Giff Johnson

Chopper pilot survives crash

Chopper pilot survives crash

GIFF JOHNSON I was minding my own business (for once), heading out of town Saturday afternoon.My phone “bings.” “A helicopter crashed into the lagoon by the airport,” says the message. That item took me out of my reverie and I drove with more focus to the airport, asking my informant some questions as I went […]

RMI cuts quarantine time

RMI cuts quarantine time

GIFF JOHNSON Important developments on the Marshallese repatriation program include a shortening of the quarantine time and increased numbers of people returning. At last Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, RMI leaders endorsed a Ministry of Health and Human Services/National Disaster Committee recommendation to reduce the quarantine time at Kwajalein from three to two weeks. Coupled with the […]

One Word hits Majuro, Ebeye

One Word hits Majuro, Ebeye

The premiere of the latest Marshallese and German-made movie “One Word” had the audience starstruck at Jittak-En Saturday night with its rich cinematography and unerring documentation about climate change. The movie is the outcome of the collaboration between German film team Kameradisten (Comrades) directors Viviana and Mark Uriona and local non-profit organization Jo-Jikum.It features great […]

More Covid vaccines hit RMI

More Covid vaccines hit RMI

Since the rollout of Covid vaccinations in RMI shortly before the New Year, the Ministry of Health and Human Services has vaccinated 612 healthcare workers and other “front line” employees. Meantime, the RMI’s Covid vaccination program for the public will soon be moving into high-gear, with the arrival in Majuro of 6,000 doses of the […]

President Kabua’s to-do list

President Kabua’s to-do list

GIFF JOHNSON President David Kabua delivered a state of the nation address at Monday’s Nitijela opening ceremony, issuing a straightforward call for improvements in many areas of government operations.As is customary with ceremonial openings that do not involve the drama of an election, the chamber gallery evidenced many empty seats, save for the church singing […]

RMI launches Covid vaccines

RMI launches Covid vaccines

GIFF JOHNSONThe Marshall Islands became the first independent nation in the Pacific region to begin Covid-19 vaccinations as a group of high-ranking Marshall Islands leaders joined with Ministry of Health doctors and nurses to be the first to receive the United States government-provided vaccines on Tuesday.The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) delivered to Majuro […]

‘Biit’ rocks local Churches

‘Biit’ rocks local Churches

Churches were the place to be Christmas Day as they came alive with amplified keyboard tunes and energetic biit dancing to celebrate Christmas…with some of the Christmas celebration spilling over into Saturday.Each year, the audiences remember one or more special jepta performances, outstanding in some way. Each year, the Marshalls Christian High School jepta from […]

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