RMI’s travel lockdown

RMI’s travel lockdown

GIFF JOHNSON The RMI shutdown of passenger arrival on airplanes has stranded a few people in various locations. But for the 55,000 residents of the RMI, the border lockdown is a welcome development when viewing the ongoing and worsening Covid-19 coronavirus crisis in many nations. Last year’s ban on travel to outer islands because of […]

Pohnpei ramps up ban on entry

Pohnpei ramps up ban on entry

GIFF JOHNSON Pohnpei strengthened its ban on incoming travelers Saturday in the face of the escalating spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the region. Pohnpei Governor Reed Oliver issued an amended emergency order March 21 the same day as Pohnpei health authorities announced the second “person under investigation” (PUI) for Covid-19. The island, which hosts […]

Big Hotel plan underway

Big Hotel plan underway

Journal 3/18/1983 P1 Majuro channel bridge open The Japan Grant Project Bridge for the RMI officially opened March 15 for motorists and will be open later for small boats when the channel under the bridge is completed. Before the ribbing cutting by First Lady Emlain Kabua, there were speeches by Public Works Minister Kunar Abner, […]

Island ties in Okinawa

Island ties in Okinawa

Kicking off their spring break, Marshallese and Micronesian students attending University of the Ryukyus (Ryudai) in Okinawa treated themselves to yakinuku (grilled meat) with former JICA volunteer and Japan embassy staff Gaku Hashimoto.  From left, the group included local student Hyoma Shinzato, Hashimoto, Thurston Loeak, Esi Ngiraiwet from Palau, Noah Kabua, Yukiko Muller, Mikaela Heine, […]

Enewetak: In touch again

Enewetak: In touch again

HILARY HOSIA After two years of zero Internet connectivity, the people of Enewetak finally made contact with families and friends in the outside world through social media following restoration of the island’s Internet this past Sunday. According to the local council, Internet has been down since July 2018. Enewetak is the most northwestern atoll in […]

MIMRA-EPA join for enforcement

MIMRA-EPA join for enforcement

MIMRA and RMI EPA signed an agreement last Thursday to formalize collaboration on investigating marine pollution in coastal fisheries of the RMI.  MIMRA has commissioned the University of Hawaii to undertake a comprehensive marine pollution study under the World Bank Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) to investigate micro-plastic pollution, pesticides, heavy metals, radionuclides and other […]

FSM, RMI test suspected Covid-19 cases

FSM, RMI test suspected Covid-19 cases

GIFF JOHNSON   The Marshall Islands announced this week it had one “person under investigation” (PUI) for the coronavirus Covid-19, while two states in the Federated States of Micronesia announced they had three PUIs in isolation — all four were awaiting off-island laboratory testing to determine if they have the Covid-19 virus. The person in […]

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