A futsal stadium is a must

OUR young futsal stars have made us proud again. The U12 side won the Australian Futsal Championship last week, while the U14 settled for third position in their category. They arrived back in Honiara on Tuesday to a hero’s welcome at Henderson Airport and later had the privileged of having an audience with Prime Minister…

Police-chief partnership works well

IT’S good to see chiefs working closely with police to address law and order issues in the settlements around Honiara. Their close collaboration with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force’s (RSIPF) Community Policing Unit has resulted in the low record of criminal cases during the festive season. It’s not an exaggeration to say that most…

Let’s fight for a peaceful Solomons

LAW-ABIDING residents of Taba’a settlement in central Honiara have shown the way forward to tackling the illegal home-brew drink kwaso. Through their close collaboration with the police, thousands of litres of kwaso and dozens of marijuana plants were confiscated by police last Saturday. Kwaso and marijuana are scourges to our community. They contributed in a…

They deserve our gratitude and acknowledgment

NO doubt everyone is recovering from days and weeks of celebrations from the Christmas and New Year period. We are now five days into 2016 and soon most business activities and educational institutions will kick back into action. But first, the city residents must be commended for their behavior over the festive season. Police has…

Visible presence of police must be commended

LAST week leading up to the Christmas Day, Honiara city was very much busy with people rushing here and there conducting their last minute shopping before heading to the provinces by boat for their holiday. Along the streets, shops, market area, and wharves people were everywhere. Its the time of the year, when people are…

The ball is in the landowners’ court

THE future of the newly built Manaoba Airfield in north Malaita now lies in the hands of landowners. If they want Solomon Airlines to service their airfield, they have to sort out the on-going land dispute between them so that the national carrier can fly its aircrafts there. Already, the government has done its part.…

Manaoba – A sad story for this nation

SO the government had spent $60 million to build the tiny airstrip of Manaoba in the northern region of Malaita. On the other hand, Munda, in the Western Province, which was built to international standard, cost only $40 million. Munda has since been receiving local and international commercial flights, while Manaopa is yet to open.…

Securing the common border

LACK of police, immigration, and quarantine presence at the Solomon Islands-Papua New Guinea common border is a long-standing issue. But past governments seem not to have taken it seriously. This may perhaps due to those residing on both sides of the border are blood-related although they belong to two separate independent countries. The recent Parliamentary…

Be calm, it’s business as usual

THE FATE of a no-confidence motion tabled against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare lies with a High Court ruling expected this morning. The motion, to be moved by Opposition leader Jeremiah Manele, is scheduled for today’s parliament sitting. But the Government, through its political party membership, is challenging in court the Speaker of Parliament’s decision to…

Sabotaging the water source

FOR the past weeks the city had been going through water shortage. Many residents thought it was a direct impact of the El Nino. However, the city continue to experience rainfall at times, yet water cut becomes frequent. Not until an investigation was conducted by a team from Solomon Water on Sunday which uncovered an…