Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited -JULY 2017
China’s One Belt One Road project heralds a new era of rapid development for Pacific countries, says the Bank of China.
The fourth largest global bank hosted representatives from eight Pacific Island countries in a tour of China last month to learn more about One Belt One Road and the opportunities it offers. It is the first international financial seminar held by Bank of China for Pacific island countries. The seminar is focused on economic and social development in terms of poverty elimination, rural reform, agricultural industrialization, construction of industrial park and SMEs development.
China’s President Xi Jinping has called one Belt One Road ‘the project of the century’, with a vision to spend close to US$1trillion on trade, cooperation and infrastructure along the old Silk Road trade route from China to Europe overland (the belt) and along China's maritime shipping routes (the road).
china 01One Belt One Road is about promoting cooperation and working to build a community of shared interests and responsibility. It is underpinned by five main pillars - policy coordination; facilities connectivity; unimpeded trade; financial integration; and people to people bonds.
Countries attending the seminar were Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Niue. Ministers of Finance, Ministers of Commerce and Trade, senior managers from financial institutions and trade associations and large corporations visited Beijing and Shanghai.
David Lei Wang, CEO of Bank of China (New Zealand) Ltd said: ‘Relations between China and Pacific countries are entering a new period of rapid development. We are inviting Pacific countries to get on the express train of China’s development and improve their social and economic outcomes.’
china 02The seminar discussed China development patterns and practices, infrastructure construction, agricultural development, SME development, sustainable development, environmental protection, green tourism, international economic and financial situation and other topics.
Minister of Finance and Administration of the FSM, Ms Shina Lawrence, in her speech, said that the seminar was a platform to strengthen cooperation and achieve sustainable development.
During their stay in China, the Pacific island representatives visited Donghai bridge, Yangshan deepwater port, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries, The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and Taicaing modern agriculture Parkto get a deeper understanding of their operations.
Representatives also visited cultural sites including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the National Grand Theatre.
A number of infrastructure projects are already underway through One Belt One Road, including an agreement for technical assistance from China to help develop Samoa’s sports facilities, which was sealed during a visit by the Vice Foreign Minister of China Zheng Zeguang to Samoa in May 2017. Key areas for cooperation between China and Samoa and investment include trade, tourism and infrastructure.

 Above: China Vice Foreign Minister
with PM of Samoa

Shina Lawrence


As the REACH project in Pohnpei continues through Year 3, efforts were made recently by the Pohnpei Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to visit the heads of various Pohnpei State Departments, offices and agencies to review the reasons why Pohnpei State declared a State of Emergency in 2013 for Non- Communicable Diseases and get support from the state leadership to commit their offices to work toward a healthier workforce.
Specifically, these offices will now support the development of a nutrition policy in their office to promote the consumption of local, health food to be served during meetings and workshops. They will serve healthy beverages including water, coconut water, madeu or other healthy beverages at their gathering, and they will enforce the Clean Indoor Air Act of 1994 which states that there will be no smoking inside all government offices and public settings, including churches, traditional houses (nahs), cars, boats, etc. No smoking signs will be posted to ensure the public is aware of this law and the dangers of smoking.

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Pohnpei’s Governor led the way in signing this pledge previous to having the department heads sign. The following Pohnpei State office leaders recently signed the “Healthy Nutrition and Tobacco Pledge” committing the following state offices towards making Pohnpei a healthier place to live and work:
Director, DOE
Director, Dept of Land and Natural Resources Acting GM, PUC
Director, Department of Resources and Development Public Affairs Officer,
Acting Executive Director, Housing Authority Acting General Manager, Pohnpei Port Authority Public Auditor
Administrator, Transportation & Infrastructure
Acting Administrator, Office of Fisheries and Aquaculture Director of Treasury and Administration
Commissioner, Pohnpei State Transportation Authority
Executive Director, EPA
Director, Department of Public Safety
nutrition 02Thanks to all of these state leaders for signing the pledge and guiding us in setting an example of living a healthier life. Previously in Year 1 and 2, the REACH project has gotten support from both church and traditional leadership to sign similar pledges. Now almost all of Pohnpei State leadership has signed this pledge and all have agreed to work towards helping the people of Pohnpei live healthier.

