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Solomon Islands
Flag Coat of arms
Motto"To Lead is to Serve"
AnthemGod Save Our Solomon Islands
Capital
(and largest city)
Honiara
9°28′S 159°49′E / 9.467°S 159.817°E / -9.467; 159.817
Demonym Solomon Islander
Government Constitutional monarchy and parliamentary system
 -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
 -  Governor General Frank Kabui
 -  Prime Minister Derek Sikua
Independence
 -  from the UK 7 July 1978 
Area
 -  Total 28,896 km2 (142nd)
11,157 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 3.2%
Population
 -  2009 estimate 523,000[1] (170th)
 -  Density 18.1/km2 (189th)
46.9/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $1.525 billion[2] 
 -  Per capita $2,917[2] 
GDP (nominal) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $642 million[2] 
 -  Per capita $1,228[2] 
HDI (2007) 0.552 (medium) (136th)
Currency Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)
Time zone (UTC+11)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .sb
Calling code 677
.The Solomon Islands en-us-Solomon Islands.ogg /ˈsɒləmən ˈaɪləndz/ (officially Solomon Islands[3]) is a country in Melanesia, east of Papua New Guinea, consisting of nearly one thousand islands.^ Not looking for Solomon Islands country codes?
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^ Solomon Islands is one of six CTI countries.
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^ Solomon Islands Country Code 677 .
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.Together they cover a land mass of 28,400 square kilometres (10,965 sq mi).^ Second largest in the Melanesian chain, the Solomon Islands archipelago covers approximately 310,000 square miles (803,000 square kilometers) of ocean and consists of 10,639 square miles (27,556 square kilometers) of land.
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.The capital is Honiara, located on the island of Guadalcanal.^ The capital of Honiara on Guadalcanal was increasingly populated by migrants from the island of Malaita.
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^ Honiara, the capital, is situated on Guadalcanal, in a rain shadow cast by a high mountain range.
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^ I had met Mike for the first time at Henderson Airport outside Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands on Guadalcanal.
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.The Solomon Islands are believed to have been inhabited by Melanesian people for thousands of years.^ History History of the Solomon Islands The Solomon Islands have been inhabited by Melanesians for over 30,000 years.

^ Until 1998, when world prices for tropical timber fell steeply, timber was Solomon Islands main export product, and, in recent years, Solomon Islands forests were dangerously overexploited.
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^ The facts are that the common people of Solomon Islands have not benefited from post-independence governance.
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.The United Kingdom established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in the 1890s.^ The UK established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in the 1890s.
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^ In mid-1975, the name Solomon Islands officially replaced that of British Solomon Islands Protectorate.
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^ U.S.-SOLOMON ISLANDS RELATIONS The United States and Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations following its independence on July 7, 1978.
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.Some of the most bitter fighting of World War II occurred in the Solomon Islands campaign of 1942–45, including the Battle of Guadalcanal.^ Some of the most intense fighting of World War II occurred in the Solomons.

^ Some of the most bitter fighting of World War II occurred on this archipelago.
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^ Some of the bitterest fighting of World War II occurred on this archipelago.

.Self-government was achieved in 1976 and independence two years later.^ Self-government was achieved in 1976 and independence two years later.
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^ Twenty years later, almost two dozen Solomon Islanders had made that list.
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^ The Advisors to Prime Ministers Office, the people in charge of the Treasury, and the Central Bank have all been predominately Australian Government workers for the past two years.
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.The Solomon Islands is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen of the Solomon Islands, at present Elizabeth II, as the head of state.^ Parliament is the custodian of the Solomon Islands state; and .
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^ Destruction of the Solomon Islands state .
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^ Solomon Islands law provides for a channel through which individuals and groups may put demands on the state in the same way that the state may also put demands on its citizens.
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.Since 1998 ethnic violence, government misconduct and crime have undermined stability and society.^ Ethnic violence, government malfeasance, and endemic crime have undermined stability and civil society.
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^ Prior to the arrival of RAMSI, severe ethnic violence, the closing of key businesses, and an empty government treasury culminated in economic collapse.
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^ The U.S. Peace Corps suspended its program in June 2000 due to the ethnic violence and breakdown in governance.
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.In June 2003 an Australian-led multinational force, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), arrived to restore peace, disarm ethnic militias and improve civil governance.^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), a multinational police-centered force organized by Australia, arrived in the country in 2003 at the government's invitation to assist in restoring law and order and rebuilding the country's institutions.
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^ In July 2003, Australian and Pacific Island police and troops arrived in the Solomon Islands under the auspices of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
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^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has been very effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.
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.The North Solomon Islands are divided between the independent Solomon Islands and Bougainville Province in Papua New Guinea.^ There are a total of 992 islands in the Solomon Islands, including the six main islands of New Georgia, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and San Cristóbal.
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^ Relations with Papua New Guinea, which had become strained because of an influx of refugees from the Bougainville rebellion and attacks on the northern islands of the Solomon Islands by elements pursuing Bougainvillean rebels, have been repaired.
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^ Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) - originally made up of police and troops from Australia, NZ, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga - had been scaled back to 303 police officers, 197 civilian technical advisers, and 72 military advisers from 15 countries across the region .
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Contents

Name

.The country's official name, as established in the Constitution[4] and as used by government[5] [6] as well as by the country's press[7] [8], is "Solomon Islands", with no definite article.^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.
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^ Kemakeza attempted to address the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, but the prevailing atmosphere of lawlessness, widespread extortion, and ineffective police prompted a formal request by the Solomon Islands Government for outside help.
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^ Solomon Islands is one of six CTI countries.
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.The country is also called "Solomon Islands" in Australian English[9] and in New Zealand English[10].^ Australian and New Zealand aid to the Solomon Islands.
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^ There are a total of 992 islands in the Solomon Islands, including the six main islands of New Georgia, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and San Cristóbal.
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^ Further Australian and New Zealand troops were dispatched to try to quell the unrest.

.Its name is thus reflected in international organisations such as Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.^ Prior to the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), severe ethnic violence, the closing of key businesses, and an empty government treasury culminated in economic collapse.
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^ Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) - originally made up of police and troops from Australia, NZ, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga - had been scaled back to 303 police officers, 197 civilian technical advisers, and 72 military advisers from 15 countries across the region .
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^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.
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[11] In other English-speaking countries, however, the definite article is often added.[12]

History

Solomon Island warriors with spears in ornamented war canoe in 1895.
.It is believed that Papuan speaking settlers began to arrive around 30,000 BC. Austronesian speakers arrived circa 4,000 BC also bringing cultural elements such as the outrigger canoe.^ New Guinea for at least 40,000 years, indeed some believe that agriculture originated in the highlands of new Guinea, so old are the cultures that have been discovered there.
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It is between 1,200 and 800 BC that the ancestors of the Polynesians, the Lapita people, arrived from the Bismarck Archipelago with their characteristic ceramics.[13] The first European to visit the islands was the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, coming from Peru in 1568.
.Missionaries began visiting the Solomons in the mid-19th century.^ Missionaries began visiting the Solomons in the mid-1800s.
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^ Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's visit to the Solomon Islands in March 2008 began a new era of bilateral relations.
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.They made little progress at first, because "blackbirding" (the often brutal recruitment of laborers for the sugar plantations in Queensland and Fiji) led to a series of reprisals and massacres.^ They made little progress at first, because "blackbirding"--the often brutal recruitment of laborers for the sugar plantations in Queensland and Fiji--led to a series of reprisals and massacres.
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^ In 1894, following exploitation by European slaving expeditions, the 'Blackbirdders', from plantations on Fiji and Queensland, the Solomons became a British Protectorate and they only gained full independence in 1978.
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^ Government was an anathema to the leaders of these movements because they did not see why they had to pay taxes when they received little in return from the government.
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.The evils of the labor trade prompted the United Kingdom to declare a protectorate over the southern Solomons in 1893. This was the basis of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate.^ Trade with Solomon Islands : 2007 .
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^ Trade with Solomon Islands : 2008 .
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^ Trade with Solomon Islands : 2004 .
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.In 1898 and 1899, more outlying islands were added to the protectorate; in 1900 the remainder of the archipelago, an area previously under German jurisdiction, was transferred to British administration apart from the islands of Buka and Bougainville which remained under German administration as part of German New Guinea (until they were occupied by Australia in 1914, after the commencement of World War I).^ In 1898 and 1899, more outlying islands were added to the protectorate; in 1900 the remainder of the archipelago, an area previously under German jurisdiction, was transferred to British administration.
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^ Australia World War 11.
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^ Some of the bitterest fighting of World War II occurred on these islands.
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.Traditional trade and social intercourse between the western Solomon Islands of Mono and Alu (the Shortlands) and the traditional societies in the south of Bougainville, however, continued without hindrance.^ Trade with Solomon Islands : 2007 .
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^ Trade with Solomon Islands : 2008 .
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^ Trade with Solomon Islands : 2004 .
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.Under the protectorate, missionaries settled in the Solomons, converting most of the population to Christianity.^ Under the protectorate, missionaries settled in the Solomons, converting most of the population to Christianity.
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^ Most Solomon Islanders are Christian, with the Anglican, Roman Catholic, South Seas Evangelical, and Seventh-day Adventist faiths predominating.
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^ The Giants of the Solomon Islands have large Island entrapped populations in most of the bigger Islands of the Solomons, and have existed there for millennia.
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.In the early 20th century, several British and Australian firms began large-scale coconut planting.^ In the early 20th century, several British and Australian firms began large-scale coconut planting.
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.Economic growth was slow, however, and the islanders benefited little.^ Economic growth was slow, however, and the islanders benefited little.
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World War II

.With the outbreak of World War II, most planters and traders were evacuated to Australia, and most cultivation ceased.^ With the outbreak of World War II, most planters and traders were evacuated to Australia, and most cultivation ceased.
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^ Some of the most intense fighting of World War II occurred in the Solomons.

^ Following the end of World War II, the British colonial government returned.

.Some of the most intense fighting of World War II occurred in the Solomons.^ Some of the bitterest fighting of World War II occurred on this archipelago.

^ Some of the most intense fighting of World War II occurred in the Solomons.

^ Some of the most bitter fighting of World War II occurred on this archipelago.
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.The most significant[citation needed] of the Allied Forces' operations against the Japanese Imperial Forces was launched on August 7, 1942 with simultaneous naval bombardments and amphibious landings on the Florida Islands at Tulagi and Red Beach on Guadalcanal.^ The most significant of the Allied Forces' operations against the Japanese Empire Forces was launched on August 14, 1942 with simultaneous naval bombardments and amphibious landings on the Florida Islands at Tulagi and Red Beach on Guadalcanal.

^ There is a mystery that has never been solved about why there were no Japanese to initially resist the Allied Forces at Red Beach and Henderson Airfield when they first arrived.
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^ The current Solomon Islands Interdiction by the American led Australian multinational Forces has been named; Operation Helpem Friend.
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.The Battle of Guadalcanal became an important and bloody campaign fought in the Pacific War as the Allies began to repulse Japanese expansion.^ The Battle of Guadalcanal became one of the most important battles fought in the Pacific.

^ Many Americans had died there on Bloody Ridge, holding out against a Japanese army determined to remove them and advance into the Pacific.
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^ Guadalcanal campaign, 3,600 Americans were killed or wounded, and of 36,000 Japanese, 15,000 were killed in action, malaria and battle fatigue claimed 9,000 more.
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.Of strategic importance during the war were the coastwatchers operating in remote locations, often on Japanese held islands, providing early warning and intelligence of Japanese naval, army and aircraft movements during the campaign.^ This was uncharacteristic of the Japanese and of any other Island campaigns.
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^ The Japanese War Memorial of the Solomon Islands, located at Mount Austin of Honiara, would have to be the only one of its type in the world.
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Sergeant-Major Jacob Vouza was a notable coastwatcher who after capture refused to divulge Allied information in spite of interrogation and torture by Japanese Imperial forces. He was awarded a Silver Star by the Americans. .Islanders Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana would be noted by National Geographic for being the first to find the shipwrecked John F. Kennedy and his crew of the PT-109.^ Many islanders see themselves first as members of a clan, next as inhabitants of their natal island, and only third as citizens of their nation.
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^ Solomon Islands lack of national security for its people guarantees it the dubious distinction of being the Pacific's first failed state.
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.They suggested using a coconut to write a rescue message for delivery by dugout canoe, which was later kept on his desk when he became the president of the United States.^ No matter how strong the United States had become, terrorists proved more clever by using America's own planes against them.
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^ Again, this conforms to a global pattern that suggests multiethnic states can grow as fast as homogeneous ones - if they sustain participatory political systems.
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^ In President Bush's early days, the United States drew away from the rest of the world.
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The U.S. employment of tanks in Guadalcanal was hampered by the nature of the terrain.
.The Solomon Islands was one of the major staging areas of the South Pacific and was home to the famous VMF-214 "Black Sheep" Squadron commanded by Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington.^ Culture Culture of the Solomon Islands In the traditional culture of the Solomon Islands, age-old customs are handed down from one generation to the next, allegedly from the ancestral spirits themselves, to form the cultural values to Solomon Islands.

^ Solomon Islands is one of six CTI countries.
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^ GEOGRAPHY The Solomon Islands form an archipelago in the Southwest Pacific about 1,900 kilometers (1,200 mi.
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.The Slot was a name for New Georgia Sound, when it was used by the Tokyo Express to supply the Japanese garrison on Guadalcanal.^ There are a total of 992 islands in the Solomon Islands, including the six main islands of New Georgia, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and San Cristóbal.
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Independence movement

.Following the end of World War II, the British colonial government returned.^ Postwar Developments Following the end of World War II, the British colonial government returned.
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^ Many schools have drama groups that perform historical stories, such as World War II battle tales.
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^ It would be similar to the movie Predator, and what the Japanese experienced in World War II. Explaining their lose to the relatives of the dead, and to the rest of the media of the world would be interesting.
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.The capital was moved from Tulagi to Honiara to take advantage of the infrastructure left behind by the U.S. military.^ The capital was moved from Tulagi to Honiara to take advantage of the infrastructure left behind by the U.S. military.
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A revolutionary movement known as Maasina Ruru helped to organize and focus a mass campaign of civil disobedience and strikes across the islands. .There was much disorder and the leaders were jailed in late-1948. Throughout the 1950s, other indigenous dissident groups appeared and disappeared without gaining strength.^ Throughout the 1950s, other indigenous dissident groups appeared and disappeared without gaining strength.
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^ There was much disorder until some of the leaders were jailed in late 1948.
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.In 1960, an advisory council of Solomon Islanders was superseded by a legislative council, and an executive council was created as the protectorate's policymaking body.^ In 1960, an advisory council of Solomon Islanders was superseded by a legislative council, and an executive council was created as the protectorate's policymaking body.
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.The council was given progressively more authority.^ The council was given progressively more authority.
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.In 1974, a new constitution was adopted establishing a parliamentary democracy and ministerial system of government.^ In 1974, a new constitution was adopted establishing a parliamentary democracy and ministerial system of government.
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^ GOVERNMENT The Solomon Islands is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth, with a unicameral Parliament and a ministerial system of government.
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^ Although party to the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 protocol, the government has not established a system for providing protection to refugees.
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.In mid-1975, the name Solomon Islands officially replaced that of British Solomon Islands Protectorate.^ In mid-1975, the name Solomon Islands officially replaced that of British Solomon Islands Protectorate.
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^ Solomon Islands former: British Solomon Islands .
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^ Mendaña then named the islands after King Solomon—Solomon Islands.
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.On January 2, 1976, the Solomons became self-governing, and independence followed on July 7, 1978, the first post-independence government being elected in August 1980. The series of governments formed since have not performed to upgrade and build the country.^ On January 2, 1976, the Solomons became self-governing, and independence followed on July 7, 1978.
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^ Solomon Islands governments have been seriously failing their people since 1989.
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^ The first post-independence government was elected in August 1980.
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.Following the 1997 election of Bartholomew Ulufa'alu the political situation in the Solomons began to deteriorate.^ The national election of August 6, 1997 resulted in Bartholomew Ulufa'alu's election as Prime Minister, heading a coalition government, which christened itself the Solomon Islands Alliance for Change.
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^ They believed that Ulufa’alu purposely and wilfully decided to sacrifice the lives of innocent Malaitans for the sake of his own political survival!
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^ I am surprised that both Ulufa’alu and Oti saw it fit to contest for the post of prime minister following the recent parliamentary elections.
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Governance was slipping as the performance of the police and other government agencies deteriorated due to what is commonly known as "the tensions".

