Safe level for foreign reserves

Uncertainties arising from the Ukraine and Middle East conflicts with their likely upward impact on commodity prices are causing worries to policy makers. Ukraine is one of the world’s largest wheat exporting countries; and the Middle East is the area on which the world depends for oil supply. What is the safe level for foreign…

Do not slander one another

THIS is the fifth of the ‘One another” sayings in the New Testament, “Do Not Slander One Another” (James 4:11, 12). Let me begin with a story about a family living in a small town in North Dakota: The mother had not been well since the birth of her second baby, but everyone knew she…

Lets all help fight against crime

Police alone cannot fight to reduce crime in the city because of lack of manpower and resources. Therefore it has to get the support from the public to curb criminal activities. Acting police chief Juanita Matanga last Thursday said police cannot address the rise in unlawful activities and behaviour of youths on the streets of…

World Cup to BRICS Cup

The World Cup 2014 matches in Brazil just ended. However, our attention on Brazil continued for another match: the advanced countries versus the five emerging economies, known as BRICS.  The BRICS, representing three continents, accounts for more than a quarter of the world’s land area and 40 per cent of its population. They have a…

Fish depletion, a reality

What can be done to replenish Tuna stocks? Pacific Island people working together to actually conserve and manage tuna cannot do it alone. But island nations could absolutely lead the way to achieve solutions via the United Nations. Firstly, Pacific tuna stocks are now already at historically low levels, in other words ocean food supply…

Good decision are fair decision

CORRUPTION also means unfairness and in the sense of mining sector where resources are scarce and the hype for benefits are high corruption can often set in. Mining and forestry are generating big revenues for governments, at the same time generates serious negative impacts. TSI believes that decisions are much taken at the upper level…

Can we trust ourselves?

While computers can be trusted to churn out the rubbish, can we trust ourselves to do the same? LAST week the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission announced its newly-installed Biometrics Voter Registration (BVR) system detected nearly 6,000 potential voters who repeatedly registered to vote in the national general elections later this year. One voter registered nine…

Outcome based education – reform

I would like to acknowledge John Iromea and Jay A Taunau for sharing their views on Outcome Based Education (OBE) in the past Solomon Star issues. Although looking at different representations of any curriculum reform, their discussions had provided good information with sound arguments concerning OBE reform in the Solomon Islands. I hope their discussions…

WHY MALAITA LAGS BEHIND IN DEVELOPMENT

My Column in last Friday’s paper on what vocal Malaitans really want in terms of development drew quite a following. As expected, the social media network, Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) led the pack in attacking me personally and in some postings, threats were made against me. Of course no one expects anything less nor…