Lepi told to upheld culture

Lepi villages in Bao/Bugotu constituency, Isabel province have been encouraged by Solomon Island visitors bureau (SIVB) to continue upheld and keep culture and traditional way of lifestyle. SIVB’s chief executive officer (CEO) Josefa Tuamoto highlighted this during a visit to Lepi village on Saturday. More than a hundred people in and around the village were…

ANZ launches ANZ goMoney in Vanuatu

ANZ on Tuesday announced the launch of ANZ goMoney in Vanuatu, providing a new and convenient way for customers to do their everyday banking using their mobile phones. ANZ goMoney allows customers to send money to family and friends, pay their bills, purchase airtime top-up vouchers and view their account balances and history using their…

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…

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…