Tovosia retains seat 

MEMBER of Parliament for East Guadalcanal Bradley Tovosia has retained his seat after the election petition case against him was dismissed last Friday. Justice Rex Faukona dismissed the petition case against Tovosia after finding no evidence of bribery against him. Tovosia’s runner up in last April National General Election (NGE), Timothy Manepuria filed the petition…

Man mistakenly shot for escaped prisoner

POLICE CLARIFY ACTION By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN   POLICE have defended actions of its officers who fired a rubber bullet at a man whom they suspect was one of the three who escaped Rove Correctional Centre last month. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau came out to clarify the incident, which occurred in the Aligator Creek area…

Villagers say they are tired of ‘lip-service’

VILLAGERS of Fataleka and Kwara’ae in Malaita say they are tired of “lip-service development”. They expressed this when they met Malaita premier Daniel Suidani last Friday. Suidani and his officials visited the landowning tribes of Auluta in east Malaita last Thursday and Friday to hear their views and concerns on development in the province. “The…

Husband arrested over wife’s death

POLICE have arrested a man in his 40s who allegedly stabbed his wife to death at Putagita logging camp, Roviana Lagoon, Western Province, last Sunday. Supervising Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Western Province, Inspector Justina Fono confirmed this on Tuesday. “The suspect, the husband of the deceased, escaped from the logging camp in a dugout canoe…

Gov’t shares sympathy with Australian victims

THE Government has conveyed message of condolences to the Australian Prime Minister, the government and people of Australia on the loss of lives, properties and damage caused by the ongoing bushfire in Australia. In a letter to the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga stated the Government and People of Solomon…

Beck condemns Island Sun report

THE Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Collin Beck has condemned an Island Sun report that claimed he shot down a suggestion to send firefighters to Australia. The article further suggested that the ministry has downgraded its presence in Australia. But Beck clarified that contrary to that, Acting Prime Minister…

Wale: let’s pray for Australia

  OPPOSITION leader Matthew Wale appeals to the churches and people of Solomon Islands to share a thought in their prayers, for the people of the East Coast of Australia, who have and are still suffering from the ongoing effects of the bush fires.   Wale added he was saddened by the deafening silence of the…

Gov’t urged to start implement budget

THE Government has been urged to start implementing the 2020 budget priorities. Leader of the Independent Group Robertson Galokale made the call on Tuesday. “The Government must shift-away from the usual practice of dragging its feet on budget implementation and immediately start implementing the 2020 Budget priorities, particularly allocations for preparation towards hosting the 2023 Pacific…

Former bank offer jailed for 15 months

A FORMER Bank of South Pacific (BSP) employee who confessed to stealing more than $50,000 belonging to a school in Honiara has been jailed for 15 months. This was after Linda Tatapu Ofia pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny by clerk, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment. Chief Magistrate…

Tourism budget drops

THE Tourism industry will continue to fall behind if Government funding towards the sector continues to decrease. That’s according to the Leader of the Opposition Group Mathew Wale in his budget debate in the parliament last month. The government in its seriousness to slowly rid of logging industry look at tourism sector as one of…