New shipping firm critisised

Finance Minister in the Choiseul provincial government Alfa Kimata, has strongly criticized a newly set up shipping company in the province. In a statement he said Choiseul Provincial Government does not support it nor does it reflect the views under the existing Lauru Shipping Company. The criticism came in the wake of an announcement of…

More Jumbo buses arriving soon

Five more new jumbo buses would arrive in Honiara from China in December or early next year to alleviate short bus route in Honiara. Ropiko Enterprises Limited (REL) has ordered these buses from China. REL’s Managing Director Roland Piko said: “the buses and should arrive in Honiara by December or early next.” The two buses…

Shanel faces assault charge

POLICE on Thursday arrested and charged outgoing MP for Central Guadalcanal Peter Shanel with common assault. This was in relation to an attack on a constituent who reportedly came to seek financial assistance from Mr Shanel. Officers at the Central Police Station questioned and later released Mr Shanel on bail after charging him. It was…

Threat Claim

Renbel’s Peseika claimed he was warned against suing the gov’t RENBEL provincial secretary Baiabe Peseika claims he was told to withhold plans to sue the national government or get the sack. Mr Peseika claimed the threat came from the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening’s (MPGIS) legal adviser. Mr Peseika early this week announced…

Nominations close Oct 22

Normal 0 false false false EN-NZ X-NONE X-NONE THE nomination period for the intending candidates for the upcoming National General Election will close on October 22nd. The announcement was clarified during a question and answer session with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Polycarp Haununu during a press conference. Haununu said intending candidates have until the…

Landowners halt road work

Landowners from Afio on Small Malaita have blocked a road upgrading work in the area over land issue. A paramount chief of Abunimali tribe John Iro said the road upgrade was halted because they want the land dispute to be resolved first. He said the dispute is currently before the courts. “I call on the…

Police responds to media report

The Office of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has clarified reports that two of the former senior police officers were forcefully removed from their positions within the Force. That report was published in the Island Sun newspaper recently. In a statement the RSIPF office said it advises that while it is true that…

Hearing into sex abuse case ends

The hearing into the alleged sexual abuse of a seven year-old girl in Isabel last year has concluded on Monday, in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Presentation of the closing submissions will be made before Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo on October 20 by the prosecution and the defence counsel. The man in his 60’s stood trial…

Call for public to test for HIV

The Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) is calling on public to get the voluntary counseling concerning test (VCCT) for HIV. The testing is very important because the results can be seen on the same time after testing has been conducted. An officer from SIPPA HIV department told this paper that currently the disease is…

Police arrested burglary suspect

The Honiara city police have arrested and charged an 18 year-old male suspect following a burglary incident which occurred on 28 September 2014 at Vura-1 Height, East Honiara. Police alleged the intruder used some 44-gallon drums to enter through the window of a resident at the time of incident. He then used a long object…