Tensions

.Commonly referred to as the tensions or the ethnic tension, the initial civil unrest was mainly characterised by fighting between the Isatabu Freedom Movement (also known as the Guadalcanal Revolutionary Army) and the Malaita Eagle Force (as well as the Marau Eagle Force).^ Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM); Malaita Eagle Force (MEF); note - these rival armed ethnic factions crippled the Solomon Islands in a wave of violence from 1999 to 2003 .
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^ These initially formed themselves into a group called the Guadalcanal Revolutionary Army (“GRA”), which later changed its name to Guadalcanal Liberation Army (“GLA”), then changed to the Isatabu Freedom Fighters (“IFF”) and finally the Isatabu Freedom Movement (“IFM”).
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^ The Guadalcanal Revolutionary Army (GRA who later became the Isatabu Freedom Fighters--IFM), paralyzed the economic and community life on the island.
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(Although much of the conflict was between Guales and Malaitans, Kabutaulaka (2001) and Dinnen (2002) argue that the 'ethnic conflict' label is an oversimplification). .For detailed discussions of The Tensions, see also Fraenkel (2004) and Moore (2004).^ For a more detailed discussion, see the 2007 International Religious Freedom Report .
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.In late 1998, militants on the island of Guadalcanal commenced and had a campaign of intimidation and violence towards Malaitan settlers.^ Guadalcanal militants retaliated and sought to drive Malaitan settlers from Guadalcanal, resulting in the closure of a large oil-palm estate and gold mine which were vital to exports.

^ Tensions and resentment between the Guadalcanalese and the Malaitans on Guadalcanal culminated in violence beginning in 1998.
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^ Guadalcanal militants retaliated and sought to drive Malaitan settlers from Guadalcanal, resulting in the closure of a large oil-palm estate and gold mine which were vital to exports but whose workforce was largely Malaitan.
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.During the next year, thousands of Malaitans fled back to Malaita or to the capital, Honiara (which, although situated on Guadalcanal, is predominantly populated by Malaitans and Solomon Islanders from other provinces).^ Malaita and other provinces with highly mobile population; and .
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^ The capital of Honiara on Guadalcanal was increasingly populated by migrants from the island of Malaita.
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^ Honiara, the capital, is situated on Guadalcanal, in a rain shadow cast by a high mountain range.
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.In 1999, the Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) was established in response.^ Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM); Malaita Eagle Force (MEF); note - these rival armed ethnic factions crippled the Solomon Islands in a wave of violence from 1999 to 2003 .
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^ Later, a Malaita force was formed, called the Malaita Eagle Force.
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.The reformist government of Bartholomew Ulufa'alu struggled to respond to the complexities of this evolving conflict.^ Following the 1997 election of Bartholomew Ulufa'alu the political situation in the Solomon's began to deteriorate.

^ However, the Government Caucus, or at least many of them, had formed the opinion that despite the above agreed guidelines it would be advisable for Ulufa’alu to resign voluntarily.
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^ By May 2000 Ulufa’alu remained firm on his government’s misconceived policy.
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.In late 1999, the government declared a four month state of emergency.^ The SIAC government declared a State of Emergency on 14 June but allowed it to run out of force on 15 October when normal life patterns were beginning to emerge once again.
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There were also a number of attempts at reconciliation ceremonies but to no avail. .He also requested assistance from Australia and New Zealand in 1999 but this was rejected.^ He quickly reported back to me and, based on his initial findings, I requested, through the Government, the assistance of the New Zealand Police to further the investigations.
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^ Principal aid donors are Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Japan, and the Republic of China.
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^ Some wealthy families send their children to such places as New Zealand and Australia for their high school education.
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.In June 2000, Ulufa'alu was kidnapped by militia members of the MEF who felt that although he was a Malaitan, he was not doing enough to protect their interests.^ Anyone who is narrow minded enough to blame the events of 5th June 2000, as being the starting point for the destruction of the Solomon Island state is to elevate the interest of Ulufa’alu and SIAC above the interests of the 22,000 Malaitans who were victims of Solomon Islands worst act of terrorism.
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^ It was on their advice (although denied later by Ulufa’alu) that he tendered his resignation on 23rd June 2000.
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^ The join MEF/Paramilitary command did not take any position as to who should replace Ulufa’alu as prime minister.
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.Ulufa'alu subsequently resigned in exchange for his release.^ The reason for proposing this formula was that if Ulufa’alu was forced to resign while under house arrest it would have amounted to duress and might not be taken lightly by the international community.
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^ In June 2000, an insurrection mounted by militants from the island of Malaita resulted in the brief detention of Ulufa'alu and his subsequent forced resignation.
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^ However, the Government Caucus, or at least many of them, had formed the opinion that despite the above agreed guidelines it would be advisable for Ulufa’alu to resign voluntarily.
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Manasseh Sogavare, who had earlier been Finance Minister in Ulufa'alu's government but had subsequently joined the opposition, was elected as Prime Minister by 23-21 over Rev. Leslie Boseto. .However Sogavare's election was immediately shrouded in controversy because six MPs (thought to be supporters of Boseto) were unable to attend parliament for the crucial vote (Moore 2004, n.5 on p.174).^ However, Parliament may be dissolved by majority vote of its members before the completion of its term.
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^ On December 13, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's coalition government lost a parliamentary vote of no confidence, and on December 20, Parliament elected Derek Sikua as Prime Minister.
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^ On December 13, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's coalition government lost a parliamentary vote of no confidence, and on December 20, Parliament elected Derek Sikua as prime minister.
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.In October 2000, the Townsville Peace Agreement,[14] was signed by the Malaita Eagle Force, elements of the IFM and the Solomon Islands Government.^ The Solomon Islands Government was insolvent by 2002.
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^ Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM); Malaita Eagle Force (MEF); note - these rival armed ethnic factions crippled the Solomon Islands in a wave of violence from 1999 to 2003 .

^ I subscribe these views at the threshold of the adoption of ‘state’ or federal system of government in Solomon Islands.
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.This was closely followed by the Marau Peace agreement in February 2001, signed by the Marau Eagle Force, the Isatabu Freedom Movement, the Guadalcanal Provincial Government and the Solomon Islands Government.^ The Solomon Islands Government was insolvent by 2002.
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^ There are a total of 992 islands in the Solomon Islands, including the six main islands of New Georgia, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and San Cristóbal.
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^ The facts are that the common people of Solomon Islands have not benefited from post-independence governance.
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However, a key Guale militant leader, Harold Keke, refused to sign the Agreement, causing a split with the Guale groups. .Subsequently, Guale signatories to the Agreement led by Andrew Te'e joined with the Malaitan-dominated police to form the 'Joint Operations Force'. During the next two years the conflict moved to the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal as the Joint Operations unsuccessfully attempted to capture Keke and his group.^ Police corruption and impunity were not serious problems during the year.
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^ During the year the authorities appointed more magistrates and High Court judges and completed two new High Court buildings.
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^ The conflict arose when the police without due cause or care shot a Guadalcanal man.
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.New elections in December 2001 brought Sir Allan Kemakeza into the Prime Minister’s chair with the support of his People's Alliance Party and also the Association of Independent Members.^ New elections in December 2001 brought Sir Allan Kemakeza into the Prime Minister's chair with the support of a coalition of parties.
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^ New elections in December 2001 brought Sir Allan Kemakeza into the Prime Minister’s chair with the support of a coalition of parties.

^ Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Nathaniel WAENA (since 7 July 2004) head of government: Prime Minister Sir Allan KEMAKEZA (since 17 December 2001); Deputy Prime Minister Snyder RINI (since 17 December 2001) cabinet: Cabinet consists of 20 members appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister from among the members of Parliament elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch on the advice of Parliament for up to five years; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition is usually elected prime minister by Parliament; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister from among the members of Parliament .
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.Law and order deteriorated as the nature of the conflict shifted: there was continuing violence on the Weathercoast whilst militants in Honiara increasingly turned their attention to crime and extortion.^ Kemakeza attempted to address the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, but the prevailing atmosphere of lawlessness, widespread extortion, and ineffective police prompted a formal request by the Solomon Islands Government for outside help.
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^ Law and order outside of Honiara city was virtually out of control.
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^ The law does not specifically address domestic violence; however, there are provisions against common assault and rape.
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The Department of Finance would often be surrounded by armed men when funding was due to arrive. .In December 2002, Finance Minister Laurie Chan resigned after being forced at gunpoint to sign a cheque made out to some of the militants.^ In June 2000, an insurrection mounted by militants from the island of Malaita resulted in the brief detention of Ulufa'alu and his subsequent forced resignation.
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^ Lilo and several additional ministers and other Members of Parliament (MPs) resigned from the government in protest and called for Sogavare's resignation, leading to Parliament's December 13 ouster of Sogavare as prime minister.
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.Conflict also broke out in Western Province between locals and Malaitan settlers.^ The result of these unlawful activities was that more than 500 Malaitans flocked into Honiara from the Western Province and started joining the camps of the MEF in and around Honiara.
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^ The Guadalcanal Provincial leadership and many of their advisers (some known academics) got fed up with Malaitans generally and wanted them out of their province.
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^ The problem associated with Malaitans crowding into Guadalcanal and Western Province may be prevented by diverting more development to Malaita Province.
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Renegade members of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) were invited in as a protection force but ended up causing as much trouble as they prevented.
.The prevailing atmosphere of lawlessness, widespread extortion and ineffective police prompted a formal request by the Solomon Islands Government for outside help.^ Kemakeza attempted to address the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, but the prevailing atmosphere of lawlessness, widespread extortion, and ineffective police prompted a formal request by the Solomon Islands Government for outside help.
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^ Kemakeza attempted to address the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, but the prevailing atmosphere of lawlessness, widespread extortion, and ineffective police, prompted a formal request by the Solomon Islands Government for outside help.

^ Solomon Islands Police Force (2009) .
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.With the country bankrupt and the capital in chaos, the request was unanimously supported in Parliament.^ With the country bankrupt and the capital in chaos, the request was unanimously supported in Parliament.
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.In July 2003, Australian and Pacific Island police and troops arrived in the Solomon Islands under the auspices of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).^ In July 2003, Australian and Pacific Island police and troops arrived in the Solomon Islands under the auspices of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

^ Solomon Islands Police Force (2009) .
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^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), a multinational police-centered force organized by Australia, arrived in the country in 2003 at the government's invitation to assist in restoring law and order and rebuilding the country's institutions following a period of violent conflict between the Malaitan and Guadalcanalese ethnic groups from 1998 to 2003.
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.A sizable international security contingent of 2,200 police and troops, led by Australia and New Zealand, and with representatives from about 20 other Pacific nations began arriving the next month under Operation Helpem Fren.^ In June 2003, then Prime Minister Sir Allan KEMAKEZA sought the assistance of Australia in reestablishing law and order; the following month, an Australian-led multinational force arrived to restore peace and disarm ethnic militias.
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^ In June 2003, Prime Minister Sir Allen KEMAKEZA sought the assistance of Australia in reestablishing law and order; the following month, an Australian-led multinational force arrived to restore peace and disarm ethnic militias.
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^ He quickly reported back to me and, based on his initial findings, I requested, through the Government, the assistance of the New Zealand Police to further the investigations.
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Since this time some commentators have considered the country a failed state.[15]
.In April 2006 allegations that the newly elected Prime Minister Snyder Rini had used bribes from Chinese businessmen to buy the votes of members of Parliament led to mass rioting in the capital Honiara.^ In April 2006 rioting broke out in Honiara immediately following the election of Snyder Rini as prime minister.
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^ The prime minister, elected by Parliament, chooses the other members of the cabinet.
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^ Rini resigned, and in May 2006 Parliament elected Manasseh Sogavare as prime minister.
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.A deep underlying resentment against the minority Chinese business community led to much of Chinatown in the city being destroyed.^ A deep underlying resentment against the minority Chinese business community led to much of Chinatown in the city being destroyed.

^ Most of the violence was directed against businesses owned by ethnic Chinese in Honiara, with the almost complete destruction of the Chinatown commercial district.
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^ The April 2006 riots were directed almost exclusively against Chinese business interests.
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Tensions had also been increased by the belief that large sums of money were being exported to China. .China sent chartered aircraft to evacuate hundreds of Chinese who fled to avoid the riots.^ China sent chartered aircraft to evacuate hundreds of Chinese who fled to avoid the riots.

.Evacuation of Australian and British citizens was on a much smaller scale.^ In the early 20th century, several British and Australian firms began large-scale coconut planting.
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.Further Australian, New Zealand and Fijian police and troops were dispatched to try to quell the unrest.^ Further Australian and New Zealand troops were dispatched to try to quell the unrest.

^ A sizable international security contingent of 2,200 police and troops, led by Australia and New Zealand, and with representatives from about 20 other Pacific nations began arriving the next month under Operation Helpem Fren.

^ He quickly reported back to me and, based on his initial findings, I requested, through the Government, the assistance of the New Zealand Police to further the investigations.
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.Rini eventually resigned before facing a motion of no-confidence in Parliament, and Parliament elected Manasseh Sogavare as Prime Minister.^ Rini eventually resigned before facing a motion of no confidence in Parliament, and Parliament elected Manasseh Sogavare as Prime Minister.

