Call for change

SIMA wants process for MPs medical treatment amended By IAN M. KAUKUI   Solomon Islands Medical Association (SIMA) is calling for changes to the way MPs access medical treatment overseas. Under their parliamentary entitlements, MPs are entitled to tax-payers’ funded medical attention abroad if they are sick. Normally, and because of the huge cost involved, those…

Yates: we need aid

  23,000 affected by had weather IAN M. KAUKUI   More than 23,000 people have lost their homes and food gardens, and they need urgent humanitarian aid, authorities say. Director of the Disaster Management Office Loti Yates said this in interviews with Radio New Zealand International, as the bad weather persists. Continuing rain and strong…

MID urged to repair Aruligo bridge

THE Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) is urged to repair Aruligo bridge that was partly damaged during the heavy rain and flood this week. Sahalu-based Solomon Star stringer John Toki reported. He relayed that villagers at Aruligho and further down North West Guadalcanal are having difficulties transporting their market produces to Honiara because the bridge…

Four houses down at Sahalu

FOUR houses were destroyed by strong winds and fallen trees in Sahalu ward of North West Guadalcanal. Visale-based Solomon Star stringer John Toki, whose house is amongst the four,  reported that he lost everything when a huge Mango tree nearby fell on top of his home. He said all the villagers were evacuated to Visale…

11 receive Queen’s awards

ELEVEN people were honoured by the Queen during the New Year. Governor General Sir Frank Kabui announced this during his New Year’s speech. They include Knight Commander of the British Empire, KBE- Officer of the British Empire, OBE- Member of the British Empire, MBE- British Empire Medal, BEM-and the Queen’s Police Medal, QPM. “It is…

Call for calm on Wagina

POLICE have appealed to the people of Wagina in Choiseul to remain calm in the midst of a stabbing incident that hospitalised a man at the village’s Rural Health Clinic on 2 January 2019. Taro police say report of the incident reached them on the afternoon of that day. Reports suggest the man was stabbed…

VILLAGERS LOOT SHIP

Police condemn action By SOLOMON LOFANAin Auki   POLICE in Auki intervened and chased away villagers who were looting a landing craft washed ashore in the Langalanga lagoon, Malaita, Thursday this week. It’s believed the landing craft was owned by ship operator Silent World. Police say the vessel was on its way to Auki on…

United Party gets the nod

THE Solomon Islands United Party will now contest this year’s national election after the Political Parties Commission endorsed and approved its application. The party recently took the Government to court following delays to appoint commissioners, who will need to meet to consider United Party’s application. Under the Political Parties Integrity Act 2014, political parties wishing…