What is RDP?

THE Solomon Islands Rural Development Program (RDP) is the largest project that the World Bank supports in Solomon Islands. With new funding support from the Australian Government announced Tuesday, the project investment will exceed US$37 million. The Program is implemented by the national government through the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) and…

Good work done but much remain

I am encouraged to read that the new Special Coordinator to the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) has said she will continue to work with the RSIPF in support of the SIG-RAMSI five year development plan announced comparatively recently. I acknowledge the excellent work undertaken by RAMSI since 2003 in re-training and developing the capacity of…

What’s up in the Flag

You’ve seen the five stars embedded on the nation flag. But did you know what they mean? That’s the question local tour guides struggled with when they’re asked by tourists. The issue came into light during a workshop facilitated by Destination Solomon’s and Travel Solomon’s last week at the Rock Haven conference room in Honiara.…

Kwaio man launches new book at ANU

AT an exceptional occasion Tuesday this week at the Australian National University’s (ANU) University House, coinciding with the Solomon Islands Transition Workshop, a little known Esau Kekeubata of the interior of East Kwaio was given an uncommon honor to launch Dr David Akin’s book: Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom. Dr Akin…

Dream comes true for Tenakoga

TENAKOGA Primary School in the Paripao ward of North East Guadalcanal was recently boosted with solar sets thanks to Willies Electrical. The school is being run by the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church. Situated further in-land, it takes over 2 hours on a rough ride to reach the school from Honiara. The school turns 70…

Trumpets and Torches

It is common in most villages in Solomon Islands, when someone died, relatives and friends of the deceased wrap up the get-together during the 10th day after the passing. Yesterday was also the 10th day after the death of Dr. John Joseph Roughan. Before sending this to press, my thoughts are with villagers throughout Solomon…

Tribute to late Dr John Roughan

Dr John Roughan, School Board Member for the past 6 years passed away on 24th October, 2013. Funeral mass was held yesterday at Holy Cross Cathedral, Honiara, Solomon Islands. This was followed by burial at Tanagai. He was a man with a great insight into the lives of people. He worked constantly to bring out…