David Kabua

US-RMI: 36 years young

US-RMI: 36 years young

WILMER JOEL The US Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs put together an event commemorating the 36th anniversary of the Compact of Free Association last Friday at ICC. “Let us work together to find the solutions to the challenges that affect us all,” said Ambassador Roxanne Cabral. “Because of our shared history and our […]

Taiwan’s 111th celebrated

Taiwan’s 111th celebrated

Watch out Marshall Islands, the Republic of China/Taiwan’s government will be sending 60 tons of rice in December. The development was announced by Taiwan Ambassador Steve Hsia in his remarks during Taiwan’s 111th anniversary dinner at the Marshall Islands Resort Tuesday. The night event featured uplifting entertainment, great food and a unique display of locally […]

Wong’s whirlwind trip to Majuro

Wong’s whirlwind trip to Majuro

WILMER JOEL and GIFF JOHNSON Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s whirlwind visit last week had two immediate impacts: • From Wong’s signing of an agreement with Culture and Internal Affairs Minister Ota Kisino last Thursday at noon, V7AB aired its first Australian Broadcasting Corporation program, one of several that are to be aired on a […]

Covid team reviews response

Covid team reviews response

Minister of Health and Human Services Joe Bejang officially launched the Covid-19 After Action Review (AAR) forum Wednesday morning at the International Conference Center (ICC). The three-day review will cover actions taken prior, during and throughout the pandemic since RMI declared State of Health Emergency on Covid pandemic. “It is my honor, on behalf of […]

US puts on a show

US puts on a show

GIFF JOHNSON Much was written and said about last week’s US Pacific Islands Summit in Washington, DC, which was the first time a US president hosted a large group of Pacific heads of state at the White House. It generated multiple wire service stories and widespread media coverage around the globe, reporting on Washington’s effort […]

RMI says bye-bye to Hsiao

RMI says bye-bye to Hsiao

WILMER JOEL Taiwan Ambassador Jeffery Hsaio and his wife Jasmine were showered with gifts and serenaded at their farewell party last Saturday at the Marshall Islands Resort poolside. Ambassador Hsaio holds the record for the most visits to neighboring islands made by an ambassador to RMI, according to both the ambassador and Minister of Natural […]

RASAR promoters charged in alleged bribery scheme

RASAR promoters charged in alleged bribery scheme

GIFF JOHNSON The United States Justice Department unsealed an indictment September 2 in New York City against two naturalized Marshall Islands citizens that alleges they bribed numerous high-level elected and other officials in the Marshall Islands to gain government support for establishing a controversial semi-autonomous zone for foreign investment activities. Cary Yan and Gina Zhou […]

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 […]

Coronation for Iroojlaplap Mike

Coronation for Iroojlaplap Mike

GIFF JOHNSON Thousands of Marshall Islanders converged on Ebeye Island last week for the first coronation ceremony of a paramount chief in half a century. The gala coronation for Iroojlaplap (paramount chief) Michael LaMañiñi Kabua featured dozens of islanders wearing traditional headdress and finely woven mat clothing unique to the Marshall Islands, spear carrying warriors […]

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