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January 23, 2015
AG wins case against Sun — Appeal denied
Chalk a win up for the Immigration Division and the Attorney General’s office in its effort to remove overstayers: High Court Chief Justice Carl Ingram, pictured, last week refused to hear an appeal in a deportation case because he said Sun Shicheng did not file a timely appeal to Immigration’s order to leave the RMI. See more
NatGeo supports WAM navigation revival plan
The plan to begin coaching a new generation of traditional navigators this summer has taken another leap toward reality thanks to a grant for Waan Aelõñ in Majel (WAM) from an organization linked to National
Geographic. The Geographic Legacy Fund is providing $25,000 for the project, which is officially called the Preservation and Training of Marshallese Voyaging and Navigation. Joe Genz, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, who has worked on the navigation program for many years with WAM director Alson Kelen, pictured, is thrilled with the news of the grant. “The National Geographic grant will substantially move WAM’s navigation
program forward by supporting a long-distance canoe voyage through which a younger generation can learn the traditional Marshallese methods of wave navigation,” he said. “Passing on this knowledge now is critical to safeguarding Marshallese voyaging knowledge for future generations.” See more
JICA experts here to help us
Pictured at the JICA headquarters in Delap are, from left: Hiroyuki Shibuya (kneeling), Taro Ogura, Sachiko Iijima and Makiko Oku. Hiroyuki Shibuya will be a math teacher at Ajeltake Elementary School. Taro Ogura, a computer whiz, will teach math at Kwajalein Atoll High School. Sachiko Iijima will focus on patients’ diet and menu at the Majuro Hospital. Makiko Oku is experienced in teaching Japanese to foreign students and will be at Majuro Cooperative Schoool.
Photo: Hilary Hosia
Speaker: 'No show then no sitting fee'
Angered when last week Monday’s scheduled Nitijela session had to be called off for lack of quorum, Speaker Donald Capelle issued a memo to the 32 members that they will not receive their sitting fee of $100 per day for the no quorum day and also for any session day they miss without a “reasonable excuse.” See more

RMI suit on the way out?
A US federal judge has tentatively dismissed a RMI lawsuit against the US government accusing it of violating disarmament provisions of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. See more

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10 picked for Olympics – Ten individuals have been selected to represent the Masrhall Islands in the Micronesian Olympic Games scheduled to take place some time later this year. The above-mentioned players will be playing basketball. ... See more
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