Integrated agricultural project launched in Central Kwara’ae

A ground-breaking ceremony for the Malaita Integrated Pig and Agriculture Training Centre was successfully launched at Adaliua, Central Kwara’ae, Malaita province on Wednesday. The ground ceremony was part of the Solomon Islands Government’s partnership with the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan to develop agriculture in Solomon Islands. The launching was attended by the Minister of…

Ronia slams budget claim

A FORMER central banker and retired auditor general has described as “false assurance”, the $364 million budget surplus the government claimed it made in the first quarter of this year. Government media consultant Alfred Sasako released a statement Monday on the reportedly surplus, describing it as a “major economic victory” for the government. He quoted…

Woman, brothers remanded

A WOMAN and two of her brothers have been remanded in custody yesterday for allegedly attacking the woman’s husband last month at Gilbert Camp area, East Honiara. The alleged victim, Fred Ramo, lodged his complaint to the police after he was discharged from the National Referral Hospital on June 1. According to the allegation, prosecution…

Court to fix date for rape case

THE court will today fix a date to hear evidences into an attempted rape case that allegedly occurred in Wagina, Choiseul Province, last year. The 22-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim because they are related, appeared briefly in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Since his lawyer was…

Bmobile-Vodafone free shows

Bmobile-Vodafone are launching something new to the Solomon Islands this June by offering free shows and entertainment to the public in three provinces. In a statement on Wednesday the company said, “theye are bringing a travelling cinema on tour in conjunction with the launch of our 3G+ sites which come on air this month. “We…

Police minister to face court today

POLICE Minister Peter Shanel will appear today in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court for the pre-trial conference on his case. The Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Guadalcanal has on the last occasion entered a not guilty plea to the assault causing actual bodily harm charge against him. The matter was then adjourned for a pre-trial…

Suava villagers complain surge in mosquito bites

RESIDENTS of Suava Bay in north Malaita have experienced a surge in mosquito bites following recent heavy rain in the area. A villager John Tabusu said the situation was quite unusual because they never experienced that before.  “We don’t experience this since we were brought up here, but started last month after heavy rainfall continued…

Govt still to decide over West Papua and MSG

Solomon Islands Government says it hasn’t made a decision yet on the West Papua bid for membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). Foreign Minister, Milner Tozaka, said the MSG will make a united stand of the question of West Papua’s bid for membership. He will be taking over as chair of the MSG at its…

SI-NZ consultation held

OFFICIALs from the government of Solomon Islands (SI) and New Zealand (NZ) yesterday held their annual development consultation at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara. The consultation was to provide opportunity for officials from both Solomon Islands government and New Zealand to discuss bilateral and strategic policy issues regarding the current and future directions of…

Tozaka to look further into spying claims

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Milner Tozaka says he will make representations to the New Zealand Government if spy revelations are found to be accurate. United States NSA documents released by the Whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, in March, showed New Zealand had collected email and telephone data from Solomon Islands officials without their permission. Milner Tozaka said,…