Airlines’ new corporate travel centre

Solomon Airlines has announced that in line with its corporate strategic plans for 2014, it has now moved its corporate travel center from the former Solomon Islands Government Printers building to the newly renovated and upgraded office on the ground floor of Tongs building in Point Cruz. It has officially been open for business as…

White River SDA church gets funding

SEVENTH Day Adventist church at White River, West Honiara, received $40,000 from the constituency’s church funds on Tuesday. The funding will help the church to complete unfinished jobs with their building, according to chairman of the church Henry Waitua. “This funding will help us to complete the unfinished jobs inside our church building, which were…

Wind energy production low in Pacific Islands

Wind power has become the least expensive and fastest growing source of renewable energy in the world. In the Pacific Islands States, however, the scale at which wind energy technology has been adopted is comparatively small. In fact amounting to only 0.004% of the global cumulative installed capacity according to recent statistics released by the…

Telco extends high speed data to users

High speed data access for BMobile has been switched on in three centres of the country, enabling residents to access high speed internet. The centres are Lae and Port Moresby and Mt Hagen. Bmobile PNG chief executive Raj Deo said: “Our aim in this expansion exercise is to provide high speed data and reliable voice…

Fiji Airways announces new cargo interline deals

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline yesterday announced new interline cargo agreements with five other airlines for the carriage of freight to and from Fiji to numerous cities in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The new agreements are part of the Fiji Airways strategy to enhance airline partnerships across its passenger and…

Buala evacuates patients during tsunami warning

LAST Sunday’s tsunami warning sparked a mass evacuation of patients at Buala Hospital, Isabel. The nation-wide warning was issued following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck near Kirakira, Makira-Ulawa Province, before 8am. The Solomon Star witnessed the evacuation exercise at Buala hospital after the warning was issued on the national broadcaster. A spokesman for the…

Sogavare wants government establish disaster fund

AN allocation of funds for natural disasters should be allocated each year under the national budget, a prominent MP suggests. East Choiseul MP Manasseh Sogavare said this is important to allow the national government responds swiftly to natural disasters. He was contributing to the debate on the ‘2014 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2014’ in parliament yesterday.…

Disease threatens banana worldwide

THE United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention to tackle one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle-East, and is now menacing Latin American countries. According to FAO, banana is the eighth most…

Save the Children helps distribute relief supplies

SAVE the Children is currently assisting the Guadalcanal Province Emergency Operation Centre (GPEOC) with distribution of relief supplies and assessment of damages in Guadalcanal Province. Distribution of food supplies to evacuation centres and affected areas in Guadalcanal was conducted on the weekend and continues this week. Save the Children has been taking part in assessments…

RAMSI briefs visiting US team on mission

THE Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) on Tuesday welcomed a visiting delegation of senior military and government personnel from the United States National Defense University in Washington to the Mission’s base at Guadalcanal Beach Resort, Henderson, east Honiara. The 19 personnel from the US National Defense University are in Solomon Islands as part…