P1 Rice shortage ends The rice shortage is expected to end today with the arrival of PM&O’s Broadsword. The ship was delayed a week because it had been bunkered in Oakland with the wrong fuel. Meanwhile, businesses were down to selling accumulated broken rice bags.
P1 Power returning to normal slowly After a week of intermittent power there are signs of stability. Tobolar and PII expect to have the 800 kilowatt generator at Tobolar running soon, which will handle the line that runs to the airport. At that point, the power plant should be able to handle Rita, Uliga and Delap with some rationing.
P2 Nauru golfers win at Kwaj Nauru golfers demolished the Kwajalein golf club team in a tournament over the weekend, according to Nauru team manager Edwin Tsitsi. Actually, Tsitsi put it more modestly, saying that they had won all three matches.
P6 First Majuro grad of Maryknoll The son of Drs. Jimmy and Lita Santos, who work at Majuro hospital, has become the first person from Majuro to graduate from Maryknoll High School, according to the Honolulu school. Johann Santos was also selected as a member of the American National Honor Society, becoming one of only 23 members within the student body of 550 at Maryknoll.
P24 It’s ours Col. Gene Hazel shook the hand of Mike Konelios after handing over the Micronesian Tennis Cup trophy upon Majuro beating Kwajalein.
P2 CMI makes progress, but is it enough? The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) team that visited CMI last week gave the college what could probably be described as a “B-”. But the challenge for CMI is that if it is successful in maintaining its accreditation — and that’s still a big “if” — it will have to continue operating at this level or better forever. It hasn’t just passed the final exam, and now can take two weeks off to celebrate.
P8 Experts on need for local intervention in education What prompted Pacific educators to launch the “rethinking education” initiative? Dr. Kabini Sanga, a Solomon Islander who is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, says it is the disappointment that there has been little achievement in public education in the last three decades. “As older pacific educators reflect back, they see they’re still dealing with the same issues as when they started their careers 30 years ago,” he said. “There’s a feeling of hopelessness that Pacific communities haven’t taken on education in the sense of owning it so they are able to improve the quality to meet educational needs of the majority of the people.”
P8 Urgent need for leaders to put plans into action Long-time Palau educator Masaaki Emisiochl lamented what he described as a serious disconnect between education needs and political decisions in Micronesia. “We’ve developed very good programs, but they require political decisions and commit of leaders that hasn’t been provided,” he said. “There are so many plans on paper. What’s missing is putting them into practice because no one is making the decision to put them into practice.”
P21 New rules on visas to US US Customs and Border Protection advised all airlines servicing the Marshall Islands that naturalized Marshallese citizens who were born in the People’s Republic of China must have visas to enter the United States. The airlines are being held liable and will be fined for boarding naturalized Marshallese citizens without valid visas. Effective May 1, 2004, “non-native citizens of the Marshall Islands, including ethnic Chinese individuals who were born in the People’s Republic of China, are required to have visas.”