P1 Chances good for bridge channel grant from Japan Majuro, 22 Dec – Chances are good that Japan will provide a grant for construction of a bridge and channel on the south side of Majuro Atoll, according to Charles T. Domnick who heads the GovMar team talking with a Japan feasibility study team which arrived last week. The group includes a fisheries expert, three engineers from the Chodai construction company and officials of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
P5 Chutaro files for Mili Majuro 14 Dec – Businessman Chuji Chutaro today filed nomination papers for the Mili January specie election for the Mili seat at Nitijela vacated in October for this year by a court order. No other have filed papers, according to deputy Chief Electoral Officer Shiro Riklon.
P14 Airplane deal closed at half million savings Majuro – Gov Mar’s purchase of a 748 air craft was finally closed on Monday, 14 Dec on Guam by Carl Ingram, deputy attorney general at a savings of almost a million dollars — $10.2 million versus the estimated $10.7 million — due to favorable changes in the exchange rate between British pounds and US dollars.
P1 Health & ADB sign $6M MOU Majuro Dec. 20 Asian Development Bank and Marshall Islands officials signed a preliminary project plan on Friday in Majuro that is expected to lead to a more than $6 million loan for health service improvements in the Marshalls.
Health Minister Evelyn Konou, Finance Minister Ruben Zackhras, and ADB mission leader Dr. Jacques Jeugmans signed the memorandum of understanding.
P15 Caption: Winning Wrestlers A team of Majuro wrestlers flew to Guam for a tournament last weekend and returned with three second place trophies and medals. Minister Luckner Abner, right, congratulated the team coached by Whitney Loeak, right. Team members: Chris Bing, Waylon Muller, Francis Kintaro, Edward Adiniwin, and Ambili Binejal. Wrestling Federation President Andrew Bing is in the back next to Loeak.
P25 Commentary: Vatican, RMI establish relations Majuro, Dec 20 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Hoy See have established diplomatic relations at the ambassador and apostolic nunciature levels according to a Foreign Affairs press release. Also, the Holy See Secretariat of State has announced that Pope John Paul II has decided to appoint Archbishop Thomas White as the first apostolic nuncio to the RMI according to the release.
P2 AG’s Office: Ban on bingo still holds Bingo games sponsored by businesses in Majuro are illegal an assistant attorney general told the Journal this week. Commenting on radio advertisements promoting bingo by local business, assistant AG Jack Jorban said he’s directed police to enforce the law that bans bingo.
P3 Capital needed to report the Capital Cracks are appearing in the RMI capital building and the government is expecting a report this week from an engineers who was flown in recently to assess the extent of the problem. The problem was discovered because the government has begun doing regular maintenance at the capital building.
P22 Alele turns on the lights for Xmas The Alele Museums’s first ever Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held on Monday evening, giving a new emphasis on Christmas. Organized by the museum’s board of directors, the short introductory ceremony included remark by former museum board member Secretary of Education Biram Stege, and Mayro Riley Alberttar. This was followed by a holly recital by the RMI National Band and a few Christmas song preformed by Marshall Islands High School students.