Punched, kicked and stoned

But SIPA chief vows reform must go on SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) chief executive officer Colin Yow vows not to abandon the current reform he was engaged to oversee, despite Wednesday’s violence at the port’s premises. A highly determined Mr Yow, who was brought in recently to administer the Asian Development Bank (ADB) initiated…

Leni spill the beans on SIPA

WORKERS of state-owned Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) are illegally giving themselves personal loans of up to $75,000 or more. That’s according to SIPA board chairman Nollen Leni, who decided to spill the beans after the employees, through their union, demanded his sacking over current reforms. “The SIPA Act is specific on company loans; it…

Alleged robbers deny charges

Three men accused of robbing the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) at the Kwaimani building, East Honiara, last year have denied the allegations made out against them. Security Officer Joe Silas, Dilo Faiga and Saverio Sulimae have again entered their not guilty pleas yesterday to the amended charges. They have already entered their not guilty pleas…

Chinese cleared of larceny charges

TWO Chinese nationals facing larceny charges here have been cleared of the allegations in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court this week. Prosecution on Monday have asked the court to withdraw the larceny by servant charges against Xu Pie Ping (Female) and Zhau Zhen Wei (Male). Police Prosecutor Wilfred Sura’au made the application without a file as…

Leni hits back at Kagovai

SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) board chairman Nollen Leni has made a scathing attack on union leader Tony Kagova, describing him as opportunist. He was responding to calls from SIPA workers, who are being led by Mr Kagovai, for his sacking. “The issues which Tony raised and recommended the need for an investigations are tactical…

Parliament has new clerk

PARLIAMENT has welcomed the new Clerk to National Parliament. He is Clezy Rore, 51 years of age, who comes from Vella la Vella, Western province. Mr Rore served as a Public Servant for 33 years, in which from 2001 to 2004 he works for Parliament as a Deputy Clerk. He left Parliament in 2004 to…

Education on teachers’ housing, traveling issue

The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) is taking steps to address issues on teacher housing and travel being raised recently by the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA). And the process taken by the government has been acknowledged by the SINTA executive after it was informed. The understanding was further iterated by…

Kabui reminds MPs of responsibilities

Warn people to discourage handout mentality THE renowned portrayal of our national leaders as ‘finance managers’ instead of legislators, has been reiterated in Parliament as a reminder for Members of Parliaments (MPs) to reorganize their responsibilities. Delivering the ‘speech from the throne’ address to open the second sitting of the 10th Parliament, Governor General Sir…

Lawyer acquitted of criminal charges

PRIVATE lawyer Wilson Rano was acquitted yesterday in the Magistrate’s Court of charges of forgery, uttering, and false pretence. His co-accused, Nitlon Chite and Rodey Hiva al received the same fate. This was after the prosecution withdrew their case due to lack of evidence. This acquittal came amidst criticisms from the complainant Mr Tahu who…