Axiom to ship first nickel ore

Nickel developer Axiom Mining Limited expects to export its first shipment of nickel ore from its Isabel nickel project within the first quarter of this year. The company told shareholders this week that planning, design and development work of the project is being carried out at its Isabel project site. It said the work includes…

President Joko Widodo refused to meet Sogavare

Indonesia snubs MSG chair Indonesia president Joko Widodo has turned down Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s request for a meeting to discuss the West Papua issue. Sogavare revealed this in Noumea, New Caledonia, Friday, during a meeting with officials of the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialist (FLNKS). The prime minister is on a 13-day…

Gov’t seals diplomatic relations with Pakistan

SOLOMON Islands has established diplomatic relations with Pakistan last Friday. Foreign Affairs and External Trade minister Milner Tozaka and Pakistan’s High Commissioner designate to Solomon Islands, Naela Chohan signed the Communiqué in Honiara to formalise the ties. “It is with great enthusiasm that I sign this agreement between our two nations, an enthusiasm that comes…

PM in Noumea for talks

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, to meet with leader of the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS). He is travelling there as chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The FLNKS meeting is part of his 13-day round of meetings with leaders of the MSG. The FLNKS is…

World Link tenement clarified

TENEMENT area currently being mined by World Link Resources on Rennell is a provincial land leased out on suspicious dealings. Ministry of Lands and Housing Surveyor General, Jimmy Ikina told the Solomon Star that the particular land area concerned was formerly owned by the provincial government of Rennell and Bellona. “We understand there are certain…

New MSSIF team leader takes office

THE Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF) new team leader Dr Anne- Maree Schwarz has started in her new role on Tuesday last week. She takes over from Simon Diffey, whose three-year contract ended this week and has since left the country to return to England. In welcoming the incumbent MSSIF Team Leader, Ministry of…

Media training on parliamentary reporting ends

A TRAINING workshop to improve the standard of reporting Parliamentary meetings in Solomon Islands and Fiji ended successfully in Honiara on last Thursday. British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Chris Trott thanked all the participants, trainers, Patrick Gregory and Steve Taschini and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Suva for funding the workshop. Gregory…

Axiom appoints new chairman

AUSTRALIAN firm Axiom Mining has appointed experienced legal adviser to mining and exploration companies Robert Barraket as non-executive chairman. He is currently the chairman and partner of Barraket Stanton Lawyers in Sydney and has 50 years’ experience in legal practice including the establishment of two successful legal firms. Stephen Williams will step down after five…

Bail to alleged fraudster

THE court last Friday granted bail for the gold dealer facing conversions charges of more than $400,000 in relation to allegations in 2014. Michael Bosa was released on a cash bail of $500 with strict conditions attached. The conditions restricted him leaving Honiara town boundary, to report to Tetere police post in East Guadalcanal once…