Thank you RAMSI, congratulations

Sunday marked the very day RAMSI set foot on our shores.  Thirteen years ago, our friends from the region came to our rescue. Five years of civil unrest has left our nation at the bottom of a deep pit – a dysfunctional government system, a non-performing police force, and a collapsed economy. The region heard…

If you have ears and eyes, listen and see

The police commissioner Frank Prendergast on Friday last week revealed that 10 people have been arrested as a result of the first usage of breathalyzers. The first ten are going to face tough consequences under the newly passed laws. When parliament was about to pass this new traffic laws, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force…

Congratulations Solomon Islands

The country is today marking its 38th independence anniversary. In Honiara, the main event is taking place at the Lawson Tama Stadium this morning. There are celebrations nationwide and abroad to remember this important day. As the country turns a year older, there is so much to reflect on as the country continues to journey…

A welcome interest rate payout

THE National Provident Fund on Thursday announced a 10 per cent interest payout to its members. This is for the financial year ending 30 June 2016. NPF also paid similar interest rate in the last financial year. This financial year’s interest pay-out comes on the back of a $276 million profit the fund made during…

Let’s wait: truth will come out

POLICE are currently dealing with a highly sensitive case. It involved the death of David Saemala, 23, in police custody, Monday this week. David was the last born son of former Langalanga MP and one-time diplomat, the late Francis Saemala. According to police, David was arrested on Friday and detained at the Central Watch House…

What’s next for peace ministry?

IN a few days, the national government will stage the week-long National Healing and Apology programme in Honiara. The event will run from July 1 to 7. The government expects the programme will bring to an end the sad chapter of the ethnic tension, and open a new page for the country to move forward.…

Moving on from our past

THE Government plans to host a national reconciliation ceremony next month. The week-long National Healing and Apology programme is scheduled to be held in Honiara from June 30 to July 6. It will start with a National Peace March, to be followed by a powerful speech from Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The aim of this…

New measures at NRH

THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) this week announced one of the new measures it is implementing as part of efforts to cut costs. It’s this. It will no longer feed guardians looking after sick patients admitted at the hospital. NRH’s chief executive officer Dr Steve Aumanu said this practise will cease as of Friday next…

Bred Bank – welcoming news!

A FOURTH commercial bank is poised to enter the local market this year. Bred Bank (Vanuatu) Limited was granted an interim licence, Monday, by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. The licence allows Bred Bank to establish its banking infrastructures and equipment and open for business within the 12 months interim period. Bred (Vanuatu) Limited…

Have we not learned the lesson?

RECENT rumours of another tension have reportedly forced a number of families to leave Honiara for their home province. This is despite denial by authorities on Guadalcanal, as well as the police, of another uprising. The fact that these families left shows the severity the rumours have had on the community. At one of the…