No buyers for teak yet says Anga

GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Forestry and Research (MFR) is yet to receive any formal confirmation of a potential teak buyer from overseas to teak from local farmers. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary (PS) Banabas Anga revealed this yesterday during the official opening of a three days forest inventory backstopping –NFI sampling design workshop held at…

Beauty pageant show remains uncertain

THE staging of the annual Miss Solomon Islands beauty pageant for this year remains unclear. Two young girls who wish to participate in this prestigious event said they were told it is yet to be decided whether the beauty show will be hosted or not. According to the chairman of Miss Solomon beauty pageant organising…

$7.3M defraud case in court

Second accused charged in $10m health clinic fund scandal A SECOND man is now facing court for the $10 million scandal within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS). John Biliki, 45, of Choiseul province is facing 15 counts of false pretence and 15 counts of money laundering. The first accused, a taxi driver who was…

Accountant’s case adjourned

The case involving a senior Accountant who confessed he failed to declare more than $200,000 to Customs and Immigration has been furtheradjourned to October 20. Everlyn Diudi previously pleaded guilty to the charges of failing to declare foreign currencies to Customs officers and false declaration. She was working at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism at…

Doromuala’s case now with DPP

THE court case that was transferred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) from police due to ‘pressure of political nature’ will return to court on October 20. This is to allow the prosecutor who was allocated the file to go through the file. Crown Prosecutor Willy Vaiyu told the court yesterday that…

Manelusi calls for information

Assistance commissioner for Honiara capital Gabriel Manelusi has issued strong appeal to the public to assist the police investigation team on the hit and run incident over the weekend. The incident occurred opposite the OBBA shop at Ranadi late on Saturday evening. Mr Manelusi told the paper that members of the public who witnessed the…

Police responds to more calls

The Honiara city police have responded to 62 reports and arrested 35 suspects around Honiara areas over the weekend. Police made the arrests in relation to offences of, drunk and disorderly, consuming liquor in public places, threatening violence, domestic violence, theft, house break-in and traffic accident.  Police recovered stolen properties Police at Guadalcanal have recovered…

Singer acquitted over sex charges

The gospel singer who stood trial for allegedly having sex on four occasions with a 14-year-old girl has been set free yesterday, in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court.  This was after the court found him not guilty and had him acquitted of all the charges against him. The young man whose name was withheld to protect the…

MRD PS faces charge

The Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) is facing court for allegedly failing to produce documents to the Ombudsman Office.  Selina Boso is facing one count of failure to furnish information or produce document as requested by the Ombudsman Office or any member ofstaff acting on behalf of his (Ombudsman) duties. She…