Tourist arrivals

DEAR EDITOR – According to a report by the SI Government’s Statistician, Douglas Kimi, a record total of 16,233 tourists entered the Solomon Islands during the final (4th) quarter of 2019. Kimi said, “Compared to the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 5.5 percent was recorded and visitors made up 50 percent of…

Prevention is better than cure

DEAR EDITOR – That terrible killer that originates from Wahun city in China known as the coronavirus has been killing the people of the first world till now for the past months and it is aggressively spreading from one continent to another and from country to the country taking thousands of lives from the very advanced…

Solomon Islanders must act now

DEAR EDITOR – As a concerned citizen, I am truly convinced that we are not ready for COVID-19 known as the coronavirus.  We lack the health capacity to deal with this pandemic. It is my prayer that God will save this nation with his miraculous deliverance and stop this threat from reaching our shores.  My…

Our position on coronavirus

DEAR EDITOR – In recent weeks, the world was gripped by the impact of the coronavirus in different countries including our own country, Solomon Islands.  Last week, the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic.  Governments around the world are taking various measures to prevent the entry and spread of the virus in their…

Traffic recommendations

DEAR EDITOR – Out of a concern for safety and cleanliness, I express these thoughts due to the fact that individuals in the Solomon Islands may or may not have been properly exposed to the ideas noted below.  When we learn to drive a car, first we are educated about the basics and the rules. …

Clarification on returning Philippines students  

ONLY five local students studying in the Philippines arrived in the Solomon Islands on Tuesday.  Aurthur Mola Solomon Islands Philippines Students Association (SIPSA) President said this following reports in the Island Sun newspaper that said 20 students from the Philippines returned to the country this week.  “To be honest that information is misleading. From my…

Police warns against wired rumours 

POLICE will be taking action against anyone that posts false information about the coronavirus or COVID-19 on social media. The warning came as Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said they are investigating a report of people giving out false information on social media. “So far no arrest has been made but we are working on…

GOV’T STEP-UP AGAINST VIRUS

PM unveils new measures By ESTHER NURIA SCHOOLS in Honiara and Guadalcanal will take an early holiday starting today as the government announced new measures against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced the raft of measures in a national address to the nation last night in the wake of the imminent threat…

Let’s not forget about West Papua

Wale meets with ULMWP rep, reiterates the need for Indonesia to allow for UN Human Rights Commissioner into West Papua The Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale on Thursday met with the Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Mr. Jacob Rumbiak.  Mr. Rumbiak updated Hon. Wale on the human rights situation in…