TOUGH LAW LOOMS

Intending candidates warned of changes to electoral law By IAN M.KAUKUI THE passage of the newly amended electoral law puts a hard warning to intending candidates for the upcoming National General Election in terms of how they perform themselves during their campaign. Solomon Islands Electoral Commission Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Mose Saitala urged the intending…

Judgement on double murder next

The fate of the two men accused of the murder of the Chinese business couple at their shop at Town Ground, west Honiara in April last year, will be known next in the High Court. This followed the closing submissions made by the defence and the prosecution on the matter of Jimson Goufi and Raymond…

HUGE REQUEST

NTF wants $112 million in Supplementary By AATAI JOHN LAUNGI   THE National Transport Fund (NTF) that’s being used to improve infrastructure in the country is seeking another $112,000,000 in the supplementary budget. Senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last week to reveal the…

UNSOLVED PUZZLE

PAC: OPMC must resolve RIPEL issue By ANDREW FANASIA THE Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited (RIPEL) issue will remain stagnant if the government and the national leaders continue to politicise the position in the RIPEL Cabinet sub committee and other sub committee, under the Office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet (OPMC). Opposition Leader,…

Double murder trial

ACCUSED SPOTTED Witnesses identify two men in CCTV footage By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN TWO prosecution witnesses have identified the persons in the footage as the two men on trial for the murder of the Chinese business couple at their shop at Town Ground, west Honiara, in April last year. The couple’s security guard Jimson Goufi and…

Villagers retaliate against Asian logger

DISGRUNTLED landowners on Santa Cruz, Temotu Province, on Wednesday faced up to an Asian logger, destroying a temporary bridge the logger built some six kilometres into the forest. A village spokesman, Glen Nhavie said the landowners of Nea village were angry the logger, Xingling Company trespassed into their land, destroyed their tabu sites and cut…

Four people die in sea tragedy in Central Province

Four people are confirmed dead at sea while travelling from Toa to Burungia Village in the Central Province yesterday (15 August 2018) in a motorised boat.   Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Central Province, Superintendent Patricia Leta says, “The four people died when their boat sank in rough seas when they were travelling from Toa to Burungia…

Juvenile arrested on rape allegation

A 15-YEAR-OLD juvenile has been arrested and charged in relation to an alleged rape incident at Nusa Baruku island near Gizo on Monday . Police officers in Gizo, Western province are investigating the case. “The victim is a 4-year-old girl and the incident occurred at Nusa Baruku, an island opposite Gizo Town on 13 July…

$20m for MPs terminal grant

A TOTAL of $20 million will be made available to cater for all Members of Parliaments’ (MP) terminal grants when parliament dissolves at the end of this year. This was revealed by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) during the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing this week. At the hearing PAC was told that…

GOV’T WARNED ON BINA

THE Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource (MFMR) has been warned at the way it handles the proposed Bina Harbour Fisheries Project in Malaita. Bina Harbour Fisheries is one of the national projects earmarked for Malaita more than a decade ago, but is yet to get off the ground. Fisheries officials appeared before the Public…