SI forge bond with Langley

The Solomon Islands is planning to re-locate its consulate to Langley, the first diplomatic post to be established in the Township. Last Monday, Premier Anthony Veke of the Solomons’ Guadalcanal Province visited with Langley RCMP officers. The local police have established a relationship over the past several years with Ashwant Dwivedi, head of the Solomons…

Red eye affect delegates

TWO members of the Solomon Islands delegation to the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts are reportedly stuck in Manila, Philippines after contracting red eye. Reports reaching the paper over the weekend said, they are under medical observation before they can be allowed to continue their journey. The paper understands that the first group of delegation…

TSI hails junior cops

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands (TSI) has commended the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force junior officers of Guadalcanal Province who refused the bribe offered by their superintendent. Instead they did the right thing and reported him to authorities. It is alleged that the junior officers were offered bribe money from their superintendent presumably from the Chinese as…

Gov’t has 14 days to settle arrears

GOVERNMENT has been given another 14 days to settle nurses’ arrears of almost $10 million for the past two years since 2013. This was agreed following a meeting between Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Ministry of Public Service and Solomon Islands Nurses Association in Honiara last Friday. This came…

Accused cleared off rape

A MAN has been discharged of rape following a committal hearing conducted on his case in the Honiara Magistrates Court. A long form preliminary inquiry was conducted on Malcolm Akoforau’s case and the court found no evidence of rape. Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo said he agreed with the prosecution that the purpose of the preliminary…

Officers ordered to appeal in court

TWO police officers from the Henderson Police Station have been ordered to appear in court next Friday to show cause in relation to some missing exhibits. This was after the lawyer representing a couple, Patterson and Grace Natei, applied to court to impose this order so that the officers can appear in court and explain…

Police will not tolerate corruption, says chief

POLICE Commissioner Frank Prendergast said the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) will not tolerate corrupt activity. He was referring to the suspension of the acting Provincial Commander of Guadalcanal Province Superintendent Clement Marigeni over alleged receiving of bribe. Mr Prendergast confirmed Marigeni’s suspension and he’s being charged with a corruption related matter. He however,…

Swire Shipping opens door to local seafarers

A LOCAL seafarer sets history this week when he became the first Solomon Islander to be recruited by international liner operator, Swire Shipping. Fred Langley was recruited under Swire’s seafarer recruitment programme. In his first deployment, Mr Langley,39, from Guadalcanal Province, joined Swire Shipping’s multipurpose vessel, MV Chengtu, as 4thEngineer. “I am running out of…

Police to stage operations

POLICE will be conducting some operations in Honiara targeting hotspots area for anti-social behaviour this weekend. Police Commander Frank Prendergast said they will be conducting the operation in the township area particularly in east Honiara, central Honiara and west Honiara at white river. “We are asking public to assist police iduring that time and report…

60 complete music class

SIXTY young people will be graduating from the music class at the Bishop’s Dale, West, Honiara this weekend. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast said this music class is part of their crime prevention activity that they have been engaging with young people particularly around the Bishop’s Dale area through a school of music that the police…