Friday, 28 September 2018

Welcome back to this blog 28 September 2018

To my valuable readers,

Over the past year, since the passing away of my dear late uncle, Dykes Momoka Angiki, I'd decided - out of respect - not to engage in any form or shape in journalism, especially blogging. During this time, I moaned the loss of someone, who had sacrificed and committed his entire life to the development of journalism, especially radio broadcasting in the Solomon Islands since the mid 1970s.

As a young kid, migrating to the country's national capital, Honiara, in the 1980s from the rural area of Bellona Island, Rennell and Bollona Province, I'd never thought in my wildest dream that one day, I will become a journalist. But through his advice, guidance, and direction, I eventually followed his career path in journalism. Not in radio, but print media. Though our age gap was huge, our career paths were always aligned and inseparable. As a nephew, his loss was unbearable.

It led to my personal decision then to cease engaging in journalism; an act of respect - in our culture - to someone, whom I had a lot of respect for him, not only for his invaluable leading and advice as a father figure, but also as a professional colleague for over 30 years. Again, through thick and thin, we struggle against all odds in a nation where we were among the first few in our ethnic Polynesia minority group, to join the mainstream media. It was at a time where Melanesian prejudice, racism, discrimination and other ism were ingrained in the psyche of institutional treatment of our people.  And for both of us, the situation became unbearable during the most challenging time of our country, during the ethnic conflict in the Solomon Islands between 1998 to 2003.

Being from one family and working in the mainstream local news media at the some time was both a pride and curse. Despite the challenges, we were hanging on to our career in a predominant Melanesian nation, where at different times accused, harassed, bullied, personally attached and ridiculed publicly by corrupt politicians and their criminal thugs, sympathizers, lawyers and cronies. The personal toll on us and our family was unbearable at times. But thank good Heavens, we'd never allowed crooks and their cronies to intimidate us into submission by compromising our professional practices, and proud traditional status and cultural values.

Despite this huge sense of loss, I will continue to ensure that his legacy remains a shining light to my own career path and aspiration. As of today, I've decided to re-engage with my professional side of life, journalism, after a year now. Hopefully with time, the pain will subside. In memory of my dear uncle, Songi ou ba'e kipo'ungi.


Friday, 15 July 2016

Solomon Islands fatigue of corruption, what next?

Recently, Transparency Solomon Islands International revealed that the current government had paid less than $SID15m to a number of Members of Parliament (MPs) and bogus companies under a shipping project. The news had not only led to a strong condemnation by the Opposition Leader of the government but a request for the government to investigate the allegation.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Pro-logger in the Solomon Islands becomes Prime Minister of Australia

Turnbull (left) and Abbott (right) in good time
A former logging operator in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands is now the new Prime Minister of Australia.

Malcolm Turnbull’s connection to the Solomon Islands logging industry began in the late 1980s . Turnbull and Nick Minchin, the former retired Finance Minister of Australia in 2002, were the principal investors in Axiom Logging Company.
The logging company was carrying out a logging operation in Vella La Vella Island, Western Province, Solomon Islands, and had its head-office in a building directly opposite, the current office of the Solomon Star English newspaper at New China Town, Honiara.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Former Prime Minister acused of receiving bribery over mining permit

The beauty of the 'Avatai o Mugava (West Rennell Coastline)
The former Prime Minister of Solomon Islands and former Minister of Energy, Mines and Minerals with top bureaucrats are accused of receiving briberies to grant prospect and mining licences to two Asian companies, including the one now the sole owner of West Rennell mining tenement.

Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) has been accused in the local media and various social media forums of bribing former Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, of directing the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Minerals to grant the permits to APID, despite the abnormality of the process and the existence of fake document in the core applications of APID and a rival company, Bingtang.

Consultation on Pacific Trade ends today in Fiji

Consultations on solutions for growth in the Pacific Islands region has brought together wide range stakeholders of parliamentarians, private sector, civil society, government officials and policy makers to engage in a ‘Comprehensive Consultations on Pacific Trade at Shangri-La Fijian Hotel, Sigatoka, Fiji, which ends today.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Former sacked PS calls Bellonese administrators "leaches"

A pool of water in a recently dug up mining site by APID in West Rennell
The former provincial secretary of Rennell and Bellona Province, Willie Peseika has labelled the pre-dominantly Bellonese administration of the province as “leaches”.

Peseika made the sarcastic description, implying that Bellonese are sucking money out of the Province, in the Rennell and Bellona Province members’ only social media forum, where he had used the alias Agiki P Baiabe.

Pacific trade consultations underway in Fiji

More than one hundred trade and customs officials, the private sector, parliamentarians, non-state actors and development partners from the Pacific region will meet at Shangri-La Hotel, Sigatoka, Fiji, for series of trade related meetings from 17 – 21 August.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Islands' agencies meet in Suva to talk about Labor Mobility Scheme

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)  in Suva, Fiji, is hosting a one-day meeting of Regional Agencies Responsible for Implementing Labour Mobility today, Monday 3 August, 2015.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Media Ethics Forum generates debate in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Press Institute will conclude a three-day conference on Media Ethics in the Age of Globalization in Colombo, Sri Lanka, today.

Prof Shunkantala Rao on the far right with colleagues

In the first session yesterday, Professor Clifford Christians of University of Illinoise and Professor Shukantala Rao of Department of Communication Studies, State University of New York, co-chaired the first session over the topic “Global media ethics and ethics within regional and local context.

The second session, Professor Shakuntala Rao co-chaired and moderate a panel with Dr Vipul Mudgal, Dr Ranga Kalansooriya and Mr U Myint Kyaw, over the topic “Media Ethics in Emerging Democracy”.

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