Kelly Lorennij

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 […]

Girls learn weaving skills

A one-week handicraft training for girls and young women wrapped up Friday June 28, marking the second summer the Marshall Islands Association of Handicraft Businesses is collaborating with Bank of the Marshall Islands to teach the younger generation an ancient tradition with modern application. Upon learning at the opening training session that a few of […]

New knees, new life

New knees, new life

KELLY LORENNIJ The Canvasback Missions orthopedic team is making good progress in bringing health and healing to Majuro having seen over 200 patients and performed 23 operations since starting June 17 at Majuro hospital. The visiting team has been fully utilizing donated vital sign and cardiac monitors and a bovie cautery (to prevent bleeding) from […]

US-MIDB deal expands housing options

US-MIDB deal expands housing options

KELLY LORENNIJ The US Embassy is providing a $360,000 grant for the Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance project, managed by the Marshall Islands Development Bank in partnership with the USDA Rural Development program.The funding continues a project that has assisted over 100 families build their homes from the foundation to the roof. US Ambassador Karen […]

Deaf kids get hearing aid

Deaf kids get hearing aid

KELLY LORENNIJ The Marshall Islands Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program conducted screening and follow up surgeries for babies and young children on Ebeye and Majuro the past two weeks. EHDI, with the aid of University of Hawaii managing the program grant, brought in a team of specialists to continue their ongoing hearing intervention […]

199 graduate from MIHS

199 graduate from MIHS

KELLY LORENNIJ Marshall Islands High School closed this year’s graduation season with 199 fresh graduates, symbolizing the end of an important chapter in their lives, but one they will never forget. As top students Billhorn Neamon and Bertiako Sorimle, valedictorian and salutatorian respectively, stressed, “Once a gecko, always a gecko.” Health Minister Kalani Kaneko accomplished […]

Pineapples flourish on Majuro

Pineapples flourish on Majuro

KELLY LORENNIJ Farms in Laura have successfully collaborated with the College of Micronesia and College of the Marshall Islands for sustainable and commercial cultivation of pineapples. Including the Taiwan Technical Mission and local farmers Jabukja Aikne and Foster Lanwe based in Lomar village of Laura, more than 2,000 pineapple plants have been successfully brought to […]

Students flowing to Eastern Oregon University

Students flowing to Eastern Oregon University

Eastern Oregon University’s Genesis Meaderds and Sam McCumber were on-island earlier this month to make early admission and application easy and seamless for students. Admissions Counselor Meaderds offered financial aid counseling while McCumber, an academic advisor, assisted with academic issues. Until this visit, there was a gap between admissions and getting to the campus in […]

United aborts Majuro flight after engine fire

United aborts Majuro flight after engine fire

KELLY LORENNIJ On board UA flight 132 United Airlines flight 132 with 142 passengers onboard was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff from Honolulu International Airport earlier this week when the aircraft’s port-side engine began spewing flames.The engine compression unit caught fire, aborting the Sunday (Hawaii time) Island Hopper destined for Majuro and points […]