Abana clarifies $1.5m grant

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Fataleka has denied receiving the $1.5million under the shipping grant. Steve Abana made the clarification following calls by Chief Andrew Balasi alleging he received $1.5m shipping grant in 2017. Mr Abana described Balasi’s call as incorrect and misleading. But in a statement to Solomon on Tuesday, Mr Abana explained…

Sogavare calls for respect

THE Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) candidate for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called on leaders and people of this nation to respect the democratic process in the election of the prime minister. The 50 MPs will convene on April 24 to elect a new prime minister. “I call on leaders and good-loving citizens…

MP FACES COURT 

Ruling Monday next week By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN THE fate of re-elected Central Guadalcanal MP Peter Shanel Agovaka now rests in the hands of a female magistrate. This came after the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal Agovaka lodged against a High Court ruling on his criminal case, Friday. Agovaka faces one count of assault causing…

Local businesses explore potential markets

Five Solomon Islands local businesses are participating in this year’s Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s Path to Market programme in Auckland.  This programme opens opportunities for companies and their products to enter the New Zealand market and potentially beyond. Forty Pacific Island companies and businesses with market ready or nearly market ready products participated…

New beds for Labour ward

  THE Labour ward at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) was boosted this week with the donation of five new maternity beds to be used by pregnant mothers when delivering their babies. The donation was made possible through the owner of Deli In The Plaza supermarket located at Panatina Plaza Irene Stephenson. The donation was…

More reports of NGE incidents with police

Police have recorded a total of 190 reports of incidents connected to the National General Elections (NGE). Speaking at his weekly conference yesterday, Police Commissioner Matthew Varley said this has resulted in the establishment of 203 cases for various types of investigation or police inquiry. “Sixty-three of those reports were for related disturbances and breaches…