MPs Ete, Iduri and Fika petition cases dismissed

EAST Honiara MP Douglas Ete, MP for West Kwara’ae Sam Iduri and West Kwaio MP Titus Fika have retained their seats following the dismissal of their petition cases in the High Court. Deputy Chief Justice Francis Mwanesalua had dismissed all allegations against Ete yesterday morning after the petitioner decided to withdraw the petition. Ete is…

PAY-OUT PROCESS CRITICISED

NPF should have done better, say members By IAN M.KAUKUI THE Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (NPF) has not responded to heavy public criticisms of its handling of the coronavirus emergency payout to members. The fund started dishing out applications, Wednesday. But the large crowd that turned up and congregated at the fund’s Town Ground…

PROVINCES BEEF UP COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS

All ten Provinces have beefed up their preparedness to counter any possible outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. According to the latest situation report, preventative measures taken by provinces are in alignment with the National Government’s measures to mitigate possible importation of COVID-19. Currently, awareness of COVID-19 is ongoing in all provinces…

KG VI School dormitories ready to accommodate quarantine persons

After a week of clean-up and renovation, King George Sixth (KG VI) National Secondary School dormitories has been repurposed to accommodate persons who is compelled to undergo the compulsory 14-days quarantine. The Infrastructure Sector Committee (ISC) established under the National Disaster Management plan 2018 responsible for the coordination of infrastructure developments has assessed all the…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

Casino operator’s trial set to start tomorrow Indecent assault case set for August Casino operator’s trial set to start tomorrow TRIAL on the case of a foreigner accused of operating an illegal casino in 2018 will commence tomorrow in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Ngie Kwong Pau from Malaysia is facing trial for one count of unlawful…

Australia funds testing machine 

The Australian Government is funding the procurement and delivery of a new COVID-19 testing machine to enable in-country testing in the Solomon Islands. The machine is expected to be ready for mobilisation from Australia this week.  The Australia High Commission, World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) are working together…

RSIPF arrests a director of Onelink Pacifica

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara have arrested one of the Onelink Pacifica directors on 30 March 2020 following a complaint raised by mentors and customers who are struggling to have their shares paid by the director. Provincial Police Commander Honiara City Chief Superintendent Stanley Riolo says, “The director was…

Malaita pays over $100k in retirement packages 

Malaita Provincial Government on Tuesday paid a sum of $112, 249, 62 to 14 provincial workers who voluntarily retired under the current provincial retirement exercise.  According to the Malaita Provincial Human Resource Manager Richard Misi, the 14 provincial workers put up their hands when the province sent a request for those within retirement age who…