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2009-04-09 13:05:40

U.S. geoscientists say the 2007 Solomon Islands earthquake might point to previously unknown increased earthquake and tsunami risks. Professor Kevin Furlong of Pennsylvania State University and his colleagues studied the unusual tectonic plate geography and the sudden change in direction of the April 1, 2007, tsunami-generating earthquake. The magnitude 8.1 earthquake occurred east of Papua, New Guinea, off the coast of the Solomon Islands and its subsequent tsunami killed about 50 people,...

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2009-04-10 07:00:00

Geoscientists remain somewhat perplexed as they work to understand exactly what happened during an earthquake and subsequent tsunami that rocked the Solomon Islands in 2007. The tsunami that followed the quake was considerably larger than scientists had anticipated, causing some 52 deaths and extensive property damage all across the Melanesian island chain.  They were particularly surprised by the amount of seismic activity in an area that had been previously relatively quake-free. The...

2008-10-06 09:00:34

Pacific Blue, the New Zealand-based subsidiary of Australian airline Virgin Blue, has announced that it will launch direct flights between Brisbane, Australia, and the Solomon Islands on December 2, 2008. The airline has also announced that it will add three extra seasonal flights each week between Wellington, New Zealand, and Brisbane, effective December 1, 2008. Pacific Blue will fly direct between Brisbane and the Solomon Islands twice a week with connections available from Perth,...

2008-10-05 06:00:09

Text of report by Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation text website on 4 October The recently detained Japanese longline vessel FV Kinei Maru 118 has been fined 2.1m dollars [approx 300,000 US] for breaching its fishing licence conditions. The Government Communications Unit reports that the vessel was found to have trans-shipped at sea on two separate occasions and has failed to keep records and supply relevant information to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources as required....

2008-10-02 03:00:25

By Buden, Donald W Abstract: Eleven species of reptiles are reported from Nauru in the first systematic treatment of the herpetofauna. Four of the species are marine; the seven others include six lizards (four geckos, two skinks) and one snake. Gehyra mutilata (Wiegman), G. oceanica (Lesson), Pelamis platura (Linnaeus), and Ramphotyphlops braminus (Daudin) are recorded on Nauru for the first time. With the exception of Emoia arnoensis Brown & Marshall, which is endemic to eastern...

2008-09-17 09:01:00

Text of report by Solomon Islands locally-owned newspaper website, Solomon Times Online on 15 September [By Joy Basi] Another 25 more students intending to study medicine will leave the country for Cuba at the end of the month. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health's under-secretary for health care, Dr Cedric Alependava in an interview last week. "Under the agreement between the Cuban government and the Solomon Islands government there are 50 scholarship for 2007-2008 offered for...

2008-08-20 12:00:58

Excerpt from report by Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation text website on 20 August Visiting WHO consultant Dr Anuj Sharma, of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, India, has found an alarming trend of very high antibiotic usage in the country which is leading towards dangerous levels of resistance. [passage omitted] Dr Sharma, who is soon to complete a three-week consultancy in Solomon Islands, has found that the antibiotic usage in the country is extremely high when compared to...

2008-07-27 06:00:29

Text of report by Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation text website on 26 July The Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, SIEA, owes 18m dollars in fuel to its suppliers. Minister for Mines and Energy Edward Huni'ehu last week directed an emergency meeting with the SIEA Board and Management to discuss the matter. In a statement, Minister Huni'ehu said the debt crisis reached this point because SIEA's fuel suppliers are paid on a hand to mouth basis. He also said that the board and...

2008-07-02 15:00:22

By ROOKES, Felicity FOR the past eight years David Nunn has gone back and forth to the South Pacific helping those less fortunate. This time the New Plymouth man is heading to the Solomon Islands with supplies to build and furnish a high school, after one was destroyed by a tsunami last year. The volunteer aid worker is packing up old computer monitors, stacks of paper and other bits and pieces to take overseas, all of which have been donated by New Zealand businesses. The computer...

2008-06-25 15:02:53

By TIFFANY, Martin An Australia-based NGO is encouraging Pacific governments to take a closer look at the potential devastation of sea-bed mining. The Mineral Policy Institute is one of several groups raising concerns about Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals, which has carried out sea-bed test extractions in Papua New Guinea's exclusive economic zone. Nautilus is also starting explorations in Tonga, and has lodged exploration licence applications in Fiji and Solomon Islands. (c)...


Latest Solomon Islands Reference Libraries

Choiseul Pigeon, Microgoura meeki
2014-04-18 11:39:05

The Choiseul Pigeon or Solomon’s Crested Pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is an extinct species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It was native to the islands of Choiseul located in the Solomon Islands, although there are unsubstantiated reports that it might have once lived on several nearby islands. The pigeon was monotypic within the genus Microgoura and had no known subspecies. The closest living relative is believed to be the Thick-billed Ground Pigeon, and some...

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2007-04-19 05:56:14

The Bluespotted ribbontail ray, Taeniura lymma, is a stingray of the family Dasyatidae, found around coral reefs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands north to southern Japan and south to northern Australia, between latitudes 32° N and 30° S. The bluespotted ribbontail ray is a colorful stingray with large bright blue spots on an oval, elongated disc and with blue longitudinal stripes on the tail. The snout is rounded and angular,...

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2006-09-15 10:25:30

The Ducorps' Cockatoo (Cacatua ducorpsii) is a species of cockatoo endemic to the Solomon Islands. This small white cockatoo is larger than the Goffin's Cockatoo yet smaller than the Umbrella Cockatoo. Notable features of this cockatoo include a blue eye ring and a recumbent crest which resembles a sail in its raised state.

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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