USP commits to 4th campus here

The University of the South Pacific (USP) reaffirmed its strong stand on the proposed establishment of its fourth main campus in Solomon Islands despite the delay on its construction work. Tevita Banuve of Marketing and Development Office at Laucala Campus who is supervising the Project said, USP is fully committed to developing the new campus…

Nickel ore legal fight nears decision

A court ruling in the Solomon Islands may finally unlock a large nickel deposit that geologists have known about for half a century but have been unable to exploit because of ownership changes and legal wrangling. Japanese giant Sumitomo Metal Mining and tiny Australian explorer Axiom Mining are fighting over the Isabel nickel laterite discovery…

Students worry over June allowance cut

Government sponsored students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus Suva Fiji have queried why their June allowance was cut to just FJ$200. They’ve expect to collect FJ$900. The huge reduction has caused anger and frustrations amongst the students. “This is a serious issue and our Government and responsible authorities should…

High Court goes on a break

The High Court is currently on a mid-year vacation. Hearing of criminal and civil cases has been halted except for urgent matters. A notice has been pinned up at the entrance gate informing public of its registry office’s opening hours during the vacation. The registry office opens an hour in the morning from 9am to…

No magistrates, cases deferred

All criminal and civil cases in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court have all been stood down for re-listing today. The reason for this was because there were no magistrates available to hear the cases. A notice was pinned up on the notice board just after 10am informing all court users, accuseds, lawyers and prosecutors of the…

Support for war against cervical cancer hailed

CONCERNED citizens group the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) has praised the ministry of health and medical service’s plan to fight cervical cancer. The fight against cervical cancer was announced by the acting Permanent Secretary, of the ministry of health, Dr. Cedric Alependava last Thursday. Dr. Alependava said the vaccination program will target young girls…

Winners smile away with $4000 cash

FIVE lucky winners of Soltuna monthly competition were awarded with $4000 cash each yesterday. Marketing manager Kenwood Harry handed over the cash prizes to each of them at Soltuna warehouse in Honiara. The winners after receiving their prizes described the competition as worthwhile. “The amount of money is big enough and we don’t expect to…

Police detain vessels for overloading

AUKI Police over the weekend detained two marine shipping vessels for more than three hours for overloading. The two vessels, MV Daystar and MV Maetalau were detained for having been overloaded on Saturday morning, after both Police and the vessels declared that it was unsafe to travel to Honiara, given that the load of both…

Mounting police presence worries victims

FLOOD victims residing at the FOPA village have expressed fear at the increasing presence of police at the vicinity. Committee chairman of Mbokonavera camp said the presence of police at the village is worrying and caused fears amongst them especially women and children. Charles Ketea said since Thursday last week, police continued to present in…

Sick officers still receive salaries

A number of police officers who are sick and no longer working are still drawing salaries from the state and occupying police houses, the Sunday Star can reveal. Two such officers are living in Honiara, while one is in Buala, Isabel. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service Ishmael Avui could not be reached…