Premier urges Malaitans to develop their province

Malaitans should stop criticising their government, and should instead work together to develop their province. Premier Peter Ramohia criticisms levelled at his government are not doing any good for the province in terms of development. He said many times, the criticisms were baseless and unfair. “What is required is for everyone from Malaita to stand…

Hopes more Papua prisoners to be freed

RNZI: Amnesty International New Zealand says there’s no doubt that mounting international pressure played a part in the release of West Papua’s most high profile political prisoner after a decade in jail. Filep Karma was yesterday freed from a prison on the outskirts of Jayapura, the capital of Indonesia’s Papua province, to an emotional welcome…

‘There was no negotiation’

THE MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Milner Tozaka has denied any negotiation with Fiji government to resolve the air service agreement between Solomon Airlines and Fiji Airways in January this year. This came after chairman for Public Accounts Committee, Rick Hou told Parliament that the air-service agreement with Fiji, Papua New Guinea and…

Moves to address land issues in Malaita

The Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government will carry out a major traditional boundary demarcation exercise program in Malaita Province next year. National Consultant for Land Reform in the Office of the Prime Minister Genesis Kofana revealed in an  interview this week. “This exercise will cost taxpayers money approximately worth $1million that is for Malaita…

MSG Trade Fair underway in Noumea

The region’s biggest and most exciting annual trade fair – the MSG Trade Fair got underway yesterday at the Chambres du Metiers in Noumea, New Caledonia showcasing a wide range of industries, products and investment opportunities. Over 60 exhibitors and entrepreneurs from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia are participating at…

Prosecution ordered to provide disclosures

PROSECUTION has been ordered to disclose brief of the case of the four people charged in relation to the Mbike Island shooting before December 7. The matter came before Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika yesterday and was further adjourned. There has been a change of prosecutor after Nelson Dhita, who used to take carriage of this…

Magistrate blame lawyers for case delays

PRINCIPAL Magistrate Jim Seuika yesterday raised concerns again on the delay of cases due to absences of lawyers in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. He said it seems that the Public Solicitor’s Office prioritise high court matters than those in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. He expressed his concern after vacating the trial of a juvenile because…

Juvenile trial vacated

TRIAL has been vacated yesterday on the case of the juvenile facing a defilement charge, giving him a chance to find another lawyer to represent him. This was after the juvenile turned up in court yesterday without a lawyer. His lawyer Stanley Aupai from the Public Solicitor’s Office has gone on leave. He has requested…

Hunikera trial resumes next month

CONTINUATION of trial in relation to the traffic case against former provincial police commander of Guadalcanal Daniel Hunikera will start next month. Last Friday prosecution called only one witness. Prosecution will call another witness and avail four other police officers for the defence to cross-examine before closing its case. So far five witnesses were already…