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August 1, 2014
Swimmers grab 40 percent of RMI medals
Two Marshall Islands swimmers accounted for over 40 percent of RMI medals won during the first week of the Micronesian Games in Pohnpei. The Ebeye/Kwajalein-based swimmers took out 25 individual medals and nine team relay competitions, winning six gold medals, 12 silver medals and 16 bronze during the three-day competition. See more

Sea Bounty pays $125K
A US fishing vessel has paid a $125,000 fine to the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA) to settle alleged fishing violations it was cited for June this year. MIMRA fined the US fishing vessel Sea Bounty for fishing violations that reportedly occurred within the Marshall Islands exclusive economic zone. According to MIMRA legal advisor Tion Nabau, the Sea Bounty was repeatedly spotted in Majuro lagoon using a towboat to set its long net and catch fish including silky sharks, which reportedly were finned. The June 16 and June 21 incidents were reported to MIMRA. See more

Lujar gets life for '12 murder
Marshall Islander Lujar Philippo was sentenced to life in prison in Oregon last week for stabbing his girlfriend to death over two years ago. A jury found him guilty of murdering Kiorinta Edmond, who he stabbed repeatedly in a drunken rage outside his Tualatin, Oregon apartment. Philippo will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
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Ebon replanting a bonus for locals By ISAAC MARTY

Ebon Local Government was praised at last month’s Mayor’s conference as the only atoll to submit an annual report. The report, delivered by Ebon Mayor Ione deBrum, pictured, highlighted many community activities including the recently completed coconut-replanting project, which was funded under the Japan’s Fund For Poverty Reduction through the Asian Development Bank in cooperation with the Ministry of Resources and Development.According to deBrum, Ebon is the first atoll in the ADB pilot project, which launched in the fall of 2012, to complete the work. DeBrum explains that it took 45 workers, 10 supervisors and 6 women’s groups — in total, the project supported an estimate of over 200 young men and women on the island by using a rotation scheme over the course of 14 weeks to get the job done. The
first eight weeks she said were spent chopping trees — a total of 789 were cut down. The remaining weeks were spent replanting about 8,050 new seedlings. See more
Hosp. financial records go up in flames
The Fire broke out at a storage building located in the Ministry of Health compound on Monday night. The fire took out the former Department of Energy clinic, which ministry officials say was used for storing financial records. According to Julia Alfred, staff at the ministry’s finance office confirmed that all financial records from fiscal year 2011 back were stored in the building.
MALGov bulldozer rolls in to contain the fire from spreading. Photo: Hilary Hosia
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Hawaiian flavor for AMI jet The long awaited Airline of the Marshall Islands jet deal is still being negotiated. But say government officials; the light is visible at the end of the tunnel, with the agreement in final form. See more