Local athletes approved to train for Rio Olympics

The President of the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) Martin Rara has said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved six Solomon Islands athletes to undertake training in any country in preparation for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. In an interview with SIBC last week in Suva when the NOCSI President…

Nauru produces world’s strongest man

YAREN, (DIGICEL) – Nauru’s world champion powerlifter, Jezza Uepa, set a new world record at the recent 2015 Pacific Invitational championships in Australia. Held at the Health and Fitness centre in Melbourne, the Digicel sponsored team produced some high quality lifting and broke two world records – officially making Jezza one of the world’s strongest…

All The Best, Semi: Ryan

LONDON, (FIJI SUN) – Vodafone Fijian 7s star Semi Kunatani has signed a two-year deal with France club, Toulouse. And coach Ben Ryan has wished him well. Ryan also anticipated his continued involvement next season as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics. “Semi goes with our blessing and we wish him all the best next…

Fijians in custody

HONG KONG , ( FIJI TIMES) – Three Fijian rugby touch players were arrested and charged with robbery in Hong Kong earlier this week, the Hong Kong police have confirmed. The three men aged 20, 26 and 29 were part of the Browning Bombers touch rugby team that was invited to be part of the…

Red Cross appeal week

Dear Editor – This is the Red Cross appeal week in the Solomon Islands, running from 12 to 15 May, an event regularly held in order to raise funds to support the shortfall in the organization’s finances due to cut backs in donor funds by national and external agencies. It is worth recalling the Red…

Media, social media

Dear Editor – The Solomon Islands is blessed with a free press which allows for a sharing of news and views.  It is encouraging; too, to witness how social media is changing the way citizens are beginning to exercise their democratic rights and enabling e-democracy to take hold. Social media must never be used to…

Plight of disabled patients

Dear Editor – The recent report in your newspaper that two diabetic patients who were reportedly told to “discharge” from the National Referral Hospital and were not fed for at least nine days, if true, is shocking. The news article claimed the couple, one aged 73 and the other aged 38, both disabled with only…

Businessman guilty on assault charge

Dear Editor – I refer to the above. I act for Jennings Movobule whose case was reported by your paper on the issue yesterday, bearing the heading stated on the above subject. While we appreciate freedom of press, we are deeply appalled in how your reporter deliberately reported on some facts that are not true…

City mayor under fire

Contract controversy engulfs council CITY mayor Alfrence Fatai and his council chairmen are accused of engaging their wantoks and relatives to do contracted jobs for the council. “They have virtually taken over the role of the council’s Works Division,” a city council source told the Solomon Star. “Since they came in, they cancelled existing contractors…