Maelanga outlines priority

East Malaita MP Manasseh Maelanga says infrastructure development is currently his number one priority. He outlined this during a meeting in his constituency last weekend. Maelanga, who is also deputy prime minister, cited good road network as a priority infrastructure. “This is because no developments can work without good roads,” he said. “For so long…

Measles outbreak getting worse: Doc

The measles outbreak is getting worse, a local doctor has warned. In Honiara and Guadalcanal, cases have risen beyond 200 cases. Dr Pedical Togamae of the National Referral Hospital, Friday, posted a warning on Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) facebook page to remind the public of the severity of the outbreak. He reminded the public…

Iro acquires new machine to purify water

Honiara businessman David Iro says he has acquired a water filtration machine which he hopes to use to supply safe and clean drinking water to residents of Lungga, east Honiara. Iro, whose business was headquartered at Lungga, said he had tried his new machine to filter water from the nearby Lungga river and had proven…

Blame yourselves, Malaitans told

Our Telekom’s manager in Malaita has supported calls for landowners in the province to open up their land for development. And Mike Selega says what deputy prime minister Manasseh Maelanga uttered at Malu’u during the province’s second appointed day celebration recently was true. Maelanga told landowners in Malaita then they have to blame themselves for…

Training for Central cops

Police at Tulagi, Central Province, recently underwent Operation Safety Training. This was to prepare the officers for public operations, and in particular, the upcoming national elections. The training was facilitated by the team from police headquarters in Honiara. Central Provincial Police Commander Fred Satu said the training was geared towards preparing his officers for the…

Youths end forum on mental health

The Honiara Youth Forum held its meeting Wednesday to discuss mental health issue. Thirty-two young people attended the meeting. They ended the forum by calling for partnership with government ministries and stakeholders to re-emphasis the importance of mental health as one of the pressing issues for young people in Honiara. They also hope to develop…

SIDT completes election awareness on Gela

Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) says it has successfully completed its election awareness programme in Gela last week. The awareness was carried out by SIDT’s awareness team and it involves drama and talks. SIDT’s Joseph Atkin said the awareness focuses on equal and fair elections, as the national prepares for the national polls this year.…

Leave my people alone, says premier

Central Province premier Stanley Manetiva says he’s written a letter to International Comrade Shipping Ltd (ICCL) owners to keep away from the Russell Islands. ICCL are one of the shareholders in Russell Islands Plantations Estates Limited, which used to operate the cocoa and coconut plantations in the Russells. In his letter, Manetiva said: “Please refrain…

Judge shoots back at DPP

HIGH Court judge Stephen Pallaras QC says the Director of Public Prosecution’s (DPP) reply to comments he made at this week’s Family Violence workshop in Honiara has disappointed many Solomon Islanders. In his presentation at the workshop, Justice Pallaras expressed concerns about Ronald Bei Talasasa’s frequent overseas travels, which he said had disrupted work of…