Gold Ridge to restart within 18 months

AXF Gold Ridge Pty Ltd of Australia says it has secured additional investor funding to start the immediate recommissioning of the Gold Ridge Mine Project. “This investment will see mine production on track to start within 18 months,” a statement issued by the company on Wednesday stated. “In an unprecedented partnership arrangement, Gold Ridge Community…

Couple remanded for rape

A MAN and his wife have been arrested, charged, and remanded in custody yesterday for allegedly working together to rape a girl last month on Gela, Central Province. George Solopoto, 48, and Elizabeth Koka were brought to the Honiara Magistrates’ Court where they were remanded in custody until August 24. Police charged Solopoto with one…

Modernised taxation system to transform the tax and payment landscape in SI

Honiara, Solomon Islands – The Solomon Islands Inland Revenue Division (IRD) announced plans to modernize the Government’s Revenue Management System, vastly transforming the tax and payment landscape in the Solomon Islands. As a direct outcome of this modernization project, an estimated 123,800 wage and salary employees, 200 corporate taxpayers and 3,684 small businesses will be…

Committee to investigate HCC saga

To resolve the impasse that the Honiara City Council faces, the Attorney General’s (AG) Chamber has advised the Minister of Home Affairs to form a committee and investigate the allegations leveled against City Mayor Andrew Mua. A copy of the letter dated 19th July 2017 which this paper obtained stated that if the committee finds…

Man investigated for keeping sea cucumber

An man is under investigation after police and fisheries officials found sea cucumber in his premises in Auki on Monday. The discovery of the sea cucumbers come as a surprise since sea cucumber ban is still effective in the country.    The discovery and serious investigation was confirmed by the Malaita Provincial Police Commander David Water…

Mines Minister could not answer question

FORMER MINISTER for Mines and Member of Parliament (MP) for South Guadalcanal David Day Pacha was absent in Parliament end of July when questions down for his answers were asked by Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Choiseul, Connelly Sandakabatu. The Mines Minister was supposed to respond to the question of whether a letter…

Treasure hunters peel Edson’s Ridge

The safety of national monuments and public parks are being threatened by treasure hunters and their unlicensed mining activities. Up at Bloody Ridge, it is obvious that the hills and grasslands are being mined by locals with hopes of discovering treasures buried by the Allied and Japanese Forces during their retreat. Some locals believed that…

Crew help Red Cross School with repair

A GROUP of young sailors from USS Barry early this week spent time at the Red Cross Special School to conduct minor repair works. Report reaching the paper said, the crew were able to do painting and other minor repairs at the school located Rifle Ridge, Tandai area, West Honiara. Philip Taylor-Bartels, the school’s advisor…

Shanel: justice must be served

MINISTER for Communication and Aviation Peter Shanel says he wants those implicated in the audit report of the Civil Aviation Special Fund to be charged and prosecuted. Speaking to the Solomon Star in an exclusive interview, Mr Shanel stressed that those involved in awarding Civil Aviation contracts to their relatives and friends must be brought…