Boy, 18, still missing

AN adult woman has lost her life and an 18-year-old boy is still missing as a result of a boat collision that occurred near Kolombangara Island, Western Province, last Friday. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley at his weekly conference, Thursday told reporters that police are still searching for the young lad who was thrown into the…

GOVERNMENT CASH FLOW POSITION STABLE

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon Snyder Rini has lashed out at the statement by Hon Rick Hou in the Solomon Star on 22 March 2017 as misleading and inappropriate. Hon Snyder Rini said, “The government cash position is stable and payment to service providers, suppliers, contractors, scholarships and salaries are being met.” Revenue…

Nauru rugby tour

A Nauru Select rugby union team will be touring Honiara next month, April 16. The visiting team will play two friendly matches during their stay in Honiara. This was confirmed by the Honiara Rugby Union Association president, Calwin Tengemoana on Wednesday. Their first friendly match will be against a Honiara Select side comprising of players…

Tax officer to take plea next

THE Inland Revenue Division (IRD) officer accused of defrauding the government of much needed tax revenue will be taking his pleas next week. Ellison Raoga appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court and his matter was further adjourned to Monday next week. Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda yesterday informed the court that the defence counsel had informed…

Rape accused to face high court

THE case of a man accused of raping his sister in-law last year at a village in Central Island Province has been committed to the High Court for trial. This was after a committal hearing was conducted on the case, Wednesday. Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga having found sufficient evidence on the case against the accused…

Partial disclosure on $10m health scandal

PROSECUTION is yet to provide full disclosures on the case of the five people charged in connection to the $10 million scandal from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Only partial disclosures were served to the defence counsels on Wednesday. Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo adjourned the matter to April 19, to allow…

Police lauds drivers

Director of the Kukum Traffic, superintended Charles Hapatia has applauded  those drivers who continued to warn other drivers about the work of breathalyzer. Breathalyzer is an equipment police uses to test drivers for alcohol level. “I want to thank few vehicle drivers who were being caught by the machine, penalized and afterwards conduct awareness about…

Police special team to visit provinces

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Rapid Response Team will soon make its presence felt in Malaita and Western provinces. Malaita Provincial Police Commander David Wate said arrangements are being made with the Ministry of Police in Honiara to have the Rapid Response Team doing routine rounds in the two provinces. “As I understand the government…

Khadem is our new consul in Auckland

THE Government (SIG) says it has appointed Kayhan Khadem as the country’s Honorary Consul in Auckland, New Zealand. This follows a Cabinet approval and official exequatur signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade in August 2016. A statement from Government Communication Unit said, the appointment of Mr Khadem was done in accordance…

First female president for SINUSA

FOR the first time a female has been elected to lead the Solomon Islands National University Student Association (SINUSA). This follows a successful election being held on Monday. Ms Farlaii Floyd created history for the student’s body, when she was voted into the once male dominated position. She was the only female contesting with other…