Pacific unity at stake

The fall out in the Pacific Island Forum is now a subject of concern and heavily discussed by our leaders in the region. This happened after the members of the Micronesian Bloc decided to withdraw their members from PIF after their preferred candidate fail to secure the Secretary-General Seat. The controversial appointment of Henry Puna…

His legacy lives on

On Tuesday, the country paid tribute to Late Sir Paul Tovua following his death last Friday. To honour this great leader, Late Sir Paul was accorded an ‘Official’ Funeral on Tuesday where his body Lay In-State at the Parliament chamber. Leaders of the country and the public got the opportunity to pay their last respect to him. Late Sir…

WHO CAN WE TRUST?

POLICE COMMISSIONER Mostyn Mangau dropped a real bombshell this week. More than $300, 000 entrusted to police have disappeared. The information was known to the police hierarchy since September last year. In October, a month later, when the box with a combination lock was finally opened, not a trace of the money was left. The…

WHY ARE WE SO CORRUPT?

SOLOMON ISLANDS ranked 44 out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) survey announced last week. CPI uses a scale of 0 to 100 to rank nations, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Last week, the wise men and women of Solomon Islands congregated to discuss a solution. The…

Public holiday with no meaning

WELCOME back! We hope you’ve had a great and enjoyable Christmas Day celebration with families and loved ones. Today is supposed to be a normal working day. But the Government, out of the blue, decided to declare it a “special public holiday”. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the decision and request to have…

Our soaring youth population

THE 6th Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival (MACFest) ended in spectacular fashion on Tuesday night. Despite some hiccups, the 10-day event was a resounding success. We thank the local organising committee for putting on such a show. It’s an event to be remembered in years to come. We wish our Melanesian brothers and sisters safe…

What’s next after the dialogue?

WOMEN representing the 14 constituencies in Malaita last Wednesday met with eight of the MPs from the province. This was during a dialogue UN Women facilitated to allow the women leaders in Malaita to meet and express their views to the MPs. The dialogue aims to highlight the issues and concerns of women in Malaita to…