Unitech VC suspended

In a statement, Unitech acting chancellor Jean Kekedo said Dr Schram was suspended following a special council meeting on Friday, January 19.

“The details and grounds of suspension are confidential and hence will not be disclosed at this stage,” stated Kekedo.

“Deputy vice chancellor, Dr Ora Renagi, was appointed as acting vice chancellor in the meantime.

“The council assures the public and stakeholders that all programs and operations of the university will not be affected by this decision of the council.”

Turi suspended

In a statement released late this afternoon, Deputy Police Commissioner Jim Andrews confirmed the suspension, saying it will be for a period of 21 days.

Andrews outlined that this is over allegations of serious disciplinary offences.








COUNTING: Kairuku-Hiri counting suspended

Counting officials stopped the elimination process after exclusion 17 over nonpayment of their allowances.

Counting was officially suspended at 3pm today by Kairuku-Hiri returning officer Tabu Vaira.

Vaira said at the moment, he cannot do much as he has already advised the Electoral Commission about the issue.

He stated that counting will resume on Wednesday morning however, this will depend on the counting officials if they decide to continue and if their issue is addressed.

The ballot boxes were sealed by Vaira, witnessed by the scrutineers.

Suspended Hela PA goes to court

Bando who is also the Chairman of the Hela Election Steering Committee is challenging his suspension due to the urgency of the upcoming election.

His lawyer went to court yesterday and again today, but was unable to move the urgent application because the state was short served the application and counsels with the files did not appear in court.

He is asking the court to set aside his suspension.

OC seeks clarification of leadership tribunal process

It is also seeking the interpretation on whether strict rules of evidence should be complied with when a leader’s conduct becomes subject to a Leadership Tribunal.

The case briefly came for mention today before Supreme Court for directions.

Justice Collin Makail adjourned the matter to next week after he allowed Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Speaker of Parliament, Theo Zurenuoc, to be joined as parties in the reference.

Most ENB secondary schools remain suspended

This was revealed during a meet between the administration of all secondary level institutions in the province, the provincial administrator and education council, on Friday.

Chairman of the Provincial Education Council, Cosmas Bauk, told the principals: “Don’t resume until the culprits are apprehended.

“Only a minority are jeopardising the entire student body’s education.

“Blacklist those students!”