Jack Niedenthal

RMI’s travel lockdown

RMI’s travel lockdown

GIFF JOHNSON The RMI shutdown of passenger arrival on airplanes has stranded a few people in various locations. But for the 55,000 residents of the RMI, the border lockdown is a welcome development when viewing the ongoing and worsening Covid-19 coronavirus crisis in many nations. Last year’s ban on travel to outer islands because of […]

FSM, RMI test suspected Covid-19 cases

FSM, RMI test suspected Covid-19 cases

GIFF JOHNSON   The Marshall Islands announced this week it had one “person under investigation” (PUI) for the coronavirus Covid-19, while two states in the Federated States of Micronesia announced they had three PUIs in isolation — all four were awaiting off-island laboratory testing to determine if they have the Covid-19 virus. The person in […]

CAROUSEL: Making it happen

CAROUSEL: Making it happen

JACK NIEDENTHAL This year’s play, Carousel, a Youth Bridge Global Production directed by RMI citizen Professor Andrew Garrod, is a demanding piece of theater. What makes this play especially difficult is the wide range of challenging dance sequences. I heard Professor Garrod remark to the cast one day that Carousel has more complicated and intricate […]

RMI dengue cases keep rising

RMI dengue cases keep rising

GIFF JOHNSON In response to the first laboratory-confirmed case of dengue fever in Majuro last Friday, the Ministry of Health and Human Services late Friday curtailed passenger travel to remote outer islands. The government is attempting to prevent the spread of the virus to outer islands by halting air and ship passenger travel. “The goal […]

Canvasback treats many eye patients

Canvasback treats many eye patients

KELLY LORENNIJ Canvasback’s Opthalmology and Retinal Mission has seen over 250 patients since it opened clinic July 15. The eye team has successfully conducted over 60 eye surgeries. Patients are given primary and routine eye care, which means that while the team diagnoses and treats patients they also see to prescriptions for people who just […]

RMI Red Cross praised

RMI Red Cross praised

KELLY LORENNIJ International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Secretary General Elhadj As Sy spent several days in Majuro earlier this month, visiting with top-level RMI government leaders and people in communities around Majuro Atoll. The IFRC Secretary General met with Acting President Amenta Matthew and Cabinet members the day following his arrival. Discussions […]