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Nauru Airlines resumes flights

Nauru Airlines resumes flights

“It feels so good to be connected again.” This was the sentiment at Majuro airport on Sunday evening as the first regular flight from Brisbane arrived following opening of the borders last month. Passengers landed with big smiles as they were greeted with warm Marshallese hospitality. In partnership with Nauru Airlines, the Australian government is […]

Covid is knocking on the RMI’s door

Covid is knocking on the RMI’s door

GIFF JOHNSON With the border opening looming, there is more talk in the community about the arrival of Covid in RMI. There are more questions than answers: Are we ready, will there be lockdowns, will schools be closed? Neighboring FSM opened its borders officially Monday this week — but Covid slipped into Pohnpei and Kosrae […]

Friendly starts to compact talks

Friendly starts to compact talks

GIFF JOHNSON Nearly three years after the first in-person preliminary discussions were held between the US and the Marshall Islands for a third funding agreement in the Compact, negotiations resumed again this week with a two-day meeting at Kwajalein. The negotiations stalled after these first discussions were held in Pohnpei between President Trump’s Secretary of […]

Pohnpei ramps up ban on entry

Pohnpei ramps up ban on entry

GIFF JOHNSON Pohnpei strengthened its ban on incoming travelers Saturday in the face of the escalating spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the region. Pohnpei Governor Reed Oliver issued an amended emergency order March 21 the same day as Pohnpei health authorities announced the second “person under investigation” (PUI) for Covid-19. The island, which hosts […]

Dengue continues to spread

Dengue continues to spread

Despite the ban on travel to outer islands being ended, the dengue problem continues to hit Majuro hard. The number of cases are piling up, with over 20 new suspected and confirmed cases seen at Majuro hospital on several days over the past week. The RMI is nearing 2,000 dengue cases. Ebeye has not reported […]

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 […]

Majuro’s Block Party blast

Majuro’s Block Party blast

Block Party gives back HILARY HOSIA The famed Majuro New Year Block Party lived up to its reputation yet again this year as evident by thousands of participants enjoying the contagious festival — even families from Nauru, Pohnpei and Marshallese living abroad flew in for the occasion.

Island students taste Arctic life

Island students taste Arctic life

GIFF JOHNSON The first “Coral and Ice Exchange” climate tour took two students from the FSM and one from Palau to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland to connect with students from the arctic region. The climate exchange was organized by Island Research and Education Initiative (iREi), a Pohnpei-based group focusing on research and educational projects […]