SI top notch reform – ADB report

Dear Editor – Front page publications on Wednesday this week by two leading papers (Islands Sun Issue: 2351 and Star No: 6343) on above are interesting. Interesting? I have seen same type of bold but almost meaningless statement before for over a decade. Note Dr Transform Aqorau’s argument “Aqurau: ADB missed the point” in the…

Sikua attends cyber-security training

THE Leader of Independent group in Parliament Hon. Dr. Derek Sikua has participated in a parliamentary workshop in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to discuss cybercrime and cybersecurity. The training start started on Wednesday 27th July  to Friday 28th July 2016. The Asia-Pacific regional workshop was organized by the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in…

Mayor to be sentenced mid next month

HONIARA City Mayor Alfrence Fatai will be sentenced mid next month The magistrate’s court decided August 16 as the sentencing date after the completion of sentencing submissions and mitigation on Tuesday before Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo. The city mayor was charged with one count of attempted bribery in relation to an incident in May…

Gun threat 4 remanded

FOUR men have been remanded in custody on Tuesday afternoon in relation to the gun threat at Taba’a Bridge at Matakwalao, North Malaita,last week. Iki Olomea, Leonard Ofaka, Bredley Abarai and Jimmy Eno Bana are jointly charged with one count of possession of firearm and threatening violence. This was in relation to an incident on…

Accused who changed plea without a lawyer

THE man accused of setting fire to a dwelling house at Wagina, Choiseul Province, in 2014 is without a lawyer. Steven Kalisto Tebano was previously represented by George Gray of Public Solicitor’s Office. Mr Gray however is due to leave on a study leave and this matter would therefore be re-allocated to another lawyer. Henry…

Police fail to locate firearm used in robbery

POLICE have not recovered the firearm allegedly used in the robbery incident at the Bank of South Pacific (BSP) in Auki, Malaita Province. Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda informed the court this week that police ended up on Faka Island in Suava Bay after a tip-off from someone, but did not locate the firearm. He said…

Auki hit by power blackout

MALAITA’S provincial capital Auki has been without electricity since Monday afternoon this week. The power black-out, caused by mechanical fault to Solomon Power’s generator, has seriously affected the town’s residents and businesses. The incident has forced businesses depending on electricity to suspend operations over the past days, caused inactivity by government offices and other organizations…

VDS reaps more benefits for PNA members

The Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) has helped pacific countries that joined the Party to Nauru Agreement (PNA) to maximise benefits acquired from tuna catches within their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This was revealed during the Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) Judicial Conference held in Honiara this week. The Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) is a scheme where…