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Teachers family flies in for memorial1

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

Six members of James de Brueys family


are expected to fly to Majuro next week
for a memorial service for the WorldTeach
teacher who is believed to have drowned
when the small boat he was in with three
Marshallese capsized two weeks ago.
James parents Mary and Jim de Brueys,

More stories and photos,


see pages 2, 11, and 16.
three of his brothers and sisters, and his
sister-in-law are scheduled to visit next
Thursday for two days.
The WorldTeach office in Majuro is orga-

The

project and finish it, said WorldTeachs


Angela Saunders. If people want to support
it, they can make donations for it through
the WorldTeach office in Majuro.
Only one body was found, and though a
second body was sighted by a Coast Guard
plane, it was not recovered.

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Winmar:
Jaluit all
the way

nizing a memorial service that is expected


to happen on Thursday December 16. A
memorial service for him was held this
week in Louisiana where his family lives.
While at Bikarej Island, de Brueys had
started working on plans to build a basketball court. We want to continue his

Page 15

Friday, December 10, 2010 Volume 41, Number 50

Ken
quits
CMI
GIFF JOHNSON

Kenneth Woodbury, Jr. (pictured) resigned as President


of the College of the Marshall
Islands Wednesday for health
reasons, and the board was expected to meet with him Thursday to review a possible contract
for consulting services when he
returns to the US.
The sudden resignation, effective this Saturday, was made
in the wake of a student petition
that was given to the CMI board
of regents earlier this week, which reportedly was signed by
about 50 students who made allegations complaining about
Woodburys personal behavior. Some of these same students then
came to Woodburys office Wednesday afternoon and asked him
to disregard the petition and remain at CMI. Woodbury told the
Journal the damage had been done, and he was not changing
his mind.
The board really appreciates the direction he was taking
CMI in, said board spokesman Jack Niedenthal. Hes a great
grant writer and has good ideas for the Arrak Campus and Ebeye
expansion.
Vice President Carl Hacker is to be named Acting President
after Woodburys departure, Niedenthal said.
Continued page 4

Photos:
Giff
Johnson

President Jurelang
Zedkaia made the
Rongelap and Namdrik
local government pearl
sellers happy at the Tide
Table Saturday with
several purchases. Sales
Friday and Saturday
netted $31,000.
See story, more
photos on
page 28.

The
Presidents pearls

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Friday, December 10, 2010 The Marshall Islands Journal

Marine
Board
set up
A Marine Inspection
Board was established by
the Ministry of Transportation and Communications
two months ago and one of
its specific tasks is to produce regulations governing
small boats operating in the
RMI, Transportation Secretary Phil Philippo told the
Journal this week.
He noted that there are
many challenges to developing and enforcing regulations for small boats in the
RMI not least of which
is the shortage of trained
manpower to register and
inspect boats.
But Philippo said they
are pushing to get the regulations done, and T&C
recently hired two marine
inspectors to bolster its staffing in this area.
The Secretariat of the
Pacific Community (SPC)
has provided draft domestic
regulations that the board is
reviewing to produce a draft
for the RMI, he said.
Ensuring safety (of
small boats) is a priority,
he said.
Philippo said boat safety
has become a higher priority
issue around the Pacific as
a result of several accidents
involving the loss of life
of passengers in different
island nations. Its a serious
issue, not just in the Marshall Islands, but in other
Pacific countries, he said.

The two
Coast
Guard
planes at
the airport.

Most extensive
search and
rescue in RMI
The US Coast Guard last Saturday officially halted the search for survivors from
the small boat that capsized on its trip from
Arno to Majuro on November 26.
The search effort that extended to eight
days after the boat was lost was described
as the most extensive search and rescue
operation ever conducted by the Coast Guard
in the RMI. National Police spokesman Captain Eric Jorbon confirmed Monday that the
RMIs search effort had also concluded.
Suspending any search without positive outcome is the most difficult decision
a district commander has to make, said
Rear. Adm. Charles W. Ray, the 14th Coast
Guard Districts Commander. Id like to
express my sincere condolences to family
and friends of the people aboard this vessel.
I am confident this multi-agency search and
rescue operation was conducted thoroughly,
utilizing all available assets.
On Tuesday last week, the 14-foot boat
and a cooler of fish were found south of
Arno. The following day, just before dark,
the body of Anwel Ninne was located by a
MIMRA boat. Then just before sunset on
Thursday evening, the body of Baby Kaiko
was sighted by one of the Coast Guards two
C-130 airplanes.
Sea Patrols Lomor was not able to get
refueled until 24 hours later. It went out over

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the weekend searching for the body, but was


not able to locate it. American WorldTeach
teacher James deBrueys and boat operator
Kiotak Abitlom have not been found.
Deputy Chief of the US Embassy Eric
Watnik said the Coast Guard search extended
longer than is usual in most search and rescue
operations because they thought they would
get results. The Coast Guard pays for its
search operations, and the Navy plane that
assisted paid for its own costs, he said.
The Coast Guard did not respond to
requests for an estimate of the costs of its
search and rescue effort, but costs for S&R
typically run into the hundreds of thousands
of dollars. Its not a money issue for us,
Watnik said. The mission is to locate survivors, he said. This was the most extensive
search and rescue case the Coast Guard has
worked in the Republic of Marshall Islands,
said Cmdr. Mark Morin, 14th Coast Guard
Districts incident management branch chief.
It would not have been possible without
the assistance from the Australian and RMI
governments, and the United States Embassy
in Majuro. Without their assistance we could
not have coordinated all the assets required
to affect this mission.

Regulations never implemented


The Domestic Water Crafts Act of
1992 says that the Minister of Transportation and Communications shall
prepare for the approval of the Cabinet
any and all Rules and Regulations
necessary and proper to implement
the numbering and documentation of
domestic watercraft; ensure their safety

and fitness; the safeguarding of the


environment and the prevention of marine pollution by domestic watercraft;
the certification and training of their
crews; the formulation and enforcement of standards and rules for their
crews and equipment; the supervision
and maintenance of adequate safety

and sanitary conditions on board; and


other matters as may be required
The legal meaning of the word
shall is that it is a mandatory requirement. Since this law was approved by
Nitijela in 1992, regulations governing
domestic water craft have not been
written, approved and implemented.

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

Violence against
women march
Hundreds of supporters for the elimination of all forms
of domestic violence marched from the College of Marshall
Islands to the nations capital building on Tuesday.
The event culminated with a candlelight vigil and speeches from prominent government officials. On Wednesday
Minister Norman Matthews remarks and a Q&A session
on domestic violence with CMI students, Youth to Youth
and Health and Women United Together Marshall Islands
reverberated through the V7AB radio waves.

Fight
for
fair
deal on
compensation
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee
on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment Rep. Eni
F.H. Faleomavaega (pictured) has introduced Congressional reference legislation, consisting of a private bill
and an accompanying resolution, aimed at assuring fair
and adequate compensation for Marshall Islanders whose
lives and lands were adversely affected as a result of US
nuclear weapons testing conducted in the Marshalls in
the 1940s and 1950s.
He was joined by New York Democrat Rep. Gary
Ackerman, who spoke strongly in the RMIs favor at a
May hearing in Washington, as well as Reps. Madeleine
Bordallo of Guam and Gregorio Sablan of the Northern
Marianas. Congressional referral is a process in which
the Judiciary Committee of a single house of Congress
can refer a matter to the US Claims Court, and specify
the procedure the court is to use in its review.
From 1946 to 1958, the United States conducted
67 atmospheric nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands to
further national security interests, Faleomavaega said.
Those tests also destroyed the homes and the lives of
hundreds of Marshallese people whose islands remained
part of a US-administered, UN Trust Territory of the
Pacific Islands. Today, more than a half century later, the
people of the Marshall Islands still await adequate redress
from the United States for the harm they suffered. The
legislation I introduced today provides a framework for
such redress.

Hundreds protested violence against


women in a march on Tuesday afternoon.

College expands
to Ebeye Island
The College of the Marshall Islands is moving to
establish a distance learning program at Ebeye.
A Kwajalein Ebeye Assessment Team (KEAT)
spent four days at Kwajalein
late last month to assess
feasibility of launching the
program.
Everywhere we went,
the people were ecstatic
about the possibility of CMI
going to Ebeye, said Erik
Zoellner, Vice President of
Student Services. Were
committed to helping the
people of Ebeye, and figuring out the best way we can
do that.
So far, Queen of Peace
has signed a memorandum
of understanding with CMI
to allow the college to use
their facilities, said CMI
Communications Officer
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner.
The visiting team was led
by CMI Vice President Ellia
Sablan-Zebedy, and included Zoellner, Chief Network

The CMI Ebeye team: Jacinta Samuel, Ellia SablanZebedy, Don Hess, Boni Sanchez, an Eric Zoellner.

Engineer Boni Sanchez, Financial Aid Director Jacinta


Samuel, Emil deBrum, and
Vice President for Academic
Affairs Don Hes met with
Kwajalein Mayor Johnny
Lemari, Ministry of Education representatives, teachers and people in the community. CMI board Chairman Romeo Alfred joined
the team at the meeting held
with the Ebeye community.
Key points of the plan now

under discussion:
Nursing and Education
are to be the focus on the
CMI program.
Internet instruction as
well as face-to-face instruction will be offered.
Initially, the program will
be offered at facilities provided for use by Queen of
Peace, which includes one
computer lab and one TV
lab.
We want to offer what

is in demand first and then


we can expand later on,
said Sablan-Zebedy. As
part of preparing for the
new program in 2011, the
group tested 17 high school
graduates.
CMI officials will be
returning in February to
continue the assessment, to
test high school seniors for
placement, and to identify
what courses need to be offered, Jetnil-Kijiner said.

Hospital runs out of RMI joins elite


two key medications group of flag states
For approximately two months, Majuro
Hospitals pharmacy has been out of two
medications routinely prescribed by doctors here to control high blood pressure and
cholesterol levels.
Several local residents have informed the
Journal this week of their repeated efforts
since October to get prescriptions filled at
Majuro Hospital pharmacy for Zocor and
Hydrochlorothiazide.
In response to an inquiry from the Journal,
Majuro Hospital Chief Pharmacist Filipo Samunaka on Wednesday said the hospital had
just received a bottle of Hydrochlorothiazide,
and we were welcome to stop by to collect

a months supply. As to Zocor, this medication is expected to arrive this weekend and
be available from Monday, he said.
Zocor is used for controlling cholesterol,
which is a risk fact for strokes. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic that is used to treat
hypertension, which is known locally as
high blood.
The residents who have been attempting
to fill their doctors prescriptions at Majuro
Hospital pharmacy said that over the past
two months, hospital staff could not tell
them when the medications would arrive,
but confirmed that they were ordered two
months ago.

