Kwaio man launches new book at ANU

AT an exceptional occasion Tuesday this week at the Australian National University’s (ANU) University House, coinciding with the Solomon Islands Transition Workshop, a little known Esau Kekeubata of the interior of East Kwaio was given an uncommon honor to launch Dr David Akin’s book: Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom. Dr Akin…

Dream comes true for Tenakoga

TENAKOGA Primary School in the Paripao ward of North East Guadalcanal was recently boosted with solar sets thanks to Willies Electrical. The school is being run by the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church. Situated further in-land, it takes over 2 hours on a rough ride to reach the school from Honiara. The school turns 70…

Trumpets and Torches

It is common in most villages in Solomon Islands, when someone died, relatives and friends of the deceased wrap up the get-together during the 10th day after the passing. Yesterday was also the 10th day after the death of Dr. John Joseph Roughan. Before sending this to press, my thoughts are with villagers throughout Solomon…

Tribute to late Dr John Roughan

Dr John Roughan, School Board Member for the past 6 years passed away on 24th October, 2013. Funeral mass was held yesterday at Holy Cross Cathedral, Honiara, Solomon Islands. This was followed by burial at Tanagai. He was a man with a great insight into the lives of people. He worked constantly to bring out…

Passing of a great leader

WE join the nation to mourn the sudden passing of Dr John Roughan. Dr Roughan died yesterday after he collapsed while attending the annual general meeting of Development Exchange Service (DSE) in Honiara. Originally from New York, United States of America, Dr Roughan arrived in the Solomon Islands in October 1956 as a Marist priest.…

True champion of villages

I WISH to join my colleague Dr Transform Aqorau (SST5315), or he has happily beaten me first, in paying my sincerest tribute to a great leader I respect most. His passing away was a shock to me when I was told of the news after work Thursday night. I was lost for words as my…

Tomorrow is a girl

WHEN girls are not assured the same opportunities as boys, whether one speaks of the level of ones’ education or which profession one would like to pursue, we as families, villages, societies and nations are short-changing ourselves. For when girls suffer such realities, economies deprive themselves of half their potential professionals — scientists, innovators, socio-economic…