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…

NZ provides health support

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will send a medical assistance team to Solomon Islands to assist the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in meeting urgent medical needs following the recent flooding. The team will also support the ministry of health and medical services to provide medical support to affected areas,…

MSG council of arts and culture meets

Members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Council of Arts and Culture Meeting (CACM) met in Port Vila this week to discuss progress of the preparations of the 5th Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival to be hosted by Papua New Guinea in June this year. The Chair of the MSG CACM, Mr Charles Wea from…

Portable bridge on its way

New Zealand to help besieged Solomon Islands New Zealand will send health workers and a portable bridge to the Solomon Islands which is reeling from multiple natural disasters. The Solomons were shaken by a magnitude 7.6 quake on Sunday and another one measuring 7.4 overnight, just weeks after floods devastated the region. Humanitarian assistance has…

TOWER Insurance donates tank to school

TOWER Insurance Ltd had donated a 4,300 litre tank to King George VI high school in Honiara last week. The presentation of the tank was made to the principal of the school, Mr Samuel Fangata. The school is currently home to the displaced flood victims who have taken refuge at the school in this tragic…

Reef Islanders still awaits airstrip opening

PEOPLE of Reef islands, Temotu province are still waiting when the newly constructed Lomlom airstrip in Reef will be officially opened. Lomlom airport was completed last year but the opening of the new domestic airport was delayed. Principal of Balipaa community high school in Reef island, said Reef islanders are still waiting for the airport…