By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
January 9, 2018
Madolenihmw—The Madolenihmw Municipal government held its 10th inauguration at St. Augustine Church.
Deacon Fred Martin gave opening prayer followed by welcoming remarks from Senator Shelten Neth, the Chairman of the Madolenihmw delegation at the Pohnpei State Legislature.
The Chief Justice of the Madolenihmw Municipal Government administered the oath office for the members of the council. The Chief Justice of the Pohnpei Supreme Court administered the oath of office for Mayor Pretrick Ringlen who was elected to serve another term.
The Inaugural Committee wants to recognize the import support of the following donors to the event.
Hon. David w. Panuelo, Hon. Dion G. Neth, Menintiensapw, Micronesia Petroleum Corporation, Amcres, Ace Hardware, St. Augustine Church, and the Wapar Church.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
January 5, 2018
Pohnpei—The Attorney General’s office has filed criminal charges against former Director of the Office of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Casiano Shoniber.
Mr. Shoniber had previously written to the Governor to say that accusations against him were unfounded and all had reasonable explanations.
Just the same, the State filed charges against him alleging in the first count of misconduct in office that he inappropriately transferred an OFA boat trailer to a person who is not an employee of OFA.
The second count of misconduct in office regards the transfer of an OFA generator in exchange for a pig worth approximately $1500 that was then taken to Shoniber’s home. He later purchased a generator at his own expense but the charges allege that the replacement generator was not as efficient or powerful as the generator he exchanged for a pig in Oroluk.
A third charge of theft of services alleged that he directed employees of OFA, during work hours to do personal work for him such as husking coconuts for coconut meal for his own pigs and planting sakau for his personal use.
The final charge of misconduct in office alleges abuse of authority. The State claims that he threatened to withhold pay from OFA employees who did not obey or comply with his orders even when those orders were to perform personal services for them. It claims that he also refused to approve applications for leave for OFA employees and used foul and abusive language against them and in some cases threatened bodily harm. It claims that he allowed OFA employees to operate a motor boat while under the influence of alcohol and also allowed OFA employees to fish in a Marine Protected Area and then used the catch for other than immediate personal consumption. It claims that he used staff and government vehicles for personal use during business hours. It claims that he also transferred custody of a boat that had been donated by the Japanese government to a non-OFA employee along with a motor paid for by the FSM. It claims that he used portions of $10,000 given to OFA by the FSM Congress for a trip to the Marshall Islands and that he also used a portion of those funds to buy electronic equipment from his son’s business, which the State says is a conflict of interest.
Mr. Shoniber is off island and has not yet been arraigned. He is presumed to be innocent of all charges unless proven otherwise during a court trial.

hagarThe original “Red Rocker”, Sammy Hagar of Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot, The Circle, and several other bands along with solo projects made a one hour refueling stop in Pohnpei on January 8, much to the excitement of airport employees, some of whom know exactly who the rock star is. Hagar’s family members were also aboard the plane.
Jun Sablan of United was particularly excited to meet the rock star. Sablan has sung for rock bands for several years and knows exactly who Hagar is. He said that he asked Hagar how Eddie, and Alex were. “You know Van Halen?” he asked, as if shocked and wanted to know what his favorite song was. He seemed even more surprised when Sablan told him his favorite was “I Can’t Drive 55”, Hagar’s 1984 hit as a solo artist. “I like you guys,” he said. “Let’s get a picture.”
Sablan said that the Red Rocker and his family were extremely friendly.
“We don’t get rock stars every day at the airport. I guess today was the day,” Sablan said.
The entire incident made this editor who has followed Hagar since his early days in the 70’s with Montrose and has played lead guitar for rock bands for several decades quite a bit jealous!
Sablan said that he never mentioned that he is a singer. Guess he was just a bit too star struck.

