Manetoali to take plea next

OUTGOING Member for Parliament for Gao/Bugotu, Samuel Manetoali, is likely to take his plea to the conversion charge against him on February 5. His matter was mentioned in court, Tuesday where it was heard that prosecution has now obtained outstanding disclosures. The prosecution had also mentioned they will be particularizing the charge of one count…

GOOD SHOWING

Anti-corruption efforts yield positive results By ANDREW FANASIA SOLOMON Islands is the only country in the Asia Pacific region that improved its score the most from 2017-2018 with plus 5 points in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) That’s according to Transparency Solomon Islands ‘Iron Lady’ Ruth Liloqula. The CPI is a compilation of the results…

Training for election officers underway

A THREE days training for the Election Managers (EM) and Returning Officers (RO) is currently underway in Honiara, leading up to the 2019 National General Elections. The workshop started on Monday.  A total of 10 EM and 50 ROs representing each constituency have participated in the training with other 10 accountant officers for each province. In…

Malaria study making a difference in Guadalcanal

IT is currently the peak time for Malaria transmission. Solomon Islands has one of the highest rates of Malaria in the Pacific Region, according to a 2018 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Transmission rates of malaria are one of the key challenges to meeting the health targets the SIG has committed to in the Sustainable Development Goals…

Importance of sustainability emphasised at JCC 

THE importance of sustainability in terms of harvesting and using of current available forest resources has been highlighted at the Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) comprising of various line ministries and stakeholders that has convened its fourth and first meeting for year 2019 recently. JCC was established as one of the monitoring mechanism under the Sustainable…

Election officers urged to uphold integrity

SOLOMON Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) Returning Officers and Election Managers must uphold to the high standard of their duties when carrying their roles and responsibilities in the upcoming elections. Chief Electoral Officer, Mose Saitala highlighted this yesterday when he officially opened the three days training for the Returning Officers, Election Managers and Accountant officers for…

RSIPF ends Codan radio training

FIFTEEN officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) including an officer from the Correctional Services Solomon Islands (CSSI) will now be able to operate Codan radios. This was made possible after the completion of a one-week training course on 25 January 2019.   The training which started on 21 January 2019 ended successfully with…

CANDIDATES WARNED

‘Intending candidates must return to constituency to file nomination’ THE Electoral Act 2018 has made changes to nomination procedures for candidates contesting election.  It requires an intending candidate to return to the constituency where she/he will be contesting in order to personally file his/her nomination. Solomon Islands Electoral Office (SIEC) Chief Electoral Officer, Mose Saitala…

Efforts to solve Gizo water crisis

THE Western Provincial government has been working closely with stakeholders to address the acute water shortage at provincial capital Gizo.  Premier David Gina revealed this in an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star. “In the shorter term, we are working with Solomon Water and others to try and source water from the only available stream…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Mua’s trials awaits Witness’ health status* Illegal Casino file with prosecutor* Naurua’s ruling delayed Mua’s trials awaits Witness’ health status PROSECUTION will be updating the court tomorrow on their position regarding the health status of their final witness in the trial on the matter of the outgoing Member of Parliament (MP), Dickson Mua. Mua…