World-class Eye Centre opens its doors

The Honiara-based Regional Eye Centre launches Wednesday morning in a special ceremony presided over by the Honourable Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The Centre will provide free eye care to all Solomon Islanders and act as a regional training hub for visiting eye care professionals. The Centre represents a partnership between the governments of Solomon Islands…

HCC Environmental office ransacked

The office of the Environmental Health department of the Honiara City Council has been robbed. It has been revealed that the incident happen at the early hours of Tuesday morning between 0330 to 0425hrs. A statement from the Law Enforcement Division states that an officer on duty discovered the incident but it was too late.…

Opposition unmoved by explanation

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group says the response by the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) has failed to explain why the National Disaster Management Office (NMDO) submission was not considered by the Government. In a statement yesterday, the Parliamentary Opposition said the fact that NDMO as the legitimate body was by-passed and funds…

Provincial delegation updated on projects

A combined delegation from the from Malaita and Guadalcanal Provincial Governments held a meeting early this week with the Prime Minister  Manasseh Sogavare at the Prime Minister’s Office to be updated on the progress of major national projects in those two provinces. During the meeting Mr Sogavare assured the premiers that the government was only…

Lawyer ordered to appear in court

Lawyer representing the man accused of attacking a Renbel Chief at the Kingsley Food bar last year has been ordered to appear in court on July 28. This is so that he can confirm to the court on the form of preliminary inquiry his client prefer. George Gray of Public Solicitor’s Office who represents Frank…

Court clarifies decision to issue certificate

The Central Magistrate Court in Honiara has stated that the Certificate of No Appeal issued for Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) tenement on West Rennell is done according to the Act. Speaking to the Solomon Star yesterday, an officer from the Central Magistrate who wants his name withheld said, that the decision to give APID…

Judgement date set for attempted rape accused

A man standing a one day trial for attempted rape in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court will know his fate on August 18. During the trial on Tuesday, prosecution called three witnesses including the alleged victim in the hearing before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo. The accused, David Oigau did not call any witnesses during…

Father faces rape charge

Prosecution has confirmed they will be proceeding with the rape charge against a man who allegedly raped his daughter this year at a plantation in East Guadalcanal. The 65-year-old father who cannot be named to protect the identity of his 15 year-old daughter has been initially charged with one count of rape and another count…

Landowners demand answers

Disgruntled landowners of West Rennell are demanding answers while rubbishing claims that a 90-days notice was served for grieving parties to make an appeal to the Customary Land Appeal Court (CLAC) over the registered tenement (land) by APID for mining operation. This came after government appointed lands acquisition officer Penrose Palmer and APID land coordinator…