New style gambling proposed for Vanuatu

RNZI: Reports from Vanuatu say an entertainment company with interests in China is to offer a new style of gambling to Vanuatu. The Daily Post Newspaper reports Amax International Holdings plans to offer live-dealer online gambling to high-rollers in the country.  Amax is an investment holding company engaged in gambling and entertainment related businesses in…

Re-discover the South Pacific at ITB Asia

SPTO:  Tourism stakeholders in major tourism source markets from around the world will meet in Singapore to showcase tourism products at the ITB Asia tourism trade show next week. The event which takes place from October 29-31 at the exquisite Marina Bay Sands will convene tourism promotion bodies, tourism operators, agents and airlines that will…

UK roadshow to showcase Pacific

SPTO: The South Pacific as a travel destination will be under the spotlight again, this time in the United Kingdom with five Pacific national tourism representatives travelling to four densely populated British cities. The South Pacific Tourism Organisation, funded by the European Union’sPacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Project, will be taking representatives from Fiji, Papua…

NZ Business Council focuses on Melanesia

New Zealand has been traditionally and culturally aligned more closely to Polynesian states than Melanesian countries. The country’s interest in building business ties with Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu is relatively recent when compared to the historic links that Australia has had with Melanesia. In the past couple of years, New Zealand…

Why PEC reduces terminal grant

The Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) has elaborated on its decision to reduce the $400,000 terminal grant for 50 members of the now dissolved Ninth Parliament. Members of the Commission decided to reduce the terminal grant to $200,000 because of the following reasons. The recommended $400,000 could impact heavily on the national economy and the government’s…

SIPRA to contest 20 constituencies

CARETAKER Prime Minister’s Party has announced their group will contest twenty constituencies in the upcoming general elections. Called the Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement (SIPRA), Party leader Gordon Darcy Lilo said he was proud to make the announcement. He said SIPRA will contest the following constituencies; Central Kwara’ae, Central Honiara, North New Georgia, South…

New Choiseul MPs urged to work with provincial govt

Future Choiseul MPs need to work together with their provincial government to bring back national interest to the Choiseul rural populace. John Smith Pitabelama the owner of the Gizo-based JSP legal service made the statement in an interview on Monday. Our three current outgoing MP’s Manasseh Sogavare, Connelly Sandakabatu and Elijah Doromuala failed to work…

Chief wants Attorney General to explain

North Guadalcanal Chief, Benedict Garimane, is calling on the Attorney General to explain whether or not it is legal for former Members of Parliament to continue to have access to state funds. Chief Garimane claimed some of the MPs of the dissolved Ninth Parliament continue to buy building materials and dish out state funds to…