Manetoali tells Bangkok summit of gov’t policy

SUSTAINABLE use and conservation of natural resources, protection of the environment, and combating the adverse effects of climate change are underpinning policy objectives of the national government. That’s according to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Samuel Manetoali. He was speaking at the opening of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit that was…

Bosamata: Literacy transform lives

LITERACY transforms lives. That’s according to acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development James Bosamata. “Reading and writing gives the power to transform lives in homes, schools and communities,” Mr Bosamata told an International Literacy Day event in Honiara, Friday. “We celebrate this literacy day to advocate for a literate…

Health scandal yet to progress

THE case of the five people charged in connection with the $10 million scandal in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has not yet reached a pre-trial conference stage. The matter was mentioned at the Honiara Magistrates’ Court on Friday and further adjourned to September 22nd 2017 for mention. This was because some of…

Bus goes up in flames

VEHICLE owners and drivers are being warned to check their vehicles properly before moving on our roads. Supervising Kukum Traffic Director Brian Surimalefo made this call after a public bus was burnt to ashes yesterday at the Bahai area in Honiara. He added it is drivers’ responsibility to check vehicles each day before moving. The…

JANUS ARE TRAINED

Police chief clarifies doubts over anti-corruption team By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN MEMBERS of the anti-corruption taskforce JANUS have gone through trainings in anti-corruption investigations before the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) left. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley revealed this when reporters asked him yesterday about rumours that members of the taskforce lacked trainings on certain…

No evidence in SINU sex allegation

THE management of Solomon Islands National University has denied any knowledge of social media rumours alleging sexual relations between certain lecturers and female students. A spokesman from the office of the Vice Chancellor said:  “There has been no evidence to support the ongoing investigation by the SINU management on allegations of sexual relationship between certain…

Lai hails team

PRESIDENT of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) William Lai has congratulated the senior national football team for their fine performance over the mighty All Whites. Lai made the comment following the 2-2 draw against the professional side in their return match at the Lawson Tama stadium in front of jam packed home fans. “While…

Police arrest rape suspect

NAHA police have arrested a male suspect for allegedly raping a 33-year-old disabled female over the weekend at Lau Valley, East Honiara. The arrest was made after the male suspect was apprehended by the woman’s relatives and brought to the Naha Police Station. RSIPF Sexual Assault Squad investigators assisted Naha CID officers to interview the…

40 to receive Australian awards in 2018

FORTY Solomon Islands students will study in universities both in Australia and the Pacific region in 2018 under Australia Awards Scholarships. The Australia Awards program provides successful applicants with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development in Solomon Islands. The awards covers travel, health insurance, living allowances, tuition fees…

Father breaks arm celebrating

A FATHER of four broke his left arm on Sunday when celebrating Fathers’ Day without his family. The man started drinking on Friday afternoon till Sunday when he fell into a drain and hit a log beside his house at Henderson, East Honiara. His wife said that her husband is a drunkard; he always spend…