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…

Great example of community policing

JIMMY Goufi faced the Honiara Magistrate’s Court yesterday after he surrendered to police on Monday. The 23-year-old is charged with the murder of the Chinese couple whose bodies were found in their shop at Town Ground last month. Goufi was the guard providing security for the couple. He was also the same person who showed…

Ocean acidification is global warming’s forgotten crisis

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On a collision course

The shipping industry could undermine global climate efforts. But Pacific islands and EU nations are joining together to force them to change. THE international shipping sector sits outside the Paris climate agreement, yet it is a significant and growing source of carbon emissions. Unless it is controlled, shipping will undermine all our national efforts to…