Response surprises POB

Newly established commercial bank Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) was surprised with the overwhelming response from the public since opening up its doors fortnight ago. Speaking in an interview with the Solomon Star yesterday at the bank’s head office located at Hyundai Mall, the bank’s chief executive officer (CEO) Nihal Kekulawala said they did not expect…

No complaints receives from new tower

Our Telekom office in Auki is yet to receive complaints concerning coverage of the new 13 towers. The company’s public relation officer Lawrence Nodua said this is another good sign for the company when it comes to problems that usually affects the 11 towers that were installed some years back around the province. He said…

Westpac employees dress for banking success

As the 2013 Solomon Islands Business Excellence Award;   Employer of Choice Award recipient, Westpac has lived up to its reputation by providing new uniforms to enhance its employees’ wardrobe this week. Westpac provides its team members with a range of uniform options on an annual basis at no cost; ensuring employees are smartly and professionally…

PNG govt looses K100m in illicit trade

The British American Tobacco in Papua New Guinea (BATPNG) says illicit tobacco trade in Papua New Guinea will cost the PNG Government almost K100 million (US$40 million) in 2014. It said last year the total revenue loss was K96.1 million (US$39.4 million)  The tobacco company in a forum presentation stated that the recent rise in…

National tourism forum tomorrow

The Our Telekom national tourism forum jointly organised by the Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) and ministry of culture and tourism will start in Honiara tomorrow. The firstever national forum will feature both local and international speakers who will address various issues pertaining to the industry. A statement from the organisers saidtIt is also hoped…

Airlines introduces new online ‘Flex-Pricer’ booking system

Solomon Airlines has introduced a new highly streamlined online ‘Flex-Pricer’ booking functionality providing a number of advantages for both its passengers and the international travel industry. The new system offers the ability to book multi-sector flights in a single ticket allowing both international flights and domestic connections to be actioned at the same time. ‘Flex-Pricer’…

Bauxite mining ready to roll?

Reports of heavy duty mining vehicles arriving on our shores IS the environmentally hazardous bauxite mining ready to roll in the Solomon Islands? This was the question most lingering in many people’s lips following reports of  number of heavy duty vehicles intended for mining exercises on Rennell Island, Renbel province arriving on our shores the…

Airlines deplores Fiji tactics

National Carrier Solomon Airlines has strongly condemned the action of the Fijian Office of Civil Aviation for suspending its codeshare flight with Air Niugini. This came after the airline’s current Honiara-Nadi code share flights operated by Air Niugini have been suspended last week forcing many passengers booked through Solomon Airlines to miss their flights. Last…

Our Telekom to launch 13 towers in Malaita

The one and only red colored company known as Our Telekom will launch 13 new towers in Malaita province starting today. The new towers were installed starting last year but due to some difficulties experienced they were unable to complete them until late last month where all of them are now ready for the official…

‘Take Tavanipupu to court’

The Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) board and management has been called on to take Tavanipupu to court. The call came following reports of the island resort’s accumulated loan arrears which hits the $20 million mark over the $15 million granted to the island resort. “If the NPF board and management can take members…