One Link boss denies allegations

ONE Link Pacifica director Gerrad Tauohu has yesterday denied most of the allegations made against him. Tauohu pleaded not guilty to 33 counts of false pretense contrary to section 308 (a) of the Penal Code [Cap. 26] and one account of Unlicensed Financial Institution prohibited contrary to section 3(2) (a) of the Financial Institution Act…

Kava farmers rake $84k

LOCAL kava farmers from Malaita have their hard work being paid off after selling their kava products to Kubonitu Holding by earning $84,680.00 early this week. The kava farmers from Bethany, Oneone village, Judea village, and Kwaina villages loaded their kava bags in the fast boat Express Pelican and arrived Monday afternoon in Honiara.  Kubonitu…

Council chair hits back at associations

SINU STAFF ROW By IAN M.KAUKUI CHAIRMAN of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Council says demands by staff to remove vice-chancellor Dr. Ganesh Chand are not procedural. Dr. Culwick Togamana, who is also the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Management, was responding to a seven-day ultimatum SINU’s staff and lecturers have given him to…

CITY AUDIT UNDERWAY

Minister orders check on council finances By IAN M.KAUKUI A SPECIAL audit of Honiara City Council (HCC) books is underway following allegations of widespread financial mismanagement and illegal borrowings. The office of the Auditor General is conducting what it called a ‘Spot on Audit’ at the directives of the Minister of Home Affairs Chris Laore. “….yes,…

Ugi wharf ready to open

THE wharf project at Selwyn Bay on Ugi Island in the Makira Ulawa Province has been completed and ready to be officially opened. Member of Parliament for Ulawa/Ugi Constituency William Marau confirmed the official opening will take place next month.  “Ugi’s new wharf is now completed and is ready for the official opening,” Marau said.…

SASAKO AXED

Newspaper sacks senior and prominent journalist By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN ISLAND Sun newspaper on Friday sacked its most senior and prominent journalist Alfred Sasako. The paper took the decision amidst calls from critics and social media commentators for Sasako’s removal. It’s not clear last night the basis for Island Sun’s decision. But a company spokesman said:…

Djokovic questioned by police

POLICE are now waiting to finalise their investigation into Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s Chief of Staff Robson Djokovic. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau yesterday said they had already interviewed Djokovic last Saturday and are now looking at finalising the investigation. “Investigation is progressing very well, my officers are looking at finalising investigation and getting a…