Former premier escapes jail

FORMER Guadalcanal Premier Stephen Panga who was found guilty after a trial for abuse of office has luckily escaped jail, Tuesday. This was after Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika suspended the nine months jail term he imposed yesterday for 18 months. This means that Panga will serve his sentence outside of jail and must not re-offend…

PM stops Manele from meeting Taiwan minister

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has been rebuked for his decision to prevent his Minister of Foreign Affairs from meeting Taiwan’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister upon arrival in the country on Monday as well as his departure on Tuesday. Opposition leader Matthew Wale said he received reports that Sogavare ordered his Foreign Affairs minister not to…

Taipei closes embassy here

TAIWAN ENVOY LEAVES By IAN M.KAUKUI TAIWANESE ambassador Oliver Liao flew out of the country on Tuesday less than 24 hours after the Government made the decision to cut off diplomatic ties with his country. Liao left with his visiting deputy Foreign Affairs minister Dr Sze-chien Hsu, who flew in on Monday in a last-ditch effort…

Civilians welcome ROC Minister

CIVILIANS turned out at the Honiara International Airport to welcome the Republic of China (Taiwan) Vice Minister Szu-Chien Hsu to assure him that they stand with Taiwan. They were made up of Christians, women groups and parents of local students studying in Taiwan universities. Hsu on his arrival told the people gathered at the airport…

TAIWAN TIES OFF

• Taipei declares end of relationship • 125 students to be sent home • Gov’t told to recall ambassador from Taipei By ANDREW FANASIA   THE Government last night cut off the nation’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan. This came after Cabinet endorsed a Caucus resolution to severe the 36-year-old relationship. The decision came just hours…

CBSI advises against borrowing from China

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) says the country will not be able to absorb any additional borrowing from China should it decide to switch. CBSI produced the report at the request of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare as part of the review of the country’s diplomatic relations with Taiwan. But the report, titled “Assessment…

DSE backs call

The Development Services Exchange (DSE) reiterates the call by the Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Peter Kenilorea Junior for the Prime Minister to stick by his word in ensuring the Bipartisan task force report be given time for deliberation and feedback.  In a statement last night DSE said the way they are seeing decisions taken by…

Plans to relocate Gizo Correctional Centre

THE Western Provincial (WP) Government is assessing the possibility of relocating the Gizo Correctional Service and its residences to an alternative site. The provincial Premier David Gina said this came after the area was struck by a devastating landslide that claimed one life, last week. In an interview Premier Gina said the possibility of relocating…