60-yr-old arrested in Temotu for alleged rape

    Police at Lata in Temotu Province have arrested a 60-year-old man from Naban Village on Santa Cruz Island on 12 April 2018 for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl from the same village on four separate occasions in 2017. Provincial Criminal Investigation Officer (PCIO), Sergeant Ezekiel Menoia said, “Police here at the…

DEAL TO RESTORE ANUHA

ANY plan to redevelop the once beautiful island resort of Anuha in the Central Islands Province can proceed if the national government says sorry and compensate for the damages caused to the resort. That’s according to the Dutch man who holds the Irrevocable Power of Attorney (IPA) over the island. Speaking to the Solomon Star…

NO TURNING BACK

  …PM says Pacific Games must go ahead By CHARLES KADAMANA   THE Government has secured land for the construction of facilities to host the 2023 Pacific Games in the country. This follows the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Cabinet Sub-Committee, the government and key stakeholders at the Prime Minister office on…

MACFest event outline now online

The main program for the upcoming 6th Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival (MACFest) is now available online to get a glimpse of what the festival will be like. The National Organising Committee (NOC) has released the program and is encouraging the public to view the main festival programme online. The programme with information on participating…

Makili: we are far from being ‘activists’

SOLOMON Islanders are far from being activists, says local activist and outspoken Honiara resident, Lawrence Makili. Mr Makili stated this, when speaking to local Journalists, during an anti-corruption media training in Honiara, last week. The former Honiara City Councillor said, people here are very vocal and great debaters to issues that are raised in the…

In court with Assumpta

* Woman jailed for assault* Chinese yet to take plea Woman jailed for assault A WOMAN who confessed to assaulting another woman in Honiara in 2016 has been sentenced to six months imprisonment on Tuesday. This was after Rachael Roko pleaded guilty to one count of common assault. The court heard the victim came to…

FIVE TO VIE FOR SEAT

Woman amongst candidates By AATAI JOHN LAUNGI A WOMAN is among five candidates who will contest the Gizo-Kolombangara by-election on May 23. She is Lanelle Tanangada, wife of former MP Jimson Tanangada, and a teacher by profession. Returning Officer for Gizo-Kolobangara Constituency Chris Siale confirmed Mrs Tanangada’s candidacy when the nominations closed yesterday evening. Former…

Journos armed with new reporting skills

AFTER an intensive four-day training in tackling corruption, local Journalists are now being armed with relevant investigative reporting skills. The workshop, organised by the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI), with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was hosted at the SIBC Conference room. Dr Shailendra Singh, the head of the USP School…

Ruling to vary bail for MP Tome

THE court will today rule on an application made to vary the bail conditions of the former Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, David Tome, who faces conversion charges to enable him to travel to Australia for medical review. Michael Pitakaka of Michael Pitakaka Law Chamber submitted the application on Tuesday on behalf of…

Hou unveils London Mission

The newly established Solomon Islands High Commission Office in London was officially commissioned over the weekend. Prime Minister Rick Hou officiated in the ceremony. Mr Hou was in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Speaking during the occasion, the Prime Minister said it is a historic moment for Solomon Islands as it also…