New Renbel boat commissioned

SHIPPING difficulties experienced by Rennell and Bellona Province people over the years may now be over. This followed the commissioning of their newly purchased ship at the Point Cruz wharf in Honiara on Sunday. The vessel, MV Avaikimaine, was bought from Japan using funds the province secured under the government’s National Transport and Infrastructure grant.…

East Makira advances in govt’s RWASH program

GCU: East Makira Constituency has stepped up its focus on advancing the national government’s RWASH programme in its rural communities through the use of its ROC (Republic of China) component of its Rural Constituency Development Funds (RCDF). Under the East Makira Constituency’s rural constituency development strategic plans for 2015 – 2018 devised by the Constituency…

PARTY GEARS UP FOR ELECTION

WITH the 2018 national general election (NGE) fast approaching the Democratic Alliance Party (DAP) has kicked off its preparation work. A statement from the Opposition Office said, the Party on Saturday night held a corporate fundraiser at the Honiara Hotel. The occasion was used to present the Party’s standards and manifesto to business houses, it…

Safe Boat Operation starts Thursday

AUKI Police will commence its ‘Safe Boat Operation’ on Thursday. Speaking to Solomon Star, Malaita Province acting provincial police commander Timothy Apaisi said as of December 1st police will start inspecting ships arriving in Auki from Honiara. He said Auki Police will be patrolling Auki Wharf for intoxicated passengers travelling onboard the ships. Last week…

Man who assaults wife on bond

A man who was charged under the Family Protection Act (FPA) for assaulting his wife has been placed on a 12 year bond on Monday. This was after David Daivo pleaded guilty to punching his wife on her face, head and ear with his right closed fist. He was charged with domestic violence – physical…

Man guilty of trespassing

A man has been given a bound over sentence on Monday after pleading guilty to trespassing at night into another house at Tinge, West Honiara. Allen Poukodo initially denied the charges but decided to change his plea yesterday because he does not have a lawyer to represent him. Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo before handing…

SIPA imposes time out on ships berthing

SHIPS berthing at the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) domestic wharf will depend on their loading and unloading. SIPA security supervisor Jayton Mae said this is a new time out measure  that became effective as of Monday last week. According to Mr Mae, it means that as soon as a ship’s loading or unloading is…

Date fixed for Auki murder case

The court has on Monday fixed a tentative date to hear the defence case in relation to the case of the four men accused of the murder of a man in Auki in Malaita province last year. Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo set down a one week hearing for the long form preliminary inquiry commencing…

HEFTY PAYOUT

A ONE day timber rights hearing recently held in Santa Cruz, Temotu province has costed $236,000 in allowance payment which was described as the most expensive hearing ever held in the province. A source close to the ministry of forestry in Lata claimed officers and provincial executive members of the Temotu provicial government received between…

CDF ACT PLAN

The government through the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) plans to implement the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Act before its term ends. The Ministry of Rural Development permanent secretary, Selina Boso revealed this when she appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Parliament on Sunday. The PAC had scrutinsed the $3.9 billion budget. Boso…