Equality is the key

PEOPLE, with the inclusion of women and girls, must be central to any development frameworks if humanity is to end the persistent presence of inequality which sustains the enabling environment that allows societal scourges like extreme poverty and violence. This inclusion will demand of us a fundamental shift in the way the participation and input…

Increasing use of illegal drugs

THE abuse of such drugs like marijuana and alcohol related products like Kwaso (homebrew) in the country is not declining. The increasing problem can be attributed to increasing unemployed youths which our education system and the work force cannot absorbed each year. Last month several hundreds of youths have dropped out of the education system.…

The report on the short bus route

The 2014 academic year has kicked off once again. And this means, more working people and students are commuting each day through the public transport system to their work place and school respectively. In light of the demand for public transport system in Honiara, most bus drivers and their conductors have once again played their…

Say no to GMO in the pacific

A mission to educate pacific islanders and discourage them from using genetic modified organism (GMO) seeds to grow on their farms for food and sales is currently underway. A Noumea based non-government organisation (NGO) in New Caledonia called ‘Stop MGO Pacifique’ is visiting parts of the pacific to collect data and information on GMO in…

PM’s RSIPF visit

Dear Editor – I can’t help myself laughing at Opposition group’s questioning the Prime Minister’s visits to the Police headquarters. It seems the group must’ve come out from a delirious state or a hallucination of some kind. What is the issue here about PM’s visits to the Police headquarters? To say the visit is highly…

Row over timbers

Dear Editor – Your issue No. 5412 on Saturday 25th January 2014 carried an article with the above caption by one Philip Szetu, please allow me to respond. In his opening paragraph, Mr. Szetu sought permission to allow him to respond to my article published in your Issue No. 5393 on 3rd January 2014 “for…

West Papua

Dear Editor – Allow me to refer to the views expressed which were carried in your paper by concerned groups and citizens of Solomon Islands and our neighbouring Melanesian countries on the issue of West Papua.  The MSG delegation that went to Indonesia on a ‘fact finding mission’ on the West Papua issue, was  alleged…