Letters to the Editor Archive August 2008

To my wantoks in Cuba

Tropical storms in our part of the world can be very devastating.I know Gustav is in action in Cuba, so be careful.The next one Hannah is on its way and may hit both Cuba and us. I'm flying around here...

warrant list

What a good idea! I have done research and this is the first time anyone in the Pacific Region, including Australia has done this. I know that some friends of mine reported matters to the police ad...

East Honiara Candidates

Thank you so much for allowing your distant readers like me to have a glimpse of the list of East Honiara & Lau/Baelelea MP contenders. I wonder whether they each affiliate to certain political parties,...

Sikua and the Forum Sec

I strongly agree with our prime minister Derek Sikua that we are together with Australian and the New zealand. Fiji should think more carefully about their ideas and also the friendship the we have with...

Customary Land & Development

It is unfortunate that government is failing to address the customary land tenure system and indicated to move forward with possible rice or other developments on it. This is a serious blunder and mistake...

Potential Fuel for Solomon Islands

With the ever increasing fuel prices felt globally due to market speculations and near depletion of fuel reserves in petroleum exporting countries, many have switched to bioethanol as an alternative to...

Electrical Power Options For Island States

How can island states prepare for the 21st century? There are basically two sources of power to generate electrical power on the plant earth. 1) power sources where others OWN the fuel. (oil, nuclear,...

Where are the new doctors?

Friends Ill have to posit something for you as a medical officer myself, not on behalf of my Health Ministry or doctors for that matter. The issue was initially thrown overboard in the media(without much...

Butterflies and my final 2-cents

I would like to thank Mark Berman (San Francisco) and Mata Liua (Liverpool) for comments made in response to my article. They are important contributions. In response to the latter I would say, 'Yes and...

I Salute YOU

Dear Mr Hou, On behalf of my Family, I want to extend my heartful congratulations to you in your new appointment as Advisor to WB. You were a humble leader who has the heart for your people. To take...

Congratulation Rick Hou

Dera Editor, I wish to congratulate Rick Hou on his appointment to the World Bank position in the United States. I guess its time for him to expand his horizon on the job. Indeed he has served our country...

RAMSI Review: Call for SI-ders overseas to contribute

To all wantoks, since there are so many good ideas being expressed to SolTimes around a lot of happenings at home, and especially from SI-ders from other parts of the world, it would be great for commentators...

Cleaning the Filth in our City

I think people just realize, when the Duke's visited to our country, that Honiara is not really clean as compared to other capital cities in the region, resulting in the working together for cleaning up...

Shortage of Doctors

I wish to be part of the issue as well. Jackson Gege from London had infact laid a very good question, asking where about are our newly graduate doctors are. However, I do not really agree with the statement...

Butterfly Trade From Solomons

Once again we see the continued exploitation of wild species in the Solomon Islands. The dolphin captures continue with no oversight of the Solomon Govt. which is deplorable. The CITES designation has...

Butterfly farming: A response to David Hall

Dear Editor, In reponse to George Hoa'au's piece on David Hall's invitation to Butterfly farmers, I agree with him that Solomon Islands is a signatory to CITES, meaning that Solomon Islands is obliged...

Shortage of medical resources

Whilst SI is experiencing shortage of doctors whether in public/private or even specialists, medical ingredients perhaps may have experienced shortages as well, in terms of drugs supplement, equipment...

Shortage of Doctors in S.I

I remember reading a paper compiled by one of the PS's of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) regarding the brain drain of S.I doctors in 2002. If I rightly recollect, the paper highlighted...

Rick Hou: A True Leader

May I take this opportunity to wish Rick and Rachel Hou, and family, all the best as they leave the SI and begin a new life and career with the World Bank at the Washington DC, in the United States. Rick...

Doctor Shortage

Every year we have more doctors from Solomon Islands graduating. I wonder, where are they? The issue of brain drain shows government's weak and poor policies in regards to its human resources, more importantly...

