No more violence

This week our people and country of Solomon Islands will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Solomon Islands Family Protection Act. I must take this time to wish our people, government and country a blessed and joyful congratulation, and wish every family God____s blessings for the years ahead. In an era where we see tonnes…

Drone on delivery mode

Dear Editor – In Radio New Zealand’s ‘Dateline Pacific’  broadcast this Monday evening, 25 March 2017,  it was claimed  that, in a few years, there could be the possibility of vaccines and other medical supplies delivered rapidly to remote outer islands in Vanuatu by drones. The Vanuatu Government, along with the United Nations children’s agency,…

Correction

Dear Editor – Please make a correction in your next publication in reference to the Media Release ‘PM SUPPORTS ICRC’S PROPOSITION FOR PARTICIPATION AT PIF OPEN SESSIONS’. It was the Head of ICRC’s Head of Regional Delegation in the Pacific, Mr Alfred Grim, who made a courtesy call on the Prime Minister and not the…

Logging saga

Dear Editor – According to a recent news item on the SIBC, the Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Forestry has stopped issuing licenses to new logging companies. The Permanent Secretary of Forestry, Vaeno Vigulu, said stopping the issuing of new logging licenses was a move to control the industry and the measures would be implemented under…

Votes for women

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Time to express thanks

Dear Editor – Last Friday, 24 March, 2017, the Australian High Commission in Honiara issued a press release to coincide with the first anniversary of the introduction of Solomon Island’s Family Protection Act. The press release went on to mention the referral services of the SeifPles Crisis Centre, the Family Support Centre, the Christian Care…

A bold new vision

In a report released by the WHO today, Thursday, 23 March 2017, (from which I quote) “A bold new plan developed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, with support from WHO, sets out the Pacific nation____s roadmap towards universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. “The plan defines what services are to…

Turning to Indonesia

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Youth initiative in Malaita

Dear Editor – The Malaita provincial youth coordinator, Francis Samo, yesterday wrote in the media that the provincial youth office in Auki was looking at ways to help unemployed local youths with meaningful economic programmes. Mr Samo said in 2017 he will be trying to help young people in the rural areas of the province…