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    Controversial beche-de-mer stocker gets licence

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    Beche-de-mer

    By GEORGE MANFORD

    Auki

    WITH the national fisheries ministry yet to issue out export permits, drama is already brewing in Auki over the lucrative Beche-de-mer trade.

    A Chinese businessman known as Mr Sing, who made headlines previously for illegally buying and stocking dried beche-de-mer in his hardware shop in Auki, is reported to have been issued with a harvesting licence by Malaita’s provincial government.

    This has irked members of public and employees of the province, who decry this as corruption at best.

    Sources within the provincial government say the Chinese man is still under investigation with an active case, and according to fisheries ordinance should not even be considered for a licence.

    “According to fisheries ordinance anyone who illegally bought or harvested marine species at and during any ban period should not be favoured or granted with any licence.”

    Sources add that Mr Sing has not yet furbished the court with documents to defend his innocence over his case.

    Meanwhile, the fisheries office in Auki have denied issuing Mr Sing with any harvesting licence.

    They admit he had approached them demanding endorsement of his request for a licence, but maintain refusing his advances.

    “Surprisingly Mr Sing arrive at our office and force us to recommend his licence issued by Inland Revenue of Malaita province.

    “We believe such movement without approval of fisheries office here in Auki is not right and illegal.

    “We should work together to control such dealing which will cause unfairness to our Malaitan people.”

    The fisheries office also reveals that some Chinese beche-de-mer buyers are yet to complete their $30,000-business licence.

    “Information have it that some of Chinese here in Auki only pay less amount of money and continue with the harvesting which is not legal.”

    Mr Sing is married to a woman from Malaita and is operating a hardware shop and the popular Sea Sound resort at Gwaunaru’u airport area.

    SI and UN work towards eligibility to peacebuilding fund

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    Mr Fernadez-Taranco and PM Sogavare at the UN Headquarter in New York.
    Mr Fernadez-Taranco and PM Sogavare at the UN Headquarter in New York.

    THE United Nations Peace Building Support Office is currently working with the Solomon Islands Government towards eligibility to the UN sponsored Peace Building Fund.

    This was highlighted by the Assistant Secretary-General for the UN Peace Building Support Office, Mr Oscar Fernandez-Taranco in a meeting with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday September 19.

    Mr Fernandez-Taranco said his Office is keen to support Solomon Islands in its ongoing peacebuilding efforts to achieve lasting peace to support socio-economic development in the country.

    Prime Minister Sogavare informed Mr Taranco that the Government’s ongoing fundamental reforms in key areas that are crucial towards peace building, notably, reforms in relevant legislations, in land tenure systems, corruption and other crucial areas is gaining momentum.

    “We are fully committed to these reforms so that we set the foundation for ongoing peacebuilding efforts in the country,” Mr Sogavare said, adding “that Solomon Islanders now realise that peace is crucial for socio-economic development in the country”.

    He said Solomon Islands stands ready to welcome any assistance in terms of peace building because the country is keen to reposition itself as one of the best investment areas in the region, especially in the tourism industry.

    Prime Minister Sogavare has a number of high level engagements at the margins of the UN General Assembly this week prior to addressing the Assembly this Friday.

    –GCU

    Prosecution wants accused to appear in court

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    BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

    PUBLIC Prosecutor Olivia Ratu has told court yesterday that she wants the murder accused, Mark Nalua, to be present in court before ruling can be made on the short form preliminary Inquiry.

    The ruling on the SFPI was supposed to have been made on Tuesday this week but Nalua did not turn up.

    He did not turn up in today’s session either, despite a warrant of arrest issued against him yesterday.

    Defence Lawyer Stanley Aupai sought an adjournment yesterday to allow him to try and find Nalua’s whereabouts through his sureties.

    Court however rebuked defence, telling him that defence cannot dictate the court’s timing and schedules for the convenience of their clients.

    Ms Taeburi said the accused has breached one of the bail conditions, however she adjourned the case for today showing mercy to the defence.

