Manele visits Taipei

THE Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday announced a 5-day visit by Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele beginning September 8 amid speculation of a possible switch in political allegiance by Honiara to Beijing. “MOFA warmly welcomes Jeremiah Manele, foreign minister of the Solomon Islands, our Pacific ally, who is scheduled to…

Rodgers: gov’t remains focus

THE Sogavare-led government remains focus as they continue to wait for the report from the bi-partisan taskforce on whether to switch from Taiwan to China. Secretary to Prime Minister Dr Jimmy Rodgers stated this when he appeared before the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) hearing on the issue, Wednesday. “I believe Prime Minister Sogavare is aware…

Wale: MSG failed West Papua

THE Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has miserably failed its members and the Melanesian people of West Papua who are fighting for their freedom. That’s the view of Opposition leader Mathew Wale. Wale joined a local gathering of West Papuan supporters in Honiara yesterday to call for the liberation of West Papuans from Indonesian rule. The…

Appointment of former lands chief condemned

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition has condemned and expressed concerns over the appointment of Silver Dunga and Fred Soaki to the Ministry’s Lands Board. In a statement on Wednesday the Opposition stated that these appointments especially, the appointment of Mr. Dunga is strongly being condemned for he was implicated in some of the…

China eyes SI resources

‘Can we manage China’s appetite for our natural resources?’ By ANDREW FANASIA CHINA is certainly eyeing Solomon Islands raw materials to boosts its economy and sustain its 1.4 billion people but are we capable of managing it? This question was raised during the Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday when the head of ministerial delegation…

Kuma launches budget 2020

The Minister of Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma has launched the 2020 budget process on Monday. At the same time he called for wide-ranging support from development partners, the private sector, NGOs and ordinary people to support the Government in this endeavor. This is the first National Budget since the formation of the Democratic Coalition…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Officer jailed for bribery* Police questioned on delay of case* Submission on armed robbery case Officer jailed for bribery THE on-suspension police officer, who accepted a $200 bribe from bus driver and his conductor back in 2015, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment. Nelson Isogeto was convicted of one count of accepting bribe after…

AGOVAKA: WHY WE MUST SWITCH

ESTABLISHING diplomatic relations with China may lead to a boost in the local economy, Communication and Aviation minister Peter Shanel Agovaka claims. Agovaka, who led a controversial ministerial delegation to China recently, appeared before the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) inquiry yesterday. The FRC is inquiring into why Solomon Islands should severe its diplomatic ties with…

Taiwan youth ambassadors visit Parliament

THE visiting 28 youth ambassadors from Taiwan yesterday paid a brief visit to Parliament and the Speaker of Parliament Patteson John Oti. The visiting ambassadors are in Solomon Islands from the 1st September to 5th September to engage in youth exchange programs on the theme; ‘Youth Diplomacy Brings Taiwan to you.’ The youths consisted of…

Varley urged to act  

  A CONCERNED man from Malaita is calling on the Police Commissioner Mathew Varley to act immediately and investigate allegations concerning his officers in Auki, Malaita province. The man who wants his name withheld for personal reasons said its sad to learn about the illegal actions of some police officers in Auki. He said the…