-Director of DOE, Mr. Churchill Edwards
-Director of R&D, Mr. Nick Solomon

Yap Campus - COM-FSM
Yinuf, Yap – On July 14, 2017, a Science Fair was held at Yap Campus with the theme “Expanding Creativity and Interest in Science in our Young Adults.” The purpose of the science fair was to encourage and promote student interests’ and involvement in science education and careers especially in agriculture, marine science, food sciences, and natural resources. In her welcome remarks, Dean Lourdes Roboman highlighted that the science fair also demonstrated the collaboration and effort between the college and high schools in Yap, “that we are all working toward the same goal: to educate our young children today to be tomorrow’s future.”
Twelve students from Yap Catholic High School presented four science projects, ten students from SDA school presented 3 science projects, thirty-eight Upward Bound students from Yap High School presented four science projects, and seven students representing Yap High School presented three science projects. Also on display were youths participating in the Yap CRE summer Arts and Crafts program where they are learning techniques in wood carving. A Robotics demonstration by the Yap Catholic High School students was also an attraction of the fair. More than three hundred visitors including participants from the four states attending the Micronesia Teacher Education Conference were able to witness the excellent work and display that students presented that covered many topics and issues relating to climate change, environment, agriculture, and natural resources management.
Each individual project was ranked by five judges in areas of creativity, scientific thought, thoroughness, and clarity. Prizes were awarded to the following project/group:
• 1st Place – Seaweed Compost, Yap Catholic High School students Hans Banua and Myla Mailing for $300 cash and $100 Gift Certificate
• 2nd place – Plastic Housing, Seventh Day Adventist school students Jonathon Haleyesemal, Valencia Gamangin, Lorainlynn Buliche Sinem, and Hannah Joyce Hernandez for $200 cash and $50 Gift Certificate
• 3rd place – Climate Change, Yap Catholic High School students Giselle Giyetinag, Candis Tiningdow, and Mayah Torwan for $100 cash and $50 Gift Certificate

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A group was also awarded a prize for “Crowd’s Favorite” - SDA students Jonathon Haleyesemal, Valencia Gamangin, Lorainlynn Buliche Sinem, and Hannah Joyce Hernandez won this award for their project “Plastic Housing”. Consolation prizes and certificates of participation were also given out to all student participants in the fair for their hard work.
The COM-FSM Yap Campus would like to thank and recognize the following for their support and contributions for cash prizes – Bank of FSM, EMI Enterprises, Island Fashion, New Mart, and Senator Nicholas Figirlaarwon.
Special thanks to the USAID/PACAM Project Climate Adaptive Agriculture Resilience and Yap Cooperative Association for providing Gift Certificates for prizes, and for Yap Health Services, Community Ayuw Services, and Bank of Guam for donating items for consolation prizes.
Support for the science fair was also provided by the USDA-NIFA Resident Instruction in the Insular Areas grant, through the College of Micronesia- FSM Cooperative Research and Extension.

First Place winners Hans Banua and Myla Mailing receiving their award certificates, $300 cash prize, and a $100 gift certificate donated by the USAID-PACAM Climate Adaptive Agriculture and Resilience Project ,with Yap Campus Dean Lourdes Roboman and Steven Young-Uhk, Coordinator of Cooperative Research and Extension, Yap Campus

20 July 2017
Suva, Fiji – The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Community have signed an agreement to build resilience to future El Niño related droughts in the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau.
At the end of 2016, the EU confirmed its decision to mobilise € 4.5 million from the European Development Fund (EDF) global reserve for the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau to build resilience for future El Niño events.
This is in recognition of the severe impacts of the 2015 –2016 El Niño related drought in the three Northern Pacific countries, especially in the outer islands, when disruptions to agriculture, tourism and industrial production caused severe economic losses, many households faced food and water shortages, and the provision of health and education services was severely impacted.
The Head of Infrastructure and Natural Resources at the Delegation of the EU for the Pacific, Jesús LAVINA, said "the EU is committed to support the Pacific countries to face the negative impact of climate change.
Extreme events, such as the 2015-2016 El Niño, severely affected the Pacific region: the EU works together with partner governments and regional organisations to answer in a timely manner their urgent needs. The "European Union North Pacific Readiness for El Niño project" is a clear example of EU commitment that covers a large range of EU funded actions to strengthen resilience and promote climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.”
The Pacific Community (SPC) is implementing the project and is preparing to hold consultations with the North Pacific countries to design activities that will build resilience to future droughts in the water and agriculture sectors.
The Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, said “We are very pleased to help build capacity in the three Northern Pacific countries to strengthen resilience and readiness for future El Niño related droughts, which past experience has shown caused so many hardships for all residents, both those living in towns and those in rural communities.”
The 2015 – 2016 El Niño event was one of the most severe on record, comparable with the 1997-1998 and 1982-1983

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The Hon. Sihna Lawrence, NDA to the GCF (first row, second to left), Lisa Ranahan
Andon from the MCT (third row) and Mr Kensley Ikosia of the FSM Readiness
Program (fourth row).

