$100,000 REWARD OFFER

Police seek information onMbike island shooting POLICE are offering a $100,000 reward to anyone for information leading to the arrest of those behind the 2014 shooting and arson attack on the Sun Express boat at Mbike Island, Gela, in Central Province. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast said the cooperation of the public is sought to establish…

COUNCIL RENTAL UPROAR

Fatai still occupies mayor’s residence THREE months after his disgraceful resignation, former city mayor AlfrenceFatai is still occupying the mayor’s residence at Tavio Ridge, west Honiara. And this is costing the council $5,000 a month in rent, which the council has to pay the current mayor Andrew Mua, who is living in his private residence.…

PM Sogavare meets JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has met the visiting President of Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA), His Excellency, Shinichi Kitaoka in Honiara on Tuesday. At the meeting, Prime Minister Sogavare praised Mr Kitaoka for JICA’s past cooperation toward Solomon Islands, followed by discussions on future cooperation plans. The two leaders acknowledged the ongoing cooperation…

Bad weather warning

THE public had been advised to take extra precautionary measures and remain alert in light of the current bad weather situation. The Meteorology Division of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECCDMM) on Tuesday issued advice that public must take extra care as the wet season will persist. A spokesperson from…

AG: Termination of PM invalid

The decision by the United Democratic Party (UDP) president Sir Thomas Chan to revoke the membership of Prime Minister from the party is invalid, according to the Attorney General (AA). In his clarification and interpretation of the recent move by UDP to terminate the Prime Minister’s membership with the party which politically jolted the government,…

Robbery trial continues

The voir dire hearing (trial within a trial) on the case of four men facing various robbery charges will continue tomorrow in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court. The hearing that was listed for two weeks starting on 1 November is not yet completed. Frank Firimolea, Lawrence Liliva, Fred Taebo Dara and a 15 year-old juvenile are…

Locals safe in NZ

SOLOMON Islanders living in the South Island of New Zealand are safe amidst reports of ruthless damages and casualties inflicted by the massive earthquake that rattled the island on Monday. A Solomon Islander living close to where the chaotic drama unfolded from the violent earthquake followed by massive aftershocks said Solomon Islanders are safe. Ellen…

Bank robbery ruling deferred

RULING on the voir dire hearing (trial within a trial) conducted on the case of two of the six men accused of robbing $4million from the Westpac Bank last year has been deferred to next week. Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo will hand down his ruling on Tuesday. The ruling was earlier listed for yesterday.…

Renbel arson case adjourned

THE case of the men accused of setting fire to logging machineries at Rennell, Renbel, has been further adjourned to November 23. This is possibly for the court to set a new trial date after the trial fixed for November 8 was vacated. The trial was vacated because the presiding magistrate, Chief Magistrate John Numapo…

Court to rule on bail applications

THE court will hand down its ruling Monday next week on the bail applications made for four of the five men accused of robbing the Bank of South Pacific (BSP) in Auki, Malaita last year. The applications for bail were heard on Monday before Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi. This would be the fourth bail application…