Youth train at Arno Atoll

Front pages from 1986, 1998, and 2009.

Journal 8/15/1986

P1 More than ever before The Marshalls population boom is really showing up in the record number of elementary school students trying to get into a limited number of available spaces in high schools. While the number of students taking the high school entrance exam increased dramatically from 810 in 1985 to over 900 this year, there was no change in the number of students who will be accepted into public schools. About 350 freshmen spaces are available at Marshall Islands High School in Majuro, with an additional 80 at Jaluit High School. This allows only the top 40 percent of eighth graders to go to public schools, underlining the vital role that island private schools play in providing needed educational opportunities.

P3 Kosrae eyes Majuro hospital aid Kosrae Governor Yosiwo George has been in Majuro for the past week meeting with RepMar and hospital administrators concerning the possibility of Kosrae using the new Majuro facility as a referral center for Kosraens. Gov. George met with President Amata Kabua and got a first hand look at the range of new services offered at the new hospital.

P14 Marimed plans big boost for outer islands health With the signing earlier this summer of a contract to build a three-masted sailing schooner, the Marimed Foundation’s plans to bring improved healthcare to the Marshall Islands moved a step closer to fruition. The Honolulu-based foundation has raised more than half of the $2.2 million needed for the ship and has conducted 10 outer island clinics in preparation for full scale health programs which will be launched with the ship in 1987.

P19 Youth busy on Arno Social Services Secretary Laurence Edwards said two teams of 30 young people will be returning from Arno Atoll next week where they have been training in farming, fishing and carpentry under the supervision of Jeimata Kabua and Middle Ralpho. The program is a Private Industry Council/Marshalls Community Action Agency project for youth to learn skills during the summer while earning some cash for the school year.

Journal 8/14/1998

P5 Marshalls best HIBT fishing finish since 1984 The Marshalls Billfish Club came in fifth at the Hawaii International Billfish Tournament in Hilo last week, the best finish for the team since 1984. The second day, Rudy Aliven hooked a 30 pound wahoo and Ladie Jack hooked up with a marlin. After a two-hour-and-thirty-nine-minute fight, they boarded the mammoth 457 pounder. The Marshalls team won fifth out of 61 teams.

P11 RMI takes fifth at Micro Games Micronesian Games host Palau won 118 medals in this 10-nation competition, while Guam had 81. The RMI had 33. An inspired Palau women’s basketball team took the gold medal from a taller Guam team, 88-69, the first time a Palau team has defeated Guam in basketball in Micro Games play. It was the play of 17-year-old Stephanie Ngirchoimei who led Palau to victory, doing everything and then some as she scored 25 points. RMI basketball referees Daniel Andrew and Alex Maine officiated games.

Journal 8/14/2009

P3 Marshalls track team shows improvement Thomas Lajwi ran a personal best time in the 800 meter race in the Oceania Championships held in Australia last week, coming fifth out of 10 athletes. According to Athletic Federation team manager Daniel Andrew, Lajwi also did exceptionally well in the 1,500 meter final. “He got beaten by three Guam runners, but he finished way ahead of his competitors from Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru and the Northern Marianas,” Andrew said. He reported that teammate Barry Andrew also set a personal best in the 200 meter at 25:62.

P11 Man! They’re strong! Jesse Roland wowed the crowds last Saturday as he pumped and flexed his way to become Majuro’s strongest man in the Do It Best Strongman competition. The event pulled in hundreds of spectators and seven contestants vying to be Majuro’s strongest man.


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