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Marshall Islands Youth and Education Highlights
Asia-Pacific Population Journal Paints Mixed Picture of Pacific Sub-region - Marshall Islands among the highest teenage fertility rates in the world. Kids Struggle in Palau - 25 Marshallese students at PCC. A Group of Once Pristine Islands Faces an Environmental Crisis - 20 JICA volunteers working on health and education projects. World Wetlands Day 2008 -- Marshall Islands - Majuro and Jaluit presentations. UNIFEM:IWD Breakfasts - financing the Marshall Islands’ WUTMI. NTAC: Dr. Kim-Rupnow Receives 5-year U.S. DOE Grant - $1.5 million grant for teacher training in Hawai‘i, American Samoa, and RMI. Connecting Globally: The Marshall Islands Story Project - CMI Jan.- Feb. '08 Newsletter Comedy of Errors 2008 Marshall Islands Trailer - Video Introduction to the Youth Bridge Global Marshall Islands Project 2008.
Focus on Marshall Islands and Western Pacific for 2008 World TB Day
King Country: New 30-year high in tuberculosis cases - most common places of origin: Vietnam, Somalia, Ethiopia, India, the Marshall Islands CDC pandemic exercise highlights drug, mitigation, travel issues - depicted in subsequent exercises, cases linked to the index patient surfaced in 10 states, plus Washington, DC, the Marshall Islands, Guam, and several foreign countries WHO warns of TB threat - one third of the extremely drug resistant TB cases are in the Western Pacific Region. Australian government renews commitment to fight TB in Pacific - significant problem in the Marshall Islands and Kiribati RMI’s gift to Arkansas state - Journal comments on leprosy and TB outbreaks among Marshallese in Arkansas Message from the Regional Director on World TB Day, 24 March 2008 - Tuberculosis is the No. 1 killer among communicable diseases in the Western Pacific Region
Taiwan President Takes Visiting Marshall Islands Counterpart on Tour
President Chen Meets Marshall Islands President Litokwa Tomeing - honored that Taiwan is the first destination for first visit overseas Remarks on a Visit Accompanying His Excellency President Litokwa Tomeing - to Fata'an Village in Hualien County Marshall Islands president reaffirms back for U.N. bid - notes Taiwan's influence upon Marshall Islands Lawmakers 'fail to respect' visiting president - 90 of the 113 lawmakers showed up PHOTO: President makes sweet snacks - ounterpart Litokwa Tomeing (second from left) make "Mashu" President calls for efforts to green Taiwan - visiting Marshall Islands President Litokwa Tomeing planted nagi podocarp saplings
Marshall Islands: Court, Education, Government, Medical News
Postmaster General of the Republic of the Marshall Islands - Board Appoints Heran Bellu College of Marshall Islands lends support, assistance to NMC - President Wilson G. Hess in Saipan UN Expanding Pacific Presence - UNFPA's Najib Assifi announces Majuro Office Patient numbers low, but Molokini II will remain open - Several from RMI Saving 'soles' becomes student's Lenten mission - send to the children of Ebeye UH-Hilo educates globally competent students - 28 RMI Students at UH-Hilo Lajouj et al v. Kwajalein Range Services - Family files in Danny Lajouj case Demographics of Salem topic of club forum - Wilfur Lanwi, teacher and interpreter 3 pioneering women leaders in Pacific share views on issues - Former Senator Abacca Anjain-Maddison Guam jury indicts Abramoff - does not erase the charges filed against Howard Hills
Marshall Islands News from Week of February 18-24
President Chen Meets with Marshall Islands Foreign Minister Tony deBrum - 10th anniversary of diplomatic ties Marshalls, Nauru sign air deal - resume flights into Fiji Pollution Forces Tuna Plant To Spend, Delay Opening - unplanned spending of more than half a million dollars 19 firefighters complete advance training - Beiaun Mackenzie, Billy Anko and Aneo Jeffery from the Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands News from Week of February 10 -16
Marshall Islands foreign minister to arrive Sunday - Minister Tony deBrum to make arrangements for President's visit. Condition of Marshalls capital building worries leaders - Advice was issued nearly six months ago. MALGOV Told Not to Harass Mobil - Ingram directed Mobil to pay taxes directly to receiver. Pinkeye Outbreak Affects 1,000 in Marshalls - Continental Micronesia refused to board some passengers. Airline Back by March - Dash-8 back in service, but not to all destinations. RMI kids struggle in Palau - Palau Dean: Please hurry the paperwork through.
