SI warned of declining logging industry

The country faces a challenging future in terms of its economic growth given the dwindling forestry industry as more natural forests are being logged out. Asian Development Bank (ADB) economist Milovan Lucich who is looking after Nauru, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu sounded the alarm during last week’s ADB Pacific business media summit in Sydney, Australia.…

ANZ goMoney merchant now in Noro

ANZ on Tuesday announced the addition of another ANZ goMoney merchant  to its expanding network across the Solomon Islands. A statement from the bank said Soltai Staff Credit Union in Noro is ANZ’s latest ANZ goMoney merchant in the Western Province, taking the total number of merchants in the area to 16. “ANZ goMoney will…

Solomon Post violates convention, says Kelly

SOLOMON Islands Postal Corporation violated the Universal Postal Union Convention when it temporarily closed its Auki office in Malaita. That’s according to former deputy chief executive officer Sione Kelly. He said under the convention, Solomon Post is required to give a three-month notice to the public about closing its office before it could do so.…

Simberi mine promotes safety among communities

ST Barbara’s Simberi operations in New Ireland has focused on community involvement to promote the national safety week which ended last Friday. Health and Safety superintendent Daan Van Pletzen said the company was putting more stress on schools around the island. Activities on Simberi began the previous Sunday, which saw nine different departments in the…

Japan joins Pacific infrastructure body

Usually when you are talking of billions of dollars of investment in the Pacific you are talking about countries like Papua New Guinea or East Timor. But, in terms of infrastructure, there is an organisation that has a budget of well over one billion dollars to invest in small Pacific countries.  The Pacifc Regional Infrastrucutre…

No firepower

VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan says lethargic play resulted in the poor performance of the national side in the final day of the Hong Kong 7s tournament at the Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday. Fiji lost in the Cup semi-final to England 7-17 Sunday night. Earlier the side struggled to beat United States in…

AFL season swings into action

The Solomon Islands AFL season got underway last week with old and new rivalries igniting some fierce competition and exciting football. The stage was set on Thursday evening for the opening match with old rivals: White River and KG Sharks both keen to start the season off with a win. The Demons took full advantage…