No plans to replace destroyed arms

LICENCE holders of firearms are supposedly not to have their arms replaced or be given back as there are no plans to do so. Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Chris Laore told parliament during question and answer session. The question was asked by the Member of Parliament for Ngella, Johnley Hatimoana Minister…

Minister explains Magistrates Amendment Bill

THE ‘Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Bill 2014’ is timely as technology is embraced for efficiency, Justice Minister Commins Mewa said. When introducing the Amendment Bill during its second reading in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Mewa said the amendments are incremental steps that can provide a large improvement in the speed and accuracy of the recording of…

Reporter glad Patrick, 10, survived

SOLOMON Star reporter Jeremy Inifiri says he was amazed to see a 10-year-old boy he photographed while being taken away by the Mataniko river in last Thursday’s flooding survived the flooding. “We’ll I’m glad Patrick Beni survived because I thought he won’t as the flood waters took him away,” Mr Inifiri said. Patrick’s incredible story…

NZ increases relief assistance

NEW Zealand has increased its relief assistance with a further $7.6 million. Its foreign affairs minister Murray McCully announced this, Tuesday. The assistance will go towards relief supplies, support response efforts by the Honiara City Council and to help respond to other needs in areas such as water, health or roading as assessments come in.…

No major damages for 3 provinces

THREE provinces reported minimal damages caused by last week’s bad weather. Makira, Temotu and Western said they only experience heavy rain, strong and earthquake throughout the period. Kirakira provincial police commander Peter Sitai told the paper on Wednesday, heavy rain and an earthquake was experienced. “But its not like in Honiara which was flooded where…

Chamber supports relief efforts

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has thanked members of the business community for jumping in to assist with disaster relief since last week, following the flooding that devastated many parts of Honiara. Despite being badly affected by the disaster, business houses are pouring in help towards the relief efforts. “As the…

Ete: Where’s the disaster fund?

MEMBER of Parliament for East Honiara, Douglas Ete has blasted the NCRA Government, saying it has failed to allocate funds to counter national disasters such as last week’s flash flooding in Honiara and Guadalcanal. The flash floods last week has so far claimed 23 lives and left more than 9000 people both in Honiara and…

Slow recovery ahead

SOLOMON Islands is facing a slow clean up and recovery following last week’s devastating floods. The country’s worst floods on record have left at least 23 people dead and more than 50,000 people homeless.   Boats are continuing the search for the dozens of missing, combing the shoreline along Guadalcanal and heading out to sea…

Serious illness confirmed in evacuation centres

A HYGIENE specialist for UNICEF in Solomon Islands says the first cases of malaria, diahorrea and respiratory illness have been confirmed in evacuation centres following last week’s devastating floods. At least 23 people have died and thousands of people have been displaced from their homes.   Donald Burgess says children are the most vulnerable to…