Giff Johnson

RMI vets seek benefit fix

RMI vets seek benefit fix

GIFF JOHNSON Veterans from the Marshall Islands and the other freely associated states, all nations aligned with the US through Compacts, must travel at great personal expense to take advantage of health benefits they earned by their service in the US military. The practical impact of this situation is that most Marshallese veterans are completely […]

Students line up for Covid shots

Students line up for Covid shots

WILMER JOEL, GIFF JOHNSON The Ministry of Health and Human Services began implementing the Pfizer vaccine for students who are 12 to 17 years old in various local high schools and middle schools in Majuro earlier this month. Each week on Fridays, ministry staff are going to these secondary schools to conduct the vaccinations. Their […]

Brenson joins RMI Cabinet

Brenson joins RMI Cabinet

Minister Brenson Wase took the oath of office last Friday at Cabinet, bringing him back into the the Ministry of Finance — a post in which he has many years previous experience. Special Assistant to the President Benjamin Kiluwe emceed the swearing in, Rev. Palukne Johnny of the United Church of Christ blessed the undertaking, […]

MIMRA celebrates new book

MIMRA celebrates new book

The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority put on a special program last Friday at the Marshall Islands Resort’s Melele Room to launch a new book — the first ever to document the Marshall Islands commercial fishing story.President David Kabua headlined the event, offering praise for MIMRA and the book, “Our Ocean’s Promise — From Aspirations […]

Marshallese canoes built in EU

Marshallese canoes built in EU

GIFF JOHNSON Marshallese style boats are being designed and built by skilled builders in the Marshall Islands, naturally enough, but also in places that one might not expect, such as Europe. Here in Majuro, Waan Aelon in Majel has designed and built what they call a “carro proa.” The WAM team built it in three […]

MISAT results spark debate

MISAT results spark debate

GIFF JOHNSON “Eighth graders’ results a bomb” blared the page one headline in the Journal’s August 28, 2020 edition.Fast forward to this week, and the high school entrance results are out with almost exactly the same result as last year. In 2020, only 109 — 12.5 percent — out of 868 taking the test managed […]

Coop School expands solar footprint

Coop School expands solar footprint

Majuro Cooperative School received a United Nations Development Program grant to implement a solar project aimed at solving several of the school’s needs, including reducing its power bill. “With aims of cost-cutting we are proceeding with converting the first elementary block completely to solar power with MEC lines as a backup,” said Majuro Cooperative middle […]

Two treated in Covid ICU

Two treated in Covid ICU

GIFF JOHNSON President David Kabua and his party of six became the first people in 15 months to get off a United Airlines flight in Majuro and go into quarantine at the Arrak facility when they did so this past Tuesday.The last group to come in by a United flight was Xavier High School students […]

Seeking nuclear justice in the climate era

Seeking nuclear justice in the climate era

GIFF JOHNSONThe low-lying Marshall Islands are consumed by climate change. Increasing ocean inundations from rising sea levels and the specter that this atoll nation could be underwater later this century has pushed Marshall Islands leaders and young people to the forefront of the global climate movement calling for action to curtail a problem they had […]

Marshalls vaccinates fishermen

Marshalls vaccinates fishermen

GIFF JOHNSON The Marshall Islands launched Covid-19 vaccinations for commercial fishermen temporarily in port Majuro this past week — possibly the first Pacific island to vaccinate fishermen. With the country vaccination program nearing 80 percent completion for the two urban centers, and public health teams now conducting vaccinations for remote outer islands, the Ministry of Health […]

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