^ Rini resigned, and in May 2006 Parliament elected Manasseh Sogavare as prime minister.
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^ Rini resigned shortly after the riots, and a parliamentary vote saw Manasseh Sogavare elected as the new Prime Minister in May 2006.
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Further reading
  • Randell, N. (2003) The White Headhunter Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York
  • Dinnen (2002), ‘Winners and losers: politics and disorder in the Solomon Islands 2000-2002’, The Journal of Pacific History, Vol.37, No.3, pp.285–98.
  • Fraenkel, J. (2004) The Manipulation of Custom: from Uprising to Intervention in the Solomon Islands, Pandanus Books, Sydney
  • Moore, C. (2004) Happy Isles in Crisis: the Historical Causes for a Failing State in Solomon Islands, 1998-2004, Asia Pacific Press, Canberra
  • Kabutaulaka, T (2001) Beyond ethnicity: the political economy of the Guadalacanal crisis in Solomon Islands, SSGM Working Paper 01/1

2007 earthquake and tsunami

.On 2 April 2007, the Solomon Islands were struck by a major earthquake followed by a large tsunami.^ IDPs: 5,400 displaced by tsunami on 2 April 2007 .

^ Solomon Islands dollars per US dollar - NA (2007), 7.3447 (2006), 7.5299 (2005), 7.4847 (2004), 7.5059 (2003) .

^ Solomon Islands dollars (SBD) per US dollar - NA (2007), 7.3447 (2006), 7.5299 (2005), 7.4847 (2004), 7.5059 (2003) .
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Initial reports indicated that the tsunami, which mainly affected the small island of Gizo, was several metres in height (perhaps as high as 10 metres (33 ft) according to some reports, 5 metres (16 1/3 ft) according to the Foreign Office). .The tsunami was triggered by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake, with an epicenter 217 miles (349 km) northwest of the island's capital, Honiara, at Lat -8.453 Long 156.957 and at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).^ The capital of Honiara on Guadalcanal was increasingly populated by migrants from the island of Malaita.

[16]
.According to the United States Geologic Survey the earthquake struck at 20:39:56 UTC on Sunday, 1 April 2007. Since the initial event and up until 22:00:00 UTC on Wednesday, 4 April 2007, more than 44 aftershocks of a magnitude of 5.0 or greater were recorded in the region.^ No matter how strong the United States had become, terrorists proved more clever by using America's own planes against them.
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^ I have first hand knowledge of the events from September 1998 until my departure and I believe it is timely and important to set the record straight.
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^ Yet, the new administration has taken on board more PS appointments than any government had ever done since our independence period.
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.The death toll from the resulting tsunami was at least 52 people, and the tsunami destroyed more than 900 homes and has left thousands of people homeless.^ The result of these unlawful activities was that more than 500 Malaitans flocked into Honiara from the Western Province and started joining the camps of the MEF in and around Honiara.
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^ Not only is the village and the villager the backbone of the country, it's economy which literally sustains more than 8 out of 10 people nationally, underpins our national cash economy.
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^ The fundamental reason for our three years of Social Unrest is directly linked to the poor servicing of village people for more than twenty years.
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[17]
Land thrust from the quake has extended out from the shoreline of one island, Ranongga, by up to 70 meters (230 ft) according to local residents.[18] This has left many once pristine coral reefs exposed on the newly formed beaches.

Politics

The National Parliament building was a gift from the United States
.The Solomon Islands is a constitutional monarchy and have a parliamentary system of government.^ In 1974, a new constitution was adopted establishing a parliamentary democracy and ministerial system of government.

^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.
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^ The Solomon Islands democratic system is not a gift of the West to Solomon Islanders.
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.Queen Elizabeth II is the Monarch of the Solomon Islands and the head of state; she is represented by the Governor-General who is chosen by the Parliament for a five-year term.^ Culture Culture of the Solomon Islands In the traditional culture of the Solomon Islands, age-old customs are handed down from one generation to the next, allegedly from the ancestral spirits themselves, to form the cultural values to Solomon Islands.

^ Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Nathaniel WAENA (since 7 July 2004) head of government: Prime Minister Derek SIKUA (since 20 December 2007); note - Prime Minister Manasseh SOGAVARE defeated in a no confidence vote in parliament on 13 December 2007; SIKUA elected on 20 December 2007 cabinet: Cabinet consists of 20 members appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister from among the members of Parliament elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch on the advice of Parliament for up to five years (eligible for a second term); following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition is usually elected prime minister by Parliament; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister from among the members of Parliament .

^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.

.There is a unicameral parliament of 50 members, elected for four-year terms.^ There were no women in the 50-member Parliament.
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^ National Parliament (50 seats; members elected from single-member constituencies by popular vote to serve four-year terms) elections: last held on 5 April 2006 (next to be held in 2010) election results: percent of vote by party - National Party 6.9%, PAP 6.3%, SIPRA 6.3%, Liberal 5%, Democratic 4.9%, SOCRED 4.3%, LAFARI 2.8%, independents 60.3%; seats by party - National Party 4, SIPRA 4, Democratic 3, PAP 3, LAFARI 2, Liberal 2, SOCRED 2, independents 30 .

^ It's called a REFERENDUM! When a parliamentarian reaches the half way point in his four year term, if he isn't measuring up.
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.However, Parliament may be dissolved by majority vote of its members before the completion of its term.^ The Premier is elected by secret ballot by an absolute majority of votes of the assembly members.
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^ A major improvement to provincial leadership may come if premiers were elected under a provincial franchise rather than just by the assembly members.
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^ A member is elected for a ward if he scores the highest ballot at an election, which on many occasions, are not often the majority of votes.
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Parliamentary representation is based on single-member constituencies. .Suffrage is universal for citizens over age 21.[19] The head of government is the Prime Minister, who is elected by Parliament and chooses the other members of the cabinet.^ In April 2006 allegations that the newly elected Prime Minister Snyder Rini had used bribes from Chinese businessmen to buy the votes of members of Parliament led to mass rioting in the capital Honiara.

^ Provinces are permitted to enact laws to raise revenue by head tax, property tax, fees and SUCH OTHER MEANS as may be approved by the Minister by order.
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^ On December 13, Sogavare's government lost a vote of no confidence, and on December 20, Parliament elected former education minister and opposition candidate Derek Sikua as prime minister.
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.Each ministry is headed by a cabinet member, who is assisted by a permanent secretary, a career public servant, who directs the staff of the ministry.^ He has fought the cabinet's decision, quietly at first which is the way of the Public Servant, and then when his political masters stopped up their ears, he went public.
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^ Morgan Wairiu, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, is the only one that comes out of this whole mess still smelling like a rose.
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^ A commissioner who reports to the minister of police heads the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP) force of approximately 1,050 members.
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.Solomon Islands governments are characterized by weak political parties (see List of political parties in Solomon Islands) and highly unstable parliamentary coalitions.^ Solomon Islands telephone numbering changes - August 2009 Quick code list N. American numbering International calling FAQ Forums - ask a question Home .
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^ Political parties could operate without restriction, but they were institutionally weak, with frequent shifts in political coalitions and unstable parliamentary majorities.
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^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.

.They are subject to frequent votes of no confidence, and government leadership changes frequently as a result.^ On December 13, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's coalition government lost a parliamentary vote of no confidence, and on December 20, Parliament elected Derek Sikua as prime minister.
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^ On December 13, Sogavare's government lost a vote of no confidence, and on December 20, Parliament elected former education minister and opposition candidate Derek Sikua as prime minister.
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^ Their no confidence motions weren't working and other means had to be used to derail such a reformist government.
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Cabinet changes are common.
Land ownership is reserved for Solomon Islanders. .The law provides that resident expatriates, such as the Chinese and Kiribati, may obtain citizenship through naturalization.^ Solomon Islands law provides for a channel through which individuals and groups may put demands on the state in the same way that the state may also put demands on its citizens.
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^ Provinces are permitted to enact laws to raise revenue by head tax, property tax, fees and SUCH OTHER MEANS as may be approved by the Minister by order.
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^ Where a particular national law governs a service such law will remain in force and will continue to regulate both the quality and quantity of the services to be provided.
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.Land generally is still held on a family or village basis and may be handed down from mother or father according to local custom.^ Culture Culture of the Solomon Islands In the traditional culture of the Solomon Islands, age-old customs are handed down from one generation to the next, allegedly from the ancestral spirits themselves, to form the cultural values to Solomon Islands.

The islanders are reluctant to provide land for nontraditional economic undertakings, and this has resulted in continual disputes over land ownership.
.No military forces are maintained by the Solomon Islands, although a police force of nearly 500 includes a border protection unit.^ Solomon Islands therefore, need to develop political models that facilitate consensus building and include marginalised groups.
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^ In some instances the police returned the fire in order to protect themselves but no reports of fatalities were reported as a result of police action after the Bungana incident prior to my leaving the Solomons.
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^ Solomon Islands culture differs widely, so there is no universal formula for success.
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The police also are responsible for fire service, disaster relief, and maritime surveillance. .The police force is headed by a commissioner, appointed by the governor-general and responsible to the prime minister.^ The commissioner of labor, the public prosecutor, and the police are responsible for enforcing labor laws; however, they usually reacted to complaints rather than routinely monitoring adherence to the law.
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^ On July 10, Prime Minister Sogavare appointed Julian Moti as attorney general.
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^ In May 2006 Prime Minister Sogavare appointed Charles Dausabea and Nelson Ne'e to the cabinet, although they had been arrested for their roles in the April 2006 riot.
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.On 27 December 2006, the Solomon Islands Government said it had taken steps to prevent the country's Australian police chief from returning to the Pacific nation.^ Solomon Islands country code and Solomon Islands area codes!
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^ Kemakeza attempted to address the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, but the prevailing atmosphere of lawlessness, widespread extortion, and ineffective police, prompted a formal request by the Solomon Islands Government for outside help.

^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.

.On 12 January 2007, Australia replaced its top diplomat expelled from the Solomon Islands for political interference in a conciliatory move aimed at easing a four-month dispute between the two countries.^ The terms of engagement included a provision that the coup leaders must not interfere with any decision I take on matters concerning the return of Solomon Islands to constitutional governance.
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^ Although we are only two months into a new year, the country's security failures are severe.
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^ Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), consisting of police, military, and civilian advisors drawn from 15 countries, has assisted in reestablishing and maintaining civil and political order while reinforcing regional stability and security .

.On 11 July 2007, the Solomon Islands swore in Julian Moti as their Attorney General.^ On July 10, Prime Minister Sogavare appointed Julian Moti as attorney general.
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^ Culture Culture of the Solomon Islands In the traditional culture of the Solomon Islands, age-old customs are handed down from one generation to the next, allegedly from the ancestral spirits themselves, to form the cultural values to Solomon Islands.

^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.

Moti is currently wanted in Australia for child-related sex offences. .Australian Prime Minister John Howard called the move "quite extraordinary". Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has described the country as the "laughing stock" of the civilised world.^ Foreign Ministers, Goff and Downer, to speak to our Prime Minister and his government.
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^ In June 2003, then Prime Minister Sir Allen KEMAKEZA sought the assistance of Australia in reestablishing law and order; the following month, an Australian-led multinational force arrived to restore peace and disarm ethnic militias.

^ Each of them has to convince their respective Prime Ministers, John Howard of Australia and Helen Clark of New Zealand, that pumping money, literally millions of dollars, into the Solomons would be the best thing that could be done not only for our own country, the Solomons, but indeed for their own countries as well.
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[20] However the Australian charges against Moti relate to events in Vanuatu, and parallel charges which the courts in Vanuatu dismissed in the 1990s. .Julian Moti has attracted Australian attention because he advised the Solomons Government to inquire into the role of Australian police in provoking the 2006 Honiara riots.^ The present government would be well advised to inform the suffering Solomons public that there would be no new vehicles for any minister or his ministry full stop.
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^ In July 2003, Australian and Pacific Island police and troops arrived in the Solomon Islands under the auspices of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

^ It was felt that because the centralized government system everything is spent in Honiara and provincial centres leaving the grass root people who are the resources owners to suffer.” .
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.On 13 December 2007, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was toppled by a vote of no confidence in Parliament,[21] following the defection of five Ministers to the Opposition.^ Rini eventually resigned before facing a motion of no confidence in Parliament, and Parliament elected Manasseh Sogavare as Prime Minister.

^ In April 2006 allegations that the newly elected Prime Minister Snyder Rini had used bribes from Chinese businessmen to buy the votes of members of Parliament led to mass rioting in the capital Honiara.

^ Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Nathaniel WAENA (since 7 July 2004) head of government: Prime Minister Derek SIKUA (since 20 December 2007); note - Prime Minister Manasseh SOGAVARE defeated in a no confidence vote in parliament on 13 December 2007; SIKUA elected on 20 December 2007 cabinet: Cabinet consists of 20 members appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister from among the members of Parliament elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch on the advice of Parliament for up to five years (eligible for a second term); following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition is usually elected prime minister by Parliament; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister from among the members of Parliament .

.It was the first time a Prime Minister lost office in this way in the Solomon Islands.^ Provision of water supplies (other than urban water supply, in areas prescribed by the Minister under the Solomon Islands Water Authority Act).
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^ This is the only way in my view that we can understand governance scientifically and be in a position as intellectuals to formulate proposals that are capable of effecting improvement in the practice of governance in Solomon Islands.
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^ A time of despair June 2000 to October 2001 The month of June experienced the beginning of the destruction of the Solomon Islands nation.
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On 20 December, Parliament elected the Opposition's candidate (and former Minister for Education) Derek Sikua as Prime Minister, with 32 votes to 15.[22][23]

Provinces

Provinces of the Solomon Islands, as of 1989 (click to enlarge).
.For local government, the country is divided into 10 administrative areas, of which nine are provinces administered by elected provincial assemblies, and the 10th is the town of Honiara, administered by the Honiara Town Council.^ The administrative formula adopted by successive governments in dealing with grants to provinces was to categorise the grants into three main groups, namely, Service Grants (SG), Revenue Sharing Grants (RSG) and Others .
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^ For election purposes a province is divided into wards.
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^ Such a law, to be administered by the Ministry of Provincial Government or by the Ministry of Economic Planning, will spell out terms and conditions for- .
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  1. Central
  2. Choiseul
  3. Guadalcanal
  4. Isabel
  5. Makira-Ulawa
  6. Malaita
  7. Rennell and Bellona
  8. Temotu
  9. Western
  10. Honiara, Town

Foreign relations

.Solomon Islands is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth, South Pacific Commission, South Pacific Forum, International Monetary Fund, and the European Union/African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries (EEC/ACP) (Lomé Convention).^ Solomon Islands business visa is required for citizens of United States.
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^ The destruction of the Solomon Islands nation started when the people of Guadalcanal decided to take up arms to evict their fellow citizens of Malaita from their province.
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^ United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges .

.The political stage of the Solomon Islands is further influenced by its diplomatic importance to the Republic of China on Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.^ The facts are that the common people of Solomon Islands have not benefited from post-independence governance.
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^ Solomon Islands – People Photos *** Note: Only people groups with photos available are displayed here.
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^ Moreover, Solomon Islands will not be able to sustain rapid growth without investing in its people and in particular tertiary students both at home and abroad.
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.The Solomon Islands gives diplomatic recognition to the ROC, recognizing it as the sole-legitimate Government of all of China, giving Taiwan vital votes in the United Nations.^ The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.

^ Solomon Islands business visa is required for citizens of United States.
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^ This is the only way in my view that we can understand governance scientifically and be in a position as intellectuals to formulate proposals that are capable of effecting improvement in the practice of governance in Solomon Islands.
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.Lucrative investments, political funding and preferential loans from both the ROC and PRC are increasingly manipulating the political landscape of the Solomon Islands.^ Solomon Islands therefore, need to develop political models that facilitate consensus building and include marginalised groups.
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^ Moreover, Solomon Islands will not be able to sustain rapid growth without investing in its people and in particular tertiary students both at home and abroad.
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^ Resources in Solomon Islands will remain in the hands of the people, not newly created political institutions or structures.
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.Relations with Papua New Guinea, which had become strained because of an influx of refugees from the Bougainville rebellion and attacks on the northern islands of the Solomon Islands by elements pursuing Bougainvillean rebels, have been repaired.^ Papua New Guinea visa .
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^ Moreover, many development problems have become largely confined to Solomon Islands.
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^ Good news if tourist visa is the correct choice for the purpose of your trip to Solomon Islands.
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.A peace accord on Bougainville confirmed in 1998 has removed the armed threat, and the two nations regularized border operations in a 2004 agreement.^ The arms surrender, which the GRA/IFM was required to undertake under the terms of the Honiara Peace Accord and the Panatina Agreement, yielded miserable results.
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Military

.Although the locally recruited British Solomon Islands Protectorate Defence Force was part of Allied forces taking part in fighting in the Solomons during World War II, the country has not had any regular military forces since independence.^ The police officer, although injured and shaken during the incident, later managed to contact his local headquarters and report the matter.
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^ The destruction of the Solomon Islands nation started when the people of Guadalcanal decided to take up arms to evict their fellow citizens of Malaita from their province.
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^ Steps that you can take: Check the current validity of your passport and the availability of blank visa pages All travelers will need a valid passport for their travels to Solomon Islands.
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.The various paramilitary elements of the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP) were disbanded in 2003 following the intervention of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), and the RSIP was disarmed.^ All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Solomon Islands.
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^ Data Map > All Regions / Continents > All Countries > Region: South Pacific > Country: Solomon Islands .
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RAMSI has a small military detachment headed by an Australian commander with responsibilities for assisting the police element of RAMSI in internal and external security. The RSIP still operates two patrol boats (RSIPV Auki and RSIPV Lata) which constitute the navy of the Solomon Islands.
In the long-term it is anticipated that the RSIP will resume the defense role. The police force is headed by a commissioner, appointed by the governor general and responsible to the prime minister.
The police budget of the Solomon Islands has been strained due to a four-year civil war. .Following Cyclone Zoe's strike on the islands of Tikopia and Anuta in December 2002, Australia had to provide the Solomon Islands government with 200,000 Solomons ($50,000 Australian) for fuel and supplies for the patrol boat Lata to sail with relief supplies.^ The facts are that the common people of Solomon Islands have not benefited from post-independence governance.
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^ The terms of engagement included a provision that the coup leaders must not interfere with any decision I take on matters concerning the return of Solomon Islands to constitutional governance.
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^ Parliament, which is established under section 46 of the constitution, consisting of persons elected nationwide, is the custodian of the power to govern in Solomon Islands; .
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.(Part of the work of RAMSI includes assisting the Solomon Islands Government to stabilise its budget.^ Below are lists of ministries that may work in Solomon Islands.
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^ Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Solomon Islands.
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Geography

The Solomon Islands from the air
.The Solomon Islands is a wide island nation that lies East of Papua New Guinea and consists of many islands: Choiseul, the Shortland Islands; the New Georgia Islands; Santa Isabel; the Russell Islands; Nggela (the Florida Islands); Malaita; Guadalcanal; Sikaiana; Maramasike; Ulawa; Uki; Makira (San Cristobal); Santa Ana; Rennell and Bellona; the Santa Cruz Islands and three remote, tiny outliers, Tikopia, Anuta, and Fatutaka.^ Papua New Guinea visa .
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^ Good news if tourist visa is the correct choice for the purpose of your trip to Solomon Islands.
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^ Spirit Totem Papua New Guinea.
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The distance between the westernmost and easternmost islands is about 1,500 kilometres (930 mi). .The Santa Cruz Islands (of which Tikopia is part), are situated north of Vanuatu and are especially isolated at more than 200 kilometres (120 mi) from the other islands.^ But it was no hell either - not any more than other parts of the world.
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^ Provision of water supplies (other than urban water supply, in areas prescribed by the Minister under the Solomon Islands Water Authority Act).
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^ Life in Honiara, many think, should be richer, healthier, nicer, more stimulating and better and higher than any other place in the country.
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.Bougainville is geographically part of the Solomon Islands, but politically Papua New Guinea.^ Papua New Guinea - Cellular .
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^ Papua New Guinea .
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The islands' ocean-equatorial climate is extremely humid throughout the year, with a mean temperature of 27 °C (80 °F) and few extremes of temperature or weather. June through August is the cooler period. Though seasons are not pronounced, the northwesterly winds of November through April bring more frequent rainfall and occasional squalls or cyclones. The annual rainfall is about 3050 mm (120 in).
.The Solomon Islands archipelago is part of two distinct terrestrial ecoregions.^ Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Solomon Islands.
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^ In my recent contribution on "Good Governance for Solomon Islands" I have tried to emphasise how important it is for Solomon Islands politician to play their part in the development process.
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^ This dubious distinction remains the prerogative of the MEF.” This statement underscores the ignorance on the part of many well meaning non-indigenous Solomon islanders to fully come to terms with what makes the Solomon Islands state ticks.
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.Most of the islands are part of the Solomon Islands rain forests ecoregion, which also includes the islands of Bougainville and Buka, which are part of Papua New Guinea, these forests have come under pressure from forestry activities.^ Papua New Guinea visa .
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^ Solomon Islands therefore, need to develop political models that facilitate consensus building and include marginalised groups.
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^ Provision of water supplies (other than urban water supply, in areas prescribed by the Minister under the Solomon Islands Water Authority Act).
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

The Santa Cruz Islands are part of the Vanuatu rain forests ecoregion, together with the neighboring archipelago of Vanuatu. Soil quality ranges from extremely rich volcanic (there are volcanoes with varying degrees of activity on some of the larger islands) to relatively infertile limestone. .More than 230 varieties of orchids and other tropical flowers brighten the landscape.^ Life in Honiara, many think, should be richer, healthier, nicer, more stimulating and better and higher than any other place in the country.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ More incumbents lost their seats in 1997 than in any other national election.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Argentina's national debt crisis currently stands at more than US$230 billion to various international banks and foreign countries.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

The islands contain several active and dormant volcanoes. The Tinakula and Kavachi volcanoes are the most active.

Economy

.Its per capita GDP of $600 ranks Solomon Islands as a lesser developed nation, and more than 75% of its labor force is engaged in subsistence and fishing.^ Solomon Islands visa for citizens of Canada is required for more information please contact the nearest Solomon Islands embassy .
  • Solomon Islands Visa, Canada: Application for Solomon Islander Visa for Canadians. 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC solomon-islands.visahq.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Most manufactured goods and petroleum products must be imported. Until 1998, when world prices for tropical timber fell steeply, timber was Solomon Islands main export product, and, in recent years, Solomon Islands forests were dangerously overexploited. Other important cash crops and exports include copra and palm oil. In 1998 Ross Mining of Australia began producing gold at Gold Ridge on Guadalcanal. Minerals exploration in other areas continued. .However in the wake of the ethnic violence in June 2000, exports of palm oil and gold ceased while exports of timber fell.^ Repeated violence and threats against employees closed down a major oil palm estate.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ However, we no longer grow oil palm oil, nor mine gold or lure tourists to our shores.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold.
.Solomon Islands' fisheries also offer prospects for export and domestic economic expansion.^ We offer phone cards at cheap rates to Solomon Island.
  • Solomon Island Phone Cards | Solomon Island Calling Cards - Cheap Solomon Island Phone Card to Solomon Island 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.phonecardsmile.com [Source type: News]

^ But far more needs to be done to strengthen Solomon Island's institutions - including ensuring that representative institution, such as parliaments, play their proper role in economic and budgetary oversight.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ But the new century offers a window of opportunity to reverse the marginalisation of Solomon Island's people - and of Solomon Island's governments, relative to donors, in the development agenda.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

However, a Japanese joint venture, Solomon Taiyo Ltd., which operated the only fish cannery in the country, closed in mid-2000 as a result of the ethnic disturbances. Though the plant has reopened under local management, the export of tuna has not resumed. .Negotiations are underway which may lead to the eventual reopening of the Gold Ridge mine and the major oil-palm plantation.^ Repeated violence and threats against employees closed down a major oil palm estate.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ They terrorized and ethnically cleansed Malaitans from the oil palm plantations in East Guadalcanal as well as many other island groups living in the rest of the island.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ However, we no longer grow oil palm oil, nor mine gold or lure tourists to our shores.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

.Tourism, particularly diving, is an important service industry for Solomon Islands.^ Trade and industry Transport Agriculture Health Welfare and other social services Housing Information Forestry Education Electricity Tourism; and Corporate or Statutory Bodies.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ In my recent contribution on "Good Governance for Solomon Islands" I have tried to emphasise how important it is for Solomon Islands politician to play their part in the development process.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for business visas to Solomon Islands.
  • Solomon Islands Visa, Canada: Application for Solomon Islander Visa for Canadians. 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC solomon-islands.visahq.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Growth in that industry is hampered, however, by lack of infrastructure and transportation limitations.
.The Solomon Islands Government was insolvent by 2002. Since the RAMSI intervention in 2003, the government has recast its budget.^ Solomon Islands governments have been seriously failing their people since 1989.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ The facts are that the common people of Solomon Islands have not benefited from post-independence governance.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ The terms of engagement included a provision that the coup leaders must not interfere with any decision I take on matters concerning the return of Solomon Islands to constitutional governance.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

It has consolidated and renegotiated its domestic debt and with Australian backing, is now seeking to renegotiate its foreign obligations. .Principal aid donors are Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Japan, and the Republic of China.^ Using this idea brings not only money savings but more importantly sends a clear message to Australia, New Zealand and other donor countries that this government is serious about saving money.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Australian and New Zealand aid to the Solomon Islands.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Australia and New Zealand .
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

.Recently, the Solomons courts have re-approved the export of live dolphins for profit, most recently to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.^ United Arab Emirates visa .
  • Solomon Islands Visa, Canada: Application for Solomon Islander Visa for Canadians. 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC solomon-islands.visahq.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ United Arab Emirates .
  • Solomon Islands Visa, Canada: Application for Solomon Islander Visa for Canadians. 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC solomon-islands.visahq.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

This practice was originally stopped by the government in 2004 after international uproar over a shipment of 28 live dolphins to Mexico. .The move has resulted in criticism from both Australia and New Zealand as well as several conservation organisations.^ Australia and New Zealand .
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

Energy

.A team of renewable energy developers working for the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) and funded by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), have hatched a scheme that enables these communities to access renewable energy, such as solar, without raising substantial sums of ready cash.^ Equally, international NGO's with wide ranging experience and especially those with access to development can be a very great asset indeed to Solomon Islands development effort.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

They also use water and wind power. If the islanders were not able to pay for solar lanterns with cash, reasoned the project developers, they can pay with crops. [24]

Demographics

.As of 2006 the majority 552,438 people on the Solomon Islands are ethnically Melanesian (94.5%).^ The destruction of the Solomon Islands nation started when the people of Guadalcanal decided to take up arms to evict their fellow citizens of Malaita from their province.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Moreover, Solomon Islands will not be able to sustain rapid growth without investing in its people and in particular tertiary students both at home and abroad.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Solomon Islands lack of national security for its people guarantees it the dubious distinction of being the Pacific's first failed state.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

Polynesian (3%) and Micronesian (1.2%) are the two other significant groups.[25] There are a few thousand ethnic Chinese.[26]
.The number of local languages listed for Solomon Islands is 74, of which 70 are living languages and 4 are extinct, according to «Ethnologue, Languages of the World».^ Solomon Islands trails the world on every dimension of these essentials.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Solomon Islands enters the 21st century with many of the world's poorest countries.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Below are lists of ministries that may work in Solomon Islands.
  • Joshua Project - Ethnic People Groups of Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.joshuaproject.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[27] .On the central islands, Melanesian languages (predominantly of the Southeast Solomonic group) are spoken.^ Solomon Islands therefore, need to develop political models that facilitate consensus building and include marginalised groups.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Solomon Islands law provides for a channel through which individuals and groups may put demands on the state in the same way that the state may also put demands on its citizens.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Recent attacks on the TPA by interest groups in Solomon Islands deserve some comments.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

On the outliers, Rennell and Bellona to the south, Tikopia, Anuta and Fatutaka to the far east, Sikaiana to the north east, and Luaniua to the north (Ontong Java Atoll, also known as Lord Howe Atoll), Polynesian languages are spoken. Immigrant populations of Gilbertese (i-Kiribati) and Tuvaluans speak Micronesian languages. While English is the official language, only 1-2% of the population speak English; the lingua franca is Solomons Pijin.

