MPs tax-free case, Friday

THE legal suit challenging the tax-free pay awarded to MPs in April this year will go before the court today, for its second preliminary hearing. Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer will hear the preliminary issues of the case this morning. The matter first went before the court on 5 June, where preliminary matters were discussed.…

Tourism injects $500m in 2013

THE country has earned well over $500 million in revenue generated with the arrival of guests into the country in 2013. This was highlighted by the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his key note address to the 2015 Council of Tourism Ministers Meeting in Honiara, Thursday. He said, since coming into power, the Democratic Coalition…

Accused to stand trial in high court

THE SECOND man accused of attacking a Renbel chief at the Kingsley Fast Food bar last year has been committed to stand trial in the High Court. This was after Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota found sufficient evidence against Frank Fakani on the charge of attempted murder following a short form preliminary inquiry conducted into his…

Police wants peace on Mono

POLICE are continuing dialoguing with the community leaders of Mono, Shortland Islands, Western Province, in relation to the issues between them. Acting police commissioner Juanita Matanga said the deputy police commissioner is still at Mono to continue dialogue with the community leaders there. She said this is to sort out the issues between them. Ms…

PM urged to convene parliament

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group is calling on the Prime Minister to do justice to this nation by calling Parliament immediately. In a statement yesterday, the Opposition Group challenged the Prime Minister to convene Parliament as soon as possible so that issues the Prime Minister promised to clarify in Parliament can be debated. “In light of…

Tovosia, Veke case set for Sept 8

A PRE-TRIAL conference will now be held on the case of the Member of Parliament for East Guadalcanal Bradley Tovosia and former Guadalcanal Premier Anthony Veke. Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota yesterday set down September 8 for the pre-trial conference. This was after police prosecution advisor Andie Driu confirmed the High Court will no longer hear…

Public finance management Act discussed

A workshop on the Public Financial Management Act 2013 for chairmen and members of both the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Public Expenditure Committee (PEC) was held on Wednesday. The Committee Secretariat of the National Parliament in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Treasury hosted the workshop at the Paul Tovua Complex. This workshop…

Police deployed for war anniversary

POLICE are gearing up for the commemoration program marking World War II’s 73rd anniversary that will be held today in Honiara. Acting Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga said police will be deployed out to ensure the main road is freely accessed so that dignitaries are free to move around to attend this occasion. “This is a…

West to host next tourism meeting

WESTERN Provincial Government (WPG) will host next Council of Tourism Ministers Meeting next in Gizo, This was voted and agreed up during the final day of the meeting held at the Heritage Park Hotel, Thursday. Minister for Culture and Tourism (MCT) Bartholomew Parapolo who chaired the meeting accepted submission from all provincial tourism ministers to…