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…

A situation that must be addressed

The country’s rate of unemployment appeared to have gone through the roof. Just take a walk along the main Honiara streets during a day and you’ll realise this. Lots of people – both adults and youth – are roaming the streets doing nothing. You see them sitting along the pavements, around betel nut stalls, and…

We need a new Lawson Tama

SO Solomon Islands is clearly the best football nation in Oceania. That’s according to Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) president William Lai. He stated this in an interview with Radio Australia this week. Mr Lai’s description of Solomon Islands as a “football nation” was based on crowd attendance of regional matches at Lawson Tama. For…

The message is: kwaso kills

EVERYONE knows the damage kwaso (home-brew) can do to those consuming it. Kwaso kills. That’s the simplest way to convey the message. It’s a message health educators have been promoting over the past 10 to 15 years. Those who care to listen should take that seriously. Otherwise you have no one else to blame but…

Abolish the shipping grant!

THE need to upgrade our roads to better standards is more urgent than ever before. The state of the roads in Honiara is a total embarrassment. The situation is even worse for roads in the provinces. Covering the thousands of pot-holes that line up the roads with gravel will do no good. The roads need…