Chow acquitted of perjury

PROMINENT businesswoman Mary Chow has won her case in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court after two trials. Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota had her acquitted of all the four counts of perjury, yesterday. He considered all evidence including the tendered documents and statements which form part of the evidence before the court and was not satisfied that…

Accused in nude case released on bail

THE court has granted bail on Friday for the man who allegedly uploaded a nude picture of his former de-factor partner on the internet. The 32-year-old Guadalcanal man has been released on a surety bail of $600. His surety would be the one who paid the cash. The man, who cannot be named to protect…

Logging executive discharged

POLICE will be carrying out further investigations into the case of the owner of the Samlimsam logging company and one of the three locals accused of attacking a Renbel Chief at the Kingsley Food bar last year. Prosecution therefore had to discharged Malaysian Pau Kiu Den and Buddley Fakani of the attempted murder charge against…

Law students vacate halls

UP to 150 government-funded law students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Emalus campus, in Vanuatu, have vacated their halls of residence for safety. A student Junior Mae’akofia said they were evacuated from their halls of residence and moved into classrooms, court moot and the gym at the campus. He said they…

Kuve faces vote

WESTERN Province premier Robert Pye Kuve is facing a motion of no confidence, which will be moved this week. Ward 16 provincial member Ramrakha Talasasa is moving the motion. Assembly clerk Gideon Tuke confirmed the motion to the Solomon Star on Friday. “Yes, my office and that of the Speaker were served with the motion,”…

Council clarifies licences

BUSINESS houses are reminded not to confuse with “promotion” and “selling” licences. Honiara City Council issued the reminder after realizing certain business houses are using their promotion licences to sell their products.  “Those doing that are abusing their licences,” city clerk Charles Kelly said. “You cannot use your promotion licence to sell your products.  “It’s…

Tuki calls for empowerment of women

EMPOWERING Women and girls is important to recognise the potentials of women and girls in this country, according to Minister for Rural Development, Freda Tuki. She highlighted this at International Women’s Day celebration this week, saying that women and girls have proven themselves in different ways globally and at home. Mrs Tuki took the opportunity…

Why PNG turned back students

STUDENTS who were turned back by Papua New Guinea immigration on arrival in Moresby this week travelled under tourist visas, it was revealed. More than 10 students travelling to begin their studies at various universities in PNG were affected.  “They boarded Air Niugini bound to PNG on Monday but were stopped by the PNG immigration…

ADP offers gov’t a helping hand

THE Asian Development Bank stands ready to provide assistance for some of the policy priorities of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government. An ADB delegation comprising Xianbin Yao, its Manila-based Director General for the Pacific, Dr Andrea Iffland and Mr Hayden Everett from the bank’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney met with Prime…