Vital FSMPC announces price decrease

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, December 19, 2018 – The Vital FSM Petroleum Corporation announces to its valued customers an upcoming decrease in the wholesale price of gasoline, kerosene and diesel. The price decrease of 10 cents per gallon will go into effect on Friday, December 21, 2018. Kosrae currently maintains the lowest pump prices in the nation, at $4.25 per gallon of gasoline, while Chuuk holds the national high at $4.75 per gallon.

However, when comparing the greater Micronesian region, Pohnpei’s pump price of gasoline is lower than Palau pump prices by $0.14, Majuro by $1.00, and Nauru by $2.37 per gallon.

In the past five weeks, pump prices at all three of Guam’s fuel suppliers (Mobil, Shell and 76) have dropped by $0.40 per gallon. “Rapidly falling international oil prices have seen the pump price differential between the FSM and Guam exceed $0.35 per gallon,” stated FSMPC CSIO Mr. Mathias Lawrence. “The upcoming price reduction will bring us back within our benchmarks, and it is our hope that gas stations throughout the nation will take this decrease and pass along some of the savings to customers,” Lawrence said.

FSMPC Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Faustino Yangmog remarked that “thanks to the current downward trends in regional and international oil markets, FSMPC’s customers will be able to enjoy some savings at the pump this Christmas. We still have some higher cost inventory in our tanks, and the markets remain volatile. While we hope that oil prices will stay low throughout December and January so that we can pass on further reductions in the New Year, market analysts indicate that they may return to the highs experienced in the latter half of 2018.”

According to the American Automobile Association, Inc., decreasing crude oil prices are directly attributed to ten consecutive weeks of inventory growth. However, the organization forecasts rising prices for 2019. “With inventories now falling, crude prices could increase. If this proves true, then motorists will likely see pump prices increase during the first quarter of 2019.”[1]

 

[1] “Domestic Crude Inventories Drop For Second Week” American Automobile Association, Inc., December 13, 2018, https://gasprices.aaa.com/domestic-crude-inventories-drop-for-second-week/.

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Let us resume our Education Corner (EC) with an apology. I apologize for straying from the original purpose of the column over the past several months. I no longer will tell the story about the beginning teacher Mr. Navarro Navarro. While such stories may be appropriate for teacher and pre-teacher training, the case study or story approach was not for a column as this. It was an error on my part to attempt Navarro for EC. And to be honest I was uncomfortable from the beginning. It was something new because I had run out of information that I thought would help the Readers and the Public-at-large. It was not working and I am sorry for wasting K-Press space and the Readers time. For any Readers who did like Navarro I will send them to anyone who writes EC individually. We have many “Navarro’s” on file.
When in August 2015 we began EC, it was to be an informational column for the public. It was meant to give you information about what the Pohnpei Department of Education was doing to make improvements for our children. Too it was meant to show the public, particularly parents and caregivers, ways to help teachers and principals help the students. We explained the purposes and importance of FSM Accreditation. We stressed the absolute need for every school-public or private to be accredited. We explained that every school must have a School Improvement Plan (SIP) showing just how every school will try to improve during the next year.

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Our beginning teacher Navarro Navarro began teaching just at the end of Trust Territory Times and found there was really no Micronesian History textbook for his 5th graders. His class had only U S history texts. We saw that Navarro told his 5th graders to cross out “Columbus discovers America” and replace it in ink with “One of the first Europeans to come to the New World”. Because writing in ink in textbooks was against the school rules our critical thinking questions centered around—should Navarro have done this? Most case study readers agree that saying Columbus was the discoverer of the “Americas” is really not too appropriate. We noted that we would never say something like Magellan discovered Guam. So when students or teachers say No--Navarro should not have had students change the text in ink---there is always a No... But! A Yes or No that must be explained is the critical thinking part of the case study. In this instance usually education students want the change but somehow they feel Navarro should have gone to the Mt. St. Mary’s Principal and received permission.

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The New Year allows EC to review a little and catch any new readers with the story of Mr. Navarro Navarro. A young 22 year old Navarro begins his teaching career in a Roman Catholic School about the time of FSM Independence. He is hired as a last minute replacement for the regular 5th grade teacher who had taken severely ill. Navarro has the minimum requirements, a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college but he has no teacher education. We learned he was an excellent student himself and is very confident in the curriculum he will teach-that is he knows what to teach. However with no teacher training he has never learned the methods and strategies teachers use to teach—or how to teach. The young man has only his own experiences as a student and using those good experiences and good teachers he jumps right in and begins teaching the morning after he was hired. Readers have been asked to join Navarro in his journey to become a teacher. Readers can be assured Navarro makes mistakes but he learns from them. EC has been writing little stories about Navarro and asking readers to think like students and think critically. We use critical thinking questions which just mean the student or reader should explain the answer.

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DEC 2016

Last edition we left you with a very interesting situation. The young Navarro had found the phrase “Columbus discovers America” in the textbook and he had his 5th graders change the words to “One of the First Europeans to Come to the New World”. He had his students make the changes in ink. Navarro was informed he was breaking a school rule about writing in the textbooks. The students told him they were never to write in the textbooks and “never in ink”. So we were left with the critical thinking question-should Navarro have broken the school rule? Explain.
When giving this case study question to pre-service teachers or in-service teachers the answer is almost always a No. They stress it is important to follow school rules and marking in ink is something students should not do. And furthermore they say it was not right for Navarro to insist they do so. Teachers should not break school rules after all teachers are models for student behaviors. But they also realize that saying “Columbus discovered America” was like saying “Magellan discovered Guam” or “Pedro Fernandes de Quiros discovered Pohnpei”. Micronesians correctly learn that Europeans did not discover Pacific Islands—their own ancestors-the Polynesians, Melanesians and Micronesians were the first to inhabit and therefore discovered our islands. The use of discover seems almost an insult. So the No to breaking rules becomes a No but with further explanations. It is always suggested that Navarro should have gone to Principal Francetta and explained the problem and asked permission or that Navarro could write a separate page for each of them to put in their books—as an insert. But to be sure once they think critically a simple Yes or No is not sufficient. Even if our case study took place in Trust Territory Times when U S History was taught teachers do not want to see anything as Guam was discovered Guam or de Quiros discovered Pohnpei in any Micronesian history books. Teachers should not break rules as young Navarro did but they should correct curriculum when they find examples as Columbus discovering America and calling the native peoples Indians. Remember Columbus thought he had reached the Indies. Today’s U S textbooks do not make these errors but they did during the Trust Territory Times when Navarro was just beginning his teaching career.