Owner of One Link Pacifica to face court, Wednesday

THE owner of the fast money making scheme, One Link Pacifica, Charles Dora will be appearing on Wednesday at the Honiara Magistrate’s Court. Dora is facing two counts of operating unlicensed banking business under the Financial Institution Act. He was arrested on June 1 this year at his residence in Russell Islands, Central Province and remanded…

‘Emergency, not an excuse for corruption’

CHAIRMAN of the Bills and Legislation Mathew Wale says that disasters and emergencies must not become an excuse for corruption while we want work to be done quickly. His comments came after Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) Steven Maesiola get caught up in the COVID-19 emergency to complete important COVID-19…

Six months in jail for phone theft 

A YOUNG man who confesses to stealing a phone that was later returned to its owner has been sentenced to six months in prison, Tuesday. Patterson Faisi, 20, was sentenced on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to one count of simple larceny. Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea said Faisi’s action is a selfish kind of…

Police probe death incident in Makira

Kira Kira Police of the Makira Ulawa Provincial Headquarters says its crime investigators are investigating a report that a male student from Nuku Kaisi in the Makirima Area of West Bauro, Central Makira had taken his own life. PPC Peter Sitai says his crime investigators who have been to the scene have yet to find…

DIARRHOEA ALERT

Six deaths recorded A SURGE in the number of diarrhoea cases in parts of the country has triggered the government through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) surveillance system to issue an ‘alert’ advise. A statement issued by the Ministry of Health yesterday said spikes in diarrhoea cases were reported mainly in Gizo Hospital…

2nd JAB DONE

Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has completed his 2nd dose of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine yesterday morning at the Central Field Hospital, Honiara, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Prime Minister and Health Minister Hon Dr Culwick Togamana were scheduled to receive their second (2nd) dose on Wednesday May 2nd, however due to engagements with the…

CHINA’S TOP CHOICES

SI, PNG dominate China’s appetite for Pacific natural resources   SOLOMON Islands and its Melanesian near-neighbour, Papua New Guinea have dominated China’s appetite for Pacific natural resources, according to analysis of trade data by The Guardian newspaper. The analysis shows how China dominates Pacific mining, logging and fishing at the cost to it estimated at…

Wale: Media plays critical role in Health Bill 

LEADER of Opposition said Media as a Fourth Estate in the country’s Democracy has a critical role to play to ensure the Public Emergency Bill 2021 is reasonable, justifiable and proportionate.  Mathew Wale highlighted this at the Inquiry into the Public Emergency Bill 2021, when the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) Executive Board Members…