July 18 to 21, Tonga: the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Pacific Structured Dialogue was attended by 140 regional delegates, where it was announced that the FSM is the first country in the Pacific to present a draft Country Program to the Green Climate Fund. The Country Program is a key document that can progress large-scale adaptation and mitigation projects and programs to strengthen the FSM’s adaptive capacity to climate change.
The FSM is one of the 46 countries that have received GCF readiness grants to strengthen their engagement with the Fund. Upon finalisation of its Country Program, The FSM will join Zambia and Antigua & Barbuda as one of only three countries in the world to have a country program that will maximise access to the largest climate fund in the world. With over USD 10 billion in pledges, the fund is almost twice the size of the Adaptation Fund, and three times larger than the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) trust funds.
The FSM Country Program has been in development since the inception workshop in November 2016. From March to April 2017, States-based workshops were held to prioritise adaptation and mitigation projects from the already endorsed plans of the Joint State Action Plans on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, the Infrastructure Development Plan and the FSM Over-seas Development Assistance Priorities listing for 2016 to 2018. A final workshop to validate the ‘green growth' oriented Country Program and its projects portfolio is scheduled to be held from August 9 to10 in Pohnpei State.
The GCF Secretariat and Board members congratulated the Honorable Sihna N Lawrence (the FSM Secretary for the Department of Finance and Administration and National Designated Au-thority to the Green Climate Fund,) and her readiness team for a job well done and for the coun-try’s continued efforts and commitment towards a clean and green FSM.
Congratulations are also extended to the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) on their recent accreditation to the Green Climate Fund, highlighting yet another ‘first’ for the FSM; MCT is the first civil society organisation to gain direct access in the Pacific region. Along with its numerous local NGO partners, the MCT has extensive and long-standing experience in strengthening the resilience of small island communities. The accreditation of the MCT to the GCF as well as the prominence given to local NGO work in the Country Program should result in the much-needed institutional and funding strengthening of local NGOs to effectively deliver adaptation projects for, and with, communities in the FSM.
The GCF was established in 2010 by UNFCCC to help developing countries adapt to climate impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Fund provides early support for readiness and preparatory activities to strengthen a country’s engagement with the fund. It focuses its readiness support on particularly vulnerable countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African states. The FSM government would like to extend its gratitude to the GCF for co-funding its readiness program and the development of the Country Program.

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Yap Visitor’s Bureau - 31 JULY 2017
Celebrating the rich heritage of traditional seafaring in the Pacific region of Micronesia, the Yap Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Yap Traditional Navigation Society, has announced that the 8th annual Yap Canoe Festival will be held December 8 & 9, 2017 in Colonia. The two days of festivities will take place at the Yap Living History Museum and will include a parade of traditional sailing canoes, dances, skills demonstrations and a marketplace offering food and handicrafts for sale.
Micronesian scholar and filmmaker Dr. Eric Metzgar will provide the keynote address and present his video, A Voyaging Odyssey, featuring highlights from the 2010 ocean voyages captained by Pwo Master Navigator Ali Haleyalur and Master Canoe Carver Chief Bruno Tharngan. The ocean crossings “rediscovered” the ancient, traditional sea routes between the islands of Lamotrek, Guam, Yap and Palau.
“We are excited that Dr. Metzgar will be joining us along with Ali Haleyalur and Chief Tharngan,” said Don Evans, General Manager of the Yap Visitors Bureau. “Dr. Metzgar has spent many years on the Outer Islands of Yap studying the art and history of traditional sailing and is a leading expert in the field.”
Voyaging canoe rides will be offered on Friday, December 8th followed that evening by the traditional dances of Yap that are renowned throughout the region.
On Saturday, December 9th, a photographic exhibit of Yap's seafaring history along with other exhibits will be on display. Visitors will also have the rare opportunity to taste the traditional offertory, voyaging, and celebratory foods connected with successful long sea voyages. “This year’s Canoe Festival promises to be a not-to-be- missed experience for not only canoeists but anyone interested in learning more about the seafaring history and traditions of these remote Pacific islands,” adds Evans.
For more information, visit www. or email Tom Tamangmow at the Yap Visitors Bureau at tomyvb@ or by phone at (691) 350-2298.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 21, 2017
Pohnpei—On July 21, 10 trainees from the Kolonia Town Police Department completed two months of intensive fire safety training conducted by firefighters from the Airport Rescue Fire Fighters unit (ARFF) of the Pohnpei Port Authority.
The training culminated with a controlled live fire extinguishing experience at the Pohnpei International Airport.
Kolonia Town spokesperson, Vitus Susaia said that on May 11, the 9th Kolonia Town Council passed an ordinance creating a Fire Division within the Kolonia Town Government. Jose San Nicolas signed the ordinance, making it law on May 18.
He said that the move was prompted by fires within the last year that inflicted serious damage on houses and other properties in Kolonia Town.
“An agreement was reached between Kolonia Town Government and Pohnpei Port Authority to conduct a two month training on both practical drills and basic theories on fire prevention,” he said.
The first group of 10 officers completed their training on July 21. A second group of 10 officers is currently being trained.
“The Office of the Mayor placed a high priority on creating this fire division so that fire fighters from Kolonia Town Government could be first responders to fire and other disasters within the boundaries of Kolonia Town,” he said.

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On July 20, 2017 there was a big get-together on FSM Pilot Farm in Pohnpei. People who have a biogas digester in Pohnpei enthusiastically came to the Farm to attend the workshop to be trained in biogas maintenance, trouble shooting and safety measures. They were warmly welcomed and treated with delicious local food and fresh watermelons from the farm. Thanks to the excellent preparatory work made by the Chinese Technicians Team and Agriculture Division of R &D, this activity was a great success.

