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Passports out of action

Passports out of action

The Marshall Islands entered its third week with no ability to produce regular passports this week. It has been issuing temporary travel documents that US Homeland Security approved for use about a week after the initial problem with the RMI Attorney General’s office passport machine developed in mid-February. At Nitijela Monday, Ujae Senator Atbi Riklon […]

Zika ‘emergency’ declared

Zika ‘emergency’ declared

A “state of health emergency” was declared this week by President Hilda Heine to push the RMI’s response to the Zika virus into high gear. Noting that “pregnant mothers who are infected are at high risk of developing congenital malformations to their unborn child,” the President issued the proclamation of a health emergency for an […]

Creative juices flow

Creative juices flow

The first Open Mic Night on island ignited entertainment, laughter, and fun that resulted in a don’t-miss-out and must-come-again experience. The local NGO Jo-Jikum and Assumption’s Kuumba sponsored the event that included poets, rhymers, rappers, singers, storytellers, tongue twisting and beat box noise makers at the College of the Marshall Islands Ettonaak two Fridays ago. […]

Wotje gets new RO unit

Wotje gets new RO unit

A visit last week to Wotje by Mayor Ota Kisino and disaster relief officials surveyed the island for drought problems, and set up reverse osmosis water-making equipment. Antonio Eliu from Chief Secretary’s Disaster team and officials from MWSC and SPC joined the visit. “Wotje has been affected by the drought since November 2015 and we […]

Making shorelines resilient

Making shorelines resilient

“It works!” This is the word from Riem Simon, project manager for Coastal Island Protection Service, a hands-on, get the job done program of improving shoreline barriers against encroaching ocean levels and general erosion. Simon was referring to Bikirin Island on the north shore of Majuro Atoll, where over a year ago, rocks enclosed in […]

Public Works launches drought response

The Ministry of Public Works was busy from Monday setting up water distribution facilities at Majuro elementary schools. On Monday morning, a team was at Rita Elementary installing pipes and spigots that will be attached to tanks for community water use. “We still have seven more to locate at Jenrok Village, Delap Park, Delap Elementary […]

RMI focuses on trafficking

RMI focuses on trafficking

A week-long Train the Trainer Seminar for service providers on human trafficking concluded at the ICC last Friday. The seminar provided hands on learning on how to tailor the outreach sessions to the needs and learning styles of the Marshall Islands. Participants included representatives from the Office of the Chief Secretary, Ministry of Health, Ministry […]

Oregon FAS health bill moves forward

Efforts by the Marshallese and Micronesian community to get the Oregon State Legislature to extend health care services to citizens of the freely associated states took a step forward in January, when the Legislative Council endorsed the draft legislation and assigned it a bill number. This follows an initiative started last year, in which the […]

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