SIPRA wing leader leaves party

PARLIAMENTARY wing leader of the Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement (SIPRA) and MP for Savo Russell, Dickson Mua has resigned to join the Government. Mr Mua tendered his resignation on Thursday. “Yes, I’ve resigned to join the government,” Mr Mua, a prominent member of the Independent Group in Parliament, told the Solomon Star.  “I…

Fiji envoy discusses issues with Sogavare

FIJI’S High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Romano Tikotikoca paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare, Wednesday, and discussed issues of common interest to their two countries including the identification of Fijians of Solomon Islands black-birded ancestry in Fiji. The majority of Fijians with Solomon Islands ancestry are descendants of Solomon Islanders who…

New magistrates take up duties

FIVE lawyers became magistrates after taking their oath on Thursday before Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer in the High Court. They Ricky Iomea, Fatima Taeburi, and Edwin Saramo, who are now principal magistrates; and first class magistrates Natalie Kesaka and Augustine Aulanga. Three of them – Mr Iomea, Mrs Kesaka, and Mr Aulanga – have…

Top visiting BSP officials meet PM

A TOP level delegation from the PNG-based Bank South Pacific (BSP) made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Thursday during which they expressed confidence in the business environment in Solomon Islands. The three-man delegation includes BSP Chairman Kostas Constantinou, BSP Chief Executive Officer Robin Fleming and BSP Country Manager David Anderson. The…

Visa for DWU students set

VISAS of students studying at Divine Word University (DWU) in Madang, Papua New Guinea have arrived through the system of PNG High Commission office in Honiara on Thursday. This came after the institution is set to start its academic class Monday next week. An officer in the PNG High Commission said, only four names are…

USP offers financial assistance

A FINANCIAL scheme to assist private funded students is being offered by the University of the South Pacific (USP) to offset their study cost. This scheme is being offered this first semester. USP Solomon Islands campus administrative coordinator Layson Leve said, private funded students currently enrolled in the undergraduate or postgraduate degree can apply through…

GPPOL gives green light to GPG

Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) has given greenlight to Guadalcanal Provincial Government (GPG) to resume the budget support that the company normally injected to the Province’s budget. The budget support of $750,000 per annum was suspended last year following reports of funds abuse and misappropriation. But this week GPPOL’s management have assured a GPG’s…