Three accused told to get lawyers

Two men and a woman accused of breaking into a shop’s storage container, stealing soft drinks worth more than $200, 000 are still without lawyers. Charles Sanga and David Kereka yesterday told the court they have made requests to the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) but no one visited them as of yet. The third accused,…

Be Happy Ministry on the move

THE founder of the famous Be Happy Ministry Mambo Fangaria in Honiara says he will continue to dress the sick as part of his ministry. Last week he started by distributing clothes to the sick currently admitted at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara. The new initiative is part of his ongoing work to…

National Freshwater Aquaculture Centre re-opens in Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu – Vanuatu’s newly rehabilitated National Freshwater Aquaculture Centre which was severely damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam last year, was officially re-opened in Port Vila on Friday (8 July). The ceremony was attended by Vanuatu’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon Matai Seremaia; Minister for Infrastructure and Public Utility,…

Closed casino boss pleaded not guilty

The managing director of the closed down mini casino Cyber King has on Monday denied the allegations against him. Ting Kwong Hing entered not guilty pleas to the charges of unlawful commercial gaming and unlawful possession of instruments for gaming. His was charged under section 10 of the Gaming and Lotteries Act. The new mini…

MPs join parliamentary workshop in London

Two Members of the National Parliament have successfully participated in a workshop hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association United Kingdom (CPA UK), in London. The programme aimed to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of parliamentarians and parliamentary officials in the financial scrutiny and oversight of aid by both aid donors and recipient countries in order…

PIDF starts today

THE Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit is set to start today in Honiara, with a grand opening ceremony at the Lawson Tama Stadium, at 7am.  “Stewardship for Healthy Oceans & Nations” is the theme of the Leaders Summit. It will run starting today till tomorrow, at the Mendana Hotel According to the chair…

Plan to oust Temotu premier looms

The future of the current Temotu provincial premier Nelson Menale is uncertain following claims his leadership style no longer serves the interests of the province. His deputy Stanley Tehiahua has confirmed yesterday that his executive members plan to consult Menale to resign from the post as premier. Deputy Premier Tehiahua said if he refuses to…

Under-performed USP students to be recalled

GOVERNMENT sponsored students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala campus, who have failed more than half of their courses for the first semester, will return home. This was revealed to this paper by an executive member of the Solomon Islands Student Association (SISA) in Suva, Fiji. Solomon Islands Government (SIG) sponsored…

PM briefs Bainimarama on summit event

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his Fiji counterpart, Prime Minister rank Bainimarama were yesterday briefed on the programme for the 4th summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) which is set to begin in Honiara today. The 4th summit to be convened under the theme of ‘Stewardship for Health Oceans and Healthy Nations’ is…

Private sector trade show underway

The private sector mini trade show is now underway after it was officially opened on Monday. Deputy Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Peni Lomaloma officially unveiled the show at the Art Gallery in Honiara. Many local businesses including members of the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) are attending the show which…