PM Sogavare addresses UN General Assembly

UN urged to give Taiwan a chance THE United Nations General Assembly has been challenged to give Taiwan and its 23 million people a chance to self-determination. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare uttered this at the United Nations General Assembly 72nd session in New York, last Saturday. “The UN is contradicting the preamble of its own…

BLUE BOAT CLARIFIED

Two destroyed, one held for study purposes By AATAI JOHN ONE of the three blue boats being ordered to be destroyed has been held for study purposes. That’s according the Director of Fisheries Edward Honiwala. Mr Honiwala said this was to allow the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to do some work to enable satellite detection…

TOP COP’S SON PROBED

A young Police Constable Moffat Manelusi is under investigation for allegedly using a G-plated RSIPF land cruiser for a drinking spree. Manelusi is believed to be the son of the Deputy Commissioner Operations of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RISPF) Gabriel Manelusi. Reports said, the police were tipped and started tracking down the young…

In Court With Assumpta Buchanan

Rape accused to take their pleas A COUPLE accused of working together to rape a girl at Gela, Central Province, will take their pleas this week. This was after the court was informed that George Solopoto, and wife Elizabeth Koka are now armed with lawyers. They were previously without lawyers. Having confirmed that the two…

Technicality delays Murray taking plea

TECHNICAL issues have been raised on Friday on the case of the suspended Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development Henry Murray and his wife, preventing them from taking their pleas. Murray and his wife, who were accused of defrauding the government of more than $1.1 million, were to enter their pleas on Friday.…

First Miss Guadalcanal crowned

THE organising committee for Miss Guadalcanal Pageant program on Wednesday 20th September 2017 has successfully selected a candidate to represent Guadalcanal Province in the upcoming Miss Solomon Islands Pageant 2017. The successful candidate is 21-year-old Gladys Veronica Vasuni. Miss Vasauni snatched the Miss Guadalcanal crown from two other finalists in the first ever provincial pageant…

POLICE CHARGE AIPIA

Doctor accused of starting illegal beche-de-mer farm By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN POLICE on Thursday charged medical practioner Dr Reginald Aipia and his American business consultant over their alleged illegal beche-de-mer farming in the Ontong Java atolls, Malaita Outer Islands. The pair appeared in the Honiara Magistrate Court yesterday on two counts each of engaging in commercial…

Constituency takes delivery of road equipment

NORTH Guadalcanal Constituency (NGC) has finally taken delivery of heavy plant equipment from the government yesterday to help with its road infrastructure development. A ceremony to officially hand over and dedicate those machineries was held at the Pitukoli village in North Guadalcanal. The machines include three dump trucks and one excavator. “This is to help…

Why fisheries reject Aipia’s project

UNDER Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Ferral Lasi on Wednesday explained the reason why they disallowed Dr Aipia’s beche-de-mer project, saying the species is regulated through a ban. He said the letter of endorsement from the Minister back in 2014 to Dr Aipia and his business partner is not equivalent to…