On September 11, 2015 the sport of boxing was introduced for the first time during the 36th Pohnpei Liberation Games at the Pohnpei Fitness Center. Jennifer Chieng's exciting and historic gold medal winning effort in the sport of boxing at the 2015 Pacific Games caused an explosion of interest in the sport from the public in the FSM, and the bouts were well attended even though the facility is still being remodeled.
The Pohnpei Boxing Club held five exhibition matches. Young men hailing from the municipalities of Nett, Kolonia Town, Kitti and Sokehs fought matches of two, two minute rounds per match.
The matches were carefully organized based on weight classes and on the experience of the boxers which varied from beginner to advanced. The safety and health of the boxers were the highest concerns for the event coordinators.
By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
September 21, 2015
Pohnpei, FSM—Berly Jack is entering into a plea agreement after attacking a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, but even after violating the terms of his bail he is free.
On the day after Jack verbally agreed to the plea arrangement for charges related to an assault that would result in two years of prison time followed by three years of probation, Jack was arrested for violation of bail when he was found outside of the victim's home.
Pohnpei State Police officers found Jack outside of his alleged victim's home on the day after his trial. His bail required him to stay away from his alleged victim.
According to the victim, 15 people attended a party at her home in Kolonia on a Friday evening in late August. She said that she and her guests decided to go dancing. In preparation for that, she turned off all of the lights and prepared to go but then doubled back to go to the bathroom inside of her home. She claims that Jack followed her inside the house and locked the front door with all, or at least most of her guests outside.
He "jumped me from behind and tried to snap my neck," she wrote in an Internet message. "I fought back and screamed, but luckily there was a girl in the bathroom who ran out and opened the front door. It was over in minutes," she wrote. But the fear will likely take a long time to diminish.
Jack has not yet officially pleaded guilty in the case. The final written terms of the plea arrangement will be presented to the Pohnpei State Supreme Court on October 2.
Jack faced five charges related to the attack that occurred in late August. He has agreed to plead guilty to the two felony counts of attempted rape and assault.
What remains unclear is why Jack was not imprisoned after violating the conditions of his bail.
The victim said that detectives called her at 10:30 on the morning after the trial and told her that they had arrested Jack. They assured her that since it was a clear case of violating the conditions of his bail, he would be incarcerated and that she should not worry for her safety.
The victim claims that the detectives were surprised to learn that Jack had been released again despite the alleged violation of his bail.
The victim has a friend who is an attorney. That attorney says that he has been looking into the hearing that resulted in Jack's release but had been unable to obtain the judge's decision that allowed Jack to go free after violating the conditions of his bail.
Palikir, FSM Department of Resources and Development
September 23, 2015
In line with the recommendation from the Investment Facilitation Symposium in 2013, which was further adopted by the 6th State and National Leadership Conference (SNLC), calling for the harmonization of foreign investment regimes in the FSM in order to enhance a transparent, friendlier and welcoming investment environment in the FSM, the Division of Trade & Investment of the FSM Department of Resources and Development (FSM R&D) will conduct the second phase of the review of existing national and states investment laws and policies tentatively scheduled to take place from 21 November – December 11, 2015 with the technical assistance of Mr. Sufian Jusoh, a consultant hired through the Technical Assistance provided to the FSM by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. During his stay in the FSM, Mr. Jusoh will present and discuss the findings and policy recommendations arising from the national and state consultations on the current investment regime in the FSM as well as the preliminary proposed draft amendments to the FSM foreign investment law and regulations.
While island societies can do little to control carbon emissions from developed nations, they can manage their local resources to enhance the ecosystem services that coastal habitats, including reefs, provide for people. In this spirit, the political leaders of five nations in Micronesia initiated the Micronesia Challenge (MC) in 2006 as a commitment to 'effectively conserve' at least 30% of their marine resources and 20% of their terrestrial resources by 2020. With regard to coral reefs, the MC was established due to growing concerns of stressors such as climate change, unsustainable harvest of fisheries, and land-based pollution.
The tough thing about studying fishes, coral reefs and other marine ecosystems is that they are constantly moving and changing in response to natural variation, episodic disturbances, and human stressors. So how can scientists help managers measure the effectiveness of marine conservation efforts? This is the question new research in Micronesia is helping to answer led by the University of Guam Marine Laboratory (UOGML).
Prepared by Chip Guard, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Forecast Office Guam - 30 SEP 2015
This is the coordinated National Weather Service and Pacific ENSO Applications Climate (PEAC) Center assessment for tropical storm and typhoon activity for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) for the last half of 2015 and the first half of 2016. This assessment is based on independent Pacific-wide typhoon predictions, a statistical typhoon study, the current and predicted states of the El Niño—Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate pattern and the historical tropical cyclone activity associated with past ENSO states. It is prepared for the FSM Government, and is prepared from the latest predictions of the PEAC and the US Climate Prediction Center (CPC). These predictions could change a little over the next few months, but major changes are not expected.
Background: For Micronesia, there is a relatively predictable relationship between tropical cyclone activity and the state of ENSO. In the tropics, tropical cyclones generally want to move from southeast to northwest. Thus, if a tropical storm or typhoon develops southeast of an island(s), it will often track toward the island(s) to the west or northwest. If a tropical storm or typhoon develops west or north of an island, it will usually move in a direction away from the island. When an El Niño occurs, tropical storms and typhoons begin to develop earlier in the year and farther to the east toward eastern Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, or even east of the date line. They tend to move toward the west-northwest or northwest, sometimes toward some of the islands of the FSM. When a La Niña event occurs, the storms tend to develop later in the year and northwest of or near the Mariana Islands or Yap State. In this case, they move west before significantly intensifying. During El Niño events, the chance of islands in Micronesia getting hit by a tropical storm or typhoon more than triples when compared to the chance during non-El Nino periods. During an ENSO-neutral state, a state that can have some flavor of a weak El Niño or a weak La Niña, the chance of one of the islands getting a destructive hit by a tropical storm or a typhoon is greater than during La Niña, but not quite as possible as during El Niño.
LUKOP, Madolenimw – On Friday July 24th 2015 Ms. Eliza Woolcock Second Secretary & Consul and Ms. Joyce Gehr Assistant Aid Program Manager from the Embassy of Australia in Kolonia attended a graduation ceremony for the Micronesia Bound Inc. (Aramas Kapw) and Sounahleng Women in Action sewing training program at Lukop Elementary School.
The Micronesia Bound Inc. (MBI) a Private Non Profit Organization that has been serving the youth of Pohnpei and Micronesia since 1976 and its prominent program "ARAMAS KAPW" which is Pohnpeian for "New or a changed person co-sponsored a 3 week sewing training program for women in the Village of Lukop Madolenimw Municipality. Funding for the project was provided by the Embassy of Australia which purchased 9 sewing machines and materials while the Aramas Kapw program through funding received from the FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs Behavioral Health Program paid for the instructor's salary. The Pohnpei State Department of Education also supported the project through the use of its school facility and educational awareness about women's health and Pohnpei's Family Protection Act which is still pending with Pohnpei State Legislature was provided by the State Public Health Services and Public Safety.