coast guard

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
January 11, 2018
Pohnpei—Captain Lee Boone, Commanding Officer of the US Coast Guard’s “Activities Far East”, and Lt. Commander Kevin Beaudoin, International Port Security Liaison Officer joined Pohnpei Port Authority officials this afternoon in a walk-through of Pohnpei’s Sea Port.
The seaports of the FSM have been under a US Coast Guard issued Seaport Security Advisory since September of last year. The advisory essentially means that the ports don’t meet basic international security standards. It also means extra work for vessels that use the ports in the FSM which can mean greater shipping expense and delayed ships. Additionally, any vessel that uses an FSM port and then goes to a US seaport will have to meet more stringent security measures when they arrive at the US seaport because of the advisory.
The walk through this afternoon and subsequent meeting with Port Officials was to see what progress had been made on recommendations that the US Coast Guard had previously made. During their visit to the FSM they will be conducting similar walk-throughs and meetings at the FSM’s other seaports.
As Port Security Liaison Officer, Lt. Commander Beaudoin has been working closely with the FSM’s port managers and personnel to try to get the security concerns handled. He has met with varying degrees of success. So far, Pohnpei’s port has made the most progress and has been carefully working toward shoring up facilities and meeting the recommendations. According to the walk through today, the work is still not quite done but excellent progress has been made.
This visit to the FSM was not the formal inspection that would be required in order to lift the Port Security Advisory. It was conducted to see if current progress was sufficient to warrant scheduling a formal inspection.


Micronesia and the Micronesia Conservation Trust recently made history by becoming a founding member of a new, international consortium of Conservation Trusts. On December 6, 2017, in Jakarta, Indonesia, the executive leadership of six environmental and conservation funds officially launched the Asia-Pacific Conservation Trust Fund Network (APNET). The six founding organizations include:
• Arannayk Foundation (Bangladesh)
• Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation
• Forest Foundation Philippines
• Foundation for the Philippine Environment
• Yayasan KEHATI (Indonesia)
• Micronesia Conservation Trust
The Executive Directors of the Phoenix Islands Project Area Trust and the Tasmania Land Conservancy were not able to attend the meeting but will be signing the document electronically and will be considered founding members along with the six funds present at the meeting in December.
Participants at the Jakarta meeting finalized the name of the network and revised its vision, mission and purpose. These are:
APNET’s vision is that Conservation Trust Funds make the greatest possible contribution to a vibrant and healthy natural environment and sustainable communities in the Asia Pacific region.
APNET’s mission is to provide a common platform to promote and facilitate partnerships and collaboration among the members and the wider community of organizations working to achieve a vibrant and healthy environment and sustainable communities in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Purpose of APNET is to
• Facilitate partnerships and collaboration among members and with similar organizations and networks
• Facilitate capacity building, knowledge sharing, and use of best practices
• Generate and mobilize resources to support APNET’s efforts
• Communicate the work of APNET and its members to stakeholders

Joyce McClure | Pacific Island Times
January 4, 2018
COLONIA, Yap — United Airlines’ decision to suspend flights between Yap and Palau as of January 7, has left a gaping hole in regional transportation, which now may be addressed.
Thursday afternoon, a delegation from FSM and Yap took off from Yap International Airport in the Harbin Y-12 airplane that was donated to Caroline Islands Air (CIA) by China. CIA is the FSM government-subsidized airline. The group was headed to Palau to meet with their counterparts to review and sign an agreement for the small aircraft to take over the route.
The delegation included Mr. Vincent Figir, former Governor of Yap State; the Honorable Bruno Tharngan, Chairman of the Council of Pilung; His Excellency Peter M. Christian, President of the FSM; the Honorable Tony Ganngiyan, Governor of Yap State; the Honorable Joses Gallen, Secretary of the FSM Department of Justice; the Honorable Lukner Weilbacher, Secretary of the FSM Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure; and Mr. Alex Tretnoff, CEO of Caroline Islands Air and recently certified pilot for the Harbin Y-12.


