West Papuans cautious about SIG visit but remains hopeful

Civil society groups in West Papua including local non-governmental organisations, youth groups, students, women associations, church leaders and indigenous leaders are cautious about a surprise visit to West Papua by a Solomon Islands government delegation. The Solomon Islands government under the leadership of former PM Manasa Sogovare was a staunch supporter for the West Papuan…

Journos armed with new reporting skills

AFTER an intensive four-day training in tackling corruption, local Journalists are now being armed with relevant investigative reporting skills. The workshop, organised by the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI), with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was hosted at the SIBC Conference room. Dr Shailendra Singh, the head of the USP School…

Ruling to vary bail for MP Tome

THE court will today rule on an application made to vary the bail conditions of the former Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, David Tome, who faces conversion charges to enable him to travel to Australia for medical review. Michael Pitakaka of Michael Pitakaka Law Chamber submitted the application on Tuesday on behalf of…

Hou unveils London Mission

The newly established Solomon Islands High Commission Office in London was officially commissioned over the weekend. Prime Minister Rick Hou officiated in the ceremony. Mr Hou was in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Speaking during the occasion, the Prime Minister said it is a historic moment for Solomon Islands as it also…

Priscilla earns her law degree

WHEN she walked up to receive her law degree during the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) 63rd graduation ceremony, she smiled and remembered that she’s now the second female from Central Province to have graduated with a law degree. Priscilla Margaret Manu, who is part Ngella and Malaita, is proud of her achievement after…

RSIPF, AFP sign deal for much closer cooperation

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday, 23 April 2018 at Rove Police Headquarters. RSIPF Commissioner, Matthew Varley said, “The signing of the MOU is for a much closer cooperation between AFP and RSIPF.” The cooperation is for:  Information sharing in all…

Sharzy charged with illegally entry

PORT MORESBY/HONIARA, (THE NATIONAL) — Solomon Islands police are reported to have arrested popular Papua New Guinea-based Solomon Islands singer Samson Saeni, popularly known as Sharzy. He has been arrested for allegedly entering Solomon Islands. Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation released a statement from Solomon Islands immigration officer Benzly Kasutana that Sharzy had been arrested for…

MACFest pays tribute to late Stella Lucas

The Melanesian Arts and Culture Organising Committee has paid tribute to the late Stella Lucas who passed away in a tragic river incident last Thursday. The late Stella was an active and loyal officer who served the country during events such as Arts and Culture Festivals in recent years. A minute of silence was made…

Manele says CDF reaches rural populace

Minister for Development Planning and Aid Coordination Jeremiah Manele reiterated that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) is the only funding that reaches out to the rural populace. He made the statement during the recent parliament meeting which led to the passage of the 2018 budget. “Mr. Speaker, a large portion of the 2018 development budget…

Journalists reminded of their ‘watchdog’ role

LOCAL journalists were once again being reminded of their ‘watchdog’ role, in keeping the government accountable in the fight against corruption. Head of the University of South Pacific (USP) Journalism School, Dr Shailendra Singh told the journalists, in an Anti-Corruption Reporting Workshop in Honiara, Monday. He said, the role of Journalists’ is important to keep…