Why I sacked Leni

THIS is my response to a number of articles you published over the past few days on matters regarding the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA. Let me first confirm that in exercise of the powers conferred upon us, the Minister of Infrastructure Development and the Minister of Finance, by Regulation 14 (1) of the State-owned…

Helping the Pacific fight against climate change

Ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting next week in Majuro, Marshall Islands, Fiji-based European Commissioner for Climate Action, CONNIE HEDEGAARD, writes about her reason for attending the Forum. THE Pacific region is on the front line of climate change. Its low-lying islands risk being swamped by rising sea levels and their inhabitants forced…

Feeding the chooks to keep them quiet

SIR Bjelke-Petersen, one-time Premier of the Australian north-east State of Queensland, once referred to journalists as chooks. And each time his government was under threat because of some issues raised by journalists publicly either on the airwave or in newspapers, he would say, “it’s time to feed the chooks”. News conference was his feeding time…

Transforming Failure into Trust

Our text for meditation this week is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your hearts, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (NKJV). Sometimes I feel I stack up all my failures and take roll call every night. I keep them…

Wake-up call for PM

PRIME Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo may be right. He is not obligated to bow down to calls from civil society groups that asked him to stand down. But he and his advisers need to take stock of the sentiments and concerns raised by these groups. For the concerns they raised are legitimate and real. The…