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…

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…

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…