Health

Female life expectancy at birth was at 66.7 years and male life expectancy at birth at 64.9 in 2007. [28] 1990-1995 fertility rate was at 5.5 births per woman. [29] Government expenditure on health per capita was at US$ 99 (PPP). [30] Healthy life expectancy at birth is at 60 years. [31]

Religion

.The religion of Solomon Islands is about 97% Christian with following denominations: the Anglican Church of Melanesia 32.8%, Roman Catholic 19%, South Seas Evangelical Church 17%, Seventh-day Adventist 11.2%, United Church 10.3%, Christian Fellowship Church 2.4%, other Christian 4.4%.^ Solomon Islands business visa is required for citizens of United States.
  • Solomon Islands Visa : Application, Requirements. Apply for Solomon Islander Visas Online. 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC solomon-islands.visahq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Solomon Islands visa for citizens of United States is required for more information please contact the nearest Solomon Islands embassy .
  • Solomon Islands Visa : Application, Requirements. Apply for Solomon Islander Visas Online. 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC solomon-islands.visahq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Solomon Islands visa requirements: 1-800-345-6541 Solomon Islands visa for citizens of  United States .
  • Solomon Islands Visa : Application, Requirements. Apply for Solomon Islander Visas Online. 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC solomon-islands.visahq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The remaining 2.9% practice indigenous religious beliefs.[32] .According to the most recent reports, Islam in the Solomon Islands is made up of approximately 350 Muslims.^ They set up area councils that are wholly disconnected to the resource owners and their leadership structures – the source of real power in Solomon Islands.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ At Rock Creek Aviary we focus our efforts on raising the most beautiful, best natured and hand tamed Solomon Island Eclectus babies we possibly can.
  • The Parrot Pages - Breeders & Aviaries 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.parrotpages.com [Source type: News]

^ The destruction of the Solomon Islands nation started when the people of Guadalcanal decided to take up arms to evict their fellow citizens of Malaita from their province.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

[33]

Culture

A Malaitan Chief.
.In the traditional culture of the Solomon Islands, age-old customs are handed down from one generation to the next, allegedly from the ancestral spirits themselves, to form the cultural values to Solomon Islands.^ At Rock Creek Aviary we focus our efforts on raising the most beautiful, best natured and hand tamed Solomon Island Eclectus babies we possibly can.
  • The Parrot Pages - Breeders & Aviaries 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.parrotpages.com [Source type: News]

.Radio is the most influential type of media in the Solomons Islands due to language differences, illiteracy[34], and the difficulty of receiving television signals in some parts of the country.^ Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Solomon Islands.
  • Solomon Islands Visa : Application, Requirements. Apply for Solomon Islander Visas Online. 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC solomon-islands.visahq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At Rock Creek Aviary we focus our efforts on raising the most beautiful, best natured and hand tamed Solomon Island Eclectus babies we possibly can.
  • The Parrot Pages - Breeders & Aviaries 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.parrotpages.com [Source type: News]

^ Haiti, an island country off the southern part of the United States, is another example.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

.The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) operates public radio services, including the national stations Radio Happy Isles and Wantok FM, and the provincial stations Radio Happy Lagoon and, formerly, Radio Temotu.^ The need for political-leadership change, stricter financial control and a cutting back on a bloated public service had become painfully evident to much of the nation.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Corporate or Statutory Bodies - Establishment of corporate or statutory bodies for the provision of provincial services including economic activity.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ When the PM's election by parliamentarians was broadcasted nation-wide on SIBC, it was clear that most people, not just those in Honiara, were displeased, depressed and despondent.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

.There is one commercial station, PAOA FM, that broadcasts in the Solomons.^ I seem to recall that the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Station may have broadcast the contents of the note at Sangu's request.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ At independence in 1978, for instance, there were few, perhaps only one, Solomon Islander who would be counted as a millionaire.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ One thing I learned from the recent ethnic conflict – if Malaita is separated from the rest of Solomon Islands, there will be little tears in the eyes of other provinces.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

.There is one daily newspaper Solomon Star (www.solomonstarnews.com) and one daily online news website Solomon Times Online (www.solomontimes.com), 2 weekly papers Solomons Voice and Solomon Times, and 2 monthly papers Agrikalsa Nius and the Citizen's Press.^ Many Solomon Islanders pin their hope on December's up-coming election for a new parliament, one that will finally have the people's backing.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ The present government would be well advised to inform the suffering Solomons public that there would be no new vehicles for any minister or his ministry full stop.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ At independence in 1978, for instance, there were few, perhaps only one, Solomon Islander who would be counted as a millionaire.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

.There are no TV services based in the Solomon Islands, although satellite TV stations can be received.^ Since our Solomon Island Phone Cards are Prepaid Phone Cards, there is no commitment or contract to sign.
  • Solomon Island Phone Cards | Solomon Island Calling Cards - Cheap Solomon Island Phone Card to Solomon Island 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.phonecardsmile.com [Source type: News]

^ In Solomon Islands we must accept that there is uneven distribution of educated manpower.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ The present government would be well advised to inform the suffering Solomons public that there would be no new vehicles for any minister or his ministry full stop.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

There is free-to-air access to ABC Asia Pacific (from Australia's ABC) and BBC World News.
.Solomon Islands writers include the novelists Rexford Orotaloa and John Saunana and the poet Jully Makini.^ Solomon Islands therefore, need to develop political models that facilitate consensus building and include marginalised groups.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ It also remains to be seen how far partnerships can extend beyond assistance, to include enhanced opening of world markets to Solomon Islands products and services.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Solomon Islands nation” (see John Roughan, “A Time of Uncertainty”, ABC Website); .
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

Sport

The Solomon Islands national football team made history by becoming the first team to beat New Zealand into qualifying for a play-off spot against Australia for qualification to the World Cup 2006. They were defeated 7-0 in Australia and 2-1 at home.
On June 14 2008, the national Solomon Island Futsal team won the Oceania Futsal Championship in Fiji to qualify them for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup which was held in Brazil from September 30 to October 19, 2008.
.Solomon Islands is the futsal defending champions in the Oceania region.^ Data Map > All Regions / Continents > All Countries > Region: South Pacific > Country: Solomon Islands .
  • Joshua Project - Ethnic People Groups of Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.joshuaproject.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Just recently, the national Solomon Island Futsal team won the Oceania Futsal Championship in Fiji.^ The destruction of the Solomon Islands nation started when the people of Guadalcanal decided to take up arms to evict their fellow citizens of Malaita from their province.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ If not, then Solomon Islands will surely go from sliding down the failed-nation slope to actually being a failed nation.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ By petition presented to the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) on 24th March 1988 the Guadalcanal Provincial Government (GPG) demanded that the national government introduces “state government’ in Solomon Islands.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

They defeated the host nation Fiji, 8-0, to claim the title.
.The Solomon Islands' beach soccer team is considered the best team in Oceania , and has qualified for the last three FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups.^ Solomon Islands trails the world on every dimension of these essentials.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ At Rock Creek Aviary we focus our efforts on raising the most beautiful, best natured and hand tamed Solomon Island Eclectus babies we possibly can.
  • The Parrot Pages - Breeders & Aviaries 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.parrotpages.com [Source type: News]

^ Solomon Islands enters the 21st century with many of the world's poorest countries.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

The Solomon Islands national rugby union team has been playing internationals since 1969.
.The solomon Island rugby leauge team competed in the world cup.^ Solomon Islands trails the world on every dimension of these essentials.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Solomon Islands enters the 21st century with many of the world's poorest countries.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Some Solomon Island elite saw this police-aided Civilian Coup as a quick way of changing a world that was quickly shifting about them.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

Education

.Primary school attendance is far from universal in the Solomon Islands, particularly in Malaita.^ The destruction of the Solomon Islands nation started when the people of Guadalcanal decided to take up arms to evict their fellow citizens of Malaita from their province.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Solomon Islands culture differs widely, so there is no universal formula for success.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ So far in the Pacific we have yet to experience a failed state but Solomon Islands is fast sliding itself that way.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

[35] Male educational attainment tends to be higher than female educational attainment. [36] The University of the South Pacific has a campus on Guadalcanal. [37]

See also

References

  1. ^ Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division (2009) (.PDF). World Population Prospects, Table A.1. 2008 revision. United Nations. http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2008/wpp2008_text_tables.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Solomon Islands". International Monetary Fund. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2009/02/weodata/weorept.aspx?sy=2006&ey=2009&scsm=1&ssd=1&sort=country&ds=.&br=1&c=813&s=NGDPD%2CNGDPDPC%2CPPPGDP%2CPPPPC%2CLP&grp=0&a=&pr.x=47&pr.y=12. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  3. ^ Constitution of Solomon Islands (1978)
  4. ^ Constitution of Solomon Islands (1978)
  5. ^ National Parliament of Solomon Islands
  6. ^ Central Bank of Solomon Islands
  7. ^ "More Victims Ready to Testify in Next Hearings", Solomon Times, March 11, 2010
  8. ^ "Council of Women condemns beating", Solomon Star, March 11, 2010
  9. ^ Our Failing Neighbour - Australia and the future of Solomon Islands, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2003
  10. ^ "More volunteers to testify at Solomons Truth Commission", Radio New Zealand International, March 11, 2010
  11. ^ RAMSI
  12. ^ "Country profile: Solomon Islands", BBC
  13. ^ Kirch, Patrick Vinton (2002). On the Road of the Winds: An Archaeological History of the Pacific Islands. Berkley, California: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-23461-8
  14. ^ Untitled Document at www.commerce.gov.sb
  15. ^ Solomon Is: Failed State or Not Failed State? October 29, 2003. Pacific Magazine URL Accessed 2006-05-04
  16. ^ "Solomon Islands earthquake and tsunami", Breaking Legal News - International, 04-03-2007
  17. ^ "Aid reaches tsunami-hit Solomons", BBC News, 2007-04-03
  18. ^ Quake lifts Solomons island metres from the sea
  19. ^ CIA - The World Factbook - Solomon Islands
  20. ^ "Solomons a 'laughing stock'", - SBS World News, - 2007-07-11
  21. ^ Sireheti, Joanna., & Joy Basi, - "Solomon Islands PM Defeated in No-Confidence Motion", - Solomon Times, - 13 December 2007
  22. ^ Tuhaika, Nina., - "New Prime Minister for Solomon Islands", - Solomon Times, - 20 December 2007
  23. ^ "Solomon Islands parliament elects new PM", - ABC Radio Australia, - 20 December 2007
  24. ^ http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2009/04/solomon-islands-solar-a-new-microfinance-concept-takes-root?cmpid=WNL-Wednesday-April8-2009
  25. ^ CIA World Factbook. Country profile: Solomon Islands URL Accessed 2006-10-21
  26. ^ Spiller, Penny: "Riots highlight Chinese tensions", BBC News, Friday, 21 April 2006, 18:57 GMT
  27. ^ [1]
  28. ^ http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/data_sheets/cty_ds_SLB.html
  29. ^ http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/data_sheets/cty_ds_SLB.html
  30. ^ http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/data_sheets/cty_ds_SLB.html
  31. ^ http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/data_sheets/cty_ds_SLB.html
  32. ^ Centre for Intercultural Learning, Foreign Affairs Canada. "Country Insights: Solomon Islands". http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/country_overview-en.asp?print=1&ISO=SB&lvl=8. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  33. ^ International Religious Freedom Report 2007
  34. ^ BBC News. Country profile: Solomon Islands URL Accessed 2006-05-04
  35. ^ http://www.spc.int/prism/Country/SB/Stats/Publication/DHS07/factsheet/SOL-DHS_1-Pop.pdf
  36. ^ http://www.spc.int/prism/Country/SB/Stats/Publication/DHS07/factsheet/SOL-DHS_1-Pop.pdf
  37. ^ http://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=campuses
  • Hadden, Robert Lee. 2007. "The Geology of Guadalcanal: a Selected Bibliography of the Geology, Natural History, and the History of Guadalcanal [2]." Alexandria, VA: Topographic Engineering Center. 360 pages. Lists sources of information regarding the bodies of the US Marines of the Lt Col. Frank B. Goettge Reconnaissance patrol that was ambushed in August 1942.
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Oceania : Solomon Islands
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Location
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Quick Facts
Capital Honiara
Government parliamentary democracy tending toward anarchy
Currency Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)
Area 28,450 sq km
Population 494,786 (July 2002 est.)
Language Melanesian pidgin; English is official but spoken by only 1-2% of the population; note: 120 indigenous languages
Religion Anglican 45%, Roman Catholic 18%, United (Methodist/Presbyterian) 12%, Baptist 9%, Seventh-day Adventist 7%, other Protestant 5%, indigenous beliefs 4%
Electricity 240V/50Hz (Australian plug)
Calling Code +677
Internet TLD .sb
Time Zone UTC +11
.The Solomon Islands [1] are a South Pacific archipelago east of Papua New Guinea.^ The islands that constitute the nation of the Solomon Islands— Guadalcanal , Malaita, New Georgia, the Santa Cruz Islands, Choiseul, Ysabel (Santa Isabel), San Cristobal (Makira), the Shortland Islands, and countless smaller islands—are only part of the 900-mi (1,448-km) Solomon Islands chain, which also includes Bougainville and Buka, which are politically part of Papua New Guinea.
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^ World Bank to open branch in Solomon Islands 28 February 2008 - Source: Xinhua The World Bank is looking to increase its presence in the South Pacific nation of Solomon Islands with the setting up of a new office in the capital Honiara, the Suva-based Pacnews reported on Monday.
  • "Solomon Islands News Articles @ Eventpolynesia.com" 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.eventpolynesia.com [Source type: News]

^ Published by the Western Province Government of the Solomon Islands together with the Institute of Pacific Studies in Suva, Fiji.

.They occupy a strategic location on sea routes between the South Pacific Ocean, the Solomon Sea, and the Coral Sea.^ Strategic location on sea routes between the South Pacific Ocean, the Solomon Sea, and the Coral Sea; on 2 April 2007 an undersea earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale occurred 345 km WNW of the capital Honiara, the resulting tsunami devastated coastal areas of Western and Choiseul provinces with dozens of deaths and thousands dislocated; the provincial capital of Gizo was especially hard hit.
  • Flag Counter » Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC flagcounter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Flag Counter » Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC s05.flagcounter.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Solomon Islands (geography), group of islands and atolls, in the south-western Pacific Ocean, extending about 1,450 km (900 mi) between the Bismarck Archipelago on the west and the Santa Cruz Islands on the east.
  • Freegk.com : Worldatlas : Solomon Islands Map Data and Currency 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.freegk.com [Source type: News]

^ Most Solomon Islanders are Christian, with the Anglican, Roman Catholic, South Seas Evangelical, and Seventh-day Adventist faiths predominating.
  • Solomon Islands (09/09) 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Solomon Islands 20 November 2009 23:023 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The Solomon Islands is a fascinating region
  • Honiara - capital
  • Aola Bay
  • Lofung
  • Noro
  • Viru Harbor
  • Yandina

Understand

History

.The Solomon Islands came under a British protectorate in the 1890s.^ The United Kingdom established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in the 1890s.
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

^ The UK established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in the 1890s.
  • Solomon Islands. The World Factbook. 2008 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.bartleby.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The southern islands were placed under a British protectorate in 1893; the eastern islands were added to it in 1898.
  • Solomon Islands Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The islands were the scene of many battles during World War II, including the important battle of Guadalcanal.^ There are a total of 992 islands in the Solomon Islands, including the six main islands of New Georgia, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and San Cristóbal.
  • Culture of Solomon Islands - traditional, history, people, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, tribe, population, rituals, Alternative name, History and ethnic relations 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He also named Guadalcanal, the island on which it is located for a town in Spain, and many of the other geographical features of the Group, which probably takes its own name from his reports of its riches.  .

^ It is an amazing story of communicating across cultures, of creating with one's hands, of fleeing in the jungle from Japanese troops during World War II, of participating in the education and growth of Solomon Islands and its people.

