Health fraud ruling Sept 31

THE court will be handing down its ruling on a legal issue raised in relation to the $7.3 million fraud in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services case on September 31. Public Solicitor Douglas Hou last Thursday raised the issue of double jeopardy on the charges against accused John Biliki. Biliki is facing 14…

NGO leaving Temotu

A NEW Zealand-based non-government organisation, OceansWatch, is leaving Temotu Province because of Customs and Immigration issues. The NGO, whose workers normally travelled directly to Temotu on yacht, said they’ve always experienced immigration and customs clearance delays at Lata. This is due to the absence of immigration and customs officers in the province. OceansWatchhad been working…

Officer to be sentenced, Monday

A POLICE officer found guilty of causing the death of a girl in a road accident in 2011 will be sentenced, Monday (today). Principal Magistrate Ricky Iomea deferred the sentence that was listed for Friday because he was yet to finalise it. Rex U’upwe of Makira/Ulawa had been remanded in custody after his conviction and…

Logging illegal, says Renbel man

LOGGING company Samlinsum’s operation on Rennell is illegal, a Rennel man claims. And Pautangata Hakatingisa’a urged government authorities to stop the logger from felling trees on disputed land,which are currently before the High Court. Mr Hakatingisa’a said Samlinsam has continued to trespass and operateon land, whicha High Court order had restricted them from entering. He…

Eye Centre impresses visitors

THERESE Walsh, Peter Kiely and Gill Greer, advisers to the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs visited the new Regional Eye Centre (REC) on 14 August. Walsh, Kiely and Greer are members of the International Development Advisory and Selection Panel (IDASP), an independent group that provides advice to the Minister on the New Zealand Aid…

Fisheries observers into final part of training

THE Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Observer training Programme has entered its sixth week with the observers moving into second part of their programme. The 35 observers were divided into two groups with one doing sea time at the Solomon Islands National University and the other the Pacific Islands Regional Fisheries Observer Syllabus Programme.…

No land yet for grave, dumpsite

THE Honiara City Council is yet to locate land for a new cemetery and rubbish dump for Honiara. That was according to city clerk Charles Kelly. He was responding to the call by former Honiara City mayor Andrew Mua and others who wanted these issues addressed. Mr Kelly said: “The council is concerned about these…

Mining joint-venture clarified

MUGAVA Investment and Solomon Mining Limited have denied any ties with World Link Resources Limited. Work Link Resources Limited, a mining company from Hong Kong in China, has been awarded a controversial mining lease on March 2015 to mine bauxite on a registered land purportedly owned by Eric Tema. The mining licence was awarded by…

Mose is envoy to three EU countries

THE country’s ambassador to the European Union Moses Kouni Mose was commissioned Thursday as ambassador designate to Germany, France and the Netherlands. Mr Mose is also the country’s High Commissioner to Great Britain. Ambassador Mose acknowledged the Government for having the trust and confidence in him to take up additional responsibilities to represent the interest…

Youth raise their voice

YOUNG people across Guadalcanal, Malaita, Western Province and Choiseul commemorated International Youth Day on Wednesday through holding youth forums across the country. The young people are addressing their issues and concerns to representatives from Provincial and localGovernment and youth stakeholders. The Guadalcanal Youth Forum was held at Saint Barnabas on Wednesday, while a Malaita forum…