January 17, 2014
Finance revamp of Supply
A revamp of systems at the Ministry of Finance’s Procurement and Supply Office is in progress in the wake of allegations of improper handling of bids. Secretary of Finance Alfred Alfred, Jr. has designated Assistant Secretary Kayo Kotton, pictured, as Acting Chief of Supply and Procurement “for the time being,” following Chief Waylon Muller being put on annual leave on January 2. “In addition to overseeing the routine operation
Kayo to focus on internal controls

of the Supply Office, Kayo will also be tasked to evaluate staff and come up with recommendations to further strengthen internal controls there,” Alfred said. “We may be looking at a major overhaul to strengthen the legal framework and improve operation of the (Supply) office.”

CMI slashes its energy spending
The College of the Marshall Islands has slashed its spending on power by improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy. The college saved over $14,000 per month from October through December compared to the same period in 2012. “Through the first quarter of FY2014 our average monthly bill is $33,407.91,” CMI President Carl Hacker said this week. “Through the first quarter of FY2013 this figure was $47,809.71.” It represents over 30 percent reduction in the average monthly MEC bill to CMI. “This is great news and great effort from everyone in helping getting our utility costs back under control,” Hacker said.

Utrik RO unit a big success
In May 2010, Tom Vance, pictured, of Moana Marine LLC installed Marshall Islands’ first permanent reverse osmosis (RO) water production plant powered by wind and solar energy. For the past three and a half years, two Spectra LB-1800 RO units have produced a continuous flow
of up to 3,600 gallons per day of clean, fresh, EPA-approved drinking water, staving off the
effects of a year long, region-wide drought, while improving the health of Utrik’s 485 residents.
Returning from a recent inspection and servicing of the Utrik installation, Vance said he is pleased to report that he found no significant issues and that the machines are producing at 100 percent capacity. “The Utrik technicians are doing a great job,” he said. “They value the water treatment facility and are devoted to the operation and maintenance of the machines. The water tested 108 ppm (parts per million), which is excellent. More than once, residents expressed that without the water from the RO units, life on Utrik would be impossible.” A typical water-making unit of this size powered by a diesel generator consumes approximately 1.5 gallons of diesel fuel per hour. Utrik runs their machines an average of 10 hours a day. With outer island fuel prices averaging $8 a gallon, Utrik’s two RO machines would have cost a minimum of $240 per day, or $7,200 per month, a whopping total of $316,800 for 44 months of operation in fuel costs alone. But, said Vance, “Utrik’s total fuel expense for the past 44 months of continuous water production is zero.” With more drought predicted for the area, and, in some instances, already underway, Utrik remains a model for the Pacific island region for drought preparedness and long term, safe, dependable and sustainable water production. “They said it wasn’t possible, that RO technology was too complicated, and far beyond the reach of local technicians,” Vance said. “Enough said. Three and a half years of success on Utrik Atoll speaks for itself.”
Yolanda sworn in as newest attorney
The number of women lawyers licensed to practice law in the RMI took a jump Monday with the swearing in of Yolanda Lodge-Ned. The recent graduate of the University of the South Pacific’s Law School in Vanuatu started working with the Attorney General’s office recently. She took the bar examination at the High Court earlier this month and passed, leading to her formal swearing
in ceremony on Monday. District Court Chief Judge Milton Zackios, pictured, handled the swearing in ceremony for Chief Justice Carl Ingram, who needed to attend to a family health situation. Lodge-Ned’s husband, Souvenir Ned, held the Bible for her during the ceremony. It was attended by Traditional Rights Court Chief Judge Walter Elbon, staff from the AG’s office and the courts, and Kester Lodge, the proud father of the RMI’s newest active attorney.
Sent to Nauru
School's
truancy problem
Is poor school attendance the result of schools lacking a “fun environment” or parents being uninterested in their children’s academic progress — or a combination of both? These are among interesting points made and questions posed by a recently concluded report on school attendance and truancy in the Marshall Islands. More than half of the people interviewed for the survey said the community needs to develop alternative activities in school to create a more fun environment for students to increase their attendance. Among the interesting statistics developed by the school and community survey conducted to produce the report for the RMI government:
• Nearly 90 percent of students say they do not participate in any school activity.
• More than 2,000 school age young people — 13 percent — aged 5-18 are not enrolled in school.
• The most common response from key informants about why they think students are absent or truant from school so much is because of unsupportive parents.
• A majority of students interviewedsaid they do not get help from their parents or guardians for their homework.
• Nearly half of students interviewed said they didn’t get to school on time.
• More than half of students interviewed said they wake themselves up in the morning, not their parents.
• Three out of 10 sixth, eighth and nine graders said they had used alcohol at least once in the past 30 days, while nearly two out of 10 said they had used tobacco.
• The survey of students showed over 76 percent eat breakfast before going to school, but these foods generally lacked high nutrition: pancakes, white bread, donuts (‘tonaj’), and ramen.
• Over 50 percent of students surveyed said they had trouble paying attention in school.
“The findings from this study made us realize that we have just begun to touch the tip of the iceberg,” said the RMI School Attendance and Truancy Situation Analysis that was produced by 10-member task force headed by co-chairpersons Secretary of Education Gary Ueno and Single State Agency Director Julia Alfred. The survey team that produced the information involved multiple non-government organizations, including MI-EPI, Kumit Bobrae Coalition, Youth to Youth in Health and WUTMI. The team surveyed students at Marshall Islands High School, Majuro Middle School, Rita and Delap Elementary Schools, Majuro Cooperative School, Majuro Baptist Christian Academy, Ebeye Public Middle School, Kwajalein High School and Fr. Hacker High School. “The task force would like to take the lead and invite Cabinet, Nitijela and local governments to raise awareness of the problem and conduct community forums with business people, police officers, pastors, landowners, PTA and others to increase collaboration and coordination to improve school attendance and truancy,” the report said. “Community mobilization is essential in breaking the cycle of poor school attendance and truancy problems in the Marshall Islands,” said the report. The issue “needs to belong to the entire community.” The report notes that Delap Elementary School is a role model for engaging parent teacher association to improve school attendance.
issuing a removal order (against Park) in December,” Jacklick said. The order provides a two-week period for the individual to depart voluntarily. When Park did not leave, “he was detained and put on the plane to Nauru on January 8.” Because Park had not appealed the removal order, Immigration had authority to deport him.
To avoid over-staying the 90-day visitor’s visa he was issued, Park traveled between Majuro and Kosrae regularly so he could get a new 90-day visa each time he arrived, Jacklick said. “We had strong support from Minister of Justice Thomas Heine and the Attorney General’s office.” Jacklick said he wanted the business community to know that the Immigration Department is working to protect their interests with removal of individuals such as Park. “This is just the start,” he added. “We will be enforcing the removal process. This week, we issued three more removal orders for visa over-stayers.” Once deported, “they will not be let back in.”
GIFF JOHNSON
A S. Korean national was deported from the Marshall Islands last week because he is on an Interpol wanted list for fraud in S. Korea. RMI Immigration Director Damien Jacklick,
pictured, said Juseak Park (pictured), also known as Tony Park, was removed from RMI last Wednesday when Immigration agents placed him on an Our Airline flight to Nauru. Park had come to the RMI from Nauru over a year ago. Although he was only on a visitor’s visa, while in Majuro, he started selling scrap metal to S. Korea, Jacklick said, adding there were suspicions that while here, Park was engaged in fraudulent activities involving overseas businessmen. In 2009, S. Korean law enforcement officials issued an arrest warrant for Park for fraud, but he fled the country, Jacklick said. RMI Immigration was provided with details on Park by Korean Interpol, he said. “We exercised the removal process by
Mejerik ladies help hospital
The First Lady’s Mejerik Club delivered a truckload of cleaning supplies and toiletries to the Majuro Hospital on Friday. “Arigato gozaimasu,” a senior nurse told the ladies. These (donations) came in a time of great need. Photo: Hilary Hosia
January 17, 2014
Imata Kabua
in the
top job
What we were saying way back when
a major exhibit on the Pacific islands. A 17-foot outrigger was recently brought to Majuro and will soon be dismantled and shipped in three containers, said Alele Curator Gerry Knight.

