Recognising our women

TODAY is International Women’s Day. It’s a day celebrated on March 8 worldwide to acknowledge the gains women have made over the years and to bring to light the issues many still face.  In Honiara and other provincial centres today, women’s groups have organised street parades to mark the day. The theme for this year’s…

WHERE IS MALAITA IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS?

FORMER Police Commissioner, Frank Short shares his view on how Solomon Islands has benefitted from the Australian Defence Cooperation Program. In his word, Solomon Islands has greatly benefitted for more than 30 years and more from the Australian Defence cooperation agreement with Australia which has seen the delivery of maritime patrol vessels to the Royal…

THE GOOD NEWS OF THE 4TH USP CAMPUS

We ended this week on a high note. After years of discussions, a false start, and so on, the green light has finally been given for the Solomon Islands to host the 4th Campus of the University of the South Pacific – a very important national project. Construction work will soon begin.  China’s State-owned Enterprise…

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR TRAFFIC RULES?

DO we have traffic police within the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF)? If so, who is in charge and what does the public expect of them?  There are many other questions that need to be asked of the traffic police as well as the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, which is responsible for the maintenance…

Don’t ignore weather warning

THE country is currently in a wet session. As a result we have been experiencing bad weather over the past weeks. The weather office has continued to issue weather advice and warning about the current bad weather in the country over the past weeks. At the moment there is a low trough near the Renbel…

IS IT REALLY AN ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE? 

IN countries ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, governments came up with schemes to keep the economy breathing. It was more or less keeping the economy on a life-support system. The idea is to ensure people remain at work. Our government too came up with one – $309 million of it. But instead of focusing on…

MBIKE SHOOTING CASE

YOU would be forgiven for accepting what the police said about the Mbike Shooting case in 2014. Five people were arrested in 2015 in connection with the shooting and arson attack a year early on the Sun Express boat – a fast boat that transported 17 newly-elected MPs to Mbike resort on Gela, Central Islands…

Pacific unity at stake

The fall out in the Pacific Island Forum is now a subject of concern and heavily discussed by our leaders in the region. This happened after the members of the Micronesian Bloc decided to withdraw their members from PIF after their preferred candidate fail to secure the Secretary-General Seat. The controversial appointment of Henry Puna…