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Oma hampers Solomon Islands election preparations  Radio New Zealand

Election preparations in Solomon Islands are being hampered by severe weather from Cyclone Oma.

Radio New Zealand
Bauxite Bulker Grounds on Reef in Solomon Islands  The Maritime Executive

The bulker Solomon Trader has gone aground in a sensitive marine area in the Solomon Islands, raisin...

The Maritime Executive
Football Solomon Islands Football penalized by OFC  FBC News

The OFC Disciplinary Committee has found the Solomon Islands Football Federation and U-16 player Chris Satu to have breached both the OFC Disciplinary ...

FBC News
Wreck of Japanese World War II battleship found off Solomon islands  CNN

Hong Kong (CNN) The first Japanese battleship sunk by US forces during World War II has been found off Guadalcanal, the largest of the Solomon Islands and ...

CNN
Public funds in Solomon Islands should not be disbursed by MPs - Transparency  Radio New Zealand

Transparency Solomon Islands says MPs should not have direct control over funds for their constituencies. Solomon Islanders go to the polls on the third of April ...

Radio New Zealand
USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier sunk in World War II, found near Solomon Islands  ABC News

A US aircraft carrier that helped turn the tide of World War II at the Battle of Midway has been found 76 years after it was sunk near the Solomon Islands.

ABC News
Newtec, Satsol to Provide Internet Connectivity for Solomon Islands  Via Satellite

Newtec provided a Newtec Dialog hub system to Satsol, a teleport and Internet *Service* Provider (ISP) on the Solomon Islands. As one of the Solomon Islands' ...

Via Satellite
Solomon Islands: Special Weather Bulletin Number One (11 Feb 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on Solomon Islands about Severe Local Storm; published on 11 Feb 2019 by Govt. Solomon Islands.

ReliefWeb
Solomon Islands province bans logging in bid to protect environment  Mongabay.com

Central Island province in the Solomon Islands has blocked new logging and mining operations in an apparent attempt to halt the degradation of the ...

Mongabay.com
Solomon Islands: Strong Wind Warning Number Sixteen (11 Feb 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

STRONG WIND WARNING NUMBER SIXTEEN ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL *SERVICE* AT 9:30am THIS MORNING, MONDAY ...

ReliefWeb
Solomon Islands: Tropical Disturbance Number One (12 Feb 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

TROPICAL DISTURBANCE NUMBER ONE ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL *SERVICE* AT 12:30PM THIS AFTERNOON ON THE ...

ReliefWeb
Solomon Islands: Heavy Rain Alert Number One (4 Feb 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on Solomon Islands about Flash Flood, Land Slide and more; published on 04 Feb 2019 by Govt. Solomon Islands.

ReliefWeb
Sport: Solomons futsal coach looks to foot it abroad  Radio New Zealand

The newly appointed Solomon Islands futsal coach says he wants to make the team more competitive on the international stage.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands Lands Commissioner denies illegal land sale allegations  Radio New Zealand

A senior Solomon Islands public servant who was suspended for his involvement in illegal land sales in Honiara has denied the allegations against him.

Radio New Zealand
Pirates rob Asian businessmen in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Four people are being questioned in Solomon Islands after a robbery at sea over the weekend.

Radio New Zealand
Women making their mark in the Solomon Islands  Stuff.co.nz

Opinion: Sisters do it for themselves, and their families, often against the odds, wherever they are.

Stuff.co.nz
Policing Solomon border with PNG 'a huge challenge'  Radio New Zealand

Police on both sides of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea border are working together to try and clamp down on criminals preying on local ...

Radio New Zealand
Jurong Bird Park is first wildlife park to successfully breed endangered Solomon Islands bird  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Four baby Santa Cruz ground doves were born at Jurong Bird Park in recent weeks, making the park the first zoological institution in the world to ...

The Straits Times
Tinakula volcano (Solomon Islands): possible new eruption  VolcanoDiscovery

The volcano might have recently entered a new eruptive phase: A small steam plume can be seen rising from the summit crater, as recent photos taken from a ...

VolcanoDiscovery
Earthquake: 6.2 quake strikes near Taro, Solomon Islands  Los Angeles Times

A deep magnitude 6.2 earthquake was reported Friday evening 22 miles from Taro, Solomon Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor ...

Los Angeles Times
Taiwan to take on Solomon Islands in Taipei next month  Taipei Times

Taiwan are to play an international friendly against the Solomon Islands next month in Taipei, the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) said, while the ...

