Deep sea mining — a dangerous experiment

Deep sea mining (DSM) is the new frontier in extractive mining. For the companies involved, as well as the governments that own the mining rights, it offers substantial profits. However DSM is still experimental in nature, with potentially vast adverse environmental effects. It also makes use of new technologies that have yet to be tested.…

Whose voice are you tuning on to?

As a regular writer of this page, I too would like to acknowledge and commend our government, including the various ministries and members of the parliament who were directly involved in this festival, chairperson and members of the organizing committee, other subsidiary committees and their members, the police department and officers, the different groups of…

Visitors commend festival, SI

Self commendation is no praise, but for the Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) Organizing Committee to have a sense of gloom and doom and constant self-condemnation; with a sense that they have failed the Region, Solomon Islands and our people by not producing the best, may have been just becoming paranoiac on the part of…

An anti-corruption success story

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) in its ongoing efforts to raise people’s awareness on corruption would like to share a success story of a complaint handled by the TSI Advocacy & Legal Advice Centre (ALAC). John was very worried when his wife, Mary, was ordered to resign from her work as a shopkeeper and they were…

The festival fever heats up-lets get ready

The excitement about the 11th festival of pacific arts (FOPA) is mounting. Honiara city over the past weeks and months has been busy preparing for this biggest regional cultural show. This is the first time Solomon Islands will be hosting this important event on our shores. As final touches are being made to the festival…

Discourage army presence at festival venue

Solomon Islands for the last 10 or so years had come under a lot of suspicion concerning its security as the result of the recent ethnic tension.  That was when our beloved country was shadowed and even flooded with army personnel from the region commonly known as the “Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands”, RAMSI,…

Climate change a moral responsibility

This Paper (Solomon Star) just recently has carried a story about the people of Lord Howe and Ontong Java Atolls wanting to build a church building even when the islands are facing the unpredictable threats of the rising sea level. As I read the story and think over the people’s intention to construct a church…

Support for Bonitos preparation

Following the successful hosting of the OFC nations cup in Honiara fortnight ago our national team – Bonitos received so much criticism for their defeat and coming fourth in the tournament. However they have qualified for the next stage of the world qualifying stage which will be held in September. And that is still a…

Good work FSII

ITS good to see a group coming out to help support our National Referral Hospital (NRH) over the weekend. The Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) spent Friday and Saturday to renovate the children’s ward. Such a kind gesture is what the country needs from everyone. As a country which continues to struggle financially to provide…