Australia’s Defence Chief pays one day visit

THE Australian High Commission says it was delighted to host Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) General Angus Campbell, when he visited Solomon Islands, Thursday, on his recent Pacific trip. General Campbell, travelled to Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji and Solomon Islands from 20-25 January 2019. He was accompanied by the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police,…

MOVE TO RETRIEVE LAND

‘Suspected fraud in Henderson land dealing’ By ANDREW FANASIA   THE Commissioner of Lands Allan McNeil said that his office will retrieve a controversial Fixed Term Estate (FTE) allegedly sold by its suspended Commissioner to an Asian while the court is dealing with the newly constructed building next to the airport runway at Henderson. Mr…

Gina requests border management plan

WESTERN Province has requested a Movement Management Plan for our Country’s Western Boarder with the Autonomous Province of Bougainville. Western Province Premier, David Gina is calling on the national Government to design a management Plan on the sea border that lies between the North Solomon’s Province of Papua New Guinea along with Western and Choiseul…

Four Santa Cruz dove born in Singapore park

FOUR baby Santa Cruz ground doves were born at Jurong Bird Park, Singapore in recent weeks, making the park the first zoological institution in the world to successfully breed the highly threatened bird species under human care. Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) said in a statement yesterday that the first of the Santa Cruz ground dove…

SHAKY TIES

DAP to review diplomatic relationship with Taiwan By ANDREW FANASIA DEMOCRATIC Alliance Party (DAP) will review the nation’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan if it comes to power after this year’s election. That’s according to the party’s manifesto, which was launched in Honiara on Tuesday. “We will embrace a ‘look north’ foreign policy while reviewing our…

Polling date finalised

SOLOMON Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) has already decided on the date for this year’s national election. But Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala said they will have to wait for next month for Governor General Sir Frank Kabui to officially announce it. He revealed this when he opened three-day training for election awareness officers SIEC is…

HOU’S BIG PROMISE

We’ll end ‘political prostitution” By ANDREW FANASIA CARETAKER Prime Minister Rick Hou says he’ll bring in new laws to stop “political prostitution” if he returns to power in this year’s election. He was speaking at the launch of his Democratic Alliance Party (DAP) in Honiara, Tuesday. “DAP believes a strong and stable political party system…

Australian Talent visits here

A YOUNG Australian musician Chris Tamwoy arrived yesterday in the capital ahead of the Australia Day celebration. Speaking during an interview at Paoa FM, Tamwoy acknowledged his island heritage and says it contributed to his music. “I grew up with a lot of Papua New Guinea people and listening to the language and their music…

Wife basher jailed

A MAN who hit his pregnant wife with a piece of timber last year whilst under the influence of liquor has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. David Maehau was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of domestic violence, a charge under the Family Protection Act, this week in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. The…