Passenger boats must be inspected: Captain

A long serving ship captain and former Solomon Islands College of High Education marine Lecture Elijah Mouku says 90 percent of passenger vessels serving people need full inspection assessments. Mr Mouku said it is clear inspection of passenger and cargo boats has never been consistent. “A good number of boats servicing our waters were never…

Garu charged with office misconduct

Member of Parliament (MP) for West Guadalcanal and former Minister of Mines and Energy, Moses Garu is the latest MP to be charged for misconduct in office. According to the national broadcaster, SIBC, the Leadership Code Commission (LCC) formally charged him last Thursday. Chair of the Leadership Code Commission (LCC) Francis Luza said the charge…

Dovele community celebrates Easter

HONIARA based Dovele community of North Vella La Vella, Western provinces celebrated Easter in style on Sunday as part of raising much needed funds to support a health centre in their area. The one day event featured a number of games, race, fun games and sales of food. Chairman of the program Conrad Rore said,…

Thousands join Easter fun run

THOUSANDS of people living in Honiara concluded their Easter celebration with muscle flexing when they hit the road for the annual Easter fun run, Monday morning. The annual Easter Monday occasion attracted children, youths, women, leaders, expats, locals, visiting friends and families, all dressed in their respective uniforms to participate. The route started at Lawson…

Rini to unveil big budget

RURAL Development and Infrastructure are to be the prized items in the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government’s 2015 Budget this year. Finance and Treasury Minister, Snyder Rini, will bring down the $4.1 billion budget, the nation’s historic budget, when the 10th Parliament resumes later this morning. Dubbed the People’s Budget, the DCC Government, led…

Accused fined $150 for possessing marijuana

A MAN has been fined $150 on Wednesday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court after he confessed to having in his possession paper rolls and dried top of marijuana plant. Junior Fiduka, 23, pleaded guilty to the charge without a lawyer. He admitted having in his possession 24 dried top of marijuana plants and five paper…

Pre-trial date fixed for Tovosia, Veke

A PRE-TRIAL conference will be held on 24 April on the case of the Member of Parliament for East Guadalcanal Bradley Tovosia and former Guadalcanal Premier Anthony Veke. The pre-trial date was fixed yesterday after Tovosia and Veke entered not guilty pleas to the amended charges of abuse of office and attempted abuse of office…

Beware of conmen, public told

PERMANENT Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Lands, Housing & Survey Stanley Wale has reminded the public to be careful of conmen. He said certain conmen are going around with false land title documents and deceiving people to pay cash for their land title transfer. Speaking during the Public Accounts Committee hearing, Mr Wale said…

Tepuke: Renbel budget hijacked

THE Renbel non-executive bench has maintained the legality of the budget that was passed by the executive in Tigoa, last Saturday, needs to be tested. The executive passed the Rennell and Bellona Appropriation Ordinance 2015-2016 without non-executive members bypassing the Public Accounts Committee. The budget, which is about $5 million, is by far the province’s…