Marshallese Health Issues in the News
Health Department Update on TB, Hansen’s Disease in NW Arkansas - No outbreaks. Health Experts Dispel Leprosy, Tuberculosis Rumors - False report "just makes people panic." CDC to Base in Hawaii Senior Official - Concerns related to Compact migration Diabetes: Physical Disaster and Fiscal Disaster - 6,000 to 8,000 cases of diabetes Evaluation of an Infant Hepatitis B Vaccination Program - in Republic of the Marshall Islands, 2007
Marshall Islands and Foreign Affairs Analysis
Home on the range - A new government may spell trouble for America Wooing the Islands - China and Taiwan are the biggest players in this game China in Oceania: New Forces in Pacific Politics - China Satellite facility was suspect in tracking Kwajalein missile activity. Proliferation Security Initiative Exercise Hosted by Japan Shows Growing Interest in Asia - Marshall Islands, sixth in the world in the number of ships registered under its flag, is active supporter of PSI.
Marshallese Updates and Marshall Islands Personnel Changes
Korean missionary to be apostolic prefect of the Marshall Islands - Fr. Raymundo Sabio to be the apostolic prefect APU Concludes an Agreement of Cooperation and a Student Recommendation Agreement with the Republic of the Marshall Islands. - RMI Ambassador Phillip Kabua to Japan concluded agreement The Pacific Island Tuberculosis Controllers Association Meeting - 90 individuals from each of the six USAPIs Guam dominates MAC - The Marshall Islands failed to win a single medal. Pula may replace Cohen - has a deep understanding of these issues Council funds part of Marshallese post - one quarter of the funding — $ 9, 863. DOE Announces Administrator Opening - Program Manager of the DOE Marshall Islands Program Ozarks at Large: An Update on the Marshallese Population in Northwest Arkansas - audio of radio program by Jacqueline Froelich
Marshall Island: Climate and Environment Focus
Climate Change is Real - Marshall Islands, Kiribati particularly vulnerable Seacology Project at Ailuk - Terminal built for conserving 215 acres Pacific People Hit Hard By Climate Change: UNDP - compounds poverty and vulnerability WHO notes water woes of low lying atolls - water-borne diseases is far worse 4th Quarter Pacific ENSO - RMI begin voluntary conservation measures
Marshall Islands Disappointed over Lack of Progress at Fisheries Meeting
RMI Gov't: Western and Central Pacific Fishing Commission - Address of Minister John Silk on SIDS proposal. Tuna Commission Stalemate Hurting Pacific, Official Warns - MIMRA Glen Joseph: A "clear threat (from the current level of fishing) to yellowfin and bigeye" Distant nations block tuna conservation measures - NZ Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton: "Cuts are necessary if we are to safeguard the future of these fisheries" Aspirations of Small Island Developing States - RMI Draft Resolution at Fourth Session of the WCPFC Draft Conservation And Management Measure On Transhipment - RMI – Draft CMM on Transhipment Record Of Fishing Vessels And Authorization To Fish - RMI Proposed Revisions
Taiwan Responds to Marshall Islands Election Issues
Taiwan slams Beijing for interference in Marshalls - raise concerns on diplomatic ties Taiwan-Marshall Islands ties not to be affected by election: MOFA - relations will not be undermined Marshalls opposition claims election victory - other opposition leaders have attempted to downplay the possibility of a break with Taiwan.
Marshall Islands: Opposition Party Declares Victory
NEW! AUDIO and TRANSCRIPT: Opposition claims election victory - Interview with Litokwa Tomeing and Tony deBrum Opposition Declares Victory In Marshalls Election - ready to take over the reins of government Complaints Grow As Marshalls Await Final Vote Count following unprecedented voting problems in Majuro.
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Marshall Islands: Slow Going for Election Voting and Counting
RMI Electoral Office Preliminary Results - began posting Tuesday evening Vote Counting Going Slowly On Majuro - Results are not expected for days MARSHALL ISLANDS: Worst election ever - Audio: No government officials will talk First results from Marshalls polls expected tonight - following unprecedented voting problems in Majuro. Marshalls Polls Stay Open Late To Resolve Ballot Snafu - caused by late start Marshalls Election Marred By Late Start, Rain - labeled "chaos," "a disaster," and "a mess," Election 2007 - Blog on election and post-election activities.
