BDM ban to be lifted today?

REPORTS have surfaced that the ban on beche-de-mer will be lifted today. A government source revealed to this paper that supervising Minister of Fisheries, Clay Forau will today sign the regulations to have the ban lifted, after it had been approved by Cabinet last month. The source said that this was after Prime Minister Gordon…

Hatanga farewells Aussie volunteer

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Ngele visits IPPF office

SOLOMON Islands’ High Commissioner to Malaysia, Wednesday, paid a courtesy visit to the International Planned Parenthood Federation East & South East Asia and Oceania (IPPF ESEAOR) Regional Office. Victor Samuel Ngele was received by IPPF ESEAOR Regional Director, Nora Murat. The meeting was to enhance the existing cooperative effort, understanding and assistance received between the…

Police provide security for Tango Renbel tour

HEAD of Renbel police Saukiu Bari Rush says he was surprised at the unannounced arrival of four Honiara-based police officers in the province on Thursday. The four accompanied the ousted Renbel premier Lence Tango, and arrived on board a Solomon Airlines flight. Mr Rush said normal procedures require that he must be informed of any…

SINU bill passed

PARLIAMENT passed the Solomon Islands National University (Amendment) Bill 2014 on Wednesday. The Bill was to amend provisions of the Solomon Islands National University Act 2012 relating to the Council of the University. The primary object of this Bill is to facilitate more regular meetings of the council of the Solomon Islands National University. The…

Measles cases on the rise

MEASLES cases have risen over 200 in Honiara and Guadalcanal, health authorities say Thursday. “Parents need to act quickly and vaccinate their children aged six months to four years and 11 months against this potentially deadly disease,” the Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation, and UNICEF have warned. “Unvaccinated young children are the most at…

PM cleared of misconduct allegation

THE Leadership Code Commission (LCC) has cleared Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo of an allegation of misconduct in office. Chairman of the commission Emmanuel Kouhota announced this on Thursday. Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) lodged the allegation to the commission last year. This was in relation to allegation Mr Lilo was involved in extra-marital affair…

Top gov’t officials fail to attend workshop

THE absence of high profile government officers at the Family Violence and Youth Justice workshop indicates they do not prioritise family violence issues. High Court judge, Justice James Apaniai, who chaired Thursday’s discussions on looking at the way forward to help victims of violence, said high profile government officers were expected to attend the workshop.…

Rapist father to be punished today

A FATHER of six who had sex with his eldest daughter and tried raping another of his daughters will be sentenced today. Justice Stephen Pallaras, QC, will hand down the sentence in the High Court. The 41-year-old father has entered his guilty pleas in the Honiara Magistrate Court to three counts of rape and one…

Family Protection Bill now before Parliament

THE Family protection Bill 2014 has been introduced in Parliament, Thursday. The Bill when becomes an Act, will provide for the protection of families from domestic violence and to promote the safety, health and well being of victims of domestic violence and for related purposes. The Bill has the following objectives: –        To ensure the…