A 360 TURN: Passengers evacuated from Discovery

THE fast craft serving the Honiara, Tulagi, Auki routes was forced to make a full turn but only after passengers were evacuated safely onboard another boat on Thursday. An eye-witness said 360 Discovery was travelling with a load of passengers when huge smoke stared bellowing out creating a huge dark screen behind. “It looked as…

MONUMENT VANDALISED

Skyline American war memorial vandalised The front gate of the American war memorial monument at Skyline, Central Honiara has been ripped off and vandalised by thugs yesterday morning.The unfortunate incident has been described as shameful and disrespectful, by an eye witness spoken to at the scene. The witness who wants her name withheld for security…

Satu says ball in Fiji’s court over aviation rights

The Solomon Islands civil aviation authority says it is up to Fiji to resolve an impasse between the two countries over aviation rights by lifting its suspension. Both countries have suspended the other’s flights between Honiara and Nadi and are calling for each other to lift their suspensions.  The director of the Solomons Aviation Authority,…

Sergeant may lose chance of leading Samoa’s police here

An investigation against a police Sergeant could affect his chance of leading Samoa’s police contingent as part of RAMSI’s peacekeeping mission in the Solomon Islands. Sergeant Lualua Manila is scheduled to lead Samoa’s police contingent to the Solomon Islands later this year.  However, this may not happen if the alleged sexual harassment complaint against him…

TSI in Taro, Choiseul

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) has successfully conducted a series of workshop in Taro, Choiseul province this week with public officials, community leaders, churches, women’s groups and youths. The workshop is base on the topic of corruption and good governance and aim at empowering citizen to understand corruption and fight it. During the workshop, participants discussed…

First official anniversary celebration in NZ

The first official Solomon Islands national day celebrations to be staged in New Zealand will take place tomorrow in Wellington, New Zealand, marking the 36th Independence anniversary of Solomon Islands. This event is historical in a number of ways: This will be the first public activity of the recently established Solomon Islands High Commission in…

PNG records 2172 new HIV cases

OF 31,945 people living with HIV in the country, 2172 of them are new infections. This was revealed during the National Economic Fiscal Commission conference in Kimbe, West New Britain last week. Deputy director ofthe PNG National AIDS Council Secretariat Dr Moale Kariko said prevalence was highest in the National Capital District and the Highlands…

Need to emphasis literacy in schools

A local literacy trainer has encouraged teachers to strengthen literacy learning in their schools to allow students to write and speak English well. Felistus Fafoi of the league literacy office (LLO) made the call at closing of the three day literacy workshop yesterday at the Solomon Islands national library. “Primary schools in the country need…