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By Lucas Arribas Layton
July 25, 2017
Pohnpei—If you have passed by Nett Elementary School during the month of July, the activity level may have surprised you during what is usually a quiet summer holiday month. School age kids, along with Micronesian and American teachers, could be seen to be engaging in a variety of educational activities, including singing, role playing, dancing, scavenger hunts, creative writing, artistic expression, exploring local myths and legends, and other activities focused on strengthening English language comprehension and usage.
The US Peace Corps, in partnership with Pohnpei State Department of Education (PDOE) and the College of Micronesia (COM) sponsored a 6-week professional development course for 19 local teachers and 19 American Peace Corps Trainees, including a 3 week Model School program for over 100 local elementary school students hosted at Nett Elementary School. The activities were part of a larger 10-week Pre-Service Training that all Peace Corps Volunteers receive to help prepare them for a 2-year term of service. In Micronesia, Peace Corps Volunteers work in Elementary Schools as co-Teachers focused on Language Arts and community development in all four states of FSM. This year the volunteers are spending their first ten weeks as Trainees in the Nett/ Kolonia area. They will swear-in and depart for their assigned schools in mid-August.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
July 5, 2017
Queensland—Ministers and officials meeting in Queensland to discuss the future of the South Pacific albacore have been blown of course by the news that yet another Pacific fisheries observer has gone missing at sea.
James Numbaru from Papua New Guinea disappeared from a Chinese-flagged, PNG chartered, purse seiner in waters off Nauru, when conditions are said to have been relatively calm.
He's the sixth observer to go missing at sea in recent times, and the fourth from PNG.
Eugene Pangelinan, head of Fisheries in the Federated States of Micronesia, says Mr Numbaru's case is yet another example of safety challenges faced by observers once they leave port.

Colonia, Yap-A dozen Micronesian students are headed to prestigious private schools this fall, thanks to Habele K-12 tuition scholarships. These students will attend the independent school of their family’s choosing.
Described as “an investment in human capital,” these grants are funded by donations from former Peace Corps Volunteers, tourists, and other Americans with a personal connection to Micronesia.
Local ownership and sustainability are emphasized throughout the scholarship process by incorporating competition, incentives, and publicity. Habele is an all-volunteer charity based in South Carolina, and relies on private contributions to fund its scholarship programs. Since 2006, Habele has provided nearly $75,000 in targeted tuition assistance for Micronesian students.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 15, 2017
Federated States of Micronesia—The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has a Request for Quotation for experts to help FSM States to either implement existing legislation or to develop new legislation for “net metering”. “Net Metering” is a system in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators are connected to a public-utility power grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility.
Several years ago, the Pohnpei Legislature passed laws allowing for a net metering plan but according to the SPC Request for Quotation, Pohnpei Utilities Corporation has been unable to implement it which has hampered any significant investment in small-scale renewable energy systems. It says that PUC has not been in a position to implement the net metering act due to lack of policies. It also says that no financial mechanisms to assist the general public to embark on grid-connected small scale renewable energy systems exist.

seven stars 03By Pohnpei Fishing Club
July 8, 2017
Pohnpei—Pohnpei LP Gas, Seven Stars Inn, Restaurant, and Store, and Hot Plate joined together to sponsor a fishing tournament on Saturday, July 8. It was a “big fish tournament”, with prizes awarded to anglers who landed the biggest fish regardless of species and separate prizes awarded to the biggest fish of each qualifying species.
Ferny Perman was the $1000 prize winner with his 106.5 pound marlin. Walden Weilbacher won the $600 second place seven stars 02prize for his massive 92.6 pound yellowfin tuna. Rospeihn Marcella Hawley took home $300 for her 63.1 pound yellowfin, and Marvey Spencer pocketed $200 for a 54.1 pound yellowfin.
The fishing club did not list the cash award prizes for the winners of the largest fish caught of each qualifying species but the winners were Ryan Hawley for a 53.8 pound yellowfin, Konrad Englberger for a 28.9 pound barracuda, Welber David for a 15.2 pound skipjack tuna, and Norieka Lekka for a huge 20.3 pound rainbow runner.
For the Lady Angler prizes, the Club did not list fish weights for the winners but the winners were Rospeihn Marcella Hawley who won $200 for a yellowfin and Rosa Weilbacher who won $100 for a yellowfin.
We want to thank everyone who helped out including Bill Pendergraft, Tina Albert, Cel Mercado-Perez, Serlynn Kersey, Uta Krause and Jim Tobin on the barbecue, and Kumer Panuelo’s crew on the boom truck and helping with the weigh in. Many thanks to Mangrove Bay for the venue.
No one caught a record breaking marlin. The jackpot now stands at $2,900.00 for the person who does break the record.
Great tourney, thanks to the sponsors LP Gas, 7 Stars Inn, Restaurant and Store, Hot Plate and all who helped.
The kids tourney is coming up the end of July and Matson is our next adult tourney in August.

