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An area covering over two million square miles of the western Pacific Ocean, two-thirds of the land area of the United States, is slated to become the world's largest shark sanctuary and the first one ever created through a regional agreement among governments. Leaders at last week's 15th Micronesian Chief Executive Summit passed a resolution to begin the process of creating a regional sanctuary where shark fishing would be prohibited. The agreement, which also authorizes the development of a regional ban on the possession, sale and trade of shark fins, covers the waters of the Federated States of Micronesia, The Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.
Marshall Islander communities in Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas are ask to be on the alert as the region is under a 'high risk' of severe weather. Severe thunderstorm warnings remain in effect throughout the evening and overnight, with the National Weather Service issuing tornado warnings for Washington, Benton, LeFlore, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes Counties. Legal Aid of Arkansas, which works with the Marshallese community, released the tornado preparedness information, in the Marshallese language.
The Micronesia Health Advisory Coalition is sponsoring a new sports event for Hawaii's Micronesia community following its successful Men's Basketball Tournament fundraiser. The MHAC All Mike Women's Volleyball Tournament 2011 begins June 4. The tournament will run Fridays and Saturdays, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., through July 9, at Crane Park in Honolulu.
Legal Aid of Arkansas offers free income tax services and education for the ESL community, including those of Marshall Islands’ heritage, through its Low-income Tax Clinic website. Information, in the Marshallese language, is provided for people who have received a letter from the IRS. The following documents also include “instructions on what a person's options are when they receive a letter from the IRS or one that says it's from the IRS,” said Outreach Coordinator Renata Shelton in an email notification today.
Climate change, shoreline change and sustainable livelihoods in the Republic of the Marshall Islands will be discussed during a presentation on Tuesday afternoon, April 26, 2011, at the University of Hawaii Hilo. The Marshallese community is warmly invited to attend this informative session, which will include project updates by Professor Mark Merrifield, Dr. Maria Haws, and Dr. Murray Ford.
As part of Windward Community College's (WCC) Common Book Program, the "Space, Place and Culture in Marshall Islands History" presentation will be held on Thursday, April 14, 5:00 p.m. at Hale ‘Akoakoa 105.
Lauren Hirshberg, Monica LaBriola, and Rachel Miller, all of whom are involved in academic research about the Marshall Islands, will give short presentations of various aspects of Marshallese culture and history.
The two top Micronesian teams will battle in the final game for the All Mike Men’s Basketball title next Saturday, ending two months and over 35 games of tournament play. The Championship Game, Closing Ceremony, and Concert, hosted by the Micronesian Health Advisory Coalition, will be held on April 9, 2011. from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Neal Blaisdell Center Arena, in downtown Honolulu.
Oahu Marshallese community members are invited to the 2011 Marshallese Education Day in Honolulu on April 16, 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Ala Moana Beach McCoy Pavillion. The fourth annual MED program, "Booj Lolatat non Jelalokjen (Educating Minds for the Future), encourages parents to be more involved in education and challenges students to aim for college.
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is hosting a fitness day at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) intramural field this Saturday to draw attention to the increasing rate of childhood obesity among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth. Joining APPI Presidential Commission members to exercise with 500 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth from the Los Angeles area will be special guests, Trainer Jillian Michaels and professional athletes Troy Polamalu and Marcus McNeill.
The Legal Aid of Arkansas in Fayetteville wants to get the word out to the Marshallese community that its Low Income Taxpayer Clinic is hosting a Call-In Taxathon on Saturday, April 2, 2011.
“For two hours, anyone in Arkansas can call a panel of lawyers and accountants for free assistance with tax returns at 1-800-967-9224,” said Renata Shelton. The announcement in the Marshallese language follows:
The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations’ (AAPCHO) diabetes program to address diabetes among vulnerable populations is underway in three Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander (AA&NHOPI) communities. The program, which aims to reduce the secondary complications of diabetes among individuals living with the disease, is being conducted in the Republic of the Marshall Islands by Ebeye Community Health Center, in Los Angeles by the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, and in Waimanalo, Hawaii by the Waimanalo Health Center.
The Australian Embassy is funding another four community projects in the Marshall Islands under the Direct Assistance Program (DAP) for fiscal year 2011. The Jaluit Woj Club, WUTMI, Ujae Atoll and the Majuro Coop School will all receive cheques from Australian Ambassador Martin Quinn this week during his first visit to the Marshall Islands.
The College of the Marshall Islands' Center for Marshallese Studies is hosting another Leto Letak Melele Public Forum on Thursday evening, March 10.
This forum's topic is "RMI's Nuclear Future." Speakers for the discussion include Senator Tomaki Juda (Kili-Bikini-Ejit), Lemyo Abon from Rongelap, and Minister of Transportation and Communication Kenneth Kedi (Rongelap).
Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), a program managed by the University of Hawaii, has published Disaster Alert for Android-driven devices, a free-download application—formerly available only for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iTouch)—that gives users access to worldwide hazard and disaster event data. The information can be viewed on an interactive map, in quick-view lists or as a detailed presentation on a single event. Disaster Alert is available from Android Market.
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Dan Smith, Principal Engineer & Engineering Manager of Hawaiian Airlines, is encouraging support of the American Diabetes Association’s signature fundraising walk, Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes. The Honolulu Diabetes Walk on March 19 is a walk followed by a health fair in Kapiolani Park. “Diabetes is the major health challenge in all the islands of the Pacific,” said Smith.
“As we know, too many of our relatives and friends suffer from diabetes, aka toñal. It is probably more devastating to the Marshall Islands than the nuclear testing.”
The UNT/LEAP scholarship program will offer twenty-three scholarships and related support for Pacific Islander citizens living in American Samoa; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) comprised of the states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap; Guam; the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI); and the Republic of Palau. Through funding from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, students will receive full tuition scholarships to complete the University of North Texas master's program.
Hawaii’s Marshallese Education Day committee (MED) is excited to inform all high seniors and their parents residing on Oahu that the PACFAA organization will hold a College Goal Sunday workshop on January 23rd, 1:00 p.m. at the following schools; Waipahu High School, Waianae High School, Mililani High School, Castle High School, and McKinley High School.
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) is now accepting applications for its annual teacher scholarships. Since 2004, the Pacific Teacher Scholarship Fund has granted tuition assistance to students pursuing a teaching career in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific. The mission of the PREL-founded fund is to increase the number of qualified teachers working in the Pacific region. Previous award recipients from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) are Albina Riklon ('09), Zin Thomas ('09), Lorie Milne ('04, '08), Moritha Aaron ('06), and Theresa Kijiner ('05).
The "Island Hopper" has a new schedule. Last week, Continental Airlines in Hawaii notified the Republic of the Marshall Islands Counsel General Noda Lojkar of the published schedule change.
The RMI Consulate Office in Honolulu provided the new arrival and departure times for Flight CO956, from Majuro to Honolulu, and Flight CO957, from Honolulu to Majuro, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
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