    This is in relation to the Lungga murder of 2015, in which Mark Nalua and Barnabas Mwema are accused into the death of a man at the Sisi dance area on the night of March 22.

    Plea for business man October 4

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    BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

    A Honiara businessman James Fang will likely enter his plea on his next appearance on October 4.

    This is after the prosecution confirmed that investigation on the case has completed and disclosures served to the defence lawyer.

    The case was mentioned at the Honiara Magistrate yesterday and after all the submission was made, court adjourned the case for the next 14 days.

    Mr Fang is alleged of forging and uttered documents.

    He is the owner of Fangs franchise in Honiara.

    He is facing a charge of Forgery and Uttering in relation to incidents which occurred sometimes this year.

    The charges stem from an extensive enquiry into the legitimacy of a document emailed to the Inland Revenue Division.

    The document was a letter purporting to have been authored by a Government Minister, authorizing the waiving of $14 000 000 in tax payable to the Government of Solomon Islands, through the Inland Revenue Division of the Ministry of Finance & Treasury.

    Investigations revealed that signature on the letter were not that of the Minister.

    Kevaru’s case committed to the High Court

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    BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

    PRINCIPAL Magistrate Fatimah Taeburi has committed the case against Abraham Kevaru to the High Court for trial.

    She made the ruling yesterday on the Short Form Preliminary Inquiry submitted on Tuesday by the prosecution.

    She said having gone through the evidence file and documents, she found that prosecution has sufficient evidence on the case therefore committed the case.

    Ms Taeburi said the case will call in the High Court for directions on September 29.

    This is the case in relation to an accused charged for murder at the Yandina substation this year.

    62-year-old male Abraham Kevaru was alleged of stabbing a 39-year male from Savo Island on July 8, 2017 in Yandina, Russell Islands.

    The stabbing incident allegedly happened after an argument between the deceased and the suspect.

    RSIPF officers in Central Islands Province arrested the suspect on the same day and transported him to Honiara.

    Defence lawyer’s absence delays bail application

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    BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

    BAIL application against Rachel Roko has been adjourned for October 4 to allow the defence lawyer to appear in court.

    Principal Magistrate Fatimah Taeburi said that a document for the bail application is already in the court’s file and questions the lawyer’s absence.

    She comments that it is strange how some lawyers operate.

    Ms Taeburi said the matter was listed yesterday for bail application as requested by the defence lawyer, Jenny Namo, but then she did not turn up.

    Ms Taeburi questions Namo’s absence because she had earlier attended court for other matters.

    Meanwhile, the accused, Ms Roko was initially charged with two other co-accused on another matter, but whilst on bail Ms Roko re-offended and was charged with an additional charge of assault causing actual bodily harm.

    She was then remanded in custody for that matter.

    She is also alleged in another matter which occurred in May last, which prosecutor Lyndon Adifaka says is a part-heard case yet to be completed.

    This is in relation to the case of Lionel Aenasi, Rachel Roko and another accused who is under warrant of arrest since he was released on bail last year.

    The three accused were charged in relation to an incident on May 26 in which Ms Roko’s siblings attacked and injured the victim, who was her partner at the time.

    It is alleged she was angry at him for not returning home after work, but rather went out drinking with friends.

    She eventually brought five relatives who carried out the attack.

    Roko and Aenasi pleaded not guilty to the charge against them and a trial date was set.

    Solomon Warriors stays top

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    Solomon Warriors players celebrate Gagame Feni's goal

    By Taromane Martin

     

    Solomon Warriors players celebrate Gagame Feni’s goal

    SOLOMON Warriors FC temporarily cemented their spot at the top of the 2017 Telekom Soccer League table after defeating defending champions Marist FC 4-3 yesterday.

    Gagame Feni gave the Moses Toata coached side the lead 40 minutes of the first half to see them leading Marist 1-0 at the break.

