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Jiji, Fred lead in early counting

Jiji, Fred lead in early counting

Incomplete unofficial results from the August 21 special election show a close race for the mayor chair at Aur Atoll in a four-way race. In the tabulation that includes “regular” votes from Aur, and absentee votes from Majuro, Fred Bukida was 10 votes ahead of Hesa Kaious, 335-325. Jimmy Jonathan polled 273 votes and Riem […]

US needs to ‘show up’

US needs to ‘show up’

Amid a regional rift among the countries of the Pacific Islands Forum and increasing great-power competition between the United States and China, US Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawai‘i) said in a virtual news conference with Pacific Islands journalists last week that it would be a “terrible tragedy” if the Forum were to split up. Five Micronesian […]

Fishermen line up for shots

Fishermen line up for shots

Last Friday’s resumption of Covid-19 vaccines for tuna boat fishermen “went smooth as planned,” according to MIMRA. The fisheries authority together with Ministry of Health and Human Services and the Ports Authority organized the re-start of the vaccine program for fishermen that was started in June, and then paused so public health teams could concentrate […]

Boot camp team graduates

Boot camp team graduates

WILMER JOEL The College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) Youth Corps in collaboration with the RMI National Training Council (NTC) organized a closing ceremony at CMI last week Monday in honor of the 28 recipients who completed an eight-week summer boot camp. This summer boot camp is a collaborative milestone between CMI and NTC to […]

Oregon groups aid schools

Oregon groups aid schools

Two Oregon-based non-profit organizations are providing education-related donations to community members and outer island schools in need. Dale Nabu, a recent graduate of Eastern Oregon University, was active with the two Oregon groups while living on the west coast. Now back in Majuro, he’s continuing to be a link between the Oregon groups Living Islands […]

RMI makes unique mark in Tokyo

RMI makes unique mark in Tokyo

TERRY SASSER* The July 23 Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which took place a year later than planned, was described by global media outlets as “muted,” “somber,” “subdued,” “overshadowed by a pandemic, but defined by hope, tradition and gestures of diversity.” Rio Olympian swimmer Colleen Furgeson, modeling a traditional Marshallese costume provided […]

MISAT results spark debate

MISAT results spark debate

GIFF JOHNSON “Eighth graders’ results a bomb” blared the page one headline in the Journal’s August 28, 2020 edition.Fast forward to this week, and the high school entrance results are out with almost exactly the same result as last year. In 2020, only 109 — 12.5 percent — out of 868 taking the test managed […]

Nitijela launches 2021 second session

Nitijela launches 2021 second session

WILMER JOEL Nitijela launched the opening of the August session Monday that showed an adequate turnout of 24 members of parliament at roll call, with seven excused and two absent. Members of the diplomatic corps, Colonel Thomas Pugsley and a delegation of USAG-KA officials, private and public sector representatives, church choirs and a sparse turnout […]

Japan-funded buses for Majuro

Japan-funded buses for Majuro

Japan Ambassador Norio Saito handed over the keys to three new school buses to Public School System Commissioner Kanchi Hosia last Friday at Delap Elementary School. The school buses are donations funded through Japan’s Grassroots Human Security Grants Program for Laura Elementary School, Rairok Rainbow Elementary School and DES. Saito highlighted Japan’s contribution to RMI […]

RMI census gathers steam

RMI census gathers steam

GEOVANNIE JOHNSON EPPSO Director Fred deBrum and his team organized a promotional event for the upcoming RMI census at the Cabinet conference room at ICC with the Minister in Assistance and Environment Chris Loeak and numerous other officials in attendance. Joining the event were diplomatic officials from the US and Taiwan embassies, and representatives of […]