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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017


Applause for CIP

DEAR EDITOR, I for one on behalf of the people of CIP wish to thank the CIP provincial government under the leadership of the current Hon. Premier Patrick Vasuni for what they have done in Tulagi. Tulagi town will have its first ever public toilet to complete soon and this will address sanitation problem faced by Tulagi citizens, market vendors, visitors and tourists. The people of CIP hope to see more projects and funds flows into central island province to develop and improve Tulagi town. All we need is transparency,Read More

Former financial controller to enter plea on next appearance

CASE against a former financial controller within the Ministry of Police will appear again in court on April 17 for arraignment. The former senior government officer was accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $800,000 of public funds through dishonest tender processes. Steven Jude Otto faces 11 counts of official corruption. The prosecution alleged that Mr Oto was the first public officer to have been arrested by the Taskforce Janus, he was the Financial Controller within the Ministry of Police and Correctional Services as well as a member of the ministry’sRead More

SI attends Asia Pacific regional non-proliferation treaty dialogue

SOLOMON Islands was among twenty six Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) State Parties from the Asia Pacific region that attended a Regional Dialogue and Consultation on the Non Proliferation Treaty under the theme “Towards the PrepCom 2017” in Indonesia last week. Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Mr William Soaki represented the country at that meeting which was co-hosted by the Republic of Indonesia and the Netherlands from March 13 to 14. The Dialogue and Consultations were held in the context of preparations for the First PreparatoryRead More

Ministry of Health launches treatment manual for health workers

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services launched the 4th edition of the Paediatric Standard Treatment Manual on Friday March 17 in Honiara. The manual provides important guidelines on the treatment of children and newborns with diseases that occur commonly in Solomon Islands. The Standard Treatment Manual is the most widely used paediatric reference in the country, and is used at all levels of the health system. Speaking at the launch, Under Secretary of Health Care, Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Dr Gregory Jilini, acknowledged the effort andRead More

Search continues for missing boy in West

GIZO Operations officers and Ringi Police have stepped up their search for a missing 16-year-old boy who went missing on Friday after an incident at sea. Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Vincent Eria yesterday called on the general public to help police search for the missing boy who had been involved in a boat collision outside the Kukudu Adventist School on Kolombangara Island on Friday. PPC Eria said the search continues but police and locals haven’t identified yet the current position of the missing boy. He said he is aware thatRead More

Makira-Ulawa provincial gov’t overcomes storm

POLITICAL moves to destabilize the Siapu-led government of the People for Change and Advancement (GPCA) in Makira Ulawa Province by Hon Martin Karani is squashed. Hon Martin Karani and his cohorts tried to topple the Siapu-led government on March 7 by trying to move a motion of no-confidence in the upcoming Provincial Assembly with allegations that the Siapu-led government has been misusing, misappropriating funds and corruption while in office. The speaker of the Provincial Assembly Mr Reginald Nunu turned down the request as there was nothing to substantiate the allegationsRead More

Sumitomo explains contempt of Court allegations

THE Sumitomo Mining Company – SMM Solomon Ltd (Sumitomo) says it is not guilty of being in contempt of High Court Order, mentioned in an article carried by this paper last week. The statement is in response to questions asking the legality of Sumitomo for their alleged contempt of High Court Order as mentioned. Spokesman for the office recently told this paper that this issue is a very interesting one especially for their office when looking at the process from which the argument came about. “The person said ‘Contempt ofRead More

Growing population predicted to impact SIWA’s water supply and wastewater system

IT is predicted in 30 years the increased population of Solomon Islands will have significant impact on current water supply and wastewater system. In compiling Solomon Water’s report for a 30-year strategic plan, Honiara’s projected population of 105,000 by 2017 will have significant impact to water supply and wastewater system. Solomon Water’s General Manager, Mr Ian Gooden said the population served by Solomon Water in Honiara and surrounding villages is projected to increase to approximately 295,000 by 2047. Mr Gooden said the increase is driven by migration from rural communitiesRead More

Women suffer in search of health service

WOMEN of Huali nearby communities in Isabel continue to face difficulties in search of health and medical service. Poro Clinic is the only one that provides health and medical service to Huali and surrounding communities within Tatamba Ward but the journey to Poro Clinic is an estimated 18.45km or 11.5 miles. During bad weather, women risk their lives to get medical services. This paper witnessed a boat loaded with pregnant women heading to Poro Clinic early this month as part of their daily health check. “We depend on the weatherRead More

Solomon Airlines resumes Santa Cruz services

SOLOMON Airlines has recommenced full operation of its Honiara-Santa Cruz services. The resumption of flights follows the airline’s decision to suspend its twice-weekly service on March 14 citing land dispute issues. A Solomon Airlines spokesperson said the decision to resume the flights followed the receipt of letters from both the Santa Cruz landowners and the Santa Cruz Police advising the landowners were keen to see a full resumption of air services as soon as possible. The Santa Cruz Police has also guaranteed security on the ground for the safe operationRead More