Man guilty of charges

The man charged with Police Minister Peter Shanel in relation to an assault charge has yesterday pleaded guilty to the allegation against him. Steven Wako has entered a guilty plea to the charge of assault causing actual bodily harm before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo. Sentencing submissions and mitigation on his case will be…

Murder accused to enter plea

The man accused of the murder of a former beauty contestant at Noro, last year will enter his plea on Thursday. Lawyer representing Joshua Naurua will also on that date inform court on the type of preliminary inquiry on the murder case as to whether it will be a short or a long form preliminary…

Bad smell affects school

FOUL smell from a leaking sewage pipe has forced Tuvaruhu community high school in Central Honiara to temporary suspend classes as of Monday. School principal Hilda Takarobo said, the situation started last week. “A sewage pipe that serve the whole community broke last week just outside the school area and sewage waste have flooded into…

Lawyers reminded

Lawyers must be reminded that their foremost duty is to the court, their clients and the public, says a Honiara Magistrate. Principal Magistrate Fatima has vented her frustration after the lawyer of a man facing a rape case failed to appear in court on Monday. She said, the only thing stopping this case to move…

Pay rise for HCC

The Honiara City Council (HCC) staff have been given a 5 % increase in their salary. Chief Administration Officer Don Houkura has confirmed the increase saying it has been endorsed by the current executive of HCC. “This is the result of the continuous negotiations between the Workers Union and the Council to increase the salary…

Opposition: Housing scheme ‘fishy’ deal

THE Parliamentary Opposition has expressed serious concern over the proposed public servants housing scheme describing it as ‘fishy’ arrangements undertaken by top Government officials with an Asian company. In a statement on Monday, the Parliamentary Opposition said, whilst they welcomed the initiative by the Government to build 5,000 new homes for public servants; the Opposition…

Opposition: OPMC insensitive of peoples concerns

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has described the response from the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC) as inadequate and disappointing. The Parliamentary Opposition in a statement yesterday said, the OPMC response to the call for the Prime Minister to convene Parliament shows a Government that is irresponsible to the concerns of the people.…

Cocoa program in provinces progresses

THE PARTICIPATORY Approach and Research Program implemented by Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MALS) for cocoa farmers in the country provinces is progressing. That was according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MALS) Cash Crop Coordinator, Roy Timothy. Mr Timothy in an interview with the Solomon Star on Monday said, the program was making…

SINU Wi-Fi hotspots planned

Solomon Islands National University (SINU) is planning to increase Information Communication Technology (ICT) access to its students by installing Wi-Fi hotspots for Kukum, Ranadi and Panatina Campuses. The SINU Vice Chancellor Dr. Glynn Galo made this announcement yesterday during the opening of the SINU computer labs at Kukum Campus. He said, the aim behind this…

Boycotting lecturers told: Return to work

LECTURERS boycotting classes at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) are urged to return to work. Vice-chancellor Dr Glynn Galo issued the reminder on Tuesday as second semester classes remained delayed due to the boycott. Dr Galo said lecturers must return to work, assuring them their grievances would be addressed. “This issue is between the…