Mining

Dear Editor – Despite controversies surrounding specific mining projects throughout the country-Goldridge, Renell and Bellona. Temotu. Isabel to name a few, the DCC appears to be doing something to improve how things are done in this industry with the recent launch of the National Minerals Policy. I assume that, the document is no longer classified…

Raising funds for Uhu Church

Dear Editor – I learned with a heavy heart the tragic death of 16 people from Uhu, Malaita, who lost their lives at sea more than a fortnight ago. I’ve read in the media those people were on their way to Marau, east Guadalcanal, to raise funds for their church, when they met their fate.…

MPs and CDF

Dear Editor – People with the right mindset should fully support the removal of RCDF from the nation’s leadership if the nation wants to move forward with its development aspirations. The current members of parliament and the DCC government led by Prime Minister Sogavare should have listened and accepted this decision because the way in…

Threat from logging

Dear Editor – Logging Threat! Isabellians of Maringe/Bugotu, will it never stop? The last of our virgin forest is under threat of logging and it is none other than the national and provincial governments who have given the say so. The few greedy people who have no concern for our future generations are selling off…

Ontong Java Sea farming project

Dear Editor – On behalf of the Ontong Java Atoll Development Company and the Ontong Java Atoll community, I am once again honored to draft and present this correspondence affirming our full commitment, honorable and sustainably minded intentions; and confidence in the detailed technological, farming, and sustainable management solutions outlined for Ontong Java’s sea farm…

Why suspend PS?

Dear Editor – Rumours had it, that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development has been suspended by the Ministry of Public Service for some unknown reasons that only the Minister himself knows. Now, as a former member of the Public Service Commission, I am asking the chairman of the public service commission…

Peace building

Dear Editor – Following on Prime Minister Sogavare’s recent call on the United Nations Peace Building Commission (NPBC) to support local collaborative efforts to stabilize peace initiatives in the country, the first UN Peacebuilding Project supported training in peacebuilding and economic livelihood was launched on Monday with 20 youths from communities in North Malaita and…

PACER Plus – a new deal

Dear Editor – According to Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) sources, a region-wide free trade agreement has been signed in Tonga, with some notable absences. “The deal, known as PACER-Plus, has been hailed by proponents as a new kind of agreement that links development to trade to boost island economies. “Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Niue,…

Revival of DBSI

Dear Editor – Makira Premier, Stanley Siapu, has expressed his people’s desire for the DBSI’s re-opening during consultations by members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee Taskforce on DBSI in Kirakira last week. During the consultation and awareness programs, participants said the demise of DBSI has resulted in the country losing 15 years of development in the…