Alleged robbers deny charges

Three men accused of robbing the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) at the Kwaimani building, East Honiara, last year have denied the allegations made out against them. Security Officer Joe Silas, Dilo Faiga and Saverio Sulimae have again entered their not guilty pleas yesterday to the amended charges. They have already entered their not guilty pleas…

Chinese cleared of larceny charges

TWO Chinese nationals facing larceny charges here have been cleared of the allegations in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court this week. Prosecution on Monday have asked the court to withdraw the larceny by servant charges against Xu Pie Ping (Female) and Zhau Zhen Wei (Male). Police Prosecutor Wilfred Sura’au made the application without a file as…

Leni hits back at Kagovai

SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) board chairman Nollen Leni has made a scathing attack on union leader Tony Kagova, describing him as opportunist. He was responding to calls from SIPA workers, who are being led by Mr Kagovai, for his sacking. “The issues which Tony raised and recommended the need for an investigations are tactical…

Parliament has new clerk

PARLIAMENT has welcomed the new Clerk to National Parliament. He is Clezy Rore, 51 years of age, who comes from Vella la Vella, Western province. Mr Rore served as a Public Servant for 33 years, in which from 2001 to 2004 he works for Parliament as a Deputy Clerk. He left Parliament in 2004 to…

Education on teachers’ housing, traveling issue

The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) is taking steps to address issues on teacher housing and travel being raised recently by the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA). And the process taken by the government has been acknowledged by the SINTA executive after it was informed. The understanding was further iterated by…

Kabui reminds MPs of responsibilities

Warn people to discourage handout mentality THE renowned portrayal of our national leaders as ‘finance managers’ instead of legislators, has been reiterated in Parliament as a reminder for Members of Parliaments (MPs) to reorganize their responsibilities. Delivering the ‘speech from the throne’ address to open the second sitting of the 10th Parliament, Governor General Sir…

Lawyer acquitted of criminal charges

PRIVATE lawyer Wilson Rano was acquitted yesterday in the Magistrate’s Court of charges of forgery, uttering, and false pretence. His co-accused, Nitlon Chite and Rodey Hiva al received the same fate. This was after the prosecution withdrew their case due to lack of evidence. This acquittal came amidst criticisms from the complainant Mr Tahu who…

GG congratulates DCC

GOVERNOR General Sir Frank Kabui has conveyed ‘warm greetings and special well wishes’ to the new Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government as he unveiled the ‘speech from the throne’ to open the 10th Parliament meeting yesterday. Sir Frank congratulated the Prime Minister and members of the DCC coalition for securing the mandate to govern…

Govt urged to settle allowance

Solomon Islands government students studying in Divine Word University (DWU) in Madang Papua New Guinea are calling on the government to release their allowance for the first semester of this year. In a statement yesterday the study body Solomon Islands Students Association (SISA) based in DWU said, the Education Ministry through the National Training Unit…