Auditorium to be upgraded

GOVERNMENT will upgrade the National Auditorium at Art Gallery at a cost of $60million and is expected to be much bigger. Art Gallery curator Brian Afia revealed this on Wednesday. The current National Art Gallery was built during the Pacific Arts Festival hosted by Solomon Islands in 2012. Mr Afia said the size of the…

LEAF project launched

A JAPANESE-based project which focused on sustainable society has launched a project called ‘Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation for children’ (LEAF) program on Wednesday. It’s a two years program to be implemented in Honiara. LEAF is an environmental focus group from Japan which was established in 1998 with the aim of contributing to the development…

Boosting the malaria battle-line

In a huge boost to the global fight against malaria, researchers have discovered how the malaria parasite protects itself by building resistance against the last-line in antimalarial medications, and how a new medical treatment can overcome the parasite’s defences. Published yesterday the new study reveals that the effectiveness of anti-malarial drugs known as artemisinins or…

Iumi laekem wata fo stap olowe!

YESTERDAY Wednesday 22nd April was World Water Day in the Solomon Islands. The theme this year is sustainability, or “Iumi laekem wata fo stap olowe.” Every week, a Solomon Islander dies as a result of poor access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Every day, the Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Health and Medical Services…

Ruling today on Gizo rape trial

A MAN on trial in Gizo, Western Province, for allegedly raping a girl at the Gizo hill top during the Arts Festival in 2012 will know his fate today. This followed the closing submissions made before Justice Francis Mwanesalua in a High Court circuit sitting at Gizo Court. The hearing started on Tuesday and ended…

Accused given time to secure lawyer

MORE time has been given for a man who allegedly attacked his brother early last month at Marau Sound, East Guadalcanal, to secure a lawyer. Ronald Regan Billy is still without a lawyer since he was remanded in custody last month. He appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was further remanded in custody…

Taiwan Navy visits Tamboko

Tamboko community in North West Guadalcanal were given a free medical service by Taiwanese Mobile medical team from Taiwan Navy squadron and Taiwan Medical centre on Tuesday. Also assisting them are dentists from the Guadalcanal provincial health services. The services provided ranges from general health enquiry, eye test and dental health. More than 200 people…

Land board now in charge

THE recent amendments to the Land and Titles Act are reforming the land administration system in Solomon Islands. The most significant aspect of the amendments has been the introduction of a Land Board to take over decision-making from the Commissioner of Lands. Board chairman Donald Kudu and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Lands Stanley…