Maintaining law in Honiara

ARE Honiara City Council law enforcement officers still serving the public interest? Are they still there to enforce city by-laws as expected of them? Or are we now paying them to do nothing when it comes to the maintenance of law and order in Honiara? Ifthey are no longer capable of enforcing city by-laws, then…

The kind of MPs we want

EAST Choiseul voters should be proud of themselves and their outgoing Member of Parliament, Manasseh Sogavare. Mr Sogavare topped the attendance roll of the last and 9th parliament, whose term ended Monday this week. That’s according to a survey Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) conducted, which was published in this paper. Mr Sogavare demonstrated a final…

Measles taking its toll here

THE measles outbreak is taking its toll on the nation’s health service. As of Tuesday, health authorities recorded more than 500 cases in Honiara, Guadalcanal, and Malaita. Two children have already died as a result of measles related complications. Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads by coughing, spitting, sneezing and over-crowding. So it’s…

Underpasses reopened – respect them

THE Honiara City Council must be commended for reopening the two underpass crossings in the city. The decision was timely and relevant, as Japan is in the process of improving Honiara’s road system with the aim of addressing the worsening traffic congestion. Under the project, the Honiara market underpass will be renovated and improved. These…

Why damage our water supply?

ONE of the most important facilities that should be respected by all is our water supply infrastructure. We know the importance of water to us. Water is life. Without it, we all will die. So it begs the questions: Why would some people opt to cause damage to water facilities that were built to benefit…

Talasasa must take note of the concerns

Our Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ronald Bei Talasasa is a highly respected and experienced lawyer. He was elevated to this constitutional post after many years of service in the country’s judiciary. In other words, he earned the position through hard work, dedication and commitment. He has had an excellent command of the Office he…

The significance of Senator Kerry’s visit

ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury The Most Reverend Justin Welby left us on Tuesday. Today, we have United States Secretary of State John Kerry on our shores. Mr Kerry’s visit will last only a couple of hours. But it’s a visit that bears many significant dimensions to our relation with the US. This is the first time…

Let’s be on alert

The news of the deadly disease which had claimed four young lives so far in Makira province should not be taken lightly. Children are vulnerable to this disease which was said to have associated features of Meningococcal disease. Its an infection caused by the bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis and carries a high mortality rate if…

Why do we neglect Kukum?

OF all the streets in Honiara, the shop fronts along Kukum Highway are the most neglected. There, you see plastics and all sorts of litters lying around as though it was nobody’s business. Some of these litters have been there for months, compressed against the ground. While the Honiara City Council had engaged various groups…

Justice catching up on the thieves

JOHN Poloso, 47, was jailed yesterday for two and half years for his part in the $10 million scandal uncovered in the Ministry of Health and Medical Service last year. He became the first accused to be jailed for his part in the scandal. Poloso pleaded guilty to two counts of false pretences. The Magistrates…