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Casten wins close Nitijela vote

Casten wins close Nitijela vote

The Nitijela elected the youngest and only the second commoner as President Monday morning. By a narrow vote, new Senator Casten Nemra (left), 44, defeated seven-term parliament veteran Alvin Jacklick, 17-16, demonstrating  how evenly divided the 33-seat chamber is. Nemra’s election reflects brilliant maneuvering in the lead up to Monday’s election by members of the […]

Casten Nemra new RMI President

Casten Nemra new RMI President

The Marshall Islands parliament elected its youngest President, and only the second commoner to hold the head of state position, Monday morning in Majuro. The narrow vote for newcomer Casten Nemra, 44, who defeated seven-term parliament veteran Alvin Jacklick, 17-16, demonstrates how evenly divided the 33-seat chamber is. Nemra’s election on his first day in the […]

US fishing deal collapses

US fishing deal collapses

GIFF JOHNSON The fishing treaty between the United States and the Pacific islands has collapsed. For the first time in nearly 30 years, the American tuna fleet will not be authorized to fish in the western Pacific starting New Year’s day, this Friday. The US government last week told the nearly 40 American purse seiners […]

Mudge sues CEO Almen

Mudge sues CEO Almen

Former Mayor Mudge Samuel filed two civil lawsuits in the High Court in mid-December attempting to halt certification of the official election results and to get a recount of Majuro votes. Both of Samuel’s motions for a temporary restraining order against Chief Electoral Officer Robson Almen were denied by High Court Chief Justice Carl Ingram […]

Japan and RMI keeping ties

Japan and RMI keeping ties

Simie Jurelong and Ineko Clarence (left and right, respectively, in the photo) are among few local surviving Japanese descendants in their generation on island who continue their welcome tradition for Japanese groups visiting Majuro. According to Simie, the group makes leis to welcome guests and also participates in gatherings such as the Japan Embassy-hosted ceremony […]

Good news on ‘drug war’

Good news on ‘drug war’

The US Congress’ appropriation last week of a larger budget for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) services is good news for the Marshall Islands, said Single State Agency Director Julia Alfred. It means “more money to assist emerging issues and needs for increased and improved access to programs and services,” she said. US federal […]

Ladie plans new era for MALGov

Ladie plans new era for MALGov

GIFF JOHNSON New Majuro Mayor Ladie Jack took up the reins of government at MALGov headquarters this week, following a swearing in with his executive council members by Chief Justice Carl Ingram at the High Court Tuesday. Jack said a formal inauguration and swearing in ceremony for the entire council will be held late the […]

Fisheries observers get help

Fisheries observers get help

YVETTE MONDAY Fisheries observers have been hailed for the work they do as the eyes and eared of Pacific countries. They are the frontline officers collecting catch data vital to understanding how many fish are left and how to ensure sustainability of the stocks. Transform Aqorau, the CEO of the PNA group of countries, says […]

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