Alleged dormitory intruder pleads not guilty

One of the five young men who allegedly broke into a girl’s dormitory at Ruavatu Secondary School in Northwest Guadalcanal has denied allegations against him. Casper Sade on Monday pleaded not guilty to one count of house break-in and one count of criminal trespass before Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi. His co-accused Alfred Tavoria will take…

US to provide disaster assistance

The Government of the United States (US) expresses its support for the people of Vanuatu, as well as those affected in Solomon Islands, following the distraction wracked by Cyclone Pam. In a statement yesterday the US government said; “We give condolences to the families who lost loved ones due to the cyclone or who have…

Bail denied for Westpac allege robbers

Bail has been refused for the men accused of the Westpac robbery incident. Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo yesterday refused the bail application for the seven men saying evidence shows that all of them are a flight risk. “Whilst I accept and took into account the submissions made by the Learned Defence Counsels on behalf of…

Call to fix Kojuku bridge

VILLAGERS of various communities within the Vaturanga area in North West Guadalcanal are calling on responsible authorities to help mend the old and degrading Kojuku bridge. This came after it was heavily hit by the continuous wet weather conditions experienced in the country the past two weeks. Speaking to this paper on Monday, North Guadalcanal…

Woman faces court for false pretence

A woman from Central Islands Province accused of obtaining more than $40,000 under false pretence appeared in the Honiara magistrates’ court, Monday. Cathy Roy is facing five counts of false pretence. Police alleged that between June and July 2014, Roy of JR Construction & Property Real Estate Company obtained $44,600.67 by false pretence. It was…

Group supports Port’s workers’ move

POPULAR concern citizens group, the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) supports the actions taken by Solomon Islands Port Authority (SIPA) employees. The group issued a statement in light of the employees call through the Workers Union of Solomon Islands (WUSI) early this week. WUSI representing two hundred and twenty members, all employees of SIPA is…

PM meets LTB, Russell leaders

IN a move to kick off talks and negotiations to reopen Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited (RIPEL), the Lavukal Trust Board (LTB) and the Lavukal House of Chiefs and Elders met with the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The meeting was to enable the parties to provide updates to the Prime Minister on the developments and…

Australia assists with aerial assessment

The Australian Defence Force has provided support to Solomon Islands with an aerial assessment of Temotu and parts of Malaita following Tropical Cyclone Pam. The aerial assessment was conducted by a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, following a request from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.   The aerial assessment took place on…

NDMO Response plan underway

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and its disaster management stakeholders and partners have been tirelessly working together in finalising an early response plans for the current disaster. This came after completing the Disaster Risk Analysis (DRA) generated from the Initial Situational Overview (Aerial Assessment), and a rapid community assessment done over phone and the…