Boso trial sets for five days

THE permanent secretary for the Ministry of Rural Development will stand trial in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court starting on 11 May. Selina Boso will be tried in a five-day hearing before the Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota. This is for the charge of one count of failure to furnish information or failure to produce document as…

Brothers face reduced charge of manslaughter

TWO brothers accused of killing a man at Papaho, Mbokonavera 4 Heights in Honiara, in early February will today take their pleas to the reduced charge of manslaughter. Police earlier charged William Ausolo Babasi and his younger brother Kevin Susui Babasi with the murder of Ronald Tonowane. Prosecution however, reduced the murder charge to that…

Mana’obafail to meet airline standard

Mana’oba airstrip in North Malaita does not meet the required standard to enable an aircraft to land. Solomon Airline Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Captain Ron Sumsum revealed this over the weekend when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing on Saturday. He highlighted that Mana’oba airstrip is not commissioned, therefore unworthy for any…

Sumsum: Suavanao can accommodate Dash-8

Suavanao is a commissioned airport that remains in the airline’s radar for further development because of its potential to boost tourism activities. Speaking before the Public Accounts Meeting (PAC) at the National Parliament conference room on Tuesday, Solomon Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Captain Ron Sumsum revealed that Suavanao in Isabel province is a key…

Maelanga: Gov’t must not fail the people’s budget

THE leader of the parliamentary Independent Group, Manasseh Maelanga has urged the government not to fail the people’s budget. He was speaking in parliament yesterday on the record $4.18 billion 2015 national budget, which Finance Minister Snyder Rini unveiled in parliament last week. Mr Maelanga stated that it is always his personal conviction that any…

MMF: gov’t must make clear its stand on West Papua

Outspoken pressure group, Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has strongly urged the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government to make clear its stand on the West Papuan issue. President, Charles Dausabea said, whilst MMF is very supportive of the government’s policy framework and its progressive works. “MMF wants the government to make clear its stand on…

Hou slams SIPA’s absence at PAC

Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Member of Parliament (MP) for South Malaita, has condemned the failure by the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) for not turning up in the PAC meeting summoned for their budget hearing. Rick Hou was speaking in the Parliament yesterday when presenting the PAC report on the 2015 Appropriation…

Vanuatu seeks Russian assistance with rebuild

RNZI – The Vanuatu government says it is pleased with Russia’s offer of assistance with the relief effort after cyclone Pam and says it has asked Russia to assist in the reconstruction phase of the recovery, RNZI reports. The Vanuatu foreign minister Sato Kilman who recently returned to Port Vila from Moscow says he hopes…

City clerk wants extension of LEAF program

HONIARA City Clerk has requested for the possible extension of the LEAF Program. LEAF stands for Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation for children. It is currently being undertaken on a two years program in the country. Charles Kelly made this call during the LEAF stakeholder’s workshop followed by the election of new LEAF committee at…

LEAF committee visits dump site

NEWLY appointed LEAF (Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation) committee conducted their first field trip to the Ranadi dump site, East Honiara yesterday. The committee was led by the Vice Chairman of Solomon Islands LEAF committee, Nelson Manepora of Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB). The new committee was appointed during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the…