By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press September 11, 2014 Pohnpei, FSM - Many more pictures on Facebook.
—Pohnpei celebrated its 35th Liberation Day with a series of friendly but fierce competitions in multiple sports amongst athletes from Pohnpei’s municipalities. At press time there was still a full day of games left to be played, though the closing ceremony was held this morning at the newly refurbished track at Pohnpei Island Central School (PICS). During the games, the enthusiasm of the athletes was high.
By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press September 11, 2014 Pohnpei, FSM--
"If your client (FamilySearch International) will not shut down the website as it applies to Pohnpeians entirely, then the court will be asked to decide (I will sue the owners of FamilySearch)," wrote Salomon Saimon in response to a letter by local attorney Stephen V. Finnen on FamilySearch's position. More than two weeks ago, Salomon gave FamilySearch International, a genealogical website operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, five days to pull the private information of Pohnpeians down from its website before he would sue on behalf of his unnamed clients. FamilySearch took down the scanned copies they obtained with the permission of Pohnpei's Supreme Court but Salomon says that is not enough.
The Embassy of the United States in Kolonia
Over the past 15 years, Peace Corps Response (PCR) has offered seasoned U.S. professionals the opportunity to undertake short-term, high-impact assignments to address development priorities around the world. Now, Peace Corps has offered this program to the FSM, and the first group of PCR Volunteers has arrived here. All of them have advanced degrees and an average of over two decades of experience; they will help with building local capacity for 12 months.
In Pohnpei, a Health Specialist, is working on NCD surveillance and monitoring, and is working on health messages to accompany recipes using local foods, as well as additions to the school health curriculum, and getting more people to exercise.
Embassy of the United States in Kolonia The U.S. Embassy is proud to sponsor "Dangerflow", a hip-hop band from Miami Florida. The band will be on island for 6 days, from September 18 to 24. During that time they will participate in a number of youth workshops and perform two free public concerts. Dangerflow has been perfecting their signature fusion of hip-hop, rock, and danceable rhythms since 2007. In 2009, Dangerflow established a partnership with the Miami Heat developing promotional videos and performing at Miami Heat games, including the NBA Finals.
By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press September 10, 2014 Pohnpei, FSM
—Last night, "Hawaii News Now" released exclusive video footage of a fight in Honolulu that was taken from a "dash camera from a driver who unknowingly pulled up to the fight just as it started," the news service reported. The video footage was taken at about 11:40 last night. The article said that witnesses reported that the fight involved Micronesians and Samoans who live in the area of Auwiolimu Street in the Punchbowl area "and that bats, glass bottles, pipes, sticks and a dart were used."
Some Pohnpeians threaten legal action over personal information posted on world’s biggest genealogical resource
By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press August 28, 2014 Pohnpei, FSM
—A legal brouhaha has been brewing over the posting of family records of Pohnpeians on FamilySearch. org. The postings have upset some Pohnpei residents enough to have sought legal assistance at Micronesian Legal Services Corporation in order to have their records pulled off the website and to seek other possible remedies. No lawsuit has yet been filed but Salomon Saimon did write a "Cease and Desist" letter to the attorney for the Corporation of the Latter-Day Saints and also threatening legal action against the Pohnpei State Supreme Court. His letter to Attorney Stephen V. Finnen follows in its entirety: