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June 11, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—Vital, FSM’s Petroleum Corporation hosted a major fishing tournament for the Pohnpei Fishing Club giving away hundreds of gallons of fuel and other prizes. The tournament attracted a record breaking 37 boats participating in the tournament. All of which returned safely and each of which had an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) device.
Each boat that registered received 20 to 80 gallons of gas, along with free t-shirts for the crew. Vital T-Shirts were everywhere during the weigh in.
Registration for event was held at Mangrove Bay Bar on the evening before the tournament and weigh-in was also hosted at Mangrove Bay Bar on the evening of the tournament.
The tournament was set up to offer a lot of prizes but the grand prize was 100 gallons of fuel and a new rod and reel.

By Rachel Weinheimer,
International Organization for Migration
June 23, 2016
Chuuk, FSM—In April of 2015, Typhoon Maysak hit the FSM, with devastating effects in both Chuuk and Yap. While the emergency relief phase is over, many families are still enduring Maysak’s aftermath - hundreds lost their homes and all their belongings to the powerful storm.
During the week of 13 June 2016, under a USAID initiative, and in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the first families in Chuuk received new homes designed to replace those lost during Maysak. One of the first was the Jacobus family in the village of Mechitiw on Weno, Chuuk.
The Jacobus family took shelter in a concrete building in their village during Typhoon Maysak. After the storm, they returned to their home only to find it reduced to its foundation, their belongings either swept away by the storm or ruined.

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Sulita Hoream, who is a neighbor to the Jacobus family, explained: “We were scared during the storm. Only buildings made of concrete were left afterwards. People no longer had houses. (Since Maysak), three families are staying with us.”

Secretariat of the Pacific Community
17 June 2016
Suva, Fiji – A respected former Fijian judge has told a human rights forum that legislation is only part of the solution to ending domestic violence in the Pacific region.
Former Judge Mere Pulea delivered the opening address at the Pacific Community Gender and the Law Consultation 2016 in Nadi this week, which was organised by the Pacific Community’s Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) in partnership with UN Women and the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement.
“Putting in place laws against domestic violence in 11 Pacific Island countries is a major achievement which will have profound impacts on the lives of victims of violence. However, legislation in itself is only part of the solution,” Judge Pulea said.

The t-shirts and branding launched by NORMA FSM in Pohnpei during the closing of the 2016 National Fisheries Seminar says it all: Stepping up Fisheries in FSM is the renewed focus of a USD5.5m injection to 2020, thanks to the World Banks Pacific Regional Oceanscape Project. The PROP project is essentially a management program for securing the best economic benefits from sustainable coastal and offshore fisheries, for four participating member nations of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA. FSM State officials and leaders from across FSM as well as the key national stakeholders for the PROP working with NORMA- Resources and Development, Health and Social Affairs, Justice, and Finance and Admin, were part of the branding launch aimed at stepping up the messaging around the activities planned at helping FSM meet its fisheries aspirations for tuna and coastal fisheries. Project contact: Okean Ehmes via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Parties to the Nauru Agreement
Majuro, Marshall Islands 13 June 2016: A new U.S. government fishing regulation that went into effect late last month violates a conservation measure for high seas fishing approved last year by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), said the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Chief Executive.
“This new U.S. fishing rule seeks to allow its purse seine fleet to evade the WCPFC measure,” said Dr. Transform Aqorau, PNA CEO.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service issued rule 2016-0038 providing the U.S. purse seine fleet with a limit of 1,828 days for the western Pacific high seas area. It went into effect on May 25.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community
22 June 2016
Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Pacific Island countries and territories at the inaugural Pacific Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Summit have expressed their support for a Pacific funding mechanism to better balance responses to the mammoth burden of NCDs in the region.
In this regard, the Pacific Island countries and territories at the summit have agreed to explore options to establish greater synergies between funding sources.
A commitment was also made regarding the introduction of national legislation to ensure all Pacific Island countries and territories meet or exceed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control taxation target and help achieve a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025.
These are some of 17 key statements addressed in the adopted outcomes document of the high-level Pacific NCD Summit in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, which will be presented for consideration at the Pacific Ministers of Health meeting in Cook Islands next year.

