U19 fundraising event date set

 The date for the first fundraising event hosted to help send the Solomon Islands national men’s U19 squad for the World Cup qualifiers has been set for March 8. This was confirmed by the newly appointed fundraising committee over the weekend. According a pamphlet issued by the committee, the event will start at 7pm to…

FFA, USP team up to train regional tuna ‘detectives’

FISHERIES inspectors, investigators and enforcement officers from across the Pacific head home from Suva this weekend, after spending almost a month honing their ‘investigative’ skills to help detect fisheries offences.  The fifth Pacific Islands Fisheries Evidence and Investigation Training Course, FETIC ended yesterday at the University of the South Pacific’s School of Maritime Studies. Participants…

Fiji’s own bank launched

A 100 per cent Fijian-owned commercial bank was launched last week. Home Finance Company Bank also unveiled its branding in a spirit of excitement and with great hope for the future. “It is our bank, the people’s bank, and I am delighted as Prime Minister to be here on this historic occasion and to share…

Bishop makes first visit to diocese

THE Diocesan Bishop of Guadalcanal the Rt. Rev Nathan Tome made his first episcopal visit to the five districts on the southern part of Guadalcanal last week. This was his first visit to Sughu, Marasa, Kolina, Moli and Marau main land districts since the inauguration of the Diocese of Guadalcanal that was held in June…

Teachers’ union makes investment

An initial investment of $4 million will take place at the new Vuda Hideaway Resort, a fifteen-minute drive from the Nadi International Airport. The resort is the second investment of the Fijian Teachers Union — Co-operative Thrift And Credit Ltd’s (FTU-CTCL) engagement in the tourism sector. During the ground breaking ceremony, board chairman Agni Deo…

Guadalcanal MP assists Mala village

A GUADALCANAL MP has assisted a community in north Malaita to build their church. North Guadalcanal MP Martin Sopaghe donated 30 sheets of roofing irons to Fo’ondo Assemblies of God church early this week. Church rep Rev David Ilikona said their prays have been answered. “We thank Sopaghe for his kindness,” Rev Ilikona said. It’s…

Tax exemption for SMEs proposed

TAX exemption for local businesses is a way to encourage the grassroots to engage in small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has stressed. O’Neill said this during presentation of the draft SME policy and master plan by consultant Esther Igo on behalf of Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry last week, to members of…

O’Neill says SMEs need more support

THE small-to-medium enterprise (SME) is an important economic sector that needs further support, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said. During the presentation of the draft SME policy and master plan to members of parliament last week, O’Neill told Minister for Trade commerce and Industry Richard Maru that he was fully supporting the initiative. He said the…