    Feni doubled Warriors lead 50 minutes when second half resumed. Marist were left in deep waters after match referee Hamilton Siau sent off Marist defender Joachim Waroi for a second yellow card.

    Marist response was a goal, Brazilian import Guilherme Guedes beating Izomo Bird in the 60th minute. Fellow country man Andre’ Ribeiro Morosini leveled the scores for Marist in the 71st minute only to see Gagame Feni completing a hat trick and the lead for Warriors in the 76 minute.

    Guedes leveled the score 3-3 for Marist again in 81 minutes into the second half only to see Feni sealing another three points for Warriors in the second minute of additional time.

    “We knew going into the match it was not going to be an easy game because Marist are the current champions and have a bunch of good players in their squad,” Coach Toata said.

    “Our game plan was to eliminate Fa’arodo (Henry) from their game. If we eliminate him then we will have less job to handle in our defense.

    “Although we made a lot of mistakes they also made up for it so I’m pleased with their performances today.

    “Although they managed to score three goals today I was pleased with our defense,” he said.

    Toata said Marist goals shows there is still a lot to be done defensively he was pleased with other areas of their match yesterday.

    “We’ll continue to treat every games as a final because it’s still a very long road ahead. For you to climb up is easy but to stay at the top is another story as everyone wants to be in that position,” he adds.

    Meanwhile Marist FC Brazillian Head Coach Juliano Schmeling gave credit to his boys saying it was an equally contested match.

    “We played full second half with one man down and we equalized twice so yeah a lot of positives. It was an equal game,” Coach Schmeling said.

    “In the first half we made a mistake from the back. Unfortunately it was an individual mistake which can happen sometimes.

    “The boys were strong enough mentally to get back into the game. So after Joachim was red carded we got back and kept on fighting again and managed to equalize twice,” he said.

    Schmeling however showed hints of disappointment with the match officials in charge of their match yesterday saying referees should be more prepared for such type of games.

    “I don’t want to complain but the referees for this level of the game should be more prepared. The games are now getting tougher so the referees need to be prepared for the level of the games,” the Brazilian said.

    “I don’t want to take away the win or anything from Solomon Warriors. They are a good team like us. However, the people watching the game can see it that the level of refereeing is pretty bad.

    “I don’t want to say it is the referees fault but at this level and type of match you need to have more experience. However we will come back stronger,” Schmeling said.

     

    Junior Kurukurus flies today

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    By Taromane Martin

    THE Solomon Islands U-17 Futsal team, the Junior Kurukurus will depart today for Australia to undergo final preparations for the OFC U-17 qualifiers in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Head Coach Stanley Puirana confirmed the team will spend ten days at the Baptist Church Dural Centre in Sydney before travelling over for New Zealand for the competition.

    “We need to stay 10 days in Australia so the boys can train and get use to the size of a standard futsal court.

    “From Australia then we will make our way over for New Zealand probably on September 30 or October 1 for the OFC qualifiers,” Coach Puirana said.

    The junior Kurukuru side will meet American Samoa and New Zealand in their opening match of competitions on October 4.

    They will play two more matches against New Caledonia and Samoa on October 5 and then will take on Vanuatu and Tonga on October 6 in the final day of competition.

    The overall winner of the competition will secure their OFC spot in futsal for next year’s Youth Summer Olympics Games in Argentina.

    Meanwhile, Team Manager and Chaplin, Pastor Nacaneili Seru confirmed the squad will be travelling with 11 players only instead of 12 after one of their players could not be given visa approval for Australia.

    Kurukuru bow out of Asian Games

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    Kurukuru team

    BY ROMULUS HUTA

    THE Solomon Islands national futsal side Kurukuru went down 2-1 against Vietnam last night in its final Pool A match of the futsal competition of the Asian Indoor Games currently underway in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

    The loss had cancelled out Solomon Islands’ hopes of reaching the quarterfinals.

    Vietnam scored in the first three minutes of the first half to lead 1-0 through PHAM Duc Hoa.