On the 13-17 of June 2016, the 15th Intersessional Meeting on PACER Plus was held in Nadi, Fiji. On this occasion, the FSM joined other Pacific Islands Countries to continue PACER Plus negotiations in line with Pacific Leaders’ mandate to bring the negotiations to a conclusion by the end of 2016.
During this round of negotiations, the discussion on the Development and Economic Cooperation Chapter which covers on assistance to implement the PACER Plus Agreement and assistance for broader trade development was satisfactory concluded pending announcement of financial resources that will be made available by Australia and New Zealand. PACER Plus Work Programme outlines the assistance to be provided by Australia and New Zealand to Pacific Island Countries and comprises of six components (rules of origins and other aspects of implementation of tariff commitments, customs, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment procedures, trade in services, investment).

FSM President Christian’s address to the recent Association of Pacific Islands Legislators meeting in Guam
Mr. President, Officials and members, ladies and gentlemen, friends. Let me begin by thanking you all for inviting me to join you in this General Assembly of APIL.
I am very honored to be here, but I am a bit apprehensive about speaking before this body as a president addressing an assembly of leaders who by nature are the traditional, perfect enemies of the executive branch. It is either that this all is a trick, or this is one of God's holy sense of humors.
Oh, perhaps life has its own way of showing us its ways, astounding us with how sometimes being wrong can be good, or simply to be wrong on the right side. You have tasked me to speak on the deep and profound subject of keeping the spirit of unity throughout Micronesia—a subject rooted deep in my political commitments and deep in my heart,too; as it is one upon which my four years as the president of a small nation is founded, and for which I have travelled thru the islands to gain support.president
We must, however, recognize that given also the geography, geopolitics, the particular differences in our cultures, our political history and the unique preferences of the individuals, instilling a sense of unity is easier said than done.
Impossible? No! We just have to work harder at it, harnessing the help of our traditional leaders, our elected government leaders, our church leaders, including those whose thoughts may be deviant, will assure us of having involved most who may have a similar wish that this spirit of unity come on and remain with us. Unity, and the spirit that inspires it, is a subject into which I have immersed my thoughts, and have become obsessively passionate, and at times been ridiculed by those who may have a different perspective or that simply dislike me. Only so much rhetoric can be poured on this subject to glorify it, yet none of that comes close to giving testimony that THAT spirit of unity is alive than by who I see here today, and the forum over which we stand to testify.
I am happy. I now am assured that what little has been done, and what little more I will do with your blessings is embodied and fostered in this association of legislators. I ask you to join me in this noble obsession.
As populations go, we are of little consequence to the world, but as a people we are known as Micronesians, inhabitants of these small islands for thousands of years, with a culture unique to us. This means something to us, and it is our solemn duty to not simply keep it alive ... but insist that for it we become more relevant to our world.


