Manele holds talks with Payne

FOREIGN Minister Hon Jeremiah Manele has held bilateral talks with his Australian counterpart Senator Marise Payne in New York over the weekend. A statement from the Prime Minister Press Secretariat said Foreign Minister Manele told Ms Payne that Solomon Islands continue to cherish the long relationship shared with Australia. That said, Mr Manele has acknowledged…

China envoy here

THE two weeks diplomatic relationship between China and Solomon Islands is now gaining momentum with the arrival of a top Chinese official in the country on Sunday. Chinese Ambassador to Papua New Guinea (PNG) Xue Bing touched down in Honiara on Sunday afternoon to brief welcome from the Minister of Mines and Energy Bradley Tovosia and…

China switch declared at UNGA 

Foreign Affairs & External Trade minister Jeremiah Manele has formally announced the country’s recognition of Peoples Republic of China (PRC) at the 74th United Nation’s General Assembly in New York. On Monday 16th September, 2019 the cabinet/caucus voted in favour of the PRC over the Republic of China (Taiwan). This was after the Parliamentary Bi-Partisan…

8.5% for NPF members

THE Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) on Monday awarded an 8.5 per cent interest rate for its members for the 2019 financial years.  SINPF deputy board chairman Dr Aaron Oritaimae said the 8.5 per cent interest rate represents $225.8 million, which would be paid out to members as of Monday.  “Adjusting for the expected annual inflation…

I’M SORRY

Varley apologises to youths over unfair police action By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN POLICE Commissioner Matthew Varley has apologised to the youths whose mobile phones police seized and deleted footage from them. The incident occurred when the youths staged a silent protest at the Honiara International Airport last week over the China switch. “I like to on behalf…