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Nitijela power struggle

Nitijela power struggle

GIFF JOHNSON Marshall Islands political leaders continue to astound and confound the nation as a leadership battle plays out in Nitijela. From last week’s election of the Speaker and Vice Speaker by one faction and the President by another, to Monday’s inauguration of a Cabinet with two key ministerial posts missing, political leaders continue their […]

Newell pumps up students

Newell pumps up students

Famed former NBA Coach for Dallas Mavericks Tom Newell visited students attending Majuro Middle School Tuesday afternoon. This followed a talk with Marshall Islands High School seniors and a visit to Ejit Island Monday. Newell received a large crowd of students. “You have to eat right to play right,” Newell told the kids. In his […]

New Year’s blast in Delap

New Year’s blast in Delap

Daniel Kramer’s goal to “make things more exciting” was more than accomplished with the huge New Year’s Eve celebration at Delap Park last weekend, an event that he honchoed. Billed as the Delap Park New Year’s Block Party, it exceeded expectations for great music and entertain, with thousands of Majuro residents flocking to the park […]

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 […]

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