Sea-plane payment

Claims SIPA puts down $2.2m on first sea plane As allegations of unapproved spendings swirl around Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) Chief Executive Officer, Colin Yow, there is new revelation of yet another alleged unapproved spending. This time it is the alleged down payment on the first SIPA’s seaplane acquisition. According to sources, SIPA has…

Tozaka bestowed with Italian awards

Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Milner Tozaka has been conferred with the “Award of Grand Officer of the Order of Star of Italy” in recognition of Solomon Islands ongoing effort to advocate against the impacts of Climate Change. The visiting Italian Minister of Environment, Land and Sea Gian Luca Galletti bestowed the award…

Health fraud allegations probe

A NUMBER of fraud allegations is currently under investigated within some departments of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS). That was according to a senior ministry staff, who claimed to have assisted the police in providing information related to the fraud allegation in the ministry. The officer reported that the Criminal Investigation Department…

Dr Sikua to govt: Introduce other scholarship schemes

THE leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group Dr Derek Sikua has called on the government through the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) to introduce other scholarship schemes in 2017. This was in view of the recent media debate regarding the 2016 SIG scholarship awards. In a statement yesterday, the former education minister…

Lilo’s petition adjourned

The petition filed by the former Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo against the Minister for Rural Development Jimson Tanangada for alleged vote buying and bribery during the election campaign has been adjourned to the 1st of July, 2016. This was confirmed to the Solomon Star by the High Court, stating that the adjournment was based…

PM to deal with Ports Authority

THE impact of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) ongoing reform on business activities has forced Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to take a stand to deal with the situation. He made the promise to address the situation when meeting with the General Manager of the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) Andrew Kerr and General Manager…

Trial for bank robbery to be fixed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Trial date on the Westpac Bank robbery matter will be soon fixed now that two of the five men facing the charges are arrested and remanded in custody. Jonathan Wanefiolo and Stanley Waneakwasia who were under warrant of arrest on previous appearance are now in custody. Three of the accused, security officer Harry Lilimae,…

Mbike case to High Court

Four people accused of the Mbike Island shooting incident in 2014 have been committed to stand trial in the High Court on Monday. This was after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi found sufficient evidence against the four accused following a short form preliminary inquiry conducted on their case. Aikan Maelausia, Harrison Niumalefo, Billy Kanakana Ringasui and…