P1 Enewetak fishermen rescued Two men from Enewetak who were lost at sea in their 13-foot motor boat since June 9 were found and rescued July 9 by the MV Eagle Arrow, about 600 miles west northwest of Enewetak. Both men, Daus Ittu, 29, and Moses Abraham, 30, appeared to be in good health and spirits.
P2 Ailuk airport open Minister of Resources and Development Kessai Note said the first official landing of Air Marshall Islands aircraft on Ailuk was made July 8. Meanwhile, August 26-28 has been set for dedication of the Mejit airport. In similar developments, over 2,000 feet of runway has been cleared on Kili Island, and the first landing could take place late this month.
P2 Majuro residents sign dumping petition Over 200 Marshallese and others expressed their concern about the possibility of contamination of fish and water throughout the Pacific in a petition circulated in several churches on Majuro. The petition celebrated the one-year postponement of the Japanese government to use the Pacific Ocean for dumping radioactive waste, now scheduled for early 1982.
P12 USP sets up extension center Education by extension, or independent studying, is now being offered by the University of the South Pacific, which recently opened an extension center on the College of the Marshall Islands campus. USP is a regional university that is “somewhat unique in the world,” said Interim Center Director Sione Na’a Fiefia, because it serves 13,000 people throughout the Pacific and is owned by 12 countries, with the Marshalls being the most recent to be part of the 25-year-old institution.
P20 EPA water monitoring report A reminder to city water consumers that the water is okay, but if your water tastes salty do not use it.
P4 Ball boys bring home silver Silver medals and flower leis marked the return of the RMI men’s basketball team to Majuro Monday, as a community bursting with pride welcomed home its team from the Micronesian Basketball Tournament in Guam. Having beaten Kosrae, CNMI, Chuuk and Yap, team RMI went into the championship game Saturday night against host Guam where the two undefeated teams delivered a hotly contested, high flying matchup. Leading at the half 38-37, team RMI was not only able to match Guam’s speed and outside shooting but also its size, according to Guam newspapers. But the home team outscored RMI 53 to 31 in the second half to clinch the top spot 90-69. In an elaborate welcome ceremony at Majuro’s airport, Acting President Witten Philippo expressed the country’s admiration of the silver medalists and their coaches.
P4 $15m worth of projects It’s full speed ahead for the government’s Infrastructure Development and Maintenance Plan with about 20 construction companies having already submitted their bids to pre-qualify for the 18 schools and health clinic projects that are estimated to be worth up to $15.4 million this year.
P6 Boys flock to Uliga Dock Uliga Dock was packed with eager young Boy Scouts from throughout Majuro Wenesday as they headed out for their annual four-day summer camp at Enemanit Island.
P6 I-Kiribati men adrift for 70 days Three I-Kiribati men floated into Arno this week after being adrift at sea for 70 days. Officials said the men were a little weak, but were on the road to recovery at Majuro hospital as they are now eating and drinking.
Read more about this in the July 20, 2018 edition of the Marshall Islands Journal.