Kenneth Kedi

Tsai’s red carpet welcome

Tsai’s red carpet welcome

HILARY HOSIA Republic of China/Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen received a standing ovation at Nitijela Tuesday following her announcement that Taiwan will allow Marshall Islanders visa-free entry to Taiwan in the near future. Tsai is the first foreign head of state to address a session of parliament. Before addressing President Tsai, Parliament Speaker Kenneth Kedi recognized […]

Postal vote revival?

Postal vote revival?

HILARY HOSIA Six senators are backing a move to resurrect postal ballots through Nitijela Bill 91, which was scrutinized during a public hearing broadcast live on national radio V7AB Tuesday from the Nitijela Conference Room. Last year, Nitijela voted to eliminate postal ballots. The termination of postal ballots has caused a ruckus among Marshallese living […]

Joe Lomae joins RMI Bar

Joe Lomae joins RMI Bar

Nitijela Legislative Counsel Joe Lomae became the newest member of the RMI Bar following his swear-in ceremony presided over by Chief Justice Carl Ingram last month. The ceremony was witnessed by Lomae’s family, Nitijela Speaker Kenneth Kedi and Nitijela staff. “Now that you’ve sworn under oath, don’t ever leave us,” Kedi joked while congratulating Lomae. […]

Con-Con funding a big worry

Con-Con funding a big worry

HILARY HOSIA Nitijela reconvened for an unusual May meeting Wednesday this week, with plans to continue meeting through Friday to address legislation related to the in-progress Constitutional Convention. Wednesday morning, during off-air comments, senators engaged in debate over spending by and funding needs of the Con-Con, with some senators saying Con-Con should not proceed with […]

Long-awaited Con-Con starts

Long-awaited Con-Con starts

Kessai Note was elected President for the 2017 Constitutional Convention at the International Conference Center Thursday. Note won by a single vote over Christopher Loeak 22-21. Casten Nemra won the vice presidency from Phillip Muller 25-18, while Yolanda Lodge-Ned got the favor of 41 delegates to win the secretarial seat by secret ballot as she […]

A rocking’ ROC VIP visit

A rocking’ ROC VIP visit

HILARY HOSIA and ISAAC MARTY Not every day you see Foreign Minister John Silk “rock the night away” with microphone in hand performing for a large crowd — such was the scene last Thursday during the Presidential dinner at the Marshall Islands Resort’s pool area in honor of Republic of China, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Dr. […]

First nuclear legacy conference

First nuclear legacy conference

Following the traditional annual program commemorating Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day at the Meto Court area in front of the capitol building Wednesday morning, the RMI’s first ever nuclear legacy conference opened in the afternoon at the International Conference Center. The theme for the conference was “Charting a Journey Toward Justice.” After an invocation by the […]

MISSA changes to be delayed

MISSA changes to be delayed

Legislation to delay implementation of the new MISSA law was introduced on the first day of the Nitijela session last week. Bill 54 was introduced by Health Minister Kalani Kaneko and supported by Finance Minister Brenson Wase, and Senators David Paul (Kwajalein), Dennis Momotaro (Mejit), and Bruce Bilimon (Maloelap). The bill is brief and to […]

Pig production to escalate

Pig production to escalate

ROC Ambassador Daniel DW Tang and R&D Minister Alfred Alfred, Jr. jointly hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Taiwan Technical Mission’s new pig house last week. Speaker Kenneth Kedi, Minister Amenta Matthew, Senators David Kramer, Dennis Momotaro, Daisy Alik Momotaro, and Sherwood Tibon, US Ambassador Karen Stewart, R&D Secretary Rebecca Lorennij, Majuro Mayor Ladie […]

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