Hou: 2017 budget disappointing

CHAIRMAN of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Rick Hou says after examining the 2017 budget, he is disappointed that the good intentions may not be achieved through this budget. Speaking on Tuesday in parliament on the budget, Mr Hou said unlike the previous two budgets, the 2017 one is somewhat unclear as to the policy…

Aligegeo School wants electricity connection

ALIGEGEO Provincial Secondary School in Malaita Province wants electricity connected to its two new dormitories urgently. A statement from the school said since the two dormitories were officially handed over to the school in June no electricity has been connected to the buildings to this day. “Since the official handing over of the buildings to…

Constituent concern on cross-boundary voters

A SAVO Russell Islands constituent wants the Electoral Commission to implement measures that will stop people from registering to vote in constituencies which they don’t reside in. The concerned constituent Tim Ngelea raised this concern after witnessing the lack of development in the Savo Russell Islands Constituency. He said people are finding difficulty accessing funds…

PNA bid to control longline fishing

THE eight Pacific nations and Tokelau that make up the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are seeking more control over the little-scrutinised longline fishing industry in the Pacific. While purse seine fishing boats are required to carry an independent observer to report on catches, the PNA is imposing its own measures on longline vessels…

Keep away from crime, youths told

Youths in Malaita have been told to stay away from criminal activities and uphold respect. Police made the reminder at the opening of a three-day Youth Market in provincial capital Auki, which opened last Friday. Youths were instead encouraged to be involved in meaningful activities like the Youth Market, which was more beneficial than wasting…

Pinto is New Sri Lankan Consul

THE Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has a new Honorary Consul to Solomon Islands. He is Kutila Pinto. Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MAFET) Milner Tozaka formally accepted the appointment on Monday by officially presenting to Mr Kutila Pinto the instrument of Exequatur in compliance with Article 11 of the Vienna Convention…

SOSAI, SICCI engage in job workshop

Twenty five members of the Sons of Solomon Association International (SOSAI) completed a one-day workshop at the Heritage Park Hotel last week. The workshop was aimed to formulate a policy that would govern how the organisation would address unemployment through increasing employment opportunities. It carried the theme, “Articulating a new policy framework for increasing employment…

Improved services for people with disabilities discussed

CONSULTATIONS to enhance the Disability Mainstreaming Framework concludes on Tuesday. Ministry of Health and Medical Services acting director of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Division Elsie Taloafiri said all input from this consultation programme will be followed with further consultations. Ms Taloafiri said these consultations will assist in the development of the Disability Mainstreaming Framework Guideline – a…

Bishop reaffirms Aust-SI ties

AUSTRALIA Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop has reiterated her country’s commitment under the bilateral ties with Solomon Islands on Tuesday. Bishop, who led a all-female delegation on her fourth visit to Honiara yesterday, said Australia and Solomon Islands are friends, neigbours and partners. She told the media that this is being demonstrated by historical connections…