MALAYSIAN CHARGED

First human trafficking case goes before court A MALAYSIAN national has been remanded in custody on Tuesday afternoon at the Honiara Magistrates’ Court, facing a charge of human trafficking. It’s believed this is the first human trafficking case to go before the courts. Wong Thein Seng was charged under section 77 of the Immigration Act…

PM LIED, SAYS MANELE

·      Government used its number to withdraw Anti-Corruption Bill ·      Opposition described the decision a “disgrace” ·      Members of public condemned decision ·      Decision shows Sogavare’s hypocrisy GOVERNMENT decision to withdraw the Anti-Corruption Bill is a total disgrace, Opposition leader Jeremiah Manele says. “It’s a disgrace to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s expressed commitment to see…

RSIPF Commissioner meets Secretary-General of Interpol

RSIPF Commissioner Matthew Varley today met with the Secretary-General of Interpol, Mr Jurgen Stock at the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Conference in Guam. INTERPOL is the international police organisation designed to promote police cooperation against global crime. More than 190 countries are members of INTERPOL and currently Solomon Islands has submitted an application to…

Parliament faces further delay

PM to further adjourn parliament as political instability continues Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will further adjourn Parliament today as the political instability resulting from the recent major cabinet shakeup enters another week, a government insider says. He adjourned Parliament last week citing the visit of the President of the Asian Development Bank and the Public…

Priscilla needs your help

PRISCILLA is a young (31 yr old) mother, part Australian and part Solomon Islander, but she was brought up her whole life in the Solomon Islands. She has six children  – from 13 years down to 7 months old – and a husband back home.   She has recently been diagnosed with severe cancer of the…

Students showcase culture

A WEEK-LONG workshop of different countries concluded on Friday at Woodford International School in Honiara. “Yesterday was our big show when countries showcased what they had learnt throughout the week,” the coordinator of the program told this paper.   The activity is held every year.  Students are divided into groups to research information about various…

USP thanks ADB

VICE Chancellor of University of the South Pacific (USP) Professor Rajesh Chandra has thanked the Asia Development Bank (ADB) for making it possible for USP to build its new campus in Honiara. He was speaking during the ground breaking ceremony on Thursday. ADB president Takehiko Nakao was present during the official program. “We thank you…

Gov’t Postponement Irks Guests

Guests slam deferral of Tax Review Launch The Minister of Finance and Treasury Synder Rini’s decision to postpone the official launch of the Tax Review at Mendana Hotel on Friday morning without prior notice has angered most of his guests who are members of the private sector. Invited guests, mostly CEOs and senior managers of…

Dettke queries gov’t over tax-free request

MEMBER of Parliament for North West Guadalcanal Bodo Dettke has questioned the Government’s commitment to fulfilling its policy on rural economic development and empowerment. Mr Dettke said the DCC Government in its policy document expresses commitment to rural development and the empowerment of Solomon Islanders to participate in economic development and Prime Minister Sogavare has…

Huawei assures SI of cyber security

The international technology company which has been contracted to carry out the Solomon Islands undersea cable project stated cyber security is a top priority amidst security concerns from Australia. Huawei Technologies in an official statement released this week stated cyber security remains a top priority for the company. “Cyber security remains a top priority at…