Threats from guns still remains

The incident on Sunday which involved the alleged shooting of an Asian logger near Geza village, North East Guadalcanal sends a message. It means there are still guns out there in the hands of some people who are secretly hiding it in their possession.  When RAMSI arrived here just after the ethnic crisis, one of…

Hageulu ready for first outing

HAGEULU panpipers from Isabel province will promote local culture when they participate in road shows over this weekend in Brisbane, Australia. The group will accompany the Prime Minister, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) team and government officials, tomorrow. The local group will participate in two road-shows on September 14 and 16 organised exclusively by the…

Effect of the outcome-base education

I would like to raise some important aspects of the ‘Outcome-Base Curriculum’ or Outcome Base Education (OBE). Let me begin, by saying, large numbers of children in developing countries, including Solomon Islands receive little or no formal education. Solomon Islands is categorized as one of the developing nations in our world today. Likewise, Papua New…

Fourth Estate relations

LAST week, I spent an hour with journalism students at the University of the South Pacific during their Friday Forum session; a talanoa session during lunch-hour. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works mainly through its programmes with 14 Pacific island countries but this was an invitation we wouldn’t have missed. We anticipated sharing our…

DMP to rock Noumea

SOLOMON’s popular band Door Man’s Project (DMP) left the country yesterday for Noumea, New Caledonia. The group will be performing two live shows at Yengen and Noumea and will be in New Caledonia for two weeks. The tour was sponsored by Mangroves Studios manager Alain Lecante. Speaking prior to their departure, team leader Ronnie Paeva…

Royal visit is next

The Festival of Pacific Arts has gone. The 70th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal has just ended. These two international events brought a lot of visitors to our shores. Now we look forward to the visit of Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine. The royal pair are expected here on September 16 for…

Gold ridge: A saviour or nighmare?

It was 6pm on a day in March 1996. And Kevin Riria Malopo, a landowner at Gold Ridge, Solomons’ only commercial gold mine outside the capital Honiara, remembers it well. He along with another landowner, Stephen Moffat, were the last hurdle in the development of Solomon Islands’ first commercial gold mine. Up to that point,…