GOVERNMENT CASH FLOW POSITION STABLE

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon Snyder Rini has lashed out at the statement by Hon Rick Hou in the Solomon Star on 22 March 2017 as misleading and inappropriate. Hon Snyder Rini said, “The government cash position is stable and payment to service providers, suppliers, contractors, scholarships and salaries are being met.” Revenue…

Nauru rugby tour

A Nauru Select rugby union team will be touring Honiara next month, April 16. The visiting team will play two friendly matches during their stay in Honiara. This was confirmed by the Honiara Rugby Union Association president, Calwin Tengemoana on Wednesday. Their first friendly match will be against a Honiara Select side comprising of players…

Tax officer to take plea next

THE Inland Revenue Division (IRD) officer accused of defrauding the government of much needed tax revenue will be taking his pleas next week. Ellison Raoga appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court and his matter was further adjourned to Monday next week. Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda yesterday informed the court that the defence counsel had informed…

Rape accused to face high court

THE case of a man accused of raping his sister in-law last year at a village in Central Island Province has been committed to the High Court for trial. This was after a committal hearing was conducted on the case, Wednesday. Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga having found sufficient evidence on the case against the accused…

Partial disclosure on $10m health scandal

PROSECUTION is yet to provide full disclosures on the case of the five people charged in connection to the $10 million scandal from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Only partial disclosures were served to the defence counsels on Wednesday. Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo adjourned the matter to April 19, to allow…

Police lauds drivers

Director of the Kukum Traffic, superintended Charles Hapatia has applauded  those drivers who continued to warn other drivers about the work of breathalyzer. Breathalyzer is an equipment police uses to test drivers for alcohol level. “I want to thank few vehicle drivers who were being caught by the machine, penalized and afterwards conduct awareness about…

Police special team to visit provinces

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Rapid Response Team will soon make its presence felt in Malaita and Western provinces. Malaita Provincial Police Commander David Wate said arrangements are being made with the Ministry of Police in Honiara to have the Rapid Response Team doing routine rounds in the two provinces. “As I understand the government…

Khadem is our new consul in Auckland

THE Government (SIG) says it has appointed Kayhan Khadem as the country’s Honorary Consul in Auckland, New Zealand. This follows a Cabinet approval and official exequatur signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade in August 2016. A statement from Government Communication Unit said, the appointment of Mr Khadem was done in accordance…

Local Pacific-LEADS candidate, professor visits here

A LOCAL Solomon Islands student from the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan accompanied by his Professor Kosuke Ito are currently in the country on a weeklong visit. Edward Maru is a master’s degree student and is also working at the Solomon Islands Meteorological Office, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management, & Meteorology (MECDMM).…

Benefits of forest highlighted

FOREST is very important resource because it can be used to generate energy for lighting, cooking, heating and many more. Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Forestry Vaeno Vigulu highlighted this on Wednesday during the International Day of Forest which was celebrated in Honiara. The theme for the celebration was: ‘Forests and Energy.’ “Forest in…