West Kwaio MP supports constituents

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for West Kwaio Constituency Titus Fika has handed over two (2) dump trucks, a Lucas mill, and building materials to his constituents at Bina in West Kwaio, Malaita Province over the weekend. This is part of phase one of the ongoing West Kwaio constituency development program through the West Kwaio Constituency…

Stimulus package scam alert

THE Economic Stimulus Package Awareness team under Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) warns the public and people in rural areas not to accept any COVID-19 stimulus package paperwork support in exchange for money from individuals. It has been reported over the weekend that a bunch of opportunists is going around Honiara’s periphery…

Suidani: where’s the stimulus package?

THE Malaita public is pouring in numbers each day into the Provincial Premier’s office seeking information on the stimulus package. Premier Suidani told Solomon Star Auki that most Malaitans think that the national government has channeled a share of the stimulus package through the Provincial Government for Malaitans to access, which is not true. The…

Shock arrival

NZ diplomats quarantined within Panatina community By ANDREW FANASIA   RESIDENTS of Panatina Ridge (Tanakake) in east Honiara say they are living in a state of panic and confusion following the arrival and self–quarantined of seven New Zealand (NZ) nationals at the New Zealand High Commission Residence on Monday. The seven were part of a small…

One Link boss denies allegations

ONE Link Pacifica director Gerrad Tauohu has yesterday denied most of the allegations made against him. Tauohu pleaded not guilty to 33 counts of false pretense contrary to section 308 (a) of the Penal Code [Cap. 26] and one account of Unlicensed Financial Institution prohibited contrary to section 3(2) (a) of the Financial Institution Act…

Closing submission for Firimolea’s case

A ONE day trial conducted on the case of a man accused of robbing almost $100, 0000 from a Bakery in East Honiara last April has ended in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court. Frank Firimolea is standing trial for one count of armed robbery. The prosecution called only two witnesses at the trial conducted before Chief…

Council chair hits back at associations

SINU STAFF ROW By IAN M.KAUKUI CHAIRMAN of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Council says demands by staff to remove vice-chancellor Dr. Ganesh Chand are not procedural. Dr. Culwick Togamana, who is also the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Management, was responding to a seven-day ultimatum SINU’s staff and lecturers have given him to…

CITY AUDIT UNDERWAY

Minister orders check on council finances By IAN M.KAUKUI A SPECIAL audit of Honiara City Council (HCC) books is underway following allegations of widespread financial mismanagement and illegal borrowings. The office of the Auditor General is conducting what it called a ‘Spot on Audit’ at the directives of the Minister of Home Affairs Chris Laore. “….yes,…

Ugi wharf ready to open

THE wharf project at Selwyn Bay on Ugi Island in the Makira Ulawa Province has been completed and ready to be officially opened. Member of Parliament for Ulawa/Ugi Constituency William Marau confirmed the official opening will take place next month.  “Ugi’s new wharf is now completed and is ready for the official opening,” Marau said.…