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- Cash-Strapped Marshalls Utility Operating on Edge - obtained a four-year loan deferment from the U.S. government
- Marshalls relies heavily on US funding in new budget - U.S. providing $88.6 million or 68 percent of total revenue
- New tax plan for Marshall Islands delayed - Finance Minister Jack Ading wanted more time to review it
- Marshall Islands tax reforms ahead - the government has been drafting new tax legislation and Value Added Tax (VAT).
- Marshalls Cabinet Minister Faces Trial for Fraud – Min. Kenneth Kedi pleads not guilty
- Kili Senator Juda Wants Tide Turned - Waiting for Government response on flooding
- ARLO Goes Global - MEC refuses, going outside RMI for money
- Roof Collapses on RMI National Gym – Off limits; Termite damage blamed
- Marshalls Hearings to Address Accountability – Federal fraud charges trigger new initiative
- Marshalls Court Dismisses Charges against Suspect – Charged with stealing $500,000
An ocean rescue just before sunset Saturday of 20 crew and passengers from a Marshall Islands supply vessel that sank earlier in the day confirmed the benefit of having safety gear on board. The Jeljelet Ae, a 90-foot landing craft, sank about 4 am New Year's day as it was transporting heavy equipment and construction materials to Likiep Atoll, about 200 miles from Majuro.
The Bank of Marshall Islands 11th Ralik Ratak Shootout Invitational Basketball Tournament wraps up this week with playoffs beginning Thursday, and winners going to the championship on Friday. News and photos of the Tournament are now being posted at the Oceania Sport Marshall Islands page.
Before a standing room only ECC gym, Kaben Meto slipped past Majuro and Mili charged by Kwajalein in games Monday night that will set up the placing for the Bank of Marshall Islands 11th Ralik Ratak Shootout Invitational Basketball Tournament playoffs starting Thursday this week.
After trailing Majuro for much of the game, Kaben Meto came on strong in the second half to win a close first round match, 76-72. This gives Kaben Meto a perfect 5-0 record for pool play, while Majuro dropped to 4-1 for second place.
The Bank of Marshall Islands 11th Ralik Ratak Shootout Invitational Basketball Tournament finished up its first week with record-scoring games on Friday night. Men's Teams competing in this year's tournament are (Team A)Kabin Meto, Majuro, Ronglap, Ailinglaplap, Maloelap, Wotje, (Team B) Mili, Kwajalein, Ebon, Mejit, Jaluit, and Lae. Women's teams are Majuro, Jaluit, Mejit and Mili.
"The two top teams in each pool will go to the men’s division playoffs that start on Thursday 9/30, with the third place and championship games set for Friday October 1," according to Giff Johnson, Editor of the Marshall Islands Journal, who has provided the following updates and schedule to Yokwe Online.
Visiting Team Ailinglaplap won a come-from-behind game in the final seconds by defeating a strong Rongelap team 69-66 to highlight the first night of play in the Bank of Marshall Islands 11th Ralik Ratak Shootout Basketball Tournament Saturday.
In other Saturday games, defending champion Kaben Meto was able to hold off a strong showing by Team Wotje in the opening game 72-68. Kwajalein and Mili, both expected to make the playoffs for this year’s championship, rolled to easy first round victories. Team Kwajalein blasted Team Jaluit 105-52, while Team Mili demolished Team Lae, 105-58.
“I was born on July 5, 1940 on the island of Eneaetok in Rongelap Atoll. My name is Lemeyo Abon — my maiden name is Naptali and I am of the Ijirik clan.”
Lemeyo is a nuclear survivor and well known in modern times for her vocal stance on the nuclear legacy of the Rongelap people. But before the time of nuclear fallout, years of study by US government scientists and doctors, and self-imposed exile to the island of Mejatto in Kwajalein Atoll, Lemeyo remembers a time when her family and community lived a peaceful life ruled only by Marshallese custom.
“Iar lotak ilo July 5, 1940 ilo Eneaetok, Rongelap Atoll. Eta in Limeyo Abon – et eo eta make ej Naptali im na ij jen jowi eo an Ijjidrik.”
While the President was off-island a change was made by Cabinet to the Board of Directors of the RMIEPA. I am not sure if the public is aware of this change but there are some major concerns that need to be expressed. It should be noted that the RMIEPA has no personal objection to any of the individuals on the new Board, but simply with how the appointments were made and subsequent conflicts of interest and conflicts with RMI Law.
The RMI EPA board of directors responded quickly to EPA advisor Andrew Finley’s critical comments in last week’s paper, terminating him on Monday this week. Four of the five members of the new board that was appointed last month reportedly voted to fire Finlay.