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Friday, April 21st, 2017


Ola Fou conducts workshop for NZ scholarship opportunities

OLA Fou in Solomon Islands has started its annual programme to pick potential youth leaders for 12 scholarship awards under New Zealand Government. Ten apprentice youth workers from Honiara and Guadalcanal are undergoing a three-day workshop organised by Ola Fou at the SWIM compound this week. The programme is targeting aspiring youth workers from Malaita province, Western province, Honiara and Guadalcanal province for 15 months of certificate programme. In Malaita province 10 young people have already completed theirs, and in Honiara and Guadalcanal 10 are currently undergoing the workshop. TheRead More

Court grants bail variation for Minister Tome

CHIEF Magistrate John Numapo has granted a bail variation for the accused, Minister David Tome, to travel overseas for Government business from April 23 to May 1. Yesterday defence lawyer Michael Pitakaka made the application to vary the bail condition that stops the accused from leaving Honiara and Guadalcanal, and also its reporting condition also varied until he returned. The court was also told that disclosures of the case were also served to the defence. Minister David Tome will be part of the government delegation travelling to Taiwan on AprilRead More

Authorities advised to enforce control against tobacco interference

GOVERNMENT Ministries have been advised to enforce control measures against tobacco industry interference. Non communicable Disease (NCD) Director, Dr Geoffrey Kenilorea, who is the Country’s Tobacco Focal Point Coordinator, said Tobacco Industry interference has been as active and rife in the Solomon Islands. In an interview this week, Dr Kenilorea said the tobacco industry can get anywhere they can get into, but adds that the Ministry of Health no longer entertains them whenever they request a dialogue. “We would like to advise other ministries to do the same thing toRead More

Sorcery allegation claims man’s life

POLICE are investigating a death incident which occurred at the GPPOL area on April 15 this year. Supervising Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga said as a result of sorcery allegation a male person attack another male person which resulted in the victim’s death. She said the suspect has been arrested and will appear in the Magistrate court today. She thanks both parties for resolving the issue in their custom but she also urges those involved to allow police investigation to continue. On another separate incident, police are also investigating the woundingRead More

Hon Mewa criticised for comment in Parliament

MEMBER of Parliament for Temotu Nende has come under heavy criticism for his comment made in Parliament. Commenting on the reserve seat for women known as Temporary Special Measures (TSM) Agenda during the Sine Die Motion last week, Hon Cominis Mewa said women are meant to take care of homes looking after family affairs. “I still believe that women are ordained to take responsibility with home affairs. Only a woman can turn a building into a home. That is the reality. “Women are meant to look after our kids, prepareRead More

Second option ready if Bina Harbour project delays

MINISTER of Fisheries and Marine Resources says there is a second option pending if the proposed Bina Harbour Offshore Fishing Process project continues to delay. Member of Parliament for East Are’are Hon John Maneniaru said his Ministry is proposing a second option to divert funds meant for the Bina project to other proposed Mini-Cannery sites if work on Bina Harbour continues to delay. He said three sites have been identified for the establishment of Mini-Cannery Centres and they are Masupa in Malaita province, Tatamba in Isabel Province and Tulagi inRead More

Nothing new under the sun : Mr Mangalle

AN outreach was done yesterday at King George Sixth National Secondary school from representatives of the US embassy in Port Moresby. Their target were senior students and the aim of this outreach is to inform students about information and the prospects of considering the United States as a potential destination to pursue tertiary studies. Besides the representatives was a local, whom had studied in the states for eight years. He is Emmanuelle Mangalle. When asked by students about his stay in the states he spoke briefly about his journey andRead More

USP Solomon Islands given full approval to reopen

  THE USP Campus in Solomon Islands has been given approval and certification from the Honiara City Council to reopen its doors last week. The Solomon Island’s USP and HCC through Environmental Health Division have resolved the sewer problem which had led to the campus’s closure two weeks ago. Now staffs and students are permitted full access to the campus. The resolution to rectify the sewer problem last week had enabled students to access tutorials, lectures and catch up classes. USPSI Campus Director, Dr Patricia Rodie said, “We resume fullRead More

Non-transparent drafting process for a federal constitution

FOR ten years, a high-powered Constitutional Congress of about over 60 persons has been working on a proposed new National Constitution that would establish a number of States making up the Federation of Solomon Islands, replacing the current constitution and the structure of provinces and Provincial Governments. TSI understands that the proposed Federal Constitution would define the geographic boundaries of the States, giving them powers within those boundaries, and subject to any overriding national laws, to provide services, impose state taxes and spend public funds, including money received from andRead More

Counsels to file closing submission on Auki murder

DEPUTY Chief Magistrate Sheppard Lapo has made orders for all counsels representing men charged with murder to file their closing submission by May 3. The court was told yesterday that all counsels are yet to file their closing submission on the case. Magistrate Lapo said the case has pending committal to the High Court for trial since a long form preliminary inquiry was conducted on the case. Three other defence lawyers did not appear in court to update the court on the status of their submission and the case hasRead More