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By Bill Jaynes
July 3, 2017
Pohnpei—The Australian Embassy in Pohnpei hosted a cocktail party at Mangrove bay on July 3 to mark the opening of an Indigenous photo exhibition entitled “Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route”. That evening the photo prints were on display at Mangrove Bay. On the next day, they went up in the arrivals lounge of the Pohnpei International Airport.
The display is to mark the ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ or NAIDOC, celebration which this year runs from the 2nd to the 9th of July. Ambassador George Fraser said that the event is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support Australia’s local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Pave Way to Release $150 Million for Infrastructure Projects across Micronesia

U.S. Department of the Interior
June 30, 2017
HONOLULU, HI — Delegations representing the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the United States of America (U.S.) reached an agreement that enables $150 million of public infrastructure assistance to be used for projects across the four FSM states of Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap, and Kosrae, as provided for under U.S. Public Law 108- 188 or the Compact of Free Association, as amended.
The delegations met in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 28 – 29, 2017, to discuss issues related to the provision of public infrastructure grant assistance provided to the FSM under the Amended Compact of Free Association between the two governments. The meeting was held to address and resolve concerns that led to the U.S. Government’s April 27, 2017, suspension of Compact infrastructure sector grants.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 14, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—For the fourth year in a row, the US State Department has ranked the FSM’s efforts to combat the despicable crime of human trafficking as better but still plenty of room for improvement.
In 2011 the State Department said that that the FSM was essentially doing next to nothing to combat the crime that strips human beings of control of their lives through coercion by another human being who profits from their misery. During that year the FSM was ranked at the lowest level it had ever “achieved” on Human Trafficking law enforcement measures. In 2012 and 2013, the State Department figured that the FSM had made modest gains in combatting the crime and ranked them at Tier 2 watch list.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 6, 2017
Pohnpei—Chris Smith of Nottingham has left the building, or more appropriately, Chris Smith has finished his time in Pohnpei after 90 days spent volunteering to work on what he called a “simple, but big idea”. He was here to help to further the development of soccer in Pohnpei. He is guardedly pleased with the progress but urges local enthusiasts to keep the momentum going.
“We’ve got this great youth league going on. If that stops, I want questions to be asked. I want collective responsibility for the things that I believe are good that are happening and that other people believe are good as well,” he said. “I want someone to keep pushing to keep things going.”
“You can’t, sort of, give up on the kids. That’s where the new talent is coming from and their parents are where the volunteers will come from,” he said.
Quite a lot happened with football (soccer) development while Smith was in Pohnpei, but he is quick to say that it’s not that locals couldn’t have done it. There are several people in Pohnpei who are very interested in promoting the sport but they don’t have a lot of concentrated time. The advantage that Smith had was that he was able to pursue the goal on a full time voluntary basis even if just for a short term. “One thing I’m really keen to happen and I keep going on about is ‘Do not leave it too long before you do this again’,” he exclaimed. “We have a format. We have kids. If we leave it, even if we leave it a couple of months, the kids will disappear. We have an audience now. I’m saying that we should take two weeks off at the most.”

Parties to the Nauru Agreement
24 June 2017 Majuro, Marshall Islands—
Pacific tuna resource owners concluded their annual meeting Friday in the Marshall Islands by sending a strong message of their commitment to conserving and managing tuna resources, while increasing economic benefits for the nine islands in the western and central Pacific that use the globally-recognized “Vessel Day Scheme” (VDS) to manage their fishery. Ministers from the eight Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) members — Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau — and Tokelau recognized the successful implementation of the purse seine VDS, the development of the longline VDS and the progress in branding and vertical integration through the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Pacifical marketing joint venture. At the outset of the three-day meeting Kiribati Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development Tetabo Nakara handed over chairmanship of the PNA to his counterpart from the Marshall Islands, Minister of Resources and Development Alfred Alfred, Jr.
The ministers thanked both new CEO Ludwig Kumoru and outgoing CEO Dr. Transform Aqorau for their work in furthering effective resource management and business initiatives of the PNA. Following Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine’s announcement at the opening of the 12th PNA Ministerial Meeting Wednesday of the Marshall Islands intention to build a new facility for the PNA Office in Majuro, ministers agreed to the plan, and committed to share the financing of the building. In addition, PNA called on members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to work with them on adopting a new conservation measure at the December annual meeting that will sustain tuna resources going forward, expressed concern about the delay in a scheduled payment by the United States government for fisheries access of its purse seine fleet, and set the “Total Allowed Effort” — the number of fishing days annually allowed for purse seine fishing 2017-2019 — as well as the “Parties Allowed Effort” — the division of the TAE for each of the nine islands implementing the VDS.
Among key developments at this week’s annual PNA Ministers meeting: • A stock report on skipjack tuna, the primary target species for purse seiners, showed that this important stock is being maintained around the Target Reference Point, meaning skipjack is being fished at sustainable levels. Because fishing for tropical tuna stocks occurs mainly in the waters of the PNA and other Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) members, PNA Ministers called on other Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) members to work with the PNA and the other FFA Members to ensure the long term conservation and management of those stocks in ways that recognize the special requirements of Small Island Developing States that are highly dependent on these stocks, and do not transfer a disproportionate burden of conservation action onto SIDS in accordance with WCPFC Conservation and Management Measures 2013-06 and 2013-07. • Ministers expressed concern about the overfished status of bigeye tuna, which is important for the longline fishery, and called for the adoption of measures at the WCPFC meeting later this year to rebuild the bigeye stock within the agreed time frame of ten years. • From PNA business initiatives to date, the ministers see there is great scope for increasing benefits from PNA tuna resources. This includes such initiatives as having more of the tuna catch within PNA waters processed in PNA onshore facilities, and the PNA’s small scale tuna canning training and technical assistance program to members that is increasing food self-sufficiency through development of small and medium sized local enterprises. •
Ministers viewed reports on trends in tuna catches in PNA waters, which confirm that the VDS is effectively controlling the number of purse seine vessels while promoting growth in domestic fleets. PNA has held effort within the agreed limit at 2010 catch levels and relatively stable catches have been maintained. In keeping with these limits, the ministers adopted VDS fishing day limits for 2017 and 2018, with a provisional total allowed effort agreed for 2019. • The increase in revenue from VDS implementation from about US$60 million annually seven years ago to between US$450- US$500 million in 2016 was welcomed by the ministers, who took note of the wide range of profitability and financial capacity to pay for days between purse seine fleets and between different vessels in the same fleet. • Ministers were encouraged by implementation of the revised fishing treaty with the United States in 2017, including the fact that all U.S. industry fees had been received. But the leaders expressed grave concern that the U.S. Government had not paid its 2017-18 contribution by the due date of 14 June 2017. Ministers noted that this U.S. Government contribution is an integral part of the revised Treaty arrangement and this failure to meet the payment terms seriously affects the financial management of Pacific Island Governments that are dependent on fisheries access revenues for their budgets. The ministers called on the U.S. Department of State to overcome the apparent process-related difficulties that have caused this delay, and directed the FFA to provide an update to the Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial meeting in early July. • For the PNA Trial Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) Tracking and Monitoring Program, the ministers welcomed the plan for a FAD workshop to progress FAD management. They also recommended the development of amendments of domestic legislation and PNA Implementing Arrangements to enforce compliance with FAD tracking and FAD management by 2018. • The ministers took steps to implement decisions by an earlier PNA Ministerial Meeting and last year’s Pacific Islands Forum Leaders to halt bunkering on the high seas. Ministers agreed that at the 2018 annual meeting, Parties will adopt a revision to appropriate legal instruments banning high seas bunkering by purse seine vessels as a condition of licenses to fish in Party waters. The ministers also determined that this bunkering revision will take into account the geographical situation of Kiribati, which has three areas of EEZ separated by areas of high seas. Ministers also agreed that the PNA Office and FFA will conduct a review of the range of issues involved in bringing bunkering into zone, designated areas or ports, through closing high seas bunkering. Before concluding the 12th PNA Ministerial Meeting Friday afternoon, ministers agreed to accept Nauru’s invitation to host the 2018 annual Official and Ministerial Meetings.

