Covid

Tuna movement remains slow

Tuna movement remains slow

Tuna transshipments continued at a slow pace in September. But the 14 conducted last month pushed the annual total to date over 200 — the second year in a row showing a rebound from the Covid-impacted 2020, when transshipments fell from over 400 a year to 175. With the 14 in September, Majuro has now […]

Nauru Airlines resumes flights

Nauru Airlines resumes flights

“It feels so good to be connected again.” This was the sentiment at Majuro airport on Sunday evening as the first regular flight from Brisbane arrived following opening of the borders last month. Passengers landed with big smiles as they were greeted with warm Marshallese hospitality. In partnership with Nauru Airlines, the Australian government is […]

Private schools back in action

Private schools back in action

Rita Elementary School has the distinction of being the first Public School System school in Majuro to return to in-person classes — but Monday’s return to school turned out to be a short-lived effort, as apparently PSS HQ directed RES to resume the “learning packet” pickup and drop off method in use by the rest […]

Young entrepreneur’s art store

Young entrepreneur’s art store

EVE BURNS Covid did not stop a 14-year-old businesswoman. It resulted in a temporary closure of her store just days after it opened, but Layla’s Gallery is back in action. Layla’s Gallery held a soft opening late last month, not long before the first outbreak of Covid in RMI. The gallery sells painting and art […]

CMI launches semester

CMI launches semester

WILMER JOEL The once empty College of the Marshall Islands campus in Uliga was full Monday with the start of the first day of school. Students were wearing face masks, and security monitored strict entry rules, allowing only those with ID badges. Students and teachers had to carry a valid CMI ID that has a […]

Kwaj ends quarantine operation

HILARY HOSIA Following two years of being one of the strictest quarantine sites in the world, the US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll wrapped up its quarantine program this week, according to a news story from the August 27 edition of the Kwajalein Hourglass. Since RMI began its repatriation program towards the end of 2020, there was […]

Latest Marshallese docs take oath

Latest Marshallese docs take oath

EVE BURNS Married to humanity in the middle of a pandemic on a very hot afternoon on a tennis court: It will be unforgettable for the two individuals who received their white coat and took the Hippocratic Oath last Friday. The internship residency program that Drs. Jean Phillip and Jerel Anitok completed is overseen by […]

PaxLovid: RMI’s magic bullet

PaxLovid: RMI’s magic bullet

GIFF JOHNSON Important facts emerged from the first two weeks of the Covid outbreak, as of Tuesday this week: • 12 of the initial 14 deaths from Covid were dead on arrival (DOA) at Majuro or Ebeye hospitals, meaning the 12 did not seek or receive medical care for their condition. It also means only […]

Covid dominates Nitijela’s return

Covid dominates Nitijela’s return

HILARY HOSIA Leaders of the nation began their first Parliament meeting of the August session Monday with a moment of silence to honor the 14 Marshallese who passed away from Covid since the pandemic reached the shores of the RMI August 8. A few minutes into the session, Speaker Kenneth Kedi called for an off air […]

Code Red: Covid arrives

Code Red: Covid arrives

GIFF JOHNSON This is how the Marshall Islands went from being one of a handful of places in the world to still be Covid-free two-and-a-half-years into the pandemic to joining the rest of the world August 8.Majuro hospital authorities discovered the first “cluster” of Covid positive cases Monday afternoon. Parents brought their 17 and nine […]