West Papua: Not a bad start for Sogavare

WE all want our government to support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s (ULMWP) bid for membership of the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG). Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last Thursday responded to that call. The Government, he says, will vote to bring West Papua into the MSG fold on “observer status”. The highly anticipated announcement…

Abusive father gets 8 years

A FATHER who sexually abused his foster daughter when she was only 13 was sent to jail for eight years, on Thursday. The man’s name was suppressed to protect the victim’s identity. He pleaded guilty to three counts of defilement and six counts of indecent assault. The offences occurred at the family’s home on unknown…

Member countries confirmed for MSG

Five Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) member countries have confirmed their participation in the upcoming meeting to be host by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Besides these five members of the MSG countries, Indonesia will also participate as usual as an observer, whereas West Papuan presence is an effort of membership plea within the…

Taro trial to close June 24

CLOSING submissions into the case of a top female police officer accused of stealing $100,000 belonging to her husband’s tribe will be made in court on June 24. This followed the completion of the trial on Wednesday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Florence Taro stood tried in the hearing for two counts of larceny in…

Blood donor day Monday

World blood donor day will be celebrated in Honiara on Monday with a number of activities. Speaking to the media yesterday, the head of medical laboratory Alfred Dofai said the event will be celebrated on the theme “Thank You for Saving My Life” highlighting the appreciation of those who have been saved by blood donors.…

Call to speed up development

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Farmers hit back at cocoa record

A GROUP of farmers from within the Kirakira station have criticized the cocoa record story that was headlined on this paper on Monday. They told the Solomon Star that the article was framed to over shadow their demand to replace the extension officer in charge at the Kirakira agriculture extension office. “We are not happy…

Blood in demand

THE blood bank at the National Referral Hospital is continuously running low of blood supply to meet the demand. This was revealed by the Medical Lab Manager at National Referral Hospital Donald Tahani in press conference on Thursday. He said currently there is a huge difference between the amount of blood collected and the amount…