The Marshall Islands has been included


on the list of flag states that meet the criteria for Low Risk Ships (LRS) published
by the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under its New Inspection Regime, said International Registries Inc.,
the company that manages the Marshall
Islands ship registry.
To be included on this list requires that
a flag state be on the Paris MoU white list
and also that it has satisfactorily completed the Voluntary IMO Member State
Audit Scheme, said Bill Gallagher, Senior
Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs
of the RMI.

We see inclusion on the port state


control white lists of the Paris and Tokyo MoUs, United States Coast Guards
Qualship 21 list and now the Paris MoUs
LRS list as a testament to the hard work
of the registry, its owners and operators
and our dedication to maintaining a safe,
secure and environmentally compliant
fleet, which is our highest priority, said
Gallagher.
It is notable that the RMI along with
France, Germany, Greece, Norway,
Sweden and Denmark are the only flag
states to be on all four quality lists, said
Gallagher.

Friday, December 10, 2010 The Marshall Islands Journal

CMI board looks


to keep Ken on
From page 1
On Wednesday, Woodbury told the Journal that the health reason he cited in his
resignation related to a 1991 heart attack
that was brought on by stress. Im experiencing a lot of stress here and I dont want
to jeopardize my health, he said.
He emphasized that the well-being of
the college is his top priority, which is
why he resigned following the student
petition. I dont want to tarnish CMIs
stellar reputation and if my behavior is
perceived as tarnishing it, I have to go,
he said.
He said he was happy that a student
group, including some who signed the
initial petition, came to ask him to stay.
Regardless of the petition, the students
appreciate what Ive done, he said. That
is important to me.
Woodbury acknowledged that he has
been moving quickly to take the college to
the next level, following its return in early
2009 to full accreditation, and that some at
CMI have been unhappy with this.
Not everyone appreciated my style
and some didnt like the way I was doing
things at CMI, he said. One complaint
was that he didnt follow hiring procedures in promoting Marshallese to top
positions. But Woodbury said he followed
CMI procedures to the letter by promot-

CMI
Board of
Regents
Jack
Niedenthal,
who said
the CMI
boad is
sorry have
Woodbury
step down.

ing several Marshallese within CMI in an


interim capacity for one-year terms.
Some on the faculty were not happy
with the pace of change, he said. Change
causes people to be fearful.
CMIs board was to meet Thursday
with Woodbury to discuss a draft agreement to keep him on as a consultant to
work on following through on grants and
other work that he started. Initiatives Ive
started the board of regents wants me to
continue, he said.
Niedenthal, who is in charge of CMIs
presidential search committee, said the
board is sorry to have Woodbury step
down.

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

US $460m to RMI since 04


Compact funding
worth $70.7m in 10
US Ambassador Martha Campbell (pictured) provided a chart breaking down US funding to the Marshall Islands during last weeks Development Partners
Meeting in Majuro.
What is remarkable is not that the chart shows in
the current fiscal year, the US government is providing
$83,796,805 to the RMI government. What is remarkable is the Ambassadors comment that this total does
not reflect all US funding to the Marshall Islands its actually more
because it is difficult to precisely
calculate funding and technical
assistance from such agencies
as the US National Weather
Service and the US Department
of Agriculture that provide
support to the RMI.
The RMIs national budget this year is $129 million, meaning the US government is providing 65
percent of the money for
the RMI budget. The US
funding chart broke down $500,000
Environment (Majuro
the funding for FY2011 as
Atoll Waste Company),
follows:
Compact of Free Asso- $325,000
Public sector capacity
ciation $70,734,493
Non-Compact US federal building grant, $300,000
Kwajalein environment
funding $13,062,312.
impact
grant, $224,954
The Compact funding for
Disaster assistance emerFY2011 was further identigency fund, $224,954.
fied:
On the US federal grants
Kwajalein landowner and escrow payments, side of the funding, the following breakdown was pro$16,871,520
Education sector grant, vided:
College of the Marshall
$11,839,151
RMI Trust Fund pay- Islands, $4,240,293
Ministry of Health,
ment, $11,798,145
Public infrastructure $3,236,168
Enewetak Food and
grant, $10,296,314
Health sector grant A g r i c u l t u r e P r o g r a m ,
$1,995,610
$6,834,858
Ministry of Education,
Supplemental Education Grant (SEG) FY2010, $1,880,791
Four Atoll Health Care
$5,895,667
Ebeye Special Needs Program, $985,000
Four Atoll feeding progrant, $3,486,781
gram,
$575,000
Kwajalein Development

Other
federal grants,
Fund, $2,137,149
RMI Single Audit, $189,450.

MLS withdraws
from Nauru case
Micronesian Legal Services notified
the High Court late last month that
it is withdrawing from representing President Jurelang Zedkaia
(pictured) in his capacity as a
landowner in a case against the
Republic of Nauru over a land
dispute. In a motion to the High
Court, MLSC attorney Robert
Catz said that he had given a
letter of disengagement to
Zedkaia on November 21, and
he was informed that a substitute attorney would be named
to take over the case.

Friday, December 10, 2010 The Marshall Islands Journal

Ambassador Martin Quinn,


left, with former Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd in Afghanistan.

New Oz Ambassador
Australias Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd
named his nations new ambassador to the
Marshall Islands Federated States of Micronesia and Palau this week. He is Martin
Quinn, who was Australias ambassador in
Afghanistan during 2008 and 2009. Most

recently he has been Foreign Policy Adviser


at the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of
Excellence.
Quinn will replace Ambassador Susan
Cox, who leaves her post in February. He
will be based in Pohnpei.

PII briefly out of fuel


Pacific International Inc.s gas station
briefly ran out of fuel and didnt open for
business as usual Tuesday morning.
But fuel was delivered to the station by
mid-morning and the station resumed sales,
according to PII officials.
Reef Shipping delivered PIIs monthly
allotment of gasoline over the weekend.
PIIs supply ran out Monday night.
The clearance process to get the gas

off the dock took longer than anticipated,


resulting in the few hours without fuel on
Tuesday morning.
PII brings its gas from the South Pacific
by Reef Shipping. PII Operations Manager
Kenneth Kramer said PII is exploring options to bring the fuel in by larger tanker,
which would cut PIIs transportation costs
and allow it to bring the retail fuel price
down further.

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

Dont expect an
NTA bill soon
NTAs billing system has been down for more
than one month, and the phone company doesnt
expect it back in action until later this month.
The net result for landline and Internet customers is they have not received a billing in
November or December. Usually NTA sends
invoices out to customers the first week of the
month.
Worst case scenario, it will be back in operation in two to three weeks, said National Telecommunications Authority General Manager
Tony Muller late last week.
After a series of attempts to fix the billing software, the source of the problem was identified as
hardware, according to Muller. New equipment
was ordered and arrived late last week. Billing
system software will be reinstalled once the
equipment is in place, Muller said.
The problem has prompted NTA to consider
changing to a new billing system, he said. NTA
is considering possible options offered by companies from China and Indonesia.
Muller said the issue will be put to a board
meeting later this month and, if a decision is
reached to replace the existing system, then
it would take six to eight months to get a new
system into operation.
In the meantime, he recommended that customers pay NTA the same amount of their last
months billing in order not to get hit with two
months charges at one time when the next billing comes out.

NTAs General
Manager Tony Muller:
Worst case scenario,
it will be back in
operation in two to
three weeks.

Friday, December 10, 2010 The Marshall Islands Journal

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Painting a picture
of success at RRE
KAREN EARNSHAW
Little children stared at the brilliantly-colored paintings with awe while adults reached
deep into their pockets to take a slice of Pacific art home from the Arts ilo Majol exhibition
held last Wednesday at the Robert Reimers
Enterprises Boknake meeting house.
The show was a huge success, artist
Daryle Newman said the next day. It was
packed with school children and visitors all
day and in the evening. We had nine schools
come through, including a busload from
Laura.
Daryle estimates that about 80 percent of
the artwork by the seven painters, two sculptors, a handicraft maker, a lace maker, two
jewelers, and two anthropological photographers sold. Prices were from as little as $20
for prints, but the average price for paintings
was between $150 and $300. The highest
amount made on the evening was $3,500 for
Sonny Orsolinos huge carved sculpture of a
marlin and other marine life.
Every artist made a profit, Daryle said,
adding that she sold five of the seven paintings she displayed in the show. Some of
my paintings take me months to make and I
always have a number of paintings on the go
at the same time.
Visitors to the exhibition, which was organized by a group called Jambo Arts, were
provided with a brochure featuring a brief
statement by each of the artists. As a Pacific
islander, my tattoos and paintings come frm
the cultures in which I have lived and traveled, wrote John Alefaio.
Since arriving in the Marshalls in 2003,
wrote Lauren Pallotta, I learned to plait
pandanus from my host mother in Airok,
Ailinglaplap master weaver Terse Timothy

Daryle Newmans painting


titled Baby Majuro.
and have photographed, sketched and
painted my experiences and environment,
always admiring the colors, patterns and
people.
Jambo Artss show was sponsored by Australian Ambassador to RMI Susan Cox, do It
Best, Robert Reimers Enterprises, Marshall
Islands Council of Non-Government Organizations, and AusAID. It is planning on a
second art exhibition for next June or July.
People have asked us to do one earlier, but
it takes a lot of work to put something like
this together, Daryle said. Jambo Arts will
probably have a meeting in January to start
working on the next show.
If you would like to be part of the next
Jambo Arts event, you can contact Daryle by
texting her on her cell phone: 456-4545.

Majuro Cooperative
students watch
as artist Sonny
Orsolino carves a
wooden sculpture
outside the Boknake.

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Friday, December 10, 2010 The Marshall Islands Journal

Outrigger manager dies


The first general manager of the
Outrigger Marshall Islands Resort
(pictured) died in Hawaii recently.
Laverne Haalou Kawaihau Salvador, who was born on Oahu, had been
living in Nevada when she passed
away. Funeral services were held on
the Big Island.
Salvador was named by the Hawaiibased Outrigger Hotels chain as the
first GM for the Majuro hotel when
the RMI government asked Outrigger

to manage the facility. She arrived


before the hotel opened, recruited
staff, trained them, and then opened
the hotel in July 1996 just a few
weeks before Majuro hosted the Pacific Islands Forum annual meeting of
leaders that filled the hotel.
She was instrumental in supporting
the launching of the first Outrigger
Marshall Islands Cup that was held
in 1997 and continued on an annual
basis thereafter.

Guam Speaker
Dr. Judith T.
Won Pat.

