Alfred Alfred Jr.

Mental health gets boost

Mental health gets boost

The recent groundbreaking for the RMI’s first-ever Human Services stress ward and crisis unit moves plans from the drawing board to the action stage. Asian Development Bank and RMI Covid funds are supporting the new facility, putting priority on a long-neglected area of health in the Marshall Islands. “The biggest struggle for mental health was […]

14 graduated from AHS

14 graduated from AHS

Assumption High School’s 47th commencement exercise took place May 30 at the school compound for 14 graduates. The graduation motto is taken from a text in the holy Bible in Proverbs 3:6: “Seek his will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.” The ceremony was conducted by Class of […]

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 […]

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