No bail for jailed 15 Vanuatu MPs

THE jailed Vanuatu Members of Parliament are unlikely to be granted bail before their appeal is heard on or after November 9. Defence lawyer Colin Leo told the Independent newspaper in Port Vila the standard practice is if someone is convicted, he or she starts serving the sentence immediately, even while an appeal is pending.…

Students assessed through cultural performance

DIPLOMA of teaching primary pre service year two students of Solomon Islands National University Panatina Campus displayed their academic assessment through a fascinating cultural show on Friday. The program aims at sharing and learning different cultures from different Islands in the country. A good number of staff, students, friend’s parent and children turn up to…

BRING IT ON!

PM resolves to defend his job HE may have lost the support of his ministers and backbenchers, but Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is determined to defend his job and leadership. “Bring it on,” Mr Sogavare declared in parliament yesterday, referring to a motion of no-confidence Opposition leader Jeremiah Manele lodged on Wednesday. This was after…

Mbike disclosures served on defence lawyer

PROSECUTION has now served part disclosures to the lawyer representing the four people charged in relation to the Mbike Island shooting. After yesterday’s brief appearance before Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika, the matter was further adjourned to November 18 for another mention. An investigation into this matter is still ongoing. The four accused Aikan Maelausia, Julyn…

HCC 2016 budget set

The Honiara City Council (HCC) has given its final blessing with the approval of the 2016 budget. The Council has budgeted to operate from a total revenue of $39 million. The 2016 budget will see a total operational expenditure of $29 million and capital expenditure of $10 million, providing the basis for the delivery ofservices…

Statistics: Malaita still the most populated

OUT of the nine provinces in the country, Malaita province still remains the most populated province. According to data extracted from the National Statistics office in Honiara early this week, the total number stands at 154,097. An officer from the office told the Solomon Star, this was the latest update since 2009 to 2018. “A…

SI tops production of non-edible seaweed

Solomon Islands is now the biggest single producer of non-edible seaweed in the Pacific region, Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources John Maneniaru told Parliament, Wednesday. The Minister was responding to a question raised by the Member of Parliament for North West Choiseul Hon Sandakabatu about the number of seaweed farmers supported by the government…

PM blamed dictatorial

Reason for defects by his supporters A GOVERNMENT Minister who intends to resign from the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government blames the leadership style of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare as the main cause of disagreement forcing defects by his Ministers and backbenchers. The Minister who wants to remain anonymous claimed, many members of the…