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…

Fiji urged to champion West Papua MSG bid

AS the Fiji government seeks international support to be on the United Nations Human Rights Council, Civil Society Organisation in the region together with Fiji will make West Papua one of several key issues in which Fiji needs to demonstrate its credibility as a fair advocate on human rights violations.  “As part of Fiji’s bid…

Fiji backs MSG Peace-Keeping

FIJI supports a Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Peacekeeping Unit. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed this to the Fiji Sun before leaving for Honiara on Tuesday. He suggested Black Rock in Nadi as the best place to train the proposed peacekeeping force. Mr Bainimarama said this had been a topic discussed by the MSG Police Commissioners.…

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…

Akari solar light recommended

THE newly introduced Akari solar light system has been recommended. Y-Sato Marine is currently importing the solar system from Japan. Akari Solar Light Kit is a small-sized solar power system for household use equipped with one of GS Yuasa’s long-life batteries. By charging the battery during the day using the solar panel, it is possible…

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…