By Mike Roberts - 21 May 2015
The Pohnpei Public High Schools Championships was a huge success at the Pohnpei Swimming Pool, the first ever event of its kind for the State's Public High Schools. Judging by the popularity by both competitors and spectators this will become an annual event as part of the Pohnpei Public School Education Week. The events drew around twice the number of swimmers and their supporters than the Micro Games Swimming competitions last year. Schools represented at this event were PICS, MHS and NMHS, with PICS fielding two teams because of the size of the school. Events were held over 25 and 50 meters, swum as heats and finals. Although teams had been training for the past two weeks at the Pohnpei pool, a lack of fitness of many of the competitors forced the meet into a second day, with heats swum on Monday May 4th and finals swum the following day. The events finished with the all important team relays with much cheering from all team supporters.
Results are PICS #1 – 339 points, PICS #2 – 32 points, NMHS – 189 points, MHS – 30 POINTS A huge congratulations to all attending. Competitors, Officials and spectators. As a footnote, a huge apology from Director of Swimming, Mike Roberts, to all our regular daily swimmers who use the pool for closing to the public two days in a row.
By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press May 4, 2015 Pohnpei, FSM—
On the morning of Tuesday, April 28, a group of Sokehs Traditional Leaders headed by His Majesty Herculano Kohler, Nahnmwarki of Sokehs arrived at the Sokehs Municipal building. When asked what his intentions were before the group headed upstairs to Chief Magistrate Michael Liemen's office, Mr. Kohler said that he was going to shut the Sokehs government down until the next election in November. He said that an audit released by Pohnpei's Office of the Public Auditor on January 12 revealed that Sokehs had been allowing cash advances to employees and to non-employees and that it had been going on for a long time.
21 May, 2015 - In the wake of Typhoon Maysak, Australia's support to FSM through the Pacific Patrol Boat program has been crucial in FSM's ability to respond immediately and effectively to all the disaster affected areas. Through the Pacific Patrol Boat Program, Australia donated three patrol boats to FSM: the FSS PALIKIR and FSS MICRONESIA in 1990, and FSS INDEPENDENCE in 1997.
Sentencing for civil rights violations against slavery and involuntary servitude in the Chuuk “Blue House” Case
Weno, Chuuk— On April 23, 2015,
Acting Chief Justice Ready Johnny found the defendant, Silisio a.k.a. "Sirco" Tipingeni guilty on all ten charges brought by the FSM government in FSM v. Tipingeni, Criminal Action 2013-037. The Department of Justice's criminal information included eight counts of criminal deprivation of the civil right against slavery and involuntary servitude, one count of aggravated money laundering, and one count of aggravated criminal mischief. Justice Johnny imposed a one-year sentence for each count, to be served consecutively for a total of ten years.
Suva, FIJI, 10 April 2015 --
Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, is looking forward to hosting the seven distinguished individuals making up an important new sub-committee on the new Framework for Pacific Regionalism. Secretary General Taylor said "The sub committee members bring a wide range of skills and experience to our work and will make it easier for Pacific Leaders to make informed decisions on the most pressing priorities for developing the region." Ms Teresa Manarangi-Trott of the Cook Islands, she pointed out, was a founding member of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation: "She has experience in strategic priority setting and highlevel advisory work, and knowledge of economic management, public policy and sustainable development."