Giff Johnson

Red Cross helps soldiers

Red Cross helps soldiers

GIFF JOHNSON A little known service offered by the Marshall Islands Red Cross Society provides valuable help to members of the US Armed Forces when immediate family members die or are critically ill. This is among a range of services that the establishment of a Red Cross Society in the Marshalls offers to people living […]

Toxic fish focus of JCM talks

Toxic fish focus of JCM talks

GIFF JOHNSON Chemical contamination of fish at Kwajalein Atoll “is a public health concern of epic proportion that we cannot take lightly,” Kwajalein Senator David Paul said in advance of this week’s annual RMI-US military consultation in Majuro. Paul and other RMI officials called for action on the contamination issue at the Joint Committee Meeting […]

US: Time to Wake up

US: Time to Wake up

GIFF JOHNSON Although the United States claims Wake Island as its territory, the Marshall Islands has now put its competing claim on record at the United Nations, reaffirming that the RMI considers “Eneen Kio” home territory. The Marshall Islands has ties to Wake — which is known as Eneen Kio in Marshallese language — that […]

Ebeye’s low-hanging fruit

Ebeye’s low-hanging fruit

GIFF JOHNSON Kwajalein’s development agency is focused on delivering action on four projects over the next few months, while it plans for bigger, more costly projects going forward. “These are the low-hanging fruit we are going after immediately,” said Kwajalein Senator David Paul, who doubles as chairman of the board of the Kwajalein Atoll Development […]

Storm-driven tides cause flooding

Storm-driven tides cause flooding

GIFF JOHNSON King tides and storm surges combined to inundate low-lying areas in the Marshall Islands last week, tossing rocks and debris into roads, backyards and homes. No one was injured and damage was slight compared to flooding over the past two years. But repeated inundations over the past several years in the Marshall Islands […]

Guam warns of tidal flooding

Guam warns of tidal flooding

GIFF JOHNSON Majuro was warned Tuesday by Guam weather officials to expect king tide flooding from Wednesday through Friday this week. The National Weather Service on Guam issued a “Special Weather Statement” Tuesday warning the combination of the highest tides of 2016 coupled with high winds from a storm that is brewing near Wake Island […]

‘Solid Six’ aim to drive new government

‘Solid Six’ aim to drive new government

GIFF JOHNSON One fact apparent from the impending shakeup in Nitijela membership — as 14 seats out of 33 will change hands on January 4 — is that with so many new senators, neither the current government nor the opposition KEA group will control a majority of 17 needed to elect a president and form […]

Loan to pay loan

Loan to pay loan

GIFF JOHNSON The Marshall Islands government was forced last month to take out a bank loan to meet a $1.2 million loan payment to the US Rural Utilities Service for the National Telecommunications Authority. Despite it being early in the new fiscal year, a cash flow shortage prevented the Ministry of Finance from making the […]