Tension murder accused acquitted

THE man who faced charges for the death of three people during the height of the ethnic tension in 2003 has been acquitted. This was after the court found no evidence against John Meti yesterday during a short form preliminary inquiry. After going through the committal papers, Principal Magistrate found no evidence to sustain the…

Offer of help rejected

Hospital theatres remain closed A KIND-HEARTED donation that should get the two closed operating theatres at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) up and running within a week was turned down over the weekend. Tropic Glass and Aluminium (TGA) Limited, a locally owned company, was shocked last Saturday when its offer to renovate the two closed…

Interplast team to visit Solomon Islands

An Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast) nurse education team will visit the Solomon Islands from 27 February – 4 March 2016. The team will be at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara to provide two concurrent training programs, one for local nursing staff and for the first time one focused on breast care.…

Riumana denies sexual harassment accusation

FORMER Member of Parliament for Hograno, Kia, Havulei, in Isabel, Selwyn Riumana has denied allegations that he had sexually harassed a female manageress of Rock Havens Inn in Honiara, Kym Barlee. The allegations were made in light of a recent incident when Ms Barlee and her local partner led relatives to Mr Riumana’s residence at…

Kunu settlement in great need of clean water

RESIDENTS of  Kunu  settlement near Auki town, Malaita province have raised their concern over inadequate supply of clean  drinking water to their area. A recent visit to the settlement by the Solomon Star staff correspondent in Auki, William Ekotani revealed about 60 percent of the population of the settlement used water obtained from wells. About…

7 candidates to contest city by-election

A TOTAL total of seven candidates have submitted nominations after the Vuhokesa ward by-election nomination closed on Wednesday. “As of 4pm, Wednesday, our Election Office officially received a total of seven candidates who have submitted their nominations to contest,” Returning Officer Madlyn Ero said. “Out from the seven submissions, six of them are males and…

Hospital theatres closed

Lives at risk, say doctors TWO of the three Operating Theatres at the National Referral Hospital have been closed for repair since December. And despite assurances from health authorities to do the repair work sooner, nothing has been done since. “We are now into the third month of closure,” Dr Paul Hitchin, an Orthopaedic Surgeon…

Phone explodes, burnt down home

A FAMILY of ten is homeless after their home was razed to the ground on Tuesday this week. And the cause of the fire must be serve as a warning to all people using cell (mobile) phones, because the fire started from an exploded cell phone according to Solomon Star stringer John Toki. Mr Toki…

Centre to prioritize gender equality

ADAKOA rural training centre in east Kwara’ae, Malaita province will prioritize gender equality on students enrolled this year. School Principal David Leliana told the Solomon Star that over the past years, number of girls enrolled at the centre was very low. “We have enrolled more males than females here but from this year and onwards,…