Inmate’s death in Gizo probed

Police at Gizo in Western Province is investigating the sudden death of a 30-year-old male inmate at the Correctional Services Solomon Islands (CSSI) Centre at Malakerava on Tuesday, 24 July 2018. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Chief Superintendent, Mathias Lenialu, said it is alleged that the deceased complained of a chest pain but shortly after he…

Bill encourages development

THE Strata Titles Bill 2017 do not only benefit developers and those people lucky enough to own their Fixed Term Estates, but encourages development. Minister of Lands, Housing and Survey, Andrew Manepora, confirmed this when he tabled the Bill in the second reading in Parliament on Tuesday. Manepora said the legislation is seen as a…

EU envoy farewell visit to PM

THE outgoing European Union (EU) Ambassador, Leonidas Tezapsidis, has paid a farewell courtesy call to prime minister, Rick Hou, Wednesday. Mr Tezapsidis during the visit explained the reasons behind the EU’s repositioning in the Pacific region. He said the pacific region is diverse and EU feels it is more strategic to be operating from a…

Tran’s drug assistance lauded

THE Honiara City Council (HCC) has thanked the Member for West Honiara Constituency, Namson Tran, for his kind heart in donating much needed drugs and medication supply to its three wards’ clinics in West Honiara. Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Deputy Mayor Eddie Ngava thanked the West Honiara MP for his general donations. “The…

CORRUPTION BILL PASSED

THE cries of the people of Solomon Islands have been heard when the much awaited Anti-Corruption Bill (ACB) 2017 was passed after its third reading in the parliament, Wednesday. The bill came under very heavy scrutiny for three days from both sides of the house, including the members of the Independent side. Prime minister Rick…

Call to post forestry officer in Renbel

THE Renbel provincial government must immediately request the Ministry of Forestry to post a forestry officer to the province. A local citizen and elder of West Rennell, Jimmy Puia, expressed his desire about the urgency to have a forestry officer posted at the province. “In the light of Bintan Mining operation expanding to other wards…

East road in bad state

THE current bad state of the east road in Malaita province has deprived the normal transport services for the people of east Malaita. This has caused transport difficulties experienced by farmers and the traveling public to and from the eastern region of Malaita. An east Malaita man, Jerry Simiga, has expressed the deteriorating condition of…

By-laws to govern strata development

MINISTER of Lands, Housing and Survey, Andrew Manepora, says every strata development will be governed by its own by-laws, which will regulate how the complex will be managed. Speaking during the second reading of the Bill in Parliament, Tuesday, Manepora said the strata lot owners will together agree to these by laws and will elect…

Sikua’s trial continues Wednesday

The Crown’s case on the trial of the former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Edmond Sikua, is nearing completion. Prosecution is now calling its 12th witness, leaving only three more witnesses to be called before closing their case. This was after they reduced the number of witnesses from…