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Nuclear atolls: Momentum building

Nuclear atolls: Momentum building

GIFF JOHNSON Leaders of nuclear test-affected atolls described their first meeting as a group with US Ambassador Roxanne Cabral late last week as “productive and positive.” Coupled with a meeting the nuclear atolls had with President David Kabua earlier last week, they feel there is momentum building for dignified solution to the US nuclear weapons […]

Artistic approach to climate issues

Artistic approach to climate issues

WILMER JOEL Since the launch of Jo Jikum’s two-week Climate Change and Health Arts Seminar July 20, students immersed themselves in four courses led by five professional instructors. Among the creative offerings in this year’s summer program: • Poetry: This course is instructed by none other than climate change activist and world-renown poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. […]

RMI pays Covid relief

RMI pays Covid relief

Two Majuro businesses received RMI government-provided coronavirus economic relief funds at Cabinet July 10, the first businesses to receive aid since the government approved a $6 million Covid-19 relief fund. More businesses applying for the Covid-19 economic aid are currently under review for possible assistance, said government officials. President David Kabua and members of the […]

Halston moves from water to waste

Halston moves from water to waste

EVE BURNS Halston deBrum is the new manager at Majuro Atoll Waste Company (MAWC).Until moving to his new job earlier this month, deBrum had worked at Majuro Water and Sewer Company as an operations manager for 10 years. Debrum, 35, studied at North Tristan Community College in Washington State before returning to Majuro. Asked why […]

Most follow tobacco law

After an all-time record low violation rate in the sale of tobacco products to minors in 2017, sales of these products to underage customers increased the past two years.Still, the 2019 “violation rate” by 220 stores surveyed in five islands around the nation was low compared to the first seven years the so-called Synar Survey […]

Perfect storm hits US Marshallese

Perfect storm hits US Marshallese

GIFF JOHNSON The coronavirus has turned into the perfect storm for thousands of Marshall Islanders living in the United States. Since March, Marshallese have experienced extraordinary Covid-19 infection and death rates in many American states. “The most vulnerable people in the United States in almost every state where there are large numbers of Pacific islanders, […]

Urok fishers set July record

Urok fishers set July record

The Majuro Urok Club set an all-time record with 50 fishing teams competing in the two-day July tournament last weekend. The 10th edition of the urok (bottom fishing) July competition showcased local fishers — both men and women — like never before. In the first years of the July annual tourney, the Urok Club would […]

Namdrik happy with water

Namdrik happy with water

A VIP team joined Namdrik Atoll for a celebration of the Japan-funded water cistern project at Namdrik Elementary School last week. The project amounting to $89,898 was funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) through the Japan Embassy in Majuro. The ceremony was witnessed by Minister of Culture and Internal Affairs […]

Passport program problematic

Passport program problematic

The RMI government’s passport program was put under the microscope Tuesday this week with the opening of a week of Nitijela Public Accounts Committee hearings on various audit reports of RMI-related entities. Among key issues that sparked comments and discussion was the finding by the Auditor General’s office that 573 passports were issued without proper […]