Guam
to
impose
fuel
tax?
The Guam Legislature is
considering legislation to
eliminate a tax exemption
on fuel exports from Guam
to the Marshall Islands and
other islands in the region a
move that Nitijela Speaker
Alvin Jacklick said will create hardships for Marshallese because fuel prices will
go up.
In a letter last week to Guam
Speaker Dr. Judith T. Won Pat,
Jacklick raised concern about
the proposed legislation, noting that the RMI has been
one of the beneficiaries of the
tax exemption.
The Guam Legislature bill
states that by eliminating
the exemption on fuel that is
transferred from Guam storage facilities for distribution
to islands in the Micronesia
area Guam will generate $2.6
million in revenue annually.
The bill said that Guam takes
on risk from transshipping
fuel and it is prudent and
necessary to remove the fuel
tax exemption granted by current law in order to generate
revenue to fund environmental protection efforts. Guam
estimates that about 28 million gallons of liquid fuel are
transshipped through Guam
annually for the Micronesia
area.
The bill proposes taxing
fuel for transshipment at 75
percent of the tax rates for liquid fuel, which are currently
10 cents per gallon for diesel,
four cents a gallon for jet fuel,
and 11 cents per gallon on gas
and other fuels.
Jacklick appealed to Won
Pat, saying the RMI looks
to Guam as a leader in its
endeavor to bring economic
promotion and stability to the
Northern Pacific, and wanted
to continue working with
Guam leaders to develop
strategies to get our economy
on strong footing. Although
Jacklick acknowledged he
had no voice in the Guam
Legislative, he said he wanted
to express his concern as an
island neighbor. I hope your
colleagues will consider the
negative impact the amendment will create for our lives
in the Marshall Islands, he
said.

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

11

Family remembers their


popular son James, 22
American James de Brueys (pictured
right), who was lost at sea recently, was
described by friends as one of those people
that always makes people happy when hes
around.
De Brueys, 22, had recently graduated
from Louisiana State University with an
anthropology degree. He signed up with the
WorldTeach program and was assigned to
Bikarej Elementary School in Arno.
His mother, Mary de Brueys, told The
Advocate that her son, who is 6 feet 3 inches
tall and a very good swimmer, loves teach-

ing there. He said he was thinking about


doing it again after his first time is up this
summer.
She also said her son has a thing for
facial hair.
She said he grew a beard in the shape of
a fleur-de-lis after Hurricane Katrina and
competed years ago in an International
Beard and Mustache contest in Alaska.
When he was at LSU, he worked at the
Chimes Restaurant and was voted the business hottest bartender in 2008.
De Brueys was heading to Majuro on

Friday November 26 to join other volunteer


teachers at a thanksgiving dinner in Majuro
when the boat he was on capsized in bad
weather.
His family and friends described him as a
survivor who always encouraged others.
Never give up, younger sister Simone
de Brueys said in an NBC TV report at the
weekend. If James was here right now, he
wouldnt want us to be worrying or upset.
Hed be telling us, dont worry about me.
If youre not feeling good, you know James
is there, cheering you up.

Lijum loses son, brother


Lijum Ninne at
her sons grave.
Photo: Suzanne
Chutaro

He called me that morning to say


that he was coming home, mother
Lijum Ninne said on the day of Anwels
errak. That was the last time I talked
to him.
According to Lijum, Anwel left for
Arno with his uncle Kiotak Joream
Lijums older bother and the boats
operator on the Monday prior to the
boats disappearance that Friday. She
said they left Arno at around 3pm.
I started worrying when they hadnt
arrived by 7pm, she said. I walked to

Heine: An accident
waiting to happen
The body of Anwel Ninne, 18, was found
in the ocean just before sunset last Wednesday to the south of Arno Atoll, confirmation
of the tragedy that befell the small boat that
left Arno in rough seas Friday November 26
with four people on board.
On Wednesday last week, five days into
a search for the missing passengers, one of
whom is an American, the United States
Coast Guard beefed up its presence by flying
in a second C-130 aircraft from Honolulu to
join the air and sea search for survivors.
A MIMRA boat on its way back to Majuro
from a day of searching found Anwels body
about 20 miles south of Arno Atoll Wednesday, a day after the partially submerged
13-foot fiberglass boat was located by a US
Navy search plane.
But the body was badly decomposed and
the fisheries vessel that sighted it was unable
to pull the body out of the water to transport
it to hospital in Majuro for identification.
Martin Dalys vessel Windward rendezvoused with the MIMRA boat Wednesday
night and brought the body to Majuro, arriving at Uliga Dock Thursday morning.
Four people left Arno for Majuro late
Friday afternoon for the 20-mile trip from
Bikarej, including American volunteer
teacher James de Brueys. One of the three
Marshall Islanders on board was Baby
Kaiko, who was in the late stage of pregnancy. Councilman Kiotak Abitlom was
operating the boat.

Major Thomas Heine, captain of the


Marshall Islands Sea Patrol vessel Lomor,
returned to port Wednesday night after locating the 13-foot boat about 10 miles south of
the southeast point on Arno at Melang.
Heine called the combination of Fridays
bad weather and four people on this small
boat an accident waiting to happen. The
boat did not have a radio or any safety equipment such as life jackets.
He described the boat that had four people
and a cooler full of fish on board as no bigger than a bathtub.
It is so small, the slightest movement by
anyone in the boat and ocean water would
have come on board, he said.
Heine and Lomor left port Majuro Friday
night to travel 150 miles north to Wotje
Atoll. He said he halted his trip midway
when Sea Patrol received word Friday
night that the small boat was missing, and
overnight headed to Arno to be on sight to
search Saturday.
I was out on the ocean and the wind on
Friday and Saturday, it was howling, he
said commenting on the poor weather conditions last weekend.
When Windward arrived at Delap Dock
Thursday morning with Anwels body, it was
met by a hospital ambulance and Anwels
remains were loaded on board. Because of
complications from being in the ocean for
several days, Anwels remains were buried
the same day.

the bridge to see if I could spot the boat


but there was nothing out there.
Last week Wednesday the remains of
18-year-old Anwel Ninne were found
nearly 10 miles south of Arno.
Anwel was one of the four passengers
from Bikarej, Arno who encountered
rough seas and weather on their small
13-foot fiberglass boat.
When the charter boat Windward arrived last week Thursday at Uliga Dock,
Lijum and her husband Calmi were
brought to the dock to identify Anwels

remains. Because of the state of his remains, authorities told the family Anwel
had to be buried that same day.
He now lies at rest in the family
plot in Rubar. His parents, a brother
and three sisters survive him. Lijums
older brother Kiotak, however, leaves
behind 17 children from several
marriages.
He was always very helpful, said
Lijum of her son Anwel. He was always at our side this was only his
third visit to Arno.

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WOMEN AND THEIR ROLE IN LEADERSHIP IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

Reverend Enja Enos

Kora ren jibadrek jea ko


Kautiej, jela nae, jerbal ippen dron, im kab
bok an dron lemnak ej joor ko jooren drebwiji
wot mantin Majol eo, enin ej naan eo an ri tel
eo an Rita Christian Congregation Church eo
Reverend Enja Enos.
Lotak ilo Mejatto, aelon in Jaluit Atoll,
iloan juon imon bunker ak jikin tarinae ibulen
bwirej ilo tore eo ej bunleplep bata eo an lalin
kein karuo, im kar drik im ritto lok ilo Imroj,
Kwajalein im kab Majuro einwot juon eo im
rej kautieje, innem Reverend Enja eo im
ej jebar jen jowi eo an Ri Lujen Namu ej
ba bwe ejjelok ilo tomak ko an im menin
kar ekatok ko an ilo an kar drik im ritto lok,
rej kwalok ak bobrae an kora in Aelon Kein
wonmantak im bok jerbal in tel ibelakin
Aelon Kein rainin.
Reverend Enja ej letok juon kalmenlokijen eo jen jilu wawein ko ilo ad kalimjeke
lok menin manit, imon jar im kab kien
anemkwoj.
Koj woj aolep Ekar komanman koj bwe jen
jonan wot juon, Reverend Enja ej ba: Melele
in bwe jej juon wot ejjab kinke Jemenei eo ej
ba, mene kora ro ilo Aelon Kein kio elaplok
an wor aer anemkwoj.
Innem ke jej ba menin, Reverend Enja ej
tomak bwe Kora ro rej aikuij in jibadrek
jea ko rebellok ilo Kien. Ij rejan bwe wawein in en walok, Reverend eo ear ba ilo
an kakobaba bwe ilo imon jar eo an make ej
kemelimi an kora ro maron in ekabit einwot
ri kwalok naan ro.
A etke ejjab? Reverend Enja ear kajjitok,
Elane (juon kora) ej wor an juon menin lelok
jen Anij, innem ej aikuij in kejerbale. Elane
juon kora ekapeel im ej marone juon men,
innem en ejjelok juon men en ej bobrae jen
an maron in kommane ta eo im emaron in
kommane.
Rainin naan ko im rej kwalok bwe jej
jonan wot juon im jej aikuij in jerbal ippen dron emoj aer letok nan koj jet kain
kalmenlokijen ko rekaal ilo ien kaminene
ko ikijien kilen kiene koj im kab kommane
menin wonmanlok ko rejetjet nan koj botaap
ejja melele kein wot ikijien jonan wot juon
im kab jerbal ippen dron rekein kar baj bed
wot ipped moktalok wot jen tore kein an ri
belle, bwe en maron in kar mour wot jukjuk
im bed ko kajojo mantak nan rainin ear walok
men kein.
Mene eto an bed wot manit eo kin iroj ro
im kab kajoor ro droer rainin, eokwe ejja
melele kein wot kin kautiej dron, kenono ippen dron, jerbal ippen dron, im jela nae dron,
mene rekar lukkun in tot im bin ilo manit in,
men kein rej bareinwot ruo mwenaer im rej
kotlok bwe en kar mour wot mantin Majol eo
ilo jukjuk in bed eo aer. Karok otemjej rekein
kar kommani elkin bok an dron lemnak.
Jiban im jerbal ippen dron rekar walok
nan emmanlok eo an juon jukjuk im bed,
Reverend Enja ear ba. Kio elane ejjelok
money innem ejjelok juon enaaj lelok pien
im jiban.
Ilo manit eo ad jej reilonlok nan kora ro.
Naan ko einwot Lejmanjuri im kab Jined
ilo Kobo im jej lelok nan kora ro rej kwalok
kin jonan kautiej in jej kommane kin jonan
ad kautiej im kaurok kora ro ekoba jonan
kapeel ko ippaer bareinwot.

