In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

*Medical report yet to be given to court*Suspended officer on trial for fraud*Magistrate withdraws from rape hearing*Accused challenges police interview Medical report yet to be given to court THE medical report in relation to the case of a man accused of using an axe to strike another man’s head at White River area, West Honiara in…

WORLD CUP KILLING

Accused remanded in police custody By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN A MAN who allegedly stabbed another man to death over a joke made in relation to the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been remanded in custody. Malcolm Folia, who faces one count of murder, has been remanded on Tuesday afternoon in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. He…

Malaita provincial welcomes Auki water system upgrade

THE Malaita provincial government has welcomed the move by Solomon Water to upgrade the Auki water supply. Deputy Provincial Secretary Robert Wales stated this on behalf of Malaita provincial government during a stakeholders’ meeting organized by Solomon Water on Tuesday in Auki. The upgrading of Auki water supply project will see new water pipes, bore holes and…

CLOUD OVER BIG PROJECT

Work on multi-million dollar mall stopped By ANDREW FANASIA AUTHORITIES have ordered work on a multi-million dollar five-story shopping mall in east Honiara to stop due to environmental concerns. Guadalcanal Province issued the order after AJ Company, which is building the shopping complex at the eastern end of the Lungga bridge, reportedly failed to produce…

Ramohia: Partnership in health delivery vital

PARTNERSHIP is a way forward to improve health services delivery and infrastructure through out Malaita province. The Malaita provincial premier Peter Ramohia uttered the statement when officiating at the official opening of the week-long Malaita health conference, which is under way in Auki this week. Premier Ramohia said to achieve good and proper health infrastructures…

Theme chosen for 2018 Choral festival

THE organisers of this year’s Solomon Islands Schools Choral Festival have released the theme for this year’s School’s Choral Festival. The theme designed by members of the Solomon Voices Choir, is ‘THE POWER IN MUSIC’. According to a statement from organisers, the theme acknowledges the positive transformation that is happening in the Solomon Islands through…

Probe into alleged sex abuse welcomed

NATIONAL psychiatric unit officer in charge has welcomed the call to investigate alleged sexual abuse reported by Island Sun newspaper fortnight ago. Jack Kaota made the assurance during the Malaita health conference on Monday this week in Auki. Mr. Kaota told the participants that he welcomes any form of investigation into the alleged sexual abuse,…

Suspicious organised crime network

‘Gov’t goes hard on illegal business operators’ By ANDREW FANASIA THERE’S a possibility of an organised crime within the Bangladeshi economic penetration of criminal enterprises in the country which is increasing within the span of three years. This was a serious concern for the Minister of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration (MCILI) William Marau for…

ODPP appeals Tome’s acquittal

THE Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has filed an appeal against a magistrate’s decision to acquit the Member of Parliament (MP) for Baegu/Asifola David Tome. A check with the ODPP office on Monday confirmed an appeal was filed in the High Court. MP for Baegu/Asifola in North Malaita was acquitted last month…

Man told to love, respect mother

A MAN who confesses to beating his mother with a sago-palm broom has been told to love, respect and care for his aging mother. Bernard Kwato’o Maelasi in his 30’s was sentenced to seven months imprisonment, for this common assault charge. Principal Magistrate Leonard Chite told Maelasi that in this jurisdiction and around the world…