Why PNG turned back students

STUDENTS who were turned back by Papua New Guinea immigration on arrival in Moresby this week travelled under tourist visas, it was revealed. More than 10 students travelling to begin their studies at various universities in PNG were affected.  “They boarded Air Niugini bound to PNG on Monday but were stopped by the PNG immigration…

ADP offers gov’t a helping hand

THE Asian Development Bank stands ready to provide assistance for some of the policy priorities of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government. An ADB delegation comprising Xianbin Yao, its Manila-based Director General for the Pacific, Dr Andrea Iffland and Mr Hayden Everett from the bank’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney met with Prime…

Bmobile rolls out brand Vodafone

BMOBILE Vodafone continues to roll-out the brand Vodafone now a partner of bmobile in the Solomons. This cobranding is a significant part of their effort to create awareness that they have brought one of the biggest global companies to the Solomon Islands shores. In conjunction with their current roll-out of 3G+services in three provinces they…

PM wants strong ties with Indonesia

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and the new Indonesian Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Ronald Manik said they want to see a strengthened bilateral relationship between their two countries. The duo expressed this desire when they met Thursday in Honiara during a courtesy visit the Indonesian envoy paid theprime minister. Mr Manik was in Honiara to present…

Students slam new cost-sharing policy

THE introduction of the new ‘cost-sharing’ policy by the Ministry of Education has irked law extension students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Emalus campus in Vanuatu. This was after up to 150 government0funded law students, including extension students at the campus, reportedly went without allowance for a month now. “We will…

Melanesian role for Indonesia in Pacific group

A PROPOSAL for the five Melanesian provinces of Indonesia to become a united member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is well advanced. Under the proposal, those five provinces would represent the nation of Indonesia at the MSG. A three-day consultative meeting of the five provincial governors and the national government has just ended in…

Gov’t settles Unitech student fees

THE National Training Unit (NTU) stepped in the last minute to settle tuition fees of 17 Solomon Island students studying at the University of Technology (UNITECH) in Lae, PNG. The national government has not paid the students’ 2014 tuition fees, resulting in threats not to readmit them this year. Reports from those students said this…

More work needed to build peace

THERE is a lot of work that needs to be done before true reconciliation can take place inside the country. Peace-building participants highlighted this during a peace-building meeting organised last week in Honiara. Up to 13 people attended the meeting that gave them the opportunity to share their stories as peace-builders. The individuals represent various…