Taipei Times
New SOE Policy Will Secure Solomon Islands' Legacy as Pacific's Leading Investment Manager  The FINANCIAL

The FINANCIAL -- Solomon Islands' new, commercially oriented state-owned enterprise (SOE) policy will help ensure the government's public investments ...

The FINANCIAL
Axiom plans legal action over Solomon Islands nickel licences  Creamer Media's Mining Weekly

In December, Axiom was notified by the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) that its prospecting licence application over the Kolosori ...

Creamer Media's Mining Weekly
Solomon Islands hoping for Pacific Games football success in bid for FIFA World Cup qualification  Insidethegames.biz

Solomon Islands Football Federation President Willie Lai has claimed the national team are targeting success at this year's Pacific Games in Samoa as...

Insidethegames.biz
Hundreds of Solomon Islanders try out for Australia job scheme  Radio New Zealand

More than 1000 Solomon Islanders are competing for 200 places in a "work ready pool" which could land them jobs in Australia.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands aims to attract 60,000 visitors annually by 2025 | Travel News  Travel News | eTurboNews

The Solomon Islands government is looking to the tourism sector to attract 60000 visitors annually by 2025, in the process netting the country's economy.

Travel News | eTurboNews
Economics of sea cucumbers: Tamar River dive supervisor's plan to protect Solomon Islands from the harm of virgin forest logging  Tasmania Examiner

Hamley Anderson has worked for a salmon business on the Tamar River for 16 years, and hopes to use his aquaculture knowledge to start a sustainable sea ...

Tasmania Examiner
WWII US aircraft carrier found in South Pacific  CNN

The wreckage of the USS Hornet has been found near the Solomon Islands 76 years after the aircraft carrier was sunk during a World War II naval battle.

CNN
SIEC approves additional nomination centres  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has yesterday approved additional nomination centres to be established at provincial headquarters throughout the ...

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Final Resting Place of USS Hornet CV-8 Located in South Pacific  Hanford Sentinel

SEATTLE, Wash. (NNS) -- Wreckage of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet rests on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean around the Solomon Islands, ...

Hanford Sentinel
Beijing intensifies lobbying of Pacific nations to recognise Taiwan as part of One China - China power  ABC News

Beijing has intensified its campaign to isolate Taiwan in the Pacific, pressing for the region's peak diplomatic body to formally embrace a One China policy.

ABC News
5.7-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands - USGS  Trend News Agency

A magnitude-5.7 earthquake jolted 21 km SE of Lata, Solomon Islands at 02:07:23 GMT on Saturday.

Trend News Agency
'Tourism is among the productive sectors'  Solomon Star

Tourism is among the revenue productive sectors that can empower the economy of Solomon Islands, says caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou. Hou stressed this ...

Solomon Star
Push to end tax exemption for Solomons MPs  Radio New Zealand

A prospective party in Solomon Islands is promising to force MPs to pay their taxes, if elected in April's election.

Radio New Zealand
6.2-magnitude quake hits 50km SW of Chirovanga, Solomon Islands -- USGS - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

HONG KONG, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- A magnitude-6.2 earthquake jolted 50km SW of Chirovanga, Solomon Islands at 03:51:38 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. ...

Xinhua
You heard it on KUOW | Friday, Feb. 15  KUOW News and Information

We'll be following this story through the day. Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks during a community rally in support of DACA recipients on Tuesday.

KUOW News and Information
Rise With The Blues  Fiji Sun Online

The motivation we got is to play our quarterfinal at home in Tahiti and why not keep going in the competition.

Fiji Sun Online
Rick McGee follows father's footsteps around the world  FH Times

To honor a parent is among the highest compliments.

FH Times
Solomons dismisses regional free trade agreement concerns  Radio New Zealand

The Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Milner Tozaka, has dismissed concerns a regional free trade agreement will hurt Pacific economies.

Radio New Zealand
Earthquake info : M5.8 earthquake on Sat, 26 Jan 03:51:40 UTC / Solomon Islands -  VolcanoDiscovery

Date & time: Sat, 26 Jan 03:51:40 UTC Magnitude: 5.8. Depth: 396.0 km. Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.98°S / 156.29°E Nearest volcano: Nonda (84 km)

VolcanoDiscovery
Adopting EU’s post-Brexit trade deals delayed after countries demand they rip up human rights protections  The Sun

Fiji objected to continuing the current trading arrangements after Brexit because they wanted the EU's strict human rights standards stripped out.

