IATA approved trainer assists airlines

The national carrier of the Solomon Islands, Solomon Airlines, has been working with an approved IATA Safety Management Trainer in supporting key management and staff to improve the airlines’ Safety Management culture and procedures for the past week. Announcing this, Solomon Airlines Corporate Safety, Security and Audit Manager, Napoleon Padabela said “a key part of…

Villagers end training

A three days business training at Papagu village in north Guadalcanal ended successfully on Friday. About 55 participants attended the workshop which was funded by United Nation Security Trust fund. The program was conducted by International Labour Organisation (ILO). Roy Fugui, ILO project coordinator in Solomon Islands said the main purpose of the training was…

Disorderly, disturbance tops police’s list

ACTING disorderly and causing disturbance related to alcohol has topped police’s list as the number one offence being recorded last week. Speaking to the Solomon Star last night Gabriel Manelusi assistant police commissioner for national capital said last week from 28th July to yesterday (Sunday 3rd August) police responded and recorded 29 cases related to…

Man stabbed, hospitalised

An man believed to be in his 30s was hospitalised following an alleged stabbing incident in Munda, Western province over the weekend. The incident happened around 2.30 am in the early hours of Saturday morning. The cause of the incident was not known but when the Solomon Star contacted Munda police, Sergeant Timothy Alena said…

POB invests US$1m in IT

The country’s fourth commercial bank Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) is investing US$1 million (SBD$7.3m) in information technology (IT) to ensure its banking services continue to serve and satisfy its customers. Speaking exclusively in an interview with the Solomon Star last week the bank’s chief executive officer (CEO) Nihal Kekulawala said the banking is undertaking a…

Ghizo island chief & elders association formed

A new chapter was rewritten for Ghizo Island communities following the full and unanimous acceptance of a formal association of community leaders on Ghizo Island at the end of a three-day workshop on community governance and traditional structure, held in Bibolo Village, West Ghizo. Coordinated, organized and financed by the Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation…

ADB opens office in Palau

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Bruce Davis together with Palau’s Finance minister and ADB Governor Elbuchel Sadang last week opened a new ADB Development Coordination Office for Palau. “The new office will boost ADB’s responsiveness to the development needs of Palau,” said Davis. “We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with the government,…

Vanuatu airport project cancelled

Vanuatu’s government has abandoned a project with a Singapore company to develop an international airport. The plan was introduced by the recently removed Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses, and met with strong opposition from MPs over the unclear terms of the US$350 million  contract and the airport’s location.  An ad-hoc parliament committee decided the plan’s risks…

Energy champion

Tokelau’s Minister of Energy Foua Toloa once travelled on a canoe from Tonga to Fiji in 1983 just to prove that it could be done in the modern era. Toloa, who is a hulking specimen of a person, said it was during this voyage, which lasted eight days and covered over 8000 kilometres, that he…