Tommy Kijiner

Talks to extend Compact $$ start

Talks to extend Compact $$ start

GIFF JOHNSON The big news coming from several hours of meetings on Pohnpei Monday between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Hilda Heine and leaders of the FSM and Palau is Pompeo’s announcement that negotiations to extend Compact funding agreements have begun. The post-2023 period, when US grant funding for RMI and FSM […]

Tower falls, sends two to hospital

Tower falls, sends two to hospital

HILARY HOSIA What happened in Majuro early Wednesday morning by the airport water reservoir is the kind of unexpected accident that would show in one of Ripley’s Believe it or Not episodes. Here’s what happened: A National Telecommunication Authority cellular phone tower fell onto a moving flatbed vehicle around 1am Wednesday morning across from the […]

Facebook withdrawals approaching

Facebook withdrawals approaching

GIFF JOHNSON The world of streaming movies, Facebook videos and Skype conversations will grind mostly to a halt for nine days at the end of October when NTA shifts Internet and phone links from the highly-reliable fiber optic cable to satellites. The “bandwidth” available to RMI customers for Internet and international calling will shrink from […]

Kijiner reappointed to serve RMI

Kijiner reappointed to serve RMI

The Executive Branch of the Marshall Islands reappointed Tom Kijiner as the Marshallese envoy to Japan Monday at the ICC Cabinet Room. Chief Justice Carl Ingram presided over the swearing-in ceremony witnessed by President Hilda Heine, First Gentleman Tommy Kijiner, Jr., Foreign Minister John Silk, other Cabinet members, and family members. Ambassador Kijiner has been […]

Loan to pay loan

Loan to pay loan

GIFF JOHNSON The Marshall Islands government was forced last month to take out a bank loan to meet a $1.2 million loan payment to the US Rural Utilities Service for the National Telecommunications Authority. Despite it being early in the new fiscal year, a cash flow shortage prevented the Ministry of Finance from making the […]