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…

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…

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…