SWM participants visit prime sites

Counterpart participants from Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu attending the three days Solid Waste Management (SWM) workshop under J-PRISM sponsored for JICA yesterday visited prime sites in Honiara. Sites visited included St. Nicholas dchool, Panatina Valley Community and Ranadi landfill or dump site. The field trip to these sites was part of the…

SISA’s help attempt fails, students return

ATTEMPTS by the Solomon Islands Students Association’s (SISA) executive to help terminated students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) has failed. This was after the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) Dr Franco Rodie stood by National Training Committee’s (NTC) decision to terminate the students.…

CNMI counts costs for Soudelor damage

RNZI: The cost of the devastation exacted by typhoon Soudelor in the Northern Marianas is expected to exceed $US20 million. The typhoon battered the Northern Marianas on Sunday night, damaging homes and infrastructure across the island. The Red Cross says there are 545 people in emergency shelters due to damage to their homes, loss of…

$2,000 bribe exposed

A MAGISTRATE Court official on Wednesday exposed a $2,000 cash bribe he was offered to alter court records. Jimmy Hanahunu, who is responsible for civil cases, decided to go public with the case to send a message to the community that bribery is a crime that officials like him will not tolerate. “This landowner from…

City clerk explains road license cost

The yearly $800 road license for public transports caters for them to travel freely both within and outside of the city boundaries. The Honiara City Clerk made the clarification in relation to questions raised by local bus owners who said the current road licence fee is too much for them. He said the increase road…

Prosecution to inform court on plea bargain

Prosecution will be informing the court on its position in relation to a plea bargain offer from the defence counsel in relation to a fraud case. Eddie Vaurou was charged with 24 counts of forgery of certain documents with intent to defraud. Henry Kausimae of Public Solicitor’s Office who represented Vaurou on Wednesday told the…

Alleged attackers deny action

A WOMAN and her two relatives accused of attacking the woman’s husband resulting in an eye injury in May, have denied the allegations, Wednesday. Rachael Roko, 28, Lionel Aenasi 32, and Michael Malefo, 22, have pleaded not guilty to the charges of grievous harm and demanding money with menaces. After entering their pleas, a bail…

Arsonist jailed

A man who burnt down a house last year at a village in Guadalcanal Province has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, Wednesday. Severo Koltoghe, 30, of Guadalcanal pleaded guilty to one count of escaping lawful custody and was found guilty after a trial for the charge of arson. Principal Magistrate Ricky Iomea in…

Hopes to reopen Gwaunaru’u airport dashes

MAINTENANCE work has been completed and Aviation already declared Gwaunaru’u airport safe to received flights after an inspection, but all those efforts were in vain when landowners refused to sign the reviewed Memorandum of Understanding with the Government and Malaita Provincial Government on Tuesday this week. Malaita premier Peter Ramohia said the delegation of landowners…