Thanks-giving Service

Speech by RAMSI Special Coordinator Quinton DevlinMaranatha Hall, East HoniaraSunday 25 June 2017 I stand here, on behalf of the thousands of women and men that came from 15 nations across the Pacific over the last 14 years fo helpem fren; to help a friend in need; to end the violence; to stabilise the country…

Saving tuna – and the people who rely on it

The fate of the world’s tuna – and communities that fishing for it – may rest with consumers SEAFOOD consumers are more discriminating than ever before. Not only do they increasingly demand fish that are harvested sustainably, they also look for “fair trade” products that also support local and traditional fishing communities. But these labels…

Taiwan’s soft diplomacy

TAIWAN, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), has been referred to by local politicians as a friend indeed in thick and thin. Prime Minister Sogavare in his welcome remarks to Ambassador Luo, January this year, said “I can assure you that the relationship between our two countries can only grow stronger and stronger”.…

Tourism better alternative for Temotu?

Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) carried a story,Thursday, 25 May, 2017, which highlighted how communities in Temotu Province could greatly benefit from preserving their environment rather than through logging and mining. This is the news slot that caught my eye and I quote. “An environmental NGO says communities in Solomon Islands____ Temotu province can earn…

The Third Beatitude

Welcome to our continuing discussion on the Sermon on the Mount. This week, we discuss the third of the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). I believe that you’ve been blessed and gain new insights on the beatitude from what we have discuss so far. Stay with me…

C’Wealth offers hope to voters who expect credible elections

The Commonwealth promotes democracy by deploying election observers, offering practical assistance to electoral commissions, and providing hands-on training to junior election officials, writes Commonwealth Secretary-General PATRICIA SCOTLAND. MOST of us remember the first time we voted. It is a rite of passage which marks political empowerment and passing into adulthood. With a pencil and a…

Transforming education with broadband connectivity

INTERNET access is essential in today’s hyper-connected world, and is particularly important for students perusing higher education at the university level. Broadband connectivity is transforming traditional education and improving instruction through more engaging, interactive coursework. The ability to easily access that content, and engage on social networks, has dramatically escalated the demand for high-quality internet…

Ocean acidification is global warming’s forgotten crisis

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On a collision course

The shipping industry could undermine global climate efforts. But Pacific islands and EU nations are joining together to force them to change. THE international shipping sector sits outside the Paris climate agreement, yet it is a significant and growing source of carbon emissions. Unless it is controlled, shipping will undermine all our national efforts to…

THIS LIFE

This planet flying slowly towards flattery Aiming to take a worse battery in gender based violence Global governments doing their part to reduce them While in reality its the beer thats contributes to worsening The beer that increases their wealth at the expense of the poor   Last week the news was worse A man…