In court with Assumpta Buchanan

Prosecution set to close murder case PROSECUTION is about to close its case on the trial conducted on the case of a young man facing the murder of another young man in the Short Islands, Western Province, in 2015. Martin Rapena is standing trial for one count of murder in relation to an allegation in…

Parliament update with Deli Oso

PM further adjourns Parliament Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Monday further adjourned Parliament to give ample time to the government to look through the 2018 Budget. When moving the motion for the special adjournment of parliament to Monday 30 October, the Prime Minister said the government is still tidying up the budget for 2018 and…

Elder: Temotu suffered sea level rise

A VILLAGE elder in Temotu has called on responsible authorities to address the root causes of climate change and sea level rise. The elder made the call during the Environment and Conservation Inquiry in the province recently. Before contributing to the inquiry, the elder asked what creates or instigates sea level rise, the length of…

More tuna exports this year

The joint venture between Taiwanese Global Fisheries Limited and local Solfish Company has produced significant economic impacts in the country. This year they export more than 50 reefer containers to overseas markets. Global Fisheries Executive Officer Jack Chi Tien-I in an email sent to this paper on Tuesday said there tuna exports this year have…

Land disputes halt police plan for Maka

THE deteriorating state of the Maka Police Post in the southern region of Malaita province will only be solve if land dispute in the area is addressed. The run down facilities at Maka has hindered policing in that region, preventing more officers from being posted to the station. According to the Malaita Provincial Police Commander…

TRIAL ENDS

Fugitive’s case conducted in closed court By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN A CLOSED court eight-month trial of former fugitive and high profile murder accused Edmond Sae ended in the High Court this month. Accused of gunning down former police commissioner Sir Fredrick Soaki in 2003, Sae has evaded arrest for over 12 years until in 2015 when…

SI and UAE sign visa waiver arrangement

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Honourable George Milner Tozaka and his counterpart, Her Royal Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that paves the way for visa free entry into each other’s countries by the respective passport…

Marau ends provincial population dissemination and data workshop

The Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently held a Population and Development Workshop in Marau, Guadalcanal Province. A total of 25 participants who attended the 3 day workshop from 26-28 September were employed as provincial government officers, head teachers, non-government organization, youth and…

Boy,10, stabbed to death

POLICE in Honiara on Tuesday arrested a 35-year-old male in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy in the West Kola Ridge area. It is alleged that the deceased was playing with other kids of his age outside his parents’ home between 9 amto 10am when the male suspect appeared with a knife and…

Police monitor volcano eruption

POLICE at Lata in the Temotu Province are monitoring the situation in the province after the Tinakula volcano erupted on Saturday 21 October with the wind carrying ash to the nearby islands. “Police successfully rescued three people from Tinakula after receiving a report in the early hours of Saturday that the volcano had erupted,” Provincial…