PM heads for MSG summit

Leaves on Monday with 7-member delegation Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela leaves today for the 21st Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. He is leading a seven-member delegation. In Port Moresby, Houenipwela is expected to hand-over the MSG chairmanship to his PNG counterpart Peter O’Neill. This traditional handing over ceremony will…

Learning Mandarin

Language of the times By LESLEY SANGA  THE growing importance of the Chinese language globally didn’t go unnoticed by Solomon Islands’ government. At its request, Taiwan responded by sponsoring the Mandarin teaching program here since 2012 as part of the partnership in education between the two countries. Committed to providing relevant and high quality teaching,…

PM offers condolences to Taiwan

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has offered sincere condolences to the President of the Republic of China (ROC) of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-Wen and the people of Taiwan. This followed the devastating earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late on Tuesday. The magnitude-6.4 quake struck on Tuesday evening and was centered 14 miles northeast of…

Boyers hits back at Sasako

KADERE Party president Peter Boyers has urged journalist Alfred Sasako to “stop misleading the public on issues he knew little about”. Mr Boyers was referring to recent articles Mr Sasako penned about his meeting with chairman of Russell Islands Plantations Estates Ltd (RIPEL) chairman Patrick Wong. “The suspicions Sasako raised about my meeting with Mr…

Auki Travelers Lodge death

Police receive medical report, no arrest as yet By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN   POLICE have now received the pathologist’s report of the young woman who was found dead inside a room at the Auki Travelers Lodge on Christmas Eve. However, Police Commissioner Matthew Varley last Friday said no arrest has been made at this stage. But…