ROC releases $17.2m constituency funds

The Government of the Republic of China on Taiwan has formally released the third tranche of the 2015 ROC Support Constituency Development (RSCD) funds totalling $17.2 Million dollar to 44 constituencies. Taiwan Ambassador to Solomon Islands His Excellency Victor Te-Sun Yu handed over the disbursement instruments of the funds to the Prime Minister Hon Manasseh…

SIPA imposes new rule

LOCAL ship operators were left speechless when Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) through their Harbour’s Division office issued a new rule on pilotage for ships with a length of 40m and above. The new regulation will see SIPA pilots taking charge of the boat when arriving and departing the Point Cruz wharves. The new rule…

Call for relocation by islanders

LUAPEL House of Chiefs representatives in Malaita Outer Islands are calling again on government to relocate their people because of the ongoing threat by climate change. Chris Keungi told the Solomon Star yesterday that rising sea level and the ongoing bad weather as a result of climate change had already affected their food security and…

Six anti-corruption set for this sitting

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare plans to bring six Anti-corruption Bills in the upcoming Parliament this year. He revealed this during the International Anti-Corruption Day in Honiara last year. The six proposed anti-corruption bills are: 1.              Anti-Corruption Bill 2.              The Integrity Whistle Blower Bill 3.              The Ombudsman (Special Provisions) Bill 4.              The Leadership Code (Further Provisions)…

$50m supplementary budget to be tabled

THE Government will bring an estimated $50 million supplementary budget in the upcoming sitting of Parliament next month. This is to allow Parliament to regularise the money, government spent under the contingency warrants, after it passed the $4.3 billion budget last December. Ministry of Finance and Treasury, permanent secretary, Harry Kuma said this is part…

Parliament promotes healthy workforce

The National Parliament Office is embarking on promoting a healthy workforce after all its officers underwent a Non-communicable disease (NCD) test on Monday and Tuesday this week. The health check for NCD was made possible after some senior officers of the National Parliament participated in a health program last year through an IPAM’s Leadership Development…