Gov’t warned on Gold Ridge

THE Government has been warned to consult landowners on any proposed sale of the Gold Ridge mine in Central Guadalcanal. Chairman of Gold Ridge Community and Landowners Council, Dick Douglas, issued the warning on Friday. He was responding to the special secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr Philip Tagini’s statement that the government is negotiating…

Police at Gizo arrest armed men

POLICE at Noro have arrested six male suspects following an armed robbery at one of the logging camps at North New Georgia, Western Province, Thursday. Police alleged the suspects from Kolombangara and Mase village who were armed with knives and axes, entered the logging camp and demanded money and threatened workers. When their demand wasn’t…

Afio records 8 measles cases

AFIO clinic in south Malaita says it had recorded eight cases of measles so far. Registered nurse Angelic Herowai said most of the cases were children. The latest case was that of a man in his 30s. The news came as the Ministry of Health denied reports that measles cases are slowly decreasing. Instead, the…

Ruling discloses Sumitomo’s dishonest dealings

THE ruling handed down by the High Court in the legal proceedings instituted by Sumitomo Mining Company of Japan against Axiom KB, challenging the validity of the nickel prospecting license of the joint venture company between Australia’s Axiom Mining company and the Kolosori-Bungusule tribes of Isabel Province carries damning revelations about the dealings of a…

Measles cases rise dramatically

A DRAMATIC rise in cases of measles reminds the community that the fight against measles is not yet over. Reports that “measles cases are slowly decreasing” are inaccurate, Dr Aaron Oritaimae, Incident Controller of the Ministry of Health’s Emergency Operations Centre, said. “In fact, cases of measles are increasing and spreading throughout the provinces,” he…

Panga calls for increase of salaries

FORMER Guadalcanal premier Stephen Panga is calling on employers to consider increasing their workers’ salary in light of the increasing cost of living in Honiara. Mr Panga said the kind of salaries some employers are paying their workers could not last them for even a week. “The prices of goods at shops and even at…

Your new ice hub in town

SOLOMON Motors has introduced a revolutionary ice-cube processing facility for the country. This is good news for those planning to go out for a picnic, fishing trip, party or other outdoor leisure activities. Because of their location in the heart of Honiara, you don’t have to travel far to get your orders at Solomon Motor.…

Tina hydro tender out again

THE government again issued an invitation for pre-qualification to develop the 20-MW Tina River hydroelectric project on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Pre-qualification documents may be obtained until September 27, with responses due October 31. The government previously called for expressions of interest by July 31 and June 12 from firms to develop Tina River. It plans…

Workers head out to NZ

AS the orchards of New Zealand become ready for harvesting more and more of our local workers are now heading overseas to join hundreds of other Pacific Islanders in harvesting fruits from various farms and orchards. Fifteen seasonal workers recruited  under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE)  bound for the shores of the New…

Sunaone: I can make a better PM

A FORMER politician and intending candidate says he can make a better prime minister. Jackson Sunaone was responding to the current media debate as to who should be the next prime minister. “All I can say is I can make a better prime minister,” Mr Sunaone, brother of Solomon Mamaloni, one of the country’s former…