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…

Police arrest 12 over Gold Ridge troubles

POLICE say they arrested 12 people at Gold Ridge mine site in central Guadalcanal since Tuesday in relation to the law and order problem in the area. The escalation of lawlessness at the site in the past few days has resulted in the evacuation of the Gold Ridge Mining Limited’s (GRML) expatriate staff. Acting assistant…

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…

ADB to rebuild damaged infrastructures

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$15.58 million project to help the Solomon Islands rebuild transport infrastructure damaged by recent flash floods. The assistance, drawn from ADB’s Disaster Response Facility, will help fund construction of new infrastructure designed to be more resilient against future disasters and other climate threats. ADB’s financing is $13.22…

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…

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…