Police takes ownership of multi-million facilities

Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) yesterday has taken delivery of a purpose-built National Response Department (NRD) facility, which includes headquarters for the RSIPF’s specialist police units and a state-of-the-art police armoury. The handing over was described as yet another important milestone on the path to the limited rearmament of the Royal Solomon Islands Police…

PM: Fear Not

Sogavare tells nation to trust armed cops PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says there’s nothing to fear about police officers being rearmed. He made the assurance at the opening of the new Police National Response Department Building at Rove Police headquarters. The building houses the new police armoury. “I can assure everyone – the members of…

Death Probe

Police investigate death in custody THE son of a former diplomat and MP the late Francis Saemala has died in police custody on Monday following his arrest last Friday. David Morton Sireheti Saemala, 23, is the last born son of late Saemala. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast confirmed the death and said they are treating the…

National healing, apology week set

ABOUT 6000 people are expected to participate in the week-long national healing and apology programme in Honiara from 1st to 7th July. It’s a long overdue programme but a way forward for this nation after the country had gone through the ethnic conflict from 1998-2003 on Guadalcanal. The conflict also spilled over to the Western…

Rennell record lowest temperature

Rennell Island in the Renbell province records the lowest temperature in the country’s history of 17 degree Celsius few weeks ago. This was revealed by a meteorology officer during the commissioning of the weather station in Tingoa last week. He told the Solomon Star that 17 degree Celsius was the lowest so far ever recorded…

Call for dialogue to settle dispute

LANDOWNERS and Chiefs of Vanikoro Island in the Vatud Constituency, Temotu province have called on their Member of Parliament (MP) Freda Tuki for a negotiation to settle the current dispute on the Island. The dispute referred to was in relation to the incident at Vanikoro that happened on Sunday, where villagers of Vanikoro allegedly ransacked…

Discussion on aid program for post-RAMSI era

Honiara and Canberra have commenced dialogue on the design of a new development assistance programme to succeed Australia’s development assistance programme to Solomon Islands through the Regional Assistance Mission in the post-RAMSI era. Australian development assistance programme through RAMSI focusses on the strengthening of the police and correctional services, judicial system and governance machinery. An…

New boat for East Kwaio

East Kwaio will take delivery of a new landing craft today in Honiara. This was revealed by a constituency officer to the paper. This is part of an effort by the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kwaio Stanley Sofu in fulfilling the dreams of the people in his constituency, who have longed to have…