Airbus back in service

Solomon Airlines operated Airbus has resumed its normal services as of this week. The airbus had been undergoing maintenance work in Philippine for the past weeks since April as part of the airline’s routine maintenance routine in compliance with airlines safety. In its absence Solomon Airlines partner Qantas has been serving the Brisbane-Honiara route through…

SICCI and SIPA strengthens ties

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) is delighted to welcome the interim CEO of the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA), Mr. Michael Wate. The appointment of Mr Wate is timely given the operations of SIPA directly affect many of SICCI’s member businesses. In a brief meeting held yesterday, the Chairman of SICCI…

Undersea cable project gets green light

Minister for Communication and Aviation (MCA) Peter Shanel revealed in parliament, Monday that the short fall of US$10 million to fund the submarine cables now stands at US$5 million after some donors willing to fund the other half of the outstanding cost. Shanel revealed this after continuous pressure from some Members of Parliament (MP) who…

Bribery claim denied

A land acquisition officer has dismissed claims AU Capital Mining Limited bribed landowners in Temotu to acquire its prospecting licence to seek minerals on their land. AU Capital Mining, an Australia company, held two tenements under its prospecting licence – one Temotu and another in Choiseul. Recently Iron Mountain Mining, a different company, obtained shares…

SICCI: we are a legal entity

SOLOMON Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SICCI) has maintained the organisation has not been in breach of any laws. SICCI chairman Jay Bartlett reiterated this following recent media publicity casting doubt and questioning his organisation’s legality. “SICCI is an organisation of members with similar interests and is the Peak representative body for the private…

New eco-lodge opened in Guadalcanal

A NEWLY launched inland lodge has opened its doors for guests after a successful opening on Wednesday. Paringiju Inland Mountain eco-Lodge was located at Belaha highlands over Tenaru School, in Central Guadalcanal. The Paringiju Inland Mountain Lodge has formally opened in front of hundreds of locals this week. Among the invited guests were Sir Paul…

NGO code for Solomons in the pipeline

THE development of an NGO Code of Minimum Standards for the Solomon Islands will be discussed in Honiara, says the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs head, Emele Duituturaga. Mrs Duituturaga says PIANGO staff , Alanieta Vakatale and Akmal Ali, will be facilitating sessions on the development of a CSO Code of Minimum Standards at this…

Low pay rate for security officers a concern

THE continuous pint-sized hourly rate payment received by local security officers through their various firms is still a serious concern, according to former Police officer Henry Kahui. In an interview with the Solomon Star this week, he said as a person that also engaged in the security industry in the country, he wished to urge…

Rarawa announces CBSI’s major turnaround

Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has recorded a major turnaround on the bank’s operations last year. This was announced by the Governor of the Central Bank Denton Rarawa on Wednesday at the launch of the bank’s 2015 annual report. “I am pleased to announce a major turnaround in CBSI financials from a net loss…

Our Telekom’s Sunday promo lauded

Our Telekom’s Super Sunday TOPIDUP promotion has received widespread commendation for its convenience in the country. Various data users lauded the country’s leading network provider, saying that it makes communication suitable, especially during Sundays. Most are those that are frequent users of the social media connecting through the Our Telekom network. The promotion allows customers…