Datec sale best option

THE announced sale of Datec is subject to regulatory approvals but Steamships Trading Company Ltd is confident these can be secured, managing director Geoff Cundle said. Responding to questions by The National on why the company was putting up its information communication technology arm for sale, Cundle said the value of Datec would be enhanced…

Credit demand

A POSITIVE economic outlook typically raises demand for credit as corporations take on loans with the view that they will be able to capture a piece of the more sanguine future growth outlook or profits, says a report released by the ANZ Bank. It said the return they would earn on the funds would be…

Pacific 11 get invite

Eleven Pacific Island nations have been invited to participate in an annual trade exhibition in Melbourne, Australia, later this year. Jeremy Grennell, from the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest (PT&I) said Pacific Island exporters should attend the trade exhibition as it was a cost effective sales and marketing platform. Grennell said the trade show, Fine…

World Bank alarmed as food prices rise

World food prices rose in the first quarter of the year for the first time since their all-time high in August 2012, driven by rising demand in China, drought in the United States and unrest in Ukraine. The leapAccording to the World Bank, internationally traded food prices increased by a sharp 4.0 per cent. The…

Training for market vendors continues

A United Nation (UN) supported training program for women market vendors is making progress in Auki, Malaita province. The training is being staged at the Rarasu restaurant. The aims and objectives of the workshop are to ensure that public market areas are safe for all women vendors and free from discrimination.Since the start of the…

Banana festival gets underway

The Kirakira township is buzzing with excitement  as the Makira banana festival kicked off yesterday. Hundreds of people from far and near turned out in numbers to witness the grand occasion. The highlight of the event was the float parade from the western end of the township where Makira premier Thomas Weape meets with the…

Activities planned for evacuation centres

Reproductive health (RH) workers are planning to organise activities at some of the existing evacuation centres in Honiara. This was agreed upon during their discussion last Wednesday. These activities and programs will feature family planning awareness, protection messages to avoid violence and abuse, life skill trainings and schools for young children. Ministry of health medical…

Aviation plans runway inspections

The ministry of communication and aviation is planning to inspect more runways in airstrip around the country. Director of aviation George Satu last week for this year inspection will be conducted at Lomlom in Temotu province and Suavanau in Isabel province. In the case of Lomlom since the runway is new they would inspect it…