Solympics into final

THE country’s national U23 men’s football team, Solympics has made it to the grand finals of the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifier. Solympics sealed their grand final spot after edging their way past a tough Vanuatu side with a 1-0 win in Lautoka, Fiji on Wednesday. Augustine Waita was the hero of the team after he…

Maelanga urges Suidana, Wale

Senior Malaita Government Minister and Member of Parliament for East Malaita Constituency Manasseh Maelanga has called on the Premier of Malaita Province Daniel Suidani to refrain from using the people of Malaita to drive his political agenda. Mr Maelanga said that the premier’s use of language that are deemed as a way to manipulate the…

Axiom sues Tovosia and mining board

AXIOM Mining Limited (AML) says it has initiated legal proceedings at the High Court over the government’s handling of its export permit application. General Manager Dr Phil Tagini said they’ve filed a claim for judicial review against the decision of the Minerals Board, as well as a misfeasance claim against the Minister of Mines Bradley…

Sacked minister hits back at PM

HOU: WE WERE PUNISHED PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare mishandled the China-Taiwan issue, sacked minister Rick Hou says. Hou was responding to explanations Sogavare made after sacking four of his senior ministers over the China switch. “The PM’s explanation for my sacking is just a lame excuse to divert attention from the actual reason: the fact…

GOVERNOR GENERAL TO RECEIVE KNIGHTHOOD

The Governor General, His Excellency the Rt. Reverend David Vunagi will be knighted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on October 16 in London. Rt Reverend David will leave for London on Thursday via Brisbane and Singapore. In London, His Excellency will have a courtesy call on Her Majesty prior to the knighthood ceremony. He will also have…

OPMC rejects Sun’s report

THE Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) also rejected false claims made in the Island Sun newspaper, Tuesday. A statement from OPMC stated the allegations were unfounded and a blatant misrepresentation of the facts. The front-page article claimed Mr Sogavare tried to bypass protocol and was alleged to have forced the Governor General…

Sasako denies working for China

LOCAL journalist Alfred Sasako has denied any involvement with Chinese firms in the country. Rather, he said he was simply doing his work as a journalist to report on issues affecting the country. Sasako was responding to accusations levelled against him by local activist Lawrence Makili. Makili earlier accused Sasako of misleading the nation with…

Fujiyama told to step down

National Sports Federations (NSF) have demanded Naoyuki Fujiyama to step down from the post as the Chair of finance commission of National Olympic Committee Solomon Islands (NOCSI). In letter cited by Star Sports on Tuesday, the federations wrote to the Japanese Embassy demanding Fujiyama to step down, claiming he has breached the NOCSI Constitution as…

Pre-trial conferences on petition cases continue

PRE-TRIAL hearings are continuing to be conducted into the election petition cases against Members of Parliament (MP) in the High Court. The total number of the petitions related to the recent National General Elections (NGE) in April currently before the High Court is 26. Twenty-five cases are in pre-trial hearings and direction hearings stages while…

Weightlifting program called off

THE Weightlifting Oceania Talent Identification Program (OTIP) scheduled to start on Tuesday was canceled due to the heavy downpour experienced in Honiara recently. According to the supervisor, the country’s top female weightlifter Jenly Wini Tegu the program should start on Tuesday but had to be canceled. She said they will start tomorrow at White River community high…