Elane juon kora ekapeel im ej marone juon


men, innem en ejjelok juon men en ej bobrae
jen an maron in kommane ta eo im emaron in
kommane. Reverend Enja Enos
Im eoktak ilo wawein manit ko jet, eo im
Reverend Enja ej kwalok bwe kora ro rej nana
jonan aer komman nan er, eokwe ilo Aelon
Kein; Juon armij ej drik im ritto lok bwe en
kautieje kajojo iaan kora ran mekarta jete iio
drettan ak jonan ilo baamle eo ak jukjuk im
bed eo einwot bwe aolep kora ro jej watok
er jined im bwe naan in jined ej kwalok kin
jonan utiej in.
Reverend Enja ej kwalok ikijien jonan jorrean ko rejelet tok lal in ad im rej walok tok
raan kein eokwe rej itok wot jen an rub im
jepeplok lukkun joor ko jooren manit in ad ilo
Aelon Kein elaptata kautiej dron.
Kajojo karok otemjej rekein kar kommani
elkin bok an dron lemnak kora ro im rekein
kar kabijer maron an alap ak leroij rekar bareinwot bok kunaer ilo kommani karok im
makitkit ko an juon jukjuk im bed. Botaap jen
wot ad kautiej (kora ro im rej ri kabijer maron
ko) innem jerbal eo ear etal ak jinoe juon
karoken makitkit ear bed ion aeren emman
ro nan aer lorlorjake im kommane.

Women should run


for political office
Respect, sharing, cooperation and
consultation form the pillars upholding
traditional Marshallese culture, says Rita
Christian Congregation Church leader
Reverend Enja Enos says upheld traditional Marshallese culture.
Born in a bunker at the height of World
War II on the island of Mejatto in Jaluit
Atoll, and raised respectively on Imroj,
Kwajalein and Majuro, Reverend Enja
who is of the Rilujen Namu clan
says there is nothing in his upbringing,
beliefs or values that should hold back
the women of the Marshall Islands from
taking up leadership roles today.
Reverend Enja provides a perspective
from three vantage points traditional,
church and modern democracy.
We are all created equal, says Reverend
Enja: This equality is not just because of
the Constitution, although our women are
now more free.
That said, Reverend Enja says he believes: Women should run for (political)
office.

I encourage it, he said adding that


his own church allows women to be
ordained.
Why not? asked Reverend Enja. If
(a woman) has the gift, by all means she
should use it. If a woman has the skill and
is capable, nothing should stop her.
Today words of equality and cooperation are introduced as new concepts
during workshops on governance and
sustainable development but pre-western
contact equality and cooperation were
demanded for the survival of the community.
Even with a long-standing class system
of iroj (chiefs) and kajoor (commoners) in
place the ideals of respect, consultation,
cooperation and sharing, while firmly in
place, were a two-way street that allowed
for the progression of Marshallese society.
Decisions were made in consultation.
Helping each other and working together for the benefit of the community
was common place, said Reverend Enja.
Now unless there is money involved no

one will lift a finger.


In our culture we look up to our women. Titles such as Lejmanjuri and Jined
ilo Kobo we give to women speak of this
respect of how highly regarded and
valued our women and their input are.
As opposed to other cultures, which
Reverend Enja points out where women
are treated badly, in the Marshall Island:
One is raised to respect each woman
regardless of her age or ranking within
the family or community as all women
are mother and as mother this demands
utmost respect.
Reverend Enja attributes much of our
nations current hurdles to an erosion of
the core values of Marshallese culture
particularly respect.
Every decision was in consultation
women who held the alab or leroij titles
were involved in making decision for the
community. But, out of respect (for the
women title holders) the task to carry out
or implement a decision was shouldered
by the men to execute.

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AROUND TOWN

Pool party

AJ is fast becoming a very


popular set of initials for local business initiatives. A new taxi bus
service called AJ Bus had some
people wondering if that is Austen
Jurelangs outfit. Well, his initials
fit, and he has a son known as AJ,
but then theres also a son of Alber
Alik whos AJ.
So we did a little research into
the matter and found out that no,
AJ Bus Service is not Austen. Its
Alvin Jacklicks latest business
venture.
But AJ doesnt stop with Alvin.
Theres AJ as in AJ Executive

Salon, which is the newest AJ and


beauty parlor in town that is run by
Antoinettia Calbario and hubby
Jeffery.
Then theres the AJ brick company down in Delap that is named
after former President Litokwa
Tomeings grandchildren Alex
and Joel.
To put a more interesting spin
that offers up many opportunities
for confusion is the small town fact
that the AJ brick company and the
AJ salon and the AJ as in Austen all
work or live within a 100 foot radius
of each other down Delap way.

The call came through about


7:30pm Wednesday theyve
found a body. It was an hour after
the front page of the Journal for last
weeks edition was printed, and this
was a significant new development
that was not in the paper. So the
news had us considering returning
to the office to tear up a page to put
an update on the Arno boat search
in. In the end, we decided against it,
since much of the paper was already
printed.
To follow up the call from our informant, we ring a Sea Patrol contact.
The body is still out near Arno, dont
know who it is at this point. Within
minutes the storys significance
escalated. Around 8pm, the phone
rings again. Theyve got a positive

identification and it is the American


teacher. Yes, said the informant.
Its been brought into the hospital.
You sure? we ask, because Sea
Patrol said its still out on the ocean.
Let me check.
Five minutes later the phone rings.
Yes, the bodys been brought to the
hospital and we have it straight from
staff there. Its been identified as the
American teacher. So we ring back
our Sea Patrol contact and inform
him of this. In the hospital? he asks,
surprised. Thats what were being
told. I dont think so, he said.
Then we talk to another Sea Patrol
guy a bit higher up the food chain,
who is blunt: Negative. The body
is still out on site (meaning in the
ocean). The only thing confirmed by

A
J

Jaluit High
School students
know how
to entertain
themselves
on Saturdays.
A recent
visit to Jabor
found these
boys enjoying
a game of
billiards in the
shade of the
JHS cafeteria.
Photo: Giff
Johnson.

The enormous power


of roniluial (gossip)
Sea Patrol is this: The body is a male.
A few minutes later, our informant
calls back. The body is definitely at
the hospital.
So there we were, with two diametrically opposed pieces of information that the people on both sides of
the equation swore to.
Fortunately, as a weekly paper,
we have some time to check the
veracity of information we receive.
In this case, the following morning,
Thursday, the boat Windward arrives
at Uliga Dock from the Arno search
and off-loads the remains of the
young man found at sea to a waiting
ambulance.
The moral to this tale: Dont believe
what you hear until you see it with
your own eyes.

Tired of flat tires

Drivers, and the nation, could save a


lot of money on fuel if they would just fully
inflate their tires.
One of our readers commented: As I ride
around on my scooter trying to contribute
to President Zedkaias pledge to reduce
emissions by 40 percent, I have noticed that
most cars have at least one under-inflated
tire. I am not sure why it is so difficult to in-

flate tires here, but drivers could easily save


some gas and money just by airing up.
This is good advice, but we are sorry to
inform the provider of this money-saving tip
that it will have to be addressed in light of
the Copenhagen and Cancun accords, and
then assessed against the RMIs National
Energy Policy to determine compliance.
Well get back to you.

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

AROUND TOWN

What about open


door policies?
An interesting thing from floating
around the donor meeting doings last
week. There was some debate about
whether last Wednesdays presentations by RMI officials and donor reports
should be open or closed to the media
meaning should the Journal be allowed in to report on the talks to the
public. The decision apparently reached
was that only the opening speech by
Minister John Silk would be open and
then the rest of the session would be
closed to the media.
Our modest question is simply, why?
The RMI reports that were presented
last Wednesday were public record documents, all of which have been reported
in the paper over the past year. What are

Chewers
take note

government folks nervous about? Some


tricky questions that might suggest there
is a lot needing to be done? Whats the
big deal about that?
In fact, the comment coming from a
couple of the donors that was made
to the meeting was if another donor
meeting is held, the RMI should involve
the non-government organization community.
A little more transparency on the part
of our government would go a long way
to engaging the public in addressing
development problems and action that
needs to be taken to the reach the most
vulnerable and excluded sectors of our
population if that, in fact, is a goal on
anyones agenda.

Continental Micronesia has banned


chewing betelnut on its flights. Apparently,
Continental staff got tired of having to
dispose of disgusting flight sickness bags
filled with red effluvia.
We were informed by doctors in the
Olympic system recently that the organization that governs Olympic and related
international competitions is preparing to
ban betelnut at all competitions. Presumably, the National Olympic Committees in
each of our countries will follow the lead
of the international organization and ban
betelnut from regional competitions in the
Pacific.
Life is getting tougher for betelnut chewers. Pretty soon theyll be skulking around
searching for a safe haven to chew.

On
the
ball

The Journal spotted two famous womens team basketball


coaches at the recent blessing
ceremony of new vessels Lejla
and EnainMeto at Uliga Dock
Majuros Carlton Ralpho and
Jaluits Winmar Morris, who are
known for their rivalry. As the
Journal turned its lens to capture
the Kodak moment, the two
coaches were standing together
like best buds. Then the Journal
called out to the buddies to get
a smile, which prompted Winmar to look at his rival and say:
Carlton youre going down next
year. With no hesitation, Carlton
replied, No! You.

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OPINION PAGE

Send letters to PO Box 14, Majuro, MH 96960 or email journal@ntamar.net

Preventing a
repeat of the
boating tragedy

There are many questions that need to be asked


and answered in the wake of the tragic loss of
life on the small boat that attempted to travel from
Arno to Majuro two weeks ago. The goal here should
be to put momentum behind long-stalled efforts to
implement and enforce small boat safety requirements,
and to assess changes and improvements needed for
future search and rescue operations.
We would suggest, at a minimum, that the Secretary
of Transportation take action to convene a panel either giving the newly constituted Maritime Inspection Board authority to do this or naming a high-level
group to address these points.
Among questions and points that we would put on
the agenda for this effort:
Sea Patrol and Lomor need their own account for
purchasing fuel so that the vessel can be dispatched at
a moments notice to respond to emergencies. During last weeks search effort as in many previous
situations where urgency was an issue Lomor had
to wait for Disaster Office and Cabinet approval to get
fuel, delaying its ability to respond. In addition, did the
dispatch of Lomor to Wotje Friday evening November
26 meaning the vessel was not able to respond immediately impact the initial search operation?
Create a plan that allows immediate use of valuable
local resources for search and rescue. For example,
why was Captain Korent Joel, an acknowledged
traditional navigation expert and a participant in many
previous search and rescue operations, not brought into
the official S&R operation at the start?
Complete regulations for small boat safety that
were required to be done when the Domestic Water
Crafts Act was adopted in 1992. Thats 1992 its
18 years later and we still dont have the safety regulations written and approved by Cabinet.
There is no accounting for poor judgment of boat
operators, and in this particular incident the combination of factors (bad weather, small boat, no safety
equipment, etc.) likely meant that no matter how good
the search was it would not have produced a successful
result. But that is not a reason to delay urgently needed
follow up action.
Four people died five, if we count the unborn
baby from this boating accident. It should motivate
us to stepped up action. The status quo is not acceptable.

