Warnings as Vanuatu volcanoes rumble

RNZI: Authorities in Vanuatu say four out of six volcanoes throughout the island group have increased recorded activity. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department is warning tourists and aviation centres of the drastic change in activity. Meteorologist Esline Bule said the background noise and gas levels on the volcanic island of Ambrym were very significant.…

Kurukuru departs for Asian Games

The Solomon Islands national futsal team has departed for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The team of 15 departed yesterday where they will transit through Port Villa, Nadi and then to Turkmenistan. The Kurukuru team is accompanied by the head coach, Jerry Sam, assistant coach Francis Lafai and team…

Manetoali tells Bangkok summit of gov’t policy

SUSTAINABLE use and conservation of natural resources, protection of the environment, and combating the adverse effects of climate change are underpinning policy objectives of the national government. That’s according to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Samuel Manetoali. He was speaking at the opening of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit that was…

Bosamata: Literacy transform lives

LITERACY transforms lives. That’s according to acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development James Bosamata. “Reading and writing gives the power to transform lives in homes, schools and communities,” Mr Bosamata told an International Literacy Day event in Honiara, Friday. “We celebrate this literacy day to advocate for a literate…

Health scandal yet to progress

THE case of the five people charged in connection with the $10 million scandal in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has not yet reached a pre-trial conference stage. The matter was mentioned at the Honiara Magistrates’ Court on Friday and further adjourned to September 22nd 2017 for mention. This was because some of…

Bus goes up in flames

VEHICLE owners and drivers are being warned to check their vehicles properly before moving on our roads. Supervising Kukum Traffic Director Brian Surimalefo made this call after a public bus was burnt to ashes yesterday at the Bahai area in Honiara. He added it is drivers’ responsibility to check vehicles each day before moving. The…

JANUS ARE TRAINED

Police chief clarifies doubts over anti-corruption team By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN MEMBERS of the anti-corruption taskforce JANUS have gone through trainings in anti-corruption investigations before the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) left. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley revealed this when reporters asked him yesterday about rumours that members of the taskforce lacked trainings on certain…

West Papua petition vote to go to UN

PACNEWS: WEST Papuan independence campaigners are set to petition the United Nations, with signatures of people inside the Indonesian province, when the General Assembly sits later this month. They’ve said obtaining the endorsements came at great risk to all involved. The journey to New York went via Geneva in late August when a British team…

Basketball friendlies this weekend

Basketball fans and supporters are in for some tough basketball action with two strong friendly matches line up for this weekend. The Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) has confirmed these two matches to be played after the high school basketball league match. The national women’s basketball team will take on a mixed High School select…