BY: Emihner Johnson/Acting Executive Director, IFCP - JUNE 2016
Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP) was invited to participate in PeaceCorp Program Summer Camps, namely Camp Glow(the girls cam) and Boyz 2 Men(boys camp). These camps were organized by Peace Corp Volunteers in partnership with IFCP, the participating elementary schools, and other organizations.
The Camp Glow two-day camp was held on May 22-23. 2016. A total of fifty one (51) eight-graders participated in the camp activities. There were seven teen(17) girls from Pohnlangas School, eight (8) girls from Enpein, eighteen(18) girls from Seinwar , and eight (8) girls from Pehleng Elementary School. Mona Tara, Office Manager of IFCP presents ‘Lets Go Local” for CHEEF(Culture, Health, Environment, Economy, Food Security) and also demonstrated making Karat Smoothies and Kang kong Salad to the Camp Glow participants as well as the accompanying PeaceCorps Volunteers and elementary school staff. Accompanying IFCP to the Camp Glow were volunteers Ms. Relynn Ludwig and Mr. AJ Tara.
On May 27-28, 2016, like Camp Glow, the Boyz 2 Men held their camp at PATS. Presenting the “Let’s Go Local” for CHEEF was Emihner Johnson, Acting Executive Director, IFCP. The food processing demonstration was presented by Ms. Mona Tara, Office Manager of IFCP. Also present at the Boyz 2 Men Camp was Ms. Alice Ehmes, Volunteer , IFCP. A total of fourty- eight (48) boys from Seinwar, Pohnlangas, Enipein, and Pehleng attended the Boyz 2 Men Camp.
IFCP would like to thank DOI(Department of Interior), TAP (Technical Assistance Program)Grant, Senator David Panuelo for funding. A special Kalangan Lap to Ms. Ludwig and Ms. Ehmes for their volunteering services to IFCP,, and Mr. Tara his assistance.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
June 15, 2016
Sohehs, Pohnpei, FSM—This morning, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China turned over solar lighting equipment to four of Pohnpei’s municipalities.
Representatives of Kitti, U, Nett, and Sokehs were on hand to receive the donations of solar lighting equipment. Chinese Ambassador Li said that the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China had incorporated the handover of solar lighting equipment into their presentation of a garbage truck to Madolenihmw.
Sokehs Speaker Baldesar Sardis gave welcoming remarks thanking the Embassy for their kind donation and for the upcoming donation of a solar power generator.
Ambassador Li Jie presented a history of the relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the FSM that included support of the municipalities in Pohnpei.
Mr. Samuel Rettin, Acting Chief Magistrate of the Sokehs Municipality gave closing remarks. He noted that this point forward, the Sokehs Municipal Government complex will be able to turn off its lights at night because of the new solar powered street light. That will save the government sorely needed money.
Although the ceremony took place at the Sokehs Muncipal government, Joab Paul of Kitti, Dahker Abraham of U, and Peteriko Hairens of Nett were at the ceremony to personally receive the donations for their municipalities.
After the ceremony closed, Sokehs maintenance workers erected the solar powered street light that will light the Sokehs Municipal government complex while participants in the ceremony watched. Each of the municipalities now has a solar street light donated by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

By Dr. Manoj R. Nair
Director & Chief Scientist
COM Land Grant Aquaculture Programs
June 9, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM - College of Micronesia Land Grant Porgram (NIFA, USDA) (COMLG), Board of Regents Member Honl Minister of Education Republic of the Marshall Islands Mr. Wilbur Heine and College of Marshall Islands Dean of Land Grant Mr. Biuma Samson visted Pohnpei from June 5-7 2016.

The main purpose of the visit was to visit the COM Land Grant Aquaculture Program at the COM Land Grant Nett Point hatchery. The COM Land Grant hatchery at Nett Point is currently developing site specific aquaculture technologies for economic development of FSM and Palau. The main focus currently is on sea cucumber aquaculture. The targeted species is the commercially important sea cucumber species Holothuria scabra commonly called sandfish and locally called “langon” in Pohnpeian language. The sea cucumber farming tehnology being developed and trialed is based on hatchery produced produced sea cucumber juveniles.
Minister Wilbur Heine wanted to actually see the work being undertaken hands on by the local staff under the supervision of Dr. Nair. Minister Wilbur Heine and Dean Biuma Sampson had discussions with Dr. Nair to explore the possibility of coming over and establishing a sea cucumber hatchery in Majuro at the CMI Arrak Campus aquaculture facility and train Marshallese staff at COM Land Grant Nett Point hatchery on sea cucumber. These staff are expected to run the hatchery in Majuro when its finished and up and running.
During the visit at Nett Point, Minster Wilbur Heine and Dean Biuma Samson also had the opportunity to meet the new Adiminstrator of Pohnpei State Government Office of the Fisheries and Aquaculture (OFA) Mr. Cassiano Shoniber. The Minister Wilbur Heine and Dean CMI Land Grant were accompanied by SPC Chief Mr Gerlald Zackios

