CELL BLOCK REVELATION

Remandees fed biscuit, tea REMANDEES placed at the Central Watch House in Honiara are fed biscuit and tea for breakfast and dinner, a coronial inquiry into a custody death was told on Thursday. They receive no lunch, the inquiry into the death of David Saemala, 23, who died while in police custody at the Central…

Police Credit Union faces mismanagement

The Police Credit Union has faced serious financial mismanagement issues. This was uncovered following an audit conducted by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) based on a request by the Police Commissioner. A statement from the Police Media Unit yesterday said, in late January 2017, responding to complaints from RSIPF members and having serious…

SATSOL TV for Children’s ward

CHILDREN at the Children’s Ward (Paediatric) at the National Referral hospital couldn’t help but smile after new TV screens were installed within the two wings by Satsol staff. Being looked after by the Hapi Isles Health Foundation, and working with Satsol, three flat screen TVs were installed and handed over to the doctors and nurses…

Vendor salutes Betel-nut law

THE new Betel-Nut Ordinance 2016 which will soon be passed by the Honiara City Council (HCC) has received huge applause from members of the public, following its confirmation by the City Clerk, this week. Clerk Charles Kelly told the media this week that the ordinance has been completed and is awaiting its unveilingin a full…

Maelanga: Fake recruiting agents, common problem

PHONY recruitment agents for the Seasonal Workers Program in Australia and New Zealand are one of the common problems encountered by our seasonal workers. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs who is currently also the acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Manasseh Maelanga told parliament on Monday. Mr Maelanga was responding…

Protecting the nation’s leaders

THE Close Personal Protection Unit within the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is one group of people whom the public see always close to our power brokers but know little about them and the challenges they face as Close Protection Officers. It’s because they are a class of their own, some have travelled extensively overseas…

Murder case adjourned to March 23

THE case of a man accused of the murder of a man way back in 2011 in East Guadalcanal has been further adjourned to March 23. This is to allow prosecution to provide full disclosures to the lawyer representing Jeffery Albert Pai. So far only part disclosures were served. Once full disclosures are made, Pai’s…

Malaita teachers unhappy with posting

MANY Malaita teachers are not happy with the 2017 teachers’ posting because it is done without the authority of the Malaita Education Board. A former East Malaita principal education officer Thomas Afu made this statement during an interview with Solomon Star, Thursday. Mr Afu said the 2017 teachers posting did not have the blessing of…

SFA hails anti-corruption strategy

THE nation’s logging industry watchdog, Solomon Forest Association (SFA), has welcomed the Government’s initiative to counter corruption, saying it is a good start. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare introduced the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) in Parliament on Monday, calling on both the public and private sectors to support it. “We’ve said all along that the SFA…

Court rules on Sikua

SUSPENSION LAWFUL THE suspension of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services Edmond Sikua is lawful, the court ruled on Tuesday. Chief Magistrate John Numapo made the ruling after the prosecution responded to the legal issue surrounding Sikua’s suspension. Sikua’s lawyer Gabriel Suri earlier challenged the suspension letter issued…