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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...
  • VANITY- Need the Names of the Countries That Are Supporting Us In Iraq

    09/24/2003 3:06:21 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 20 replies · 471+ views
    Sorry for the vanity but today at work some liberals were trashing Bush over Iraq- one was touting Ted Kennedy claiming that the only reason we're in Iraq is because Saddam tried to kill Dubya's father. That's when I lost it and said that I was sick and tired of the liberal lies about the war and that there hasn't been another attack in this country since we went into Afghanistan. I was then informed that another attack is imminent. The conversation got around to the libs saying that we don't have any support from the world and we should...
  • Unresolved dilemmas in the age of global intervention

    08/06/2003 5:43:56 AM PDT · by Int · 205+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 06, 2003 | Paul Kelly
    Unresolved dilemmas in the age of global intervention 06aug03 THE decline of national sovereignty as an absolute concept has triggered a new global debate over the terms and conditions that justify the right to intervene with military force. The coming decades will witness far more military interventions in the name of humanitarianism, security and saving failed states. The stories of Rwanda, Iraq, Solomon Islands and Kosovo illustrate this diverse trend. This will have a profound effect on Australia. Our multiple roles as a US ally, proficient peacekeeper, supporter of the UN and as the metropolitan power in a highly...
  • Australia joins US strategic revolution

    08/02/2003 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 6 replies · 175+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 08.02.03 | Stephen Blank
    Australia joins US strategic revolutionBy Stephen Blank In the summer of 2002 the United States formally unveiled a series of documents outlining a new national-security strategy that accorded a particularly prominent role to preemption and preventive war against terrorists, and against states who harbor them and/or are proliferating weapons of mass destruction. This new strategy encountered a lot of foreign and domestic criticism because of this new emphasis on preemptive strikes and preventive war. Nevertheless it appears to have been more than simply a US response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and a sign of a deeper and...
  • Police branded drunks, thieves

    07/30/2003 4:05:45 PM PDT · by Stew Padasso · 6 replies · 172+ views
    Police branded drunks, thieves By IAN McPHEDRAN in Honiara 29jul03 AUSTRALIAN police boss Ben McDevitt has labelled some Solomons officers thieves and drunks and has pledged to clean up the Royal Solomon Islands Police. "There are some excellent officers, but unfortunately they are being let down by others who are drunkards, thieves and extortionists," Mr McDevitt said. The blunt warning from the new Solomons Islands Police Deputy Commissioner came after he was sworn in by Governor-General Sir John Ini Lapli yesterday. It coincided with the surrender of more high-powered firearms as a 10pm deadline approached last night for local police...
  • Peaceful Return To Guadalcanal (Aussie Military To Solomons)

    07/24/2003 6:29:09 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 215+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-25-2003 | Alex Spillius
    Peaceful return to Guadalcanal By Alex Spillius in Honiara (Filed: 25/07/2003) Australian troops and police poured into the Solomon Islands by air and sea yesterday to restore stability to the troubled archipelago. Troops, vehicles and equipment of the 2,500-man force were delivered by Hercules aircraft, while landing craft from the Australian navy ship Manoora anchored off the main island, Guadalcanal, unloaded in the area where American troops landed to fight the Japanese 61 years ago.Australian troops disembark from a landing craft yesterday Hundreds of islanders, mostly barefoot and in ragged T-shirts, pressed against the airport fence in amazement at the...
  • Australia Conducts Largest Military operation in Pacific Since WWII

    07/23/2003 10:49:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 245+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 24, 2003 | Alex Spillius in Honiara
    Military aircraft carrying advance units of an Australian-led intervention force were flying towards the troubled Solomon Islandslast night to launch the biggest military operation in the Pacific since the Second World War. The need for the 2,000-man force was underlined hours before their arrival when Sir Allan Kemakeza, the country's prime minister, went into hiding after reports of plans to kidnap or kill him. Sir Allan Kemakeza Sir Allan was rushed on to a police patrol boat after a gang of militants was seen approaching his house in Honiara, according to police sources. He is believed to have gone to...
  • Australian Warship Heads for Stricken Solomons

    07/21/2003 5:01:32 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 9 replies · 141+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/21/03
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian warship left for the lawless Solomon Islands on Monday carrying the first contingent of a 2,000-strong force of troops and police hoping to restore order to the near-bankrupt South Pacific nation. The 8,500-tonHMAS Manoora transport ship will act as a floating command post, hospital and supply base for the Australian-led peacekeepers, whose deployment was approved last week by the Solomon Islands parliament. The commanding officer, Commander Martin Brooker, said the vessel and the 600-crew and support personnel aboard expected to drop anchor off the Solomons capital Honiara on Thursday, when the rest of the force...
  • Plans Move Ahead for Armed Intervention in Pacific (Solomon Islands)

