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…

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…

Police investigates death of foreigner

OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIPF)in Honiara are currently investigating the death of a 60-year-old male foreigner, at the Mendana Hotel. “The deceased was found dead in his hotel room this morning 18 June 2018,” says Assistance Commissioner Crime and Intelligence, Ian Vaevaso. He adds: “Investigations into the matter are ongoing and I…

Stabbing suspect arrested

Police officers at the Henderson, Guadalcanal Province have arrested a suspect following a stabbing incident at the Guluvoa main road, Marasa, in the Weather coast of Guadalcanal recently. “The 14-year-old juvenile suspect was arrested by police on 16 June 2018 at his home village and is currently kept in Police custody to appear before the…

TSI to MoFT: Prioritize Hospital

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands is deeply concerned over the shortage of drugs and other necessary medication in the National Referral Hospital and clinics, as was reported earlier. Revelations have resurfaced that responsible authorities, especially the Ministry of Finance and Treasury has not prioritized the procurement of these vital and necessary drugs. Given the boat loads of…