Ministry unable to police drone owners

THE Ministry of Communication and Aviation has been unable to monitor and police licensed drone owners due to lack of finance and staff. Minister Peter Shanel clarified this in parliament in response to a question asked by the MP for Aoke/Langalanga Mathew Wale. Mr Wale wanted to know how the ministry polices licensed drone owners…

PMO defends new PS

ETHEL Frances’ recent appointment as the new Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock was not done on the basis of her political affiliation. Rather, the Public Service Commission (PSC) made the appointment in consultation with the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Press Secretary of the Prime Minister, Douglas Marau, made…

Marine resource stocks survey soon

A SURVEY to determine the stock status of certain key commercial marine species in selected sites around the country will be carried out soon. Inshore fisheries division staff of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources will conduct the survey to ascertain the population of certain marine species with the view to encourage local people…

In court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Alleged burglars to face court today* Taxi driver tried for abduction* Men jailed for brewing kwaso Alleged burglars to face court today TWO men accused of separate break-ins in Honiara in 2015 will appear in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court today. Frank Firimolea is facing one count of house break-in, while another male (SR) who…

TAX BURDEN

Wale: high cost of living killing us By ANDREW FANASIA THE high cost of living in the country is killing our people financially. Member for Aoke Langalanga Mathew Wale uttered this in his debate of the Goods Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018. “Food and transportation, electricity, water, accommodation, basic healthcare system, basic education and clothing are…

SHIPPING GRANT

I don’t receive funds; just an allocation says Rini Member of Parliament (MP) for Marovo Constituency and former Minister for Finance and Treasury, Snyder Rini says he didn’t receive any shipping grant from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) in 2016. Mr Rini made this clarification yesterday following a call from a concerned woman…

TOUGH LAW LOOMS

Intending candidates warned of changes to electoral law By IAN M.KAUKUI THE passage of the newly amended electoral law puts a hard warning to intending candidates for the upcoming National General Election in terms of how they perform themselves during their campaign. Solomon Islands Electoral Commission Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Mose Saitala urged the intending…

HUGE REQUEST

NTF wants $112 million in Supplementary By AATAI JOHN LAUNGI   THE National Transport Fund (NTF) that’s being used to improve infrastructure in the country is seeking another $112,000,000 in the supplementary budget. Senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last week to reveal the…