P1 Something new cooking at MCAA Service, food and waitressing in restaurants may be considerably better within coming months when Ione Heine’s class at the Marshalls Community Action Agency on food making completes its training. Enrolled in the class are: Ruth Tibon, Mieco Gideon, Nerilla Rantak, Hatty Bing, Analisa Tartious, Hemuj Emios, Eliwen Rilang, Risi Rang, Maji Lalita, Nenar Lajka and Dorthea Jorbun.
P2 Zeder and deBrum to confer Foreign Secretary Tony deBrum is scheduled to leave Majuro for talks in Honolulu with US Ambassador Fred Zeder. The purpose of the trip is to wrap up the subsidiary agreements to the Compact of Free Association related to postal services and federal programs. A Foreign Affairs spokesman said in response to a question that no doubt the two would also discuss the letter deBrum wrote to Zeder, which the Pacific Daily News reported on last week. PDN reports deBrum as writing that the debate in Washington concerning the memorandum of understanding on the plebiscite is due to a “misunderstanding.” There has been debate between Majuro and Washington as to what the degree of commitment the memo constitutes as to termination of the trusteeship, the ballot choices and the plebiscite timing. In the memo, deBrum and Zeder “agreed to recommend to their governments” certain actions to negotiate and approve the Compact before 1 October 1982 and to end the Trusteeship by 1 October. If both sides did not approve the Compact by 1 October, they agreed the Trusteeship would end with the governments seeking independence for the Marshalls.
P7 President on flag raising mission President Amata Kabua left July 18 on the Micro Chief for the far northern atolls of Bikar and Taongi. Kabua and his party intend to do some fishing, and on the serious business side, plant the Marshalls flag on these seldom-visited atolls. The ship will first stop at Utrik Atoll before proceeding to Bikar, about 60 miles farther north, and on to Taongi, about another 150 miles. President Kabua, making a flag-planting gesture at the rail of the ship, said Wake Island was next. He did not specify when this might be. The Marshalls claims Wake, known as Enen Kio, but so far the US has not recognized the claim.
P10 Purse seine fishermen give Majuro night life a big thumbs up Majuro’s night spots received an “A” and plenty of business from the more than 150 fishermen off the Z Fishing Company purse seiners that were in Majuro during the past two weeks. John Zuanich, whose family owns the fleet of 12 purse seiners, was in Majuro to supervise the transshipment of some 4,000 tons (eight million pounds) of tuna from the purse seiners to two mother ships. The tuna is being transshipped to a cannery in Thailand. Majuro was chosen for the transshipment operation because the boats were in the vicinity, and because Majuro has good hotels, bars, fueling services, and air connections to the outside world.
P14 Co-op accredited As of June 30, Majuro Cooperative School was granted a two-year term of accreditation following a visit by the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
P1 RMI’s Mr. No Being a “no” guy is hard in the Marshall Islands. And it’s doubly tough when you are in charge of money. “It’s difficult to say ‘no’ in the Marshall Islands,” Finance Minister Jack Ading told the Journal this week. “But someone has to say it.” Ading was reflecting on the cost-cutting measures imposed by the state of emergency, including the ban on travel funded by the Compact and the General Fund.
P10 Jab aibedbed! Our man about town Alson Kelen says he had a very entertaining taxi ride the other day: entertaining because all taxis are driving on fumes below the “E” mark on their gas gauges. He gets a taxi by Marshall Islands Resort, heading for Rita. But by the bowling alley, the taxi makes a few coughs, and clunk…engine stops. It’s out of gas. So all the passengers jump out, flag down another taxi, and hop in. They are in Utrikan, almost to the Skyline gas station, when the taxi starts coughing and it, too, runs out of gas. Only one problem this time. Alson’s already paid the guy his $1. Which means Alson has what some people call an “equity” interest in the taxi. So out he gets and helps the driver push the taxi the 100 feet or so into the gas station so the driver can buy his one-gallon of gas. Well, it was enough to get to Rita and for his $1, Alson got some exercise.