In Court With Assumpta Buchanan

Rape accused to take their pleas A COUPLE accused of working together to rape a girl at Gela, Central Province, will take their pleas this week. This was after the court was informed that George Solopoto, and wife Elizabeth Koka are now armed with lawyers. They were previously without lawyers. Having confirmed that the two…

Technicality delays Murray taking plea

TECHNICAL issues have been raised on Friday on the case of the suspended Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development Henry Murray and his wife, preventing them from taking their pleas. Murray and his wife, who were accused of defrauding the government of more than $1.1 million, were to enter their pleas on Friday.…

First Miss Guadalcanal crowned

THE organising committee for Miss Guadalcanal Pageant program on Wednesday 20th September 2017 has successfully selected a candidate to represent Guadalcanal Province in the upcoming Miss Solomon Islands Pageant 2017. The successful candidate is 21-year-old Gladys Veronica Vasuni. Miss Vasauni snatched the Miss Guadalcanal crown from two other finalists in the first ever provincial pageant…

POLICE CHARGE AIPIA

Doctor accused of starting illegal beche-de-mer farm By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN POLICE on Thursday charged medical practioner Dr Reginald Aipia and his American business consultant over their alleged illegal beche-de-mer farming in the Ontong Java atolls, Malaita Outer Islands. The pair appeared in the Honiara Magistrate Court yesterday on two counts each of engaging in commercial…

Constituency takes delivery of road equipment

NORTH Guadalcanal Constituency (NGC) has finally taken delivery of heavy plant equipment from the government yesterday to help with its road infrastructure development. A ceremony to officially hand over and dedicate those machineries was held at the Pitukoli village in North Guadalcanal. The machines include three dump trucks and one excavator. “This is to help…

RSIPF welcomes critics, denies PRT raid claim

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) welcomes public criticism for an allegation of misconduct during a police raid over the weekend which claim that Police Response Team (PRT) was involved. A statement by the Police Media said, the Island Sun newspaper issue number 2705 reported that PRT is under public criticism over its treatment…

Gov’t pursues UN peace-building fund

THE United Nations Peace Building Support Office is currently working with the Solomon Islands Government towards eligibility to the UN sponsored Peace Building Fund. This was highlighted by the Assistant Secretary-General for the UN Peace Building Support Office, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco in a meeting with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at the margins of the UN General…

NCW slams govt’s informal response

GENERAL Secretary of the National Council of Women Casper Fa’asala has slammed the informal response by the acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga when receiving the petition by the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for the re-introduction of the anti-corruption bill, Tuesday. Mr Maelanga received the petition at the main entrance to the Prime Minister’s Office where…

PM in New York for UNGA meeting

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has arrived in New York on Monday for the 72nd United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) this week. Mr Sogavare was accompanied by the Minister of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) John Dean Kuku and the Minister for Culture and Tourism Bartholomew Parapolo and other officials. The 72nd UN General Assembly…

Dausabea fumes over fishery export permits

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, Trade and Industries Solomon Islands (ICCTISI) Charles Dausabea says Cabinet owes an explanation to the nation why it has directed the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to issue only four bêche-de-mer export licenses this year. Dausabea said cabinet must keep out from interfering in…