Students plan boycott

Government-funded Solomon Islands students, studying at the Divine Word University (DWU) in Madang, Papua New Guinea have issued a seven days ultimatum to their sponsor as a result of non-payment of allowances. A statement from the DWU Solomon Islands students association (SISA) yesterday said failure by the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) will result in the…

Australian ship here to support pacific fisheries

Crew will also take on the best Solomon Islands football players! Australian navy ship HMAS Parramatta will be visiting Honiara until today. This is part of a three weeks goodwill deployment to the South Pacific. “We are very pleased to welcome HMAS Parramatta to Solomon Islands,” said Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne. “The crew will…

Police under spotlight

The continuous ill-disciplined actions of several police officers continue to come under the spotlight from the public which has raised serious questions about discipline within the force and its integrity. This came following reports claiming several police officers are consuming alcohol in their bus while travelling back into town from Mamara over the weekend. The…

Short urged to quit call for surrender

A GROUP of Central Kwara’ae chiefs have called on former police chief, Frank Short to stop interfering with the local justice system of the country and also to stop his calls for fugitive Edmond Sae to surrender to police. Mr Sae is wanted for the murder of then Police Commissioner Sir Fred Soaki. In an…

Deaths in Makira investigated

The ministry of health and medical services (MHMS) national Surveillance Unit and the World Health Organization (WHO) have received reports of 4 deaths in children under 12 years old in Makira Province. While it is not yet confirmed, there is a possibility that the outbreak is caused by Meningococcal bacteria. “Although Meningococcal disease is potentially…

Land dealings

Gov’t consultation process with land owners progresses well The national government says it is working very closely with landowners on Guadalcanal to assist them complete the identification of tribal lands and their boundaries. Enlightening the nation during his independence speech, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo said the issue of the Honiara Town Boundary is under…

Let’s be on alert

The news of the deadly disease which had claimed four young lives so far in Makira province should not be taken lightly. Children are vulnerable to this disease which was said to have associated features of Meningococcal disease. Its an infection caused by the bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis and carries a high mortality rate if…

Dr Tara: what are we celebrating?

One of the country’s top scholars Dr Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka has questioned whether this country should be celebrating its 36th year of independence. In his challenging note posted on FSII’s face book page, Dr Kabutaulaka said whilst the country celebrated its 36th independence, what he sees of the past 36 years is a country imprisoned…

Victims fed, but unsatisfied

Flood victims at the FOPA village have received food from the national disaster management office (NDMO) on Sunday but were unsatisfied with what they get. Speaking to this paper in an interview, chairman of the camp Charles Ketea said they were unhappy with the authority because they have distributed expired goods to them. Mr Ketea…