POB plans more awareness before opening

The newly registered commercial bank Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) is proposing more awareness prior to its official opening here. The bank’s chief executive officer (CEO) Nihal Kekulawala in a press conference said the bank has been going through many awareness talks with business houses but is proposing more awareness to people and organisation before its…

MSG building to be used as meeting hall

Western provincial government (WPG) will rehabilitate the current Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) complex located near the Gizo wharf into a provincial meeting complex. This was revealed by the Western provincial finance minister Lester Saomasi Huckel in an interview with Solomon Star on Thursday. Mr Huckel said currently a tender is being made to allow a…

Lauru shipping urged to settle fees

The Western provincial government yesterday issued a warning to Lauru shipping company (LSC) to settle its outstanding business fee or services to some ports in the province will be suspended. Western provincial finance minister Lester Saomasi Huckel issued the notice after Lauru shipping failed to sort out its long overdue business shipping licence fee. Lauru…

Australian ‘Mad Hueys’ visiting Papatura

 A renowned Australian group who travelled around to surf and fish will be arriving this afternoon in Honiara. Known as the Mad Hueys, the group is expected to spend a week surfing and fishing on the Papatura Island resort on Isabel province. Solomon Island visitors bureau marketing manager Freda Unusi yesterday said the group  is…

SIEA provides linemen training to staff

AT Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA), Linemen play an important role in our operations; they ensure that the distribution network, safely and reliably provides the required supply of electricity to the customer.   A lineman is a tradesman who constructs and maintains electric power transmission and distribution lines and equipment. You have to be a…

More imported goods added to price list watch

The ministry of commerce, industry labour & immigration through the consumer affairs and price control unit has approved a new standard price list of some imported goods sold in shops around the country. Last year the unit submitted a report about the increasing number of imported goods sold in our shops at higher prices which…

Price unit on nationwide awareness

Staff at the consumer affairs and price control unit will engage in a nationwide awareness next week. The awareness will focus on price of goods, expired goods and the rights as consumer This came after a budget has been approved for the outreach program. Director of the unit Timothy Watekary Maehioro on Wednesday said as…

Bank hits back at Sasako’s claims

Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) has described claims by former politician Alfred Sasako in a report yesterday as misleading and false. In an article published in this paper on Wednesday Mr Sasako claimed that POB is running into some difficulties setting up its office here and is trying to establishing a correspondence bank overseas. But the…

POB set to open May

The newly registered commercial bank Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) will officially unveil its doors in the country mid-May this year. That was the assurance by Nihal Kekulawala POB’s chief executive officer (CEO) during an interview with the local media at Heritage Park Hotel yesterday. Mr Kekulawala who is currently in the country said the bank…

More locals signed up for POB

More than twenty (20) local people have been recruited to take up several positions within Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) when it kicks off operation in May. This was revealed by POB chief executive officer (CEO) Nihal Kekulawala yesterday. Mr Kekulawala who in the country said more than 20 people and eight (8) expatriates will be…