The Sun
Desperate times loom for NZ  New Zealand Herald

In less than 30 years New Zealand could be staring down the same "extremely desperate" disaster scenario now threatening the existence of many islands in ...

New Zealand Herald
This Day in History — February 15  Jamaica Observer

Today is the 46th day of 2019. There are 319 days left in the year.

Jamaica Observer
Oceania Football: Do Or Die For Lautoka  Fiji Sun Online

It is a three horse race in Group B of the 2019 OFC Champions League as AS Central, Lautoka FC and Henderson Eels are still in pole positions for the ...

Fiji Sun Online
Cyclone Oma on track to Vanuatu  Radio New Zealand

A tropical cyclone has formed in the Coral Sea and it is moving east towards Vanuatu.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands passes dual citizenship legislation  Radio New Zealand

The Solomon Islands parliament has passed the country's first dual-citizenship legislation.

Radio New Zealand
Yacht in distress off Solomon Islands uses alert to help pinpoint its position  GOV.UK

Two people have been rescued after their personal locator beacon alerted HM Coastguard to the fact their yacht was in trouble off the Solomon Islands.

GOV.UK
Aid needed in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Humanitarian aid is urgently needed in Solomon Islands where more than 22000 people are estimated to have either had their homes or crops destroyed by ...

Radio New Zealand
Special Weather Bulletin Ten (4 Jan 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on Solomon Islands about Flood and Tropical Cyclone; published on 04 Jan 2019 by Govt. Solomon Islands.

ReliefWeb
Solomon Islands: Heavy Rain Warning Number Eighteen (5 Jan 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

HEAVY RAIN WARNING No.18 ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL *SERVICE* AT 7:00AM THIS MORNING ON SATURDAY 5th ...

ReliefWeb
Increased Logging Is Decimating Forests in the Solomon Islands  Pacific Standard

Logging in the Solomon Islands, a small country of 667,000 people in the South Pacific, is decimating natural forests there at around 19 times the rate ...

Pacific Standard
Anticipating the 2019 Solomon Islands elections  devpolicy.org

Julien Barbara and Terence Wood highlight some issues to look out for as Solomon Islands steps up electoral preparations.

devpolicy.org
The causes and effects of unspent health funding in Solomon Islands  devpolicy.org

Inability to spend is the most immediate constraint to health *service* provision in Solomon Islands. A group of health staff suggest what can be done about it.

devpolicy.org
Former Solomon Islands premier arrested on corruption charges  Radio New Zealand

The former premier of the Solomon Islands province of Temotu has been arrested on corruption charges.

Radio New Zealand
Pacific: TD03F and Tropical Cyclone Penny Information bulletin - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

English Analysis on Solomon Islands about Flood and Tropical Cyclone; published on 04 Jan 2019 by IFRC.

ReliefWeb
Red Cross steps up operations to deal with Pacific weather - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers thoughout the region have been mobilised over the past fortnight to deal with the bad weather pummelling several Pacific ...

ReliefWeb
Preventing implementation from being overwhelmed by planning: Solomon Islands health  devpolicy.org

The amount of time planning and attending donor-led workshops can overwhelm implementation. Solomon Island health workers set out a strategy for change.

devpolicy.org
Isolation, opportunity and justice in Solomon Islands  devpolicy.org

Virginia Horscroft on a new World Bank project helping Solomon Islanders in rural communities access justice and build community harmony, reducing risks of ...

devpolicy.org
Special Weather Bulletin Number Four (2 Jan 2019) - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on Solomon Islands about Flood and Tropical Cyclone; published on 02 Jan 2019 by Govt. Solomon Islands.

ReliefWeb
Report: Solomon Islands’ Logging Risks Forests  VOA News

The South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands is felling its tropical forests at nearly 20 times a sustainable rate, according to research by an environmental ...

VOA News
Solomons and PNG at risk of more flooding and landslides - Solomon Islands  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on Solomon Islands about Agriculture, Water Sanitation Hygiene, Flood, Land Slide and more; published on 03 Jan 2019 by ...

ReliefWeb
Solomon Islands' killer croc problem could be tamed by crocodile tourism  ABC News

Amid a growing number of fatal crocodile attacks in Solomon Islands, authorities are searching for new ways to manage the reptiles — but first they have to ...

ABC News
High profile corruption convict refused bail in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

A high profile corruption convict in Solomon Islands has been refused bail pending his appeal case.

Radio New Zealand
Earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude strikes east of Solomon Islands - USGS  Channel NewsAsia

SYDNEY: An earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude struck east of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ...

