Oto faces court but is yet to take pleas

A SENIOR government officer accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $800,000 of public funds through dishonest tender processes did not take his pleas last Friday. Steven Jude Oto was likely to enter his pleas on the 11 counts of official corruption against him on December 19. That’s when he will return to the Honiara Magistrate’s…

More drivers arrested for drink driving here

A RANDOM Breathalyser Test (RBT) conducted last weekend has resulted in the arrest of over 10 percent of drivers with drink driving. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast said 69 drivers were checked over the weekend where well over 10 percent of those drivers were subsequently charged with drink driving. He said this was too much. The…

SEX ASSAULT PROBE

POLICE are investigating a sexual assault allegation which reportedly occurred during the visit of a Papua New Guinea naval ship in Honiara last week. HMPNGS Lakekamu sailed into Honiara last Monday with a crew of about 27 for a brief stop-over to replenish its supplies. While at Point Cruz, its crew had a friendly soccer…

Our queen is second runner-up

MISS Solomon Islands’ Camilla Grossmith finished second runner up at the 30th Miss Pacific Islands in Apia, Samoa, last Friday. She was also awarded the best talent. The new Miss Pacific Islands title went to Miss Fiji’s Anne Christine Dunn. The first runner up went to Miss American Samoa’s Antonina Keka Lilomaiava, followed by Miss…

Work to re-service abandoned airports

PLANS for Solomon Airlines to operate domestic flights into abandoned airports in the country is making progress. That was according to the permanent secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA) Moses Virivolomo. He revealed this when appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) this week. “Work to resume flights into long abandoned…

Police to mount operation

WITH the festive season fast approaching police will step up its presence in all communities in the coming days and weeks. As such an operation during this season is coming up, the director for national community policing and crime prevention, Solomon Sisimia had revealed. While he could give details of the operations, he urged communities…

Auki traffic check operation

AUKI police in Malaita province have kicked off their festive season operation with traffic check operation. This operation is part of their effort to prevent road accidents in the province during this festive session. Acting Malaita Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Timothy Apaisi told this paper yesterday, the police traffic check is part of the monthly…

Two additional HIV cases

HEALTH authorities have recorded two additional HIV cases this year, bringing the total number of cumulative reported cases to 30. This was revealed by Solomon Islands National AIDs Council coordinator John Gela yesterday during the commemoration of World AIDs Day in Honiara. Mr Gela said of the 30 cases, 14 have since died and 16…