Overseas journos banned

INTERNATIONAL journalists were banned from covering and entering the oil spill site and the wrecked MV Solomon Trader in Rennell Island, Wedesday. Reliable sources told the Solomon Star that it was believed that orders to stop the journalists came from Honiara and few people on the ground on Rennell who are agents of Bintan Mining…

MP’s tax-free to be scrapped

ABC: For the first time in four years, Member of Parliament (MP) will be required to pay tax on their salaries. Solomon Islands’ Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) will be gazetting the new regulations on April 1 to remove, tax exemptions that were granted in 2015. Commission Chairman Johnson Siapu has confirmed the changes with ABC,…

Kimi new census chief

DOUGLAS Kimi who is the Government Statistician is now the new 2019 National Census Commissioner. Caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou officially announced this on Monday as the country is heading towards the next National Census in November. He said the announcement was made in accordance to the Census Act (Chapter 53). “I now invoke Section…

Murray to be sentenced March 29

THE former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Henry Murray will be sentenced on March 29. This followed the sentencing submissions and mitigation made on his case on Monday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Murray was convicted last year of defrauding the government of more than 700, 000. He was found guilty…