I am innocent of such
lies from these women
I write in response to
your article of the alleged
charges against me concerning promoting prostitution
on Majuro Atoll, to which
I know that you obtained
such information from the
High Court.
I was not given an opportunity to speak on my
behalf. I came to the beautiful Marshall Islands 20
years ago to open business
opportunities, help prosper
the economy and help the
local communities. Ive contributed and paid my taxes
like everyone else, hired

local people and become


attached to community I
reside in. I consider this my
second home. Its really sadden me because the wording that was printed in the
Journal is not true and not
from my own mouth. My
business reputation and my
adopted sisters and brothers
are hurting because of these
false allegations. I deeply
wish to address my highest
respect to the great people
of the Marshall Islands and
especially to the all political
leaders who steer this beautiful sovereign nation.

The Marshall Islands Journal

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I wish to emphasize that


the information printed in
the Journal regarding me
is false.
Through your paper, I
only wish to confidently
assure my good friends and
customers that I am innocent
of such lies from these two
Chinese women, Ms. Lu
Huihua and Ms. Xu Linfang.
But it is a relief to know that
this case is before the Court
so that everyone will know
what these two women are
up to and what their real
intentions are to stay on
in the RMI.
You wont miss them
one is staying at an apartment in Delap (close to the
Delap Dock) and I wonder
who is paying for her staying
at the apartment throughout
all these times, while the
other one can be seen walking around (with mini tights)
and working or has taken
over as a local business
owners Marshallese wife.
Both have no work or permit
to work and are overstayers
but are making these serious
lies to the Government and
the Court.
To counter these lies by
these two women, my attor-

ney advised that we disclose


to the Court the falsified
documents (copies already
with Immigration) obtained
by these two women in
China as their way out of
there to come to the RMI.
This was done without my
knowledge, until my attorney here showed me that
these were in fact false documents a fact which we
later confirmed with PRC
officials in the mainland.
So all will be revealed in
Court and to the public (especially to my friends and
customers) in due time as to
who is soliciting and engaging in prostitution me or
these two Chinese women,
Lulu and Xuxu.
I have been residing in the
RMI for 20 years and have
established myself as a business person with hard work
and never been accused of
such allegations and lies.
These two women have
done well in trying to ruin
my married life and business reputation in the RMI.
I can only wish them the
best of luck as we proceed
in this case.
Chen Xiaojiao aka Mary
Chen, Owner, Canton App.

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Palau, Fiji experts fly in for special athletic medical training


Left, trainees
learn how to
tape up injuries
during the
workshop.
Right, Terry
Sasser, Dr.
Cathy Wong,
and Dr. Caleb
Otto. Below
right, Ronnie
Lakabung
learns CPR.

Photos: Amy
Sasser

GIFF JOHNSON
A group of local athletes,
coaches and administrators received hands-on training through
a sports medicine training late last
month in Majuro.
We had 34 people who stayed
from start to finish of the four-day
workshop, said Terry Sasser,
the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee that
sponsored the first-ever sports
medicine course in the Marshall
Islands.
The 34 represented eight sports
federations, the Ministries of
Health and Internal Affairs, and
College of the Marshall Islands
Nursing Program. Participants

Focus on sports injuries


joined in from both Majuro and
Ebeye.
Dr. Caleb Otto from Palau and
Dr. Cathy Wong of Fiji flew in to
lead the course, which covered
everything from sports rules and
fitness issues to preventive medicine and handling injuries.
To give participants a hands-on
experience, the NOC purchased
$2,000 worth of tape so that they
could practice taping fingers,
shoulders, ankles and knees in
preparation for dealing with in-

jured players.
We had great collaboration
with the Ministries of Health and
Internal Affairs, Sasser said.
But the sports medicine course
did not just deal with responding
to injuries.
Otto pointed out that there
are different training programs
for various sports that should be
followed to prepare athletes for
competition to reduce the threat
of injury.
Wong said that sports medicine

is a new area for most islands in


the Pacific. She added that one
doesnt have to be an athlete to
be interested in this field, since
a person can get hurt riding a
bicycle and the same treatment
principles apply.
Otto explained that this was
the basic course, and the Marshall Islands NOC can apply for
Olympic Solidarity funding for
the next level training that focuses
on rehabilitation training specific
to different sports.

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

My identity is
my land, it is
my custom
LETTERS

I am dutifully responding
in like fashion to Mr. Rubin
Tsitsi of Apartment 14A, Bull
Creek, whom we shall name
Send letters to PO Box 14, Majuro, MH
here only once as he seems
96960 or email journal@ntamar.net
to enjoy the public spectacle
that he has become.
Does Mr. Bull Creek consider himself my you very well know.
mothers benefactor? Should we drop down
I wonder if the subtenants that you keep
on our knees and thank this freak of nature mentioning are the same ones who exhaled
for his willingness to assist? You are in- with relief when they heard they dont have
debted to the landowners for the use of their to deal with your mobster style any more.
land, which you have seen fit to abuse and No matter how you disguise yourself, you
exploit. But then again, Mr. Bull Creek here and I both know what you really are.
likes to say hes inherited the property!
It is often said that the eyes are the winWho? What? Where? When? How?
dows to the soul. Someone should keep a
Once again, he keeps mentioning himself close watch over you, if the spit and drool
in connection to the Gateway Lease, daring that came out of your mouth when I served
me to sue him. Why would I waste my time you with your moving papers should be
and energy on such irrelevancy? Like an taken as evidence as to your state of mind.
annoying fly, you will be swatted away.
The loss of Mr. Green, especially when illThe Gateway Lease provides for self- gotten, tends to have that effect.
help. This means, in the case of any default
Hear this: we are a people who value
(non-payment, assignment, bankruptcy, above and beyond the laws of our ancestors,
nuisance, illegal activities, nonperformance, whom have bequeathed us our sacred tradietc.), we can reenter the premises, and take tional custom enshrined in our Constitution;
back what is ours, i.e. the land and every- a Constitution that protects and safeguards
thing attached to it. Property Law 101. our inherent, God-given rights over our
Thats only one option. Use your ill-gotten lands. Our founding fathers put their faith
gains to get yourself a better lawyer to write and people in the hands of Democracy and
your rebuttals, because thats all you can do. the Rule of Law.
Have your lawyer friend review the Rights
The two forces of traditional and demoCumulative under the lease and see if thats cratic rule of law coexist side by side, not
cut and dry enough for you.
by accident, but by heavenly design for the
Rights Cumulative: The rights granted laws of man are of those from above and
the Lessors (i.e. landowners) under this our kings reflective of He in heaven. So
agreement, or in law or equity, shall be says the Bible.
cumulative and may be exercised at any
My ancestors say Jebelbel in kejukaan.
time from time to time. No failure by the This works in space and time. We here
Lessors to exercise, and no delay in exercis- today represent those of the past, we are
ing, any rights shall be construed or deemed connected, we are one. Death does not
to be a waiver thereof, nor shall any single create a vacuum, it symbolizes continuity.
or partial exercise of a right by the Les- My ancestors blood was shed on this soil,
sors preclude any other or future exercise fighting for king and country. I shall do no
thereof or the exercise of any other right. less. For you encapsulate a sickness, much
This would certainly apply to the required like that brought to the islands by the whalincrease of land payments every five years ers and merchants of yesteryears; a sickness
which has not been met since the lease be- of greed, of exploitation, of abhorring discame effective 20 years ago; it would apply respect for the laws of the Marshall Islands
to the nuisance and waste on the premises, and its traditional custom.
among others.
My mother raised me well, for my identity
All Marshallese know their rights in con- is my land, it is my custom. I was raised by
nection to the land. Our Manit is unique the past, and educated for the future. My
in that no one can be homeless, i.e. we all Jowi is Jidrikdrik Aer Lan eo Rajet; greatbelong to the land. We can go as far as to granddaughter of Labbo, the outspoken and
say the land owns us. It is this inalienable feisty Rokoro of Wotje and Monbon Weto,
right that would allow me to nail shut any and Rimwejor Kejon of Mwejelok Weto;
building or business that exploits the land descendent of Iroij Litakdrikin and Litarcontrary to the consent and knowledge mille of Mejro, Arno, and Mili, great-great
of the landowners. In the absence of my granddaughter of Langrine, beloved son of
mother, I am what you may call the dri- the Ri-Mae clan of Ebon, Ailinglablab and
jerbal, loosely translated as the cleaner. Jabat. I am the daughter of the Ralik and the
In the olden days, I would be clearing the Ratak. Do not assume to tell me my place.
land of brush, but in this case, it falls upon
Cut your losses and run while you still
me to deal with vermin. The more important can.
matters are dealt with at higher places, as
Yolanda Lodge

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Reloe loon
eo ear jako
Enbwinin
Anwel
ear walok
ilo tuion
in Arno

