Voting gets underway in Nauru

RNZI: Polling stations are now open in Nauru for the 2016 general election. Nearly eight thousand eligible voters are expected to cast their ballots, Saturday. Sixty seven candidates, four of whom are women, are competing for 19 parliamentary seats across Nauru’s eight multi-member constituencies. Twelve polling stations opened at nine o’clock this morning and will…

Breathalyzer gets first 10

Police chief issues stern warning on drink-driving TEN people have been arrested for drink -driving over the weekend as a result of putting breathalyzers to its first use during a police operation last weekend. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast said despite the police warnings, police still apprehend 10 people who were tested over the legal limit.…

Randy making a difference in Fiji

A LOCAL Solomon Islands student studying at the University of South Pacific (USP) in Fiji is now popular there, as he is embarking on a lone journey to raise funds for the victims of the Tropical Cyclone Winston. TC Winston brought devastation and havoc in Fiji , early this year. Randy Chite of Western Province…

West Papua delegation arriving

MEMBERS of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) are arriving in Honiara starting this week, ahead of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ Summit next week. This was confirmed to the Solomon Star by Ben Didiomea, one of the West Papua campaigners in the country. They arrived in Honiara on separate flights. The…

Court adjourns robbery case

Four men facing robbery charges will appear again in the Honiara Magistrates Court on July 18. This is to give time for a Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) lawyer to be allocated for one of the accused, Lawrence Liliva. Liliva was previously represented by PSO lawyer George Gray. He is now left without a lawyer after…

Cook Islands PM appointed new USP Chancellor

The 23rd Chancellor of The University of the South Pacific (USP) will be the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Honourable Henry Puna, who has been appointed to serve in the role from 1 July, 2016 for a term of one year. Honourable Puna will be formally installed during USP’s Laucala graduation ceremony on 26 August…

Shops criticized for ignoring public holiday

THE continuous ignorance of the shops within the city has received widespread disapproval from members of the public on Thursday. Despite the country’s 38th Independence anniversary celebrations yesterday and the day was identified as public holiday, most shops specially the Chinese ones are still operating as normal. This has prompted numerous calls from city residents…

Samoa Fisheries Minister calls for regional solidarity

PORT VILA, (SAMOA OBSERVER) – Samoa’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, has joined the growing chorus for regional solidarity for the effective management of tuna resources in the region. Speaking at the Plenary of the 13th Ministerial Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) this week in Port Vila, Vanuatu,…