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New plans for council work

New plans for council work

Minister of Culture and Internal Affairs Jemi Nashion is implementing a new accountability system to be used by local governments. A key feature of the new system requires collective decisions from all council members as opposed to previous practice where the mayor and clerk often make final decisions. A forum with the mayors, which took […]

RMI: Not time for travel

RMI: Not time for travel

“Stay where you are — refrain from traveling to the RMI,” was Health Secretary Jack Niedenthal’s message to people thinking of traveling to the Marshall Islands. He and other health officials spoke to the public about the coronavirus COVID-19 during a media conference in Majuro Wednesday March 11. Majuro hospital chief of staff Dr. Robert […]

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 […]

JICA volunteers aim for impact

JICA volunteers aim for impact

EVE BURNS The Japan International Cooperation Agency has dispatched four new volunteers to the Marshall Islands who will be dedicating two years to work here. The four JICA volunteers have arrived and are not worried about the ongoing health outbreaks the Marshall Islands has been going through. They are focused on their goals for their […]

Vessels violate virus entry restrictions

Vessels violate virus entry restrictions

The Ministry of Health called for cooperation among port-related staff after two inbound vessels, with the aid of Ports Authority officials, violated established screening procedures for measles and coronavirus. In a memo Monday, Health Secretary Jack Niedenthal reminded Ministry of T&C, Ports Authority, RMI shipping agents and pilots who captain vessels into port that “we […]

RMI bans direct travel from China

RMI bans direct travel from China

GIFF JOHNSON In the wake of mounting global concern about the coronavirus that has caused the deaths of over 100 people, the Marshall Islands issued a travel advisory January 24 banning travelers coming directly from the People’s Republic of China, where the virus originated. “Any traveler with travel originating from or transiting through the PRC […]

MAWC launches compost production

MAWC launches compost production

EVE BURNS A new composting program in Laura aims to roll out locally-made fertilizer in the near future.Majuro Atoll Waste Company (MAWC) established its Laura Transfer Station Composting Project last year and a team of local workers with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) senior volunteer Masafumi Kanazawa have been developing the operation. The goal is […]

Reef grief for Ribuuk Ae

Reef grief for Ribuuk Ae

GIFF JOHNSON The Ribuuk Ae field trip vessel is likely a total loss. After running aground on the reef at Ujae Atoll shortly before New Year’s Eve, the vessel developed a large hole in the hull under the engine room. That allowed the engine room to flood, and by the time a Pacific International Inc. […]

New RMI leaders sworn in

New RMI leaders sworn in

President David Kabua’s new Cabinet lineup was officially announced to RMI ministry secretaries and department heads last Friday by the Clerk of Cabinet, Earlie Bing. According to the memo, Speaker Kenneth Kedi formally appointed President Kabua as the ninth president of the RMI last Friday. He was elected by Nitijela Monday of the same week. […]