DPP FIRES BACK

I’m still in control of office, says Talasasa By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN    THE Director of Public Prosecutions Ronald Bei Talasasa says there is a control mechanism within the management of cases in his office. Mr Talasasa was responding to remarks made by Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi, who criticised him over “sloppy prosecution work” that delayed…

Progress towards equality is everyone’s business

THE quest to press for progress towards gender equality is everyone’s’ business and in everyone’s’ interest. That was a statement made in a key note address by Honourable FredaTuki, Minister for woman Youth, Children and family Affairs. She was speaking to hundreds of women during the Women’s International Day celebration yesterday at the National Museum…

Implementation of women action plan makes progress

THE Ministry of Women Youth, Children and Family Affairs has taken a multi sectoral approach to implement the women, peace and security national action plan. This was reaffirmed yesterday byFreda Tuki, Minister for Women Youth, Children and Family Affairs. One of the policies is the Temporary Special Measures (TSM). She said they are working on…

Overcrowding hits St Joseph’s Tenaru school

OVERCROWDING at one of the country’s high performing secondary schools, St Joseph’s Tenaru, has forced a number of their students to sleep on the floor due to lack of beds. The Catholic-run education institution is located east of Honiara. Affected are some of the forms two and three female students. Reports reaching the Solomon Star…

Fiji hits back at Sogavare

FIJI has hit back at the deputy prime minister Manasseh Sogavare over criticism about the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). Speaking in parliament Monday, Mr Sogavare said Fiji should apologise for bringing Indonesia into the MSG. He said Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama breached MSG procedure by forcing the other four full members to accept Indonesia…

New health deal with Australia

AUSTRALIA and Solomon Islands have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Pacific Pharmaceutical Laboratory Testing Pilot Program. This pilot program will give Solomon Islands access to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) laboratories for medicine quality testing. Testing will focus initially on a selection of routine antibiotics and medicines commonly used in Solomon Islands…

TRIO RESCUED

…after surviving a 26-day sea ordeal By CHARLES KADAMANA AN ELEVEN (11) year old boy with his father and grandfather survived 26 days drifting out in the open ocean after their boat developed a mechanical problem early last month. They were rescued about 750 nautical miles away from Honiara and 400 nautical miles from Fiji…

Rhinoceros beetle sighted in Russells

MORE PEST FEARS By CROFTON UTUKANA   THE deadly Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle has been sighted for the first time on one of the islands in the Russell Islands, Central Province. This latest discovery has prompted more worry to the government’s Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) task-force. “This worrying new report was received last week by the…

PM explains sour relationship in MSG

Prime Minister (PM) Rick Houenipwela had explained the sour relationship with member countries of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) revealing six issues that gave rise to the ill relationship. Houenipwela was responding to question asked by Member of Parliament (MP) for Aoke-Langalanga Matthew Wale. Mr Wale asked the PM that in his recent trip to…

Kingdom followers hit back at critics

Kingdom followers in Malaita province have hit back at its critics by claiming that they are following a true movement that God mandated and unveils to their spiritual father, Pastor Kemuel Kaleni Ramohia in late 1970. A statement from the Kingdom followers stated that the Kingdom Prophetic Acclamation is not a cargo cult or cult…