An important year for our nation

NEW Year’s greetings and welcome back to our readers and advertisers! This is our first issue for this year after the two-day break we had on Wednesday and yesterday. 2013 has indeed gone down the memory lane. We are now into the third day of 2014. Like the future, we all don’t know what this…

Sort out teachers’ traveling allowances

Frustration, confusion and disappointment are some of the things going through most of the teachers residing in the urban centres especially in Honiara. This is because most of them have yet to receive their traveling allowances or if they did the amount is just unbearable because its just insufficient. Some of the teachers in Honiara…

Ship tragedy offers a big lesson

WE know everyone is excited about heading out to their villages at this time to spend Christmas with loved ones. But please don’t overload our ships. The sinking of MV Francis Gerena eight miles off Anuha island in the Central Province yesterday offered us a big lesson. The vessel, on its way to the northern…

Mandela leaves one lesson for us

WHAT lesson can we draw from Nelson Mandela’s leadership? That’s the question many Solomon Islanders were asking yesterday when they learned of the passing of Mr Mandela, the former South African president. Mr Mandela, a man who needs no introduction, died quietly in the presence of family members in his Johannesburg home in South Africa.…

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…