“No need to change relationship’

A national politician says there’s no point changing the diplomatic relationship from Taiwan to mainland China if leaders continue to abuse funds. This came after critics claimed the constituency funds given by Taiwan to politicians does not to improve the livelihood of people in the rural areas as MPs allegedly miss-used them. MP for Temotu…

Auki police retrieves gun, arrests three

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) officers in Auki, Malaita, with the support of the Honiara based Police Response Team (PRT), have arrested three male suspects and retrieved one fire arm over the weekend. This was in relation to the incident at Taba’a in North Malaita late last week, where a man forced bridge…

Shamed mayor faces vote

Fatai pleads guilty to attempted bribery EMBATTLED city mayor Alfrence Fatai has admitted attempting to bribe a police officer who arrested him over traffic offences. He pleaded guilty to the attempted bribery charge – just weeks after he admitted driving without a valid driver’s licence and drunk driving, for which he was fined $2,000. Private…

Traffic jam affects intake

THE continuous chaotic traffic congestion experience in Honiara has irked public transport owners as it cuts their expected daily earning. A bus owner spoken to said that the non-stop chaotic traffic jam in town has put them in difficult situation in terms of their business gain. “It’s incredible that at the end of the day…

SINU imposes strict fee deadlines

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) is taking another step to ensure student pay fees on time, by imposing a deadline. A statement from SINU said they are doing away with the leniency and will adopt the new regulation to ensure fees are paid on the required time. “SINU has installed a new Student Management…

Leprosy no longer a threat here

Leprosy disease is no longer an issue for the Solomon Islands, an Advocacy Facilitator for Leprosy disease within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) says. Speaking during a health consultation meeting this week, Oliver Merpirla said Solomon Islands was taken off the red list since 1995. “Solomon Islands was listed as a leprosy…

Mother wants answers from police

MOTHER of late David Morton Sireheti Saemala (23), who died in police custody at the Central Police Station Watch House Cell on Monday 27th June, is seeking justice for his son. In a letter to media yesterday, May Saemala said she was not convinced by the statement by the Prime Minister to the Nation –…

$1.6M Trip

THE current trip to Taiwan by a 16-member government delegation is costing tax-payers more than $1.6million. This was revealed in a report obtained by the paper yesterday from sources close to the Ministry of Finance. This came after concerns were raised by the huge number of officials and the likely cost involved in the trip.…