Giff Johnson

US-RMI seek quick deal

US-RMI seek quick deal

GIFF JOHNSON United States and Marshall Islands leaders said after completing the first round of talks last week that they hope to complete negotiations to renew provisions of an economic and security treaty by the end of this year or early next year. Washington sees extension of funding packages under compacts of free association with […]

Prices skyrocket in RMI

Prices skyrocket in RMI

GIFF JOHNSON Food, vehicle fuel, transportation costs for imported goods, and taxi prices are up dramatically compared to a year ago.But a lesser appreciated price increase will have a similarly big impact on people in the Marshall Islands. This is the cost of building materials.The International Monetary Fund said inflation is expected to be six […]

Large number of Covid border cases

Large number of Covid border cases

GIFF JOHNSON Testing of Marshall Islanders in managed quarantine Friday April 15 saw the largest number test positive for Covid since managed repatriation started nearly two years ago. Seven out of a repatriation group of 72 people tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a government announcement issued late Friday night. All seven are in […]

Airport set to reopen

Airport set to reopen

GIFF JOHNSON Last weekend’s completion of renovation work at Amata Kabua International Airport’s main terminal has paved the way for resumption of air service by United Airlines in the near future, according to RMI Ports Authority. Tentative plans were in motion this week for passenger service to resume next week April 11. Passenger pickup and […]

Fisherman’s body found in lagoon

Fisherman’s body found in lagoon

GIFF JOHNSON The body of an I-Kiribati fisherman was hauled out of Majuro lagoon Tuesday morning after it was discovered during the offloading of containers from a vessel at Delap Dock.The body of Rubeiariki Beriki, 29, was discovered by Majuro Stevedore and Terminal employees who were offloading containers from a MELL container ship. The body […]

Fire wrecks canoe center

Fire wrecks canoe center

GIFF JOHNSON Fires have long been the scourge of Majuro and Sunday’s blaze that destroyed the Waan Aelon in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) two-story offices and workshops proved that point.Firefighting equipment and know-how is rarely able to stop a fire in progress. The best that can be hoped for in Majuro is that […]

Exhibit showcases local artists

Exhibit showcases local artists

The US Embassy hosted an art exhibition at the Ambassador’s residence earlier this month, an event that brought together students from four Majuro high schools with NGOs Jo-Jikum and Waan Aelon in Majel. The students viewed both locally made works of art that were displayed in the outdoor ground floor deck area under the main […]

House-to-house a success

GIFF JOHNSON The government ramped up its ongoing Covid vaccination program Monday this week by starting house-to-house immunizations throughout Majuro. The move takes a page out of the measles vaccine program three years ago and the initial start of Covid vaccines in January 2021 by taking the program into the community.Monday’s outreach effort showed the […]

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