Channel NewsAsia
The Solomon Islands are known for wreck dives, but there's so much more to explore above water  Los Angeles Times

If it weren't for the potholes slowing us down on the road to Honiara, on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, I would have missed the sign that said Dolphin ...

Los Angeles Times
Australian military help rescue survivors of Solomon Islands attack which killed young girl  The Guardian

Defence force personnel transport injured to hospital after unprovoked assault which killed seven-year-old.

The Guardian
Bougainvilleans arrested for robbery in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Police in Solomon Islands have arrested four Bougainvilleans for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery in Choiseul Province.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands MP Dickson Mua arrested for corruption  Radio New Zealand

A member of parliament in Solomon Islands, Dickson Mua, has been arrested and charged with corruption. The MP for Savo Russell, is accused of misusing a ...

Radio New Zealand
In Solomon Islands, the gendered effects of corporate logging  Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research

Solomon Islands - Sicolastika Okapisi cried as she watched machines raze the mangroves near her village of Mararo to the ground. These mangroves were so ...

Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research
Solomon Islands MP Charged for Misusing Funds on Motorized Canoes  OCCRP

Police arrested on Wednesday a Solomon Islands lawmaker and charged him with corruption for allegedly misusing a shipping grant worth more than ...

OCCRP
Will Solomon Islands abandon Taiwan? | The Interpreter  The Interpreter

The official welcoming of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to Solomon Islands, November 2017 (Photo: PresidentialOffice/Flickr) ...

The Interpreter
Hundreds of kilos of cocaine seized on a yacht in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Police in Solomon Islands have seized a massive shipment of cocaine, the largest in the country's history, onboard a yacht anchored off the capital Honiara.

Radio New Zealand
Australia cements Solomon Islands deal amid China influence debate  BBC News

Australia has formally agreed to a deal to help build a 4,000km (2,500 mile) internet cable to the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands, a small Pacific nation, ...

BBC News
Key agreements signed for hydro in the Solomon Islands  International Water Power and Dam Construction

A major new hydropower project in the Solomon Islands has moved a significant step closer to construction following the signing of a series of key agreements.

International Water Power and Dam Construction
Solomon Islands govt lawyers go on strike  Radio New Zealand

Government lawyers in Solomon Islands have gone on strike after a 28 day notice to improve their terms and conditions was not responded to according to their ...

Radio New Zealand
IMF Staff Completes 2018 Article IV Mission to Solomon Islands  International Monetary Fund

July 30, 2018. End-of IMF team Article IV Consultation press releases include statements of the IMF staff team that conveys preliminary findings after a visit to a ...

International Monetary Fund
His Pacific Island Was Swallowed by Rising Seas. So He Moved to a New One.  The New York Times

It's that seaweed that keeps them here. The shallows near his island — and two others nearby that have also been settled by farming families — are perfect for a ...

The New York Times
Solomon Islands police seize 500 marijuana plants  Radio New Zealand

Auki police in the Solomon Islands province of Malaita have uprooted and seized more than 500 marijuana plants at Fulisango area in the interior of central ...

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands National Emergency Operation Center fully activated  Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

The National Disaster Council confirms, bad weather conditions are still current for Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
Life on the land: There's more to the Solomon Islands than scuba diving  Lincoln Journal Star

HONIARA, Solomon Islands -- If it weren't for the potholes, cavernous pits slowing us down on the road to Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, I might have missed ...

Lincoln Journal Star
A New Battle for Guadalcanal, This Time With China  The New York Times

The Solomon Islands, a linchpin in the Australian-American alliance, has become the stage for a new strategic competition with China.

The New York Times
6.6 quake hits off east of Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

There is no reported tsunami risk after a magnitude 6.6 quake strikes east of Solomon Islands, according to the US Geological *Service*.

Radio New Zealand
Pre-season cyclone forms near Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

A tropical storm near Solomon Islands has intensified into a cyclone - the first of the season for the South Pacific.

Radio New Zealand
Earthquake of 6 magnitude strikes off Solomon Islands  Reuters

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake stuck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of ...

Reuters
Canberra team delivers first ever oncology unit to Solomon Islands  The Canberra Times

The Solomon Islands has its first ever oncology unit thanks to a team from the Canberra Hospital.

The Canberra Times
6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes near Solomon Islands  Khaleej Times

An earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude struck east of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake, at a depth ...