By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
January 11, 2018
Pohnpei—In the pre-dawn hours of the first day of 2018, Pohnpei’s Police Commissioner Jordan Ardos and family members and friends were driving home to Kitti from their New Year’s Eve celebrations when they were set upon by a band of 13 intoxicated individuals who had blocked the road at the bridge by Sekere Elementary School. According to a family member, there were four adults and two young boys aged four and seven in the flatbed truck they were traveling in.
Members of the gang stabbed Ardos several times in the back. He was also beaten with a concrete block and rocks wielded by the drunken and violent hoard. He was admitted to the hospital for his injuries. Mary Kerman and Alpino Kerman Junior also suffered lacerations, bruises and scratches but were treated and released.
Police arrested and detained 13 individuals in connection with the brutal attack. They were Lloyd Zarred, Marvin Loyola, Martin Loyola, Lorna Zarred, Ashly Zarred, Bronson Syne, Heinrick Zarred, Darcy Rapai, Kennsner Nennis, Kesuhs Sercy, Pelson Syne, Daisy Elpet and Nelly Liwy.


By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
January 11, 2017
Pohnpei—For a couple of weeks now, members of the Pohnpei Boxing Club have had the distinct honor of being trained by World Champion boxer and kickboxer, Andrea Galbiati. During his fighting career Galbiati earned seven championship belts: five titles in his native Italy, one European title and culminating in 2009 as a world champion full contact and kickboxer with the WFC (World Fighting Championship).
He says that for the last 10 years he has been training boxers and kickboxers from several gyms in the New York area, including the world famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, Muhammed Ali’s favorite place to train when he was in New York. Over 130 world champions have trained at Gleason’s including Mike Tyson. Galbiati says that during the last 10 years, he has trained fighters who have competed all over the world, including at the largest US venues including in Las Vegas and at what once was the principal headline fight venue in the world, Madison Square Gardens. He is currently training 10 professional fighters.

Dear Editor:
Fellow Pohnpeians, are you following the prices of some of the commonly purchased imported products by the Pohnpei consumers?
It is very heartbreaking following the prices of these imported goods in Pohnpei especially at times when the supply is low and the demand is high. Yes, in business there is this theory called supply and demand. But the way it is practically occurring in Pohnpei is quite interesting and this is where this letter to the editor will sort having highlighted.
As a consumer and a Pohnpeian, I feel compelled to share with you my observations having been monitoring the prices of these commonly purchased products during shortage periods. About two months ago or more, a very popular and commonly used pig feed imported from abroad almost ran out on the island and the prices went up from $18.00 plus to $21.00 plus. This is singularly on pig feed grower. After two days, a new shipment brought in new pig feeds and the prices at the businesses selling this product went up to $21.00 plus. Then another shortage occurred at the latter part of last month, this time the price went up to $22.00 plus.

baby unicefUNICEF challenges nations around the world to make sure more newborns survive their first days of life


1 January 2018

SUVA, Fiji- About 770 babies will be born in the Pacific Islands on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said today. Worldwide, it is estimated 385,793 babies will be born globally on New Year’s Day.

Kiribati’s Christmas Island, a small island in the Pacific, will most likely welcome 2018’s first baby; the United States, its last. Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries:

  • India — 69,070
  • China — 44,760
  • Nigeria — 20,210
  • Pakistan — 14,910
  • Indonesia — 13,370
  • The United States of America — 11,280
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo — 9,400
  • Ethiopia — 9,020
  • Bangladesh — 8,370

In the Pacific, estimated births on New Year’s Day include:

  • Fiji -47
  • Federated States of Micronesia – 7
  • Kiribati - 9
  • Papua New Guinea – 620
  • Samoa – 13
  • Solomon Islands – 47
  • Tonga – 7
  • Vanuatu - 19

While many babies will survive, some will not make it past their first day. In 2016, an estimated 2,600 children died within the first 24 hours every day of the year. For almost 2 million newborns, their first week was also their last. In all, 2.6 million children died before the end of their first month. Among those children, more than 80 per cent of all newborn deaths are due to preventable and treatable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis and pneumonia.

