Policy brings changes to Soltuna

THE development of a long-line fishery policy in 2012 has brought about some positive and significant changes to Soltuna Limited. This was highlighted early this week by Philip Roberts managing director Tri-Marine International based in Singapore. Mr Roberts was a guest speaker at the two days media training held at Novotel hotel in Lami, Suva,…

Training to boost road maintenance

A ROAD Engineer from Nepal Guna Rey Niraula conducts a one-week labour based road maintenance training for road contractors in Malaita this week in Buma, West kwara’ae. The training is vital as it gives road contractors proper knowledge which can boost their skills in road construction. Mr Guna said the training is useful for contractors…

Westpac launches 19th in-store bank

“This is bringing banking to people,” Fishing village chief Robert Satu said when Westpac launched their 19th in-store bank at the Fishing Village area. Mr Satu said Westpac’s 19th Instore bank at the Fisheries Market is now going to make his banking easier. The communities at the Fisheries Market in Honiara, can now access Westpac…

POB is a licensed bank: CBSI

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has clarified a report from Peterson Boso in an article questioning the credibility of Pan Oceanic Bank Limited (POB) on Tuesdays’ issue (No.5595) of the Solomon Star. In a statement, CBSI said while respecting the rights of the public to express their views in the media, CBSI will…

PNG’s Bmobile speeds up

POST COURIER – Telikom PNG Limited and Bmobile will roll out a $US100 million 3G/4G next generation mobile phone network from April next year. Telikom PNG CEO Michael Donnelly said the strategic partnership between Bmobile and the Vodafone UK Group would be beneficial to Telikom and Bmobile. The two SOEs are currently building a new…

PNG extends ban bech-de-mer

THE NATIONAL – Papua New Guinea’s beche-de-mer stock is improving but not at the stage of harvesting, a senior National Fisheries Authority (NFA) official says. Sedentary fishery manager Luanah Yaman said the impact of the beche-de-mer ban in the past three years did not see a significant difference in the stock. She said the size…

PNGDF secures loan for facilites upgrade

POST COURIER – The Papua New Guinea Defence Force has secured a K1.9 billion (US$772 million) loan from overseas to improve its facilities. Defence Minister and North Wahgi MP Fabian Pok announced the National Executive Council (NEC) had approved the loan and once the loan agreement was signed the department would secure the loan from…

Public engagement in police rearmament process praised

THE active engagement by the communities and organisations consulted so far in the decision of the national government for the limited rearmament of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has been applauded by the government, police and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, (RAMSI). Since the beginning of August, the community consultation working…

RAMSI reports on progress of drawdown strategy

THE Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands Participating Police Force (PPF) has reported on the progress of the implementation of its Drawdown Strategy 2013 – 2017 which was agreed on by RAMSI and the Solomon Islands Government last year. A briefing on the progress of the implementation was provided at the first Board of Management…