Criticism on High Court delays

Dear Editor – We refer to the Solomon Star News headline on Monday 11th July 2016, Issue No. 6328, of criticisms of delays in the High Court in relation to logging matters costing the Government “millions” in log export taxes. While not seeking to downplay the very serious effects of delay in hearing matters coming…

Emergency obstetric care

Dear Editor – Early on in my police career, spent in several African countries, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), Swaziland, briefly Lesotho and latterly in Sierra Leone, it was often a sad occurrence to witness maternal mortality due to a shortage of doctors in rural areas and a lack of health facilities. In addition to limited…

Congratulations Real Kakamora

Dear Editor – I for one would like to come out from the silent  supporters of the Real Kakamora players and express my joy and acknowledgment to the Real Kakamora officials and players. I must honest to say here that Real Kakamora team give Makira a very previous gift of pride for their outstanding performance…

True peace and Reconciliation

It is scary reading the Leader of Independent Group claims and for now accusations against the Prime Minister. So what is next? Digging a stinky dead animal out from its pit may be not a good idea. Nevertheless, on one hand it could heal the wounds and on the other hand only time will tell.…

Special economic zones proposed

Dear Editor – Last week a Radio New Zealand (RNZI) news bulletin reported that Prime Minister, the Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, had announced his government would soon put in place legislation to guide the establishment of Special Economic Zones in the country. The Prime Minister was quoted as saying the idea was to zone the country…

Silent, dedicated community service

Dear Editor – How many know of the extent and nature of the dedicated community service being undertaken in Honiara and in the remote Marovo region of the Solomon Islands? The behind the scenes work by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) and Brisbane-based doctor Malaika Perchard, and…

Three Budgets of Deficits and Debts

With the introduction of new fiscal year (1 August – 31 July) for Fiji, we have completed an early round of three budgets presented to and passed by parliaments in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga for their respective fiscal years (1 June – 31 May) and (1 July – 30 June). Three other major Pacific island…