SINU students mourn death of colleague

Students of Solomon Islands National University (SINU) are mourning the shocking death of a colleague. Manga Havu, from Western Province, was found dead in his room at Panatina campus. He was studying for his Bachelor’s degree in teaching. “Havu’s death came as a shock,” one student told the Sunday Star. “He was alone in his…

Prospecting licences queried

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has come under questioning after giving Australian mining company, Iron Mountain Mining a prospecting licence for a tenement on Nende Island in Temotu. Iron Mountain Mining obtained shares when signing an option agreement to acquire 50 percent stake in privately held AU Capital Mining, believed to be holders of…

First flight to Gwaunaru’u May 9

Solomon Airlines will make its first flight back to Gwaunaru’u Airport on Malaita on May 9. Earlier, the first flight should have been made tomorrow, but this was rescheduled. Malaita premier Peter Ramohia confirmed this to the Sunday Star. He said the new date was communicated to him by the Director of Civil Aviation GeorgeSatu.…

Ship operators delay fare increase plans

Local ship operators have delayed their intention to increase sea fares for another week. The group had earlier announced sea fares will increase as of May the 1st. But a spokesman told the Sunday Star yesterday the planned sea fare increase has been delayed by a week to give Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) the…

Mine pact signed without ministry

An agreement between AU Capital Mining and Iron Mountain Mining was done outside the government’s normal process, without the input from the Ministry of Mines. Both are Australian companies and are eying bauxite prospecting at Nende, Temotu. A reliable source told the Sunday Star the Mines ministry does not recognise the agreement because it was…

Youth leaders undergo training

Youth leaders and Sunday school teachers of Keava region in the Anglican Diocese of Malaita ended five-day training at Auki, Friday. The training was designed to equip participants to be effective in their leadership roles. Keava regional youth coordinator Alice Teioli said many social problems happening in the community today are caused by youths. “This…

Gov’t sets to table three more bills

The Government is set to table the Police and Transport Legislation (Amendment) (Alcohol Testing) Bill 2016, Penal Code (Amendment) (Sexual Offences) Bill 2016 and Anti-Corruption Bill 2016, this week. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced this in Parliament on Friday when delivering the Statement of Government Business for the week ending Friday 6th May 2016. He…

Auki school forms Scripture Union

A Scripture Union group was formed at Auki Community High School in Malaita. Staff and students formed the group. School chaplain Clyde Afia said the group was formed with the aim of developing the spiritual growth of the students. Afia said with the many challenges and influences students face, it would be good to ground…

Nations cautioned on deep sea mining

A new report by the World Bank said Pacific Island countries including Solomon Islands should be cautious over any plans for mining of the seabed. It said that Deep Sea Mining will be a challenge for both the investor and the Government if countries intend to venture into this lucrative but unknown industry. The report,…

Kilu’ufi ends training

Kilu’ufi Hospital in Malaita on Friday completed a week-long computer training for health workers across the province. Twelve participants attended the training. A hospital spokesman said the training was need to assist health workers use computers to prepare their reports. “Quality reporting is important if clinics are to attract donor assistance,” the spokesman said. “This…