DROWNING IN THE RISING TIDE OF NCDs 

IN 2019 a 22-year-old Solomon Islander diagnosed with type 2 diabetes presented to the eye clinic with eye complications of diabetes called neovascularization retinopathy, a severe form of diabetic retinopathy. Her family was able to send her to Australia at that time for the urgent treatment of the blinding eye condition in a desperate bid…

Pacific regionalism forever changed

The fallout from last Wednesday’s election of the Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat does not come as a surprise to me. We had been warned that if the Forum leaders did not seek to stick to what has always been an unwritten convention and agreement there would be repercussions. In late 2019 when…

Police condemned, urged to uphold strong discipline

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands (TSI) strongly condemned the alleged stealing of more than $300,000 under police custody, by an officer within the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). When this disturbing news was initially shared publicly, it seems so far-fetched and seems to be a smear campaign to tarnish the reputation of the Royal Solomon Islands…

MULTI-LINGUALISM AND SPEAKING ENGLISH 

Why is it that an unschooled villager or kid, unassisted by a teacher, picks up and speaks another language with not much difficulty? Why is it that a schooled person, assisted by a professional teacher for many years, finds it difficult to speak English fluently? If the techniques of learning another language effectively in a…

Central Province hailed for clean audit

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands (TSI) commends and acknowledged the Central Provincial Government for the Clean audit report it achieved for the period of 2019 and 2020 financial year.  This is a huge achievement and TSI applauds the Central Provincial Government. This should be an eye-opener for this nation, not only at the Provincial level but at…

Aust climate change policy

I was surprised to read in last Friday’s Solomon Star that the Australian High Commissioner Dr. Strahan said he is proud of his government’s climate change policies. Australian leaders, when they are not in Canberra waving pieces of coal in Parliament like to claim they are part of the Pacific Family; Australia is our kind…

Solomon’s loss is Marshall Islands’ gain

By Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr. MP East Are Are Chairman Foreign Relations Committee Firstly, I would like to offer my congratulations to Dr. Transform Aqorau on his new appointment as Legal Adviser to the Republic of Marshall Islands, as has been reported in the media.  As one of the many Solomon Islanders who have been inspired by…