Plight of disabled patients

Dear Editor – The recent report in your newspaper that two diabetic patients who were reportedly told to “discharge” from the National Referral Hospital and were not fed for at least nine days, if true, is shocking. The news article claimed the couple, one aged 73 and the other aged 38, both disabled with only…

Virgin Coconut Oil response

Dear Editor – I am writing to thank Frank Short for his letter to the Star dated Monday 11th May and to provide some more information to your readers. Frank is correct in his assessment of the international market for Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and in his view that we have an abundance of coconuts.…

Vote West Papua for MSG

Dear Editor – My good people of Solomon Islands, I write to appeal to you all to render your support for our Melanesian brothers and sisters of West Papua by calling on our Prime Minister and his government to cast their vote in support of their application to be a member of Melanesian Spearhead Group…

Recognise your Limit

Dear Editor – Allow me space to briefly comment on statements made by Jonathan Tohuika in the Solomon Star issue 09/05/2015 in relation to the Bintang Borneo mining operation in ward three (3) Central West Rennell and also his brave accusation of Anthony Tamaika. Land owners of Labagu Village that involved in the mining operation…

FAO here

Dear Editor – I am very pleased to learn that the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has signed an agreement with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to aid sustainable agriculture and rural development. With the establishment of a country office the FAO will be better placed to give…

Council must clean up its backyard

SOMETHING is not right within the Honiara City Council. And it needs to be fixed. Urgently! Our front page story today rigs of the corruption that has permeated our government system over the years. When mayor Alfrence Fatai came into the council late last year, he reportedly uncovered corruption in the way contracts have been…

Crowded houses

Dear Editor – Many thanks for giving me space to express my views on your paper. First and foremost I would like to salute and congratulate the West Makira MP Derick Manu’ari and his team for his heroism in challenging MPs tax free salary payments. Further still I would like to express my special gratitude…

The nation’s first NGO

THE acronym N.G.O. is now ubiquitous. Non-Government Organisations: why do they exist and for what reason? Who are they and how do they operate? Where are they operating from and most importantly of all, for whom do they operate? These are really healthy questions. According to Wikipedia   an NGO is an organization that is neither…

World must learn lessons of Cyclone Pam

Massive destruction wrought by Cyclone Pam is a reminder that we must work together to fight for island futures, writes SHIRLEY LABAN* OFFICIALS from across the region are meeting in Samoa this week to discuss Pacific responses to a changing climate. They meet with a renewed sense of urgency, as they consider shared positions for…