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Southern Maryland community calendar, March 26-April 2, 2015

Thursday, March 26Little Minnows: “Let’s Sprout” For children 3-5, a [program about seeds and how plants are grown. 10-11 a.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. $5. Read full article >>

The Wages of Cyclone Pam

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Over the weekend, Cyclone Pam, one of the most severe tropical storms ever measured in the Southern Hemisphere, struck the small island nations of Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, where it killed at least eleven people. Show More Summary

New Zealand Reportedly Spied on Solomon Islands Government

Leaked documents showed that New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau used an Internet spy system to intercept documents of officials close to the Solomon Islands' prime minister.

Vanuatu Braces Itself for Arrival of Cyclone Pam

The Pacific nation of Vanuatu has put itself on alert as a destructive cyclone approaches; the forbidding storm is currently intensifying in the South Pacific Ocean, east of the Solomon Islands.

Pacific Island links: Youth unemployment, PNG police, illegal fishing, labour mobility and more

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare spoke to Jemima Garrett about the challenge of finding jobs for the huge numbers of unemployed youth. PNG's police force faced harsh criticism since the shooting in Hanuabada on 23 January. Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: PNG police brutality, Manus refugees released, Solomon Islands and more

Last Friday in the PNG village of Hanuabada, two young men were shot and killed, allegedly by police. Police brutality is frequently an issue in PNG. Paul Barker, Executive Director of PNG's Institute of National Affairs, spoke about...Show More Summary

Solomon Islands Giants: Why They May Still Be Around!

If there is a location on earth that still houses ancient giants who have retained their culture en masse, it would be the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands are in the South Pacific Northeast of Australia, east of Indonesia. The giants here are not only spoken of, but spoken of in the present tense - as beings who still coexist. Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: Slump in gas hits PNG, Solomon Islands cabinet, new Tongan PM and more

Tess Newton-Cain gives us an idea of what the year ahead might hold for Pacific politics in this piece from Devpolicy. The collapse of energy prices could have a devastating impact on PNG's resource-dependent economy. Paul Flanagan argues...Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: Sogavare, violence in Moresby, rugby controversy in Fiji and more

By Anna Kirk, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia program. Manasseh Sogavare has been elected Prime Minister of Solomon Islands. This will be the third time he holds the position. Violence broke out in Port Moresby over the weekend between the military and police. Show More Summary

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A cemetery with more mummies than you can imagine and an Easter Island mystery that may finally be solved make the list: Proof That Kings David and Solomon Were Real? : It's not like finding a wall with "King David Was Here" scrawled on it, but six clay seals excavated in...

Pacific Island links: Solomon Islands election, labour mobility, violence against women and more

By Anna Kirk, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia program. The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has released the final results of last week's election. Mark Tamsitt argues that although the Solomon Islands election preparations...Show More Summary

Solomon Islands needs a parliament that will deliver results

The conduct of the general elections in Solomon Islands on 19 November appears to have been largely successful. An interim report from the Commonwealth Observer Team led by former Prime Minister of PNG Mekere Morauta has praised theShow More Summary

Pacific Island links: Elections in Solomons and Tonga, Modi and Xi in Fiji, PNG budget and more

By Anna Kirk, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia program. On 19 November Solomon Islands held its first elections since the wind-down of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in July 2013. Solomon Islanders had to cast their votes in their home electorates, which for many meant a long and hazardous journey. Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: Xi and Modi visit Fiji, Solomons elections, PNG corruption and more

Chinese President Xi Jinping is traveling to Fiji following the G20 summit to meet with Pacific Island leaders. Philippa Brant was interviewed on Pacific Beat about what this might mean for Chinese aid to the region. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be visiting Fiji to meet with regional leaders. Show More Summary

Saving Kolombangara's Cloud Forest

The natural habitat of a remote island in the Solomons is staring down the ever-present danger posed by logging. The stakes are high, and the legal ramifications enormous. Kayt Davies explains.

Pacific island links: Solomons elections, fishing deals, climate change and more

By Anna Kirk, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia program. Solomon Islanders head to the polls on 19 November. The new biometric voter registration process has seen 280,000 voters register and 160,000 invalid names removed from the register. Show More Summary

Conflict in the Pacific islands: The climate dimension

Armed conflict in the Pacific islands, from Atai's 1878 revolt in New Caledonia to the upsurge of violence in Solomon Islands in 1998, is often portrayed as 'ethnic tension'. But there is a need for more analysis based on political ecology,...Show More Summary

Pacific island links: Bougainville, Rugby League, Solomons, Chinese mining and more

By Anna Kirk, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia program. Health officials working in Solomon Islands propose a response to the 'perfect storm' of conditions in the Pacific that threatens to overwhelm under-resourced publicShow More Summary

Vanessa's Eclectic Seaside Cottage — House Tour

Name: Vanessa Faye Wurman and her dogs Solomon and The Dude Location: Jamestown, Rhode Island Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 15 years; owned You don’t even have to enter Vanessa’s home to know that it’s not your typical seaside cottage. Show More Summary

Navy Ships Deliver Supplies to Solomon Islands

Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have delivered vital supplies to remote communities in Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s commitment to provide support to the region.

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