Haununu clarifies voter fraud claim

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Cabinet agrees to lift bech-de-mer ban

CABINET has already agreed to lift the bech-de-mer harvest ban during discussions in July this year, well-placed government sources told the Solomon Star. But the decision won’t come into effect unless the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources signed the instruments to have the ban lifted. The ban has been in force since 2010. Last…

Malaita marks big day despite challenges

DESPITE its poor cash-flow situation, Malaitan leaders and their people congregate at Malu’u to celebrate the province’s 31st second appointed day. The celebration was to remember the day Malaita gained its status as a province 31 years ago in 1983. The event was marked peacefully, and Malu’u substation officer commanding Alfred Fioga was pleased with…

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…

Police deployed to Gold Ridge mine site

POLICE deployed 50 officers to the Gold Ridge mine site in Central Guadalcanal following the escalation of law and order problem in the area. The situation resulted in Gold Ridge Mining Limited evacuating all its expatriate staff to Honiara on Wednesday. The workers, including Gold Ridge Mining Ltd (GRML) general manager Stean Barrie are now…

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GOLD Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) confirmed last night it has withdrawn personnel from its Gold Ridge mine following a serious escalation in security and associated safety concerns.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