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,…

NZ to spend $177m in aid here

The New Zealand government is expected to spend SBD$177 million in development assistance programs in Solomon Islands this year. This was revealed by the Acting Head of the New Zealand aid program Jonathan Kings during the Solomon Islands-New Zealand bilateral consultations yesterday held at the Heritage Park Hotel. Being the first time in the country…

Govt acknowledges NZ’s commitment

Minister for Development Planning and Aid Coordination Danny Philip acknowledges the continuous support from the New Zealand (NZ) government towards enhancing development in Solomon Islands (SI). Speaking during his official opening of the consultation talks between officials from the two countries (SI & NZ) Danny Phillip reiterated that New Zealand’s aid program in the country…

PM meets NZ’s bilateral head

NEW Zealand’s Deputy Secretary, International Development Group within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Wednesday paid a courtesy call to the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Jonathan King is in Honiara for the high level consultations which was held yesterday morning between the Solomon Islands Government and New Zealand Government on the implementation of…