July 11, 2014
Dump $$ waits for MAWC, 'Plan going to US this week'
US Compact money has been available for many months to fund work to establish a new Majuro dumpsite, asthe present one in Batkan remains overflowing with waste it was not designed to handle. On Wednesday, Majuro Atoll Waste Company Manager Jorelik Tibon, pictured, said a revised spending plan for about $240,000 is being finalized and is expected to go to the US Interior Department in a matter of days to initiate draw down of the funds. Plans to establish a
new landfill site on the oceanside reef in the Jenrok area of Majuro have stalled since last year awaiting conduct of an environmental study, and development of engineering designs for the new facility. The US money is available to MAWC for the dumpsite work, say US officials. “There is approximately $240,000 from FY2011 and FY2012 that has already been granted that could be used for the new dumpsite if a revised spending plan was submitted,” said Interior Department Grants Management Specialist Alan Fowler, who is at the US Embassy in Majuro.

Court training: It's about time
The RMI Judiciary is usually at the center of disputes, which means it is used to handling the difficult issues. Lately, the courts have moved onto possibly their toughest assignment by taking on the challenging task of addressing “time management.” Time management might seem like an oxymoron in regards to the Marshall Islands, which, shall we say, has a relaxed view toward use of time.
But the courts are jumping into the arena head first with the aim of moving cases to completion in a timely manner. That some pending land disputes in court date back to the 1980s confirms that this is no easy matter to control. High Court Chief Justice Carl Ingram has dramatically increased the resolution of pending cases in the past several years by putting attorneys on notice through “calendar calls” that they either have to take action to move old cases forward or they will be dismissed. Another action is bringing judges, court staff and lawyers together to work on time management. Twenty-four participants from the court and attorneys from the private sector, local government, Micronesian Legal Services, and Public Defender were trained and collaboratively developed time goals during a three-week training program recently. The workshop was facilitated by Jennifer Ehmann, a Judicial Administration Adviser for the Pacific Judicial Development Program. The aim of time goals are to support the

timely resolution of cases and to strengthen predictability and transparency in judicial and administrative processes consistent with international conventions and the RMI Constitution that guarantees a speedy trial. Good management of time contributes to efficient and effective court proceedings and processes, said Chief Clerk Ingrid Kabua, pictured.
Pohnpei gets ready for Micronesian Games action
A Twenty years ago, the only way to get a report on a Micronesian Games competition — or even just a baseball or basketball score — was to have someone ring you after a game, at a cost of $4 a minute. Suffice it to say, getting results was a challenge and sometimes it could be months before a full set of results wended its way through the mail to Majuro or Koror or Saipan. The Micronesian Games in Pohnpei next month is expected to bring together nearly 1,700 athletes, coaches, officials and media representatives for 10 days of competition. With Pohnpei linked to the outside world by a submarine fiber optic cable, this year’s games, the eighth since the first in 1969, may have the most options to broadcast results to the world. The thousands of people throughout the Micronesian area wanting news about the performance of their relatives and friends will be able to tune in through live Internet broadcasts of competitions on V6AH Radio, Pohnpei’s government AM station (http://www.fm/pohnpei/radio.htm). “Video broadcast will also be available on our website 8th Micro Games, our Facebook page 8th Micro Games 2014, and our YouTube channel Pohnpei Island Network,” says Jun Salomon who is working with the Media and Broadcast Committee for the Games. Salomon says they are working with sponsor FSM Telecommunications Corporation to provide sufficient bandwidth to the venues for live-stream video broadcasting from the Spanish Wall Softball Field, the Daini Baseball Field, and the College of Micronesia National Campus Gymnasium, where basketball competition will be held. The fallback is delayed broadcasts through social media of events that will run from July 20 to 30. In addition to sports delegations from all the United States-affiliated islands in the north Pacific, Kiribati and Nauru are expected to send sizeable groups to Pohnpei, giving this Micro Games the full panorama of “Micronesia” sports prowess. Known as the “Olympics” of Micronesia, these Games were first launched in 1969 during the US Trust

Territory administration and hosted by Saipan, the capital of the Trust Territory. But the idea of an every-four-year event didn’t catch on immediately. The second Games didn’t happen until 1990, but since then it’s been a much-anticipated quadrennial competition.

