By: Stephanie Edward United Youth Media
This year’s International Youth Day was split into a 2-day celebration, beginning with a Youth Leadership Workshop on August 11 and ending with a Youth Talent Show on August 12. The office of Luhkenmoanlap, Kitti Municipal Government, requested Kitti Municipality to host this year’s event and opened up the Nahnpei Memorial High School for the festivities. Local and State leadership support was shown in attendance of the Honorable Lt. Governor Peterson, who gave the Special Remarks and Luhkenmoanlap of Kitti, the Honorable Tony Sarapio, who welcomed the participants to the 2014 International Youth Day Celebration.
President Mori holds bilateral meeting with Russian Federation envoy at the Pacific Islands Forum, Palau
FSM Information Services July 31, 2014
On Monday, July 28, Federated State of Micronesia President Manny Mori held a meeting with representatives of the Russian Federation at the Palau Pacific Resort in Koror, Palau. The meeting was President Mori's first official encounter with Russia, facilitated by the occasion of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) being held in Palau. The Russian officials have taken the opportunity to engage with Pacific countries as an invited country in the Post- Forum Dialogue between PIF Member States and their respective country and agency development partners, which will be held on Friday, August 1st.
The Association of Pacific Island Legislatures (APIL) has adopted a measure applauding members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, known as the PNA, for their “firm and decisive actions” to conserve tuna populations while increasing financial returns to the region. This marks the association’s first resolution supporting regional efforts to conserve and manage tuna fisheries.
In recent years, the PNA states—eight Pacific island nations that manage their tuna fisheries collectively— have taken steps to increase economic benefits from tuna fishing, while expanding management and conservation measures to protect tuna populations.
By: Pohnpei Public Library
The Pohnpei Public Library celebrated the Summer Program 2014 on July 18, 2014. There was a short program that was prepared for the day, the participants sang a song entitled “Open Shut”. Head Librarian welcomed everyone to the short program and thanked participants, volunteers and parents for their assistance during the four weeks program.
All the participants received certificates and prizes presented by the staff. Head Librarian also handed out certificates to the contributors and volunteers for this year on behalf of the Friends of the Pohnpei Public Library.
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A dozen bright young island students are headed to top private schools across the central Pacific nation of Micronesia. Their tuition scholarships, awarded by the Habele charity, were announced during a small ceremony at the Micronesian Embassy in Washington DC earlier this week. Among the winners was Griselda Muut of Yap. She will be a sophomore at Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) this fall. Giselda lives with her mother Mary Layan and younger sister Margo in the Village of Kaday, a part of Weloy Municipality. Their father is deceased. Mary is an engaged parent who describes her daughter’s school enthusiastically as “challenging” and “demanding.”
By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press August 12, 2014 Chuuk, FSM
—FSM Congress Floor Leader Florencio Singkoro-Harper is upset at rumors that he is a convicted felon and so not eligible for reelection to the Congress. “What they’re saying is not true”, he said, waving a stack of printouts from the Micronesia Forum, a social network page that allows anonymous postings under fictitious names. He confided that he is currently looking for a way to bring charges against the people who posted the “lies about him” there.
Last year the Chuuk State Department of Administrative Service (CDAS) froze Harper’s bank accounts in order to collect $351,747 in cigarette taxes the DAS said that he owed to the State.
According to his complaint, his assets were frozen without court order. He said that he had not paid the assessed tax because he had a legal opinion from Attorney Maketo Robert that said that the tax was unconstitutional. He filed a Civil Action suit in the Chuuk Division of the FSM Supreme Court seeking injunctive and declaratory relief. CDAS never filed any actions, criminal or otherwise against Harper. He claimed that the State tax was unconstitutional because he bought the cigarettes from a vendor or vendors in Pohnpei which is an interstate transaction under the jurisdiction of the FSM National Government and not the State Government.