Former MP’s sentence, Aug 19

SENTENCING of the former Central Makira Member of Parliament (MP) who was found guilty of misusing more than $66,000 intended for tree farmers in his constituency in 2013 will be handed down on August 19. This was after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi received sentencing submissions from the prosecution on Wednesday on the case of Hypolite Taremae.…

Ngati, Abae deny allegations

THE two Honiara City Councilors accused of intimidating Honiara City Clerk Rence Sore at the Councils headquarters in June have denied the allegation, Wednesday. Vavaya Ward Councilor Billy Abae and Vura Ward’s Reginald Ngati have pleaded not guilty to the intimidation charges against them. Having noted their not guilty pleas, Principal Magistrate Tearo Beneteti set…

$7M FOR CHARTERS 

  Fund used to meet cost of COVID-19 mass repatriation By ANDREW FANASIA   A total of $7,256,711 was spent to meet the cost of ship charters during the COVID-19 repatriation exercise carried out between March and April 2020. That’s according to the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) Under Secretary Jimmy Nuake when his team…

Cabinet approves repatriation of students  

MINISTRY of Education and Human Resources Development’s (MEHRD) Deputy Permanent Secretary James Bosamata has confirmed that Cabinet had approved the repatriation of students studying in the Philippines. Mr Bosamata said that both Solomon Island Government and private sponsored students would be repatriated. Bosamata explained that after Cabinet approved the repatriation of students from the Philippines,…

SINU warns against protest

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) management has warned that any protest or withdrawal of services by staff would be illegal. In a memorandum issued over the weekend on the rumoured protest that was expected to be undertaken on Monday, SINU management clarified that the issue of the Vice-Chancellor is still with the Trade Dispute…

CHINA-WEST DEAL INTACT

THE PEOPLE’s Republic of China (PRC) Embassy has assured the Western Provincial Government (WPG) that the deal to establish a sister relationship with the Fujian Province of China is intact. Chinese Counselor of the People’s Republic of Chinese (PRC) Embassy in Solomon Islands Yao Ming made the assurance on Monday in response to concern raised…