    07/01/2003 5:03:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 142+ views ^ | July 01, 2003 | Patrick Goodenough
    South Pacific leaders have pledged their support for the unprecedented deployment of foreign police officers and troops to restore law and order in the troubled Solomon Islands, approving an Australian-led initiative to act when necessary rather than await a U.N. go-ahead. Foreign ministers from 16 Pacific nations, meeting in Sydney, unanimously endorsed a proposal to send a multinational force to the Solomon Islands, to help a government battling against violent militias and corruption. Australia and New Zealand are to provide the bulk of the envisaged stabilization force, with other Pacific nations also considering contributing personnel. The plan also includes an...
  • Refugees flee as militants torch villages on Solomon Islands

    06/25/2003 10:23:32 PM PDT · by Brian_Baldwin · 3 replies · 145+ views
    Press Trust of India | June 2003 | Press Trust of India
    Refugees flee as militants torch villages on Solomon Islands Press Trust of India Honiara (Solomon Islands) Militants torched villages in the Solomon Islands, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and walk for days through mountainous jungle, police and Red Cross officials said on Friday. More than 200 refugees were sheltering at Tamboko Village just outside Honiara, the capital of this Pacific island nation about 1,000 km east of Papua New Guinea, Red Cross coordinator Rex Para told. Hundreds more refugees were expected to arrive over the weekend, Para said. The refugees were making the three-day trek through rugged...
  • FR "exclusive" - Henderson International Airport Tipped to Retain Name

    06/22/2003 6:51:50 PM PDT · by New Zealander · 21 replies · 246+ views
    23-06-03 NZST | New Zealander
    Just returned from having my boots on the ground in the Solomon Islands. Bit of a working holiday of sorts – had the best time imaginable, despite a fair bit of hard yakka. While I was there I heard a little gem of some news from a primary source: According to the prime minister, the right honourable Sir Allan Kemakeza KBE, Henderson International Airport, formerly Henderson Airfield, and formerly planned to be known by some Japanese name that’s been mostly erased from history by an assault by the US Marines and months of heavy fighting… will be retaining its present...
  • Australian missionary beheaded - "I believe that the deceased really did not expect the attack"

    05/19/2003 12:05:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies · 222+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | May 18, 2003 | Tim Dick and AAP
    Australian authorities in the Solomon Islands are still working through red tape before Lance Gersbach's body can be brought back to Australia. The 60-year-old missionary was beheaded yesterday on the remote island of Malaita after arriving in February to serve as business manager at the Atoifi Adventist Hospital. Gersbach was an accountant in Newcastle before agreeing to go to the Solomons for a year. Solomons Police said he was murdered in a surprise machete attack yesterday. His body has now been released by police after an autopsy in the capital, Honiara, but Australian High Commissioner Bob Davis said: "We're working...
  • Pacific islanders angry over Washington Post’s sarcasm

    03/29/2003 2:27:40 PM PST · by jedi150 · 19 replies · 360+ views
    Pacific islanders angry over Washington Post’s sarcasm WASHINGTON: Irate Northern Pacific island states on Thursday fiercely rebutted media sarcasm whipped up by their role in the US-led war on Iraq, arguing they offered the “coalition of the willing” far more than coconuts, tapioca and scuba diving. Nursing wounded pride, several governments complained that scoffing at their presence in President George W. Bush's much lampooned coalition was an insult to Pacific islanders who put their lives on the line alongside US troops in Iraq. Palau, the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean are among nearly 50 nations...
  • Supply ship ready to go to cyclone-hit islands but it's not that simple ...

    01/03/2003 8:35:52 AM PST · by Dog Gone · 13 replies · 174+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | January 4, 2003 (NZ time) | GRAHAM REID
    From the comfort of this distance the problem had a simple solution: Cyclone Zoe with winds of around 300km/h had battered remote Tikopia, Fataka and Anuta islands in the Solomons some 1000km from the capital Honiara. The obvious and immediate thing to do was to send a boat laden with food and medical supplies. But in the Solomon Islands things are never quite that simple. As Lindsay Duncan, head of the New Zealand police contingent in Honiara recently told the Herald: "There are a lot of things here where you think, 'It's bloody obvious, why don't you do it?' But...