Enbwinnin Anwel Anwel rekar loe ej ebebe ilojet


moktalok wot jen an tobar
Kaben eo an
jotaan Wednesday eo ilo
Lomor Major
tuion in Arno, innem menin
Thomas Heine.
ear maron in kabine jorrean
eo ewalok nan ippen wa
jidrikdrik eo im ekar jerak
jen Arno im ear wor emen
Juon iaan ri Majol ro ion kar wa in
armij ie ilo an kar nana lojet
bareinwot ilo tore eo ear
ej Baby Kaiko, juon kora eo im ebaak
jerak ilo elkin raelepen kar
ien an kolotak im ealikkar ke ear iten
Friday eo lok.
kar jibadrek tok Majuro in nan takto im
Ilo Wednesday in wiik eo
bareinwot kar bojak nan ien kolotak eo
lok, ilo raan eo kein kalalim
in aer kar bukbukwote wa in
an ilo naaj kar Majuro Hospital.
im armij ro ie im rekar jako,
juon iaer ej juon ri belle, innem Coast Guard eo ear jujen wot kelaplok jonan an kar nana lojet eo ilo kar raan in
wot an kommane jerbal ko an ilo aer kar bar Friday eo, kobalok ippen an wor emen armij
boktok juon baluun C-130 jen Honolulu nan ion kar wa in ej juon jorrean eo ej kar itak
an baluun kar bok kunan ilo jerbal in kab- in ten kar walok wot. Wa in ear ejjelok an
bok eo imejatoto im kab ion dren nan kar kein kennan ak jabdrewot kein ao im ebebe
bukwote armij ro im raar jako elane jet iaer ie nan jiban.
Lein ear kemeleleik wa in kin emen armij
rej mour wot nan rainin.
Botaap enbwin in ear lukkun in lap an ro ion im kab juon cooler eobrak kin ek bwe
kar nana im kot ilo ien eo wa eo ear loe im ej einwot juon tab in tutu ej ebebe ilojet.
kajjeon in kar ektake lok ion ak raar jab Jonan an drik, enaaj kar jidrik wot makitkit
maron nan aer iten kar boktok nan hospital jen jabdrewot ro ion kar wa in innem enaaj
eo ilo Majuro in nan aer iten kar kalilene kar driwoj kin dren, lein ear ba.
Heine im kab Lomor erro jimor ar likit
won armij in. Wa eo waan Martin Daly
etan in Winward innem ear jibadrek lok ijo Majuro in ilo kar Friday eo lok im jibadrekim wa eo waan MIMRA ej bed ie ilo bonin lok kar Wotje en 150 mile ko ituion ijoke
Wednesday eo im boktok enbwin eo nan Sea Patrol eo ear etal ennaan nane ilo bonin
Majuro in ilo an kar tokeak lok ilo oop en Friday eo lok bwe en ja kabukwote wa jab
in im ear jako, innem ilo ejja bonin eo wot
Uliga jibbonnin kar Thursday eo lok.
Emen armij rekar jerak jen Arno nan ear jino kar kajibadrek lok Arno bwe en jino
Majuro in ilo elkin raelep en Friday eo lok naaj kar bukwote wa in ilo kar raan in Satilo iaal eo aer im enaaj kar 20 mile ko aetok- urday eo lok. Jonan koto im no ko ilo raan
kan jen Bikarej en, ekoba juon kar ri kaki in in Friday im kab Saturday eo ear kanuij lap
belle etan James de Brueys im ear itok jen im wor ainikien, lein ear ba ilo an kenono
Louisiana im kar jokwe ilo Aelon Kein jen kin jonan lan eo an raan in weekend eo. Ear
kar August eo maantak. Juon iaan ri Majol kanuij in lap an wot. Ke ien eo ear tokeak
ro ion kar wa in ej Baby Kaiko, juon kora eo lok Windward ilo oop en ilo Delap ilo raan
im ebaak ien an kolotak im ealikkar ke ear in Thursday eo, ear bed juon waan hospital
iten kar jibadrek tok Majuro in nan takto im ijo innem rekar ektake lok enbwinnin Anbareinwot kar bojak nan ien kolotak eo an wel ion kar wa in. ear wor lemnak ko bwe
ilo naaj kar Majuro Hospital. Councilman enbwin eo im wa eo waan MIMRA ear loe
Kiotak Abitlom Joream ear e eo ej kar kaben emaron in kar enbwinin de Bruey, botaap
ear bed kora eo jinen Anwel ion oop en ilo
nan wa jab in.
Major Thomas Heine, kaben eo an waan raan in Thursday eo innem ear maron in kile
waaj eo an Aelon Kein, Lomor ekar jeblaak enbwin eo bwe ej enbwinnin Anwel.
Kin wot an kar lukkun nana tammon
tok ilo bonin Wednesday eo elkin an kar loe
enbwinnin
Anwel innem rejujen wot kaliim jibadrek lok kar wa jidrikdrik in im ej
buni
ilo
ejja
raan eo wot ilo wuliej en an
13 ne aetokkan emaron 10 mile ko ituion
baamle
eo
an
Kabua ilo Rubar weto ion
turear in Melang, Arno, innem ear ektake
Majuro
in.
wa in ion waan waaj eo. Heine ear ba bwe

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Donor organization
representatives at
the Development
Partners Meeting
at the International
Conference Center last
week.
Photo: Giff Johnson.

RMI impresses our donors


GIFF JOHNSON
From the Marshall Islands perspective, last weeks Development Partners Meeting had the
desired impact. Donors called the
presentations by the government
impressive and professional
and offered praise to the Marshall
Islands for sponsoring this first
donor meeting held in the RMI
to address tough reform issues on
spending, taxes, energy, climate
change and other areas.
It was probably the best demonstration by a freely associated
state government of the issues,
said US Interior Department official Tom Bussanich, who flew
out from Washington, DC to attend
the meeting. The government has
laid down the benchmarks with
donors, and put out a scenario (for
reform).
Hayden Everett, the Asian Development Banks Marshall Islands
desk officer, said an important

ADB: It
was a great
opportunity
outcome of the meeting was the
agreement by the Marshall Islands
for a follow up donor conference in
18 months to review results. With
the World Bank, Secretariat of the
Pacific Community, World Health
Organization, UN and European
Union in attendance, it was a
great opportunity to look at ways
to work together, Everett said.
ADB economist Stephen Pollard, who was ADBs Marshall
Islands desk officer in the mid2000s, said the presentations
demonstrated higher-level ownership of the reform agenda than
in the past.

From the individual bilateral


meetings that we had, almost all of
the donor partners thought that the
meeting was great in organization,
coordination, and presentations,
Finance Minister Jack Ading told
the Journal.
The communiqu from the meeting last Wednesday and Thursday
said: The RMIs key reform and
development priorities resulted
from the efforts of several working
groups and task forces that have
included broad-based membership and sought substantial public
input. The agenda of the meeting
was developed following an assessment of RMIs economic performance in the past several years,
and addressed its reform and development progress and priorities
which included the expenditure
reforms, tax and revenue reforms,
energy sector reforms, state-owned
enterprises performance and reform needs, climate change policy,

the upcoming 2011 census and the


National Development Plan.
Australian Ambassador Susan
Cox and AusAid official Majella
Walsh expressed satisfaction that
a web site with meeting documents was set up well ahead of
the meeting so that information
was available early. We could
read everything and be prepared,
Walsh said.
It was important to get most of
the development partners and the
RMI together, Cox said.
Bussanich said he would like to
see the agenda from last weeks
donor meeting added to the discussions held at the annual Joint
Economic Management and Financial Accountability Committee (JEMFAC) meetings. They
(reform proposals) all impact the
economic health of the Marshall
Islands, he said.
Most of the donors interviewed
acknowledged the challenge to

implementing reforms during an


election year.
But ADBs Everett said a lot of
the reform work is technical, not
political. He mentioned drafting
of state owned enterprises legislation as an example of work that is
technical in nature. He added that
ADB has approved $600,000 in
technical assistance grant funding
that can be used for this type of
work.
We wanted to hold this meeting
after the government has taken
steps to reform in both expenditures and revenues, Ading said.
We put in a lot of time gearing
up and preparing us for the meeting and I am so grateful to those
individuals that put in their time
and effort to make this RMIs
first ever Development Partners
Meeting. I especially would like
to thank ADB and the USDA
Graduate School for supporting
this meeting.

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Things have a way of moving slowly on the outer islands, but


under that facade there is a good deal of activity. On Jabor,
Jaluit, clockwise from above: boats from nearby islands bring
bananas; an island style coffee shop; hauling goods from MS
Mata keeps locals fit; hands and feet move laundry around
the island; and preparing kune wood for export to Majuro.
Photos: Giff Johnson.

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

US wants
voting
advice
Are you a US citizen living
overseas who is eligible to vote
in the federal election process? If
so, the US government wants your
help in learning about challenges
faced by citizens abroad who want
to exercise their voting right.
With the support of the US Department of Defense (DoD), the
Federal Voting Assistance Program
(FVAP) is conducting a survey to
take the necessary steps to make
voting easier for all US citizens.
FVAP, the DoD organization
responsible for overseas and absentee voting assistance for US
citizens, has put a survey questionnaire on the Web help us identify
what is working and what we can
improve.
It can be accessed at: http://www.
drcsurveys.com/PEV2/News/
The survey does not require
provision of personal identification
information, such as name, date of
birth, or social security number,
and FVAP said all results are kept
confidential and not shared with
the Internal Revenue Service or
any other government organization.

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Celebrating the
Gospel in RMI
Marshall Islands
Protestant Church
members organized a
spirited lagoon flotilla
to celebrate Gospel
Day last Friday,
starting from Ejit
and motoring across
to Batkan to honor
the UCCs President
Rev. Jude Samson,
pictured left with
Percy Benjamin.
Photos: Douglas
Henry.

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AMI,
MEC,
MIDB
boards

Xavier students are plugged


in and connected as this photo
from a new book suggests.

Xavier book shows


model for success
Xavier High School, located on
a scenic hill in the Federated States
of Micronesia state of Chuuk, has
been educating Pacific island leaders for nearly 60 years. Now for
the first time there is a book that
examines the Jesuit college preparatory boarding school and why it
has been a continuing education and
leadership success story.
School On The Hill Micronesias Remarkable Xavier High
School, by Floyd K. Takeuchi is
now for sale at on-line bookstore
Lulu.com. It is published by 2LDK
Media. Takeuchi published a book
on Majuro, Majuro Essays from
an Atoll.
He spent a month living on the
Xavier campus in Chuuk photographing and doing research for
the 180-page book. The result is an
in-depth look at the unique school.

At right, the
book called
School On
The Hill
Micronesia
Xavier High
School
written by
Floyd K.
Takeuchi
(left).
The book has 159 photographs and
eight essays about Xavier and its
175 students, who come from the
Marshall Islands FSM, Palau, Guam
and the Philippines.
Before I spent time at Xavier, I
knew it was successful, but I didnt
know how the Jesuits were able
to train such outstanding leaders,

Takeuchi said. The book shares the


secrets of Xavier: high expectations, discipline, rigorous academics, and a faith-based community
that emphasizes respect.
Xavier sets the standard for academic achievement in the region,
said Takeuchi.
Xaviers story is an important

one, particularly in the Western


Pacific, added Takeuchi. It is a
model for success, despite having
few resources, at a time when there
are so few examples of educational
excellence in the region.
Xavierites include the current
president of the FSM, a former
FSM president, two former Palau
presidents, diplomats, senators,
lawyers and senior community
leaders. The co-ed school, which
has grades 9-12, typically attracts
nearly 1,000 applicants for 50 spots
in a freshman class. Takeuchi is a
journalist who has covered Pacific
Island issues, particularly in the
Micronesian region, for more than
33 years. Takeuchi was born and
raised in the Marshall Islands. He
is the co-author of Majuro Essays from an Atoll, which is sold
exclusively on Amazon.com.

Following is the membership of three of Marshall Islands government


entities boards of directors.
Information was provided by the Cabinet.
Combined Utilities
(MEC, MWSC, KAJUR):
Minister of Public Works
Maynard Alfred, Chairman, NTA General Manager Tony Muller (Private
Sector and Civil Society),
Secretary of R&D Mattlan
Zackhras (Government),
Chief Secretary Casten
Nemra (Government),
Senator Alik Alik (Majuro Atoll), and Senator
Jeban Riklon (Kwajalein
Atoll).
Marshall Islands Development Bank: Tom
D. Kijiner, Clyde Heine,
Deborah K. Shoniber,
Danny Wase, Hiroshi
Bukida, Junior Patrick,
amd Amon Tibon.
Air Marshall Islands:,
Minister of Transportation and Communications
Kenneth Kedi (Chairman), Amon Tibon, Evelyn Lanki, Charles Domnick, Neil Milne, Ramsey
Reimers, Patrick Chen,
Chris Bing, and Bruce
Bilimon.

