International Women’s Day

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is next week, on 8 March. It is a time when the world joins together to mark women’s many accomplishments, but also to consider what more can be done to achieve gender equality. This will be my second International Women’s Day in Honiara. I will be joining groups from across Solomon Islands…

Pass the Anti-Corruption Bill now

THE development of a nation is measured not so much by its infrastructures alone but also by the development of its legislation (laws) and subsequent enforcement. As rightly stated by Herman De Jager in ‘Importance of Legislation, 2000’ “Legislation is one of the most important instruments of government in organising society and protecting citizens. It…

Response to SINPF board news release

    THE filing for Bankruptcy by Enron the darling of Wall Street in 2001 with USD63.4 billion in assets was one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in US history.  The Houston-based energy company was the victim of the biggest audit failure with CEO Jeffery Skilling and his executives developing the use of accounting loopholes…

The hidden epidemic in the shanty towns of Honiara

DIARRHOEA is a common illness for more than a third of people in Honiara, the coastal capital of Solomon Islands, where informal settlements with poor sanitation and water dominate. But the risk of diarrhoeal disease increases in the annual wet season, from November to April, and escalates during floods and natural disasters. The World Health…

The fence

I SWEAR it wasn’t my fault. But, it didn’t matter. Everybody was convinced it was my fault. I was the one who ran into the barbed wire fence. And now, I stood before my mother, crying at the top of my lungs, blood dripping from a gash across my chest and down my naked round…

God must be loved for Himself

Welcome to the ‘Thought for the Week’ column as we venture into this New Year, 2018. Last week, we read and hear from all media outlets of a leader of a cult movement who made a prophecy to his followers and not fulfilled. The leader of this so-called movement and others similar movements used the…

Learning from Thailand

One country, one product project By FRANK SHORTBangkok, Thailand   I WAS delighted to read in today’s edition of the Solomon Star that the Director General of the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) Suphatra Srimaitreehithak had met with the Supervising Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade William Soaki on Tuesday.…

The status of SINPF in 2015

Background and Overview THE SINPF was established under the SINPF Act 1973. The vision of the institution is to provide comfortable life after retirement through a sustainable contribution growth. The vision is founded on this mission statement: “Protecting and preserving contribution savings of members. In this connection, the Fund attempts to optimise growth through prudent…

Rhinoceros beetle – What can I do?

THE coconut rhinoceros beetle recently arrived in Solomon Islands and is causing serious damage to coconut palms on Guadalcanal, Savo, North Malaita and Ngela. Many people are asking, “What can I do about this new pest?” Government has already begun work with technical experts in Solomon Islands and overseas on scientific solutions to the pest…

A CoI into BoH trust fund is a must

PRIME Minister Rick Hou has promised to take the lead to address corruption. His comments on the front page of the Solomon Star last year on Saturday 16th December 2107 at an event organised to mark the Anticorruption Day on Friday 15th December 2017 saw him assuring the nation of his Government’s stance on the…