.Following independence in 1978, government corruption and ethnic tensions came to the fore.^ On the eve of political independence in 1978, Solomon Islands' government leaders decided to retain the parliamentary system of government that had been employed during the colonial era.
  • Culture of Solomon Islands - traditional, history, people, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, tribe, population, rituals, Alternative name, History and ethnic relations 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Solomon Islands became self-governing in 1976 and independent in 1978.
  • Solomon Islands Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ U.S.-SOLOMON ISLANDS RELATIONS The United States and Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations following its independence on July 7, 1978.

.The Solomons have seen near anarchy in recent years, despite attempts to restore stability.^ Until 1998, when world prices for tropical timber fell steeply, timber was Solomon Islands main export product, and, in recent years, Solomon Islands forests were dangerously overexploited.

^ Despite the favourable developments in recent years, the position of many Pacific Islands countries (PICs) in terms of educational performance remains among the poorest in developing countries.
  • OLPC Solomon Islands - OLPC 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC wiki.laptop.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A succession of failed attempts followed until of these recent years when Ross Mining broke through with a 3% to the indigenous deal.
  • THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.thewatcherfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

.Tensions between the Guadalcanalese islanders and the Malaitan ethnic group have frequently bubbled over to a state of civil war.^ Commonly referred to as the tensions or the ethnic tension , the initial civil unrest was mainly characterised by fighting between the Isatabu Freedom Movement (also known as the Guadalcanal Revolutionary Army) and the Malaita Eagle Force (as well as the Marau Eagle Force ).
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

^ Severe ethnic tensions have occurred, mainly between the original inhabitants of Guadalcanal people and people from Malaita Island who have re-settled on Guadalcanal.
  • FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Solomon Islands, Profiles home 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.fao.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Geography

.Tropical monsoon climate, with few extremes of temperature and weather.^ It has a very humid tropical monsoon climate with few temperature extremes.
  • Solomon Islands - Climate Lab 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC climatelab.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Climate: Tropical monsoon.

^ The climate is oceanic-equatorial and extremely humid throughout the year, with a mean temperature of 27C. Temperatures cooler from June and August.
  • Country profile: Solomon Islands | The Guardian 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.Mostly rugged mountains with some low coral atolls, with the highest point being Mount Makarakomburu, at 2,447 meters.^ Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Mount Makarakomburu 2,447 m .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.it.usyd.edu.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ With terrain ranging from ruggedly mountainous islands to low-lying coral atolls, the Solomons stretch in a 1,450-kilometer (900 mi.

Get in

By plane

.The International Airport, Henderson, is 7 miles east of the capital, Honiara.^ The Islands' only international airport is in the capital of Honiara on Guadalcanal Island.
  • Solomon Islands Travel Guides || Jaunted 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.jaunted.com [Source type: News]

^ I had met Mike for the first time at Henderson Airport outside Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands on Guadalcanal.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Air Niugini, Air Pacific, Air Nauru and Air Vanuatu also offer flights to Henderson International Airport, Guadalcanal, which is eight kilometres from Honiara.  .

Scheduled flights depart from Brisbane, Australia about three times a week. .There are also flights departing from Vanuatu, Fiji and a handful of other South Pacific neighbours.^ Also, be sure to check out general travel information for your Solomon Islands holiday, and the local highlights of its Pacific neighbours Vanuatu , Samoa , Fiji , Cook Islands , Tonga and Australia .

^ Air Niugini, Air Pacific, Air Nauru and Air Vanuatu also offer flights to Henderson International Airport, Guadalcanal, which is eight kilometres from Honiara.  .

^ It is my belief, and others that there once was a huge civilization of these Giant people spread throughout the southwest Pacific as far away as Fiji and beyond, well before Homo-sapiens arrived.
  • THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.thewatcherfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

By sea

Cruise ships occasionally visit Honiara.
.It is also possible to travel from southern Bougainville in Papua New Guinea by boat into the Solomon Islands western province, as locals routinely travel between the Solomons' Shortland Islands and Bougainville.^ We are your local connection in the Solomon Islands.
  • Solomon Islands Hotels Accommodation - Solomon Islands Tours - Book Online at discounted rates with solomonislands-hotels.travel 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.solomonislands-hotels.travel [Source type: General]

^ The North Solomon Islands are divided between the independent Solomon Islands and Bougainville Province in Papua New Guinea .
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

^ Bougainville is geographically part of the Solomon Islands, but politically Papua New Guinea .
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

Talk

.The islands are home to more than 120 indigenous Melanesian languages, with most citizens speaking the local Melanesian pigin as a lingua franca.^ Radio is the most influential type of media in the Solomons Islands due to language differences, illiteracy , and the difficulty of receiving television signals in some parts of the country.
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

^ The Santa Cruz Islands (of which Tikopia is part), are situated north of Vanuatu and are especially isolated at more than 200 kilometres (120 mi) from the other islands.
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

^ While English is the official language, only 1-2% of the population speak English; the lingua franca is Solomons Pijin .
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

.English is the official language, but spoken by only 1 or 2% of the population.^ National or official language: English.
  • Ethnologue report for Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.ethnologue.com [Source type: General]

^ Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca; English is official but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population note: 120 indigenous languages .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.it.usyd.edu.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca; English (official; but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population); 120 indigenous languages .
  • WorldFlag.org |Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC theworldflag.org [Source type: News]
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Buy

ATM's are available in Honiara. Australian dollars are accepted at some hotels and resorts.
The bulk of the population depends on agriculture, fishing, and forestry for at least part of their livelihood. .Most manufactured goods and petroleum products must be imported.^ Manufactured goods and petroleum products have to be imported and are therefore expensive due to the costs of transportation.
  • Solomon Islands - Climate Lab 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC climatelab.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold.^ Its per capita GDP of $600 ranks Solomon Islands as a lesser undeveloped mineral resources such as lead , zinc , nickel , and gold .
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

^ The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold.
  • Solomon Islands. The World Factbook. 2008 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.bartleby.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Customary land tenure systems have often been regarding as an impediment to resource development in countries such Solomon Islands where a significant percentage of land is customary owned.
  • Underlying Causes of Deforestation: Solomon Island 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.wrm.org.uy [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.However, severe ethnic violence, the closing of key business enterprises, and an empty government treasury have led to serious economic disarray, indeed near collapse.^ Since 1998 ethnic violence, government misconduct and crime have undermined stability and society.
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

^ Ethnic violence, government malfeasance, and endemic crime have undermined stability and civil society.
  • Jobs in Solomon Islands Careers, Jobs, Education - Careers.org 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC international.careers.org [Source type: News]
  • Solomon Islands phone card country calling code is 677 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.pinplan.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, a Japanese joint venture, Solomon Taiyo Ltd., which operated the only fish cannery in the country, closed in mid-2000 as a result of the ethnic disturbances.
  • Solomon Islands (09/09) 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.virtualsources.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Tanker deliveries of crucial fuel supplies (including those for electrical generation) have become sporadic due to the government's inability to pay and attacks against ships.^ And finance issues are those that the assembly may legislate on in order to generate income for the province to assist in service delivery or in carrying out development activities.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

Telecommunications are threatened by the nonpayment of bills and by the lack of technical and maintenance staff, many of whom have left the country.

Stay safe

.While not as bad as neighboring Papua New Guinea, crime rates in the Solomon Islands are high.^ The Solomon Islands lie in the southwest Pacific, to the east and south of Papua New Guinea.
  • FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Solomon Islands, Profiles home 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.fao.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Bougainville is geographically part of the Solomon Islands, but politically Papua New Guinea .
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

^ Most of the islands are part of the Solomon Islands rain forests ecoregion, which also includes the islands of Bougainville and Buka, which are part of Papua New Guinea , these forests have come under pressure from forestry activities.
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

.Travel after dark is dangerous, especially in Honiara, and muggers have been known to target tourists at the Japanese War Memorial on Mt Austin even in broad daylight.^ From The Borderline very near Mount Austin, and further up the road past the Japanese Memorial are three Guadalcanal tribes.
  • THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.thewatcherfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Gang-based criminal activity has increased in and around the Burns Creek area in East Honiara and in the Borderline area, which is close to the Japanese memorial.
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Japanese War Memorial of the Solomon Islands, located at Mount Austin of Honiara, would have to be the only one of its type in the world.
  • THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.thewatcherfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

.Ethnic tension between Guales (residents of Guadalcanals) and Malaitans, as well as between everybody and the Chinese, continue to simmer.^ Severe ethnic tensions have occurred, mainly between the original inhabitants of Guadalcanal people and people from Malaita Island who have re-settled on Guadalcanal.
  • FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Solomon Islands, Profiles home 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.fao.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Circumstantially, in 1999 the Japanese were just about to do a 2,000 strong military exercise (or as they say) in the middle of Guadalcanal, but the ethnic tension stopped that.
  • THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.thewatcherfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They terrorized and ethnically cleansed Malaitans from the oil palm plantations in East Guadalcanal as well as many other island groups living in the rest of the island.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

.Australian troops have been in place since 2003 to keep things in check, but this did not prevent violent rioting in Honiara in 2006 from destroying large parts of the city.^ Since 2003, Australian Defense Force leads the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) to maintain civil and political order and reinforce regional security.
  • WorldFlag.org |Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC theworldflag.org [Source type: News]

^ In July 2003, Australian and Pacific Island police and troops arrived in the Solomon Islands under the auspices of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

^ In July 2003, Australian and Pacific Island police and troops Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

Stay healthy

.Malaria is the biggest health issue in the Solomon Islands.^ Understanding the issue of landownership is vital to the development of land-based resources in Solomon Islands (as it is in other Melanesian countries).
  • Underlying Causes of Deforestation: Solomon Island 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.wrm.org.uy [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION: Hospitals and pharmacies in the Solomon Islands are limited to population centers and missions.
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Solomon Islands dolphins' health status is questionable, as the anti-bodies from two contagious and dangerous diseases (brucellosis and morbillivirus) were reported in the 2003 animals.
  • Captures in Solomon Islands | Humane Society International 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.hsus.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Travelers to the area should take anti-malarial pills before, during and after their stay.
.Saltwater Crocodiles are relatively common (in comparison to other islands in the South Pacific) in the Solomon Islands and great care should be taken while in or near ANY body of water.^ Other destinations in Pacific Islands .
  • Cheap flights to Solomon Islands | Book Solomon Islands flights with DialAFlight™ 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.dialaflight.com [Source type: General]

^ Solomon Island waters are notorious for sharks.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Solomon Islands was one of the major staging areas of the South Pacific and was home to the legendary VMF-214 "Black Sheep" Squadron commanded by Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington .
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

Knowledge is the best defense for yourself and for the protection of the crocs themselves. .While by no means anywhere even close to crocodile levels in both Northern Australia and New Guinea, the population is still considered relatively healthy on the Solomons in comparison to much of the species' Southeast Asian range.^ Relations with Papua New Guinea, which had become strained because of an influx of refugees from the Bougainville rebellion and attacks on the northern islands of the Solomon Islands by elements pursuing Bougainvillean rebels, have been repaired.

^ The problems children face in the Solomons to get an education are huge, especially when schools have no electricity, safe water, toilets, or even desks.
  • UNICEF NZ Children's Charity | Helping Children Survive & Thrive 20 November 2009 23:023 UTC www.unicef.org.nz [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Assistance by donors, including Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Japan, and the Republic of China, also provides a positive impact on the economic development of the Solomon Islands.
  • Solomon Islands - Climate Lab 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC climatelab.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This is especially true of the islands closest to New Guinea, which hold the highest populations in the Solomons.^ Relations with Papua New Guinea, which had become strained because of an influx of refugees from the Bougainville rebellion and attacks on the northern islands of the Solomon Islands by elements pursuing Bougainvillean rebels, have been repaired.
  • Solomon Islands (09/09) 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.virtualsources.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are a total of 992 islands in the Solomon Islands, including the six main islands of New Georgia, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and San Cristóbal.
  • Culture of Solomon Islands - traditional, history, people, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, tribe, population, rituals, Alternative name, History and ethnic relations 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Assistance by donors, including Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Japan, and the Republic of China, also provides a positive impact on the economic development of the Solomon Islands.
  • Solomon Islands - Climate Lab 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC climatelab.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

.SOLOMON ISLANDS (Ger., Salomoinseln), an archipelago of the Western Pacific Ocean, included in Melanesia, and forming a chain (in continuation of that of the Admiralty Islands and New Mecklenburg in the Bismarck Archipelago) from N.W. to S.E. between 154° 40' and 162° 30' E., 5° and 11° S., with a total land area of 17,000 sq.^ Solomon Islands - Guadalcanal to Russell Islands 30/11/2008 .
  • Solomon Islands - Guadalcanal to Russell Islands | Chasse Spleen 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sailblogs.com [Source type: General]

^ Solomon Islands: Land use / Resources .
  • Solomon Islands Deforestation Rates and Related Forestry Figures 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC rainforests.mongabay.com [Source type: Reference]

^ New Zealand visitors to the Solomon Islands: .
  • Solomon Islands - Country Information Paper - NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.mfat.govt.nz [Source type: News]

m. .(For map, see Pacific Ocean.^ (For map , see Pacific Ocean.
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^ She left her parents and 8 siblings in New Hampshire to make the long voyage across the Pacific Ocean believing that she would never see them again.
  • Suz' Sugar Gliders - Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.suzsugargliders.com [Source type: Original source]

^ See also: Clickable map of Solomon Islands North Solomon (Bougainville) Pacific Community RAMSI-Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands .
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC flagspot.net [Source type: Original source]
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) .A comparatively shallow sea surrounds the islands and indicates physical connexion with the Bismarck Archipelago and New Guinea, whereas directly east of the Solomons there 1 Some sentences from W. R. Smith's article in Ency.^ Coral Sea, east of the southern tip of New Guinea.
  • Welcome to the Solomon Islands Diocese 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.catholicnet.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Solomon Islands The Solomon Islands are in the South Pacific, east of New Guinea, and export copra and coconuts.
  • Solomon Islands Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Solomon Islands lie in the southwest Pacific, to the east and south of Papua New Guinea.
  • FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Solomon Islands, Profiles home 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.fao.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Brit.,
9th ed., have been retained and in places modified.^ Brit., 9th ed., have been retained and in places modified.
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are greater depths. .The principal island at the north-west end of the chain is Bougainville (390o sq.^ The principal island at the north-west end of the chain is Bougainville (390o sq.
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^ In 1893 the islands Malaita, Marovo, Guadalcanal ' He called Gower, Inattendue; Ulava, Contrariete; and named Port Praslin, the harbour at the north-west of Ysabel.
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^ The names of the principal islands, proceeding from the south-east in a north-westerly direction, are San Christoval, Malaita, Guadalcanar, Florida , New Georgia, Vella Lavella, Ysabel Choiseul, and Bougainville.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Southern Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

m.), and that at the south-east .San Cristoval or Bauro.^ San Cristoval or Bauro.
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.Between these the chain is double, consisting (from the north-west) of Choiseul (2260 sq.^ Between these the chain is double, consisting (from the north-west) of Choiseul (2260 sq.
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^ The group consists of a double chain of six large continental islands and hundreds of smaller ones.
  • AllGov - Nations - Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.allgov.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The principal island at the north-west end of the chain is Bougainville (390o sq.
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m.), .Isabel (Ysabel, of about the same area as Choiseul) and Malaita (2400 sq.^ Isabel (Ysabel, of about the same area as Choiseul) and Malaita (2400 sq.
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^ There are a total of 992 islands in the Solomon Islands, including the six main islands of New Georgia, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and San Cristóbal.
  • Culture of Solomon Islands - traditional, history, people, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, tribe, population, rituals, Alternative name, History and ethnic relations 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Other notable islands are Malaita, Santa Isabel, San Cristóbal, Choiseul, New Georgia, and the Santa Cruz group.
  • Solomon Islands - Climate Lab 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC climatelab.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

m.) to the north, and .Vella Lavella, Ronongo, Kulambangra, Kausagi, Marovo (New Georgia or Rubiana) and the Hammond Islands, and Guadalcanal.^ The six main islands are: Choiseul; Santa Isabel; New Georgia; Guadalcanal; Malaita; and Makira.
  • ReefBase :: Global Database : Resources - Overview - Southwest Pacific, Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.reefbase.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Dormant volcanoes, that still emit fumes, are Savo Island between Florida Islands and Guadalcanal, and in western New Georgia, Simbo volcano on Nusa Simbo Island and Paraso volcano on Vella Lavella.
  • ReefBase :: Global Database : Resources - Overview - Southwest Pacific, Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.reefbase.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Most of the land-based diving can be found either in the Western Province, on the island of Gizo , and in New Georgia .

