Are we moving or not?

Dear Editor – The years are climbing slowly but firmly. We only realize the years are slipping away when the other ends. I am saying this because our beautiful Solomon Islands is still facing the same problems we faced many years back. Why can’t we address old problems and prepare to face new ones? Facing…

Ex-militants $3M pay-out

Dear Editor – Like senior lawyer, Gabriel Suri (Issue No. 6071), I too am not sure about the DCC Government’s explanation that the recent $3M pay out to ex-combatants was for their rehabilitation (OPMC Press). Rehabilitation and reintegration are such big words and $3M is big taxpayers’ money engulfed into oblivion, so it seems. How…

Police-chief partnership works well

IT’S good to see chiefs working closely with police to address law and order issues in the settlements around Honiara. Their close collaboration with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force’s (RSIPF) Community Policing Unit has resulted in the low record of criminal cases during the festive season. It’s not an exaggeration to say that most…

Hope

When we lose hope, all we can see is what’s gone wrong and the disappointments in our lives.  As we begin our journey into 2016, we need to discover the essence of hope to overcome the disappointments of 2015. Hope in God is the only kind that will work. It guides us in our destiny…

Six new anti-corruption bills in 2016

2016 is a Year that the Government has promise to introduce six new Anti-Corruption bills. This statement was made by the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during the International Anti-Corruption Day, which was marked in Honiara on the 9th of December 2015. The six anti-corruption bills are: 1.      Anti-Corruption Bill The Democratic Coalition for Change Government…

Let’s spare a thought

IT’S a great year this year is – full of challenges and great opportunities for doing a lot of things, good things. For example, there are those in business who have already worked out what their profit margin would be this year. To achieve their set target, they will give every excuse in the world…

Democratic Rights Fund

Dear Editor – The US based DRF supports Disabled Persons Organizations in the developing world to take the lead in advocating for the human rights of persons with disabilities at local and national levels, utilizing the mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In 2012 the Association for People with…

Let’s fight for a peaceful Solomons

LAW-ABIDING residents of Taba’a settlement in central Honiara have shown the way forward to tackling the illegal home-brew drink kwaso. Through their close collaboration with the police, thousands of litres of kwaso and dozens of marijuana plants were confiscated by police last Saturday. Kwaso and marijuana are scourges to our community. They contributed in a…