Kelly Lorennij

Bravo’s next generation

Bravo’s next generation

KELLY LORENNIJ As a student in his final year at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, Winder Loeak, 30, has taken an active role in the Marshall Islands Student Association (MISA) for the Pacific student campaign. Alongside his fellow members, Winder has done on- and off-campus presentations on the nuclear weapons testing conducted […]

Air Bikini Dash-8 arrives

Air Bikini Dash-8 arrives

The KBE Local Government’s “Air Bikini” airplane arrived last Friday to much fanfare and celebration at Amata Kabua International Airport. A big group of local VIPs was on hand to welcome the plane next to the AMI hangar. The event included a blessing from UCC Rev. Palukne Johnny, speeches by Acting President Brenson Wase, KBE […]

Land Grant’s vast land, sea lineup

Land Grant’s vast land, sea lineup

KELLY LORENNIJ Most are not aware that the Land Grant program has been around in the RMI since 1982 and is one of three Cooperative Research and Extension programs in the Freely Associated States — Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands — funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture under […]

WAM shines at open house

WAM shines at open house

KELLY LORENNIJ The Waan Aelon in Majel (WAM) vocational and life skills program is set to graduate a batch of trainees next month. During their open house last Thursday, WAM showcased the handcrafted work of past and present trainees in full display including coconut graters, tables, pounders and riwut-style canoes. WAM Director Alson Kelen was […]

Nuclear legacy gets US focus

Nuclear legacy gets US focus

KELLY LORENNIJ Among the important topics discussed by Pacific Island Forum leaders in Tuvalu last month was the issue of nuclear contamination in the region, a long-standing concern stated in previous Forum meetings and official communique statements, as well as health and security issues related to World War II wrecks and unexploded ordnance. This year […]

RMI canoes feature in Forum talks

RMI canoes feature in Forum talks

KELLY LORENNIJ The Micronesian region is transitioning to sustainable ocean transport for inter-island services, a move that is spearheaded by the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport that is based in the University of the South Pacific in the Marshall Islands. The Center’s Michael Traut outlined the steps that are being taken to make this transition […]

Sun, wind power water-makers

Sun, wind power water-makers

KELLY LORENNIJ The front line defense against climate change is renewable energy – solar, wind, water, and waste as alternative sources that will provide power in lieu of carbon-emitting fossil fuels such as diesel. Renewable energy was the focus of the Association of Pacific Legislatures general assembly held at the Nitijela recently, and such alternative […]

APIL focuses on environment

APIL focuses on environment

The Association of Pacific Island Legislatures met last week in Majuro, adopting a series of resolutions many of them focused on environment and renewable energy-related actions APIL wants to encourage. APIL’s membership is made up of US-affiliated islands in the north Pacific, including Hawaii, and Nauru and Kiribati. APIL expressed its support and encouragement for: […]

Export hopes to spur economy

Export hopes to spur economy

KELLY LORENNIJ The first-ever National Export Strategy for the RMI underwent final validation late last month for finalization before informing and seeking endorsement from Cabinet. The strategy is a long-term plan that has, after intense consultation with government and private sector, identified five major sectors, which include fisheries, tourism, pandanus, coconut and handicrafts in the […]

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