Debate on budget commences Friday

THE much-awaited debate on the 2021 Government Budget was suspended after Opposition Leader and Member for Aoke/Langalanga Mathew Wale asked the concurrence of the Prime Minister to have the debate adjourned to tomorrow (Friday). Wale told the Parliament this is to allow a bit of time for Members of Parliament to read and formulate their…

COMING SOON

‘Sinopharm vaccine from China’   THE Government of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has donated 50,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to the Solomon Islands.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced this in his nationwide address. “We expect the 50,000 doses to arrive in the country on 11 April 2021,” Sogavare said. He further explained…

In court with Assumpta

* Magistrate: Trial of ‘disabled’ rape accused must proceed * Trial on fatal accident vacated * Woman accused of assaulting court clerk to plea Magistrate: Trial of ‘disabled’ rape accused must proceed  A HONIARA Magistrate had insisted that the trial of a disabled man accused of raping a young woman with disability at Rove, West Honiara must…

Accused in HCC break-in to take plea 

A MAN who allegedly broke into the Planning office unit of the Honiara City Council (HCC) in Honiara in February will be entering his plea to the allegation against him on April 20. Daniel Lamotu who faces one count of housebreak-in and committing felony appeared in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court, Tuesday. The court had heard…

Five suspects nabbed following arson incident 

OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Tetere Police Station in Guadalcanal Province have arrested five suspects following an arson incident that happened at Teubala Village, North Guadalcanal on 5 April 2021. An initial report on the incident says a group of people from Tuebala Village went to Ghavagha Village to…

12 year-old arrested for raping girl, 4

A 12-YEAR-OLD male had been arrested for allegedly raping his four-year-old cousin sister at Maokao Village, Marumbo in West Guadalcanal on March 21. Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau told reporters at his weekly conference that the 12-year-old male suspect is yet to be charged. “The alleged victim was left with the parents of the suspect to…

Border at big risk 

The Western border continues to pose a greater cause of concern to the country in relation to COVID-19 security.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this in his nationwide address, Tuesday.  Sogavare said with the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Papua New Guinea (PNG), it is highly likely that numbers of COVID-19 in Bougainville…

China engineers arrive Tuesday

TWENTY-four (24) engineers from China will arrive in the country today to help construct the new fourth University of the Pacific (USP) campus in Honiara. This has been confirmed by the Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Jimmy Rodgers last week during a radio talk-back show at the national radio broadcaster. Dr. Rodgers said this…

FACEBOOK ‘CENSORSHIP’ LOOMS

Government will soon monitor ‘fake’ FB users   The Ministry for Communication and Aviation will soon closely monitor fake Facebook account users in Solomon Islands, as soon as the formal arrangement with Facebook Company is set. This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) for Communication and Aviation, Moses Virivolomo when his team appeared before…