Indonesian minister here for summit

INDONESIA’S vice Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdurrahman arrived on Tuesday afternoon in the country to attend the Melanesian Spearhead Group’s (MSG) summit. His low-key arrival raised a few eye brows and the police was kept busy as he was led Heritage Park Hotel where he’ll be staying for the summit, which opens today. Mr Abdurrahman was…

20th MSG meet opens

THE 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ Summit opens today with an elaborate welcome and gift-giving ceremony in Honiara. Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, FLNKS head of delegation Victor Tutugoro, and Indonesia’s vice Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdurrahman arrived on Tuesday. Papua New Guinea’s Peter O’Neill will arrive this morning ahead of the opening ceremony. Vanuatu’s…

Mae: Lack of awareness stops development

AN elderly men in east Kwara’ae says lack of proper awareness in rural areas has resulted in no development in Malaita province. Andrew Mae revealed this following concern by leaders and investors questioning why there is lack of development in Malaita province. In an interview last week he said, many people in the country have…

Archbishop Vunagi highlights youth issues

ENCOURAGE youths to engage in some meaningful activities in the communities says the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) Most Reverend David Vunagi. The Archbishop highlighted this in his address during the opening of the ACOM Youth Convention at the Saint Nicholas College Hall on Monday. “We should always remember with gratitude that…

TOT for emergency response held

The training of trainers (TOT) on emergency response conducted beginning from the 8th of June has successfully ended on Thursday 18th. The training, which aims to build a cadre of trainers who can effectively deliver emergency response training to the provinces and disaster risk management partner institutions, has concluded with participants receiving certificates.  Making his…

Abusive father gets 8 years

A FATHER who sexually abused his foster daughter when she was only 13 was sent to jail for eight years, on Thursday. The man’s name was suppressed to protect the victim’s identity. He pleaded guilty to three counts of defilement and six counts of indecent assault. The offences occurred at the family’s home on unknown…

Member countries confirmed for MSG

Five Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) member countries have confirmed their participation in the upcoming meeting to be host by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Besides these five members of the MSG countries, Indonesia will also participate as usual as an observer, whereas West Papuan presence is an effort of membership plea within the…

Taro trial to close June 24

CLOSING submissions into the case of a top female police officer accused of stealing $100,000 belonging to her husband’s tribe will be made in court on June 24. This followed the completion of the trial on Wednesday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Florence Taro stood tried in the hearing for two counts of larceny in…