P1 Kumtak new police chief The Marshall Islands will soon have its own Marshallese police chief when Capt. Robert Kumtak assumes that position upon present police Chief H. Wally Wotring’s leaving. Kumtak has been with the police for 13 years.
P7 Allen Sec. of Social Services The Marshall Islands Department of Social Services has a new Secretary. He is William Allen, who was formerly chief of community development at TT headquarters.
P10 Majuro’s first parking meter The Marshall Islands recently received its first parking meter, which was installed in the Yacht Club. This little bit of progress was donated by Dan Neblett of Albatross Trading Co. It was originally to be put at the President’s parking space as a joke, but some people decided it was too risky.
P5 Moses takes over post as Secretary of T&C Moses Samuel has taken over the post of Secretary of Transportation and Communication following the reassignment of former T&C Secretary William Allen to commencer on the Public Service Commission.
P7 Gibson’s new GM arrives Gibson’s Shopping Center of Majuro has a new general manager to take over the reins left slack in the impending move to Guam by the firm’s current manager, John Smith. The new manager, Keith Fawcett, originally hails from Australia but has 15 years experience in the islands in the retail/wholesale side of things.
P10 Marshalls signs agreement to promote exports The governments of 13 Pacific island nations and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint commercial commission in ceremonies at the East-West Center earlier this month. The RMI joined with 12 other islands.
P19 RMI signs treaty RMI joined 70 countries in signing the historic international treaty on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction in Paris during the opening day of the signing ceremony. RMI UN Ambassador Carl Heine headed the RMI delegation to the ceremony.
P2 Teachers to be tested Public school teachers will be tested as part of a Ministry of Education improvement program. Education Minister Wilfred Kendall at Nitijela Monday announced the plan.
P3 BECA’s back for more BECA International, a New Zealand-based engineering firm, is being hired by the RMI government to supervise the project development stage for Compact-funded construction projects in the RMI.
P6 Women ‘barred’ from being alabs Women cannot be alab (clan head) in the Ralik Chain, and the women who are currently designated as “alab” are a demonstration that the custom of the Marshall Islands is being violated, Kwajalein Alab Ato Langkio told a High Court hearing last week. Julie Lokboj recently sued Lane Rowa and Irumne Bondrik, challenging their authority to hold the alab title and to collect Kwajalein land payments.