P1 Ground broken for hotel A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Nauru hotel in Majuro took place September 16 outside the Eastern Gateway Hotel. Nauru’s President Hammer deRoburt flew to Majuro with Nauru government officials for the occasion. President Amata Kabua was also present.
P10 Pink eye epidemic hits Majuro About 400 cases of people with ‘pink eye’ have been treated at Armer Ishoda Memorial Hospital. They ran out of medicine for a while but have plenty now.
P8 DJ moving up “Jack the Snake,” a guy who has three months in the radio business but behaves more like it’s three years, is now the program manager at V7SW, Majuro’s rockin’ FM station. Confidence oozes from Jake, whose real life identity is as mild-mannered Arden Srimle. But when he hits the airwaves from three to seven each afternoon, Jake is giving his listeners non-stop action.
P12 Laura chip factory slices into action Long hours, hard work and lots of anticipation resulted in a public demonstration of the chip factory run by Resources and Development in Laura. Project Manager Robert Muller, R&D’s Chief of Tourism, Industry and Trade, could not offer a complete demonstration due to an unfortunately timed blown fuse. Nonetheless, most witnesses went away with a good understanding of the chip-making process, not to mention samples of breadfruit chips.
P19 Vocational ed expands its scope Learning new skills is what vocational training is all about, and the College of the Marshall Islands vocational education department is doing whatever it can to expand that learning — from new classrooms to new course offerings. Greg Sammer, CMI’s Director of Vocational Education, said about half of the engineering students along with engineering teacher Tony Prout and himself have been working on the renovation of the old MCAA building for use as a vocational classroom.
P2 Eleventh hour for CMI If there was anyone on Majuro who didn’t realize that the College of the Marshall Islands is about to lose its US accreditation, the visit last week by top officials from the US Western Association of Schools and Colleges eliminated any misunderstandings. The very blunt message from WASC officials: There are few tomorrows left for CMI. “CMI is so far below standard that it is not able to pass (WASC standards) at this time,” said Dr. Barbara Beno, executive director of the Accrediting Commission for Community Junior Colleges of WASC.
P3 Litakbouki runs aground in Jaluit Another RMI field trip ship has run aground, this time in Jaluit. The vessel ran aground traveling in uncharted lagoon waters in Jaluit as night was falling. Another of Transportation’s vessels, the Langdrik, ran aground in April when the captain attempted to depart before sunrise and ran the vessel onto the reef.
P6 Dr. Heine proves that persistence pays off An education begun in the modest surroundings of a school on an outer, outer slang may not seem like the ideal foundational start for someone pursuing college degrees, but it clearly didn’t hold back Hilda Heine. Heine, whose educational journey started on Imroj Island in Jaluit Atoll, advanced to her doctoral degree late last month, becoming the first Marshall Islander to earn the advanced educational title of “Dr.” She earned her doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.
P13 Grave shortage of teachers at MIHS More than three weeks after the school year started, Marshall Islands High School is still short of teachers, with students doubling up in other classes.
P16 Triple treat for Pohnpei It was a triple treat for the Federated States of Micronesia’s Pohnpei at the Marshalls Billfish Club’s All Micronesia fishing tournament on the weekend. That’s because the last two years’ tourneys were taken out by Pohnpei’s champion fisherman Alex Tretnoff and his crew, while this year’s fish-packed comp was taken out resoundingly by Pohnpei’s Eric Mecklenburg and his team.