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International Organization for Migration
On June 15th, Federated States of Micronesia’s Vice President Yosiwo George participated in a Typhoon Maysak house handover in Chuuk. The house is one of a total of 334 private family homes being built throughout the state of Chuuk as part of USAID’s Typhoon Maysak Reconstruction Project. In partnership with IOM and the FSM government, USAID is rebuilding homes and infrastructure destroyed by 2015’s Super Typhoon Maysak. Accompanied by a team from USAID and IOM, Vice President George hiked up Chuuk’s steep and rugged terrain to participate in the handover and ask questions about the project. The Typhoon Maysak homes are being built by groups of trained workers from within each community. Before a completed house is presented to the beneficiary, it must pass a stringent quality control check to ensure it has been built properly according to the drawings and specifications of the engineers and architects.


June 20, 2017 P o h n p e i—T h e watchdogs of Pohnpei’s financial resources this afternoon signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) promising to do their jobs in a cooperative way in order to prevent financial fraud and waste of Pohnpei’s funds. Ihlen Joseph, the Pohnpei State Auditor, Benito Cantero, the Director of the Department of Public Safety, and Dana Smith, the Attorney General signed the MOU that affirms cooperative and mutual law enforcement efforts on financial crimes on Pohnpei’s resources. Under the MOU, the Office of the Pohnpei State Public Auditor's Compliance Investigation Division (CID) will continue to receive allegations of fraud, waste and mismanagement after audits are completed. The CID would continue to conduct preliminary inquiries to determine whether or not there is reasonable cause to work with the Department of Public Safety to cooperatively refer the results of investigations to the Office of Attorney General for further investigation and potential prosecution. The MOU essentially confirms that all of the offices will work together as they are charged to do.

On June 16, 2017, the Groundbreaking Ceremony was held at Nett Elementary School for the Project for Construction of Gymnasium in Nett Elementary School, Pohnpei State which provided Department of Education, Pohnpei State with US$180,970 from Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects of the Government of Japan. The goal for this project is to provide a gymnasium which improves an educational environment and students’ health at Nett Elementary School. Nett Elementary School has physical education classes for improving mental and physical health, and preventing a lifestylerelated disease for students.
However, this school has only an outside playground so that unfortunately the classes are often cancelled by heavy rains. Therefore, the provided gymnasium expects to help to conduct the classes regularly and safely which would improve education and health for 897 students and 18 teachers at Nett Elementary School. The gymnasium would be open to local people as well. Charge d’Affairs ad interim Koji Sugiyama sincerely congratulated this day as a reinforcement of two countries’ friendship and hoped the Gymnasium will increase opportunities of exercise for students and local people.
Mr. Hagino Iriarte, Nett School PTA President expressed his full of joys for making local people’s long- term dream coming true by this project and his gratitude to the Congress of the FSM. The Hon. Marcelo K. Peterson, Governor of Pohnpei State stated that the Gymnasium will help not only people in Nett but also everyone in Pohnpei State to enhance their health and community’s and expressed his sincere appreciation to the government and people of Japan. At the ceremony, Director of Department of Education Churchill Edward, Nett Elementary School Principal Primo Loyola, Budget Officer Christina Elnei, Public Affairs Officer Heinrick Stevenson, Nett District Administrator Peteriko Hairens, Delco Construction, and staffs of the Embassy of Japan in the FSM were also present.