Butterfly farming: A response to David Hall

On 19 August 2008, David Hall posted on the PF-Net discussion board the following announcement: 'I am a butterfly collector and trader here in Australia. I am looking for butterfly farmers from any province...

Doctor Shortages

Thanks for allowing me space to comment on the above issue. I think our country has produce a good number of doctors already but the problem is that most have left for oversea (Aus, NZ, PNG, VAN) countries...

Dr Shortage in Solomons.

For more than 10 years now Doctors have been the Permanent Secretaries in the Health and Medical dept. What have they been doing to curb the brain drain of our Doctors to other countries? Don't blame politicians...

Youth Loitering in Honiara Business district

Why don't you build a recreation center house in Honiara so that the youth can gather there after school where they can get help with homework and meet and chat with thier friends. Once again it is...

Doctor Shortage

This is a longstanding issue and I applaud our undersecretary in informing the Public about this. While some my blame poor management, it all boils down to a lot of interrelated factors. Individuals have...

Shortage of Doctors

I think its time the Ministry of Health needs to critically analyse its policies in relation to the services it provide to the people. The Ministry should now realize that it must place more emphasis on...

Doctor Shortage in SI

For too long some senior health managers have selectively use Green Pastures as the reason for local doctors to leave. This reason has not changed for years. Why? Is our Health system that simple?....

Sad Students

It was another bright day, and a bright future for our youths, but on the weekend I came across one of my freind comming back from Fiji. He is being terminated of his scholarship, because of poor grades....

Shortage of doctors

I agree with you guys on the critical shortage of Doctors. I have to be honest in saying that the old days of Hippocrates and Socrates have faded and being a doctor is no longer what it is used to be....

Peter Shanel's Case

Dear editor, I believe the case against Hon. Peter Shanel is indeed a real challenge for him in terms of honesty about telling the truth. In fact, I was present at the scene when he confronted the boy....

Student Allowances

The delay of S.I tertiary student allowances is not a new problem as emphasized by others in this issue. The comments raised by everyone on this issue are important and valid, if one has to see through...

Japanese language

I just want to say that it's job well done, for you who attended the course. Its always good to know another language because we need it to welcome our visitors so they can feel at home with us. I think...

UK-Solomon Islands bilateral relationship

Interesting staff on Solomon for Republic. Well, in case many may wonder whether Commonwealth does benefit Solomon Islands at all. It does. Most Solomon Islanders who trained in UK are under commonwealth...

Government Urged to Give More Support to Ministry Of Health

I do agree with the need to to train more medical doctors. My concern though is we are losing more qualified and experience doctor overseas so if we don't address that loophole, training of more doctors...

Japanese class

I want to thank Ms Yoko Kobayashi, and those that are responsible to make Japanese training possible in Solomons. When we were in the solomon Islands, we didn't really see the importance of knowing other...

Rocka Rocka freestyler

Thank you for allowing me this space to comment on the above topic. I personally am a big fan of freestlye and I always go and watch it when I came back home for holidays and its quite facinating and...

Student Allowances

I think that it is completely unacceptable that students have not been receiving their allowances on time, and in full. How hard is it to transfer money to bank accounts these days? Solomon students who...

Correctional Services ACT - Unconstitutional?

Dear Editor, I take my hat off to those who did not respond to the above article. An eye raising article at first sight. It took me by suprise, to see the most systematic, conventional and logical law...

Sentence of Hon Peter Shanel

Dear editor. It's a sad testimony to read in this website that Hon. Peter Shanel has been sentenced with two criminal cases. In the rightful mind of people it's a disgraceful thing to happen. It's a...

SI Republic?

Just want to share my view on this issue. I don't know whether changing to Republic will make any difference to the lives of Solomon Islands people. I believe there are more pressing issues for the...

Guilty unless proven innocent?

There may be materials for the argument that, the 'warrantees' have all being 'proven guilty unless proven innocent.' I don't think it is unreasonable to make such an assertion. The fact remains: those...

