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Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 19, 2002 - 07:43 AM
  • UN General Debate Live Webcast – Marshall Islands Rep to Speak


  • New York - On Friday, September 20, during the 2nd segment from 3 pm to 6 pm, the Chairman of the Marshall Islands Delegation will be addressing the Fifty-Seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

  • First outbreak of coral bleaching reported in Marshall Islands


  • The Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority says the first case of coral bleaching has been reported on Jaluit and Majuro atolls.

  • Ambassador Senko Says Marshalls’ Note is “beacon for the Pacific”


  • Majuro - U.S. Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Michael J. Senko has called President Kessai Note "a beacon for the Pacific" in the fight against terrorism.

  • Islanders welcome Chinese cash, but not Chinese


  • Islanders, from the Marshall Islands to Fiji, are not as eager to welcome Chinese nationals into their societies.

    A Ray of Hope In Springdale

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 17, 2002 - 12:29 PM
    More about recruitment of Marshall Islands and Micronesian workers for low-paying jobs in US.




  • A ray of hope in Springdale


  • Freedom: On their own, Marshallese migrate to Arkansas to process poultry, play ball - maybe even buy a house.



  • Islanders avoid brokers, pay own way to U.S. and find jobs they like


  • For nearly two decades, John Moody made his living killing, gutting and packing poultry on the line at Tyson Foods, the nation's largest meat producer and processor.


    News Links: Recruitment of Island Workers to US

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 16, 2002 - 09:28 PM
    More about recruitment of Marshall Islands and Micronesian workers for low-paying jobs in US.

  • Recruiting cheap labor can bring in big money


  • Muller asserts he provides opportunities for people who have none. "I know some people say it's like slavery, but the majority are really happy,"


  • In US, islanders rent housing, buy food from broker


  • Broker, who once worked in Marshalls, says he gives chance of lifetime, but Micronesian workers say it is low-wage hell.


  • Yokwe Online Forums: Indentured Workers?


  • It's not just a CNA problem. I am very familiar with it here in the Atlanta area.

    News Links - Marshalls Health-Related News

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 14, 2002 - 08:56 AM
  • Illness remains from Marshalls' nuclear past


  • Nuclear survivors told of watching loved ones die or forced to leave their homes.

  • Survivors of atomic bomb tests seek aid from Congress


  • Group makes an appeal to Congress for medical care for the survivors and their children.

  • Two Hawaii hospitals close doors to Marshall Islands patients


  • Government owes $2 million for medical referrals.

    News Links - Marshall Islands' News from Jerusalem, Hawaii, Texas, Alaska,

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 12, 2002 - 02:46 AM
  • Friendly Islands


  • Jerusalem Post talks with Ambassador Alfred Capelle.

  • Ocean, Reef, Lagoon: Sportfishing in the Marshall Islands


  • Spirit of Aloha Magazine reports about awesome adventures in the Marshalls.

  • Continental names new CEO


  • Mark Erwin replaces Bill Meehan at Air Micronesia.

  • Native firm in line for defense job


  • Chugach Alaska will provide support services and bring some workers.



    News Links: CMI and NTA Embezzlement Updates

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 30, 2002 - 01:40 PM
  • Auditors brought in at College of Marshall Islands


  • The College of Marshall Islands has brought in auditors to straighten its books in an attempt to solve its money problems. The school is facing a deficit of 860,000 dollars for the coming school year, due mainly to management problems in its business school. The auditors, Deloittes, have just completed auditing the 1999 accounts, and are working on the 2000 and 2001 accounts.


  • Chief Justice Orders Unsealing of NTA Embezzlement Judgment


  • Marshall Islands Journal reports that "Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Fields, who resides in California, issued an order in response to RMI High Court Judge H. Dee Johnson sealing the file and court order involving sentencing of Clorina Andrike, who pled guilty to one count of embezzling more than $43,000 from the National Telecommunications Authority while she was an employee of the company."

    News Links: News from Majuro

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 27, 2002 - 11:57 PM
    From Pacific Islands Reports by Giff Johnson to Marianas Variety


  • A First for Communications on Jaluit, Wotje and Kili, Marshall Islands


  • An agreement signed in Majuro will lead to the first earth stations for telephone communication on two remote islands in the Marshall Islands. The agreement will turn over US$ 350,000 from the Marshall Islands government to the National Telecommunications Authority to install and operate earth stations on Jaluit and Wotje atolls, both rural sub-centers with public high schools.The funding is being provided to National Telecommunications Authority in exchange for 29,167 shares The earth stations will allow telephone communication to Jaluit, Wotje and Kili just as residents in the two urban communities of Majuro and Ebeye currently communicate. Fowler said that there will be "phone centers" on each island, no telephone lines to individual homes. Each island will have three voice lines and one data line.


