Integrity questioned

The appointment of the new police commissioner has raised serious questions over Australia’s integrity in its dealings with Pacific island countries and especially Solomon Islands. This came following the appointment of Frank Prendergast an Australian who has been the deputy commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) blamed for manufacturing the riot on Christmas Island…

Our Ambassador to Indonesia presents credentials

The country’s Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia had presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Indonesia H.E Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday at the “Instana Merdeka Palace” in Jakarta. His Excellency (HE) Salana Kalu together with Ambassador’s of Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Peoples Republic of China, and Republic of Korea to the…

The draw down strategy

AFTER restoring peace in the Solomon Islands, followed by support in various sectors and drawing down of the successful mission, the Regional Assistance Mission is now focusing on strengthening the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). Speaking during the commemoration of the mission’s 11th anniversary yesterday, special coordinator Justine Braithwaite said the focus now has…

Mother, son deny obstruction allegations

A mother and her son accused of obstructing Government Officers whilst doing their work at the evacuation camps during the recent flooding have denied the allegations. Linda Agooka and her son Eddie pleaded not guilty to a total of 24 charges on Monday before Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo. Both are facing six counts each of refusing…

Omission and objection period set

The Omission and objection period for registered voters has been scheduled for July 24 to August 6th. The two-week period was set down for registered voters to check against their names on the released provisional list. Chief Electoral officer Polycarp Haununu said the period is purposely for registered voters to check their details and inform…

Fishermen escape police hunt

FIVE fishermen escaped a possible arrest when Tulagi police were tipped that the men were using illegal explosive – dynamite. Tulagi Provincial Police Commander Fred Satu said the men were conducting the illegal fishing at Voloa coral reefs in Gela, Central Islands Province on Tuesday morning. Mr Satu said upon receiving reports from villagers in…

$4 million hotel bill questioned

RENBELL Premier Lance Tango has reportedly incurred a hotel bill of $4 million. A source revealed the bill is for occupying two rooms, food and other services at the Heritage Park Hotel. According to the source, the premier and his executive was invited by an Indonesian Mining firm Bintang Borneo Ltd in May for consultation…

Relief supplies heading for provinces

Tones of relief supplies have been shipped out to the provinces in the last two days. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has confirmed that relief supplies to Malaita, Isabel, Western and Choiseul provinces have now been shipped. Relief supplies for Isabel, Western and Choiseul provinces left on Sunday onboard MV Otega and supplies for…