Helping the Pacific fight against climate change

Ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting next week in Majuro, Marshall Islands, Fiji-based European Commissioner for Climate Action, CONNIE HEDEGAARD, writes about her reason for attending the Forum. THE Pacific region is on the front line of climate change. Its low-lying islands risk being swamped by rising sea levels and their inhabitants forced…

Feeding the chooks to keep them quiet

SIR Bjelke-Petersen, one-time Premier of the Australian north-east State of Queensland, once referred to journalists as chooks. And each time his government was under threat because of some issues raised by journalists publicly either on the airwave or in newspapers, he would say, “it’s time to feed the chooks”. News conference was his feeding time…

Transforming Failure into Trust

Our text for meditation this week is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your hearts, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (NKJV). Sometimes I feel I stack up all my failures and take roll call every night. I keep them…

Wake-up call for PM

PRIME Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo may be right. He is not obligated to bow down to calls from civil society groups that asked him to stand down. But he and his advisers need to take stock of the sentiments and concerns raised by these groups. For the concerns they raised are legitimate and real. The…

A fine gift from NZ

THE country took delivery of a fine gift from the New Zealand Government last week. This was in the form of the newly upgraded Munda Airport and the Gizo-Noro paved road in Western Province. Nusatupe Airport near Gizo, which is currently being upgraded, also comes under this project. In all, the New Zealand Government donated…

Cargo mentality in Solomon Islands politics

Those of you who are familiar with historical and other related written records of the past will be able to realize that there has been a considerable preoccupation on research and studies relating to cargo-cult ideologies and practices especially in Melanesian shores. Some of these were expressed upon the foundations of extreme religious movements that…

Congratulations to Our Telekom

Sunday marked the 25th years since Our Telekom started off as a company on July 21st 1988. Being the only telecommunication provider until 2009, the company has come along way in providing  telecommunication to the people of Solomon Islands. This services comes in the form of landline, mobile phone, internet, fax and other communication services.…