Cocoa farmer tastes chocolate from her beans

Cocoa farmer Agnes Pilopaso of Guadalcanal had never tasted chocolate made from her own beans. The 20-year-old was encouraged to sample a chocolate bar by Liz Rowe, of Dunedin company Ocho, who filmed the tasting. “That was really neat, such a thrill,” Rowe said. Rowe was one of a handful of craft chocolate makers from…

At 77, Aqorau gets her MBE

She may be 77, but Angeline Merle Aqorau displayed the stamina she possessed when she rose to receive her Queen’s Birthday award from acting Governor General Ajilon Nasiu on Friday at Lawson Tama. Mrs Aqorau was a recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award, announced at last year’s Queen’s…

Taro island film wins UN award

A climate change documentary filmed about Taro Island, the provincial headquarters of Choiseul province, has won an UN award. The short film is described as one of the best examples of excellent journalism, covering the plight of humans facing the challenges of climate change related issue including relocation. “The multimedia production was an example of…

Parents want students home

Concerned parents who have their children studying at various universities in Papua New Guinea (PNG)have called on the responsible bodies to send the students home immediately. This came after four people were killed when police shot at protesting university students in Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresbyon Wednesday. “We want the government and the authorities…

Royalty amount queried

Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) and its mining contractor Bintan may have underpaid royalties due to landowners of west Rennell. Although operations have been suspended, no royalty payout has been made and received by people of West Rennell. Sources reveal to the Sunday Star this may be so if a review of exported consignment samples…

Ramohia pays tribute to past leaders

Malaita Premier Peter Chanel Ramohia has paid tribute to the past leaders of Kiu community in West Are’are. Ramohia took a moment silence when addressing the Kiu community and Kiu Christian Community High School students recently. He reflected on the significant role that the past leaders contribute to the development of the community. “Kiu has…

Moves to ban import of plastic bags here

The government is working on a policy to ban the import of plastic bags. Minister for Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Disaster Management and Meteorology Services, Samuel Manetoali revealed this. He was speaking at World Environment Day celebration in Honiara last Wednesday. Manetoali said plastic bags are a threat to our environment. “My ministry…

City plan delayed

Plans to demolish old buildings within central Honiara have been delayed, while the Honiara City Council awaits a technical report from its Physical Planning division. That was according to Town and Country Planning Board chairman, Eddie Ngava. Property owners between the Hot Bread Kitchen and NPF building at Point Cruz have been issued with notices…

Biosecurity vital, says Saelea

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock permanent secretary, Jim Saelea has highlighted the importance of biosecurity in the country. Speaking at the launching of the new biosecurity website at Heritage Park on Thursday, Saelea said Biosecurity Solomon Islands is set up to protect all plants and animals in the country. Saelea said in particular, it is…

Quake fails to generate tsunami

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred at 3:17pm, approximately 20 km west of Auki, Malaita Province, Friday. But it failed to generate a tsunami. The Weather Office issued a statement minutes after the quake hit, saying there was no tsunami warning. In Auki, Malaita, residents were on alert for a possible tsunami warning. The…