Taiwan ICDF scholarship now open for application

THE 2016 Taiwan ICDF Scholarship, a study grant provided by Taiwan International Cooperation Fund, is now open for international application until March 15. The 2016 Taiwan ICDF Scholarship comprises 31 programs for bachelor, master and Ph. D. degrees provided by 21 Taiwanese universities in study areas including tropical Agriculture, business administration, international studies, technology management,…

JFK’s heroic link to the Solomons

November saw the 52nd anniversary of the assassination, in 1963, of US president John F. Kennedy. Twenty years earlier, Kennedy, then a US Navy lieutenant, was in command of a torpedo patrol boat sunk by a Japanese destroyer in the Solomon Islands. Travel writer JOHN BORTHWICK looks back:  ‘DON’T mention the war,” shrilled John Cleese…

Police raid settlement

Kwaso, marijuana seized POLICE confiscate thousands of litres of kwaso and dozens of marijuana plants during a raid they conducted at Taba’a settlement in central Honiara, last Saturday. The police’s Christmas and New Years’ Special Operations Team carried out the raid. “The success of this operation is another significant symbol of the community working together…

2016 New Year’s honors and award announced

The Governor General has announced the honors and awards for the New Year 2016 on behave of her majesty the Queen. The awards were as follows: 1.      Order of British Empire OBE _Robinson S Fugui- Service to the government in the area of environmental health and community development 2.      Members of the British Empire MBE…

Hearts of Hope assists the sick at Kilu’ufi

THE non-charitable organisation Hearts of Hope (HOH) has supported sick patients of Kiluufi hospital yesterday in Auki, Malaita province. During a brief visit to the hospital members of the organisation donated clothing to the sick. Director of Hearts of Hope Mrs Janet Justice Aihari said, they were happy to help these sick people with this…

Dead father, son head home

THE bodies of a father and his son, who died in a tragic sea ordeal when their outboard motor powered boat broke down at sea during the New Year season, have now been transported back to their home village  in Isabel Province. The late Fr. John Bako and his son Junior John Bako’s bodies were…

Home engulfed in flames

A FAMILY remain homeless after their home was burnt down on Monday morning. The family from Ambu village, near Auki, Malaita province escaped unhurt while they lost all their belongings in the fire. Provincial Police Commander in Auki, Alfred Uiga said, the permanent home went up in flames giving the family no time to save…

Authorities to probe tragedy

Marine authorities will hold a de-briefing into the tragic death of three men whose bodies were washed ashore on the coast of west Are’are, Malaita, on New Year’s Eve. Director of Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) Tim Harris said the debriefing will be held tomorrow in light of complaints from relatives on how the…

Homes blown to the ground

SIX semi-permanent homes were blown to the ground at Faumamanu area in east Kwara’ae, Malaita province on Tuesday. Alpha Alasina from the area told the paper via mobile phone that most of those houses were semi-permanent ones. He said, this was due to strong wind and heavy rain being experienced in the country since Monday.…