Praise for reconciliation ceremony: South Guadalcanal

On Wednesday 20th August 2014 the Solomon Star published the above headline. According to your publication, “a prominent leader of South Guadalcanal has hailed a reconciliation ceremony conducted for five communities in the area last week”. That so-called ‘prominent leader’ was identified as Francis Para who resides most, if not, all his life at Titinge…

View from the Bench is appalling

Below is the full text of the speech High Court judge Justice STEPHEN PALLARAS delivered at the Family Violence and Youth Justice Workshop that ended recently in Honiara. In his presentation, Justice Pallaras criticised the regular travels and absences of Director of Public Prosecution Ronald Bei Talasasa, which led to a heated media exchanges between…

Bear With One Another

The seventh of the ‘one another’ sayings of the New Testament for our thought for this week is “Bear with one another” (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13; James 5:7-11).  Someone has perceptively pointed out that “the church is not an art gallery for exhibition of eminent saints, but a hospital for helping sick sinners.” Most, if…

Is it reasonable?

TWO weeks from now the Ninth Parliament will be no more. A series of things will have happened. On 8th September, Parliament will have been dissolved, ordinary MPs will have come back down to earth and be like one of us, leading a normal life. The Executive Government that is, Cabinet though, would continue but…

Appointments to key Gov’t positions

IT’S natural to think of elections when we think of political corruption. People or business organization with their own agendas can twist voting and influence results. They may secretly give candidates big financial donations which in turn enables candidates to buy votes instead of winning them. But political corruption isn’t just about election rigging. When…

Types of leadership

THERE are at least four kinds of leadership. They are leadership by instruction, leadership by initiative, leadership by sacrifice and leadership by compromise. 1.      Leadership by instruction Is about depending on others to tell you what to do; little of what is called brainstorming by oneself. Putting it quite crudely, leadership that is commonly understood…

When culture becomes a barrier

Everyone has a downside in life. But it is advisable not to dwell on your weaker side of life when you want to make that leap in life. The feeling you’ll get if you do so is discouragement. That brought to my mind one question, should I point someone in the eye to tell him…

Pragmatism and politics at work in Solomons

It appears that the Hon Sogavare has become more forgiving and forgetting, based on Radio New Zealand International reports about the appointment of another Australian as Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police after the debacle of the expulsion of the last Australian Police Commissioner, Shane Castle.    This might be considered to be pragmatic, given…