Journal 1/17/1997
P1 Imata wins it
The Marshall Islands Nitijela elected Amata Kabua’s cousin, powerful Iroij Imata Kabua as the new president in a vote on Tuesday.
The momentous occasion, the first ever contested election for a president in the Marshalls, was witnessed by a packed Nitijela chamber. Kabua needed 17 votes and gained 20, easily beating Kessai Note, who had six, and Senator Wilfred Kendall, who also had six.

Journal 1/21/1977
P4 A success in the making
As has been well noted in recent news accounts concerning the Blue Shirts of Majuro, a more than ordinary number of business enterprises have been undertaken by this social-activist group as a means of stimulating or generating viable, local economic activity. These Blues, known officially as Institute for Cultural Affairs staff people, managed to get into everything from shark fishing to taro chip manufacture, all with a rather, if any, degree of success. Fortunately we are now able to discuss at least one activity undertaken by this group which on the surface appears to have taken root with potential for substantial growth: the log milling
1981, fewer than 40 Marshall Islanders have achieved bachelor’s degrees…the number of students considered prepared for college and qualified to receive a government scholarship is distressingly few.”
P7 Big push for doctors needed
A resolution asking the Cabinet, Scholarship Board and Public Service Commission to take action to send young Marshallese for medical training and current Marshallese doctors for advanced training was introduced to Nitijela last week.
P20 Jaluit canoe to Chicago
The Alele Museum will soon be shipping an outrigger canoe to the Field Museum in Chicago for
will have something to be proud of.

Journal 1/20/1989
P6 Marshall Islands education system ‘is fundamentally defective’
The Education Ministry plans to hire an independent firm to review the entire Education system with the goal of restructuring and reorganizing the Ministry. “Leadership of the Republic is concerned that the present educational system is fundamentally defective, as it is proving wholly inadequate to provide the trained manpower needed to achieve national development goals,” said the Ministry’s bid document. “Since

operation. Begun in 1975, and equipped with a sawmill, log trailer, tractor, power plant and chain saws, the Majuro Lumber Company now employs five local men who work as independent contractors. On average, 10 logs are milled daily. Initiating capital for the lumber operation was provided by Trans Atoll Service Corporation, a more or less parent creature to many similar scale adventures. Around the district center there are already several examples of paneling and construction undertaken in coconut wood, and the trend looks to be a continuation of the same. If so, the Marshalls, and particularly Trans Atoll Service Corporation,