Police say domestic violence increasing

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has recorded an increase in family domestic violence around the country. Statistics showed more than 400 cases were recorded in 2014. From January to August this year, the cases have increased to more than 500, the police media unit said. “These statistics come as a result of the…

Malaita pursues ‘sovereignty’

MALAITA Province has appointed a special select committee to pursue its intention to become a “sovereign nation”. Premier Peter Ramohia revealed this on Friday. He said the move followed the announcement he made last month of “the intention to declare a sovereign nation of Malaita”. Mr Ramohia said the taskforce has been assigned to draw…

CDO discourages hand-out mentality

CONSTITUENCY  Development Officer (CDO) for Ulawa Ughi  Alvin  Brian Pelu  has strongly condemned what he described as the cargo-cult mentality whereby constituents expect  their respective members of Parliament to provide free handout of cash ,food and  wealth materials to them. Mr Pehu blamed former and some current members of parliament for initiating such cult mentality.…

MID sets to finalise consultation

THE Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) is in its final stages of consultation with all its stakeholders on the proposed Infrastructure Management Bill. Director CPIU, Harry Rini says, “a team of consultants has travelled to all nine provinces holding consultations on the proposed new law which will effect a lot of changes in the…

PS clarifies delay to highway project

NEWLY appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development Henry Murray says a number of agreements need to be finalised before work on the Kukum Highway Project starts.  “There are a number of binding agreements relating to this project with relevant companies and owners of land along the road that need to be sorted…

New CSSI officers urged to perform

COMMISSIONER of Correctional Services Solomon Islands, Francis Haisoma had encouraged newly graduated correctional services officers to perform to professional standards when they take up official duties following their graduation. The CSSI Commissioner made the call during a graduation ceremony of 20 new correctional services officers. “I encourage you to embrace your carrier professionally. “You represent…

Addressing unwanted pregnancies

A FAMILY Support Centre (FSC) advocator says the tragedy relating to killing of innocent babies is an issue that must be addressed in our homes. Hendricks Barai was responding to recent discoveries of dead babies in Honiara. Mr Barai said this is a huge problem that the community tends to ignore.  “It’s not a government…

Japan assists Panarui School

JAPAN is building new classrooms and staff houses for Panarui School in Choiseul at a total funding of $589,929.75. The funding was handed over to the school authority on Thursday in Honiara. “This project aims to provide better learning environment for the children of Panarui community,” Japanese ambassador Kenichi Kimiya said during the hand-over ceremony.…

Tsunami warning lifted after Chile earthquake

THE National Emergency Operations Centre in Honiara on Thursday night cancelled the tsunami warning it issued earlier that day. The centre said based on the latest information and tsunami threat re-assessment, all the Tsunami Watch advices that for Temotu had already being cancelled by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services It said people near the coast…