US chocolate maker plans to source our cocoa beans

A United States (US) based chocolate manufacturer Madre Chocolate is planning to source cocoa beans from the Solomon Islands to produce chocolate. Speaking to the Solomon Star on Wednesday Dr Nat Bletter, ethnobotanist, cacao researcher and chocolate maker based in Hawaii said, he has been collecting cocoa beans from Hawaii, South and Central America to…

Chocolate factory here possible

MADRE Chocolate owner and founder from the United States (US) says there is a potential for Solomon Islands to set up a chocolate factory in the future. Speaking in an interview with the Solomon Star yesterday Dr Nat Bletter, a chocolate maker based in Hawaii said, its possible to set up a chocolate factory if…

Ports in control

…To take charge of all business operations within the ports area THE Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) is taking control over all business operations at the ports area as part of its reform. The reform program will see changes happening at both the international and domestic ports area. SIPA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Colin Yeo…

Govt halts APID

THE GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Forestry has issued a seizure notice against Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) to halt any logging operations on Rennell and exports out of the country. Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Forest & Research Vaeno Vigulu disclosed this yesterday. This follows claims the mining company had felled and…

Trafficking in persons persists

HUMAN trafficking still persists in Solomon Islands according to the 2015 U.S Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released on Monday. It stated that Trafficking in persons is modern slavery. It involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion. With more than 20 million people today trapped in human trafficking, also called modern slavery, it is…

ICPD consultations conducted here

THE NATIONAL consultation on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was conducted at the Heritage park hotel yesterday. It was cohosted by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Ministry of development and Planning and Aid Coordination. The objectives of the forum is to provide feedback on the global review on…

PaBER field research set to go

FORTY SIX selected school teachers from all over the country will be conducting a PaBER (Pacific Benchmarking for Better Education Result) field Research which will run from August to October this year. This was possible after they concluded a Field Research Training Program, which ended last Friday at the OG conference centre in Honiara. The…

‘We want RSIPF to win back hearts’

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has urged the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) to regain public confidence after RAMSI draw down. He stressed this during the RAMSI 12th anniversary celebration in West Guadalcanal last week. “As far as policing is concern, we want the RSIPF to win back the heart of and minds of our…

New student management system for Uni

Solomon Islands National University SINU has taken another another milestone in its development.  The implementation of the Student Management System project of the SINU officially began. A statement from SINU said, the project was officially started by Anand Chukka, Project / Implementation Manager & Principal Consultant from Technology One. “This was followed by a visit…