“This New Year, UNICEF’s resolution is to help give every child more than an hour, more than a day, more than a month - more than survival,” UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett. “We call on governments and partners to join the fight to save millions of children’s lives by providing proven, low-cost solutions.”

Over the past two decades, the world has seen unprecedented progress in child survival, halving the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday to 5.6 million in 2016. But despite these advances, there has been slower progress for newborns. Babies dying in the first month account for 46 per cent of all deaths among children under five.

Next month, UNICEF will launch Every Child Alive, a global campaign to demand and deliver affordable, quality health care solutions for every mother and newborn. These include a steady supply of clean water and electricity at health facilities, the presence of a skilled health attendant during birth, disinfecting the umbilical cord, breastfeeding within the first hour after birth, and skin-to-skin contact between the mother and child.

“We are now entering the era when all the world’s newborns should have the opportunity to see the 22nd Century,” Mr. Yett said. “Unfortunately, nearly half of the children born this year likely won’t. A child born in Australia in January 2018 is most likely to live to 2101, and in New Zealand to 2100, while a child from Kiribati would be unlikely to live beyond 2075.”

One-week training course for Pohnpei obesity control was held in Fukuoka, Japan between 18th and 23rd December 2017 and the following 7 people from the Pohnpei State Departments of Health Services and Education participated in the course.
1. Mr. Hinden Jaipol ALEXANDER
2. Mr. Francisco Koropin KERMAN
3. Ms. Delpihn ABRAHAM 4. Ms. Meryda INOS, Health Specialist
5. Mr. Lenson J TAULUNG, Teacher with Kolonia Primary School
6. Mr. Lynn Randol HARRY, Teacher with Ohmine Primary School 7. Mr. Jeremy DONRE, Teacher Saladak with Primary School
The training course is a part of the project titled INTRODUCTION OF WEIGHT CONTROL PROGRAM FOR OBESITY REVENTION IN POHNPEI, being conducted by Fukuoka Women’s University and the Pohnpei State Departments of Health Services and Education under JICA partnership program. The project is targeting 3 primary school areas (Kolonia, Ohmine and Saladak primary school areas), aiming to establish “Weight control for obesity prevention program" through its pilot programs.
Obesity is a major contributor to the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) today. The prevalence of obesity reported by WHO in 2015 doubled in the past decade, exceeding 10% of the world population (BMI ≥30 kg/m2 male: 10.7%; female: 15.2%). Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) marked much higher prevalence of obesity than the word prevalence (BMI ≥30 kg/m2 male: 31.0%; female: 43.7%). In order to modify the situation, the government and non-governmental organizations have worked together for past years; such as carrying out the national campaign called “Go Local”, however, the latest statistics have indicated more efforts required to lower the prevalence of obesity in the country.

December 18, 2017
United States — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech provided a $6.3 million Compact of Free Association grant to support the Federated States of Micronesia’s Sekere Water Project on the island of Pohnpei.
Funding for this project will assist the Pohnpei Utilities Corporation in expanding its island-wide water distribution system and connecting to water wells drilled by the United States Navy in 2007 under a Compact-funded humanitarian assistance project.
“Infrastructure projects such as the Sekere Water Project align with the goals of the Compact of Free Association to help increase the FSM’s self-reliance,” said Assistant Secretary Domenech. “I look forward to supporting the FSM as it continues to develop its infrastructure management program and begins to take full advantage of infrastructure assistance provided through the Compact.”
Now in phase two of this project, the overall scope involves the installation of 5 miles of 8-inch water pipeline, significantly increasing the delivery of potable water service to approximately 3,500 people in multiple communities on the island. The project will be implemented by Pohnpei State Government through its Project Management Office with construction undertaken by Adams Brothers Corporation, a Pohnpei-based construction firm. The project is expected to be completed in mid- 2019 and will extend the water distribution system from Sekere in Sokehs to the Lehn Diadi River in Kitti.

