In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Man accused of getting $70k to testify* Murder accused to plea Man accused of getting $70k to testify THE man accused of obtaining about $70,000 from three people and failed to return their money will be testifying in court today. This followed the close of the prosecution case yesterday on the case of Hubert…

Kuma refutes CBSI advisory on debt

FINANCE and Treasury Minister Harry Kuma has refuted a Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) advisory of the potential debt distress should the country borrow more money from China. CBSI offered the advisory to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at his request as part of the recent government review of the Taiwan-Solomons relationship and the potential…

STUDENTS DILEMMA

Fugui urged to act on promise By IAN M.KAUKUI   TASK-FORCE chairman Moffat Fugui has been urged to act on promises he made to immediately address the predicament our students studying in Taiwan now face. Honiara resident Jay Tane made the call following Monday’s decision to switch ties, leaving the future of 125 students studying…

WPDC to visit affected areas

WESTERN Provincial Disaster Committee (WPDC) will visit Vella La Vella island to conduct an assessment of the affected areas caused by the recent bad weather in Western province. The team is made up of Gizo Police Officers, Red Cross, Agriculture and R- WASH (Rural Water Sanitation Hygiene). They will visit communities in ward 8 from…

PS calls on staff to pull up socks

STAFF of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) have been challenged to pull up their socks and work hard to help contribute strengthen the economy. Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Ethel Frances made the call early this week during a 2019 Senior Extension staff conference at the SIBC conference…

Taiwan projects cease 

TAIWAN in its final attempt to salvage its ties with Solomon Islands has promised to pour in more projects for Solomon Islands as part of assisting the country. Taiwan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Szu-chien Hsu announced this following his arrival in the country on Monday for a brief visit. But his announcement fell…

Premier: why we are against switching ties

MALAITA Premier Daniel Suidani says there are four reasons why his government is not supporting a switch in diplomatic relationships from Taiwan to China. “First, Solomon Islands is a Christian and democratic nation and it will not sway from its foundation,” the premier told Malaitans who stage a public march in Auki yesterday in support…

A sad goodbye for a long-time friend  

THE Government should have done better to give Taiwan ambassador Oliver Liao a decent farewell during his departure on Tuesday at the airport. Liao left the country after the Government made the decision on Monday night to cut off ties with his country. Honiara resident Jay Tane uttered the words on Tuesday after seeing the Taiwanese Ambassador…

PAP hits out at switch

SUPPORTERS of the People’s Alliance Party in Honiara and Makira say closing of diplomatic ties with the Republic of China on Taiwan by the Government of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is a sad affair for Solomon Islands. PAP does not have a member in the National Parliament as its candidates who had won seats in…

West welcomes govt’s decision

THE Western provincial government (WPG) has welcomed the government’s decision to switch allegiance to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), describing the latest diplomatic change as historic. In a statement issued through the Western Provincial Government communication unit in Gizo on Tuesday afternoon, Western Premier David Gina said the switch is a way forward in terms…