At long last: Yes to Con-Con

At long last: Yes to Con-Con

A Constitutional Convention is in the cards for the Marshall Islands, following adoption of Bill 70 by unanimous vote of Nitijela last month. The much delayed and debated plan for a Con-Con is now approved, with an $800,000 appropriation in the FY2016 budget to go with it. It took the Nitijela over a year and […]

Cuba is RMI’s new friend

Cuba is RMI’s new friend

Cuba is the newest diplomatic partner of the Marshall Islands, following the signing of an agreement establishing ties earlier this week in New York. President Chris Loeak and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands after the historic development that took place at the margins of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in […]

PW promises improved water

PW promises improved water

Public Works Minister Hiroshi Yamamura signed a Pacific Declaration on Water Development on behalf of the Marshall Islands. RMI was one of 11 Pacific countries to sign the declaration committing to an integrated approach to better water management in the region. The signing was the highlight of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association’s (PWWA’s) annual […]

Happy 33rd birthday to our bank

Happy 33rd birthday to our bank

Bank of Marshall Islands celebrated 33 years of operations last Thursday with dancing, a huge cake and by giving away local products from Tobolar and RRE. Ebeye branch manager and Vice President Hermai Makroro marked the occasion by announcing that next year would see the start of construction of the bank’s proposed new bank building […]

Pledge by MOH and Church Leaders

Pledge by MOH and Church Leaders

An alliance between the Ministry of Health and church leaders in Majuro was formed recently at Sandy’s restaurant with the aim of promoting water-only as the beverage of choice during church activities. Eight church leaders and proxies representing their churches joined in. It was agreed during the 40-minute session that by signing the pledge, church […]

Guarantee of jobs for WAM trainees

Guarantee of jobs for WAM trainees

At least six Waan Aelon in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) trainees are guaranteed jobs after they graduate on Friday, October 2, with the potential of 12 jobs being available, according to WAM Director Alson Kelen. “All of the trainees did internships during this six-month training program and this really paid off for us, […]

Shipping struggles to meet needs

Shipping struggles to meet needs

The demand is high and there are not enough ships to get passengers and cargo to the outer islands. The inability of government shipping to service outer island passenger and cargo demands has been in the spotlight this month, with schools late to start as students and teachers could not get to their schools as […]

German dies on Bikini dive trip

German dies on Bikini dive trip

A German visitor died this week in a diving accident at Bikini Atoll, the first diver to die since the former nuclear test site was opened to scuba divers in 1996. The 75-year-old diver is reported to have died Monday afternoon after he separated from a group that was diving on the World War II […]

Lae and Ujae health surveys

Lae and Ujae health surveys

Journal 9/30/1977 P3 Pacific manganese interests scientists Scientists from around the world are examining manganese “rocks” found in the Pacific Ocean with greater interest than ever before. The reason is that the demand for valuable hard-minerals has doubled in the past 20 years, and experts now predict the value will double again in the next […]

Happy first birthday, George!

Happy first birthday, George!

Cutting his first birthday cake was what George Lanakila Jang did during his kemem held at Jitak En last week Sunday. George is the son of Michelle and Maw Shyong Jang, captain of the fishing vessel Navigator. George’s birthday was supposed to be on September 21 but because his father was scheduled for an early […]