US mayors praise nuclear lawsuits
The US Conference of Mayors (USCM), a non-partisan association of America’s big cities, unanimously adopted a new resolution last month calling for constructive good faith US participation in international nuclear disarmament forums. The resolution was adopted at its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas and praises the Marshall Islands for its lawsuits against nine nuclear nations. The resolution notes that on April 24, the RMI filed landmark cases in the International Court of Justice against all nine nuclear-armed nations, claiming that they failed to comply with their obligations under the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law to pursue negotiations for the global elimination of nuclear weapons. They also filed a companion case in US Federal District Court. The USCM resolution “commends the Marshall Islands for calling to the world’s attention the failure of the nine nuclear-armed states to comply with their international obligations and calls on the US to respond constructively and in good faith to the lawsuits brought by the RMI.” The resolution points out that “the people of the RMI continue to suffer from the

health and environmental impacts of 67 above-ground nuclear weapons test explosions conducted by the US in their islands between 1946 and 1958.”
“We appreciate very much the US Conference of Mayors supporting our modest efforts to

rid the world of nuclear weapons,” said Marshall Islands Foreign Minister Tony deBrum, pictured. “This endorsement is acknowledged with deep gratitude on behalf of the government and the people of the Marshall Islands, and most especially those who have lost loved ones in the mad race for nuclear superiority, and those who continue to suffer the scourge of
nuclear weapons testing in our homeland.” The US based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a consultant to the Marshall Islands on the lawsuits. “It is extremely reaffirming that the US Conference of Mayors is supporting the Marshall Islands in its legal cases against the nine nuclear-armed nations,” said David Krieger, president of the foundation. The resolution “calls on the President and Congress to reduce nuclear weapons spending to the minimum necessary to assure the safety and security of the existing weapons as they await disablement and dismantlement, and to redirect those funds to meet the urgent needs of cities.”
Golden boy seeks first ever sixth Micro gold
Waylon Muller is seeking to extend his undefeated reign at the Micronesian Games with a gold medal finish in Pohnpei next week. “If I win gold, I will be undefeated from 1994 to 2014,” he told the Journal. Now 42, Muller continues to push the boundaries for competition at regional tournaments by maintaining competition fitness levels well beyond the normal “life” of most wrestlers. The RMI wrestling team to Pohnpei this year is sporting many younger faces, only a few of whom have international experience. But Muller is confident that their training program, which has included international wrestling coach Young Ho Ko working with the group over the past several weeks, is going to pay off with a haul of medals in Pohnpei. Ko was a gold medalist during the Asian Games and is also the reigning S. Korea national champion. “We are looking to win 16-18 total medals,” he said. The Wrestling Federation is sending a team of both men and women wrestlers, Muller is coming back from knee and head surgery, but feels he’s ready for the competition. “This year, I had a meniscus knee tear and head surgery,” he said. “Hard recovery, but I’m fully back on track and ready to complete.” The wrestling team departs Majuro on Tuesday and is scheduled to return on July 25.
Their cases are in the High Court, further slowing Immigration's efforts to deport people it says have violated their visa terms.
other Filipinos until October 31. Araves, in his petition filed by lawyer Gordon Benjamin appealing the removal order, said these letters from different RMI officials are “very confusing.” Immigration Director Damien Jacklick and Acting Attorney General Jack Jorbon approved the removal order, which was handed to Araves May 26, starting a 14-day clock ticking to the date he needed to depart. But halfway through this period, Allen wrote to the AG and Immigration, saying: “With the recent potential work load that Ministry of Public Works is anticipating that includes the continued repair of the Nitijela in preparation for Nitijela opening and the proposed relocation of the Ministry of Finance from the capital building to a new site, Ministry of Public Works plans to extend (contracts for) casual workers beyond the initial 30 days to enable Public Works to complete these tasks.” Araves is one of the four “casual workers” named by Allen to work until October 31. Although Immigration wanted Araves out of the country by June 9, Public Works wants him here at least until October 31. But there are other complications to deportation. Araves says he tried many times to register as an alien with Immigration, but was refused. In 2009, he married Marshallese Monica Domnick and the couple now has two children. Although Immigration refused to approve his application for a marriage license, the couple married anyway. Allen said his ministry will ensure that half of the salaries each pay period are put into a Ministry of Finance account to be used to pay for airline tickets home for the workers when their contracts are up later this year. In two other cases, a Chinese national who has been living on Ujae Atoll and managing a sea cucumber business, and a Filipino owner of Celphografix in Majuro have both appealed their removal orders. Their cases are in the High Court, further slowing Immigration’s efforts to deport people it says have violated their visa terms.
