P1 Power plant deal signed President Amata Kabua, at a signing ceremony held in his office Wednesday, executed a loan package with Midland Bank of London for $24,899,799 to assist in financing the construction of a $25,307,798 12 megawatt power plant and six million gallon fuel tank storage farm.
P1 Bible translation nears completion The 15-year project of translating the entire Bible into Marshallese is nearibgcompletion. The final review sessions will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Marshalls Theological College. Julian Riklon has been a full time translator working in Ebeye with four part time translators. Eleven Marshallese ministers and educators age been part of the review committee: Birash Joash, Rev. Jude Samson, Rev. Namu Hermios, Rev. Erakrik Samuel, Elliot Lang, Cecelia deBrum, Morris Jetnil, Maas and Alfred Capelle, Rev. Kunio Lemare, Debail Jelke and Fr. Leonard Hacker. Alice Buck has been coordinator for the project.
P3 Foreign Affairs staff organized The Foreign Affairs staff is now fully organized, Secretary Tony deBrum announced Tuesday. Phillip Muller will handle American Affairs, dealing with the US. Edinal Jorkan is in charge of Pacific Affairs. Steven Muller from Ebeye has been hired for the Far Eastern Affairs and will concentrate on fisheries negotiations.
P15 Minister Wase warns copra makers The Minister of Interior and Outer Islands Affairs Brenson Wase has issued an appeal to copra makers throughout the Marshalls to be more careful with their methods of drying copra because serious problem being experienced by Tobolar when the facility takes the oil and cake to market. The excess moisture permits the growth of toxic chemicals in the final product. This has caused rejection of some shipments of oil.
P17 Wotje health show Young people frequently appear in the newspaper because they have committed a crime or a disturbance in the community. Often as not, youth today are seen as a problem. But Justina Langidrik, assistant secretary of health for preventive services, told an outer islands audience last month that parents and the community need to recognize the talents of young people and encourage them to play a part in bringing positive change to their islands. She was speaking at the opening of the first outer islands youth health leadership seminar that concluded on Wotje Atoll last week. A week after her comments, 21 young people participating in the health training put on a 90-minute program of humorous and information-packed skits, puppet shows, songs, slide presentations and talks on topics as diverse as malnutrition and alcohol abuse. It was sponsored by the Health Education office, Division of Adolescent Health, Youth to Youth in Health and the Wotje dispensary.
P6 Landslide victory for Alberttar Rele Alberttar is Majuro’s new mayor by what in most parts of the world is called a “landslide.” In Friday’s runoff for mayor, Alberttar won the contest against Tony Muller, 1,834 votes to 1,033.
P18 Samson: Pastors need to do more Religious leaders in Majuro say that they are concerned about levels of domestic and gang violence, and that loal churches should do more to address the problem. Local pastors also say that customary practices need to be adapted to deal with modern problems, and that money — both the lack of it or too much — are also at the root of violence. “The church is weak at addressing these issues,” said Rev. Jude Samson, who heads the United Church of Christ. “I’ve provided counseling and we’ve advised our pastors if they are aware of cases they should go forth and provide counseling.” Fr. Rich McAuliff, SJ, of Assumption Parish, said a few years ago, family violence wasn’t seen as an issue by church members. But that’s changing. “Now people see it as an issue and they are bringing it forward.”