Pohnpei Public Library  - AUG 2017
Pohnpei—The Pohnpei Public Library celebrated the end of its Summer Program 2017 on July 14, 2017. There was a short program that was prepared for the day. The head librarian welcomed everyone to the short program and thanked participants, volunteers and parents for their assistance during the four weeks program. All the participants received certificates and prizes presented by the staff and volunteers.
The Theme for this year’s Summer Program was “Build a Better World”. A total of 111 (K-5 to 8th grade) participated in the program and received certificates with gifts and prizes. It was a four week program with many stories that were shared by volunteers. The kids also learned to read, made crafts and enjoyed other fun and educational activities provided by the Collaborative Summer Library Program 2017 (CSLP) manual compiled by the public librarians in 2016 CSLP Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah which Pohnpei Public Library also participated.
The Summer Reading program was very successful with the involvement of the volunteers, parents, participants and the contributors for this year. Friends of the Pohnpei Public Library would like to thank the following agencies and organization for their valuable contributions and support. Vital, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP), US Embassy, MERIP, Pohnpei Public Safety and Kolonia Town Police. Our appreciation also goes out to the following individuals for volunteering during the four week program. Ms. Joanne Cummings, Mr. and Mrs. Luke Andrews, Janet Holt, Trudy Jackson, Kenye Rikin, Justleen Alosima, Gary Olter, Darnick Perez, Jessly Ferdinand, Youngleen Tom, Allani Lein Tom and LJ Gamow.

The Kaselehlie Press
August 4, 2017
Sokehs, Pohnpei—“Ia mwomwatail mwurin 2023” (How will we be after 2023), asked guest speaker Congressman Ferny Perman at the Officers of the Municipal Council Association (OMCA) meeting at the Sokehs Municipal Council Chamber on Friday, August 4.
Congressman Perman discussed the issue of the financial provisions of the Compact of the Free Association that will end in five years’ time. He said that US President Donald Trump and his new administration are not currently considering the possibility of renegotiating the Compact. Because of that fact, the FSM government has created the FSM Trust Fund in a hope to meet the FSM’s financial needs. This is in addition to the Compact Trust Fund.
He used the issue of the expiration of the financial provisions of the Compact as a reminder for each Municipal Speakers to be good fiscal representatives of their municipal governments and as food for thought for topics for the upcoming municipal speaker’s summit that will take place next month.
The Speakers who were present at the OMCA meeting were Speakers from Madolenihmw, Kitti, U, Sokehs, Nett, Kolonia, Mwokiloa, Sapwuafik and Nukuoro along with their councilmen and staff.
The Speakers agreed that the summit will be hosted by the Madolenihmw Council and will be held by the end of September. The summit will discuss the topic of the termination of our financial provisions under the Compact of the Free Association between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States.

AUG 2017

The Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) and partners in the Micronesia Challenge are proud to announce the selection of four talented young professionals as the first recipients of two new graduate degree scholarship programs.
The establishment of the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship Fund (BRMC) was inspired by the work of one of Micronesia’s conservation pioneers, William (Bill) Charles Raynor (Feb. 22nd, 1957-Sept. 1st, 2015), former Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Micronesia Program. The Scholarship Fund aims to contribute to the development of effective conservation of Micronesia’s biodiversity and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods across the region. This scholarship provides an opportunity for individuals from Micronesia to undertake either a Master’s or Doctorate degree in any resource management/conservation field. The selected scholars will focus on leadership and technical skills and/or majors that enhance their ability to carry out work in conservation, climate adaptation and sustainable development in Micronesia.

By Marstella Jack
August 9, 2017
Pohnpei—The Chief Justice of the Pohnpei Supreme Court has resigned from his post, effective August 14, 2017. Although his defense team was prepared to overwhelm the prosecution with the impeachment, the criminal and civil cases, the Chief Justice determined that for the sake of maintaining peace and harmony between and amongst the people of Pohnpei, especially the three branches of the Pohnpei Government, and honoring the sanctity of this pei sarawi, the Chief Justice has decided to make a sacrifice in this matter and voluntarily resign from the post. He has instructed his legal team to work closely with the Pohnpei Attorney General’s office with a view towards resolving all the pending legal issues as soon as possible. The Chief Justice is prepared to accept and take full responsibility for whatever decision or decisions may come out of the pending matters. In this connection, the Chief Justice and his family conveys their most sincere gratitude to all the Nanmwarkis and Iso Nahnkens of the Traditional Kingdoms of Pohnpei, the Pohnpei State Legislature, the Governor, all the Associate Justices of the Pohnpei Supreme Court, the entire Pohnpei Supreme Court staff, and the people of Pohnpei for all their support throughout this ordeal. May God continue to bless this wonderful island we all cherish.

Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press
August 4, 2017

Pohnpei—The Pohnpei Legislature has taken the unprecedented act of presenting Articles of Impeachment against a Chief Justice of the Pohnpei Supreme Court. After several months of hearings, some open to the public and some closed, on August 4, the general assembly of the Legislature unanimously voted to pass the resolution of impeachment (LR 36-17).
According to Article 13 Section 6 of the Pohnpei Constitution, upon the adoption of a resolution of impeachment, a notice of impeachment should be served upon the official by the Legislature. “Upon service of the notice of impeachment, the official shall be suspended from his duties, but with pay, pending judgment.”
The Constitution calls next for a tribunal of three Justices of the Pohnpei Supreme Court to be convened by the Governor. The tribunal will appoint a special prosecutor with the approval of a majority of the members of the Legislature without regard to vacancies. A conviction of impeachment would require the vote of two-thirds of the members of the tribunal.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 21, 2017
FSM—Dayn Iehsi has never been to Japan but that is certainly about to change. Under a commitment made by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the 7th Pacific Island Leaders Meeting, Dayn has been awarded a scholarship to Hokkaido University Graduate School. There he will study sustainable construction management.
Dayn graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. For nearly two years he has worked in the office of the Project Management Unit at the FSM national government. It was his first job after college.
Last year, Alyssa Nakasone was awarded the LEADS scholarship and has been pursuing a Master’s Degree in Japan. Her Master’s degree will be in health with an emphasis on non-communicable diseases.
The Pacific LEADS program is specifically available for government officials and other key personnel who have the expertise necessary to solve the development challenges facing Pacific Island Countries and to further strengthen the relationship between the FSM and Japan. It was implemented as part of the Official Development assistance to the government of FSM based on bilateral agreement between both governments. Participants will study in English at Japanese Universities for a Master’s Degree within a period of 2 and half years.
Resident Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Shinji Shibata said that there were more scholarships available but that, though the opportunity to study for a Master’s Degree with all expenses paid is magnificent, it has been difficult to find applicants. The reason, he said, is because the study period is for two and a half years but governments within the FSM can only grant leave for study for a maximum period of one year. They cannot hold positions open for longer than that period of time. This means that applicants have to resign in order to take advantage of the study opportunity. It makes it difficult but graduates will come back to the FSM with more marketable skills to offer.
“I hope that you will promote this experience to the people of the FSM,” Shibata said. “There is only one year left in the program.”
Iehsi, who is 25 years old said that he has never travelled beyond Guam to the east and Illinois to the west. He will leave Pohnpei for Okinawa on August 15 where he will undergo a rigorous orientation. When that orientation is completed he will leave Okinawa for Hokkaido, Japan’s northern most island. It is the second largest and least developed island in Japan. It is known for its harsh winter weather with sub-zero temperatures so cold that the ocean frequently freezes. He said that he is psychologically preparing himself for that though, having studied in Illinois, he is no stranger to cold winters.
He said that he has been in email contact with Alyssa Nakasone who has been giving him information on Japan and encouraging him as he prepares for his two and a half year study experience.
He intends to come back to the FSM and offer his services again.

students 02Habele - JULY 2017
Natasha Loochaz, John Steven Gilinug, and Francis Yarofalyango, comprised Team Micronesia, and joined students from over 150 other nations at the event.
Over several months each team designed, built, and programmed, their own complex robot based on the same simple parts kit, bringing the robots to the FIRST Global Challenge in DC for the matches and exhibition. In the arena, robots were organized into teams of three, battling to quickly gather and sort plastic balls representing clean water and contaminated water.
The team from Yap featured three graduating seniors from Yap Catholic High School, who earned the privilege to compete as an all-star team based on their performance in the Habele Yap Robo League.
In the first round of competition in DC, the FSM Team joined Argentina and Kuwait in a match against Bulgaria, Japan, and Grenada. Then Micronesia, allied with Vietnam and Australia, battled Cameroon, Chile, and Sudan. The day ended with a match pitting Micronesia, Brazil and Kosovo against China, Bermuda and Bahrain. For the day, the FSM went two for three.