December 2017
CHUUK, FSM — The 2017 Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States of America was hosted by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin S. Robert in Weno, Chuuk State on December 1, 2017. It was the first JCM held in Chuuk State and the first JCM to be attended by the current US Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield of Joint Region Marianas whose security and defense responsibilities cover the North Pacific of the Marianas Islands, Republic of Palau and the FSM. The JCM is an annual consultation between the FSM and the US under Title III of the Compact of Free Association.
Truk Stop Hotel conference room was the venue whereby Governor of Chuuk State Johnson Elimo opened the meeting by welcoming and thanking both the delegation members for selecting Chuuk as the venue of the JCM. He also expressed appreciation to the US delegation for the ongoing Construction Civic Action Detail (CCAD) projects in Chuuk State, Search and Rescue missions conducted in Chuuk, among others. Secretary Lorin S. Robert delivered a statement thanking the leadership of Chuuk State as the venue for the JCM, and conveying his appreciation of the Title III of the Compact with the US Government. As head of the U.S. delegation, Ambassador Robert Riley reciprocated by expressing his appreciation to the participating officials at the JCM from both sides as it relates to the Title III of the Compact, a commitment from the US government to provide security and defense to the FSM. Ambassador Riley also highlighted some of the recent and ongoing engagements between the US and the FSM such as CCAD program, Pacific Partnership 2018, and FSM citizens enlisted and serving in the US military, to name a few. Rear Admiral Chatfield also delivered a brief remark thanking both sides for her participation in the JCM and indicated that as a representative for Admiral Harry Harris of PACOM, she is duty-bound to defend her area of jurisdiction from all threats including those from North Korea. She also complimented those FSM citizens who have served and are serving in the US military.
The FSM represented to the 2017 JCM were Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin S. Robert, Governor Johnson Elimo of Chuuk State, Lt. Governor Carson Sigrah of Kosrae State, Consul General Robert Ruecho of FSM Consulate Office in Guam, Acting Attorney General Abigail Avoryie, Chief of Staff Leo Falcam Jr. and other officials from the National and States governments.
Representing the US government were Ambassador Robert A. Riley III, Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, Deputy Chief of Mission Joanne Cummings and other officials from the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Embassy in the FSM.

December 2017
PALIKIR, FSM — His Excellency Peter M. Christian, President of the FSM, returned this week from delivering a keynote address at the 30th Anniversary meeting of the Montreal Protocol held last week in Montreal, Canada. The international treaty was forged in 1997 to address the global crisis of ozone depletion caused by the release of gases into the atmosphere used in various industrial sectors ranging from air-conditioning and refrigeration to aerosol and pharmaceutical production.
In his address to the 197 countries represented in the hall, President Christian stated: “This environmental treaty proves to the world, that when faced with complex challenges, where products and materials used for economic activities threaten human and environmental health and well-being our global community is smart enough, committed enough, and capable enough to pair knowledge with political will to find solutions; That we are still sanely human, and still care for each other.”
In 2009, FSM proposed an amendment to this historic treaty to include a powerful greenhouse gas called hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), which is also used in the refrigeration and air conditioning industries, in the scope of its work. Initially the proposal met with much resistance, in part because the Montreal Protocol (MP) was originally intended to address only ozone depleting gases. Nonetheless, the FSM did not relent. In the lead-up to the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit, FSM secured a commitment from countries in the Pacific Islands Development Forum to support the proposal. Also in 2015, FSM added a focus on energy efficiency to the Island States HFC amendment proposal under the MP and began an advocacy campaign to secure major energy efficiency gains in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment concomitant with any agreed HFC phase down. In 2016, prior to the adoption of the amendment, FSM hosted the Pacific Islands Forum and secured a commitment from all countries in attendance to amend the MP to phase down HFCs. All action, which were instrumental in building consensus and providing the political will, led to the success in Kigali. It took eight years until at the annual Meeting of the Parties in 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda all countries agreed to include HFCs under the Protocol’s work in what is now known as the “Kigali Amendment”.


