Passing of a great leader

WE join the nation to mourn the sudden passing of Dr John Roughan. Dr Roughan died yesterday after he collapsed while attending the annual general meeting of Development Exchange Service (DSE) in Honiara. Originally from New York, United States of America, Dr Roughan arrived in the Solomon Islands in October 1956 as a Marist priest.…

Wake-up call for PM

PRIME Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo may be right. He is not obligated to bow down to calls from civil society groups that asked him to stand down. But he and his advisers need to take stock of the sentiments and concerns raised by these groups. For the concerns they raised are legitimate and real. The…

A fine gift from NZ

THE country took delivery of a fine gift from the New Zealand Government last week. This was in the form of the newly upgraded Munda Airport and the Gizo-Noro paved road in Western Province. Nusatupe Airport near Gizo, which is currently being upgraded, also comes under this project. In all, the New Zealand Government donated…

Congratulations to Our Telekom

Sunday marked the 25th years since Our Telekom started off as a company on July 21st 1988. Being the only telecommunication provider until 2009, the company has come along way in providing  telecommunication to the people of Solomon Islands. This services comes in the form of landline, mobile phone, internet, fax and other communication services.…

A dirty city

NUMEROUS efforts to clean up the capital city have got us to nowhere. Honiara remains a dirty city! The recent trend in the way Honiara looks is this. At night, the streets look beautiful and attractive. That’s after the night workers cleaned and swept away the dirt that littered the streets and drains the day…

Give our locals the top job

GOVERNMENT’S intention to appoint a local to head our police force is not a bad idea at all. It is just about time we do that. We have highly capable, as well as respectable officers within the force who can take on that role. They have gone through various trainings provided by Australia and New…

Please, end the strike

THE second teachers’ strike has entered its third week. We still don’t know how soon this will end. The Government has warned teachers to resume duty or face disciplinary action. Teachers in Honiara met over this threat yesterday. They refused to back down and instead blamed Government’s ignorance for the situation. Except for a few…

Gov’t please, end the strike

SO our teachers have resumed their nation-wide strike action. And the Government has chosen to remain silent in the face of this national crisis. This is unbelievable. The least this nation expects of its leaders is to step out and tell them whether their children will return to their classes Monday next week or not.…

Demanding huge compensations must stop

EVERYONE must know that compensation is not an opportunity to extort money or goods from someone or another party. Customarily, compensation is a bridge, a form of punishment which attracts reconciliation that is normally made to mend any problem between two people or parties. A person or party that committed wrong always pays a very…

Fellowship for our public officers

FOR the first time in the history of this country the government was able to organise a church fellowship program for its public officers. The country had seen the public officers engaging in social activities such as the inter-ministry league where public officers came together to compete in sporting activities. This is to address some…