Doctor shortages.

Dear editor. Please allow me space to put my views on the above subject. Just this week, the government is concerned about the shortage of doctors. The shortage of doctors is something that is known...

SI for Republic

Dear Editor, Regarding Henry's comments, I would like to say that it is about time we break our long standing traditional ties with the UK, having their Queen/King as Head of State. A visit every 30...

Royal visit to Solomon Islands

Is it still intended that the proposed New Constitution of the Solomon Islands will remove the Queen as Head of State, and break this long-standing link with U.K? The recent visit by the Duke and Duchess...

High Cost Of Living & Social Unrest

There are many countries in Asia ( eg. Thailand) and Africa who have experienced mass riot as a result of high price of fuel & cost of goods. That is not all. Did you follow the 2 week strike by the...

Stranded USP students.

Dear editor, Please allow me to put few comments on the issue of slow allowance and its effect to study. I've been following the views put by various wantoks and I also want to contribute. This slow...

Soaring Fuel and Food prices

Dear Editor, I read from the Solomon Times dated 08/08 about the Opposition saying that the Government is doing nothing about the soaring fuel and food prices. I would agree with the opposition concerning...

Motion well floored

As it is being predicted by many commentators in this forum, the motion of no confidence has well been defeated. The issue now is for both the government and the opposition to work together for a common...

Solomon Islands to Host SP Festival

Editor As a Solomon Islander I'am proud that our country the beautiful Solomon Islands will be the Next host of 11th South Pacific festival of arts in 2012. This is a success and at the same time challenge...

Dying travellers and scholars

Editor, this is very brief viewpoint. I am appaled by the consecutive loss of young, healthy,and valuable lives recently outside of our country. My concern here are: What are the deaths from and why...

Congratulations Tesua

I join my people from Renbel to congratulate you Tesua on your fine achievements, well done!We look forward to your positive contribution towards our country's development in the legal arena. All the...

Congratulation Tesua.

Tesua, Congratulation! I am very glad to read about your successful story. I just wish this good news will act as an inspirational story for our people in Solomon Islands. Nothing beats hard work and...

USP students allowances

Fellow wantoks, The allowance issue seems to be persistent within the Ministry of Education and Human Resources and it point more towards the inability of the staff and MEHR as a whole in implementing...

Student Performance and Sponsor

In response to Mr. Tonton, if you are so interested in finding the answers to those questions of yours, why don't you go and ask the NTU for the information, as they are the right people to ask since they...

Student Allowance & Performance

A what? Survey to be conducted by the Ministry of Education, SIG? Good joke! Allowance but iumi no receivim yet, then bae SIG spendim samfala seleni nomoa lo survey for findim out how and why na iumi no...

Student Allownce and Performance

I just want to contribute to the above subject. After reading through all the constructive arguments given,I want to clarify my confusion by asking questions. I want Pamela clarify her argument by answering...

USP students and I: my 2-cents

Could any of the USP-Laucala contributors or students furnish me (my email:u4443281@anu.edu.au) with the address of the Laucala SISA president's address? I would like to submit to him/her my 2-cents thoughts...

The Royal Visit

I wish you all happy independence anniversary! From the photos I could see I got the impression that everybody enjoyed the celebrations. I am glad you could welcome Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and...

Student Performance and Sponsor

Students Performance and Sponsor In response, first of all I must thank Pamela for responding to what I have put across and I'm sorry for what I had said or interpret in my response that does not at all...

Students' Allowance

All the ideas presented on the topic "students' allowance and performance" hold water. All the ideas have in one way or another have an impact on student performance. This is because issues such as these...

Student allowance: A concern

A proper time to debate the issue as students are expecting their allowance. I wish to briefly reply to what Pamela Naesol stated. SIG like any responsible sponsors is obligated to ensure that students...