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

Man jailed
for assault of
four-year-old
An Arno man is in jail waiting for a preliminary hearing
on three counts related to assaulting a four-year girl on Arno.
Anaeb Anaeb was charged with third degree sexual assault,
assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and
battery for allegedly assaulting a girl with a stick.
National Police Detective Danny Bohanny and a team of
police went to Arno last week in response to a complaint
and arrested Anaeb following an investigation.
Chief Justice Carl Ingram set bail at $600 and scheduled
a preliminary hearing for December 22.
As of Wednesday, he had not made bail.

Appeal
dropped
Assistant Public Defender Karotu Tiba filed
a motion last week to
dismiss the Supreme
Court appeal that he
filed last month for
Jabwil Ned.
Chief Justice Carl
Ingram granted the
motion to dismiss the
appeal and said the defendant will be filing a
notice with the Supreme
Court of his plan to drop
the case.

Escapees plead guilty


Alexander Adde and Leety Arata both
pleaded guilty to escaping from jail in
separate High Court hearings last week.
Judge James Plasman gave both men
an additional one-year in jail for their
one-day escape in March this year. Adde

was supposed to be released on July 7,


2014 and now will be released on July
7, 2015.
Arata was supposed to be released this
coming February 6, but will now have to
wait until February 6, 2012.

Correction to MEC story


Marshalls Energy Company officials
called the Journal this week to correct an
item that appeared in last weeks paper
indicating that former Ministry of Health
administrator Dwight Heine was moving

to a post at MEC.
MEC said he applied for the Chief Operations Officer position but later withdrew
his application and so is not working at
MEC.

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Acting Education
Secretary and NTC
board member
Allison Nashion,
right, was recognized
with this stylish
clock made by WAM
graduates.

22 graduate
from WAM
DOUGLAS HENRY

Life is like a canoe ride


with many ups and downs
along the way the point
being that to successfully
navigate a canoe one has to
always be prepared for the
unexpected. Waan Aelon
in Majel (WAM) shares the
same idea as they prepare
their trainees for self-employment.
According to WAM Program Manager Alson Kelen,
one of WAMs goals is to
prepare graduates to be employable with
identification and Social Security cards,
and a savings account to give them a pushstart.
In June, WAM paid for each students ID
and Social Security cards, and opening a
savings accounts at Bank of Guam before
kick-starting their training sessions. In addition, WAM provided a fixed stipend to
each trainee, which they would save what
was left from a days allowance in their bank
account. Six months later, late last month,
a WAM graduation ceremony was held at
MIRs Melele Room for 22 graduates, who
received a certificate along with a Bank of
Guam savings book to access to their bank
accounts.
The graduates are: Kimi Anjelok, Annalynn Kios, Joselina Kahn, Anita Laik,

WAM graduates of 2010.

MOE Assistant
Secretary
Kanchi Hosia
spoke at
the WAM
graduation.

Lindsay Laukon, Jessica Ebel, Linton Baso,


Johnwin John, Jamison Ralpho, Huston
Heron, Jenro Joel, Richie Joel, Sylvester
Clament, Davidson David, Anela Laibwij,
Willy Kuli, Alvin Jelke, Winrose Livai,
Mikelson Leviticus, Strinkey Kiotak, Jamina Samson, and Gilson Zero Ishiguro.
Some of these graduates saved up to $60,
$100, and $200 in their savings accounts,
said Kelen. The actual number of trainees
was 25 but two returned to attend the College of the Marshall Islands and the National
Vocational and Training Institute and the
third migrated back to their home-island.
Acting Secretary of Education and
National Training Council board member
Allison Nashion emphasized that WAM
graduates should not stop here but move
forward for a brighter future.

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Helping
Journeys of the Heart has sponsored
a shipment of school supplies to the
schools on Majuro, plus one box for
Namdrik, according to David Huskins in
Ohio. Journeys paid for the purchase of
supplies and the shipping costs to get
them to Majuro. One box is designated
for each Majuro elementary school,
two for the high school and one for the
school on Namdrik. David and Nancy
Huskins and their children packed the
boxes and put them in the mail.

our
schools

Dreaded home improves image


Once the dreaded home of the
despised tuna and gravy, the Assumption High School Cafeteria is
now where the students rush to lunchtime. The school administration has
implemented a new feeding program
since the beginning of this school
year where it feeds the students less
volume of food enough to get them
through the day but of a better quality and variety.
The school is working hard to promote healthier eating habits among
Sophomore
students. With a budget of a mere
students harvest
50 cents per student per lunch, the
spinach leaves
school has come up with a way of
for the school
supplementing the cafeteria supply,
cafeteria.
and helping the sophomores learn
about plants and gardening as well:
the school vegetable and fruit tree
The school has many people and
garden.
Initiated last school year by the businesses to thank for making the
biology class, the garden is now gardening project successful, but in
supplying the cafeteria with spinach, light of recent unfortunate events, an
morinnga, and Chinese cabbage, to- idea came to name the garden the
matoes for the kids to snack on, and Teariki Franco Mateariki Memorial
noni (nin) for some staff. Papaya fruits Garden. Mr. Franco, as students
called him, worked with the RMI
are almost ready to pick.

Catholics get
together here

Resources and Development and


personally gave a helping hand with
the garden, and the school would like
to honor his memory.

Assumption Schools hosted the Catholic Schools Administration Conference in


November in Majuro.
The participants shared their programs
as well as special activities for improving
the quality of education delivered by the
Catholic Schools.
The administrators in this conference
came from Palau, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Ebeye,
Jaluit and Majuro.
The group was made up of Wayne Olap,
Luke Roverove, Stayler Elidok, Garry
Kakki Elaisha, Noland deBrum, Martin
Carl, Richard David, Sandy Dismas, Sister
Francisca Mam, Moten Nashier, Elicita N.
Morei, Father Ray Sabio, Sister Isabel Seman, and Sister Maria Paz Caballero.
Assumption PTA members and teachers
hosted a dinner with lots of singing and fun
to wrap up the serious meetings.

SUDOKU PUZZLE

Fill in the grid so that


every row and column
contains ALL the
numbers from 1 to
9. Bonus clue: which
number should go in
the circle: 2 or 5?

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Maria Haws (back row


third from right) from
the Pearl Research
Center in Hawaii, led a
pearl jewelry making
training involving
people and pearls from
Rongelap and Namdrik
that fed into last
weekends pearl sale.

Islands get $31K


from pearl sales
R

ongelap and Namdrik


local governments
generated a combined
more than $31,000 from a pearl
auction and sale last weekend.
Pearls from the pearl harvest by
the two atolls were auctioned
at the Marshall Islands Resort
Friday and put on sale at RREs
Tide Table Saturday.
Some of the pearls had
been made into necklaces,
earrings and rings, while
others were sold individually. Its a good start, said
Rongelap Mayor James
Matayoshi.
He said there are still
pearls left and he is considering a second sale the week
before Christmas.
With lively auctioneering
handled by College of the
Marshall Islands Don Hess,
locally produced pearl jewelry was sold Friday night,
including 12mm sized pearls
for $340, a pearl necklace
for $200, and a nine pearl
necklace for $930.
The atolls are rolling
money generated back into
their pearl farm operations.
One hundred percent of
the proceeds goes back to
the communitys pearl farm
project, said Namdrik Nitijela representative Minister
Matt Zackhras. We will
pay for our sales team and
farm crew and secure more
supplies and materials for
our pearl farm project. Im
very proud of both communities for taking the lead to
revive the pearl industry in
the RMI.
A value adding training brought together various groups that produced a
variety of jewelry with the
pearls that was on sale last

Pearl industry
is back in action
The sale at Tide
Table brought in
many customers,
while below pearls
were turned into
various pieces of
jewelry for the sales.

We will pay for our sales team and


farm crew and secure more supplies and
materials for our pearl farm project. Im
very proud of both communities for taking
the lead to revive the pearl industry in the
RMI. Matt Zackhras
weekend. At the request of
Zackhras, Maria Haws, who
directs the Pearl Research
Center at University of Hawaii, and aquaculture con-

sultant Simon Ellis from the


Marine and Environmental
Research Institute of Pohnpei conducted a training on
pearl jewelry making from

November 23 to December
1. Also involved in the project were the College of the
Marshall Islands, the GEF
Small Grants Program, Marshall Islands Conservation
Society and MIMRA.
Zackhras said he and
Namdrik Mayor Clarence
Luther will be discussing the
possibility of getting a local
vendor to handle selling the
rest of the remaining pearls
so we can concentrate on
the next harvest.
In addition to considering another sale, Matayoshi
said a new store at Amata
Kabua International Airport Marshalls Logistics
Solutions is also selling
Rongelap pearls.

The main message of


last weekends auction
and sale of locally grown
pearls is the pearl industry is back in the Marshall
Islands, said R&D Minister Matt Zackhras.
In addition to generating funds for the Namdrik
and Rongelap local government pearl operations,
last weekends events
were to publicize that the
pearl farm is happening,
Zackhras added.
CMI
It establishes that we
Aquaculture
have the technology and
Extension
the capacity to provide
Agent Julius
spats not just to local
Lucky.
governments but to other
companies as well, said
Rongelap Mayor James
Matayoshi. It produces jobs. Its something were
proud of.
Private pearl farms, including ones run by Robert
Reimers Enterprises, closed over the past several years
in part because they could not get a steady supply of
spat, the baby oysters that produce pearls. That has
now changed, according to people involved in the
current pearl effort.
The College of the Marshall Islands oyster hatchery at Arrak is working successfully, Matayoshi
said. Even Rongelap and Namdrik combined cannot
absorb the supply of spat from CMI. This is opening
the opportunity for other local governments to take
up pearls.
CMI Aquaculture Extension Agent Julius Lucky
has been driving the success of the hatchery. He took
up the work last year, and has cultivated hundreds
and thousands of spat for the pearl farms. Seeing the
months of work with his CMI team to cultivate the spat
culminate in last weekends pearl sales, Lucky commented: I finally felt like this is worthwhile all of
the work were doing is finally paying off.
The availability of spat for pearl farming can create
jobs for people in the RMI, said Matayoshi.

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Kabua case dismissed


Journal 12/14/1971
Journal 12/13/1985
P1 Ponapean women demonstrate P1 President shuffles Cabinet
to keep bars shut
A group of more than 150 women
representing Kusaie
and Kapingamarangi in
Ponape District demonstrated last week to
keep in force the district
emergency order that
presently is prohibiting
the sale of liquor by
the drink. The group
marched to the district
administration building
and met with District
Administrator J. Boyd
Mackenzie, urging him
to prohibit Ponapeans
from consuming alcohol
but to allow only Americans and other
foreigners to drink, claiming that they
know how to control themselves while
drinking.

