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…

HCC HODs supports call

HONIARA City Council (HCC) heads of divisions (HOD) yesterday supports FSII’s call for more education and awareness programs in Honiara communities and schools targeting attitude problems. FSII management yesterday made a presentation about two initiatives it plans to implement in the Honiara City within the next three months once given the green light from responsible…

Ni-Vanuatu Seasonal employer needs workers

A total of 71 Ni-Vanuatu workers will be recruited to begin work as fruit and vegetable pickers on five different farms at the Maroochy SunShine, Pacific Crop Harvesting PTY LTD in Australia by Tuesday next week. Vanuatu’s Department of Labour, through its Recognized Seasonal Employment (RSE) Scheme has encountered another milestone that it believes should…

Data and statistics vital for tourism industry

It’s important to measure the value of tourism and see how much it contributes to the different sectors within the country. That’s the word from South Pacific Tourism Organisation’s CEO Ilisoni Vuidreketi at the South Pacific Tourism Organisation Meeting underway in Nadi.   Vuidreketi says, tourism has become a vital contributor to the sustainable growth…

Australian franchises keen to operate in PNG

Several franchises in Australia have indicated interest in partnering with National Development Bank (NDB) to bring in businesses to support locals in setting up businesses, bank managing director Moses Liu said.   He said negotiations were on-going.   NDB Investment Ltd (NDBIL), a subsidiary of NDB, was seeking reputable international franchises to support its Stret…

SPC and partners collaborate to develop integrated crop management strategies for sustainable food production

SPC: A regional research initiative is looking at innovative approaches to induce activators in plants to enhance their defences to fight off pests and diseases. The research is focusing on a mechanism by which an activator trips the plants’ own defensive shield. The research work being implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)…

Installation of palm oil milling machine

The construction of a permanent complex to place a new portable milling machine for the Vangunu palm oil is nearing completion.The complex is being constructed by local firm, Pijin Holding company which is also responsible of ordering the portable machine from overseas. The machine will be based at Merusu. Pijin Holding workers have been hired…

Teak farmers benefit from sales

About 45 outgrowers in Kolombangara, Western province have benefited from their teak plantation after being sold overseas. Community Relations Manager Mayson Nesa who has master minded the selling of teak thinning on behalf of communities on Kolombangara Island was so proud in giving out cheques to about 45 farmers. This is third time round for…