Alfred Alfred Jr.

Ebeye celebrates Ribuuk Meto

Ebeye celebrates Ribuuk Meto

Ribuuk Meto received a wild welcome party at Ebeye dock. The first event of Kwajalein Day was the christening of Ribuuk Meto, making its maiden voyage from Majuro to Kwajalein. This christening was unlike Majuro’s, which was, for lack of a better word, dull. Kwajalein folk really topped the bar on celebrating. Women were all […]

New vessel arrives Majuro

New vessel arrives Majuro

WILMER JOEL RMI’s new vessel the MV Ribuuk Meto finally reached Majuro last Friday evening after being forced to shelter in Ailinglaplap’s lagoon last week due to poor ocean conditions. Government authorities and the representatives of Lerooj Esther Zedkeia were present to institute the welcoming ceremony for this ship at Majuro’s passage into the lagoon […]

Covid checks happily received

Covid checks happily received

The RMI Labor Division handed out the first Covid-19 unemployment relief checks to Marshallese on Monday this week at the Marshall Islands Resort. The funding for the Covid-19 unemployment aid comes through the US CARES Act, adopted earlier this year when the Covid-19 pandemic first hit the US. There were 26 initial recipients, including MIMRA […]

$257.7m budget with Nitijela

$257.7m budget with Nitijela

Finance Minister Alfred Alfred, Jr. introduced a $257.7 million FY2021 budget to Nitijela last Thursday. It is nearly $40 million above the $219 million budget for FY2020. The Nitijela Appropriations Committed launched daily hearings on the budget Monday this week. The budget includes money for a new Ministry of Environment, $8.8 million for state owned […]

FAMI shines in officer debut

FAMI shines in officer debut

The Filipino community turned out in force Saturday night for its annual induction ceremony for new officers of the Filipino Association of the Marshall Islands. A large contingent of Marshall Islands government VIPs also attended the dinner gathering at the ICC to honor the Filipino community. Over 400 FAMI members and guests joined the event, […]

JEMFAC okays $34m budget

JEMFAC okays $34m budget

The Joint Economic Management and Fiscal Accountability Committee (JEMFAC) held its first-ever virtual meeting last Friday. JEMFAC, which combines US and RMI officials, annually approves US Compact funding for the upcoming fiscal year. The RMI team gathered at the College of the Marshall Islands board room to connect by video with officials in the US. […]

Power coming to Santo

Power coming to Santo

HILARY HOSIA For the first time in history, power will be available to the people of Ennibur Island, more commonly known as Santo or Third Island on Kwajalein Atoll. The island is home to nearly 1,000 Marshallese, many of whom are children.The development unfolded in a discussion by Kwajalein Mayor Hirata Kabua and President David […]

RMI accountants “up-skill”

RMI accountants “up-skill”

A group of 17 government workers were honored last Friday for completing the first-ever eight-month-long governmental accounting course, a collaboration between the Ministry of Finance and the College of the Marshall Islands. The ceremony was held at the Marshall Islands Resort’s Melele Room to recognize the 17 who successfully completed the course. Finance Minister Alfred […]

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. […]