  • Marshalls Feel Impact of Blacklist


  • Marshall Islands business people say they are feeling the effects of the country being on a worldwide money laundering "blacklist.""We’re feeling some effects of the blacklisting," said local businessman Jerry Kramer, chief executive officer of the country's largest construction company. Because the Marshall Islands is on the Financial Action Task Force’s blacklist, even the local branches of U.S.-based Bank of Guam and Bank of Hawaii are considered "foreign." So getting wire transfers has been a problem, Kramer said. In at least one instance, money had to be mailed instead of being wired, he said. Banking Commissioner Alfred Alfred said a series of preventive measures have been put in place. A Financial Action Task Force review team is expected to visit the Marshall Islands sometime in September in advance of a full task force meeting the following month, according to Alfred.

    News Links: Updates - CMI Accused Embezzler and Asian Businesses

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 23, 2002 - 09:03 PM
  • Alleged Marshall Islands embezzler accused of stealing more than $640 thousand


  • The former business manager of the College of the Marshall Islands has appeared in court charged with stealing more than 641 thousand US dollars from his employer.Louis Louiston was originally charged in June and pleaded not guilty to thirty charges involving almost 146 thousand dollars.The amount allegedly embezzled by Louiston is nearly fifty per cent more than the college’s annual budget of 450 thousand dollars. Louistin is accused of spending the money on such things as building materials for a new restaurant and the purchase of nine new vehicles costing more than 95 thousand dollars.


  • AUDIO INTERVIEW: Marshall Islands businesses complain of Asian influx


  • Locally owned stores in the Marshall Islands are complaining about a heavy influx of Asians who have opened businesses. The President of the country's Chamber of Commerce, Don Hess, says its possible the flood of cheap imported good could seriously enganger local enterprises. He says Marshall Islands businessmen tend to import better quality merchandise from the United States and Australia, but that comes at a price, and cheaper Asian stores are starting to dominate the market.


  • Local resentment growing against Asian businesses


  • "This situation has only surfaced recently, and another problem...is that recently the Marshallese sold passports to the Chinese, so some of these businesses are now considered Marshallese because the Chinese have Marshallese passports."He said the Marshallese people will suffer in the long run, through unemployment, rising prices and lower quality goods.

    Regional News: Aid from Japan, OECD Sanctions, and Forum Update

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 22, 2002 - 04:19 AM
  • Japan steps up scrutiny of aid projects in Marshall islands


  • Japan says that aid to the Marshall Islands will be reduced by 10 percent this year and that tighter monitoring of aid funds will be introduced to ensure accountability. Japan’s Charge d’Affaires, Toru Hayashi, says his country’s economic woes and critical attitudes by the public on overseas aid has contributed to the reduction and tighter scrutiny controls.


  • Pacific leaders briefed on OECD sanctions


  • The OECD insists Vanuatu, Marshall Islands and Nauru must make changes to their tax and finance laws to make it harder for companies and individuals in OECD countries to use them as tax havens to avoid paying tax at home. Pacific island leaders attending the post-forum dialogue in Nadi have been told sanctions - or defensive measures as the OECD calls them - could take effect from April.


  • Smaller Islands States 11th SIS Leaders' Summit


  • The Summit endorsed an initiative that called for the establishment of a modest USP Northern Region Campus in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. This initiative would assist in meeting the human resource development needs of the SIS, especially through the provision of pre-tertiary and early-childhood teacher training programmes.

  • REPORT:Statement on Climate Change by Smaller Island States



  • Pacific Island Forum agrees to step up anti-terror cooperation


  • Leaders of the South Pacific states agreed on Friday to increase regional security measures to ensure terrorist organizations cannot gain a foothold in the region. Many of the low-lying Pacific Island nations fear they will be swamped by rising sea levels blamed on global warming.

  • REPORT: Forum Communique

  • News Links - News about Marshalls

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 21, 2002 - 11:15 AM
    From Pacific Islands Report (by Giff Johnson for Marianas Variety)

  • Bank of Hawaii to Close FSM, Marshall Branches


  • Unable to find a buyer for four of its central Pacific branches, Bank of Hawaii announced that it will close its Majuro, Pohnpei, Kosrae and Yap offices on Nov. 30. About 40 employees will be affected by the closure. "We are making money, but we’re not meeting the shareholders’ goal," Leach said of the four branches that will be sold. To remain an independent bank, Bank of Hawaii must be able to double its share value every four years, he said.


  • Kosrae marks 150th anniversary of Christianity


  • Large delegations of United Church of Christ members from throughout the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia are on the small island of Kosrae.They are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in this region of the Pacific.


  • Majuro Eyes New Air Routes


  • Marshall Islands Tourism Association officials are discussing new air route links to connect the Marshall Islands with Australia and Japan. Benjamin Chutaro, who chairs the tourism board, said a group of Air Nauru executives is coming to Majuro at the end of August to meet business and government leaders to discuss the possible reestablishment of Air Nauru links to Majuro.