cadets 01By Bill Jaynes
July 17, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—33 police cadets from throughout the FSM are currently taking part in a rigorous Police Academy which is happening on the grounds of PICS High School. The Academy began with a short ceremony at the PICS High School gym. Pohnpei’s Lt. Governor Reed Oliver and FSM President Peter M. Christian were the featured speakers at the ceremony. Both challenged the cadets to work hard and to commit to fully serving and protecting the people in their jurisdictions.
Visiting instructor from Australia, Glenn Verona opened the ceremony with a song on the bagpipes. FSM National Police Chief Johnny M. Santos said that Verona is in charge of the Academy. The National Police provided two staff officers. Kolonia Town, Kosrae, and Pohnpei police departments each provided one staff officer. He said that another instructor will arrive before the Academy is over to teach classes on legal issues of law enforcement.
cadets 03Chief Santos said that the curriculum for the academy was previously developed in the FSM but that curriculum had been developed for 90 day Police Academies. This year the FSM only had enough money for a 30 day intensive academy. Because of that, the curriculum had to be revised and intensified.
Each day the cadets start physical training at 4:00 in the morning. At 7:00 they break for breakfast and showers and hit the classroom beginning at 8:00. They have a full day of instruction that ends at 4:00 in the afternoon. The evenings are spent studying and preparing for the next day.
Yap and Kosrae each sent three cadets to the Academy. Kolonia Town sent two. Pohnpei and Chuuk each sent five cadets. The National Police sent 15. Only three of the cadets are women.
Chief Santos said that some of the cadets participating in the Academy are new hires in their respective police departments. Many have already been serving as officers in their jurisdictions. The Academy intends to further the professionalization of police departments in the FSM.
Santos said that they will conduct other academies as finances allow.
As soon as the opening ceremony was completed, Academy instructors ran the cadets onto the track and the Academy began immediately.

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July 19, 2017
Pohnpei—Before the opening ceremony that was held this afternoon, the new asphalt plant in Palikir had already produced approximately 300 tons of asphalt. After the ceremony that included keynote speakers, Acting Governor Reed Oliver and FSM President Peter M. Christian, the plant produced another five tons of the road paving material with the first batch coming out in about 20 minutes.
A Pohnpei Transportation Authority (PTA) truck carried that asphalt up to the top of what is commonly known as “low gear” hill in Palikir and used it to fix some of the many potholes there.
The new asphalt plant replaces the antiquated plant in Palikir that for several years has belched ugly black smoke. Residents downwind of the plant constantly complained about tarry residue on their property whenever the former plant was in use. The old plant still stands—a rusted hulk after nearly 30 years of service.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 21, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—FSM Supreme Court Associate Justice Beauleen Carl-Worswick has ruled to grant a writ of habeus corpus filed by local attorney Marstella Jack on behalf of Nepalese refugees who had previously been housed on a leaky, rodent and bug infested, ramshackle boat at the Pohnpei port.
After lengthy investigation, the UN’s Refugee Agency, the UNHCR determined that of the 17 men who arrived in Yap without documentation in October of 2014, Hari Timsina, Indra Ghimire, Bishnu Tamang, and Khadga Bahadur Thapa were legitimate refugees and began the process of looking for a country that would accept them for resettlement. The 13 other men from Nepal were returned to their home country, but the four who were determined to be legitimate refugees could not be returned to Nepal. Under International customary law and under the standards of human decency, every person has the right to non-refoulement… Non-refoulement is ‘[a] refugees right not to be expelled from one stat to another, esp. to one where his or her life or liberty would be threatened,’” the court quoted from Black’s Law Dictionary.
During an interview with The Kaselehlie Press in June, the men each said that they had not known that Jack would be “going against the government” by going to the court. However, according to the Supreme Court ruling, they had earlier testified differently during the hearing on June 7. They testified then that they had verbally authorized Jack to represent them. Their later answers during our interview may have been based on a perceived fear of government retaliation, which their lifelong experience in Nepal may have taught them was a reasonable fear, but which is not practiced in a nation with a democratic legal system. Additionally, FSM National police officers were in hearing distance during the interview which may have served as an unintentional intimidating factor.

budapestBy Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 28, 2017
Budapest, Hungary—Two FSM swimmers have not only scored personal bests at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, but they have also broken two FSM national swimming records.
25 year old Dionisio Augustine was the first to break an FSM national swimming record. On July 25 he swam the 50 meter breast stroke finishing third in his heat with an impressive time of 32.28, not only a personal best for him but an FSM national record time. Augustine finished 66th overall in the world championships.
17 year old Kaleo Kihleng swam his first event, the 50 meter Butterfly on July 23. He finished with a personal best time of 27.98, placing 7th in his heat and 73rd overall. Kaleo swam his final event on July 26, the 100 meter Freestyle finishing sixth in his heat with a time of 56.79, a personal best and another FSM record. He finished 97th overall in that event.