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Can you spray that again?

Can you spray that again?

At the direction of the Chief Secretary and National Disaster Committee, the RMI EPA organized a vector team to decontaminate incoming cargo. All the mail that enters the RMI is subject to decontamination by the EPA vector team, said EPA General Manager Moriana Phillip. Mail arrives on pallets that teams spray. Then this large volume […]

The show goes on!

The show goes on!

GIFF JOHNSON Thinking outside the box is second nature to Six9Too Productions head honcho Daniel Kramer. Concern about coronavirus forced cancellation of Kramer’s much-anticipated spring break and summer concerts. But there are always opportunities and Kramer is gearing for a big, live-streamed concert aimed primarily at Marshallese living in the United States. Kramer sees it […]

USAG-KA hosts first RMI returnees

USAG-KA hosts first RMI returnees

HILARY HOSIA The first Marshallese to re-enter RMI during the lockdown was released Tuesday to the general public following 21 days of strict quarantine at the US Army Garrison – Kwajalein Atoll. Immediately after his release, longtime USAG-KA employee Joe Rubon met with US Ambassador Roxanne Cabral, Col. Jeremy Bartel, Kwajalein Mayor Hirata Kabua, Kwajalein […]

1963: When polio hit RMI

1963: When polio hit RMI

GIFF JOHNSON The polio epidemic in the Marshall Islands 57 years ago offers a cautionary note in today’s coronavirus world. A total of 194 Marshallese and two Americans experienced some level of paralysis and 11 Marshallese died on 10 of 22 populated atolls. The polio epidemic here happened eight years after a vaccine for the […]

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. […]

Close call on Covid

Close call on Covid

GIFF JOHNSON The US Army Garrison, Kwajalein Atoll had its first long-distance brush with coronavirus when one of the 15 base workers scheduled to return this week tested positive for Covid-19 in Honolulu prior to departing for Kwajalein. Contract tracing by Army authorities identified three others in the intending repatriation group to have had contact […]

Honoring teen cancer victim

Honoring teen cancer victim

WILMER JOEL In honor of a young woman who battled cancer until two days before her 18th birthday, the families and friends of Mardiako Akata Matthew Kinere came together in a special memorial event in Majuro. She was a vital member in the good news congregation. “She impacted the lives of all people both young […]

Ebeye connects on Covid action

Ebeye connects on Covid action

Multiple Zoom meetings between Kwajalein Emergency Operations Center (KEOC) and National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) in Majuro under the National Disaster Management Office has enabled the Kwajalein Disaster Committee (KDC) to engage in several Covid-19 preparedness campaigns on Ebeye. With strong partnership from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ebeye branch and Kwajalein Nitibili Club, […]

Lib: Safe passage a priority

Lib: Safe passage a priority

HILARY HOSIA President David Kabua assured the people of Lib Island that his government would prioritize working on the ocean passage during the inauguration of the Lib local government last Sunday. Kabua and his delegation witnessed firsthand the difficulty of navigating in and out of the pass upon arrival at the island following a two […]