USP students evacuated as Winston batters Fiji

Solomon Islands students studying at the University of South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala campus in Fiji have been evacuated from their residential dormitories at the campus to the USP food court building. The move was made in light of the devastation caused by cyclone Winston, which is wreaking havoc throughout Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu.…

New SIPA board now in Singapore

Newly-appointed Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) board is reported to have left the country for Singapore on a business trip. They left Thursday on a trip fully funded by SIPA. The trip is aimed at giving the new board the opportunity to understand how air service Singapore operates as SIPA eyes venturing into airline business.…

Critics question new diplomatic selections

Designate appointees to fill three vacant diplomatic posts overseas have been described as “a laughable joke”. Local veteran journalist Alfred Sasako has claimed in a newspaper article yesterday that Doreen Kuper has been picked for the Taiwan office, Dr Fred Isom for the United Nations, while Warren Paia for Canberra. Sasako claimed in the article…

Central explains Teachers’ postings

Central Islands Provincial Education Authority says the posting of teachers this year was made on the basis of re-aligning individual staff teachers to their correct academic levels. The Provincial Education Authority said the re-alignment was necessary since a good number of teachers were teaching at grade levels above their eligible academic correct levels. This in…

Axiom to ship first nickel ore

Nickel developer Axiom Mining Limited expects to export its first shipment of nickel ore from its Isabel nickel project within the first quarter of this year. The company told shareholders this week that planning, design and development work of the project is being carried out at its Isabel project site. It said the work includes…

President Joko Widodo refused to meet Sogavare

Indonesia snubs MSG chair Indonesia president Joko Widodo has turned down Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s request for a meeting to discuss the West Papua issue. Sogavare revealed this in Noumea, New Caledonia, Friday, during a meeting with officials of the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialist (FLNKS). The prime minister is on a 13-day…

Gov’t seals diplomatic relations with Pakistan

SOLOMON Islands has established diplomatic relations with Pakistan last Friday. Foreign Affairs and External Trade minister Milner Tozaka and Pakistan’s High Commissioner designate to Solomon Islands, Naela Chohan signed the Communiqué in Honiara to formalise the ties. “It is with great enthusiasm that I sign this agreement between our two nations, an enthusiasm that comes…

PM in Noumea for talks

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, to meet with leader of the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS). He is travelling there as chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The FLNKS meeting is part of his 13-day round of meetings with leaders of the MSG. The FLNKS is…

World Link tenement clarified

TENEMENT area currently being mined by World Link Resources on Rennell is a provincial land leased out on suspicious dealings. Ministry of Lands and Housing Surveyor General, Jimmy Ikina told the Solomon Star that the particular land area concerned was formerly owned by the provincial government of Rennell and Bellona. “We understand there are certain…