Guam ready for FOPA

GUAM Governor Eddie Calvo said he is feeling a positive vibe as the island community “comes together” to ensure that the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts is a success. Calvo  Wednesday assembled a team of island officials and others for a media blitz about happenings leading up to the 14-day event. Beginning May 22, and…

It’s a 3-month arrangement

Wate heads SIPA MICHAEL Wate has begun his new posting as Solomon Islands Ports Authority’s (SIPA) interim chief executive officer, Wednesday. Mr Wate, an economist by profession, is the deputy general manager of National Provident Fund (NPF). He will be with SIPA for three months while the SIPA board advertises the top job. “….yes Mr…

Husband admits raping wife

A MARITAL rape trial that commenced in the High Court has been halted after the accused decided to admit the allegations. The wife of the accused had already given her evidence and was being cross-examined when the accused changed his pleas. These were for the charges of three counts of rape, two counts of indecent…

Court reserves ruling

THE court is reserving its ruling in relation to a committal hearing conducted, Wednesday on the case of a man facing attempted murder. This was after the defence counsel raised a preliminary issue regarding the minor charges against the accused. This is whether or not other minor charges against the accused will also be committed…

Security guard ordered to pay fine of $1,000

THE court has ordered a security officer who stole a mobile phone from Solomon Telekom office at Point Cruz last November to pay $1,000 fine. Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga told Alfred Ronny to pay the fine to Telekom within 14 days. After considering the sentence, Mr Aulanga said he will sentence Ronny under section 27…

Accused robbers to take plea

THREE men accused of robbing a company in east Honiara of properties and cash valued at $160, 000 will take their pleas on May 25. Willie Olo, James Bae and Jonis Suba are co-accused with two other men, Elson Kava and Martin Omaki, who are facing charges of receiving. These two accused are not part…

Accused jailed for brewing kwaso

A MAN who admitted brewing illegal alcohol (kwaso) way back in 2008 has been sentenced to one year in jail, Wednesday. Simon Delemani, who is currently serving a life-time term in relation to a separate matter, entered his guilty plea to the charge of making liquor. This was in relation to the incident between 8…

We got it!

Country to host 2023 Pacific Games THE country will host the Pacific Games for the first time in 2023. The nation’s bid received 14 votes, well above Tahiti’s six, during the Pacific Games Council’s (PGC) general assembly in Port Vila, Vanuatu, Wednesday. Kiribati and Tokelau did not attend. The decision came following the votes of…

Believe it or not!

IMF loan for Saudi Arabia? Would you believe that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of oil needs temporary accommodation to meet dollar shortages and might go to IMF? The culprit is the tumbling oil price: a steep fall from US$115 a barrel in 2014 to US$43 a barrel now.  Export earnings of oil exporting…