The obstacle to developing Malaita

MALAITA provincial executive met the new government for the second time this week. The first meeting was between premier Peter Ramohia and Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The second was between Mr Ramohia and his executive and deputy prime minister Douglas Ete. Both meetings discussed proposed development projects for Malaita. Premier Ramohia, who assumed power for…

Yes, it would be too early!

THE opposition leader Jeremiah Manele has said the right thing yesterday that a motion of no confidence in the DCC government would be too early. This paper on Monday ran a front page article quoting a reliable opposition insider revealing an open plan by the opposition group of a possibility to move a motion once…

Thanks, thanks, and thanks!

WE’VE come to the end of another year. When we wake up tomorrow, 2014 will be gone and we’ll have 2015. What a year it was! We take this opportunity to thank our readers and advertisers. You have been part of our journey this year. Without you, we cannot come this far. We also wish…

Sogavare is back in charge

MANASSEH Sogavare will lead the country again for the next four years. Parliament gave him the mandate during yesterday’s election. We join well-wishers to congratulate him on his victory. Mr Sogavare is not new to this job. In 2000, the East Choiseul MP took over the helm of the nation’s leadership after then prime minister…

Choosing leaders who walk the talk

THANKS again to Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI). Through a survey they commissioned recently, we were able to know the attendance and performance of the outgoing MPs in parliament. Latest findings released yesterday showed only a few Members of Parliament regularly contribute to debate on bills that come before parliament. Last week, the TSI survey revealed…

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…