Man cleared of rape charge

A MAN who allegedly raped his step-daughter at the Kola’a Ridge graveyard in 2013 has been cleared off the charge. This followed the girl’s change of story in the witness box, admitting the sex was consensual. This was on Wednesday in the High Court when the matter came for trial. As a result the prosecution…

Police recruits to start training

ABOUT 40 new police recruits will kick off their intensive police training next Monday. Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Frank Prendergast confirmed this during a press conference on Thursday. The newly recruited officers were selected from all the 9 provinces across the country. “We have got 40 new recruits that will…

Girl tells court she was not raped

A MAN on trial for rape at the High Court is now facing sentence on a lesser charge. The accused, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the allegedvictim, stood trial on Wednesday in the High Court for one count ofrape. However, during the cross-examination of the alleged victim, she agreed to what…

Extension of contracts clarified

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has clarified doubts and confusions surrounding the contracts of Permanent Secretaries. This was done when they appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing recently. A spokesman said currently nine PS positions were vacant since 10th December 2014. “These posts were extended to 1st of April, 2015 to give time…

World-first musculoskeletal health survey piloted here

IN a world-first, a survey module about back pain, arthritis and other musculoskeletal health problems is being piloted in the Solomon Islands national Demographic and Health Survey this month. The musculoskeletal survey module has been developed by the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The Demographic and Health…

Hou questions PEC membership

Member of Parliament (MP) for South Malaita Rick Hou has questioned the independency of the chairman for Parliamentary Entitlement Commission (PEC) and Minister for Finance as PEC members saying its a conflict of interest when they try to make any decision. This was raised during the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing of the Prime Minister’s…

Salt fish sales still on

A NUMBER of fish vendors are still selling the salt fish at the Central Market despite a ban being imposed by the market management and the Honiara City Council. The ban which restricts vendors from selling salt fish at the market was agreed upon this week following a meeting. Market Master Saxson Ofata early this…

Market closure affects vendors

THE recent closure of the Honiara Central Market has affected market vendors in their daily sales of products. Speaking to this paper on Thursday, a group of women said for the past three days they are not receiving any income at all. They said they do not see any reason to close the market for…

Tackling sanitation and hygiene

IN a move to help tackle poor sanitation and hygiene in the Solomon Islands a new multi-sectoral working group has been established. A statement from the Ministry of Health media unit said, sanitation may not be the most attractive of development topics, but in the Solomon Islands, it is one of the most important.  “It…

Sisilo welcomes the proposed Malaita summit

SOLOMON Islands’ former ambassador to the European Union, Robert Sisilo, has welcomed the Malaita Provincial Government’s proposal to hold a conference on the future of the province in May or June of this year. The conference hopes to bring together Malaita Province’s elected leaders in the national and provincial governments and others in the private…