Well done heroes.

WHAT a joyous celebrations it was in Honiara, country and the region yesterday. Its history in the making for Solomon Islands to hold Oceania champion New Zealand All Whites to a one all draw. Never had there been any such score margin our national team have given to the New Zealand team. To have a…

Young smokers, a scary trend

ITS startling and disappointing to learn that  Solomon Islands has one of the highest rates in the world in terms of youths taking up smoking at an early age. Thats according a 2008 steps survey on non communicable diseases (NCD) risk factors and Global Youth Tobacco survey (GYTS). The survey found that smoking rate of…

Welcome to the Solomons

Honiara is buzzing with excitement as national soccer teams from seven regional countries started arriving in the country for the much awaited Oceania Nations Cup. Already we have the Vanuatu side which arrived last week, followed by Samoa on Sunday, New Caledonia on Monday then Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Tahiti yesterday. The final…

A job well done

LATE last week the country was disturbed to learn that an inter-island was missing after it failed to reach its destination. That marine vessel was Solfish 001. It was on its way to the far eastern province of Temotu. It left Honiara on Monday and was expected to arrive in Lata on Wednesday. Come that…

Tackling domestic violence

IT seems like a never ending problem facing the country like elsewhere around the region and world. Domestic violence especially against our young women and mothers seems to make a continuous upward trend. And this should be a national concern. No doubt there are many unreported cases relating to such problems. Only a fraction have…

Thankful to our donors

The country this week received good news with funding assistance from two of our donor partners. First is the Australian government announcing a SBD$1.8 billion in funding assistance. This is part of an Australian bilateral aid program to Solomon Islands and as part of the Australian Government’s overall commitment to the region. The break down…

Congratulations SIDT

Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) has come a long way – 30 years on now since its inception in 6th May 1982. Since Sunday SIDT workers kicked off a week-long worthwhile well-deserve anniversary celebrations in Honiara. SIDT is a non-government organisation (NGO) founded with the aim of helping villagers improve their livelihood. Today the work…

Respect the reconciliation ceremony

FINALLY conflicting parties to the recent unrest had come together to put the tension at ease following a reconciliation ceremony over the weekend. The ceremony came a week after a senior government officer and diplomat was allegedly attacked by a group of men in the early hours of Saturday morning near the Honiara central market.…