SIG imprest and abuse

Dear Editor – Your reporting on the above is interesting and I believe it sheds light on a wider problem – the systematic abuse of public office travel entitlements. If one does a simple calculation for the $459,000 per diem for 15 people for 14 days, even if spread over all of them they would…

Plans to withdraw some charges still not acted on

THE men accused of the armed robbery outside of the Bank of South Pacific (BSP) at Point Cruz earlier this year are still waiting for prosecution to withdraw some of the charges against them. Prosecution had on a previous court hearing conformed considering withdrawing the unlawful wounding charges against Stanley Ramo, Eric Junior Nathaniel, Richard…

Juvenile jailed for 3 years

A JUVENILE who admitted hurling a stone at another man’s head injuring him and robbing a shop at Kukum has been sentenced to a total of three years and three months in prison. The accused, who was only 13 years of age in November 2015 when he committed the offence,was sentenced in a closed court…

GAMES PLEDGE

Taiwan pledges to support 2023 Games TAIWAN has pledged to work with Solomon Islands to ensure the country successfully hosts the 2023 Pacific Games. Its Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr David Tawai Lee made the assurance when he met Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Taipei on Monday night. Mr Sogavare and a delegation of 14…

Document on Cyber King Case not ready

The pre-trial conference documents in relation to the case of the managing director of the closed mini casino Cyber King; are not yet ready. Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda informed the court yesterday that documents for the pre-trial conference are yet to be finalised. He added that the lawyer representing Ting Kwong Hing is also abroad…

Man jailed for 30 months

A MAN who intimidated his sister and had in his possession a homemade firearm has been sentenced to a total of 30 months in jail on Monday. Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga, when handing down the sentence, also ordered that the firearm be forfeited to the Police and destroyed. The period of time Charles Ghora spent…

OPMC must justify $1.6M trip: Opposition

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group is shocked by media revelations that the Prime Minister’s 16-men delegation trip to Taiwan is costing taxpayers SBD $1.6million. In a statement on Monday, the Opposition Group called on the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC) to justify the total cost of the trip. “The amount is not only…

SI-Taiwan ties intact

SOLOMON Islands still maintain a strong and robust relationship with Republic of China (Taiwan). Acting permanent secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Joseph Ma’ahanua explained this after questions raised in the public that Solomon Islands might change its diplomatic relationship from Taiwan to mainland China. This came after Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare…