Rapists warned

Your glory days are over, says judge A JUDGE has issued the harshest of warnings yet to would-be rapists. “Expect no lenient sentences if you are found guilty of rape,” High Court judge Justice Stephen Pallaras said, as he imposed longer jail terms for two men convicted of rape, Thursday. He said the penalty for…

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GOLD Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) confirmed last night it has withdrawn personnel from its Gold Ridge mine following a serious escalation in security and associated safety concerns.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…