Court rejects no-case to answer bid

THE defence will open its case next month in the High Court in relation to the Lungga river murder case in 2010. This was after Justice Francis Mwanesalua found the accused, Aaron Konle, have a case to answer to the murder charge. Hubert Fugui of Public Solicitor’s Office had filed a no case to answer…

Man who admits rape jailed for 7 years

A HIGH Court judge says the courts have a responsibility in their sentencing practice to protect children in our societies from predators. Justice Stephen Pallaras uttered this when he sent a Gela man in his early 20’s to seven years behind bars after he admitted raping a 14-year-old girl last year. “The courts have a…

Gold Ridge withdraws workers

GOLD Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) confirmed last night it has withdrawn personnel from its Gold Ridge mine following a serious escalation in security and associated safety concerns. GRML Director, Bob Vassie, said: “Safety is the Company’s highest priority. We have taken the decision to withdraw our employees from site because we cannot assure their continued…

New twist: Renbel elects new premier

IN a new twist, Renbel Assembly yesterday elected a new premier in a meeting embattled premier LenceTangosia boycotted. Timothy Johnston was elected during the meeting held at the Pacific Casino Hotel. Renbel Provincial Speaker Norman Sao confirmed the election, saying Mr Johnston took his oath immediately after he was elected to power. Early this week,…

Kerry pays tribute here

UNITED States Secretary of State John Kerry has paid tribute to Coastwatchers and US Marines who fought and lost their lives during the Second World War here. “If it hasn’t been for the coastwatchers and the scouts, we would be bastards in ten minutes,” Mr Kerry said during a wreath laying ceremony at the Solomon…

World youth day theme highlighted

THE theme of this year’s International Youth Day was underscored during celebrations marking the event in Honiara on Tuesday. Vice chair of Honiara City Youth Council Jessica Parapolo said the theme “Youth and Mental Health” provided the perfect opportunity to turn the spotlight on challenges that upset the balance between all aspects of life –…

Youths end celebration is style

YOUTHS in Honiara wind up celebrations marking International Youth Day in style, Tuesday night. Youths taking part in the event showcased their talents in singing and dancing as the celebrations come to its close. Despite technical problems faced by the committee, the programme continued undisrupted to the end. One of the youths Charlie Leua said…

Vendors strike deal with businessman

BUSINESSMAN James Fang has struck a deal with vendors at the Fishing village market yesterday, which will see a new market built and have all vendors relocated to it. This came a day after reports that Mr Fang had over the past few weeks forced all vendors to vacate the area as construction on his…

Fang deny threatening vendors to vacate area

A LOCAL Chinese businessman yesterday dismissed claims he had instructed his employee to threaten vendors to move out of the fishing village market before Friday or their market tables will be destroyed. James Fang, a naturalised citizen of Chinese origin, dismissed the claims after he was visited by angry vendors who wanted to know if…

Students renew allowances call

SOLOMON Islands students studying in Papua New Guinea’s institutions have renewed their calls for the national government to immediately release their last tranche of allowances for the second semester. It was revealed most of the students received the first tranche since mid of last month but since then nothing has come through. Those studying at…