ADB assist Kiribati in USP upgrade

The Government of Kiribati, the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) participated in a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday to officially mark the first step toward upgrading the USP’s Tarawa Campus, which will boost students’ access to higher education.   The President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, delivered the keynote speech at the…

Petrol colour to change: InterOil

INTEROIL will introduce red dye into its petrol product apart from the current purple colour starting next month. The company said: “The main reason is adoption of common colour that is widely used around the world. The colour coding product is primary for easy identification and safety reasons.” In a paid advertisement InterOil said it…

BSP to buy back shares

THE board of directors of Bank South Pacific (BSP) Ltd had resolved to undertake a buyback of up to K15 million worth of its own shares, chairman Kostas Constantinou said Monday. “The buyback is set to open on the day following this announcement (yesterday) and will continue for a period of up to 12 months.…

Vodafone expands to PNG, SI

Vodafone is extending its business activities to the somewhat exotic regions of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, after forming a non-equity arrangement with a local player. The UK-based group said it has signed an exclusive partner market agreement with Bemobile Limited, which trades as bmobile. The two operators will in future collaborate on…

PTC on case of elderly accused

A pre-trial conference will be held today on the case elderly man who allegedly sexually abused his six year-old granddaughter in Isabel last year. It would be after the PTC that the case will be listed for trial. The accused in his 80’s is facing two counts of indecent assault. Prosecution alleged he sexually abused…

Rape trial starts in Gizo

A rape trial in relation to the case against married man accused of raping a student at Gizo in 2010 is scheduled to start next week in Gizo, Western province. The five days hearing was listed before Justice Stephen Pallaras on Monday next week during a high court circuit. Dick Alu who is now 41…

New arts and cultural hub for Honiara

A new, community hub promoting arts and culture is being established in Honiara. Called Art Haus, it will open in August and support creative expression, artists and crafts people as well as emerging creative businesses. An initiative of the Solomon Islands Arts Alliance, Art Haus will create a space for people from all backgrounds to…