The nation’s first NGO

THE acronym N.G.O. is now ubiquitous. Non-Government Organisations: why do they exist and for what reason? Who are they and how do they operate? Where are they operating from and most importantly of all, for whom do they operate? These are really healthy questions. According to Wikipedia   an NGO is an organization that is neither…

World must learn lessons of Cyclone Pam

Massive destruction wrought by Cyclone Pam is a reminder that we must work together to fight for island futures, writes SHIRLEY LABAN* OFFICIALS from across the region are meeting in Samoa this week to discuss Pacific responses to a changing climate. They meet with a renewed sense of urgency, as they consider shared positions for…

SI is a ‘functional society’, is it?

In a nation state, a ‘Functional Society’ has to build symmetrical relationships of cooperation between ‘change agents’. In this regard, in every aspect different organs in the society are equal players, and so the need to break with the relationships of subordination. This will ensure we preserve a stable and harmonious environment for the betterment…

Women accomplishments need to be recognised

I DECIDED to write again on the above topic because I think women of Solomon Islands have been unfairly treated time and again by those who make decisions at the workplace. I am referring to professional women who were victims of ill-informed decisions made by male-dominated committees, based on questionable assumptions. This is an issue…

Call to revoke appointments

IN a brief response to MPA Vasuni’s article in the paper dated 15th April 2015 for a call to revoke the appointments of four non-executive members of the Central Provincial Assembly. Firstly, I salute the MPA for Tulagi ward for continuing to be a “watch dog” to my Office since his election victory on December…

Faulty mining licences on Rennell

THE Attorney General Chamber is recommending cancellation of mining licenses on Rennell Island. A report produced by the Attorney General this week points to maladministration and irregularities in the granting of mining leases to Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) and Bintang Borneo for the bauxite deposit on west Rennell. Apparently, there was no recommendation or…

A vulnerable Pacific region

THE recent devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu was another reminder of the vulnerability of the Pacific region to natural disasters. The road to recovery following a disaster is so often a long one requiring a huge commitment of time, energy and resources. Of course, Solomon Islands has not been immune from the impact…

Rearmament of police officers

AS many have decided, there is great need for certain units of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to be rearmed as warranted by the nature of their duty following the recent ethnic tensions we had here. Two such units are the Maritime and VIP units. Not that alone, but as members of the…

Corruption considerations

GABRIEL, a Honiara writer, submitted a letter to the Editor of the Solomon Star newspaper, in which he claimed, “It is my considered view that the national budget (2015) being debated at the moment is a budget to continue funding corruption which is rampant nationally.” In a sovereign country like the Solomon Islands and with…

Rano and clients acquitted

THE Solomon Star and Island Sun newspapers on 25th March 2015 carried interesting news items about the above matter.  In those items, Wilson Rano boasted about the withdrawal of charges against him and his clients Nilton Chite and Rodney Hiva at the Central Magistrate court and claimed that the charges were acquitted because Ataban Tahu…