Police arrest fifth robbery accused

A FIFTH man on the run from police accused of the armed robbery at the Bank of South Pacific at Auki last year has been remanded in custody on Thursday afternoon. Peter Kafa Eto was charged with one count of armed robbery. Police however, did not retrieve the weapon alleged to be used in the…

Confusion leaves PM to fly economy

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare found himself in the economy class when flying from Port Vila to Brisbane last weekend. This was after he led the government delegation to Vanuatu to successfully bid for the 2023 Pacific Games to be held here. From Vanuatu, Mr Sogavare flew to Brisbane before boarding the flight from there back…

Gov’t yet to decide on sub marine cable

THE GOVERNMENT is still to make a decision on the proposed new submarine cable project that will land in Honiara and connect to Noro in Western province and Auki in Malaita. Ministry of Communication and Aviation permanent secretary, Moses Virivolomo said the project was a bit slow because of its technicality. Mr Virivolomo said this…

Nation’s first

First report on shipping grant presented to gov’t NORTH WEST Choiseul has become the first constituency to produce a report of the $5 million grant it used to purchase MV Vatate and set up its business venture. The constituency presented its report to the government yesterday. Chairman of the Taskforce, Moses Pelomo handed the report…

Trio to enter pleas to new charges

THREE men accused of damaging properties worth more than $500,000 at Tamone Settlement, east of Honiara will return to court again on June 1. That’s when they will enter their pleas to the new charges levelled against them. One of the accused is yet to be allocated a lawyer while another two have already secured…

Report: $172 million deficit recorded

THE recently released 2015 Annual Report from the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) shows a record deficit of $172 million for the year on the fiscal front. This was revealed by the Governor Denton Rarawa during the launch event yesterday. He said the deficit resulted from an increase in government expenditure in the second…

Solomons takes part in Arms Trade workshop

SOLOMON Islands recently participated in a four day workshop on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 3-6 May. The workshop, which was organized by Control Arms, Nonviolence International Southeast Asia (NISEA) and the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) with funding support from the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, was…

Is it the end for Yow?

IS it the end for Colin Yow – the Singaporean-born high flyer who took on the establishment and lost, the man who confused reforms for rice and noodle sales? Legal experts spoken to said it is the end for Mr Yow in terms of his fight to remain the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the…