Climate change

Dear Editor – A new grim warning has emerged from a speaker at the Climate Change Conference held in Wellington, Thursday, 22 February 2018. Quoting Radio New Zealand International this is what was claimed to have occurred. “A prominent New Zealand research scientist says sea level rise from the Antarctic ice sheet may be twice…

The hidden epidemic in the shanty towns of Honiara

DIARRHOEA is a common illness for more than a third of people in Honiara, the coastal capital of Solomon Islands, where informal settlements with poor sanitation and water dominate. But the risk of diarrhoeal disease increases in the annual wet season, from November to April, and escalates during floods and natural disasters. The World Health…

Go, the Warriors!

Dear Editor – I write to congratulate Solomon warriors FC for making it into the first three finals. Although they went down quite badly to Erakor Golden Stars in the first game, they bounced back and won their two remaining ones. They regrouped, reorganised and regained their focus to be proven as worthy HFA League…

The fence

I SWEAR it wasn’t my fault. But, it didn’t matter. Everybody was convinced it was my fault. I was the one who ran into the barbed wire fence. And now, I stood before my mother, crying at the top of my lungs, blood dripping from a gash across my chest and down my naked round…

Supplies on the way

Dear Editor – A 20 foot container with equipment supplies worth more than NZ$37,620, is on its way from New Zealand and is expected to arrive in Honiara on 11 March. The donated contents of the container were requested from Take My Hands Charitable Trust, based in Auckland, following appeals made for assistance from local NGO’s…

KWASO

  Dear Editor – Please publish the following: It’s the demon’s water of life That contributes to killing his wife When he was floating on the waters Noah’s flood matters as it was better   In destroying his devotees This destroyer better utilized  Elsewhere as cleaning agents Rather than water for the oesohagus And the stomach…

Response to SINPF board

  Dear Editor – The press release by SINPF in the Solomon Star newspaper, No. 6829 on Thursday 15th February 2018, including the statement issued by the CEO of NASFUND of Papua New Guinea, in response to the issues raised by George Kosui and myself does not answered the questions raised in relation to the…

The message is: kwaso kills

EVERYONE knows the damage kwaso (home-brew) can do to those consuming it. Kwaso kills. That’s the simplest way to convey the message. It’s a message health educators have been promoting over the past 10 to 15 years. Those who care to listen should take that seriously. Otherwise you have no one else to blame but…

Abolish the shipping grant!

THE need to upgrade our roads to better standards is more urgent than ever before. The state of the roads in Honiara is a total embarrassment. The situation is even worse for roads in the provinces. Covering the thousands of pot-holes that line up the roads with gravel will do no good. The roads need…

West Rennell land acquisition

Dear Editor – I wish to refer to the above mentioned letter appeared in your issue no. 1982, Wednesday 17 January 2018. As rightly said in the letter, there was fraud in the registration of land at West Rennel to APID, Parcel Number  289-005-1. The reasons are as follows: West Rennell Land is customary.  To…