Hilary Hosia

Perfect storm hits US Marshallese

Perfect storm hits US Marshallese

GIFF JOHNSON The coronavirus has turned into the perfect storm for thousands of Marshall Islanders living in the United States. Since March, Marshallese have experienced extraordinary Covid-19 infection and death rates in many American states. “The most vulnerable people in the United States in almost every state where there are large numbers of Pacific islanders, […]

IOM checks Ebeye’s ‘Covid pulse’

IOM checks Ebeye’s ‘Covid pulse’

The International Organization for Migration is nearly done with its Covid-19 Rapid Assessment Survey on Ebeye, which saw Ebeye and Majuro ground surveyors conducting door-to-door interviews around the small island. Each surveyor took an oath at the courthouse before deployment throughout Ebeye. And each surveyor team is equipped with a cellphone where data is inputted […]

Power coming to Santo

Power coming to Santo

HILARY HOSIA For the first time in history, power will be available to the people of Ennibur Island, more commonly known as Santo or Third Island on Kwajalein Atoll. The island is home to nearly 1,000 Marshallese, many of whom are children.The development unfolded in a discussion by Kwajalein Mayor Hirata Kabua and President David […]

The 42-day ocean drift

The 42-day ocean drift

HILARY HOSIA Their ocean saga started from the largest coral atoll in the world and ended at the world’s smallest. Kwajalein fishermen Godfrey Capelle, Benjamin Thomas and Junior Joram called for help on the phone when their outboard engine died midway through their fishing trip on April 2. The rough ocean condition that day made […]

RMI extends travel ban

RMI extends travel ban

The RMI National Disaster Committee extended the Covid-19 border closure for another month with the issuance of a new Travel Advisory late last week. Chief Secretary Kino Kabua issued Travel Advisory 14 June 4, extending the ban on incoming travelers to July 5. It also continues the ban on travel between Majuro and Kwajalein on […]

Training for disaster fallout

Training for disaster fallout

HILARY HOSIA Close to 30 teachers and counselors from the Public School System on Ebeye completed the Psychological First Aid course offered by the International Organization for Migration with assistance from Youth to Youth in Health last week. According to facilitators, the training took one full day at the new Ebeye Public Elementary School. The […]

USAG-KA to bring in workers

USAG-KA to bring in workers

HILARY HOSIA US Army Garrison – Kwajalein Atoll Commander Colonel Jeremy Bartel left a three-hour meeting on Ebeye June 1 with a smile on his face. The reason for the smile: Ebeye community members gave their approval for the Army to bring in six personnel to work at the Army installation. The six personnel, five […]

RMI to open the door

RMI to open the door

GIFF JOHNSON Following last week’s repatriation of nine Marshallese from the FSM, the RMI National Disaster Committee (NDC) is expected to start considering arrangements, including protocols, for RMI citizens stranded in Covid-19 affected countries to return home.  Part of this major decision to eventually allow RMI citizens back home will be contingent upon the completion of […]

Scaled down graduations in RMI

Scaled down graduations in RMI

WILMER JOEL Most schools in the RMI have either not held graduations this month, or have smaller, “invitation” events. The College of the Marshall Islands over the last 27 years of its existence has produced many memorable and unforgettable graduations. But this year’s graduation will be different. It will still follow a graduation format, but […]

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