Family Protection Bill receives support

DEBATE on the Family Protection Bill 2014 concludes on Monday. While they showed support, Members of Parliament who contributed to the debate also expressed concern over how the Bill will impact the lives of families when it is implemented. The Member of Parliament for East Choiseul and Chairman of the Bills and Legislation Committee, Manasseh…

Gold Ridge landowners question MP’s silence

CONCERNED Gold Ridge Landowners expressed disappointment over the silence approach taken by the Central Guadalcanal MP and the other seven Guadalcanal Members of Parliament over the Gold Ridge issue. They said the issue has been an ongoing one and their expectation was for their MP to use his political will in relation to the proposed…

Police investigation in Karaina row starts

POLICE have begun investigations into the burning down of two houses at White River as a result of clashes between two ethnic groups over the weekend. The Police Media Unit confirmed on Monday that the situation is now calm after Police intervention over the weekend. The row was reportedly between the Pileni and Reef Islanders…

Rape trial vacated, adjourned

A trial involving a 42-year-old man accused of raping his 19-year-old daughter in 2011 has been vacated in the High Court yesterday. This was because the alleged victim has reportedly left with her husband to a province to attend the death of a family member. The hearing was scheduled to start yesterday before Justice Francis…

Government cash strap?

PRIVATE contractors have raised concerns over the government’s delay in releasing funds to complete various tenders and contractual jobs. Many of the contractors who have been engaged by various Government Ministries said that their works are delayed due to the government’s continuous delay in releasing funds to complete each of their respective projects. “Time and…

Pacha’s trial continues

Trial continues in the Honiara Magistrate Court for the South Guadalcanal Member of Parliament (MP) David Dei Pacha. The defence bench is taking the charge with its case. Pacha is standing trial again in the Honiara Magistrate Court for charges of conversion and abuse of office. This was for allegedly misusing more than $148,000 of…

Auki police gears up training for election

Auki police, Malaita Province undergoing Public Order Management (POM) training in preparation for the National General Elections. The week-long training commenced yesterday at the Aligegeo stadium, facilitated by sergeant Tex Tafoa, the provincial training coordinator. Mr Tafoa said the training is to prepare the force for any disorders or any disorderly circumstances that may arise…