Three deportation cases now tied up in court show the difficulty the RMI government faces in its attempts to remove aliens from the country. The latest case was filed Thursday in the High Court. On May 26 this year, Immigration issued a deportation notice against Glen Araves, giving him 14 days to depart. But Public Works Secretary Wilbur Allen issued a letter a few days after the Immigration order saying the ministry is employing Araves and three
U.S. Embassy July 4th Independence Day celebration
‘Twas an all American celebration: Diverse crowd mingling under red, white and blue tents, munching on burgers and chips with a taste of the island style-roasted pork. The buffet setup displayed an array of food, wine glasses and a ready bar at the end of the line. Now top that with the tunes from the legendary jazz group Chicago Trio and the Embassy’s own Yumyum band — Happy 238th birthday USA.
Pictured from left: Kikuno Anzai, Japan Amb. Kazuhiko Anzai, ROC Amb. Winston Chen, Chicago Trio pianist Susan Chou, President Christopher Loeak, and US Ambassador Thomas Armbruster.
Photo: Hilary Hosia.
July 11, 2014
The front covers of each newspaper featured in this week's column.
Public Defender-AG 'war'
Rita Hawks won the Robert Reimers Anniversary volleyball tournament beating Jendrik Lobwe 15-8 in the final. Receiving the check were Robert Pinho, Bernard John, Daniel Andrew, Junior Abraham and Mike Kilo.
P15 First all-female health assistant training program starts
The first group of women to train as health assistants was honored Monday at the hospital during the opening for the 18-month training program.
P22 President Imata Kabua at UN
Islands worried by sea level rise Following his trip to Washington, President Imata Kabua addressed the 19th Special Session of the UN General Assembly and said that a rise of a few feet in sea level is a real fear and is a question of life or death to the Marshall Islands.
What we were saying way back when
its job. His frequent criticisms of the criminal justice system lead some people to ask if Strauss isn’t in the wrong job. If what he says is true — that investigations and prosecutions are not done properly — shouldn’t he be happy it his clients get off? As the public defender, why is it his concern if people aren’t being prosecuted? Strauss says it is because people who live in a community have an obligation to improve the quality of life. “The government is supposed to protect people from illegal acts. If there is failure in the system, there is chaos in the society.” Strauss acknowledges that he does a lot of finger pointing, and it upsets a lot of people in government. “I dish it out,” he said. “But I’m willing to
Journal 7/15/1977
P1 Notice
I had nothing to do with this paper other than to put this notice in to say I will be back working next issue. —Joe Murphy
P7 The sons of the Marshalls
A newly established group called “Sons of the Marshalls” led by Mr. Victor Milne of Majuro has taken upon itself steps to make the District Administrator call another election of DUD’s magistrate this week. According to their own research of the law governing election of the DUD municipality, they believe that the present DUD magistrate is illegal. Their first step to legalize the situation is a letter to the DistAd and a petition endorsing the candidacy of LaBwera Victor Milne.
Journal 7/14/1989
P16 New power plant staff
Private Industry Council summer workers are keeping busy at the Majuro power plant. Keyoka Kabua was checking gauges in the plant’s control room, while Heltera Hermious, Blenta Loutak and Calton Lanje checked out a generator.
P19 Is the Public Defender a prosecutor?
A not too secret war continues between the Public Defender’s office and the Attorney General’s office. Most of the shots are fired by the very vocal Public Defender David Strauss, who complains regularly and loudly that the Attorney General’s office, among others in government, isn’t doing
take it, too. See if you can find a motion for a continuance (postponement of a court case) filed by me. You won’t find one. The only motions we file are to dismiss cases for lack of prosecution.”

Journal 7/11/1997
P8 Raining balloons
The Protestant youth convention found a different way to signal the end of its two weeks of bible study and meetings when the participants released thousands of balloons into the sky at RRE’s lagoon-side complex.
P12 The Hawks win again
Romeo Reimers
handed over a $300 check to the guys who seem to be good at everything.