April Valley

Dear Editor – Amidst the local celebrations marking the work of RAMSI, three years on from the terrible floods in Honiara in April 2014 when 21 people from the Kao Valley community died as the Mataniko River burst its banks, the hundreds of people that were relocated to the eastern foothills of Honiara are still…

RAMSI ends: what’s next for SI?

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) officially comes to a completion on Friday, June 30. For the past 14 years the Australian-led mission has been assisting the Pacific Island country to reestablish stability and functionality after a period of ethnic violence from 1998 to 2003. During this period hundreds of people were killed,…

RAMSI farewell: Blong samfala nomoa

Dear Editor – There is no doubt that RAMSI has helped our country turn and return from the edge of the abyss of long term destruction and despair.  It was rather unfortunate that most of the “farewelling” occurred only in one place. All the parties, cocktails, toasts, speeches, ceremonies and fireworks were done in hotels…

Mining

Dear Editor – Despite controversies surrounding specific mining projects throughout the country – Gold Ridge, Renell and Bellona, Temotu, and Isabel to name a few, the DCC appears to be doing something to improve how things are done in this industry with the recent launch of the National Minerals Policy. I assume that, the document…

Bankruptcy

Dear Editor – Solomon Islands is on the brink of bankruptcy. This is a fact – a very hard fact. The government must take immediate and decisive steps to prevent the country from sliding further into the abyss, which might take many more years to recover. First, stop all tax payer funded overseas trips, fire…

Helpem Fren: Just another point of view

WHEN we got home from work the other day, my wife and I made plans about witnessing the RAMSI farewell programs in Honiara. Our 3-year old son asked, “Dadi, who na RAMSI?” I told him that RAMSI refers to a group of men and women from other countries in the Pacific who came to help…

Threat from logging

Dear Editor – I would like to contribute to the above titled letter to the editor appearing on issue of Thursday 28th June 2017 by Judith Siota. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the concern raised by Judith which was indeed an ongoing concern for the Isabel Public and very relevant to current times, and…

Thanks RAMSI

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