US SENATOR BLACKBURN PAYS COURTESY VISIT ON PM SOGAVARE

A United States Government delegation led by Senator Marsha Blackburn made a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara this afternoon. Senator Blackburn was accompanied by Emily Manning, National Security Advisor, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Maj Mike Jones, Senate Liaison Officer, Marine Senate Liaison Office, with US Mission to Solomon Islands Representatives, Charge…

‘REFUND $1MILLION PAYMENT NOW’

CEMA board never approved payment of Hammock Beach, wants $1M advance payment refunded THE Board of the newly revived Commodities Export Marketing Authority (CEMA) is embroiled in a dispute with businessman Alex Bartlett over the sale of Hammock Beach – a prime beachfront property west of Honiara. Insiders have now confirmed an advance payment of…

THREATS TO BOYCOTT PG2023

FRUSTRATED government workers who provided security in Honiara during the so-called ethnic tension twenty years ago are threatening to boycott the official opening of the 2023 Pacific Games unless they are formally informed of the status of their claims. The boycott threat was one of two resolutions members representing the group passed in their meeting…

Australian High Commissioner was never summoned

The Australian High Commissioner was never summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Television has published. The High Commissioner has had ‘neighborly discussion’ with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade on a number of issues pertinent to the relationship between Solomon Islands and the Australian…

MINISTER RAMOFAFIA PROGRESSES SOLOMON ISLANDS PROGRAMS IN WASHINGTON DC

Solomon Islands Minister for National Planning and Development Coordination, Honorable Rexon Ramofafia was in Washington DC last week to discuss the progress of several programs supported by the United States Government. This is in response to visits by US delegations to Solomon Islands in recent months. While in Washington DC, the Minister met with senior…

Wale says PM’s advice to summon Australian high com shows a man of ‘paranoia’

OPPOSITION Leader Hon Matthew Wale has described Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare as a person with extreme ‘paranoia’. Hon Wale made this statement following reports that the Prime Minister has instructed government officials to summon the Australian High Commission Office over a Four Corners program aired on ABC TV recently. The Opposition Leader said it is…