‘Deal with stranded locals in China’

An outspoken Civil Activist Lawrence Makili has called on the Solomon Islands Government to explain its position in regards to its citizens who are stranded in China due to the Coronavirus outbreak.   Makili said the outbreak and current status of the virus has caused flight restrictions which also cause challenges for the Solomon Islands citizens…

Fundraising drive underway in Gizo

FOLLOWING the launch of a fund-raising drive in Gizo, Western Province on Wednesday, a number of activities to raise funds for the Australian bush fire victim is now underway. On Friday a group of volunteers pushed two wheelbarrows through the busy Gizo township. This was to allow members of the public to drop in their…

Prison escapees nabbed

Firimolea, Faiga recaptured after 2 months on the run By IAN M.KAUKUI The two prison escapees Frank Firimolea and Dilo Faiga have been recaptured yesterday by the Police at the Burns Creek area, east of Honiara. Both prisoners were on the run since escaping from the high security Rove Correctional Centre on the evening of…

KHY land issue a lesson learnt 

KHY SEAFRONT area Lot 229, Parcel Number 097-005-10 acquisition in Gizo is an example all parties involved must retain, as public interest and outcry thickens in the provincial capital of the Western Province (WP). Speaking to this paper Western Provincial Secretary (PS) Jeffrey Wickham explained that the acquisition of the concerned land area was not…

FUGUI, VOKIA LOSE SEATS 

Dramatic day in high court election cases By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN CENTRAL Honiara MP John Moffat Fugui and Northeast Guadalcanal MP Jamie Vokia on Friday lost their seats in two dramatic High Court election petition rulings. This was after two High Court judges found them both guilty of briberies. Justice Rex Faukona found Fugui guilty of one…

NTU warns against submitting forged documents

THE National Scholarship Division (NSD) also known as National Training Unit (NTU) has warned the public from attempting to submit forged documents or government scholarship awards to their (NTU) office or to any academic institutions. The warning was issued after NTU early this week discovered few forged 2020 scholarship awards, a statement from the NTU…

Wale: PM must explain scholarship situation

THE Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the Prime Minister to explain the true situation with the government scholarship awards approved for the constituencies. The Leader of Opposition says, “Recently, Cabinet approved 6 scholarships each for our 50 constituencies for the 2020 academic year”.   “These are additional to the awards approved by the…

Police clarifies delay in Rarata case

ACTING Police Chief Mostyn Mangau says police will try to get the materials needed to complete investigations in a murder case in East Guadalcanal before the court’s due date. He made this assurance after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi refused to accept their excuse for the delay caused in this investigation. The court had heard on…

‘Justice in SI needs improvement’

ALL Solomon Islanders should have equal access to justice no matter their gender, age, disability or remoteness of their village. This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, Paul Mae during a final review of the justice sector’s draft Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Strategy, Wednesday. Improving…

IMMIGRATION WOE

Officers suspended over breach of virus regulation By ANDREW FANASIA THREE Solomon Islands Immigration Officers were suspended for insubordination against the gazetted regulations restricting the entry of any person who have been to countries that have confirmed cases of coronavirus. The suspended officers were Immigration Deputy Director Chris Akosawa and his two other officers Thomas…