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
June 17, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—This morning Japan’s new Ambassador to the FSM, Mr. Ryoichi Horie joined Pohnpei State Officials to break ground for a new Supporting Center for Persons with Disabilities. Japan provided a grant in the amount of $109,105 for the center under its Grass-roots Human Security Projects funding from the Embassy of Japan to the FSM.
The funding will be used for the construction of the building over the next 8 to 10 months and also for one audit.
The new facility will be next door to the Pohnpei State Education building.
Acting Governor Lt. Governor Reed Oliver represented the Pohnpei State government and with good humor thanked the government of Japan for their generous donation for the facility.
Ambassador Horie followed suit with equally good humor as he spoke to the small crowd gathered on the premises. He provided a bit of his background saying that he had just served in Sudan, Africa where the temperatures rose to 50 degrees centigrade (122 degrees Fahrenheit). He has only been on island since June 10 and has found Pohnpei to be wet.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
June 23, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—The requirements for lodging and other logistical arrangements for the Pacific Islands Forum Meeting in early September will stretch Pohnpei’s capacities nearly to the breaking point. Still, FSM government officials are confident that they will be able to meet the demands of the high level meeting that will attract hundreds of participants in early September.
The FSM will serve as host for the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meetings that will be held in Pohnpei beginning on September 7 and ending on September 11.
“The Pacific Islands Forum is a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states,” says the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat website. “Members include Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.”

fingerprintBy Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
June 21, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—It’s just a computer. There’s nothing at all special about it, but its arrival today at the Pohnpei Department of Public Safety means that the State Police fingerprint specialist will be able to retrieve files much more quickly. That could mean quicker apprehension of suspects from fingerprint evidence.
Finger print specialist Olivia David said that the Pohnpei State Police Department has been collecting fingerprint data from people who have been arrested for several years. She couldn’t say exactly how many fingerprint records she has on file except that there are more than 2000, perhaps significantly more. The records are all filed by the characteristics of the fingerprints such as whorls, arches, and types of loops. They are not kept by name.
David said that quite often, investigating officers come to her and ask her to pull a record by name, but since records are not kept in alphabetical order it often takes several weeks for her to find a file and pull it for the requesting officer.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
June 16, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—Taranguti Uerem, who in May was accused of assaulting a PNA (Parties to the Nauru Agreement) fisheries observer from the Solomon Islands while at sea aboard a Dongwon fishing vessel, pled guilty to the crime. He could have faced 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $5000 but he did not receive anything near that penalty during sentencing.
Uerem received a sentence of 12 months of imprisonment, all of which was suspended except for 30 days that was to be served in the Pohnpei State Jail. He was credited for the time he served during which he was released with restricted liberties—a total of 31 days. The remainder of the sentence was suspended and will be served on probation.
The court also ruled that he would have to pay the court a fine of $600.
It also ruled that he could not leave Pohnpei unless the court allows him to do so after he applies in writing to re-obtain his passport but that he could not do so until after he had paid the $600 fine.
In the same day, the court ruled to return his passport and to allow him to travel back to his home and family in Kiribati.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
June 21, 2016
micare 01Pohnpei, FSM—Yesterday the MiCare Board of Directors attempted to hold its Board meeting but their legal counsel advised them that the law requires advertising by all available means for a session that is open to the public. MiCare staff members quickly put out an email notice that afternoon for a meeting that was to start at 8:30 on the next morning.
Merylynn Alfonso-Abello of Genesis was the only medical service provider that showed up for the meeting as did some administrators for entities that have several employees who subscribe to MiCare. There was also one gentleman who there for his own interest.
There are supposed to be seven members on the board but there are currently only five. Congress has not yet voted on the nominee for Kosrae’s representative. The law also says that there is supposed to be a representative from the medical committee but that chair has never been filled.
A quorum is four members. Jesse Giltamag is Board Chair. He is the FSM National Government representative to the Board of Directors and chaired the public meeting of the Board of Directors. Dr. Elizabeth Keller is the Pohnpei representative and was present at the meeting. Marcus Samo is the Chuuk representative and was present. The Yap representative had another commitment and could not attend the meeting. Quorum was obtained with the presence of the current Executive Director of MiCare, Nena S. Nena who serves as an ex officio member.
MiCare’s appointed legal representative Assistant Attorney General Craig Reffner was also present.
Chairman Giltamag did an admirable job at making members of the public who attended the meeting feel as if they belonged there even though it was the first time in recent memory that anyone could remember the MiCare board having an open session. He repeatedly used the term “YourCare” because he said that MiCare is here to serve the public.

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