Solrice support for the kids

Dear Editor – Attached is a picture of the beautiful children from the recent tragedy involving the death of their mother at the hands of their father and are now under the care of Aunty Lydia. The picture shows the children at the East Medical Centre in Honiara awaiting Dr Nathan Kere to examine and…

No UK calls to Malaita

Dear Editor – Over the past 4 week period, I (now living in United Kingdom but in the past for over 2 years working in the Solomon Islands) have been unable to make telephone calls from UK to numbers in Malaita Province. Over a similar period, my text messages have not been received, although I…

Official response to moderator suspension

Dear Editor – The Office of the United Church in Solomon Islands at Kokeqolo in Munda seeks to clarify recent media statement on the suspension on the Moderator, which appeared in the Solomon Star editions, Thursday 18th, and Friday 19th of May. The Office denies being the source based on the following;(1) That the article…

Squatter settlements

Dear Editor – Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) in a news bulletin Wednesday 17 May, announced that the Solomon Islands Government has created a taskforce to deal with squatter settlements in an around Honiara. RNZI said the taskforce was established following recent unrest to the west of the city after police tried to enact a…

C’Wealth offers hope to voters who expect credible elections

The Commonwealth promotes democracy by deploying election observers, offering practical assistance to electoral commissions, and providing hands-on training to junior election officials, writes Commonwealth Secretary-General PATRICIA SCOTLAND. MOST of us remember the first time we voted. It is a rite of passage which marks political empowerment and passing into adulthood. With a pencil and a…

Transforming education with broadband connectivity

INTERNET access is essential in today’s hyper-connected world, and is particularly important for students perusing higher education at the university level. Broadband connectivity is transforming traditional education and improving instruction through more engaging, interactive coursework. The ability to easily access that content, and engage on social networks, has dramatically escalated the demand for high-quality internet…

Damages at Natagera village

Dear Editor – I was informed by mobile phone from Natagera village on Santa-Ana Island that on early Saturday morning 6th of May 2017 very rough seas associated with very strong winds and heavy rain badly devastated Natagera village shorelines, removing heaps of white sandy beaches and first line of sago palm houses were partly…

Time to regulate security firms

Dear Editor – By necessity, demand for security services has risen substantially after the ethnic tension era. Security firms emerged and increased in numbers as demand increased. That was a commendable development because the Police itself did not and does not have adequate capacity to ensure peace in every neighbourhood and within commercial and institutional…

Mother’s Day reflection

Dear Editor – I would be grateful if you could allow me some space in your editorial column to share my personal view about the Mother’s Day Event and celebration. Looking at the event, it still has its  fresh smell  in our country as it just get its popularity about  5 or so years ago,…

My experiences at Chung Wah

Dear Editor – When I ponder my experiences at Chung Wah, it gives me great satisfaction to share this. When I arrived in Solomon Islands, it was similar to my country Sri Lanka, tropical climate, warm & friendly people, the beautiful / serene sea. From one island to another island, from the Indian ocean to…