A major reshuffling of the Cabinet is


underway, and the first changes in portfolio were announced
last week by government officials. Former
Minister of Transportation and Communications Hemos Jack has
resigned and Kessai
Note will be replacing
him. Note has been
Minister of Interior and
Outer Islands Affairs for
the past two years. Ruben Zackhras moves
out of the Ministry of
Justice to take over the
Ministryz of IOIA. The
newest addition to the Cabinet is Wotho
Senator Kunio Lemari, who takes over
at Justice. President Amata Kabua expects to make further reassignments to

portfolios in the Cabinet upon consideration of needs and consultation amongst


the ministers.

P3 The Pub opens

A good time was had by all at The


Pubs grand opening last Friday. Owners
Harry and Dorothy Doulatram shared a
lighter moment with manager Fernando
at the excellent new night spot.

P3

Robert Reimers
gives canoe gift
Robert Reimers personally delivered a 10foot model of an ancient
Marshallese canoe to
Alexander Bolton, vice
president of Matson
Navigation Co. in Honolulu last month. The
canoe will be put on
display at the Hawaii
Maritime Center in Honolulu. Bolton said it
will become part of a
display of Pacific island
canoes when the facility
is completed. During the
presentation, Reimers
talked about navigation
in the Marshalls. My
uncle could tell by the
waves which side of the
island he was, Reimers
said. The shape of the
island tells how the wave
goes, if it is wide or narrow. A navigator can
tell by the wave which
island it is. The canoe
to be displayed was built
by Kioj Jerike, a friend
of Reimers.

P11 Newly weds

John and Tiareti Horwood were married last Saturday at a ceremony at Uliga
Church. Several hundred people enjoyed
a big party to celebrate the event at Jable
that night.

P17 Up from the ashes

The stylish new Midtown Shop opened


last week, taking the place of the former
mini store, which burned to the ground
in April. Louise and Grant Labaun, own-

ers of the Midtown Shop, are happy


with their brand new shop in downtown
Majuro. The grand opening last week
was a smash success.

Journal 12/10/1993
P3 Kabua case dismissed

In a landmark judgment, Judge


Samuel King ruled in favor of Imata
Kabua, dismissing Kabua Kabuas
claim to the iroijlaplap
title and the millions
of dollars that go with
it. Last Wednesday,
Judge King issued a
29-page ruling granting
summary judgment in
favor of the defendants
Imata, Michael, Amata and the other Kabua
family defenants. The
10-year legal battle
was ended not on the
basis of testimony from
Kabua himself or the
recently signed and
disputed joint resolution settlement but
because of a 1991
Nitijela law. That law
states that there are
four iroijlaplap domains
in the Ralik Chain, including one for the descendants of Iroijlaplap
Jeimata and one for
the descendants of
Iroilaplap Laelan. The
law confirmed the position maintained by the
defendants in the case.
Public Law 1991-110
is upheld as a valid
declaration of customary law, and Plaintiffs
claims to the Iroijlaplap title over the
northern lands in the Ralik Chain, which
is currently exercised by Imata Kabua,
must fail as a matter of law, King said
in his ruling. The court ruling confirms
the power of the Nitijela to make laws
regarding the custom of the Marshall
Islands. It is not for the court to second-guess the Nitijelas declaration of
the customary law, King said.

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

THE SAILING SHEET

Carl Linne wins


first MBYC race
Race one of the Mieco
Beach Yacht Clubs race
season usually sees a small
number of skippers head out
on their boats to enjoy a sail
around Majuro lagoon. By
the second race, the cruisers
have worked out that racing
with new friends/crew on
board is great fun and the
competing fleet swells to
match the enthusiasm.
Not this year!
A record 13 vessels took
part in Sundays race, with the smallest
being one of the Waan Aelon in Majol
canoes at 17 feet 11 inches and the biggest being the graceful sloop Carl Linne,
which measures 106 feet.
The weather was a mixed bag for
the fleet, with small squalls and rain
one minute and no wind the next. Even
worse, after the yachts rounded the
top mark (the beacon in the middle
of the lagoon south of Enemanet) the
skippers discovered that the finish line
off the Marshall Islands Resort was

on corrected time:
Second: Hawkeye skippered
The tiny
by
John Kelly
catamaran
Third:
French Kiss, Pete
Taraipo
Allen
got special
Fourth: Seal, Cary Evarts
permission
Fifth: Mira, Phil Zygmunt
to fly their
Sixth: WAM NTC canoe,
spinnaker.
Linton Baso
Seventh: WAM Lijakwe canoe, Huston Heron and Mentil
Laik
Eighth: Taraipo, John
Jameson
Ninth: Radiance II, John Davis
exactly upwind, meaning the boats had
Tenth: Six String, Michael Wieto tack a dozen times or more to make
gand
the mark.
Eleventh: Ironie, Steve
This adds many miles ... and minutes
Twelfth: WAM WIA canoe, Carl
... to the race, with the small yacht Rose
in Aelon, skippered by Barney van Lometo
Thirteenth: Rose in Aelon, Barney
Auken, bravely pushing on and finishvan Auken
ing after dark.
Following the race, the skippers and
Crossing the line quite a few hours
before that was race winner Carl Linne, crews gathered at the Marshall Islands
skippered by Greg Chivers, which won Resort for the awards ceremony, with
line honors and first place on corrected lots of great prizes being handed out to
time. Heres how the rest of the fleet did the watery sportspeople.

The 106-foot
yacht Carl
Linne, which
towered over
the rest of
the racing
fleet. Above,
French Kiss
sails alongside
WAM
Lijakwe and
WAM NTC.
Photos: Karen
Earnshaw

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Airline
cuts flights
to Kosrae
Travelers using Continental Micronesia will need to
pay attention to changes in
the airlines departure and
arrival times come January
or they might be left standing at the check in counter
while the plane is taking
off.
Continental Micronesia
informed us that changes are
going into effect on January
5, 2011.
A key change is that Kosrae will get fewer flights
because of low demand
from the small island.
The new schedule will
continue to fly between
Guam, Kosrae and Honolulu
twice a week at a more reasonable hour with a better
arrival time in Honolulu to
make an onward connection to the mainland US
and vice versa, said Koji
Nagata, Director of Corporate Communications for
Continental Airlines. These
flight schedule changes are
due to a change in demand.
We plan on redoubling our
efforts to promote tourism
and support Kosrae going
forward as we continue to
look at opportunities within
the region.
The new schedule will see
the following changes on the
Island Hopper route:
Mondays and Fridays
depart Guam at 9:30am and
arrive Honolulu at 4am.
These two flights continue
to service Kosrae.
Wednesdays depart
Guam at 10:30am and arrive
Honolulu at 4am. This flight
does not stop at Kosrae.
Mondays and Fridays
depart Honolulu at 5:50am
and arrive Guam at 4:26
pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These flights include
Kosrae.
Wednesdays depart Honolulu at 5:50am and arrive
Guam at 3:06pm on Fridays.
This flight does not stop at
Kosrae.
Nagata said that the
changes also allow for
more connections to three
cities in Japan namely Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.

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JORRAN IN JAROM
Man 1: Hey, brother, what are you thinking about? Give me a bit of
information. Man 2: Oh, Im just wondering why this area gets frequent power
outages. This is causing the meat in my freezer to spoil. This is really bad.

Store clerk: Hot dog, hot dog! Enono im bwil! Hot dog, hot dog! Customer:
Hmm! Female dog: Ta! Ej ba ibwil ke? Inaj kunake nan leen jera!

Man 1: Were about to see some changes. Man 2: How can I be like you?
Man 3: Replace food with water and youll enlighten up our island with a lighter.

Diver (thinking): Warrar, all the fish are gone!


Fish: Give me more time.

Short man: What do you think I am? Why did you steal my girlfriend? Tall man:
So, what are you gonna do about it? Are you gonna go tell your grandmother that
I stole her?

LEFT COLUMN. Customer: Do you have vodka? Clerk: No! Customer:


Okay, give me a bag of rice. RIGHT COLUMN. Customer: Im selling this rice
for a bottle of vodka!

OUR LAGOON IS POISONED

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Date
09
Thursday

Time
Ft.
12:10 am ...... -0.4
6:04 .................. 3.2
11:51 pm ....... 0.0
6:14 ............... 4.3

10
Friday

12:44 am ...... -0.1


6:39 .............. 3.0
12:25 pm ....... 0.2
6:48 ............... 4.0

14
Tuesday

3:36 am ......... 0.9


10:07 ............. 2.5
4:00 pm ......... 1.4
10:04 ............. 2.6

11
Saturday

1:19
7:16
1:01
7:24

am ......... 0.2
............... 2.9
pm ......... 0.5
............... 3.6

15
Wednesday

4:47 am ......... 1.0


11:36 ................ 2.7
5:51 pm ......... 1.4
11:39 .............. 2.4

12
Sunday

1:57
7:59
1:42
8:03

am ......... 0.4
............... 2.7
pm ......... 0.9
............... 3.3

16
Thursday

6:02 am ......... 0.9


12:49 pm.......... 3.0
7:16 ............... 1.1

13
Monday

2:41
8:53
2:36
8:52

am ......... 0.7
............... 2.6
pm ......... 1.2
............... 2.9

17
Friday

1:01
7:04
1:42
8:12

am ......... 2.5
.............. 0.7
pm ......... 3.3
............... 0.7

The Marshall Islands Journal Friday, December 10, 2010

2010-2011
basketball league
GAME SCORES
MCL actions
Mos Town beat Nan Ban .... 61-52
Lokonmok beat BOMI ......... 74-46
Utak beat Eagle .................. by a no-show
Biten Etao beat PII.............. 119-43
Jupeep beat LT3 ................. 90-71
N-Gosh beat Jenrok ........... 64-63
Lokoben1 beat MEC ........... 77-50
Brothers-All beat Dawgs ..... 69-58
Lekre1 beat Jupeep ............ 69-53
Lokoben2 beat Entan ......... 84-60
X-Family beat Friendship.... 66-59 (1OT)
MIBL girl basketball actions
MBCA beat AHS ................. 20-18
DES beat RES .................... by a no-show
MMS Team A beat LES....... 24-20
MCS beat GED ................... by no-show
MIHS Team A beat AHS...... 41-23
MIBL boy basketball actions
AES beat EES .................... 36-10
MMS B Team beat ACA ...... 59-7
AHS beat MBCA ................. 39-20
UES beat LES .................... 24-21
WES beat AES ................... 46-32
RES beat RCS.................... 38-17
SDA beat LHS .................... 43-36
SDA beat MBCA ................. 28-24
MMS Team A beat SDA ...... 38-19
AES best SDA .................... 48-26
MMS Team B beat LES ...... 45-26
MIHS A beat MCS............... 63-22

PLEASE
DO NOT
LITTER!

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