Student Performance and SIG

As Ex Officio of Maasina Fiji Students Association, I urge Solomon Islands Government to carry out a fact finding action report into students' poor performance at USP and compile a report on the same....

student perfomance and sponser

Allowance bae kam next week nao. So umi stedi nomoa and wait for selen flow n waka flow tu. naf rawa nao mekem umi concentrate lo study nomoa and pass everiwan lo second semester ia. Waka pile up so umi...

Student Performance and Sponsor

James, Thank you for your clarification. I discern the difficulties you, our USP-SIG sponsored students, come across and would very much opt for a change in leadership and more appropriate and sound approaches...

Allowance and Students.

Dear editor, it is interesting to see the view of Naelson, in how she defends the performances of students and delay of allowance. What she must bare in mind is that individuals are unlike each other....

Student Performance and Sponsor

In response to Danny Asa, you seemed so hurt by my views on the matter. If you had carefully read my letter, I wasn't personally attacking you or any other student on that matter, the way you are attacking...

Student performance & Sponsor

It is very interesting to note the level of discussion and inputs from various wantoks on the above topic. This shows a healthy trend that promotes the stimulation of our minds, which is somehow good for...

Student Performance and Sponsor

Mr. J.Sowana. How's your studies getting on now my friend? I hope you are now austerely down to business instead of making petty excuses for low performances. Why rely on very limited money for internet...

student low performance and sponsor

While Pamela raised an important issue, she has not supported it with evidence to strongly corelated the the relationship between students low performance and sponsorship. She needs to argue on evidence...

Students' perfomance and sponsor.

Dear editor, please allow me space to clarify Mae's respond to my previous letter on students' performance and sponsor. Communication link with the sponsor is so important with studies. If there is no...

Student Performance and Sponsor

In response to S. Jacks and Moses Angisitoro, I am not implying that I am not affected by the delay of the allowance. I am also in the same boat as you. However, it is not a new experience for us. We have...

Student's low performance & Sponsor

You (LIVINGSTON MAE)have stated that the materials are here at Laucala. Can you give evidence? Of course materials are here. But do you all these materials are free for use?One example is Lab Uniforms....

Student Performance and Sponsor

Student Performance and Sponsor Dear editor, I would like to respond to few things that were raised by Pamela in the Solomon times on Thursday 31st July 2008. By just glancing at the first line of paragraph...

Where is the doctor?

Well, it seemed that there are lots of doubts that need to be answered concerning this doctor. Without raising more questions. I just want to ask the original question again. Why is this particular doctor...

Beauty in Solomons

Thanks Jorge for your comment. Well, I don't think there needs to be a research on this. I see the Editor's comments as pretty straight forward. All she was trying to say was the Natural beauty that we...

'Small can be beautiful': A footnote

The Prime Minister's (PM) 30th anniversary trade show speech may draw its title from the 'Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered' book published in 1973. Written by the British economist,...

Student Performance and Sponsor

Please allow me space to comment on the subject above in response to Pamela's view. Pamela's view is true but it is just a tiny part of the problems faced by students which leads to low performance....

University?hugh!

I read with much interest on the Church Of Melanesia's (COM)ambitious pursuit of an University in the country. And I am not ready to give my view yet on this but rather suggest the current and former students...

Student Performance and Sponsor

While I empathize with S. James and our SI USP students in Fiji for the delaying of allowances by SIG, I totally disagree with poor communication links between NTU and students being one of the reasons...

Where is the doctor

The doctor we are referring to has practised for a number of years in our country after medical school and after returning from specialist trainning. With regards to whether or not he is qualified as...

Students' Performance & the Sponsor

While it is her peronal rights to express her view regarding students performance at USP, not directly correlate to the delay in their Aloowances, Ms.Pamela failed to consider the following facts: Fisrtly,...

Sponsor and Students Perfomance.

Dear editor, I read Naelson's letter, and it is good to put her judgment on student performance and sponsor. Well, in my personal experience, I am frustrated of the delay of the allowance, because it affected...