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By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press Pohnpei, FSM—JULY 2017
17 year old Kai Rekdahl, a first degree black belt in the Martial Art of Aikido, held up his hand as if ready to strike Sinsei Mutsuko Minegishi over the breakfast table at Ocean View. Minegishi is 60 years older than Rekdahl but nietherneither of her breakfast companions were at all worried. Even if Rekdahl actually did want to hurt her, he would not likely have been able to do so. Minegishi has been practicing and promoting Aikido all over the world since she was 32 years old. She reached up and gently guided Rekdahl’s hand in another direction. “He means me harm,” she said, “but I don’t want to hurt him so I redirect his energy in a way like water flows so that neither of us is hurt.” It was a small demonstration of the principles of Aikido. Minegishi had asked Rekdahl, who has been practicing the martial art with her at least three times a week since he was nine years old, because “Aikido requires to practice with a partner. I needed him to assist me,” Minegishi wrote in an email.

Giff Johnson
The Marshall Islands Journal - JULY 2017
DC envoy Susaia’s concern on Tulsa shootings

The FSM Embassy in Washington, DC is looking into the deaths of two Micronesians that occurred in early June in Tulsa, Oklahoma — at least one of them an officer-involved shooting. “We have spoken to the Tulsa Police Department and were directed to the Detective Homicide Division, but so far have not received any information,” Federated States of Micronesia Ambassador Akillino Susaia told the Journal this week. To follow up the June 2 shooting deaths of Naway Willy, 18, and Rabson Robert, 36, Susaia sent a diplomatic note to the State Department last week requesting the US government’s aid to obtain information from local law enforcement authorities. News reports indicated that Robert had been killed and Willy was initially thought to be a suspect in the murder, but later police said they didn’t believe Willy was involved and arrested another suspect. In the diplomatic note, the FSM Embassy notes the “request for assistance is necessitated by the incident that took place on or around 2 June 2017 in Tulsa in which two citizens of the FSM, both of them young men, were reportedly shot to death by local law enforcement officers.
” The ambassador told the Journal they were requesting the US State Department’s assistance under the terms of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the provisions of the Compact of Free Association. The carefully worded request to the State Depart- ment also pointed out “the long history of law enforcement cooperation between FSM and the US” under the Compact. “Their (Robert’s and Willy’s) families and friends have sought to obtain information from the Tulsa Police Department but were not successful,” the FSM diplomatic note explained. “They have turned to the Embassy for assistance.” Susaia expressed condolences to the families and friends of the victims. He said he didn’t want to “make specific judgments on the police-involved shootings while all the relevant facts of the case have yet to be confirmed.” He took the opportunity to “remind us all about the importance of conducting ourselves appropriately to avoid harm and, just as important, for law enforcement authorities to exercise prudence in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities to the public.” While noting that “the Embassy is aware of the rise in police-related incidences in the United States,” Susaia said the FSM is “grateful for the basic decency and fairness of the American people, whom we hope will continue to be the advocates and tireless moral pillars of support for the friendship and historic ties between our peoples that are enshrined in the Compact of Free Association, and which serve as the founda- tion of the special partnership between the FSM and the US.”

Chuukese gunned down in WA, OK - JULY 2017

Giff Johnson The Marshall Islands Journal

A Marshall Islander and a Chuukese were killed by police officers in separate incidents in the US mainland over the past several weeks. Based on posts on social media by Marshallese living in the US and news reports, the Marshallese who was killed in Auburn, Wash- ington this past weekend was Isaiah Obet, a former resident of Delap, Majuro. A report on Auburn King 5 TV news said Au- burn police shot and killed a man armed with a knife who walked into two homes demanding money and later tried to carjack a vehicle with the driver inside. A local resident told King 5 she was sitting on a couch watching TV when the suspect walked in, demanding money. He left when she told him to leave, and then she rang 911. Police showed up when the suspect entered another house with people in it. The suspect fled. A few blocks away with police in pursuit, he attempted to carjack a vehicle with a female driver in it when the officer opened fire, killing the man, said to be Obet. The other death occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma earlier this month involving 18-year-old Naway Willy, from Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. A report by Fox 23 news presents police confusion regarding a suspect in an earlier homicide, whom they initially believed was Willy but later determined, after he was shot and killed by an of- ficer, that Willy was not involved in the earlier homicide. According to the news site, police say, “Willy had a gun on him and took off during a homicide investigation. They later said they didn’t believe Willy was involved in the homicide.” Another person was subsequently arrested as a suspect in the shooting death of Rabson Robert in early June.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII. 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 9, 2017 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. ELDP participants represent the governments of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. The ELDP participants met four times over the past year for one week of training on Guam, CNMI, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Honolulu, Hawaii.


