Appointments to key Gov’t positions

IT’S natural to think of elections when we think of political corruption. People or business organization with their own agendas can twist voting and influence results. They may secretly give candidates big financial donations which in turn enables candidates to buy votes instead of winning them. But political corruption isn’t just about election rigging. When…

Pan Oceanic Bank

Dear Editor – I refer to an article in your paper of 19 August 2014 in which Peter Boso questioned the credibility of POB and whether or not the CBSI had done a thorough work in the application process. I would like to encourage Mr Boso to read the CBSI Governor, Denton Rarawa’s speech of…

Why CEMA is in deep sleep?

Dear Editor – I take the opportunity to acknowledge Jacob Ofasia’s question regarding what CEMA is really doing now as appeared in Solomon Star, issue No. 5594. I believed Jacob’s confusion emanated from his experience of the glory days of CEMA under its commercial trading function when the market network was in placed. These are…

Police provide security for Tango Renbel tour

HEAD of Renbel police Saukiu Bari Rush says he was surprised at the unannounced arrival of four Honiara-based police officers in the province on Thursday. The four accompanied the ousted Renbel premier Lence Tango, and arrived on board a Solomon Airlines flight. Mr Rush said normal procedures require that he must be informed of any…

SINU bill passed

PARLIAMENT passed the Solomon Islands National University (Amendment) Bill 2014 on Wednesday. The Bill was to amend provisions of the Solomon Islands National University Act 2012 relating to the Council of the University. The primary object of this Bill is to facilitate more regular meetings of the council of the Solomon Islands National University. The…

Measles cases on the rise

MEASLES cases have risen over 200 in Honiara and Guadalcanal, health authorities say Thursday. “Parents need to act quickly and vaccinate their children aged six months to four years and 11 months against this potentially deadly disease,” the Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation, and UNICEF have warned. “Unvaccinated young children are the most at…

PM cleared of misconduct allegation

THE Leadership Code Commission (LCC) has cleared Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo of an allegation of misconduct in office. Chairman of the commission Emmanuel Kouhota announced this on Thursday. Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) lodged the allegation to the commission last year. This was in relation to allegation Mr Lilo was involved in extra-marital affair…

Top gov’t officials fail to attend workshop

THE absence of high profile government officers at the Family Violence and Youth Justice workshop indicates they do not prioritise family violence issues. High Court judge, Justice James Apaniai, who chaired Thursday’s discussions on looking at the way forward to help victims of violence, said high profile government officers were expected to attend the workshop.…

Rapist father to be punished today

A FATHER of six who had sex with his eldest daughter and tried raping another of his daughters will be sentenced today. Justice Stephen Pallaras, QC, will hand down the sentence in the High Court. The 41-year-old father has entered his guilty pleas in the Honiara Magistrate Court to three counts of rape and one…