Accused found guilty of manslaughter

THE court has this week sentenced a man to three years imprisonment for the death of another person in 2013 at Tenaru, East Guadalcanal. Samson Totoha was however, released from custody given that he had already served that amount of time while in pre-trial custody. Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer convicted Totoha of the charge…

Child abuser faces jail

A MAN who sexually abused a two-year-old girl at a settlement in Honiara in March will be sentenced in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court on June 27. This was after mitigation and sentencing submissions were made on Friday. Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga has other cases to tend to and therefore had the matter adjourn for sentencing.…

MSG gets West Papua and Indonesia to talk

A SENIOR delegation of Indonesian officials and delegates of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua met Thursday in a move instigated by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The two sides had been at loggerhead over West Papua’s struggle to have a separate state. MSG Foreign Ministers meeting chairman and Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs minister,…

Tovosia, Veke trial to resume Monday

THE TRIAL on the case of the Member of Parliament for East Guadalcanal Bradley Tovosia and Guadalcanal Premier Anthony Veke will resume Monday next week. This was because lawyer representing Tovosia, Nuatali Tongarutu, was feeling unwell  and therefore could not stand in for the trial yesterday. Public Prosecutor Andie Driu though not objecting to the…

New recruits out on assignments

THE first batch of the 2016 police recruit has been sent out to a number of areas within Honiara City. This is mainly for the officers to gain first-hand experience on their roles and responsibilities as police officers. Deputy Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga during the weekly police conference on Thursday said they are trying to…

Students heading home from PNG

THE government is repatriating its student from Papua New Guinea starting today due to the ongoing boycott of classes and other disturbances there. This followed a decision the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the High Commission office in Moresby, made on Friday. The situation in three Papua New Guinea universities –…

Business training for Tina hydro landowners

NINE individuals from Tina Hydro landholding tribes completed a business training organised for them, Friday. Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC) conducted the training to educate resource owners business and investment opportunities. The five-day business training ended with presentation of certificates. Among the nine trainees are four women, all of whom came from the…

Growth potentials identified

THE future of economic growth of the country depends on three sources. They include: –         The services ( commerce, etc.) for 20 % –         A small industry about 22 % –         The agriculture (45 %) which include essentially logging –         Other sources of growth, which are promising, are virtually untapped, tourism 2% and mining 4%…

Road carnage

Two dead, one in critical condition TWO students are dead and the third in critical condition after their vehicle crashed in the Foxwood area of east Honiara, in the early hours of yesterday. Police say the students are of Don Bosco College. “The vehicle they are travelling is a RAV4 and was on high speed,”…

New models sought for fisheries surveillance

THE Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) says the system for monitoring and surveillance of the region’s fisheries is operating un-sustainably and needs to change. The policing system has been heavily reliant on aid for for more than a decade. A review of the programme by the Forum Fisheries Agency is being presented to Pacific ministers in…