New Awards to MPs

ALL Members of Parliament are now entitled to life pensions under latest awards approved by the Parliament Entitlements Commission. Previously, those who served for only a term in parliament are not entitled to pension. But under a new award the commission approved recently, a MP who served a term is entitled to a life pension…

Son cleared of father’s death

A MAN accused of the murder of his father at Gilbert Camp, Honiara last month, has been freed yesterday. This was after Principal Magistrate Edwin Saramo acquitted James Hou, following insufficient evidence to link him with his father’s death. He said according to the evidence, witnesses confirmed the deceased has a history of having fits.…

Accused discharged of murder

A MAN has been discharged of a murder case on Tuesday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. This is to allow police carry out further investigation into the case. Isaac Para was discharged of the murder charge which means he may be charged once further investigation is complete. He is co-accused with Stanley Gitoa and Alphy…

Accused appeals conviction

A MAN who damaged the autopsy table at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) morgue has appealed his conviction in the High Court. As a result, Nicholas Hemu’s sentencing is upheld awaiting the outcome of the appeal. Hemu has been convicted of one count of common assault after a trial in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court in…

Relief supplies for Malaita

The loading of relief supplies to be distributed to disaster affected areas in Malaita Province is currently underway at the Point Cruz wharf, in Honiara. A visit by the Solomon Star to the Point Cruz Wharf yesterday witnessed a group of casual workers loading the food supplies into the ship. A chartered vessel will depart…

Students’ query difference in payment

A number of students studying in-country under the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) scholarship have questioned the National Training Unit (NTU) why there is a difference in their allowance payments. The students started receiving their semester 1 allowances last week and after cross checking with their friends, they found out that their figures were different. A…

Locals undergo training to fix HF radio

ABOUT twenty students who have undergone a three months training on how to fix radio have graduated this week in Honiara. Kwatech Radio and Electronic School conducted the training which focused on both theory and practical. About twenty participants involving both genders attended the short course to learn how to fix high frequency (HF) radios…

RDP making changes to rural communities

With roughly 80% of Solomon Islanders living in rural communities scattered over 90 inhabited islands and isolated locations, access to services and basic infrastructure such as clean water is limited. Since 2008, the Rural Development Program (RDP) has been implementing a community-driven development approach in more than 90% of the country’s rural wards. The program…

Delegation visits Bougainville

A delegation consisted of traditional leaders, Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Communities and provincial Government representatives from Choiseul Province recently went to Bougainville to hold preliminary discussion with autonomous Bougainville Government Peace and reconciliation Office for a border traditional leaders meeting concerning the situations of Bougainville Crisis effects and process to carry out reconciliation at…

Manepora’a: SI economic status is safe

Member of Parliament (MP) for East Are’Are and Minister for Lands, Housing & Survey (MLHS) Andrew Manepora’a in his speech before the floor of the parliament, assures the house the country’s economy has a positive outlook despite the global economy being gloomy. Manepora’a stated that most of the bigger economies are running into recession, therefore…