Fiji backs MSG Peace-Keeping

FIJI supports a Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Peacekeeping Unit. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed this to the Fiji Sun before leaving for Honiara on Tuesday. He suggested Black Rock in Nadi as the best place to train the proposed peacekeeping force. Mr Bainimarama said this had been a topic discussed by the MSG Police Commissioners.…

20th MSG meet opens

THE 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ Summit opens today with an elaborate welcome and gift-giving ceremony in Honiara. Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, FLNKS head of delegation Victor Tutugoro, and Indonesia’s vice Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdurrahman arrived on Tuesday. Papua New Guinea’s Peter O’Neill will arrive this morning ahead of the opening ceremony. Vanuatu’s…

Mae: Lack of awareness stops development

AN elderly men in east Kwara’ae says lack of proper awareness in rural areas has resulted in no development in Malaita province. Andrew Mae revealed this following concern by leaders and investors questioning why there is lack of development in Malaita province. In an interview last week he said, many people in the country have…

ACOM youth convention underway

An Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) youth convention is currently underway in Honiara with an official opening held at the Saint Nicholas College Hall on Monday. Hundreds of Anglican youths in Honiara and from the provinces are taking part in the convention based on the theme “Calling Youths to God’s Mission.” Officiating in the opening…

Archbishop Vunagi highlights youth issues

ENCOURAGE youths to engage in some meaningful activities in the communities says the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) Most Reverend David Vunagi. The Archbishop highlighted this in his address during the opening of the ACOM Youth Convention at the Saint Nicholas College Hall on Monday. “We should always remember with gratitude that…

TOT for emergency response held

The training of trainers (TOT) on emergency response conducted beginning from the 8th of June has successfully ended on Thursday 18th. The training, which aims to build a cadre of trainers who can effectively deliver emergency response training to the provinces and disaster risk management partner institutions, has concluded with participants receiving certificates.  Making his…

Encouraging rural Guadalcanal producers

Dear Editor – It has been reported via the SIBC that some forty four rural producers in Guadacanal have joined forces to better involve themselves in the newly formed Honiara Central Market Vendors Association. The National Project Coordinator for the UN Women Markets for Change project in the Solomon Islands, Gaylyn Purairana, has reportedly said…

Akari solar light recommended

THE newly introduced Akari solar light system has been recommended. Y-Sato Marine is currently importing the solar system from Japan. Akari Solar Light Kit is a small-sized solar power system for household use equipped with one of GS Yuasa’s long-life batteries. By charging the battery during the day using the solar panel, it is possible…

West Papua: Not a bad start for Sogavare

WE all want our government to support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s (ULMWP) bid for membership of the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG). Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last Thursday responded to that call. The Government, he says, will vote to bring West Papua into the MSG fold on “observer status”. The highly anticipated announcement…