PM meets new Japanese envoy

Prime Minister Hon. Rick Houenipwela early this week met with the newly appointed Ambassador of Japan to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Shigeru Toyama. This was during a courtesy call to the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In his statement to the Prime Minister, His Excellency Shigeru took the opportunity to express his ‘deepest…

DSE: we are not part of West Papua trip

DEVELOPMENT Service Exchange (DSE) has rejected claims that it is “officially represented” in a government delegation that visited West Papua last week. The delegation, led by the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister, John Usuramo, included chairman of DSE Inia Barry and other civil society activists. But DSE, the peak body…

CHOGM 2018 a success

* Hou: CHOGM 2018 a success* Prince Charles eyes visit here* PM returns with more positives   THE 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London is a “success”, Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela declared on arrival last Friday. Mr Houenipwela and Minister for Foreign Affair and External Trade Minister Milner Tozaka led the country’s delegation to…

Varley calls for special protection of children

CHILDREN deserve a special level of protection from community leaders and community groups, says Police Commissioner Matthew Varley. Mr Varley made this comment following the recent alleged rape incident that happened at Sikaiana Island in the Malaita Outer Islands (MOI) on two 13-year-old girls “Sexual assault against any person, young girls or grown women is…

New Japanese envoy presents credentials

NEWLY appointed Ambassador of Japan to Solomon Islands, Shigeru Toyama has presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Frank Kabui at the Government House last Friday. Mr Toyama conveyed cordial greetings from his Majesty the Emperor of Japan with desires to maintain and promote the friendship and goodwill which happily exist between Japan and Solomon…

GUILTY AS CHARGED

·      Court finds former permanent secretary Henry Murray guilty of 11 counts of official corruption ·      He defrauded the government of $700,000 ·      Murray’s wife Rose acquitted of 16 counts of false pretence and was set free ·      Murray will be sentenced at a later date By…

60-yr-old arrested in Temotu for alleged rape

    Police at Lata in Temotu Province have arrested a 60-year-old man from Naban Village on Santa Cruz Island on 12 April 2018 for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl from the same village on four separate occasions in 2017. Provincial Criminal Investigation Officer (PCIO), Sergeant Ezekiel Menoia said, “Police here at the…

DEAL TO RESTORE ANUHA

ANY plan to redevelop the once beautiful island resort of Anuha in the Central Islands Province can proceed if the national government says sorry and compensate for the damages caused to the resort. That’s according to the Dutch man who holds the Irrevocable Power of Attorney (IPA) over the island. Speaking to the Solomon Star…

NO TURNING BACK

  …PM says Pacific Games must go ahead By CHARLES KADAMANA   THE Government has secured land for the construction of facilities to host the 2023 Pacific Games in the country. This follows the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Cabinet Sub-Committee, the government and key stakeholders at the Prime Minister office on…

MACFest event outline now online

The main program for the upcoming 6th Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival (MACFest) is now available online to get a glimpse of what the festival will be like. The National Organising Committee (NOC) has released the program and is encouraging the public to view the main festival programme online. The programme with information on participating…