Fiji drops in rankings

Suva (Fiji Times) – FIJI has dropped two positions in World Rugby’s rankings after the three losses in pool play during the Rugby World Cup. Fiji was ninth when they came to England, now they are ranked 10th. England dropped two places to eighth after their World Cup defeat by Australia at Twickenham. Eight teams…

A Glimmer of Hope for West Papua?

Jayapura, Jubi – It is frustrating that serious human rights abuses in Indonesian-controlled West Papua continue to fly below the radar. This year there has been some good news but it is also going largely unremarked. This is equally frustrating, especially as the positive developments all stem from initiatives taken by courageous Papuans themselves or…

US disability rights funds

Dear Editor – Once the DCCG ratifies the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), as indicated by the Prime Minister before he left for New York, it is likely the Solomon Islands will be able to apply for, and possibly, receive funds from the US based Disability Rights Fund (DRF). The…

Unbelievable, but it’s possible

Dear Editor – I read with excitement the above article in your recent publication. I remember joining others in an article on your paper asking the government to ignore calls by certain individuals with hidden agendas to deport Mr Yow. I said that we should give him time to prove himself and review his contract…

Teacher appreciation quotes

Dear Editor – It is encouraging to know that teachers throughout the nation commemorated the World Teachers’ Day in our country this week. Makira teachers will mark World teachers Day at Waimapuru NSS on 9th October  with various activities for fun and leisure. World Teachers day is an event held annually on October 5th since…

Prove it Tua’ta

Dear Editor – I am writing in respond to an article in your paper issue 5991 05/2015 by Takika Tuata, threatening the premier of Renbel. Let me remind you Tuata that the premier and his executive were carrying out their duties in accordance to what is expected out from them as the mandated government of…

Resolving Renbel dispute is critical

LEADERS and people of Renbel need to sit down together and seriously look at the current dispute that is now fragmenting their communities. The current mining and logging activities on the island of Rennell is not doing any good for people on the island. These activities are instead causing disunity and hostility to a people…

Diabetes leads to blindness

AN estimated 13.5% of the country’s population who are believed to live with diabetes are at risk of developing blindness, says the Director of the Eye Department, Dr Claude Posala. Dr Claude said it is vital to do early eye screening with diabetes patients for the sole reason of early detection of sight threatening complications.…

Overseas medical team on a mission

A MEDICAL team from Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States is currently in Honiara providing medical support to newly graduated doctors from Cuba at the same time conduct health services. In response to the invitation extended by Ambassador Victor Te-Sun Yu – The Embassy of the ROC (Taiwan), the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Emergency…