The Thinking Corner: How our cells work

Thank you for choosing to read this week’s column. My name is Dr Brinsley Lane and I am a doctor of chiropractic. Were you aware that the body has about seven hundred billion (700 000 000 000) cells? Each of those cells communicates with all the others through the connections of the central nervous system.…

Telekom – Your double dipping is simply wrong

ALL of us – the phone users – have one complaint or another against Our Telekom, the telecommunication carrier that largely controls the multi-million dollar a year market in Solomon Islands. Its monopoly is undisputed. Its services are substandard. Its costs are phenomenally high. In some cases one can be forgiven for suggesting that the…

Rising tourism in the Pacific

Pacific tourism is in the news again. The South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) released this week its latest estimate of tourist arrivals. The number of tourists who flocked to Pacific island countries (PICs) last year is 1.7 million. The figure for the previous year is 1.5 million. Certainly, tourism to the Pacific is on the…

Foreign aid and growth

Last week’s visit to Fiji by Australia’s foreign minister, Ms. Bishop has raised hopes of return to normalcy in bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit has been fruitful in many ways: Fiji has been added to the list of Pacific island countries (PICs), which are eligible for Australia’s Pacific Seasonal Workers Program. This…

Learning Our New Identity

The most important of all our perceptions is the way we perceive ourselves. There is a story in American Indian folklore that illustrates this truth very clearly. According to the legend, an Indian brave came upon an eagle’s egg which had somehow fallen unbroken from an eagle’s nest. Unable to find the nest, the brave…

Who gives more aid to the Pacific Islands?

For the past four decades, Pacific island countries (PICs) are well known for their aid dependency syndrome, a continuing malaise ever since their independence in the 1970s.  Generous aid money received from donors, who were the former colonial rulers, was initially for annual budgetary support.  Aid, known as official development assistance in terms of pure…

Attitude & Self-Talk

Your attitude determines your altitude of success, because your attitude influences your consistency, your commitment, and your work ethic.  Fine-tune your attitude so that you control your environment – not the other way around.  Remember – if someone else can do it, so can you! Most leaders will tell you that they developed a leader’s…

How a magistrate bullied us

ON the 24th of March, 2014 we were in a court room at the Honiara Magistrate waiting for our Customary Land Appeal Court (CLAC) cases to be heard. We were all expecting an independent panel that is biased free and have no conflict of interest to appear and preside over our cases. We neither expect…