Recognising our women

TODAY is International Women’s Day. It’s a day celebrated on March 8 worldwide to acknowledge the gains women have made over the years and to bring to light the issues many still face.  In Honiara and other provincial centres today, women’s groups have organised street parades to mark the day. The theme for this year’s…

WHERE IS MALAITA IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS?

FORMER Police Commissioner, Frank Short shares his view on how Solomon Islands has benefitted from the Australian Defence Cooperation Program. In his word, Solomon Islands has greatly benefitted for more than 30 years and more from the Australian Defence cooperation agreement with Australia which has seen the delivery of maritime patrol vessels to the Royal…

THE GOOD NEWS OF THE 4TH USP CAMPUS

We ended this week on a high note. After years of discussions, a false start, and so on, the green light has finally been given for the Solomon Islands to host the 4th Campus of the University of the South Pacific – a very important national project. Construction work will soon begin.  China’s State-owned Enterprise…

DROWNING IN THE RISING TIDE OF NCDs 

IN 2019 a 22-year-old Solomon Islander diagnosed with type 2 diabetes presented to the eye clinic with eye complications of diabetes called neovascularization retinopathy, a severe form of diabetic retinopathy. Her family was able to send her to Australia at that time for the urgent treatment of the blinding eye condition in a desperate bid…

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR TRAFFIC RULES?

DO we have traffic police within the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF)? If so, who is in charge and what does the public expect of them?  There are many other questions that need to be asked of the traffic police as well as the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, which is responsible for the maintenance…

Kava farmers in Malaita & loans

Dear Editor – I read the letter to the Editor of the Solomon Times Online last week written by someone named Sammy Junior Cena from West Kwara’ae. He wrote, and I quote. “In a society where a large percentage of youths want to go entrepreneurial, that is, striving to enter in entrepreneurship perhaps specifically want…

Qantas prepare to launch intern’l flights

Dear Editor – Knowing that Tourism Solomon Islands is hosting a summit on Friday in Honiara to promote domestic travel amidst the coronavirus problems still affecting many countries in the world and the consequential drop in tourist visitors to the Solomon Islands, I came across an article written and posted last week by Andrew Curran…

PNG loses its founding father

Dear Editor – “You will never be ready until you start doing something,” (The late Sir Michael Somare). Papua New Guineans are mourning the loss of the man who was the central figure in the country’s passage to independence. Sir Michael Somare passed away last week in Port Moresby after being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic…

Don’t ignore weather warning

THE country is currently in a wet session. As a result we have been experiencing bad weather over the past weeks. The weather office has continued to issue weather advice and warning about the current bad weather in the country over the past weeks. At the moment there is a low trough near the Renbel…