Payments under investigation

SYDNEY, (SMH) — Payments made by miners Allied Gold and St Barbara to a Solomon Islands’ government official are being investigated by the Australian Federal Police. Allied Gold, which was acquired by Perth-based St Barbara in 2012,­ ­allegedly provided benefits to the ­Solomon Islands’ outgoing opposition leader Matthew Wale from 2011. St Barbara then continued…

SINU media class flooded

STUDENTS at the media and journalism classroom at the Solomon Islands National University, (SINU) Kukum campus turned up at class yesterday morning and were shocked to find their classroom being flooded with water as a result of the overnight showers. This happened due to a leaking roof. As result the tables were wet and the…

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…

$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…