B’villeans escape police custody

TWENTY-NINE Bougainvillean men who entered the country illegally escaped Gizo police custody in the early hours of Wednesday following their detention on Tuesday. Police previously intercepted the men in three boats near Vella la Vella Island in the Western Province and took them into Gizo. They were detained at the Gizo Police Station overnight while…

FRAUD TRIAL STARTS

Former PS enriched himself with public funds, court told By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN SACKED permanent secretary Henry Murray misused public power entrusted to him by improperly and unlawfully enriching himself with government funds, a court was told yesterday. Public prosecutor Florence Joel relayed this to the court in her opening address of the trial of Murray…

Stop spreading false rumour, Sasako told

THE Government on called on journalist Alfred Sasako to refrain from spreading what it described as “false rumours”. In a statement, the government said: “The fabricated information penned by Mr Sasako (and published by the Island Sun newspaper) is intended to create division, confusion and animosity amongst Government and the general public.” It highlighted that…

Hearing into Constitution Bill deferred

THE Parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee (BLC) has postponed the hearing into the Constitution (Amendment) (Electoral Reform) Bill 2018 to further notice. This came after the legal draftsmen of the Prime Minister Office are still to complete the last pages of the Electoral Reform Bill 2018. Appearing before the BLC in Parliament on Wednesday, chief…

Belgian ambassador presents credentials

The new Belgian Ambassador to Solomon Islands Marc Mullie had presented his letter of credential to Governor General His Excellency, Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui early this week. The ceremony took place on Tuesday afternoon at Government House. Speaking during the occasion, the Ambassador said that it is truly a privilege for him to serve Solomon…

Taiwan hands over solar lights to constituencies

Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan officially hands over more than 11,000 units of solar lamps to the government of Solomon Islands yesterday in Honiara. The handing over ceremony was organised at the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) infront of its headquarter located behind the Tongs building, east Honiara. Speaking at the occasion Taiwan Ambassador to…

RSIPF EOD safely remove 5 bombs

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team has successfully removed Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from three locations in Honiara and Henderson area yesterday, 21 February 2018. Officer In-Charge (OIC), RSIPF EOD, Inspector Clifford Tunuki says, “My team  has responded to three sightings of UXO, two in Honiara and one in the…

Russians here to lobby, says gov’t

A DELEGATION from Russia that arrived in Honiara late Monday evening and left yesterday was from the Russian Federation “Bid Committee EXPO 2025”. That’s according to a statement the Government issued on Tuesday. Island Sun newspaper reported on its front page, Tuesday,  the visit was organised by a faction within the ruling government with the…

Rekindling love on Valentine’s day

MILLIONS around the world marked Valentine’s Day last Friday, the 16th of February. In Solomon Islands those who took time out to rekindle their love did so with various romantic activities. Such was the case for a lucky couple, who won the grand prize on Paoa FM’s Valentine’s Day competition. Working in collaboration with Ginger…