URGENT PROBE!

PM orders investigation into Rennell logging violence PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has reportedly ordered an urgent investigation into the deepening violence-related logging operations in West Rennell, Renbel Province. This followed a briefing by the Peace and Reconciliation Committee after it was approached by landowners who feared the situation on West Rennell could ignite a repeat…

Case referred to authorities

Malaita Provincial government’s illegal borrowing has been referred to relevant authorities for investigation. The referral was made by a group of Malaitans who investigated the matter in the wake of the scandal. The provincial executive under the leadership of Premier Peter Ramohia has illegally borrowed more than $5 million from businessmen, some of them members…

Patients diagnosed with Meningitis

A rare and deadly disease has been discovered in the Atori area of east Malaita last week. Dr Chellion Evan of Atoifi Hospital told the Sunday Star that five patients have been diagnosed with Meningitis. “Meningitis is a rare disease, but we’ve found five cases here with villagers of Atori,” Evan said. “The five patients…

SINU stands ground

No intention to give away Panatina Campus to USP THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) has no intention of giving away its “national status” to the University of the South Pacific (USP). SINU’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Basil Shelton Marasinghe stated this. He was responding to recent calls for SINU to allow USP’s proposed 4th…

ATM robbery trial yet to start

TRIAL did not commence on Firday on the case of two men accused of the robbery of the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) at the Kwaimani Building, East Honiara in 2014. The prosecutor in carriage of this matter is engaged in another hearing in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court and therefore could not attend to this matter. Principal…

Baby killed by the sea

Police charge girl with murder AN 18-year-old girl accused of the murder of her new born baby in 2015 will be appearing again at the Honiara Magistrate’s Court again on September 29. The girl fronted the court on Thursday for the mention of her matter and was further remanded in custody. The alleged incident occurred during…

PORTS $16M INVESTMENT

SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) yesterday commissioned three container cranes worth $16million in Honiara on Tuesday. The 45 ton Kalma reach stackers full container handler was bought from Australia. Kalma officials, SIPA’s chief executive officer, Michael Wate, legal officer Charles Ashley, director engineering, Ronald Ivupitu, chairman of SIPA board Billy Titiulu and staff have witnessed…

MP threatened

Leaders must be protected, a leader’s plea A Member of Parliament (MP) of the ruling Democratic Coalition for Change Government was threatened over the weekend by thugs at the Gilbert Camp area, East Honiara. The MP who does not want to be identified, was traveling with his family to attend Church on Sunday. The alleged…

Gov’t pledges to work with Catholics

The Government has pledged to work together with the newly installed Catholic archbishop, the Most Reverend Christopher Michael Cardone Op. Archbishop Cardone, who was installed last Saturday at the Holy Cross Cathedral, was the third archbishop of Honiara. “I want to commit the partnership of the government of Solomon Islands to your service,” government rep…

Raising literacy

READ SI – Never gives up! DETERMINED to raise literacy and improve living standards in the country, READ SI is a committed NGO and also one of the newest in the nation. It was started at the end of 2014 by Joyce Boykin, a former teacher at KG VI, Woodford International School and USP. Joyce…