$3.93b budget announced

THE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Treasury Manasseh Sogavare has announced a $3.93 billion budget under the theme ‘Resourcing the basic fundamentals’, Tuesday. The announcement was made when he moved the 2019 Appropriation Bill 2018 to be put to the second reading in the parliament on Tuesday. Delivering the Government’s fiscal plan…

$119.4m in supplementary for 2018 brought to Parliament

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today will commence hearings into the second supplementary appropriation bill intended to further fund the financial year ending 31st December 2018. The Ministry of Finance and Treasury brought the 2018 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2018 sought approval for a total of $119.4million for 11 Government ministries. A total of $21.7million was…

CARROT POTENTIAL

Malaita Province has the potential to supply the country with carrots says a local farmer who grows carrot locally. Lionel Maeliu, a well-known organic farmer in Central Kwara’ae, Malaita Province believes that Malaita has the potential to supply the country with carrots once carrot farming is encouraged throughout the province. He revealed this potential after…

BACKHOE RAMPAGE

Man accused of rampaging hotel with Backhoe remanded By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN THE man accused of damaging the reception area at the Coral Sea Resort in Honiara with a Backhoe Excavator over the weekend has been remanded in custody on Tuesday. Davidson Irofinao has been charged with one count of malicious damage and five counts of…

Noro anticipates direct tuna trade to Europe

THE Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) anticipates direct tuna shipment to Europe from their Noro Port in the Western Province. The second international seaport of the country is the host of the largest and only tuna processing centre of Solomon Islands. Speaking to the Solomon Star Manager Operation of SIPA John Hugo Bugoro said the…

Tikopia chief, delegation returns

A CHIEF from Tikopia and his delegation has returned to Honiara last Friday, from their two weeks mission to France. Chief Gifty Tinamo and other chiefs representing other tribes in Tikopia went there to view a Tikopia documentary at the Paris cinema, God Planet Foundation. In an interview with one of the delegates, Mike Onomarie,…

Dual Citizenship Bill awaits further debate

The ‘Constitution (Amendment) (Dual Citizenship) Bill 2018’ was read the second time in parliament and awaits further deliberation by the members of parliament in the next sitting day. Prime Minister Rick Hou said that this bill allows for ‘Dual Citizenship’ to be adopted in the country. Mr Hou assured the parliament, it is the flagship…

Dausabea: Prosecute Shipping Grant heirs

CHIEF Executive Officer (CEO) of Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Trade Solomon Islands (ICCTSI), Charles Dausabea has reiterated the call for police to arrest and prosecute all recipients of the shipping grant. He made the call on Monday, since parliament is approaching its natural death on 17th December. Dausabea said politicians are the ones behind…

Gov’t warned of foreign advices

These so called rationalisations under structural adjustment programs pushed by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IFM) have not had the effect that was promised. Member of Parliament (MP) for Aoke/Langalanga and Chairman of the Bills and Legislation Mathew Wale made this profound argument during the debate on the Development…