Protect our young children

PARENTS must take all precautionary measures to protect your children from diarrhoea. This is in light of the rising number of diarrhoea cases being reported over the past weeks. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) through its surveillance system last week issued an alert notice. So far six young children have died from…

Threat from bombs is real

THE latest discovery of about 100 unexploded ordnance (UXOs) at Gilbert Camp in East Honiara is concerning but not surprising. This is because Honiara city is located on a battle ground and one of the hot-spots where fighting occurred more than 76 years ago. The discovery over the weekend and subsequent death of two young…

Cherishing media freedom

May 3rd each year is a date which ‘World Press Freedom Day’ is celebrated.  Its a time to commemorate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise…

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…