Gizo/Kolombangara by-election

Will GDL break the election history? SOON after the by-election for the Gizo/Kolombangra Constituency was announced, voters rose from their three years of political snoozing and commenced their support and campaign for their candidates. Four men and one woman are contesting the by-election. Whoever wins will represent the voters and people of Gizo/Kolombangra for only…

Man and Sin

Welcome to our new topic for discussion this week, “Our Human Identity.” We will explore this important topic over the next few weeks. Let us begin by asking the great question asked by the Psalmist David, “What is man?” centuries ago. It is striking that this is the burning question of the 21st Century in…

Salvation – Part 3

Welcome to our final session of discussion on the topic “Salvation. As we are just two days aware from Easter, where we reflect on the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is important to remind ourselves of the significance of this event for our personal salvation. It is important to realise…

Celebrating women’s achievements

This is the speech delivered by Casper Fa’asala, the Acting General Secretary of the National Council of Women to mark International Women’s Day.       GOOD afternoon and a Very Happy Women’s Day to All CSO Male and Female Champions. It is indeed an honour and a privilege for me to be with you…

The gov’t we need

IN almost 40 years of political independence, our collective and personal experience shows that a combination of naturally selfish human nature, easy access to unearned money, donors offering weakly administered external aid and the absence of any home-grown behavioral rules, definitely does not make for effective democratic government. At the same time, we have no…

PM’s MSG apology

THE Prime Minister’s MSG apology was in order, appropriate and necessary to atone the follies committed by the former MSG Chair (current DPM) .  Sir you do not need to explain why you had apologized.  You’ve shown great leadership. I’m drawn to the debate by crap being made in Parliament. The DPM’s belittling remarks about…

International Women’s Day

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is next week, on 8 March. It is a time when the world joins together to mark women’s many accomplishments, but also to consider what more can be done to achieve gender equality. This will be my second International Women’s Day in Honiara. I will be joining groups from across Solomon Islands…

Pass the Anti-Corruption Bill now

THE development of a nation is measured not so much by its infrastructures alone but also by the development of its legislation (laws) and subsequent enforcement. As rightly stated by Herman De Jager in ‘Importance of Legislation, 2000’ “Legislation is one of the most important instruments of government in organising society and protecting citizens. It…

Response to SINPF board news release

    THE filing for Bankruptcy by Enron the darling of Wall Street in 2001 with USD63.4 billion in assets was one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in US history.  The Houston-based energy company was the victim of the biggest audit failure with CEO Jeffery Skilling and his executives developing the use of accounting loopholes…