Beaten, traumatised

A 14-year old boy who claimed to have been beaten on his back says he is suffering psychological trauma and his wounds as a result of ‘whip punishment’ introduced in Wagina, Choiseul province. Kabiri James, whose part Malaita and Gilbertese, claimed to have received a total of 45 whips by men. “In the first punishment…

Sasako calls for post election intervention

An intending candidate in this year’s national general election has called for major economic interventions, targeting agriculture and education as priority sectors. Alfred Sasako who is contesting the East Kwaio seat on Malaita, said the sorry state of affairs of the economy calls for urgent action to stop the downward spiral, which is relegating more…

S/Vella has lowest number of candidates in West

South Vella La Vella constituency recorded the lowest number of candidates contesting in the Western Province for the upcoming national general election. This was according to the list released by the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) over the weekend. The constituency with the highest candidate is West New Georgia – Vona Vona Lagoon registering ten…

Three against Lilo

THREE candidates are contesting the Gizo/Kolombangara constituency in the coming National General Elections to unseat the former Member of Parliament (MP) Gordon Darcy Lilo. Gordon Darcy Lilo during the launch of his party two weeks ago confidently declared he had already won his seat for the fourth term in Parliament. He said during his speech…

31 former MPs to contest as independent candidates

THIRTY one former members of parliament will be contesting this month’s National General Elections as Independent candidates. This number however has raised serious questions as to why the last house has passed the Political Parties Integrity Bill. The Solomon Star has uncovered that only seventeen former MPs have registered under a party. Whilst the rest…

Local Townsville community prepares for festival

Townsville Solomon Islands Association (TSIA) recently took part in a fundraising night for the Townsville Pasifika Indigenous Cultural Festival (TPICF) to be held next year in May. Chairperson of TSIA, Eleanor Gledhill said,“it was a fantastic night with custom dancing and performances from all indigenous groups present in Townsville. We had great fun performing our…

Fight against trachoma underway in Honiara

Nurses from the Ministry of Health have begun distributing drugs to prevent trachoma, a blind eye disease. The campaign kicked off at Gilbert Camp in east Honiara yesterday. More than a hundred people including men, women and children took medication. The treatment is an effective drug to treat the disease so that the risk of…

Taro accommodations to be inspected

Green Tourism Solomon Island Ltd will inspect all accommodations in Taro, Choiseul province. This will happen on Wednesday says Managing Director of Green Tourism, Michael Tokuru. The inspection is part of improving tourism services in the province and to ensure that most of the accommodations are up to standard. “The inspection will be based on…