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July 31, 2015
Pacific educators crowd into ICC
The Pacific Education Conference opening at the International Conference Center Tuesday set an all-time record of people gathered in the Republic of China-donated building. The new record audience consisted of numerous educators from around the Pacific, local students, teachers and administrators, guests from the United States and the Nitijela. Eight of the 10 Teachers of the Year graced the occasion, including RMI’s Kathy Kepley-Digno. See more

Tuvalu blocks fishing nations
Pacific islands that want to expand domestic commercial fisheries operations are threatening distant water fishing nations with sanctions for blocking their fisheries development. Tuvalu’s fisheries Minister Pita Elisala announced in Pohnpei Thursday that his nation is not selling fishing days to distant water fishing countries that have blocked initiatives to develop their domestic fishery. See more

Teachers of the year sit together in the crowded ICC Tuesday. Photo: Hilary Hosia.
India supports Pacific leaders' Majuro summit
The upcoming Pacific Islands Traditional Leaders Council’s Second Summit is just around the corner. The Coordinating Committee on Majuro consisting of the Council of Iroij, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Finance are gearing up for the August 11-14 meeting to be held in Majuro. Council of Iroij Chairman Kotak Loeak said everything is going well. The theme “preserving our culture is the pathway to our security and survival,” describes the role for island leaders.
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Flood warning equipment set up on Majuro, Kwajalein
A new tool is now available that forecasts the potential occurrence of high sea levels and wave inundation for the most populated segments of Kwajalein Atoll. The forecast is updated hourly and accessible to the public on the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) website. “Due to the low elevation of the Marshall Islands, communities are vulnerable to flooding and wave inundation. Storm events, high waves, extreme tides, or a combination of these factors can threaten public health and safety,” says Dr. Doug Luther, PacIOOS co-investigator and Professor of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “The forecast will increase community resilience and enhance preparedness by providing decision-makers, agency representatives, and community members with some time to plan in advance of potential flooding events.”
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$10 million bank scam via Marshalls?The Marshall Islands’ once-large off-shore banking industry continues to get the country negative press. The New York Times published an article that reported that Americans were defrauded of ... See more
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