TSI on current issues

THE Chief Electoral Officer, Mose Saitala, announced on Tuesday’s paper that the Governor General will make the Proclamation/Announcement of the date of election on the 5th of February 2019.  There is now a flurry of activities and a buzz in the voters of this country, political parties intending to contest the elections, supporters, and oppositions…

A half-cooked bill

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands is deeply concerned that the Traditional Governance and Customs Facilitation Bill 2018 is currently in its second reading before the Parliament. When the Traditional Governance and Customs Facilitation Bill wasfirst introduced a few months ago, there was ahuge outcry from the public opposing this Bill and the shallow policy or no policy…

Building links between communities & the state

OVER the last two years, I have had the pleasure of meeting many Solomon Islanders during my travels outside Honiara. Approximately 80 per cent of Solomon Islanders live in rural areas, making Solomon Islands a “country of villages”. I am always impressed by the resilience of these villages. Many people in Solomon Islands, particularly those…

Where is the merit of APID mining lease?

MANY Solomon Islanders and even the court have been led by hired QC lawyers of APID to believe that APID mining lease of West Rennell has merit; but where did that merit comes from? If the merit of APID mining lease comes from some politicians in the Government Executive that manipulate the administrative system to…

Regional crime trends

Dear Editor – To add to the letter of mine you published in your newspaper last week on the same subject, I should like to mention that in recent days the Fiji Police seized more cocaine with an estimated value of about $US15 million from an island in the Lau group. It was reported in…

Vote blo you, vois blo you

Dear Editor – This is a common sentiment often advertised during election periods that advocate the roles of elected members of parliament. The major roles and obligation of MPs voted into parliament is to make appropriated legislations that helped address common issues that affect the lives of the people in the nation. They represent the…

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…

Choiseul chief education officer

Dear Editor – I was one of the year 2017 recruited teachers who teach under Choiseul Education Authority as probationer until to date. As a probationer teacher, it is very important to have consultation with Education Authority (EA) such as Chief education officer to endow with further information about why he extended my probationer for…

Unplanned power outage

Dear Editor – In response to A.M.Junia’s article titled Solomon Power & Brazil which appeared on yesterday’s letters to the editor, Solomon Power clarifies that the unplanned power outage was unfortunately caused by a member of the public’s vehicle hitting a power pole along the Tandai Highway, causing power black out to the whole of…