P11 It’s time to pay The Department of Public Works has set July 31 as the date for settlement of all past due utility bills. The Department said it will disconnect all houses with delinquent accounts after July 31. The announcement pointed out that the public owes the department $360,000.
P11 Speaker visits Mili Speaker Atlan Anien returned to Majuro June 29 from Mili Atoll on Air Marshall Islands. Speaker Anien went to Mili to address several graduation exercises of elementary schools on Mili. He was accompanied by Mili Senator Alee Alik.
P1 Chinese to dominate fish base The first of 50 longline fishing vessels from China could begin arriving in the Marshall Islands next year if a preliminary agreement signed last week in Majuro pans out. “The deal with the Chinese looks good,” said Justin deBrum, General Manager of the Marshall Islands Development Authority.
P2 Fishing slump results in decision to sell 2 RMI boats With the purse seine fishing business in the throws of an extended slump, the Marshall Islands government has put its two purse seiners up for sale. The Korale and the Bold Fleet were joint ventures with American tuna fishermen.
P3 Report recommends PSC downsizing A government report that is recommending early retirement incentives, privatization, reorganization, and cuts in the public service is being readied for consideration by Nitijela in its August session. A committee appointed by President Amata Kabua has come up with draft recommendations that the Cabinet has reviewed, said Chief Secretary Phillip Kabua, a member of the Committee on Rationalization of the Public Service.
P16 AMI buys state of the art planes Air Marshall Islands is preparing to fly into the 21st century with the imminent arrival of state of the art airplanes. A large group of Saab Aircraft officials was in Majuro last week to plan plane options, crew training, and spare parts for the first of two Sab 2000 jet prop planes that will be delivered to the Marshall Islands in June 1994.
P17 EPA will remove hazardous transformers US Environmental Protection Agency personnel are expected to move hazardous transformers from Uliga to a temporary storage area next to the Delap Dock in mid-July. The transformers contain hazardous chemical PCB.
P3 College facing life or death deadline This week Tuesday, the hammer dropped on the College of the Marshall Islands in the form of a letter front he US Western Association of Schools and Colleges, giving CMI until October 15 to resolve five main accreditation eligibility requirements and to address 14 recommendations for improvement — or lose its US accreditation.
P16 Jack and Tony move up The Marshall Islands is combing its air and sea ports into one agency, to be known as the Marshall Islands Ports Authority. The MIPA board has selected Jack Chong Gum as its new general manager. Meanwhile, Tony Muller will be NTA’s new general manager. He was selected by the National Telecommunications Authority board of directors to take over from departing Al Fowler.
P21 Training pays off for Lamai and John Aurre Lamai and Junior John recently returned home to Majuro and to “very justified” salary raises, according to Majuro hospital administrator Sandy Alfred, after completing a one-year anesthesiology training program in Papua New Guinea.
Read more about this in the July 6, 2018 edition of the Marshall Islands Journal.