USP students celebrate Independence

 Solomon Islands students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji celebrated the 36th Independence Anniversary with a weeklong sports and cultural activity.  The sport events started from 1st July to 5 culminated with cultural activity on Saturday featuring diverse cultures from twelve cultural groups.  Sport events included soccer, netball, touch rugby,…

Rising challenge

Suva (Fiji Times) – THE Pacific’s working-age population is projected to increase from its present 6.6million to 9.6million by 2030. However, the Asian Development Bank says only about a third of new workforce entrants in the region can expect to find wage employment if recent years’ job creation trends do not improve. In its latest…

Pan Oceanic Bank launched last Friday

Solomon Islands now has its own bank; starting from the board of management to all its decisions are made locally. Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) has been carefully structured, understanding the actual banking and financial needs of the country, its people and businesses to realise the full economic potential. In a statement Pan Oceanic Bank Ltd…

Students plea

Release our second semester allowance soon The Solomon Islands students studying in Papua New Guinea’s Institutions have renewed calls for an immediate release of their allowances for the second semester.  One of the student associations at Divine Word University in Madang said “it is now four weeks of schooling but we still not receive our…

Concerns over dynamite fishing

CALLS have been made to the responsible authorities to apprehend people involved in dynamite fishing in Gela, Central Province. Dynamite fishing have been increasingly prevalent on Gela, particularly in Belaga district, according to Daniel Manedika of Kobe village. He said residents of Tavulea and Kobe villages have been practicing this method of fishing on a…

Malaita needs visionary leaders

A MALAITAN says the province needs visionary leaders and not self-serving ones. Eddie Ofote’e made the statement as the province and nation prepare to go to the polls this year. Mr Ofote’e said intended candidates from Malaita must spell out their plans and vision for the province before they can contest.  “Contesting without any vision…

Call to stop the sale of voter ID cards

A CHIEF in Gela Constituency has called on constituents to refrain from selling their voter’s identification cards to supporters of intending candidates. Chief Michael Lalaoma of Kobe village made the call in light of the increasing incidences of the sale of ID cards in the constituency. He said: “It is a great concern for the…

Westpac launches 18th In- store banking

WESTPAC bank has officially launched its 18th In-store banking at the Lord Howe Settlement near China town in Honiara yesterday. The new facility is located at the Trade Transformation shop. Speaking to mark the launching, Westpac general manager (GM) Pinto Kutila said the In-store banking is a stepping stone to cover every corner in country.…

NPF: $15M LOAN IS NOT A LOSS

Koraua: We will recover your money, all of it. WE will recover your money, all of it,” was the assurance given by the chairman of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) board, to members.Baoro Laxton Koraua gave the assurance when this paper questioned the board over the $15 million loan it gave to Tavanipupu…

Hou hails fraud conviction

THE Minister of Finance and Treasury, Rick Hou has commended all parties involve on the recent court decision to convict and sentence Wesley Poloso of the fake shipping company “Joke Shipping”.  In a statement Mr Hou said Poloso was a key player (amongst others) in a scam to rip off funds from the Government that…