Our support still remains, says US 

THE United States says it’s committed to fund infrastructure projects here, including Bina Harbour in Malaita, despite the China switch. Port Moresby-based US ambassador to Solomon Islands, Catherine Ebert-Gray made the assurance during an interview with the Solomon Star. It was her fifteenth and final visit here before her tenure as Ambassador to Solomon Islands,…

 Schools re-thinking Plastic

FIVE schools in Honiara have completed a trial on the alternative use of single use plastic which aims to provide insight on how behaviour influences habits regarding waste management.  Over 13 weeks, the schools – Koloale, Florence Young, Emmaus, Honiara Senior High School and St. Nicholas College tested interventions to reduce plastic waste generated during…

Why fashion matters

The powerhouse behind the local industry By ELIZABETH OSIFELO    WHEN I think about fashion the first thing that comes to mind is the latest design, trending style, colors, creativity and raw talent.   But to be close to accurate, fashion is a popular aesthetic expression in a certain time and context, especially in clothing, footwear,…

Three Makira schools expel over 26 students

THREE secondary schools in the Makira Ulawa Province are reported to have expelled more than 26 Third, Fifth and Sixth Form students allegedly for breaking school rules. They include the Government-owned National Secondary School at Waimapuru, the Anglican Church of Melanesia-owned St Stephen College at Pamua in West Bauro on Makira, and the Makira Ulawa…

Miss Solomon Islands Pageant crowning tonight

THE crowning of the Miss Solomon Islands pageant 2019 will be held tonight at the Coral Sea and Casino Resort. The theme for this year’s pageant is “Advancing women in leadership and Stewardship.’’ Six participants are contesting this year’s Pageant show and they will be judged in four categories. These include Sarong, Talent, Traditional Contemporary…

NSC chairman resigns amidst political pressure

SURI STEPS DOWN By ANDREW FANASIA POLITICAL pressure has forced the chairman of the National Sports Council (NSC) Gabriel Suri to resign on Friday. In his resignation letter, Suri said he found it amusing that politicians and administrative officers in the current government have politicised the position of NSC chairman. “This is to score political points…

RIPEL committee progresses

THE Cabinet Sub- Committee Secretariat under the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) had initiated onto an ambitious implementation program on community partnership, investment and development for Russel Islands, reports the PM’s Press Secretariat. This was stated during a briefing with the Chairman of the RIPEL Cabinet Sub Committee Chachabule Amoi at the…

Noro cable landing station commissioned

Minister for Communication and Aviation Peter Shanel, the Australian High Commissioner Roderick Brazier and dignitaries. THE Noro cable landing station has been officially commissioned on Thursday in Western province. The Minister for Communication and Aviation Peter Shanel together with the Premier of Western Province David Gina and the Australian High Commissioner Roderick Brazier officially unveiled…

China’s special envoy here

China’s Special Envoy to the Pacific Island Forum Dialogue Ambassador H.E Wang Xuefeng is Honiara to discuss matters of importance with the various government officials. The Solomon Star understands that this is one of the many important visits from various high level officials from China after the diplomatic relation was established between the two countries…

CBSI warns public against bitcoin

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has warned the public that cryptocurrencies (i.e. virtual or digital currencies such as bitcoin, etherium, ripple, and others) are not currencies issued or regulated by the Central Bank. In a statement, Thursday, CBSI said these cryptocurrencies do not have any legal tender status to be accepted as a…