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…

TOP DOC RESIGNS

A TOP surgeon at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) has tendered his resignation amidst calls by the Leadership Code Commission for doctors to cease their private practices. Dr Dudley Baerodo, the country’s only urology specialist, confirmed to the Solomon Star yesterday he had submitted his resignation letter to the Public Service Commission (PSC) last week.…

GOVT INTACT

… Says Sogavare while refuting claims to oust him The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has refuted claims there are moves to topple his government in this parliament sitting. Speaking in an interview Mr Sogavare described the claim baseless. “It is a complete lie, a typical example of desperate effort by people with dirty motives to…

Marasinghe: SINU situation now calm

ACTING vice-chancellor of Solomon Islands National University, Professor Basil Marasinghe, says the tense situation at its three campuses is now calm after Monday’s protest. Professor Marasinghe was appointed acting vice chancellor following the forced resignation of Dr Glynn Galo by protesting students. “The SINU management regrets the disturbances caused by some student factions on 7th…

Taro beetle under control in Temotu

BEETLES that destroyed taro in Temotu Province have been put under controlled as farmers continue to enjoy high yields from their gardens. This was confirmed by the Temotu Provincial Chief Agriculture Research Officer Boaz Bero. Mr Bero said that farmers continue to enjoy their yield s of taro, known as ‘Selfish Taro’, which has been…

Rini proposes reform on NPF

MINISTER of Finance and Treasury, Snyder Rini, plans to bring a bill to protect the functions and operations of Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (NPF) and consider some pre-retirement options. Mr Rini revealed this during the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Fund at SMI compound, west Honiara, yesterday. He said this is due to its…

Chan ill-advised, say UDP MPs

MPs of the United Democratic Party (UDP) say their president Sir Thomas Chan was wrongly advised when he revoked Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s membership. Sir Thomas sacked Mr Sogavare from the party Wednesday this week. But UDP MPs, who are part of the DCC coalition, said the sacking was illegal. In a statement issued on…

Increase of road humps

TRANSPORT owners from northwest Guadalcanal are calling on authorities to clarify whether construction of road humps are legal. They say along the road through Kakabona, west of Honiara, villagers are constructing road humps almost everywhere. “We want authorities to explain whether this is legal or not,” one transport owner said. “From what we understand, if…