Solomon Water restores supply to West Honiara

SOLOMON water says residents in Honiara will continue to experience improvements to its water supply following the recent devastation of floods and damages. Ray Andresen, Solomon Water’s Operations Manager, said water from the Tasahe reservoir tank was fed into to the Kongulai Gravity system. This means that all areas in White River, St John School,…

Victims query relief distribution

VARIOUS victims of the April 3 flash floods living in evacuation centres in Honiara have expressed concern over the management of several centres and relief distribution to victims. Speaking to this paper, Dutton Mabo, a victim from Marble Street and now residing at the Coronation Centre said that ever since the floods, they have been…

Small Malaita victims query MP over relief

SEVERAL flood victims from Small Malaita have questioned the system of distribution of relief aid by their Member of Parliament, Rick Hou, claiming that the MP only assisted his supporters and relatives. Speaking on behalf of the victims, Dutton Mabo said that ever since the floods that has caused 21 deaths, two still missing and…

Lilo hails NZ for offer to fund bailey bridge

PRIME Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has applauded the New Zealand Government for its quick response to immediately provide a bailey bridge to replace the damaged old Mataniko bridge at Chinatown. Mr Lilo over the weekend sought New Zealand to assist with the provision of a bailey bridge to replace the old bridge, which was washed…

Accused poised to take guilty plea

A MAN who allegedly hurled an ignited dynamite explosive at another man at Fox Wood area in East Guadalcanal is likely to enter a guilty plea to a lesser charge. As a result of this Mariano Besa will no longer stand trial for the incident on July 1, 2012. Besa was initially charged with an…

PACHA BACKIN COURT

South Guadalcanal MP goes on trial for the second time MEMBER of Parliament for South Guadalcanal David Dei Pacha is again standing full trial in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court in relation to alleged misuse of public funds. Pacha stood trial for the second time around after the High Court remitted his case back to the…

Evacuation centres needs better coordination: Titiulu

Coordination and planning of work needs improvements at evacuation centres to prevent the spread of diseases and people affected due to lack of relief supplies, says chief health inspector at the Honiara city council. George Titiulu in an interview said officers of the public servant with other non government organisations are working tirelessly to address…

Water logged upstream sparks fear, panic

REPORTS of two huge water logs (naturally formed pools or lakes) upstream of the Mataniko river has caused havoc, fear and panic amongst riverside dwellers who have already been traumatized by the April 3 flash floods which killed 21 people, two still missing and thousands homeless. Sources who claimed to have seen the pools which…

Parliament has passed three Bills

The sixth meeting of the ninth Parliament has so far passed three Bills out of the ten Bills that have come before the House. They are the Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Bill 2014, the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill 2014 and the 2013 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2014. . The Magistrates’ Courts Act (hereafter referred to as…