Sub-regional hub needed to tackle child labour

Child labour and trafficking is a cross-cutting issue in the Pacific Islands that needs a sub-regional hub to seriously look into and find ways of addressing the issue. International Labour Organisation sub-regional director David Lamotte highlighted this at the close of an ILO sub-regional Child Labour and Trafficking in Nadi, Fiji, Friday.  “We all want…

Media urged to be sensitive on children’s issues

Suva-based director of the Sub-regional International Labour Organisation (ILO) David Lamotte has urged the Pacific media to be sensitive when reporting on issues concerning children. He made the reminder at an ILO workshop on children labour and trafficking that ended at Nadi, Fiji, Friday. Lamotte highlighted this following newspaper reports in Fiji on a female…

Local support for West Papua gaining force

A West Papua independence leader was in the country for the past week rallying support for his home country to be part of the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG). Octovianus Mote, an exiled West Papuan who now lives in the United States, is the general secretary of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). The…

New footage shows Indonesia atrocities

New video footage showing the bloody aftermath of the Paniai massacre in West Papua highlights the urgent need for Indonesia to hold an independent and transparent investigation into the tragedy, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG). In December 2014, four unarmed Papuan teenagers were killed and 17 more Papuans were injured when the Indonesian army…

Except for one thing

Water woes for Kobito residents   Residents of Kobito 1, 2, and 3 and Gilbert Camp on the outskirts of east Honiara have almost everything basic things they need in life. Except for one important commodity – clean piped water in their homes. This is not a new problem though. Handy Saelea, 27, a resident…

Respect our police

Public urged to be sincere when reporting rape cases  THE public is urged to respect the work of police and stop abusing the services of the law enforcement institution. Director of Public Prosecutor Ronald Bei Talasasa issued the warning yesterday in light of the latest acquittal of a rape accused after the alleged victim decided…

Officials visit crime scene

A HIGH Court judge, court officials, prosecutors, defence lawyers, and the accused visited a murder crime scene outside of the Honiara Central Market in the early hours of Friday. The visit, taken under tight security, was made between 2am and 3.30am. It was part of the proceedings of a murder trial in which four men…

Juvenile jailed for 6 months over arson

A JUVENILE who burnt down the house of an elderly man over the issue of sorcery in Guadalcanal in 2013 has been sentenced on Friday to six months imprisonment. The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with two counts, one of his is wilful and unlawful destruction and another is…

Manaoba faces water shortage

RESIDENTS of Manaoba island in north Malaita are reportedly face acute water shortage. A villager Basil Mouraiasi told the Solomon Star the long dry spell for the last two months resulted in the situation. “At the moment, the wells and water tanks have dried up,” Mr Mouraiasi said. “People now have to paddle to the…

Gov’t plans to set up ICAC by next year

THE government intends to get the proposed Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) functional by 2016. This was revealed when a delegation from the Prime Minister’s Office appeared recently before the Pacific Accounts Committee. PAC members grilled the delegation about the proposal. The Government recently announced the intention as part of its efforts to fight corruption…