    Kurukuru had several shots on target but could not convert them as 39th ranked Vietnam led with the 1-0 margin into halftime.

    PHUNG Trong Luan extended lead for Vietnam seven minutes into the second half.

    A minute before the final whistle, George Stevenson grabbed a consolation goal for Kurukuru to reduce the deficit to 2-1 but Vietnam held on to claim vital maximum points.

    Vietnam is now in second spot on the Pool A table with six points. They still have one remaining match to play.

    Rennell out Bellona through

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    Bellona Team Captain Leslie Puia kicks for touch as Makira player Duddley Ratu closes in during their Solrice Inter- Islands 15s challenge semi final match yesterday. Bellona won...Photo Taromane Martin.

    Subi eliminates defending champs

     

    By Taromane Martin

    Bellona Team Captain Leslie Puia kicks for touch as Makira player Duddley Ratu closes in during their Solrice Inter-
    Islands 15s challenge semi final match yesterday. Bellona won…Photo Taromane Martin.

    DEFENDING Inter-Islands rugby 15s champion’s Rennell Islands are out of the title race after they were defeated 17-15 by Malaita Subi yesterday.

    The match had to be called off with a minute remaining to play after Rennell players verbally abused and threatened match referee Augustine Mafuara after Subi stole the lead through a penalty conversion.

    With time running out and Subi leading by three points, Rennell players lost their cool after Mafuara showed a Rennell player the yellow card for infringement on the ruck.

    Rennell players and managements were furious and refused to finish that game abandoning the game leaving Malaita Subi securing their spot for the grand final this Saturday.

    Set to meet Malaita Subi in the grand final this Saturday at the Town Ground rugby stadium is Bellona rugby team who eliminated Makira in the second semifinal match yesterday.

    Mike Nasiu grabbed the first try for Bellona after Dickson Aria gave Makira a three point lead early in the match.

    Roman Tongaka and Victor Sau’eha scored a try each but saw the conversion attempts by Leslie Puia off target to see Bellona leading 15-3 the break.

    Makira came back strong in the second half, dominating ball possession with the presence of their huge forwards.

    It paid off in the 52nd minute, Johnson Siapu pulling a try back for Makira, Dudley Ratu adding extra two to put Makira back in the game.

    Bellona was reduced to 14 men after Fijian match referee James Bolambiu showed Rennell’s Cameron Suamoana the red card for a dangerous tackle.

    Mike Tuhaika extended Bellona’s lead to 20-10 with another try before competition leading try scorer Larvnester Puia added another try to his tally to finish the game 27-10.

    “The performance today was ok. I’m happy with the boys because they managed to execute our game plan and moves in the game which is great,” Bellona Coach Brian Pongatapu said.

    “Our game plan was 70% on. We worked really hard on our defense and discipline which are priorities areas we are working on at the moment.

    “I feel Bellona will have a good game on Saturday and I’m also appealing to spectators and players we have to play rugby because it is only a sport and we need a good outcome for the final.

    “After winning the first ever Inter-Islands rugby title. This is our second time back in the finals after being eliminated in the second and third Inter-Islands, so yes very much look forward for the grand final match,” he said.

    Makira Head Coach Philip Campbell though disappointed gave credit for his boys saying they look forward to meet Rennell in the third and fourth position playoffs.

    “Our game plan was set but obviously it did not go to plan. We made one too many areas today which favored Bellona. Congratulations to them for the win,” Coach Campbell said.

    “For Team Makira looking at the players on the field their performance is consistent. Our performance at the moment is average coming through our pool games. It improved in the semi but unfortunately it was not enough to take us through for the grand finals.

    “Rennell is a competitive side. Even though they defeated us in the pool games, coming to the play offs certainly things will be a lot different.

    For now we look forward for the third and fourth position playoffs on Saturday. We will regroup, work on our injuries and recovery and then we will be ready for Rennell on Saturday,” Campbell said.

     

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