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Month: February 2016

PNG SUPPORTS CONVENING OF SPECIAL MSG LEADERS’ SUMMIT

The Papua New Guinea Government has expressed its support for the convening of a special summit for the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders in April. Port Moresby’s support for the special summit to discuss issues affecting the MSG Secretariat was articulated in meetings between the MSG Chair, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Hon Peter O’Neill and Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Rimbink Pato in the PNG Capital. The MSG Chair said the poor financial situation warrants that MSG leaders’ convene for a special summit in Port Vila in April to chart...

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MSG CHAIR WELCOMES JAKARTA’S CHANGE OF STRATEGY ON WEST PAPUA

Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group-Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Hon Manasseh Sogavare- has welcomed Jakarta’s change of strategy on West Papua and approach towards West Papuan Separatists. These positive changes have resulted in the decision by Indonesian Authorities to release high-profile West Papuan Separatist Leader, Filep Karma, after more than a decade behind bars. Karma was sentenced to 15 years in jail following a peaceful demonstration in Jayapura. His sentence was condemned by the international community and was known as a prisoner of conscience by human rights groups. The MSG Chair says that the decision to release Karma...

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MHMS DEFENDS MR GREEN IN RESPONSE TO FSII’S CALL FOR REMOVAL

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has defended its Infrastructure Adviser Mr Michael Green in response to the call by Forum Solomon Islands International for his removal. FSII called for Mr Green’s removal claiming that he was responsible for the decision to halt repair works carried out by Tropical Glass and Aluminum (TGA) to the two operating theatres of the National Referral Hospital last Saturday. Responding to that call, the MHMS Permanent Secretary, Dr Tenneth Dalipada said the ministry has adequately explained the circumstances surrounding its decision to halt repair works by TGA and there is nothing...

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MADAM SOGAVARE URGES WOMEN TO BE VIRTUOUS IN THEIR BUSINESS DEALINGS

Guest of honour at the first 2016 bi-monthly Mere Market event, Madam Emmy Sogavare has urged women to be virtuous in their business dealings as they showcase and promote their products. The three- day event for members of the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) begins in Honiara today. “Proverbs 31 of the bible speaks of a virtuous woman as one with intelligence and business sense to evaluate a piece of property and buy it. “The Proverbs 31 woman will see that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. “A virtuous business...

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