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…

New approach to tuna management

THE Pacific Ocean and those who depend on its fish face a growing crisis, according to Greenpeace. So the environmental organisation has decided to take a new approach in its efforts to persuade the body tasked with setting fishing rules – the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) – to live up to its…

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…

Tourism operators welcome increase arrival

TOURISM operators throughout the country are anticipating a better year next year in terms of visitor arrivals. Speaking after reports that the industry is picking up and is expecting over 12 cruise visits next year, a local tourism operator Gregory Para said it is a testimony that Solomon Islands is slowly picking up in terms…

Lasi highlights nation’s agenda in WCPFC13

UNDER Secretary Technical of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) has highlighted the country’s key issues of interest in this year’s Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Nadi, Monday. Ferral Lasi, in his country statement at the official opening of the thirteenth WCPFC meeting, said some of the critical issues on the…

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…