By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press July 10, 2015 Pohnpei, FSM—
This morning's joint inaugural celebration was not for the purpose of swearing in new FSM leadership. That task was covered during previous sessions of Congress. This morning's inaugural festivities were a chance for FSM to celebrate itself and to formally welcome the new leadership.
On May 11, 2015 the members of the FSM's 19th Congress were seated and took their oaths of office. From amongst those Constitutionally voter selected members Congress selected Senator Peter Christian of Pohnpei to be the nation's eighth president and Yosiwo George to be the nation's eighth Vice President. Congress selected Senator Wesley Simina to be the sixth Speaker of Congress.
By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press July 14, 2015 Pohnpei, FSM—
Two experts on marine salvage who visited Pohnpei two weeks ago claim that the Ping Da 7, the massive reefer ship that has been stuck hard aground on Pohnpei's reef for over a year and a half is an environmental time bomb waiting to go off.
Who is responsible for the wreck now is by all accounts uncertain.
The Chinese businessman who owned the Ping Da 7 essentially walked away from the vessel after it slammed into Pohnpei's northern reef in December of 2013. By all reports he declared financial insolvency. The insurance company that covered the vessel walked away as well.
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Twenty-two (22) participants from throughout the U.S. affiliated insular areas represented the 2015 graduating class of the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP).
ELDP graduation ceremonies were held on June 12, 2015 at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ELDP is funded by the U. S. Department of Interior's Office of Insular Affairs and administered by the Graduate School USA's Pacific Islands Training Initiative.
The ELDP was designed to assist the insular areas with developing and retaining the qualified and skilled staff that will become the future leaders of their respective governments. Program participants met four times over the past year to further develop their skills in leadership, management, government finance, program management, public policy and fiscal reform.
By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 9, 2015
Pohnpei, FSM—On the evening before the Joint Inauguration Celebration the Embassy of Japan hosted a reception they called "Japan Night" at the home of Ambassador Sakai. The reception was well attended by FSM leadership including the President, Vice President, Speaker, several members of Congress, and Governors of FSM states.
Special guest speaker during the evening's festivities was Mr. Keiji Furuya who was personally appointed by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to represent the Government of Japan during the FSM joint inauguration celebration.
On July 9, 2015 an inter-denominational church service was held at Our Lady of Mercy Church.
The service opened with a song by the Erike Church Choir. Father Patrick Daniel gave the opening prayer followed by a reading of 1 Corinthians 12:1-7 by Father Robert Ifamilik.
The Satowan Church Choir from the Mortlocks, Chuuk filled up a quarter of the sanctuary and sang enthusiastically.
Pastor Bethwel Henry, who was also the first Speaker of the FSM Congress read from Ephesians Chapter 4 verses 2 through 6.
Father Julio Angkel presented a homily based on the Gospel of John 17:2-23 after which the UCCP Church Choir sang.
The Nett Church Choir closed the service.
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Majuro — Corruption, reliance on donor-driven aid and consultants, dwindling rural populations and burgeoning urban centers that stress the ability of governments to provide education and health services, an epidemic of non-communicable diseases as lifestyles change, and battles with countries outside the region for control of fisheries and deep sea resources — these are among contemporary island issues that are the focus of a just-published book on the Pacific islands.
"Idyllic No More: Pacific Island Climate, Corruption and Development Dilemmas" is a new book released over the weekend by Giff Johnson, the editor of the Marshall Islands Journal, the weekly newspaper published in Majuro.
The book is "a bracing look at where the islands are today, and what it will take to build a future of hope and opportunity for islanders across the region," said veteran Oceania journalist Floyd K. Takeuchi. Johnson "frames a view of the Pacific islands that's characterized by hard-edge realism while offering a way forward,"
The 153-page book is published by CreateSpace and is available through amazon.com.
In a series of essays about the looming climate threat and island responses, sustainable development and the region's multi-billion dollar tuna industry, the U.S. nuclear test legacy in the Marshall Islands, and the impact of out-migration, "Idyllic No More" focuses on the often difficult problems and choices facing the Pacific islands today.
"I'm hopeful that educators will see the new book as a useful resource for stimulating discussion in high school and college classes on the key issues of the day, and that it offers an interesting read for people who want to delve more deeply into the challenges facing the region," said Johnson.
Bikini Atoll Trust Liaison and Microwave Films president Jack Niedenthal said because of the author's "decades of experienced reporting about the Marshall Islands and Micronesia, his inside look at the world of island governments and people is both enlightening and thought provoking."