In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Prosecution ordered to update murder probe* Alleged taxi driver attacker faces lesser charges Prosecution ordered to update murder probe Prosecution has been again ordered to update the court on the status of investigation into the murder of a man at Kirakira, Makira/Ulawa province in 2016. Chief Magistrate Emma Garo also made another order for…

SIG, private sector discusses plan

THE Solomon Islands Government (SIG) – Private Sector Advisory Group had held their first meeting on Monday in Honiara to discuss their plans for this year. The Group was set up following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between SIG and Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) last July to promote the Public…

Passengers rescued from sinking boat

Police in Western Province have rescued twelve (12) people traveling in a white ray boat powered by 40 HP Yamaha engine which sunk on Sunday – 04 February 2018 at Point Kuri Passage, via Goldie area in Western Province.    It is alleged the boat from Ghatere village, Kolombangara was  traveling to Beulah Provincial Secondary School…

Vegetables unsafe

Vegetables grown around the Ranadi dumpsite area are unsafe for human consumption says local researcher who was doing his doctoral paper at the University of South Pacific, Fiji. Dickson Boboria who was due to present his doctorate paper this year cautioned the Honiara public to be aware of vegetables and food stuff they get from…

Canadian envoy visits PM

CANADIAN Ambassador to Solomon Islands His Excellency Paul Maddison has paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela. During the short meeting, H.E Maddison briefed the Prime Minister on Canada’s Labour Mobility Program which Guadalcanal Province is currently enjoying. Mr Maddison also informed the Prime Minister that apart from Guadalcanal province, Canada is also…

Kadere Party hits back at Sasako

The Kadere Party has rejected defamatory allegations labelled against the appointment of Party President Peter Boyers as an advisor on the Government’s Traditional Governance Policy (TGP). A Party Statement on Monday said Boyers‘s current contract under Prime Minister Rick Hou’s administration is an extension of service similar to his previous contract under former Prime Minister…

USP launches golden jubilee celebrations

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 50th Anniversary was officially launched by His Excellency Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote, Chancellor of USP and President of the Republic of Fiji at the Laucala Campus on Monday – 5 February 2018. During the launch, Professor Rajesh Chandra Vice-Chancellor and President of USP extended a special…

‘Forced marriages’ still common here

FORCED marriages in local communities is continuing despite government efforts to curb the illegal practice. That’s according to Mark Tasha who is working with an Asian logging company in Western Province. “We are still seeing many parents forcing their teenage daughters to move in with Asians working at the logging camps,” Tasha, from Vella La…

Leprosy growing among children

SOLOMON Islands last year recorded 47 new cases of leprosy of which 10 are children. According to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services’ National TB/Leprosy Programme, Solomon Islands receives an average of 30 to 40 new cases of leprosy every year and among them are children. The ministry highlighted the issue of leprosy among…