Lets salute the blood donors

TODAY is World Blood donor day. Its a day to pay tribute to voluntary unpaid donors for their life-saving gift of blood and seek to inspire more people to follow their example. This year’s theme, “Every blood donor is a hero”, highlights the underpinning role of voluntary unpaid blood donors in maintaining a safe and…

Lets support the festival preparation

We are just less than 17 days or less than three weeks before the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts kicks off in Honiara come – July 1st. It means time is ticking and the excitement is growing. This festival is something every one had been looking forward to. Alot of money had been pumped in…

SIEA – beyond power outrage

The public outcry of SIEA unreliable power supply will continue unless SI government is serious of considering alternative interventional plan from its current setting.  We know that the supply of electricity is significant for the proper development both in Honiara and provinces to meet modern living standards and to facilitate its economic development. The reliability…

Well done heroes.

WHAT a joyous celebrations it was in Honiara, country and the region yesterday. Its history in the making for Solomon Islands to hold Oceania champion New Zealand All Whites to a one all draw. Never had there been any such score margin our national team have given to the New Zealand team. To have a…

Young smokers, a scary trend

ITS startling and disappointing to learn that  Solomon Islands has one of the highest rates in the world in terms of youths taking up smoking at an early age. Thats according a 2008 steps survey on non communicable diseases (NCD) risk factors and Global Youth Tobacco survey (GYTS). The survey found that smoking rate of…

Welcome to the Solomons

Honiara is buzzing with excitement as national soccer teams from seven regional countries started arriving in the country for the much awaited Oceania Nations Cup. Already we have the Vanuatu side which arrived last week, followed by Samoa on Sunday, New Caledonia on Monday then Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Tahiti yesterday. The final…

A job well done

LATE last week the country was disturbed to learn that an inter-island was missing after it failed to reach its destination. That marine vessel was Solfish 001. It was on its way to the far eastern province of Temotu. It left Honiara on Monday and was expected to arrive in Lata on Wednesday. Come that…

Students and suspected food poisoning

IT is becoming a concern in the city with the increasing incident of students being ill as result of suspected food poisoning. Over the past weeks there have been reports of students being ill after buying food from ladies selling at the school compound. Many of these students have to seek medical attention at the…

Tackling domestic violence

IT seems like a never ending problem facing the country like elsewhere around the region and world. Domestic violence especially against our young women and mothers seems to make a continuous upward trend. And this should be a national concern. No doubt there are many unreported cases relating to such problems. Only a fraction have…