View from the Bench is appalling

Below is the full text of the speech High Court judge Justice STEPHEN PALLARAS delivered at the Family Violence and Youth Justice Workshop that ended recently in Honiara. In his presentation, Justice Pallaras criticised the regular travels and absences of Director of Public Prosecution Ronald Bei Talasasa, which led to a heated media exchanges between…

Police urged to keep fit

A Malaitan has urged police officers from the province to stay health and maintain their fitness. Jonah Myles said he had noted a lot of police officers today – both male and female – are unfit, with some of them almost obese. “As officers of the law, it is their responsibility to stay health and…

Auki police end training

A WEEK-LONG Public Order Management (POM) training conducted for Auki police ended successfully, Friday. The training, which started Monday, was part of police preparation for the upcoming national elections. The training was conducted at the Aligegeo sports ground. It concluded with presentation of certificates. Commandant of Correctional Service of Solomon Islands (CSSI) at Auki, inspector…

Island issues, global problems

The problems affecting Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) are as far removed from the idyllic tropical holiday as the picture perfect postcard that is sent home by the tourist. But how does one capture in a photo for a postcard the rising seawaters that are affecting our aquifers, the increasing intensity of extreme weather events…

‘It’s in our DNA to conserve the ocean’

Two days before world leaders begin their weeklong conference on sustainable development in this Pacific island nation, mall island developing states have been inspired to follow the lead of countries like the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Palau in turning most if not a large part of their oceans marine reserves. And this development comes as…

Church leaders told to commit to work

Newly elected leaders of the United Church Assembly were reminded to commit to their working relationship with the church. The leaders were elected during the church’s annual synod that ended at Koleasi village in northeast Guadalcanal, Thursday. Guadalcanal United Church superintendent Rev Philip Kaegasi made the reminder in his remarks. Kaegasi said it’s important for…

Church ends leaders’ summit

A week-long gathering for United Church leaders at Koleasi village in east Guadalcanal, ended last Thursday. The annual event was held to discuss issues within the church and to look at reports of activities and programmes conducted in each region. Superintendent Minister of Guadalcanal region Rev Philip Kaegasi said the meeting enable them to come…

Mothers Union ends Week-long meeting

Mothers Union of the Anglican Church of Melanesia ended their week-long 13th general meeting in Honiara last Saturday with a display of arts and crafts. The event was attended by provincial mothers unions as well as reps from Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Anglican Church of Melanesia mother’s union 13th general meeting held at St. Barnabas…

More items of missing boat found

MORE items of the boat carrying seven people that went missing between Gizo and Choiseul have been found at sea. Seghe Police informed this paper that on Wednesday last week, several light items believed to have been on the missing boat were found by a fishing boat, 34.6 nautical miles south west of Seghe, Western…