Marshall Islands: Election Updates and Economic News
Voters in Marshalls go to polls - Publisher Joe Murphy, says two major parties are contesting in election. Majuro's Recognition of Taipei May Be In Doubt - Sorting out "green" for composting to reduce dump EU’s first major projects set to launch in Marshalls - to build capacity, to develop human resources in local NGOs Votes of region’s Marshallese play role in Monday’s election - nervous that the ballots wouldn’t come in time Will We Lose Guam Job Boom Opportunities? - US Congress plan for Filipinos and other non-US citizens, taking away advantage of FAS citizens
Marshall Islands Election 2007 Updates and Instructions
AUDIO: Scrutiny of election process - Interview with Carl Alik and Jack Niedenthal Marshall Islands NGO pleased to have observers for election - lobbied hard since the 2003 Postal election ballots for Marshall Islands cause delays - ballots are allowed to arrive up to 14 days after the election date Electoral officers return to the assigned precincts this week - Carl Alik, says everything is on schedule Forum Dispatches Election Monitors To The Marshall Islands - in the Marshall Islands through November 24 Postal Ballot Instructions - From RMI Office of the President Yokwe Online Forum Election 2007 - discussion of election events and candidates
Marshall Islands News from Arkansas, Hawaii, CNMI, Philippines
Tili Murder Case Reset To January - Remains in Washington County Jail. Chicago Field Museum Map Show - navigation chart from the Marshall Islands Micronesia group rings PSE bell for conference - included James Matayoshi, Mayor of Rongelap Abercrombie bill intended to federally assist migrants - Hawai‘i spent more than $90 million to provide health, social services Hawaii to Probe Cost of Compact Migrants - Department of Attorney General to convene a Task Force Harlem Ambassadors resume island hopping - tour concludes with two events in Majuro, Marshall Islands, on Dec. 15 and 16 WorldTeach sends volunteer teachers to schools that need them - programs in Bangladesh, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, the Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Pohnpei (Micronesia), Poland, South Africa and Venezuela Immigration Forum Set For Thursday - 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Jones Center
Marshall Islands in the News: Awards, Grants, and Conferences
Documentaries compete for Emmy - Carpenter's "A New Island," about Marshallese in NW Arkansas Regional leaders attend DOI conference - Leaders from American Samoa, Palau, the Marshall Islands Clinics for poor get 1st aid - Marshallese face cultural and legal barriers to health care Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Health Summit Set - Washington, D.C., on October 10-11, 2007 UOG to receive grants for projects - $3.3 million grant from the U.S. DOE $21 Million Awarded to Help States - Ministry of Health Marshall Islands - $50,000
Marshall Islands: Business and Meeting News, 9/25 - 10/02
United States-Pacific Islands Meeting - State's Nicholas R. Burns Met with Pacific Leaders during UN summit Pacific Nations Get Help Tapping $100 Million Fund - Global Environment Facility (GEF) funding deadline approaches. Hot and cold for businesses - fish grow-out facilities at the Marshall Islands Taiwanese illegal fishermen caught - 10-day, $15 million surveillance effort, operation “Big Eye.” Chen not planning any transit stops on way to Marshalls - leave for Majuro on Oct. 11 and return on Oct. 14. Airplane Engine Fixed; Tourism on the Rise - 55 percent rise first 6 months 2007 Allotments Don't Leave a Lot in Your Paycheck - GRMI employees on average get 25% of bi-weekly pay
UPDATE AIR MARSHALLS' Dash 8 is in the air again after an engine replacement. It few a flight, Saturday morning, September 8, to Bikini Atoll, according to word from Majuro.
