APS grade six students challenged

Auki primary school (APS) students have been told to commit themselves in their studies to achieve better. This was highlighted by the APS head teacher Raphael Angii when addressing grade six students, parents and guardians who attended the 2016 prize giving and closing ceremony at the APS school hall on Wednesday. He told the students…

Man accused of raping young daughter

A MAN in his 60s accused of raping his 12-year-old daughter in their Honiara home has been remanded in custody, Thursday. The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the girl because they are related, faces two counts of rape. He appeared on Thursday in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court with a swollen…

Western second appointed day celebrated

Western province celebrated its Second Appointed Day on Wednesday in Gizo. Despite the mild heat from the sun, hundreds of delegates and members of the public braved the day to be part of the 33rd anniversary, commemorating its significance in the governance of the western province. Leading the parade yesterday was the police and Correctional…

$10M SCANDAL ARREST

Police charge Health ministry’s financial controller POLICE on Wednesday arrested and charged the financial controller of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in connection to the $10 million that was stolen from the ministry. Stephen Kido Dalipanda, from Choiseul Province, appeared in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court on 15 counts of false pretences. He was…

Witnesses arrested & brought to court

POLICE have located and arrested two of prosecution’s witnesses who failed to turn up in court to give evidence in a murder trial in the High Court. Their warrants of arrests were however discharged on Wednesday since the trial did not proceed. This was due to the defence counsel being reportedly sick. These witnesses will…

HCC sine die, Thursday

HONIARA City Council will have its sine die motion on Thursday to reflect on its achievement so far this financial year. This comes after they have tabled and passed the $39million Honiara City Council (HCC) Budget recently. Honiara City clerk Charles Kelly said 2016 has been a year of “a lot of ups and downs”.…

Manele wants strategic infrastructure plan for provinces

OPPOSITION Leader Jeremiah Manele wants to see investment in infrastructures distributed evenly to all the provinces in the country. Mr Manele made this call following government’s allocation of $244 million to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development in its 2017 Budget. Mr Manele said over the years Solomon Islands Government basically maintain existing infrastructures rather…

Finance clarifies payment to MPs

THE huge amounts of money paid to Members of Parliament this month are for constituencies. According to a Ministry of Finance and Treasury source, this is the final quarterly payment from the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) to MPs for their constituencies under the Rural Constituency Development Fund (RCDF). Reports reaching Solomon Star stated that…

First-past-the-post voting system likely to change

FIRST-Past-the Post (FPP) voting system which Solomon Islands has been practicing during elections since Independence is likely to be changed in the 2018 elections. An electoral reform team has been assigned to do consultation nationwide on election system and the electoral legislative reform. The new system being introduced by the electoral reform team as part…