MP’s tertiary scholarship scheme criticised

A number of Solomon Islands Government (SIG) sponsored students studying overseas have criticized the Members of Parliament (MP) tertiary scholarship scheme that is currently being practiced. They said that many students with high grade point averages (GPA) are left out in such scheme and they see this as another ignorance of equal benefit sharing. A…

SINU graduation, Friday

UP to one thousand and four hundred students undertaking various courses at the Solomon Islands national university (SINU) will be graduating tomorrow at Maranatha Hall, Lunga, east of Honiara. This was revealed by the university’s finance department yesterday afternoon after most of the graduating students with fee arrears rushed in to settle their fees with…

SINU students beg for another chance

MORE than 20 Solomon Islands National University (SINU) graduating students who are yet to settle their fee arrears with the university have begged for another chance to settle theirs today. This came after they have turned back at the SINU’s finance division after trying to settle their fees yesterday later afternoon but the office was…

Hou, Fanega, urged to step aside

A LOCAL pressure group has urged Small Malaita MP Rick Hou and Permanent Secretary for Planning Shadrach Fanega to stand aside while charges of official misconduct are hanging over their heads. Head of Malaita Ma’asina Forum Charles Dausabea made the call on Wednesday. Mr Hou and Mr Fanega are being charged by the Leadership Code…

Girl held over dead baby

Body found in shallow grave A HIGH school female student is in police custody after the body of a male baby was discovered in the Henderson area, Sunday morning. Guadalcanal Provincial police commander, Stanley Riolo, told the Solomon Star his officers arrested the student Tuesday afternoon. “We believe she is the mother of the dead…

Tuwo primary ceases classes

TUWO village on Reef Islands has decided to close the door of its only primary school this week due to shortage of food hitting the island following last month’s cyclone Pam. The school was closed yesterday morning. “Tuwo is the most affected village on the island destroyed by cyclone Pam. They decided to close the…

Islanders unhappy with relief distribution

REEF islanders in Temotu Province are complaining over what they claimed as unfair distribution of relief supplies to their communities. Reports reaching the paper said, three villages in Reef have been affected by the unfair distribution. These communities included Tuwo, Malubu and Vaikau villages which were said to be the most affected. They were badly…

Sentence next for Taiwanese

THE court will hand down its sentence of a Taiwanese convicted after trial for trying to export million dollars’ worth of Tubi logs, on 14 April. Prosecution and the defence were supposed to make submissions for sentencing and mitigation yesterday but the prosecutor was not available. Private Lawyer Ronald Dive yesterday asked for an adjournment…

Zika fight underway

The Honiara City Council (HCC) vector borne disease division kicked off its Zika outbreak response action as of last week. The response team carried out spraying exercise on targeted localities within the Honiara city, using backpackers bottle spraying and the ultra violet (ULV) spraying machine mounted on a truck, spraying the road sides.  HCC vector…

Importance of weather forecasting highlighted

A three days workshop highlighting the importance of meteorological services in weather forecasting and climate issues in Solomon Islands got underway on Tuesday. The three day workshop is being organized by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services and pulled together participants from a range of government and semi-government organizations who are mostly users of climate services…