British High Commissioner meets PM

BRITISH High Commissioner to Solomon Islands His Excellency Brian James Jones has paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, OPMC, Thursday. Mr Jones said the British Government, through his office is looking forward to working closely with Solomon Islands on important upcoming events, reports…

Vehicle stolen from police custody

POLICE PROBE MISSING CAR By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN POLICE are investigating a vehicle that has gone missing from the Kukum Police Station compound last month. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau confirmed this at the first weekly commissioner’s media conference for this year, yesterday. “Police are investigating this matter and the Police’s Professional Standards and Internal Investigations…

Maka’a tipped to be next MUP premier

Maka’a: 14 Siapu: 6 By ANDREW FANASIA THE race for Makira Ulawa Provincial Premier’s position is currently with the camp led by Ward 10 MPA and former broadcaster Julian Maka’a. They are ahead of the former premier’s camp. According to reports from Kirakira yesterday, Maka’a’s camp are confident with their 14 MPAs mostly new ones.…

Gina condemns killing of wife, 39

WESTERN Province premier David Gina has condemned the killing of a 39-year-old mother of five at a logging camp in the Roviana Lagoon, Sunday. The woman’s husband, who is from East Kwaio in Malaita, has been charged with her murder. “No man or woman has the right to take away the life of another,” Gina…

Tovosia retains seat 

MEMBER of Parliament for East Guadalcanal Bradley Tovosia has retained his seat after the election petition case against him was dismissed last Friday. Justice Rex Faukona dismissed the petition case against Tovosia after finding no evidence of bribery against him. Tovosia’s runner up in last April National General Election (NGE), Timothy Manepuria filed the petition…

Man mistakenly shot for escaped prisoner

POLICE CLARIFY ACTION By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN   POLICE have defended actions of its officers who fired a rubber bullet at a man whom they suspect was one of the three who escaped Rove Correctional Centre last month. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau came out to clarify the incident, which occurred in the Aligator Creek area…

Villagers say they are tired of ‘lip-service’

VILLAGERS of Fataleka and Kwara’ae in Malaita say they are tired of “lip-service development”. They expressed this when they met Malaita premier Daniel Suidani last Friday. Suidani and his officials visited the landowning tribes of Auluta in east Malaita last Thursday and Friday to hear their views and concerns on development in the province. “The…

Husband arrested over wife’s death

POLICE have arrested a man in his 40s who allegedly stabbed his wife to death at Putagita logging camp, Roviana Lagoon, Western Province, last Sunday. Supervising Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Western Province, Inspector Justina Fono confirmed this on Tuesday. “The suspect, the husband of the deceased, escaped from the logging camp in a dugout canoe…

Gov’t shares sympathy with Australian victims

THE Government has conveyed message of condolences to the Australian Prime Minister, the government and people of Australia on the loss of lives, properties and damage caused by the ongoing bushfire in Australia. In a letter to the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga stated the Government and People of Solomon…

Beck condemns Island Sun report

THE Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Collin Beck has condemned an Island Sun report that claimed he shot down a suggestion to send firefighters to Australia. The article further suggested that the ministry has downgraded its presence in Australia. But Beck clarified that contrary to that, Acting Prime Minister…