Marshall Islands: Economic Analysis and Business News, September 1-7
Pacific Power Association Moving Ahead With Regional Fuel Purchasing Scheme - a new partnership with the Australia-based Macquarie Bank House Passes Bill To Increase U.S. Funding To Pacific - by unanimous consent H.R. 3062, the Pacific Island Economic and Educational Development Act of 2007. Loining Plant Hiring to Begin Next Month - Hiring local workers, but supervisors from Philippines 5th Joint Economic Management and Financial Accountability Committee Meeting - approve Compact allocations for the upcoming FY 2008 fiscal year Cohen to address issues facing real estate in Micronesia - 4th Micronesia Real Estate Investment Conference in Guam Pacer: A Plus Or Negative? - Islands could lose $10m anually in revenue: report
Marshall Islands: Economic Analysis and Business News, September 1-7
MARSHALL ISLANDS: Top Stories for Week of August 26 - 31
Marshalls at Samoa South Pacific Games - Notts competed for RMI in Tennis US Postal Service Restores Services in Micronesia - revived the zip code and domestic rate services Ban on toxic marine chemical imminent - Marshall Islands' ratification also is imminent Chuuk to Host High Level FSM-Micronesia Executive Meetings - 2007 Micronesian Presidential Summit (MPS) convenes 5th September Nat'l Geographic looks at America's Pacific playground - As for the Marshall Islands, Kluge talked about its “smallness and vulnerability” On Atolls, All Politics Is Local - Paychecks Not Policies May Determine November Election When Homeless Is Better Than Home - Micronesians Crowd Hawaii's Homeless Shelters
News from the Marshall Islands, August 18-25
Marshalls first to get EU solar package - $1.5 million for 440 units Patrol Boat To 'Rescue' Stranded Divers At Bikini Atoll - only operating aircraft of the national airline was grounded. Matson delays rate hike until Sept. 27 - increase by $180 per westbound container
PEOPLE in the News:
FSM To Host Micronesia Presidents in Chuuk - th Micronesia Presidents’ Summit slated for September 5, 2007 in the State of Chuuk. Climate Change and the Threat to Pacific Island Nations - An Interview with Espen Ronneberg Epworth orphan who led remarkable life dies at 82 - first chief justice for the Supreme Court of the Marshall Islands
PEOPLE in the News:
Both Marshall Islands National Airline's Planes Grounded
Domestic Air Travel Grounded In Marshall Islands and More - Engine problems for the only 2 RMI planes; many services impacted. Dometic air services grounded indefinitely - Marshall Islanders are again feeling the isolation of island life, after the shut down of it's only domestic airline. Domestic air service grounded in Marshalls - There were no injuries as a result of the problem on the flight Saturday.
- WEBSITE: Air Marshall Islands - Airline of the Marshall Islands launched 1980
- FLASHBACK: Taiwan Grant Helps Fund Air Marshall Islands DASH-8 - In January 2007 two million to RMI to purchase airplane
Marshall Islands News from Arkansas, Washington, D.C., Maine, Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia, Taiwan
Father Questions Arkansas Murder Plea Bargain - A Marshall Islander was pressured by her government-appointed lawyers. Press Release: RMI Washington Embassy - Embassy can assist in facilitating that citizens of the RMI receive a fair trial in the U.S. MAINE NOW: Castleberry beef stew - Letter from Enewetak Jack Ading Marshallese to celebrate Mass at Cathedral - Bata Rich McAuliff, 2 p.m. Sunday, Hawaii Top guns at Guam real estate conference - Joseph “Jerry Kramer” of Pacific International Inc in the Marshall Islands; Students should learn about state’s colorful history - Springdale area contains the largest concentration of Marshall Islanders outside the Islands themselves. Former resident teaches math in Micronesia - Former WorldTeach Marshall Islands participant Marcy Hersh interviewed Sander for placement in the program. President looks forward to 2nd Taiwan-Pacific allies summit - told Marshall Islands First Lady Mary N. Note, who is in Taipei for second assembly of the Democratic Pacific Union (DPU).
Marshall Islands News from Majuro, Hawaii, and Arkansas
NTA Server Crashes - Produced some high blood pressure for customers who couldn’t get their email over the weekend Hawaii foster families make splash at water park - Adopted son, Joseph, 3, who began life in Ebeye in the Marshall Islands. 9 students learn ropes of Micronesian Challenge - Wants to build bridges between College and the Marshallese community. President Note Says Scholarship Funding is Available - Budgeted more funding for the Marshall Islands Scholarship Grant and Loan Board (MISGLB) than previous years Plea Bargain, but Still Need for Certified Marshallese Interpreters - Able to procure the services of Dial Keju from Maryland International Consortium for Law and Development Marshall Islands Project - Lorna Seitz and Laura Lucas conducted a week-long legislative drafting workshop for 50