · 3 replies · 98+ views
    Australia is about to withdraw most of its remaining contribution to a regional force aimed at restoring order in Solomon Islands. The Government began withdrawing troops involved in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) last year.
  • (Aussie) PM brings Christmas beer to Solomons

    12/23/2003 3:03:46 AM PST · by Dundee · 1 replies · 110+ views
    PM brings Christmas beer to Solomons The Prime Minister has visited the Solomon Islands today, to pass on his Christmas greetings to soldiers and other Australians serving there and deliver beer. The Australian-led mission has been restoring rule-of-law in the troubled Pacific nation. He told the soldiers, sailors, police and other Australians there that they had helped the country overcome law and order problems. "I want you to know that your country is aware of the sacrifice you're making, aware of the separation from your families and is very appreciative of your efforts," he said. To help the troops and...