Police discourages U-turn

A SPOKESMAN for the Kukum Traffic Centre, Inspector Brain Surimalefo has discouraged unnecessary U-turn within the main Honiara highways. Mr Surimalefo made the warning following number of traffic accidents which had occurred last week caused as a result of careless and unnecessary U-turn from drivers. ________Drivers should bear in mind that there is no designated…

NO MONEY

SEVENTEEN government funded students studying law at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Emalus Campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu are yet to receive their first semester allowance. A concerned student who is severely affected and who wants to remain anonymous told the Solomon Star on Sunday. He said semester two commenced on Monday 3rd…

Sikua disclosures still to be done

THE prosecution is yet to provide full disclosures on the case of the suspended Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services Edmond Sikua. Sikua, who faces seven counts of official corruption, appeared last Friday at the Honiara Magistrates’ Court and his matter was further adjourned to April 27. Gabriel Suri…

Custody death inquiry moved

THE coronial inquiry into the death of David Saemala in police custody in June last year will resume on April 10. The doctor who carried out the post mortem on the late Saemala is expected to be called to give evidence on that day. The hearing was supposed to continue last Friday after did not…

Magistrate hits out at police investigators

A HONIARA Magistrate has vented her frustrations at police officers who failed to perform their duties regarding a murder case that occurred in east Guadalcanal dating back in 2001. Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi on Thursday said it is very shameful that our police are not performing their work in this case. “This is a very…

Hou highlights abuse of CW

Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) points out specific examples of abuse of Contingency Warrant (CW) by some government ministries. Speaking on the floor of parliament on Thursday, Hou said there is a rising trend in the abuse of CW. He explained that purpose of the CW is for expenditures that are unforeseen and that…

MARKET CHAOS

Fire razes food bars, no fatalities TWO fast-food bar cubicles at the Central Market were left in tatters after a fire razed through them yesterday afternoon, throwing the busy market area into chaos. But fire fighters quickly put the blaze down from spreading to the nearby cubicles, and that no one was injured or killed.…

Govt pilots public service leave management system

GCU: THE Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Public Service (MPS) is piloting its first-ever computerized Leave Management and Passage Arrangement process this week. A statement from Government Communication Unit on Thursday said a selected group from a number of government ministries began the training programme at the Institute of Public Administration and Management…

Dala teachers experience discrimination

FOUR senior teachers at St John Dala Catholic School are threatening to leave the school following what they described as “regionalism and discrimination” at the school. The teachers’ move came after they sighted a letter addressed to the Auki Catholic Diocese teaching service commission director stating that the school did not need the services of…

Landowners demand explanation

LANDOWNERS of Maana’oba airstrip are demanding the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA) to explain with break down figures of how the $62 million spent on the airfield was disbursed. This was raised to the Solomon Star at the Kitano Mendana Hotel, where the Lolo tribe of Maana’oba met on Thursday. The landowners of Lolo…