A WONDERFUL STORY OF SEPTEMBER 9/11

It is 11 years since 9/11 and here is a wonderful story about that terrible day. It is an amazingly true story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11 disaster. On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All…

Equality is the key

PEOPLE, with the inclusion of women and girls, must be central to any development frameworks if humanity is to end the persistent presence of inequality which sustains the enabling environment that allows societal scourges like extreme poverty and violence. This inclusion will demand of us a fundamental shift in the way the participation and input…

PITIA members face reality: No fish, no jobs

THE ability of the domestic industry to compete in the southern long-line albacore fishery has hit the point of no return. Tying-up vessels and sending employees home is now the reality that is faced by the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) members that have an interest in this fishery.   Scientists have warned for…

Say no to GMO in the pacific

A mission to educate pacific islanders and discourage them from using genetic modified organism (GMO) seeds to grow on their farms for food and sales is currently underway. A Noumea based non-government organisation (NGO) in New Caledonia called ‘Stop MGO Pacifique’ is visiting parts of the pacific to collect data and information on GMO in…

Women in Parliament

Women in government or representation of women in Parliament are often quite hard for many to accept in this country, however since the national general election is just around the corner, it is the right time to give it a focus again. All alone, it seems that Solomon Islands government remained unconvinced of the need…

Blip on the Radar Screen

Once, I was on a trip to tour a high school with some fellow teachers.  We had driven all day and were tired. When we finally got to the motel, I went to my room and took a nap, but since I’m a night owl, I was wide awake again that night. However, the guy…

SIDT without Roughan

Manedika: We are now living out the legacy our founder left behind. It’s hard to imagine Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) moving forward without the presence and guidance of its late founder Dr John Roughan. But three months on after Roughan’s passing last October, SIDT director Longden Manedika said they are now living out the…