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…

Flood victims unsatisfied with repatriation

Flood victims of the April 3 floods have expressed dissatisfaction with the repatriation package the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has provided. Chairman of Mbokonavera camp Charles Ketea told this paper the victims felt like they were being mistreated and neglected since day one. “How could you expect someone losing all their belongings and home…

Trio faces fraud charge

A woman who allegedly obtained more than $150,000 from her employer under false pretences in 2008 is now facing the court. Malia Katalake, 30, a Gilbertese is facing a total of 55 counts in relation to fraudulent falsification, false pretences and embezzlement. She is co-accused with her husband Peter Rockson, 30, of Lord Howe, Malaita…

Croc snatches woman

A fifty eight year old woman from Bokokimbo village in north east Guadalcanal has been the latest victim of a crocodile attack over the weekend. The incident occurred early Saturday morning when the woman went to do her washing at the river when she got attacked. It was believed the 4.6 meter crocodile drowned and…