Quarantine confiscates seeds

Officers from the quarantine department within the ministry of agriculture and livestock have confiscated seeds from a number of shops in Honiara which have been sold without any approve permit license. Chief quarantine officer Max Kolubalona said during an inspection shops located at China Town, Kukum and Ranadi east of Honiara have been found to…

Westpac’s 17th In-store Banking in Yandina

Communities in and around Banika ward, Yandina, Central  province can now access secure, convenient, effective, efficient, banking services, through Westpac’s new In-store Banking outlet which opened last Thursday at the Te-mite store. In thanking Westpac for the partnership, owner of Te-mite store, Mr Gregory Riahi conveyed to the gathering of civil servants, school teachers and…

Lomlom airstrip inspections delayed

Inspection of the Lomlom airstrip on Reef Islands, Temotu province has been further delayed. Thats according to director of aviation George Satu yesterday. Mr Satu said final team to inspect the runway should leave this coming Saturday but since he is traveling overseas next week for a meeting the inspection is being further delayed. “I…

Artist association unhappy with selection

The Solomon Island Artist Association (SIAA) is unhappy with the selection done by the committee formed by ministry of culture and tourism (MCT) for participants to attend the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Papua New Guinea (PNG) next month. The association’s president Bani Rooney in an interview yesterday described the selection as…

Landowners praised for offering their land

A member of the Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) board of directors has praised the Kobuana landowners on Bonavesta, Central Island province for willingly offering their land to the government to build an airstrip. George Satu who is also the director of aviation thanked them for availing their land for airport development. “This is what…

Mining company to upgrade road in Rennell

The Indonesian mining firm Bintang Borneo would upgraded the road links between Tingoa to Lake Tegano on East Rennell once they kick off their initial operations. Premier of Renbel province Lence Tangosia revealed this to Solomon Star in an interview yesterday. Mr Tangosia said the mining company has agreed to upgrade the road during a…

Mining supports airstrip’ extension

Indonesian mining firm Bintang Borneo will financially assist Renbel provincial government with the extension of the Tingoa airstrip runway. Renbel province premier Lence Tangosian revealed this to Solomon Star yesterday. Mr Tango who led the mining delegation to Rennell Island and held talks with the landowners last week said the company agreed to assist the…

Telikom PNG announces acquisition of Datec

Telikom PNG Limited has announced its acquisition of Datec PNG Limited yesterday, subject to regulatory approvals. Datec is a leading internet service provider and one of PNG’s largest ICT system integrators.  Chairman of Telikom Mahesh Patel, when making the announcement, said the acquisition of Datec is very important for Telikom as it embarks on restructuring…

Banking partnership signed

The Bank of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Nationwide Micro Bank and K1 Association have signed partnership agreements confirming a commitment to deliver financial education training to a further 61,000 people in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Benny Popoitai, Deputy Governor of the Bank of PNG and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Microfinance Expansion Project…

Concept in infant stages: ANZ

Finance  is a key input into sustainable economic growth, says a quarterly report from the ANZ Bank. In its Asia Pacific Economics Pacific Quarterly publication, the bank said the process of developing broader and more liquid banks, institutions and markets to finance growth was known as financial deepening.  “At its core, this involves opening up…