.' or Guanbata (2500 sq.^ Guanbata (2500 sq.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

m.). .Between and around these main islands there are many smaller islands.^ Between and around these main islands there are many smaller islands.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Volcanoes are situated on several of the larger islands, while many of the smaller islands are low-lying coral atolls with one or two trees.
  • World Vision - Information and Facts About Solomon Islands — World Vision 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.worldvision.org [Source type: News]

^ Volcanoes with varying degrees of activity are situated on some of the larger islands, while many of the smaller islands are simply tiny atolls covered in sand and palm trees.
  • SOLOMON ISLANDS 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.janeresture.com [Source type: General]
  • Solomon Islands Vacation Guide, Solomon Island Cruises, Solomon Island Tours, Cruises 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.travelwizard.com [Source type: News]

.Ongtong Java, a coral reef of many islets, lies considerably north of the main group to which, geographically, it can hardly be said to belong.'^ Ongtong Java , a coral reef of many islets, lies considerably north of the main group to which, geographically, it can hardly be said to belong.'
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The coral reefs of the western Solomons, including Ranongga's, were ranked among the best in the world, according to Danny Kennedy, a dive operator based on Ghizo, the main island.
  • Solomon island lifted three metres by quake - Asia, World - The Independent 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Deforestation; soil erosion; many of the surrounding coral reefs are dead or dying .
  • Jobs in Solomon Islands Careers, Jobs, Education - Careers.org 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC international.careers.org [Source type: News]

.Bougainville, the largest of the group, contains Mt Balbi (10,170 ft.^ Bougainville, the largest of the group, contains Mt Balbi (10,170 ft.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

), and two active volcanoes. .In Guadalcanar is Mt Lammas (8000 ft.^ In Guadalcanar is Mt Lammas (8000 ft.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

), while the extreme heights of the other islands range between 2500 and 5000 ft. .The islands (by convention of 1899) are divided unequally between Great Britain and German y, the boundary running through Bougainville Strait, so that that island and Buka belong to Germany (being officially administered from Kaiser Wilhelm's Land), but the rest (South Solomons) are British.^ The rest of the Solomon Island chain became a British Protectorate in 1893.
  • Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands : A Tourism, Travel and Information Guide : Basecamp International 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC guadalcanal.com [Source type: News]

^ Solomon Islands: Land use / Resources .
  • Solomon Islands Deforestation Rates and Related Forestry Figures 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC rainforests.mongabay.com [Source type: Reference]

^ In 1900, Germany transferred its islands (except Bougainville and Buka) to Great Britain in return for British withdrawal from W Samoa.
  • Solomon Islands News - Breaking World Solomon Islands News - The New York Times 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

.The islands are well watered, though the streams seem to be small; the coasts afford some good harbours.^ The islands are well watered, though the streams seem to be small; the coasts afford some good harbours.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It certainly seems as though he had a good time!
  • Solomon Islands on Bilikiki - Feedback - ScubaBoard 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.scubaboard.com [Source type: General]

^ All the large and some of the small islands appear to be composed of ancient volcanic rock, with an incrustation of coral limestone showing here and there along the coast.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.All the large and some of the small islands appear to be composed of ancient volcanic rock, with an incrustation of coral limestone showing here and there along the coast.^ All the large and some of the small islands appear to be composed of ancient volcanic rock, with an incrustation of coral limestone showing here and there along the coast.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ High attack rates of ciguatera poisoning from eating large reef-dwelling fish have been reported on some of the islands.
  • Health Information for Solomon Islands | CDC Travelers' Health 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC wwwnc.cdc.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Some of the islands are large, with mountain interiors and fast-flowing rivers, while others are tiny atolls in stunning lagoons.
  • Solomon Islands Travel Information and Travel Guide - Lonely Planet 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.lonelyplanet.com [Source type: General]

.The mountains generally fall steeply to the sea.^ The mountains generally fall steeply to the sea.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The six largest islands, rise steeply from the sea and each has a central mountain spine with peaks up to 2450m.
  • ReefBase :: Global Database : Resources - Overview - Southwest Pacific, Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.reefbase.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There is some level land in Bougainville, but little elsewhere.^ There is some level land in Bougainville, but little elsewhere.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In some cases there is belief in a good spirit inhabiting a pleasant land, and an evil spirit associated with a volcano ; also in a future life.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When a Whiteman hears such things, and there are plenty of them, for some reason it has always just gone straight over their heads and they havent even got a little curious.
  • THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.thewatcherfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

.Deep valleys separate the gently rounded ridges of forest-clad mountains, lofty spurs descend from the interior, and, running down to the sea, terminate frequently in bold rocky headlands 800 to moo ft.^ The larger islands are volcanic, densely forested mountain ranges with steep, narrow river valleys and thin coastal plains with mangrove and coconut palms.

^ The area from where these large blocks of stone were quarried is miles down the mountain range on the west coast near the sea.
  • THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.thewatcherfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

in height, as in San Cristoval (north coast). .On the small high island of Florida there is much undulating grass-land interspersed with fine clumps of trees; patches of cultivated land surround its numerous villages, and plantations on the hill-sides testify to the richness of its soil.^ On the small high island of Florida there is much undulating grass -land interspersed with fine clumps of trees; patches of cultivated land surround its numerous villages, and plantations on the hill-sides testify to the richness of its soil.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Soil quality ranges from extremely rich volcanic (there are volcanoes with varying degrees of activity on some of the larger islands) to relatively infertile limestone.
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.pustakalaya.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For Solomon Islands, the issue of most concern is not so much deforestation - the removal of primary forests to the extent that it results in the conversion of formerly forested land to grass land, or the complete desertification of the land (Johnson and Cabarle 1993).
  • Underlying Causes of Deforestation: Solomon Island 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.wrm.org.uy [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The whole chain of islands appears to be rising steadily. .Some of the smaller islands are of recent calcareous formation.^ In the Russell Islands we did some natural rock formations at Leru Cut, Custom Cave and Mirror Pond.
  • Solomon Islands October 2006 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC underwa.ter.net [Source type: General]

^ Recent attacks on the TPA by interest groups in Solomon Islands deserve some comments.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ Volcanoes with varying degrees of activity are situated on some of the larger islands, while many of the smaller islands are simply tiny atolls covered in sand and palm trees.

.Barrier and fringing reefs, as well as atolls, occur in the group, but the channels between the islands are dangerous chiefly from the strong currents which set through them.^ Barrier and fringing reefs, as well as atolls, occur in the group, but the channels between the islands are dangerous chiefly from the strong currents which set through them.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Flag of Solomon Islands Background: The Solomon Islands consist of six major and approximately 900 smaller volcanic islands, coral atolls and reefs, more than 300 of them are inhabited.
  • Solomon Islands - Solomons - Country Profile - Melanesia - South Pacfic Ocean 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.nationsonline.org [Source type: News]

^ Severe ethnic tensions have occurred, mainly between the original inhabitants of Guadalcanal people and people from Malaita Island who have re-settled on Guadalcanal.
  • FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Solomon Islands, Profiles home 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.fao.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The climate is very damp and debilitating.^ The climate is very damp and debilitating.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The rainfall is unusually heavy.^ The rainfall is unusually heavy.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Fever and ague prevail on the coast.^ Fever and ague prevail on the coast.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The healthiest portions are the highlands, where most exposed to the south-east trades.^ The healthiest portions are the highlands, where most exposed to the south-east trades.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The dry season, with north-west winds, lasts from December to May.^ The dry season, with north-west winds, lasts from December to May.
  • Solomon Islands - LoveToKnow 1911 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Climate: Dry in late May to early December and averages about 29 degre celcius throughout the year.
  • South Pacific Tourism Organisation - Solomon Islands Solomons Accommodation Activities Calendar Photo Gallery 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.spto.org [Source type: News]

^ The southeast trade winds blow almost continually from the end of April to November (if the wind shifts to north or west at this time, it means a storm is on the way).
  • Solomon Islands Travel Guide, South Pacific Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.southpacific.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Vegetation is luxuriant; magnificent forests clothe the mountains, and sandalwood, ebony and lignum vitae, besides a variety of palms, are found in them.^ Exotic orchids, many varieties of extra large frangipanis, colourful bougainvilleas, ferns and palms are found everywhere and butterflies are abundant.

^ The larger islands are volcanic, densely forested mountain ranges with steep, narrow river valleys and thin coastal plains with mangrove and coconut palms.

^ On the tip of a coral spit covered in vegetation, dominated by the high mountains behind, we entered the forest at a place known as Pa Na Ghudu.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

Mangrove swamps are common on the coasts. .The probable geological connexion with New Guinea would account for the Papuan character of the fauna of the Solomons, which form the eastern limit of certain Papuan types.^ The Solomon Islands are located towards the south east of Papua New Guinea , with Australia a mere three hours away by air.
  • Solomon Islands Hotels Accommodation - Solomon Islands Tours - Book Online at discounted rates with solomonislands-hotels.travel 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.solomonislands-hotels.travel [Source type: General]

^ From New Guinea to the Solomons there is an almost continuous chain of islands stretching through New Britain to Santa Cruz.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ With its 27,556-square-km area, the Solomons is the second-largest insular nation of the South Pacific (after Papua New Guinea) with 5,313 km of coastline.
  • Solomon Islands Travel Guide, South Pacific Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.southpacific.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The existence of peculiar types in the Solomons, however, points to an early severance.^ In early October, however, Moti escaped to Solomon Islands on a clandestine PNG Defense Force flight.
  • The Contemporary Pacific:Melanesia in Review: Solomon Islands - September 18, 2007 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC archives.pireport.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However Solomon Islands defense still was not solid enough and American Samoa used it to pour in 54 points in the second half completing a comprehensive victory.
  • Solomon Islands Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings - AUSTRALIABASKET 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.australiabasket.com [Source type: General]

.Mammals are not numerous; they include the cuscus, several species of bat, and some rats of great size.^ Colourful parrots and pigeons fly through the forests of the Solomons, as well as numerous insect-eating bats and fruit-eating flying foxes, and some of the 70 species of reptile that inhabit the islands, from turtles to lizards, are also to be found.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are some eighteen species of hornbill in the great forests of South-east Asia; many more are to be found in Africa.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Animals include opossums, bats and mice and there are more than 150 species of birds with many species of parrot and incubator bird.

.There are various peculiar species of frogs, lizards and snakes, including the great frog Rana Guppyi, from 2 to 3 lb in weight.^ The 70 species of reptiles include crocodiles, frogs, lizards, skinks, snakes, toads, and marine turtles.
  • Solomon Islands Travel Guide, South Pacific Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.southpacific.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are many species of colorful parrots and 130 species of butterflies, including several species of birdwings.
  • Solomon Islands Travel Guide, South Pacific Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.southpacific.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are some eighteen species of hornbill in the great forests of South-east Asia; many more are to be found in Africa.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

.Of birds, several parrots and other genera are characteristically Papuan and are unknown east of the Solomons.^ A tsunami hit the Solomon Islands, killing at least 40 people, leaving many others missing, and destroying several villages.
  • Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands : A Tourism, Travel and Information Guide : Basecamp International 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC guadalcanal.com [Source type: News]

^ The government of the Solomon Islands reported in a press release, April 2, two confirmed deaths and several others missing in Sasamunga village in South Choiseul.
  • Strong earthquake near Solomon Islands, tsunami reported - Wikinews, the free news source 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC en.wikinews.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I want to do business with Solomon Island, would like to purchase timber for UAE and other parts of middle east, is it possible?
  • Me in the Solomon Islands, 2003 Photo Gallery by Marcus at pbase.com 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.pbase.com [Source type: General]

Population

.The Solomon islanders are of Melanesian (Papuan) stock, though in different parts of the group they vary considerably in their physical characteristics, in some islands approaching the pure Papuan, in some showing Polynesian crossings and in others resembling the Malays.^ Some are from show stock while others are not.
  • The Parrot Pages - Breeders & Aviaries 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.parrotpages.com [Source type: News]

^ Some of the outlying islands such as Rennell, Bellona, Ontong, Java and Tikopia - the so-called Polynesian Outliers - were colonized by Polynesians.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They were the scene of some of the bloodiest battles of the second world war during the Solomon Islands campaign of 1942-45.
  • Country profile: Solomon Islands | The Guardian 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.As a race they are small and sturdy, taller in the north than in the south.^ To the north-east lies Samoa, to the south the remaining islands of Tonga and to the south-west the islands of the Fiji group, both large and small.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They are part of a long chain of archipelagos called Melanesia, which stretches from Papua New Guinea in the north to New Caledonia and Fiji in the south.
  • Culture of Solomon Islands - traditional, history, people, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, tribe, population, rituals, Alternative name, History and ethnic relations 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Projecting brows, deeply sunk dark eyes, short noses, either straight or arched, but 'always depressed at the root, and moderately thick lips, with a somewhat receding chin, are general characteristics. The mesocephalic appears to be the preponderant form of skull; though this is unusual among Melanesian races. .In colour the skin varies from a black-brown to a copperish hue, but the darker are the most common shades.^ Crafts vary from brown streaked and black ebony hardwood carvings of figureheads for war canoes in the Nguzunguzu area.

