Consultation needs to reach rural people

THE national stakeholders consultations on the proposed mining bill needs to reach the rural communities. A woman participant and former president of the Guadalcanal council of women Mary Bollen made the statement at the two days national mining forum consultation held at the Heritage Park Hotel. Ms Bollen said despite the forum is a step…

MPs on Election Bill 2018 Clause 67

Most of the Members of Parliament (MPs) want Clause 67 in the Electoral Bill 2018 to be amended considering the cultural sensitivity of this particular clause. Clause 67 (3) stated that if a candidate dies after the end of the nomination period and before the polling day the Electoral Commission must request the Governor General…

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…

Big Mountain’s car park show a flare

THE sounds and style of music played by the famous reggae band, Big Mountain has taken party goers by storm, when they performed at the Heritage Hotel’s car park on Saturday night. It was a solid 2 hours of non-stop reggae music, which kept those that were attending the concert on their feet. They really…