Airline to temporarily halt Sydney service

SOLOMON Airlines has announced the temporary suspension of its Sydney-Honiara service from 22 February – 25 April 2016 while the carrier’s flagship Airbus A-320 undergoes maintenance in Singapore. All passengers affected by the suspension will be flown between Brisbane and Honiara via the airline’s four direct services which the airline will operate using a Boeing…

Traumatic workshop ends

A LOCAL Non-Government Organisation that is still active in conducting traumatic counseling trainings throughout the country has ended another of its ongoing trainings. Solomon Islands Peace Traumatic Counseling Center (SIPTCC) has successfully completed a week-long traumatic counseling training over the weekend. SIPTCC director Ishmael Idu told the Solomon Star yesterday that the programme started Monday…

$3 million payment queried

Former Guadalcanal militants from the Weathercoast in South Guadalcanal are questioning the real intention of the government paying $3 million to ex-militants from Malaita. A spokesman, who wants his name withheld, told the Sunday Star that his group of ex-combatants also demand a similar payment to be made to them. He said whilst it is…

Leaders rebuke PM

What exactly have you done for this nation Mr Sogavare? PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare is yet to adequately address the concerns raised about his controversial $3 million payout to former MEF militants, according to three senior leaders who have warned such a move risks destabilizing the country. Former Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, and the Chair…

PM hails private sector

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has commended the private sector for their perseverance and hard work in running their businesses. He was speaking yesterday during the launch of the newly upgraded facility of Didao Refueling Station, at Kukum, east Honiara.  “I take this opportunity to congratulate and commend Solomon Islanders who are useful in doing business…

‘SIG, a fine mine investment in SI’

SOLOMON Islands Gold (SIG) Resources Pty Limited is making headway in its decent attempts to invest in the Solomon Islands. The Company has been undertaking gold exploration in various areas in the country and have spent millions of dollars so far in revenue for the country and in communities. There were challenging times in the…

PITIA relocates from Tonga to Solomons

PACIFIC Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) is relocating its Secretariat from Tonga to Honiara. And Solomon Islander John Maefiti has been appointed as its new Executive Officer. The relocation follows a decision by PITIA’s executive board in November 2015. The day-to-day business of PITIA is undertaken by the Secretariat with oversight by a Board of…

Park on tourism here

TOURISM has a great future in Solomon Islands, says the founder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eagon Group of companies Young Ju Park. Speaking exclusively to the Solomon Star this week, Mr Park said since this is a paradise, tourism is a very important business here. “One Korean friend of mine once…