^ Where the genes originated that turn Solomon Islanders' hair any shade from black through reddish brown to the colour of bleached straw is something of a mystery.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Like the incidence of lighter skin, that of lighter hair on the Solomon Islanders increases to the east and is most common among the Malaitains.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

The hair is naturally dark, but is often dyed red or fawn, and crisp, inclining to woolly. .The islanders of the Bougainville Straits have lank, almost straight, black hair and very dark skins.^ Garishly-coloured tourists were draped across the furniture, dark, fuzzy-haired Solomon Islanders shimmered between them carrying silver trays of drinks.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Their dark skins are made doubly striking by the fact that many of them have bushy blond hair.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Where the genes originated that turn Solomon Islanders' hair any shade from black through reddish brown to the colour of bleached straw is something of a mystery.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

To strangers the natives have long had the reputation of being treacherous. They are cannibals, infanticide is common, and head Guadalcanal of the Spanish discoverers.
.This group, so named by Abel Tasman in 1643, is also called Leuenewa or Lord Howe, and is densely inhabited by natives said to be of Polynesian origin.^ Alternate names : Leuangiua, Lord Howe, Luangiua, Luaniua.
  • Ethnologue report for Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.ethnologue.com [Source type: General]

hunting was formerly prevalent. The average lot of the women is that of slaves. In some cases there is belief in a good spirit inhabiting a pleasant land, and an evil spirit associated with a volcano; also in a future life. .The language is of pure Melanesian type, though a number of dialects are spoken.^ Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca; English is official but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population note: 120 indigenous languages .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca, English spoken by 1%-2% of population note:  120 indigenous languages .

^ Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca; English (official; but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population); 120 indigenous languages .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The natives are good agriculturists. .The Solomon Islands are, in the Pacific, the eastern limit of the use of the shield.^ Solomon Islands: Land use / Resources .
  • Solomon Islands Deforestation Rates and Related Forestry Figures 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC rainforests.mongabay.com [Source type: Reference]

^ U.S. trade with Solomon Islands is very limited.
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.factmonster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Solomon Islands 20 November 2009 23:023 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "We in the Pacific, and in Solomon Islands for that matter, are still in our infant stages in life and development.
  • Judicial whippings, Solomon Islands, March 2006 - CORPUN ARCHIVE sbj00603 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.corpun.com [Source type: Original source]

The canoes are skilfully built of planks sewn together and caulked. The high carved prow and stern give the craft almost a crescent shape. .These and the gunwale are tastefully inlaid with mother-of-pearl and wreathed with shells and feathers.^ Carving in the west is done in brown-streaked kerosene wood (Corsia subcordata) or black ebony, both hardwoods, which may be inlaid with nautilus shell or mother-of-pearl.
  • Solomon Islands Travel Guide, South Pacific Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.southpacific.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The British islands are under a resident commissioner, and have some trade in copra, ivory, nuts, pearl shell and other produce.^ In 1898 and 1899, more outlying islands were added to the protectorate; in 1900 the remainder of the archipelago, an area previously under German jurisdiction, was transferred to British administration.
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.factmonster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They came under British jurisdiction in the 1890s; the British Solomon Islands Protectorate was declared in 1893.
  • Solomon Islands (Pacific Ocean) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Provision of water supplies (other than urban water supply, in areas prescribed by the Minister under the Solomon Islands Water Authority Act).
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

Coco-nuts, pine-apples and bananas, with some cocoa and coffee, are cultivated on small areas. The German islands have a small trade in sandalwood, tortoise-shell, &c. The total population may be roughly estimated at 180,000.

History

.The Spanish navigator Alvaro Mendana must be credited with the discovery of these islands in 1567, though it is somewhat doubtful whether he was actually the first European who set eyes on them.^ The first Europeans to visit the Islands were the Spanish with Alvaro de Mendana naming them the Solomons.

^ Solomon Islands' first contact with Europeans was in 1568, when the Spanish explorer Mendana visited the islands.
  • Solomon Islands - Country Information Paper - NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.mfat.govt.nz [Source type: News]

^ The European discoverer of the Solomons was the Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana Y Neyra, who set out from Peru in 1567 to seek the legendary Isles of Solomon.
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.factmonster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Solomon Islands 20 November 2009 23:023 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In anticipation of their natural riches he named them Islas de Salomon. .The expedition surveyed the southern portion of the group, and named the three large islands San Cristoval, Guadalcanal and Ysabel.^ Other notable islands are Malaita, Santa Isabel, San Cristóbal, Choiseul, New Georgia, and the Santa Cruz group.
  • Solomon Islands - Climate Lab 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC climatelab.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are a total of 992 islands in the Solomon Islands, including the six main islands of New Georgia, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and San Cristóbal.
  • Culture of Solomon Islands - traditional, history, people, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, tribe, population, rituals, Alternative name, History and ethnic relations 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This conflict had its roots in a complex mix of development and ethnic issues but came to be expressed in intermittent conflict between groups of loosely aligned ethnic factions largely from two peoples of Solomon Islands – those from Malaita and those from Guadalcanal.
  • Solomon Islands - Country Information Paper - NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.mfat.govt.nz [Source type: News]

.On his return to Peru, Mendana endeavoured to organize another expedition to colonize the islands, but it was not before June 1595 that he, with Pedro Quiros as second in command, was able to set sail for this purpose.^ Mendaña returns from Peru with second expedition .
  • Solomon Islands Travel Guide, South Pacific Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.southpacific.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The European discoverer of the Solomons was the Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana Y Neyra, who set out from Peru in 1567 to seek the legendary Isles of Solomon.
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.factmonster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Solomon Islands 20 November 2009 23:023 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Of course, much is yet to be done before Solomon Islands returns to full normalcy but at least we know where we are going.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

.The Marquesas and Santa Cruz islands were now discovered; but on one of the latter, after various delays, Mendana died, and the expedition collapsed.^ Other notable islands are Malaita, Santa Isabel, San Cristóbal, Choiseul, New Georgia, and the Santa Cruz group.
  • Solomon Islands - Climate Lab 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC climatelab.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Temotu Province, Tikopia Island; settlements on other islands including Vanikoro, Santa Cruz, and Makira.
  • Ethnologue report for Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.ethnologue.com [Source type: General]

^ The Santa Cruz Islands are part of the Vanuatu rain forests ecoregion, together with the neighboring archipelago of Vanuatu .
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.pustakalaya.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Even the position of the Solomon Islands was now in uncertainty, for the Spaniards, fearing lest they should lose the benefits expected to accrue from these discoveries, kept secret the narratives of Mendana and Quiros.^ Assistance by donors, including Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Japan, and the Republic of China, also provides a positive impact on the economic development of the Solomon Islands.
  • Solomon Islands - Climate Lab 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC climatelab.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are now 130 member states (including Solomon Islands), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.

^ One of the last areas of the world to fall under European religious and political control, the Solomon Islands remain today the best-kept secret in the South Pacific.
  • Solomon Islands Travel Guide, South Pacific Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.southpacific.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Solomon Islands were thus lost sight of until, in 1767, Philip Carteret lighted on their eastern shores at Gower Island, and passed to the north of the group, without, however, recognizing that it formed part of the Spanish discoveries.^ Captain Carteret rediscovers the Solomon Islands .
  • Solomon Islands Travel Guide, South Pacific Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.southpacific.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ British mariner Philip Carteret entered Solomon waters in 1767.
  • Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.factmonster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Solomon Islands 20 November 2009 23:023 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Radio is the most influential type of media in the Solomons Islands due to language differences, illiteracy , and the difficulty of receiving television signals in some parts of the country.
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

In 1768 Louis de Bougainville found his way thither. .He discovered the three northern islands (Buka, Bougainville and Choiseul), and sailed through the channel which divides the two last and bears his name.^ Solomon Islands law provides for a channel through which individuals and groups may put demands on the state in the same way that the state may also put demands on its citizens.
  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.sibconline.com.sb [Source type: Original source]

^ The two peace monitoring groups have bases scattered through the two main islands, and their workers talk up the peace process in church gatherings and village markets.
  • TIME Pacific Journey | Broken Nation | August 20-27, 2001 | NO. 33 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.time.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Choiseul which is a three hundred long by eighty kilometres wide Island to the western extremity of the Solomons has just as many Giant people living in its interior as Guadalcanal.
  • THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.thewatcherfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

.In 1769 a French navigator, M. de Surville, was the first, in spite of the hostility of the natives, to make any lengthened stay in the group.^ The first European to discover the islands was the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira , coming from Peru in 1568.
  • Top20SolomonIslands.com - Your Top20 Guide to Solomon Islands! 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.top20solomonislands.com [Source type: News]

.He gave some of the islands the French names they still bear,' and brought home some detailed information concerning them which he called Terre des Arsacides (Land of the Assassins); but their identity with Mendana's Islas de Salomon was soon established by French geographers.^ Some of the outlying islands such as Rennell, Bellona, Ontong, Java and Tikopia - the so-called Polynesian Outliers - were colonized by Polynesians.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They were the scene of some of the bloodiest battles of the second world war during the Solomon Islands campaign of 1942-45.
  • Country profile: Solomon Islands | The Guardian 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ He also named Guadalcanal, the island on which it is located for a town in Spain, and many of the other geographical features of the Group, which probably takes its own name from his reports of its riches.  .

.In 1788 the English lieutenant Shortland coasted along the south side of the chain, and, supposing it to be a continuous land, named it New Georgia; and in 1792 Captain Edward Manning sailed through the strait which separates Ysabel from Choiseul and now bears his name.^ The islands that constitute the nation of the Solomon Islands— Guadalcanal , Malaita, New Georgia, the Santa Cruz Islands, Choiseul, Ysabel (Santa Isabel), San Cristobal (Makira), the Shortland Islands, and countless smaller islands—are only part of the 900-mi (1,448-km) Solomon Islands chain, which also includes Bougainville and Buka, which are politically part of Papua New Guinea.
  • Solomon Islands Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are a total of 992 islands in the Solomon Islands, including the six main islands of New Georgia, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and San Cristóbal.
  • Culture of Solomon Islands - traditional, history, people, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, tribe, population, rituals, Alternative name, History and ethnic relations 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They lie in two parallel chains running northwest-southeast: the southern chain includes Vella Lavella, the New Georgia Islands , Savo, and Guadalcanal; the northern, Choiseul , Santa Isabel , and Malaita .
  • Solomon Islands (Pacific Ocean) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the same year, and in 1793, d'Entrecasteaux surveyed portions of the coast-line of the large islands.^ Large-scale commercial logging in Solomon Islands started over 30 years ago.
  • Underlying Causes of Deforestation: Solomon Island 16 September 2009 4:46 UTC www.wrm.org.uy [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Dumont d'Urville in 1838 continued the survey.
.Traders now endeavoured to settle in the islands, and missionaries began to think of this fresh field for labour, but neither met with much success, and little was heard of the islanders save accounts of murder and plunder.^ Whaling boats and traders began to visit the archipelago during the nineteenth century, followed closely by missionaries.
  • Solomon Islands - Country Information Paper - NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.mfat.govt.nz [Source type: News]

^ The revelations of such transnational criminals entering the Solomon Islands with relative ease are a huge concern to all right thinking Solomon Islanders.
  • "Solomon Islands News Articles @ Eventpolynesia.com" 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.eventpolynesia.com [Source type: News]

^ Some of the earliest accounts were given by Andrew Cheyne, who visited the island in the island in the 1840s when European traders were permanently settled here.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

In 1845 the French Marist Fathers went to Isabel, where Mgr Epaulle, first vicarapostolic of Melanesia, was killed by the natives soon after landing. Three years later this mission had to be abandoned; but in 1881 work was again resumed. .In 1856 John Coleridge Patteson, afterwards bishop of Melanesia, had paid his first visit to the islands, and native teachers trained at the Melanesian mission college subsequently 'established themselves there.^ A Spanish explorer, lvaro de Mendea de Neira, was the first European to visit the islands (1568), but his colonizing efforts failed.
  • Solomon Islands News - Breaking World Solomon Islands News - The New York Times 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ History A Spanish explorer, Álvaro de Mendeña de Neira, was the first European to visit the islands (1568), but his colonizing efforts failed.
  • Solomon Islands Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sugar Gliders are native to the Solomon Islands and their population there is thriving, according to Sr.
  • Suz' Sugar Gliders - Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.suzsugargliders.com [Source type: Original source]

About this date the yacht "Wanderer" cruised in these seas, but her owner, Mr Benjamin Boyd, was kidnapped by the natives and never afterwards heard of. .In 1873 the "foreignlabour" traffic in plantation hands for Queensland and Fiji extended its baneful influence from the New Hebrides to these islands.^ A trade in laborers began, with workers from the Solomon Islands being taken sometimes brutally to Fiji and Australia to work on sugar plantations.
  • Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands : A Tourism, Travel and Information Guide : Basecamp International 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC guadalcanal.com [Source type: News]

^ I was to find on m later travels to the islands that these have succumbed to modern influences and no longer apply.
  • About The Solomon Islands And Gizo 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC janesoceania.com [Source type: Original source]

^ No doubt Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and obviously Australia all have the same.
  • THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS AND THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.thewatcherfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

.In 1893 the islands Malaita, Marovo, Guadalcanal ' He called Gower, Inattendue; Ulava, Contrariete; and named Port Praslin, the harbour at the north-west of Ysabel.^ West central Malaita Island.
  • Ethnologue report for Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.ethnologue.com [Source type: General]

^ The battle took its name from the island: Guadalcanal.
  • Solomon Islands News - Breaking World Solomon Islands News - The New York Times 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ Guadalcanal Island, west, northwest and north central coast.
  • Ethnologue report for Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.ethnologue.com [Source type: General]

and San Cristoval with their surrounding islets were annexed by Great Britain, and the final delimitation of German and British influence in the archipelago was made by the convention of the 14th of November 1899.
.See H. B. Guppy, The Solomon Islands (London, 1887), where full references to earlier works are given; C. Ribbe, Zwei Jahre unter den Kannibalen der Salomon-Inseln (Dresden, 1903).^ See more pictures of Solomon Islands .
  • Solomon Islands Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Solomon Islands 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ See Solomon Islands on Answers.com .
  • Solomon Islands News - Breaking World Solomon Islands News - The New York Times 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ A trade in laborers began, with workers from the Solomon Islands being taken sometimes brutally to Fiji and Australia to work on sugar plantations.
  • Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands : A Tourism, Travel and Information Guide : Basecamp International 18 January 2010 13:46 UTC guadalcanal.com [Source type: News]



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  • (UK) IPA: /ˈsɒl.ə.mən ˈaɪ.ləndz/
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  1. A country in Melanesia. Official name: Solomon Islands.

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