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Friday, July 14th, 2017


Was the nexus between Lever Solomon Ltd [lsl ] and ripel a pathway to deception?

WE may never gain full understanding of what goes on behind the scene over the so-called takeover of the Russell Islands Plantation Estates Ltd (RIPEL), its relationship with other entities such as Lever’s Plantation Ltd and so on. Everything it seems is subject to who one talks to and indeed their interpretations of events. The issues relating to RIPEL are so deep and cluttered that the government, under Derek Sikua’s administration, set up a commission of inquiry a few years ago, to get to the bottom of things. That attemptRead More

7 Million still owed in the name of Peace    

A National Healing and Apology program held last year under the Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation & Peace (MNURP) before the 38th Independence has incurred outstanding debts of around 7 million dollars. MNURP in an earlier Press Statement confirmed the debt the reconciliation program incurred, but claims the efforts are part of the Democratic Coalition for Change government’s plan to consolidate the peace efforts brought about by RAMSI in preparation for today’s post RAMSI era. Documents received by Island Sun show MNURP confirming the debt and indicates the ministry could notRead More

Auki murder case adjourned for next week

PRINCIPAL Magistrate Augustine Aulanga has adjourned the case against four men charged with murder at the Gwaunaruu area in 2015 to Wednesday next week. The court was told yesterday that a long form preliminary inquiry was conducted on the case and the only outstanding issue into the matter was for the continuation of two defence witnesses to testify during the inquiry. Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga said there were huge amount of evidence called already and if counsels agree, he will make his ruling based on the evidence and documents thatRead More

Prosecution to amend charge

THE case against a man charged with attempted murder is adjourned to July 27 allowing prosecution time to amend the charge as well as for a possible plea. Yesterday the Prosecution told court that they need time to re-visit the charge against the accused on whether or not they will amend the charge of attempted murder before the accused could be arraigned. This is in relation to the case against John Kebol in an incident that occurred at Sukiki village on the Weather-coast of Guadalcanal. The Prosecution said the accusedRead More

Varley dismiss article on MPs arrest influence

THE Police Commissioner has strongly dismissed Alfred Sasako’s article suggesting outside influence in delaying the arrest of MPs until a certain time. Matthew Varley made the statement when questioned by the media in regards to the issue. “I hear this question several times and Mr Sasako has been written this question a couple of times, and I have the same answer everytime. “And I’ll say the same thing again today (yesterday) – that it is simply not true. “I reject any suggestion that there is some sort of pressure orRead More

Tasahe death was suicide: Varley

THE police says there is no suspicious circumstance in their investigations into an apparent suicide incident in the Tasahe area last week. Police Commissioner, Mr Matthew Varley made the statement to the local media at his weekly police conference yesterday. He said the RSIPF has finalised its enquiry into the suicide incident which recently happened in Honiara. “We have conducted our investigations and at this point of time we conclude that there is no suspicious circumstance in relation to the death. “It is evident suicide and the family of theRead More

Donors misled on Tina hydro

THE Government is sitting on a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] designed to speed up work on the nation’s multi-million dollar Tina River Hydro scheme, it was revealed yesterday. “Both the last and this government have been sitting on the MOU for the last five years,” Paramount Chief Walton Naeson told Island Sun. Island Sun has obtained a copy of the unsigned MOU. Mr Naeson said lawyers who prepared the MOU in consultation with the stakeholders in 2012 were paid by Dr Derek Sikua’s government. It was to be signed betweenRead More

Historic Honiara Test match announced

THE Solomon Islands will host its first ever Rugby League Test Match when they host Vanuatu in the capital Honiara on Saturday October 21. The match will be the third Test between the Melanesian neighbours in what is turning into a fierce on-field rivalry. The Solomon Islands will be looking for their first victory after Vanuatu has scored two late come from behind victories in their 2013 encounter in Mackay (Australia) and most recent 24-15 defeat in Port Vila (Vanuatu) in 2016. Solomon Islands Rugby League President Jerry Tengemoana commentedRead More