Ill-fated MV Francis-Gerena saga

Over the last few days the public, news media and the social network had produced, published and broadcasted so much fabricated information and news about the episode surrounding the recently ill-fated MV Francis-Gerena. While we do appreciate public and press freedom, we must also be mindful of the wilful damage such unfounded fabricated information could…

Ship tragedy offers a big lesson

WE know everyone is excited about heading out to their villages at this time to spend Christmas with loved ones. But please don’t overload our ships. The sinking of MV Francis Gerena eight miles off Anuha island in the Central Province yesterday offered us a big lesson. The vessel, on its way to the northern…

Where are the council’s law enforcers?

BETEL nut vendors are again invading almost every corner of the city with their vending activities. Some of them are now doing it openly, right in front of shops and bus stops in central Honiara. The sale of betel nut is not illegal. But selling it along the main streets is. The Honiara City Council…

Mandela leaves one lesson for us

WHAT lesson can we draw from Nelson Mandela’s leadership? That’s the question many Solomon Islanders were asking yesterday when they learned of the passing of Mr Mandela, the former South African president. Mr Mandela, a man who needs no introduction, died quietly in the presence of family members in his Johannesburg home in South Africa.…

A balanced response on health services

In yesterday’s editorial piece (‘Is Number 9 Melanesia’s Worst Hospital?’, Solstar 2/12), the author made some very good and challenging points about NRH and provincial health services, highlighting areas of concern of which the Government is no doubt aware and seeking to address. Arguments of this nature rightly challenge responsible authorities to improve performance and…

What is RDP?

THE Solomon Islands Rural Development Program (RDP) is the largest project that the World Bank supports in Solomon Islands. With new funding support from the Australian Government announced Tuesday, the project investment will exceed US$37 million. The Program is implemented by the national government through the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) and…

Good work done but much remain

I am encouraged to read that the new Special Coordinator to the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) has said she will continue to work with the RSIPF in support of the SIG-RAMSI five year development plan announced comparatively recently. I acknowledge the excellent work undertaken by RAMSI since 2003 in re-training and developing the capacity of…

The tragedy that made a president

The young, skinny Navy officer walked along the dock at a South Pacific base and met his new crewmen for the first time, as they stood on the sun-drenched deck of a nondescript, navy green torpedo boat. Some of the men on board were crusty old sailors and war veterans, others just young and cocky…

What’s up in the Flag

You’ve seen the five stars embedded on the nation flag. But did you know what they mean? That’s the question local tour guides struggled with when they’re asked by tourists. The issue came into light during a workshop facilitated by Destination Solomon’s and Travel Solomon’s last week at the Rock Haven conference room in Honiara.…