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$11,000 raised for Fiji disaster relief

$11,000 raised for Fiji disaster relief

Over $11,000 had been raised as of Tuesday to support victims of cyclone Winston in Fiji by the RMI March for Fiji disaster relief fundraising group on Majuro. The money was accumulated from donations from companies and friends on island, a Curry Night at the Marshall Islands Resort, and a walkathon from University of the […]

Cram @ passport office

Cram @ passport office

America these days is ablaze with controversy surrounding the presidential election combat featuring billionaire Donald Trump. Here in the Marshalls, however, the blaze is fueled by that well-known word from the Bible: Exodus. Monday we factored the viability of the concrete steps at the Will Mart building on the Laura Road. First floor of the […]

Welcome Drew!

Welcome Drew!

Making Pacific Basin Payless a “choice” retailer on island is the goal for new General Manager Drew Barbour (pictured) who has been busy at the supermarket since arriving in late January. Barbour succeeds Bill Good who was at the helm briefly after GM John Mason left last July after working for Payless for five years, […]

Passports available AGain

Passports available AGain

The Attorney General’s office reports the long-awaited passport machine is back in service following arrival of a part. Daily operations will continue as normal where applications for passports are made Mondays and Tuesdays and will be ready for pick up on Fridays. An AG official said that the office would only be accepting 75 passport […]

Oregon providing healthcare

Oregon providing healthcare

Healthcare benefits for citizens of Compact nations were approved last week by the Oregon State Legislature, and will go into effect on January 1. The history-making COFA Premium Assistance Program legislation was proposed two years ago by CANN — the Compact of Free Association Action National Network — and endorsed by both Republican and Democratic […]

RMI Auditor needs more help

The Auditor General’s office has increased the number of people working but is still significantly short of its goal of 21 people needed to deliver financial and performance audit, and investigate corruption and fraud. It now has 15 staff on board. In Auditor General Junior Patrick’s report to Nitijela that accompanied delivery of multiple completed […]

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 […]

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