BOMI to lose US bank link

BOMI to lose US bank link

GIFF JOHNSON The Bank of Marshall Islands — and the RMI in general — is facing the threat of losing all connections with US banks, links that allow thousands of individuals, businesses and government agencies to carry out routine financial transactions. This threat to BOMI and the RMI economy stems from enforcement by the US […]

$600,000 for copra makers

$600,000 for copra makers

GIFF JOHNSON Copra makers who have been waiting months for payment received some good news this week: The government released subsidy funding last week to Tobolar so it can clear off an estimated $300,000 backlog in payments due to copra makers. New R&D Minister Alfred Alfred, Jr. said the Cabinet worked with the Ministry of […]

ECC renovation moves forward

ECC renovation moves forward

By early March, RMI and US officials anticipate awarding a contract for repair work to begin at the ECC gym in Majuro. The contact will involve repairs to roof arch beams and stabilization of beams that cannot be repaired in place, according to US officials. The ECC work is being funded by the US. This means work […]

Making shorelines resilient

Making shorelines resilient

“It works!” This is the word from Riem Simon, project manager for Coastal Island Protection Service, a hands-on, get the job done program of improving shoreline barriers against encroaching ocean levels and general erosion. Simon was referring to Bikirin Island on the north shore of Majuro Atoll, where over a year ago, rocks enclosed in […]

Public Works launches drought response

The Ministry of Public Works was busy from Monday setting up water distribution facilities at Majuro elementary schools. On Monday morning, a team was at Rita Elementary installing pipes and spigots that will be attached to tanks for community water use. “We still have seven more to locate at Jenrok Village, Delap Park, Delap Elementary […]

Hilda outlines her priorities

Hilda outlines her priorities

President Dr. Hilda Heine addressed the nation last week as Nitijela reconvened, emphasizing the need for government offices to improve services to the public and promising that a constitutional convention will be held in the near future. This was the new President’s first opportunity to speak in Nitijela since being sworn in the previous week. […]

Making water from air

Making water from air

A project to harvest fresh water using simple and affordable equipment was this month officially handed over to the grateful community of Ailuk Atoll, which regularly suffers from drought conditions. In March and April last year, Dustin Langidrik, the University of the South Pacific’s Climate Change project coordinator worked with British environment researchers Andrew Tweedie […]

Tony nominated for Nobel award

Tony nominated for Nobel award

Former RMI Foreign Minister Tony deBrum was nominated last week for the Nobel Peace Prize, considered one of the most prestigious global recognition awards. DeBrum and the RMI government’s legal team from the US law firm Keller Rohrback were nominated for the prize by Norway-based Colin Archer, Secretary General of the International Peace Bureau. The […]