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…

Men remanded over burglary

TWO men have been remanded in custody during the week for allegedly breaking into a home at night and stole properties. Willie Kai and Rex Isika were remanded in custody until August 27, where they will return to the Honiara Magistrate Court for the mention of their case. They were both charged with burglary in…

Australia to deliver $2M for flood recovery efforts

AUSTRALIA’S Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, on Friday announced his country will provide an additional AUD$2 million to assist ongoing recovery efforts following April’s devastating floods here. The disaster claimed 23 lives, displaced thousands and inflicted widespread damage to local infrastructure, including critical bridges and roads. Senator Mason made…

Family violence seminar ends

THE four-day workshop on family violence and youth justice ended on Friday at the Honiara Hotel conference room on a high note. Facilitator of this workshop Justice Peter Boshier, who is the Chief Judge of New Zealand family court, said this is the most active workshop he has ever been to. Members of the judiciary,…

Head of care centre hails seminar

COORDINATOR of the Christian Care Centre, Sister Doreen Awaiasi says she is very happy to be part of the family violence and youth justice workshop that ended on Friday. Sister Doreen said the workshop has given her the opportunity to sit face to face with other stakeholders and especially the judges and magistrates to discuss…