His legacy lives on

On Tuesday, the country paid tribute to Late Sir Paul Tovua following his death last Friday. To honour this great leader, Late Sir Paul was accorded an ‘Official’ Funeral on Tuesday where his body Lay In-State at the Parliament chamber. Leaders of the country and the public got the opportunity to pay their last respect to him. Late Sir…

Young rape victims must be protected

THERE is a growing perception that rape cases amongst young girls in our communities are on the rise. This perception appears to be true, judging by the number of cases being brought before the court in recent times and a number of reports released by police.  There are no figures to support one way or…

WHO CAN WE TRUST?

POLICE COMMISSIONER Mostyn Mangau dropped a real bombshell this week. More than $300, 000 entrusted to police have disappeared. The information was known to the police hierarchy since September last year. In October, a month later, when the box with a combination lock was finally opened, not a trace of the money was left. The…

WHY ARE WE SO CORRUPT?

SOLOMON ISLANDS ranked 44 out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) survey announced last week. CPI uses a scale of 0 to 100 to rank nations, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Last week, the wise men and women of Solomon Islands congregated to discuss a solution. The…

Let’s live for each other at this time

AS we wait for the Government to announce further actions it will take to combat the coronavirus during the state of public emergency, let’s be vigilant and on alert. Yes, were are yet to record a case. But this may be only a matter of time. With the way the virus has been spreading, the…

Public holiday with no meaning

WELCOME back! We hope you’ve had a great and enjoyable Christmas Day celebration with families and loved ones. Today is supposed to be a normal working day. But the Government, out of the blue, decided to declare it a “special public holiday”. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the decision and request to have…

Let’s make Prince Charles feel at home

PRINCE Charles arrives tomorrow evening in Honiara and leaves on Monday afternoon. This is a significant visit because this man is the future King of England. He’ll succeed the throne when his mother, Queen Elizabeth, dies. As a member of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth is our head of state. She is represented here by the…

Our soaring youth population

THE 6th Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival (MACFest) ended in spectacular fashion on Tuesday night. Despite some hiccups, the 10-day event was a resounding success. We thank the local organising committee for putting on such a show. It’s an event to be remembered in years to come. We wish our Melanesian brothers and sisters safe…

What’s next after the dialogue?

WOMEN representing the 14 constituencies in Malaita last Wednesday met with eight of the MPs from the province. This was during a dialogue UN Women facilitated to allow the women leaders in Malaita to meet and express their views to the MPs. The dialogue aims to highlight the issues and concerns of women in Malaita to…

New airport terminal

So Japan is going to construct a new international departure terminal building for the country. The plan was unveiled Friday during the signing of the Grant Agreement for the Improvement of the Honiara International Airport Project. Under the project, the existing terminal building will be upgraded to cater for both domestic and international arrivals. The…