MMF hits back at NPF chair

Ma’asina Forum (MMF) president has lashed out at Solomon Islands National Provident Fund board chairman Mr Baoro Laxton Koraua for making a non-sense attack on him. Forum president Charles Dausabea said Mr Koraua must not try to confuse himself and the entire fund members of his unfounded comments. “…see I’m not an economist, but since…

Officials focus on disability inclusive development

The Forum Disability Officials meeting commenced on Tuesday at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi where senior officials of government ministries responsible for disability issues are convening to dialogue on various issues related to disability inclusive development in the Pacific region. In her welcome remarks the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Ms.…

Samsung suspends ties with Chinese supplier

SAMSUNG Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world’s biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labour and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co. Samsung said last week it…

Ten foods to help prevent type 2 diabetes

AROUND 280 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes every day. The most common form of diabetes is type 2, and while you may have heard of it before, you may not know that type 2 diabetes is actually preventable. For people who have diabetes, insulin, which is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy, is…

World’s best airline named at 2014 Skytrax awards

Qantas has again dropped out of the world’s top 10 airlines, while Cathay Pacific has been named the world’s best carrier in the annual World Airline Awards. Cathay Pacific climbed from sixth place last year to displace 2013’s top airline, Qatar Airways.  Announced at the Farnborough International Air Show in the UK, the World Airline…

Japan pledges eco-tourism support

TO improve access to eco-tourism development within Guadalcanal province, the Japanese government have shown support towards the development. Director of Guadalcanal eco-tourism development service Edison Saeni confirmed the assistance during the launching of GEDS constitution early this month. Saeni has spent six months in Japan on skills training. He highlighted during his stay, he had…

NPF urged to go electronic

The National Provident Fund (NFP) has been urged to introduce electronic prints on the cards of its members. The Honiara City Councilor for Vavaea Ridge Ward in Central Honiara, Jonathan Zama said the NPF which is Solomon Islands’ richest investor with over $600 million in its suspended account should turn to modern technology in its…

ANZ wins global award for Pacific mobile app

ANZ has won the global award for Best Digital Channels Strategy under the prestigious 2014 Retail Banker International Awards in recognition of its mobile phone banking application tailored for the Pacific markets. ANZ goMoney Pacific was launched in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Samoa in 2013, and in Vanuatu earlier this year to provide…

PAP continues to bombard finance boss

The People’s Alliance Party (PAP) continues to blame the finance and treasury minister, Rick Hou for the poor state of the national economy. Women’s advocator Casper Fa’asalu who is campaigning for women to be elected into the Parliament told a PAP meeting at the weekend in Honiara claiming Mr Hou has bowed down to political…