    From Radio New Zealand

  • Marshall Islands wants to double the tourism numbers


  • The association’s vice-chairman, Bill Weza, says Palau currently gets far more Japanese tourists than the Marshall Islands.Mr Weza says they’re targetting Japan because a thousand Japanese divers have visited the Marshall Islands in the last year and that can be increased.

    Regional News: Pacific Nations Speak Out

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 15, 2002 - 01:14 PM


  • Sinking Pacific states slam U.S. over sea levels


  • The leaders of the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu released a statement saying they "expressed profound disappointment at the decision of the U.S. to reject the Kyoto Protocol".

  • Pacific leaders reminded of basic needs


  • The director of the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission, Alf Simpson, says Pacific leaders and donor countries both are not being honest about the lack of basic sanitation facing the regions.

  • US Pays $42million for 40 Pacific Fishing Licenses


  • The United States of America has paid $42 million for 40 fishing licenses to fish in the Exclusive Economic Zones of Pacific Islands nations.

  • Twelve Allies Urge U.N. to Consider Membership for Taiwan


  • The 12 allies which support Taiwan's U.N. bid are the Gambia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Grenada, the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Chad and Sao Tome and Principe.

  • Islands May Split over Job


  • Mr Levi had said if Australia is seen to be trying to dominate the Forum it could lead to moves to form an islands-only organisation excluding Australia and New Zealand.The Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Palau have already discussed the move.

  • Authorities seize shark fins at port


  • U.S. authorities have seized thousands of pounds of shark fins from foreign fishing companies operating at the Guam's commercial port.

    News Links: RMI News 8/09

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 09, 2002 - 03:02 PM
    Pacific Islands Report (by Giff Johnson for Marianas Variety)

  • US seriously underestimated Marshall Islands fallout doses, risk


  • Nuclear test fallout exposure of a group of isolated Marshall Islanders was grossly underestimated by United States government scientists in an effort to minimize the possibility of future health problems.


  • Marshalls gov’t cracks down on overstayers


  • The Marshall Islands has stopped allowing Asians to obtain 30-day visas on arrival in an attempt to slow a burgeoning illegal alien problem in the country.


    From Pacnews, Countrywatch

  • Marshall Islands clamps down on overseas adoptions


  • The government says adoption laws will be tightened and that it has set up a Nitijela Adoption Committee to collect statistics on the number of children leaving the country.


    From RNZ, Pacific Islands Report

  • Marshall Islands May Appeal to US Congress over Compact


  • The Marshall Islands says it may appeal directly to the U.S. Congress if difficulties over agreeing to new Compact of Free Association provisions can’t be resolved.

    News Links: Mili Claim Presented to UN and New Director for Office of Insular Affairs

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 05, 2002 - 10:31 AM
  • UN asked to deal with Pacific claims vs Japan



  • Former Marshall Islands senator Kejjo Bien and a team of lawyers from the United States, Great Britain, and Australia have placed the matter of World War II-era Pacific region war claims against Japan before the United Nations Secretary General and the United Nations Trusteeship Council. Bien who has been persistently pursuing the issue of Japanese war crimes in the Pacific for well over a decade may have finally found a forum for a fair hearing.


  • Nikolao Pula Named Director of the Office of Insular Affairs



  • OIA Deputy Assistant Secretary David B. Cohen announced that Nikolao Pula, the former Director of Policy for the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA), will serve as the Director of OIA effective immediately. The OIA is the Executive Branch's liaison organization with American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

    Marshalls in the News 8/02

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 02, 2002 - 11:50 AM
    From Pacific Islands Magazine, August 2002 ed.

  • Not Habitable by Humans


  • First-Time Author Robert Barclay Has Taken On The Mythology Of The Marshall Islands - And The U.S. Military.

  • A Leg To Stand On


  • Marshall Islands Carpenter Hemos George Learned New Skills To Build New Lives


  • Letter from Majuro, By Giff Johnson


  • The Donor Game is Unsustainable - Common Sense Dictates People Participation; Until This Happens, The Waste Will Continue


    From Pacific Islands Report

  • Marshall Islanders Continue to Suffer from Radiation Problems


  • Dr. Robert J. Lifton, an authority on the psychological impact of radiation exposure, testified by satellite before the Nuclear Claims Tribune in Utrik Atoll’s claim for additional compensation.


  • Palau Hosts Secod Meeting of Micronesian Presidents


  • The three Presidents -- Leo A. Falcam – President, FSM, Kessai H. Note – President, RMI and Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. – President, Palau are meeting this week.


    US rejects Kwajalein landowner proposal

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 20, 2002 - 05:01 AM
    The US government has rejected a proposal from landowners at a missile testing range in the Pacific for two billion U-S dollars in exchange for use of the site for another 50 years. Washington has told the Marshall Islands that the US does not consider the request to be a viable basis for negotiations.



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