NRH deserves closer attention

THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) is yet to get the attention it deserves from the national government. This is despite the importance it holds in the nation’s health sector. We have some of the region’s best doctors working there. We also have a highly committed team of nurses serving the hospital. But their work to…

Shadows of doubt over Skyline Investment

NEW information has emerged, casting doubts over the credibility and genuineness of Skyline Investment Group Company Ltd. This is the Asian company the Sogavare government is courting to build 5,000 homes in Honiara for public servants in the next four years. This same Asian company had earlier promised the government it would rehabilitate Henderson International…

Growing public distrust of gov’t

PUBLIC dissatisfaction with certain decisions of the Sogavare government is growing by the day. This is despite the huge public support it garnered during its early days. Today, the government appeared to have lost that support and trust. All because of the numerous controversial decisions it made since coming into power. Initially, the nation expects…

REP – a model project

SO the World Bank has approved an additional US$1.5 million (SBD$11.9 million) to extend the Rapid Employment Project (REP) until December 2016. The bank announced this great news on Tuesday. It’s great news because REP is a project that has made significant difference to lives of many ordinary Solomon Islanders on the outskirts of Honiara.…

A lesson for all vendors

THE Magistrate Court yesterday handed down a 30 days imprisonment sentence for a female betelnut vendor after she continues to disobey the Honiara City Council laws by doing business along the streets of Honiara by selling betel nut and cigarettes. This was in relation to breaching the Council’s ordinances and illegally selling betelnut at the…

History in the making for SI in Pacific Games

Congratulation is the word that Team Solomons deserve for their exceptional performance in the recent Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Over the past weeks, the country stands united and proud following the achievement of our contingent to the 15th Pacific Games. No doubt its history for the country in getting the…

West Papua: Not a bad start for Sogavare

WE all want our government to support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s (ULMWP) bid for membership of the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG). Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last Thursday responded to that call. The Government, he says, will vote to bring West Papua into the MSG fold on “observer status”. The highly anticipated announcement…

Bauxite saga raises many questions

UNDER the Mining Act, an operator is only allowed to hold three tenements at a time. Anything other than that is illegal. So why did PT Mega Bintang Borneo of Indonesia reportedly owned 11 tenements under different names but with the same directors and yet continued to be allowed to operate in the country? Surely,…

National carrier takes a major leap forward

SOLOMON Airlines took a major step this week with the launch of its new and direct route to and from Sydney, Australia. The flight leaves Honiara on Mondays, returning the next day. There are several reasons why this direct route is important for Solomon Airlines, Solomon Islands, and Australia. Firstly, Sydney is the commercial hub…

Thanks PM Sogavare!

MEDIA workers marked World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday night in Honiara – three weeks after the official designated day on May 3. The celebrations may have come a bit late, but it was worth the time and money spent to mark the occasion at the Honiara Hotel. Media workers across the world celebrated this…