PTC on case of elderly accused

A pre-trial conference will be held today on the case elderly man who allegedly sexually abused his six year-old granddaughter in Isabel last year. It would be after the PTC that the case will be listed for trial. The accused in his 80’s is facing two counts of indecent assault. Prosecution alleged he sexually abused…

Rape trial starts in Gizo

A rape trial in relation to the case against married man accused of raping a student at Gizo in 2010 is scheduled to start next week in Gizo, Western province. The five days hearing was listed before Justice Stephen Pallaras on Monday next week during a high court circuit. Dick Alu who is now 41…

New arts and cultural hub for Honiara

A new, community hub promoting arts and culture is being established in Honiara. Called Art Haus, it will open in August and support creative expression, artists and crafts people as well as emerging creative businesses. An initiative of the Solomon Islands Arts Alliance, Art Haus will create a space for people from all backgrounds to…

Pacha’s case back in court today

The case of the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Guadalcanal David Dei Pacha was again been moved to today for the start of the defence case. Today’s hearing date was fixed last week by Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika. The defence case has been listed to start on previous dates but had since then been…

Western provincial govt continues ministry visit

ABOUT half of the Western provincial executive members are in Honiara to continue their ministerial visits. Robert Pye Kuve, Western provincial premier is leading the delegation. The delegation arrived last week and kicked off visits yesterday. The visit is a continuous one from their recent visit by full executive members few months ago. Provincial minister…

Call to announce new police chief

Officers within the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have called on Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to quickly announce the new police chief. A spokesman for the officers said it seems the weak discipline within the force does not worry the PM. “The police force is at its worst disciplined state. It is not…

Provincial elections to use biometric voter list

The biometric voter list (BVL) will be used as the voter list in the upcoming six provincial elections. The ministry of provincial government and institutional strengthening confirmed this last Friday.  Provincial elections are due to be held in Central Islands, Guadalcanal, Isabel, Malaita, Rennell and Bellona, and Temotu provinces later this year. The ministry’s permanent…

Airlines appoints NZ based sales agent

With increased passenger traffic between the Solomon Islands and New Zealand, Solomon Islands national carrier Solomon Airlines has appointed a General Sales Agent (GSA) in New Zealand. The new GSA, Airline Marketing New Zealand, has been appointed with immediate effect. Under the GSA agreement the company will provide Solomon Airlines with all passenger sales, marketing,…

PM Lilo welcomes HMAS Parramatta

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo last Friday welcomed the crew of HMAS Parramatta last Friday when the long-range frigate vessel docked at Point Cruz. In a brief speech PM Lilo welcomed the crew members onboard the boat, and thanked them for their goodwill visit. “This kind of engagement is good for our community, and I’d…

Malaita consultation workshop for children ended

Malaita consultation workshop for children successfully ended over the weekend at the Malaita provincial Green House in Auki. The workshop was held from Tuesday to Saturday with the aim of gathering of information from children from the stake holders of the Malaita provincial government. The facilitators of the Malaita consultation workshop for children were Clara…