Hilda Heine

Emergencies to be declared

Emergencies to be declared

GIFF JOHNSON The first order of business for President Hilda Heine’s new government is expected to be declaring not one, but two states of emergency: One for Kili Island, where “people are starving,” according to one Cabinet minister; the other order to put focus on Majuro’s power crisis. These moves were in the discussion stage […]

Hilda wins election

Hilda wins election

WILMER JOEL The Marshall Islands Parliament elected Hilda Heine, the first and only woman to hold the office to date, to the presidency for the second time on Tuesday morning in Majuro. With a slim majority of 17 to 16, Heine of Aur became president-elect, unseating outgoing President David Kabua from Wotho. Brenson Wase, the […]

Vote 2023: 4 women in Nitijela

Vote 2023: 4 women in Nitijela

GIFF JOHNSON The final unofficial election results were issued by the Electoral Administration Tuesday December 12 this week, confirming that 13 Nitijela seats will change hands. Most postal absentee votes either didn’t arrive in time or were rejected for technical reasons, muting their impact. It appeared that only one Nitijela race — Likiep — was […]

Hilda resigns over fossil fuels

Hilda resigns over fossil fuels

GIFF JOHNSON Despite former Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine’s resignation late last week from a key global climate advisory committee and early conflicts emerging over the Pacific Islands’ demand for a phase out of fossil fuels and the COP President’s pushback on this central climate issue, Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Henry Puna said from […]

Mayor Ladie back for third term

Mayor Ladie back for third term

GIFF JOHNSON In the still preliminary and unofficial vote tabulation, Majuro Mayor Ladie Jack was outpolling main challenger Margaret Alee Bigler by more than two-to-one and three of the four incumbent Majuro Nitijela members were showing the highest numbers. Incumbent Stephen Phillip and candidates David Kramer and Yolanda Lodge-Ned were locked in a battle for […]

Irene farewelled in Majuro

Irene farewelled in Majuro

WILMER JOEL The late Dr. Irene Taafaki, the former president of the College of the Marshall Islands, was buried Sunday next to her Blue Lagoon home, close to the Baha’i House of Worship. Her life was honored with a three-day memorial service that included a candlelight vigil, funeral, and burial. Dr. Irene’s casket was transported […]

Two die in Majuro accident

Two die in Majuro accident

HILARY HOSIA There have been at least four vehicle accidents in a span of a week in Majuro, one of which claimed the lives of a young couple over the weekend. A Rairok family was awakened following a loud boom in the early hours of Saturday. What they saw was a sedan car smashed against […]

24 get UH MAs

24 get UH MAs

WILMER JOEL Two dozen Marshallese who finished the two-year Pacific Masters in Education program at the University of Hawaii-Manoa graduated with their master’s degrees in Education in Curriculum Studies last week at the University of the South Pacific campus in Majuro. There are two graduates who live in Ebeye and one person who lives in […]

CMI honors many on 30th

CMI honors many on 30th

HILARY HOSIA College of Marshall Islands kicked off its 30th Foundation Week celebration Monday at the Staff Sergeant Solomon Sam Sports Center in Majuro. Different activities were scheduled throughout the week, including a career fair, car wash barbecue, trivia night, international night and a volleyball tournament to conclude the event. To add on, CMI will […]

Yan pleads guilty in NYC

Yan pleads guilty in NYC

Three months after their extradition from Thailand to face bribery and money laundering charges in the United States, two naturalized Marshallese citizens pled guilty Friday in a New York court to conspiring to violate the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in connection with a multi-year scheme to bribe government officials in the Marshall Islands […]