Three years for arsonist

A MAN who pleaded guilty to burning down a house in northwest Guadalcanal earlier this year was jailed for three years on Tuesday. This is not the first time accused Sam Nasareno was convicted of an arson charge. He has a previous conviction with a suspended jail term of 18 months. Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota…

GP schools to benefit from science equipment

Guadalcanal Provincial Education Authority (GPEA) has sealed a deal that will see most its provincial schools boosted with scientific equipment and chemicals. The deal comes in a form of an agreement signed recently between GPEA and Omega Scientific of Australia. Omega Scientific has been supplying scientific equipment and chemicals to Solomon Islands since 1996. The…

Ramohia acknowledges peace work

Malaita Provincial Premier Peter Chanel Ramohia has hailed the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) on its peace-building programs and activities in the country. In a statement early this week during a brief courtesy visit by the Ministry officials at Auki, he said, “Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace work in the…

EU ambassador meets scholarship recipients

European Union Ambassador to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu has met with the successful candidates from Solomon Islands who have been offered scholarships to study in Caribbean. His Excellency Leonidas Tezapsidis met with the lucky recipients at the EU Delegation office in Honiara on Monday. A statement from the EU office in Honiara said, under the…

Claim of ‘$40m eco disaster’

(Sunday Age) – THE new owner of a Solomon Islands gold mine has launched an extraordinary attack on the Australian previous owner, accusing it of leaving behind a $40 million (US$28.6 million) environmental disaster and called for it to be shut down by regulators. The claim has been vigorously rejected by the company, Melbourne-based St…

SINU academic staff end professional development training

Solomon Islands National University (SINU) academic staff can now teach more professionally after successfully completed a five-week professional development training. A statement from the University said, the professional training was conducted by Dr Elly Govers, an overseas expert in providing training in teaching methods and assessment practices. The service of Dr Elly Govers was funded…

Wharf upgrading in West ready to start

WORK on rehabilitating of Gizo main wharf and Vonunu wharf on Vella La Vella, in Western Province is set to kick off.   This was confirmed by Jimmy Nuake head of the National Transport Fund (NTF) secretariat and the Under Secretary within the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID). In a statement, hee said, a contractor is…

Future geologists, mining engineers trained

AXIOM Mining Limited has offered opportunity for six science and engineering university students to workwith experienced geologists in Isabel province, exploring what could well be one of the Pacific’s largest nickel deposits. A statement from mining company on Tuesday said, the students spend more than a month on the island. Five of the students are…

NZ gov’t lauded for help

THE New Zealand government through the High Commissioner’s agency in Honiara has been acknowledged by the Honiara Council of Women (HCW) for donating a marquee and tents yesterday. It was given to the women’s group as support from the High commissioner’s office for outdoor activities. Upon receiving the gifts, the President of HCW Martha Alacky…

Shop owner faces legal action

THE Environmental Health Division of Honiara City Council (HCC) has warned it will take legal action against shop owners in Honiara who refuse to surrender any expired goods for destruction. The division issued the warning following a confrontation incident in Honiara last Friday when one particular shop owner refused to surrender his expired goods to…