Totori wary of Tahiti

Gershom Totori is a hot shot with a very famous Solomon Islands’ football name. Yet the 16-year-old from Malaita is no relation to namesake Benjamin Totori who played professional football for Portland Timbers and the Wellington Phoenix. “I am not related to Benjamin Totori but he is from Malaita Province like me, “Totori said, “I…

NOCSI yet to confirm relay baton

National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) is yet to receive confirmation on the arrival of the South Pacific Games relay baton in the country. President of NOCSI Martin Rara said they only received email from Pacific games committee that the relay baton will be going around in the participating countries but there were no…

Provincial Gov’t urge to support sport

Malaita Tennis Association (MTA) has called on its provincial government to include sport in its development plan. Speaking to Star sport, president of MTA Raphael Angi’i said sport plays an important role in building better life for youths and children. “In many occasions sport prevent youths from engaging in unlawful activities and do better things…

Audit shock: $54.15m of gov’t payments could not be accounted for

THERE’S widespread lack of transparency and accountability in government expenditures, a major audit of government accounts, revealed. Missing payment vouchers from various ministries totalling more than $54 million could not be located, the audit, carried out by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), said. Acting Auditor General Robert Cohen yesterday released his office’s findings.…

TSI presents insights on ICAC to OPMC

Transparency Solomon Islands has presented its policy position and suggestions for the proposed Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to the Policy Formulation Team at the Prime Minister’s Office, yesterday afternoon. TSI made the presentation to assist the government in its planning to establish the ICAC and to present their position on the importance of having…

15 MPs face election petitions

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Massive drop-out last year

The Solomon Islands National Examination Standard Unit (NESU) has confirmed there was a huge number of school drop-outs from form five last year. NESU director Linda Wate said this was due to the limited number of spaces in the few school that are providing form six classes. Mrs Wate said only 40 percent of students…