Island Research & Education Initiative June 29, 2017 FSM—
Imagine traveling from our tropical islands to the farthest northern reaches of the planet, where tundra covers the land, the ocean is full of icebergs, and people hunt seals for food. Is there something we have in common with people living there and what can we learn from each other? This coming August, two students from the FSM and one from Palau will have the amazing opportunity to find out. As distant and different the northernmost parts of our planet are from the Pacific Islands, these two areas are inexorably linked in the face of climate change: melting ice from the Arctic adds water to the ocean and causes the sea level rise that we observe in Micronesia. The Arctic itself is not spared of destructive effects of climate change either. Houses there are literally sinking into the ground as the frozen soil melts, and people struggle to feed their families as warm weather disrupts traditional hunting and fishing patterns.
Paradoxically, indigenous people of Micronesia and the Arctic live far away from nations most responsible for the global climate change, yet find themselves bearing the brunt of it. Indigenous people's voices would be more powerful around the world if people facing similar hardships could connect with each other and speak together. Wanting to create just such opportunities, the Pohnpei-based organization, Island Research & Education Initiative (iREi) has partnered with Canadian organization Students on Ice (SOI) to create a unique program called Coral & Ice Exchange. According to Dr. Danko Taborosi of iREi, whose 2016 visit to the Arctic inspired the work to create this program, the aim is to "provide opportunities to youth of today to gain truly unique and powerful perspectives, make lifelong friendships and connections, and become climate leaders of tomorrow."

By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press June 27, 2017 Pohnpei, FSM
—On June 23, over six years after Ramon Ioanis filed a lawsuit seeking monetary damages for abuse by police officers and jail staff, the Pohnpei State Supreme Court finally awarded him $46,500. Attorney Martin Jano provided a hard copy of the “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law” issued by Pohnpei Supreme Court Associate Justice Nickontro Johnny on April 4, 2017. Johnny said that the plaintiff’s story of the events leading to his arrest, including where the arrest took place were inconsistent over the course of the case but he was consistent in his claims of abuse while in police custody. Ioanis consistently claimed that on April 12, 2010, two Pohnpei State Police officers arrested him, handcuffed and placed him face-down in the back of their patrol car. He claimed that one of the officers struck him in the head and kicked him in the side as he was lying helpless in the car. Once he arrived at the jail, he was locked in a cell with hands still cuffed behind his back. A short time later, a corrections officer entered his cell and put ankle cuffs on him as well. He claimed that he was left in both sets of cuffs for the entire eleven days of his incarceration.


By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press June 27, 2017 FSM
--Senator David Panuelo, Pohnpei’s At-Large representative to the FSM Congress was honored to be invited to give the key note speech at Commencement at his alma mater, Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon on June 17. Like many other FSM graduates of EOU, Panuelo’s story has so far been a highly successful one. He graduated from EOU in 1987, after which he returned to the FSM and quickly began a career in foreign affairs working in Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand. His last overseas appointment was as the Charge d’Affaires for the FSM’s mission to the United Nations. He served as Secretary for Economic Development in Pohnpei before serving a brief stint as Assistant Secretary for American and European affairs. Afterward he shifted his attention to the private sector.
After starting a successful construction company he founded the community non-profit, Care Micronesia Foundation. In 2011 he was first elected to a two year seat at the FSM Congress and in 2015 was elected as the four year at large representative for the Pohnpei delegation. Among the more than 900 graduates, the class of 2017 included five students from the Micronesia region. Faylynn Floriano of Palau earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Jordan Repeki Suel of Saipan earned a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, Matthew J Muritok, of Chuuk, FSM earned a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Politics & Economics. Ngeyaol Polycarp of Palau earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences and Crop & Soil Sciences. Valentin Martin Jr. of Pohnpei, FSM earned a Master of Business Administration.

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By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press June 29, 2017 Pohnpei, FSM—
This afternoon the makers of a stunning three dimensional scale model of U officially turned over their creation to the U Municipal government. The scale model was built using quarter inch sheets of foam board. Each layer of foam represents 10 meters in elevation. The highest point in U is 660 meters and required 66 layers of foam board to represent it. It is currently on the property of the Un Municipal government. The model was a cooperative effort between the U Municipal Government, leaders, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, Pohnpei State Government, The Nature Conservancy Micronesia program and the Micronesia Conservation Trust. Patrick Vuet of Partners with Melanesians and Mike Aulerio of The Nature Conservancy oversaw the project with assistance from Bejay Obispo and Angel Jonathon of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei.

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By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehlie Press June 29, 2017 Guam—
17 well prepared but very nervous contestants graced the runway on June 21 at the Sheraton Laguna Resort in Guam. Each one hoped that they would be named Miss Earth Guam. One of those contestants was 18 year old Jenna Deena Panuelo of Pohnpei. When it was all over Jenna had been named second runner up with the title of Miss Water, and appropriate title for a woman from Pohnpei. Each of the contestants environmental and non-environmental platforms, short paragraphs describing issues they are passionate about. Jenna’s environmental platform was on raising global warming awareness.