The bech-de-mer case must be resolved

WE acknowledge the excellent job the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are doing to keep law and order in our country. We also appreciate the difficulties they face daily in the performance of their duties.Policing is no easy job. It involves officers putting their lives on the line at times in order to save…

Poor bus service

DEAR EDITOR – It was around 8:30am the other day I boarded a bus registered number AB9010 at Tamlan School heading east ward after dropping off my kids at Tamlan School. My wife and I took the same bus. My wife dropped off at Ports Authority bus stop opposite the Honiara Casino whilst I continued…

CPO of South Choiseul constituency

DEAR EDITOR – It would be great, if you could allow me space in your paper to express my opinion on the above title. Firstly I would like to congratulate the people of South Choiseul constituency for their patience until the end of the four years term of Parliament, without any attempt to question or…

Rising tourism in the Pacific

Pacific tourism is in the news again. The South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) released this week its latest estimate of tourist arrivals. The number of tourists who flocked to Pacific island countries (PICs) last year is 1.7 million. The figure for the previous year is 1.5 million. Certainly, tourism to the Pacific is on the…

Foreign aid and growth

Last week’s visit to Fiji by Australia’s foreign minister, Ms. Bishop has raised hopes of return to normalcy in bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit has been fruitful in many ways: Fiji has been added to the list of Pacific island countries (PICs), which are eligible for Australia’s Pacific Seasonal Workers Program. This…

Donated money

Dear Editor – Please allow me a space in your paper to voice my concern about the millions of dollars donated from the outside. The issue of Panatina campus which is used as evacuation centre becomes a public debate now. Too many complains are raised in the media about it. But nothing is done to…

Learning Our New Identity

The most important of all our perceptions is the way we perceive ourselves. There is a story in American Indian folklore that illustrates this truth very clearly. According to the legend, an Indian brave came upon an eagle’s egg which had somehow fallen unbroken from an eagle’s nest. Unable to find the nest, the brave…

Who gives more aid to the Pacific Islands?

For the past four decades, Pacific island countries (PICs) are well known for their aid dependency syndrome, a continuing malaise ever since their independence in the 1970s.  Generous aid money received from donors, who were the former colonial rulers, was initially for annual budgetary support.  Aid, known as official development assistance in terms of pure…

Auckland City earns Morocco trip

OFC: Auckland City FC have qualified for their sixth FIFA Club World Cup as a late, but timely, Emiliano Tade strike helped the defending champions see off Amicale FC of Vanuatu 2-1 in the Leg 2 Final of the OFC Champions League 2014 yesterday. It was a nerve-racking experience for Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx…