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Contributed by YokweOnline on May 06, 2008 - 08:55 AM

Marshallese in the News at Home and Abroad

Della W. Nakamoto, originally from the Marshall Islands, is Vice President and Account Executive Insurance Services for the Bank of Hawaii. Her article, "Are You Insured Against Employee Lawsuits?" is featured in this month's Hawaii Business Magazine. Read more about this and other Marshallese updates:

BANK:You know the importance of having a solid business plan. Does your business plan include Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)? If not, your company could have unexpected financial expenses in the future that would affect your ongoing operations.

OLYMPICS: Five Marshall Islands athletes will get their 15 minutes — or 30 seconds — of prime time at the Olympic Games to be held in Beijing, China this August. The Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee announced its delegation to Beijing this week:Sprinters Roman Cress and Haley Nemra; Tae kwon do black belt Anju Jason; Swimmers Jared Heine and Julianne Kirchner the athletes.

GRANT: Jeanie Hill Women's Giving Circle president, and Mark Power, executive director of university development, present a grant to Yvette Murphy-Erby and Marta D. Collier for a literacy program serving the Marshallese communityMarta D. Collier in the College of Education and Health Professions, Yvette Murphy-Erby in the School of Social Work and Deanna Williams, migrant education program coordinator for the Boston Mountain Educational Cooperative, were awarded $7,500 for “The Reading Room,” a project that will build on an existing program serving the Marshallese community. The Marshallese Home-Based Literacy Learning Project grant funded by the Women’s Giving Circle in 2006 provided training and materials to empower mothers to support the literacy learning of their children. The Marshallese community requested expansion of the program to reach additional mothers and their families.This year’s grant will fund a permanent site — at the Anij Emman Assembly of God Church — for assistance and support with literacy learning and access to books and materials that can be used at the Reading Room site. The materials will also be available to be checked out for use by mothers with their families at home. The average number of children in a Marshallese family is four, and the funding will allow an additional 30 mothers to receive training and materials for literacy learning.

CONFERENCE: Officials in Arkansas, Hawaii and Oregon met via video teleconference Wednesday to discuss the U. S. Marshallese population and how to secure government-funded health care for those who live here under a compact with the federal government. But before asking for help from lawmakers in Washington, the three states need to come up with a firm estimate of the U. S. population of residents from three Pacific Island nations, the groups decided. Arkansas, Hawaii and Oregon are believed to be the three states with the largest concentrations of residents from the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. But there is no accurate head count in any of those states. In general, data on these residents is spotty at best. Due to language in the diplomatic relationship called the Compact of Free Association, residents from the three countries are considered migrants — not immigrants or refugees — so they can come and go freely between their homelands and the United States. The migrant designation keeps Pacific Islanders from being screened before entering and leaving the country, so their medical records are incomplete. Officials in Benton and Washington counties said the best way to determine the state’s population is to conduct a count through churches.


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