Legal year opens today

AN event to officially open the 2019 Legal Year will be held this morning at the High Court premises. As was the practise, the Chief Justice will start the event with the inspection of a Guard of Honour. This will be done in front of the High Court room one. Following that, speeches will be…

359,690 VOTERS

SIEC releases final list By IAN M.KAUKUI MORE than 359,000 people have registered to vote in this year’s national election. That’s according to chief electoral officer Mose Saitala, when he announced the release of the final voter list on Wednesday. “Overall the list of electors has increased from 287,567 voters in 2014 to 359,690 in…

Mua trial set to go

OUTGOING Member of Parliament for Savo/Russell, Dickson Mua, who faces one count of conversion, will be standing trial starting next week in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Mua will appear in court today for his final interim mention leading up to his trial, which will commence on January 21, which is only a week away. The…

VOTERS LIST ON THE WAY

SIEC sets to finalise national electoral roll By IAN M.KAUKUI VOTERS list for the upcoming national elections is expected to be finalised and approved tomorrow. That’s according to Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala. “My officers will try to get the voters final list onto our website this weekend,” Saitala told reporters, Wednesday. “So by next…

Be Happy Ministry discloses 2019 plan

HONIARA-BASED Be Happy Ministry says its aim this year is to raise funds to buy pots for the mountain people of east Kwaio. Ministry founder Mambo Fangaria relayed this to the Solomon Star. He said fundraisings will be conducted at the Fishing village market on Sundays. Fangaria said in the past years, he raised funds…

Looted boat emptied of its entire cargo

EYE-WITNESSES say a landing craft washed ashore in the Langalanga lagoon last week when it developed mechanical problem was looted of all its contents. Villagers stormed the boat after it rested on their shoreline. “All cargoes and valuables were removed,” an eye-witness told the Solomon Star. “Nothing was left on board,” the eye-witness added. “As…

Search for missing trio scaled down

POLICE on Tuesday begun scaling down their search for three men who went missing on 31 December 2018 when the boat they’re travelling capsized outside Seghe in Marovo lagoon, Western Province. “The decision to scale down the police operation to search for the trio has been made on grounds that police and communities in Western…

SCHOOL RESULTS SOON

Ministry plans signing off, Friday By IAN M.KAUKUI SCHOOL results for forms threes and fives are expected to be published by the end of this week. Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) Acting Permanent Secretary James Bosamata confirmed this on Tuesday. Bosamata said as a practice, they will organise a signing off program…

Blackbird – a journey of honouring my ancestors

The tragedy and heartbreak of the “blackbirding” era has had a ripple effect all throughout the Pacific, yet it’s a history that remains largely under-acknowledged and unknown. By AMIE BATALIBASIWriting for SBS Television   THERE are some stories that never leave you – they exist in your waking thoughts, your dreams, your ancestry and your…

FLOOD TOLL SET TO RISE

Victims suffer loss of homes and food gardens By IAN M. KAUKUI  THE number of people affected by the current bad weather is expected to rise as more reports are being relayed to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). That’s according to NDMO’s third situational report released last night. So far, 23,708 people were reportedly…