Khaleej Times
Solomon Islands' internet deal with Australia faces possible delays  SBS News

High speed, cheap internet from Australia is set to revolutionise the islands, but landowners are demanding compensation over the plan.

SBS News
More young children surviving in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

Solomon Islands is included among 10 countries with the most significant improvement in under five mortality rates between 2017 and 2018.

Radio New Zealand
Tattooing returns to Solomon Islands after decades-long ban  SBS News

A new generation of artists are using modern tools to ensure the tradition of full body tattoos is not lost.

SBS News
Current Logging Rate Will Strip Solomon Islands by 2036  OCCRP

Chinese demand for luxury timber is driving logging in the Solomon Islands at an unsustainable rate, and may see them stripped of forest by 2036, according to ...

OCCRP
Solomon Islands Posts Big Win in U16 Opener  Solomon Times Online

It was a nervy opening 10 minutes for both the host side and their neighbours Papua New Guinea as they struggled to get the ball under control with the slippery ...

Solomon Times Online
Cyclone Liua, still weak, drenches Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

The Solomon Islands' southern provinces are being drenched by heavy rain as Cyclone Liua continues to linger nearby.

Radio New Zealand
War History and Pristine Waters in the Faraway Solomon Islands, by Travel Writers  Creators Syndicate

By Doug Hansen. The Solomon Islands, a 992-island archipelago, sit northeast of Australia and about 6,100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Most of the ...

Creators Syndicate
New electoral law passed in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

A new law aimed at strengthening Solomon Islands' electoral system has been passed by the country's parliament.

Radio New Zealand
No Tsunami Threat from 6.7-M Solomon Islands Quake  Big Island Now

On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at 9:45 a.m., the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported an earthquake has occurred in the Solomon Islands at 9:32 a.m..

Big Island Now
Voter registration extended in Solomon Islands  Radio New Zealand

The voter registration process in Solomon Islands which was supposed to end today has been extended until midday on Sunday.

Radio New Zealand
Solomon Islands has spent the last 40 years in the wilderness - Rick Hou  Radio New Zealand

Solomon Islands has spent the last 40 years in the wilderness according to its prime minister Rick Hou. Rick Hou the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.. Photo: ...

Radio New Zealand
Flexenclosure plans cable landing stations for Solomon Islands and Vanuatu  DatacenterDynamics

Swedish pre-fabricated data center specialist Flexenclosure has received an order to install two of its eCentres in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, where they ...

DatacenterDynamics
New book on women working in Solomon Islands prisons  Radio New Zealand

A new book has just been launched in Solomon Islands documenting the history of women working in the prison system.

Radio New Zealand
Sport: Solomon Islands favourites for U16 football title  Radio New Zealand

Solomon Islands go into the semi-finals of the OFC Under 16 football Championship as the team to beat, having upset pre-tournament favourites New Zealand in ...

Radio New Zealand
 

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Artificial island - Wikipedia
Artificial island - Wikipedia
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Gallery Solomon islands; Guadalcanal
Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands - Wikipedia
Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands - Wikipedia
Gordon Darcy Lilo - Wikipedia
Gordon Darcy Lilo - Wikipedia
Dendrobium spectabile (Blume) Miquel
Dendrobium spectabile (Blume) Miquel
Beaded Drop Earrings by Marni | Moda Operandi
Beaded Drop Earrings by Marni | Moda Operandi
Dacrydium - Wikipedia
Dacrydium - Wikipedia
 

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Solomon Islands is a sovereign state consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). The country's capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The country takes its name from the Solomon Islands archipelago, which is a collection of Melanesian islands that also includes the North Solomon Islands (part of Papua New Guinea), but excludes outlying islands, such as Rennell and Bellona, and the Santa Cruz Islands.The islands have been inhabited for thousands of years. In 1568, the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña was the first European to visit them, naming them the Islas Salomón. Britain defined its area of interest in the Solomon Islands archipelago in June 1893, when Captain Gibson R.N., of HMS Curacoa, declared the southern Solomon Islands a British protectorate. During World War II, the Solomon Islands campaign (1942–1945) saw fierce fighting between the United States and the Empire of Japan, such as in the Battle of Guadalcanal.The official name of the then British administration was changed from "the British Solomon Islands Protectorate" to "the Solomon Islands" in 1975, and self-government was achieved the year after. Independence was obtained in 1978 and the name changed to just "Solomon Islands", without the "the". Today, the sovereign state is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen of Solomon Islands, currently Queen Elizabeth II, as its head of state. Rick Houenipwela is the current prime minister.