TSI applauds MOFT: Procedures must be followed

EFFECTIVE award and management of government contracts is critical for quality service delivery and achieving development outcomes. Recently, a public procurement notice was published by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) declaring that contractors used to provide the service and maintenance of Honiara International Airport and the 21 provincial airports have expired since September…

West Papua: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

As Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs minister arrives in Honiara today, West Papua’s representative to the United Nations and former political prisoner, HERMAN WAINGGAI, provides the background to Indonesia’s occupation of his beloved country: NEW Guinea, the world’s second largest island, sits on the Pacific Rim, a few degrees south of the equator and approximately 150km north…

Teachers’ condition of service

THE greatest challenge for any new government is how successfully they will address and manage teachers’ condition of service efficiently and effectively. Teachers in Solomon Islands are government public servants who have needs that must be satisfied and feelings that have to be taken into account. School environment is vigorously difficult and the future is…

A gift to the earth

WHEN God looked down from heaven after he created the earth, he gave a satisfying nod of accomplishment over one island in particular which was the masterpiece of his creation and his gift to the earth. Throughout the ages, successive empires emerged to rule the earth, imposing their subjects to serve their gods whom they…

God’s Sovereignty is not always Apparent

One of our problems with the sovereignty of God is that it frequently does not appear that God is in control of the circumstances of our lives. We see unjust or uncaring or even clearly wicked people doing things that adversely affect us. We experience the consequences of other people’s mistakes and failures. We even…

The Sovereignty of God – God or Chance

In my article two weeks ago, I introduced the subject for our discussion the ‘sovereignty of God.’ Last week, we went on to looked at another important aspect of God’s sovereignty and that is the sustaining action of God in upholding and preserving His creation. No doctrine is more despised by the natural mind than…

Reasons for optimism in 2015

EARLY January in Honiara is a good time to reflect on the previous year and think about the year ahead. With many Solomon Islanders and Australians still enjoying their Christmas holidays, things are relatively quiet and there’s a little more time for contemplation. Last year, of course, saw Solomon Islands face some significant challenges. The…

God is in Control

As we begin this year 2015, we don’t know what it holds for each and every one of us. There is no doubt that there will be challenges and difficulties on the way which could either draws us closer to God or takes us away from Him. Whatever we encounter on the way, let us…