December 18, 2017
PALIKIR, FSM — The College's 66th C o m m e n c e m e n t Exercises was celebrated on Friday December 15, 2017, at 9:00 A.M. in the Main Gym of the FSM China Friendship Sports Center.
Over 500 attendees from the community and dignitaries were present to see the marching of the graduates.
College President Joseph M. Daisy Ed. D. gave welcoming remarks, while FSM Postmaster General, Ms. Ginger P. Mida was this year's commencement speaker.
The Conferring of Degrees was presented by Board of Regent Chairman, Dr. Tulensru Waguk of Kosrae.
Among the 179 graduates from National and Pohnpei campuses, nine graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education and four graduated with a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Guam. A total of 209 students graduated from all six campuses of the college.
Anjannet Fredrick presented the valedictorian address, while Reileen B. Joel was Salutatorian.

dive operation

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
December 22, 2017
Pohnpei—A new scuba diving services business in Pohnpei is poised to have an impact in Pohnpei well beyond the personal impact on the new proud owners. Laidenki Diving and Tours is in the final stages of the approval process to operate as an official PADI dive business. When that happens, and owners John Ranahan and Anter Joseph along with two of their grandchildren say that it is imminent, Pohnpei will be listed in PADI’s international data base as having a dive operation that functions according to PADI’s strict requirements. It could mean the possibility of divers coming to Pohnpei who might not otherwise have thought about it.
And Pohnpei has excellent dive spots. Internationally known dive tour operator, photographer, and author, Tim Rock of Guam said during a conversation several months ago about his book “The 50 Best Dives in Micronesia” (which can be purchased on Google Books and elsewhere) that Pohnpei is one of his favorite places to dive. He said that he dives here whenever he can. The conversation with Mr. Rock was not at all associated with the Laindenki Divers business which at time was only a vague idea in the owners’ minds but did speak volumes about what Pohnpei has to offer to divers.

The largest gathering of international civil society organizations in the Pacific region was recently held in Suva Fiji from 4-8 December 2017 at the University of the South Pacific Laucala campus. Over 800 delegates representing over 100 plus organizations from around the world attended what is billed as International Civil Society Week (ICSW), hosted by CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation, based out of South Africa) in collaboration with PIANGO (Pacific Islands Association of NGO’s). Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark attended to show her strong conviction that governments must provide enabling environments for civil society participation. Dame Meg Taylor, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum was a guest speaker at several events during the 2 day meeting.
ICSW brings together NGOs worldwide for a key global gathering of NGO’s for civil society and other stakeholders to engage constructively in finding common solutions to global challenges. The theme of the forum is: “Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future.”
Asked why Pacific islands need particular attention, Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the secretary general and CEO of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, told IPS the Pacific region has been at the forefront of global issues, from climate change to nuclear non-proliferation.

table tennis

Colonia, Yap. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the FSM National Olympic Committee (FSMNOC) a $20,000 Olympic Solidarity Grant for a Technical Course for Coaches for table tennis in preparation for the 2018 MicroGames in Yap. The grant will provide funding to bring an expert instructor sanctioned by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to Yap from February 11 – 25, 2018. It will also provide funding to send one table tennis coach from each participating nation or island to the training. The course will be held at the Yap Sports Complex where a new table tennis room has recently been constructed in the gymnasium.
Participating coaches will enhance their coaching skills and knowledge, get guidance in preparing their teams to compete at the highest levels of competition, and receive comprehensive knowledge in the current rules and regulations of the sport. The intent is also to insure development of the sport of table tennis in the coaches’ own countries by providing strong leadership for the sport.
The 2018 MicroGames is a quadrennial event that will take place in Yap July 15 – 27, 2018. Teams from FSM, Guam, Nauru, Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands will compete in Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Va’a Canoe, Soccer, Spearfishing, Table Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Open Water Swimming and the Micronesian All-Around. For more information: www.


teacher 02By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
December 19, 2017
Awak, U, Pohnpei—Lolihna Edward-Ladore has lovingly taught first graders at Awak Elementary School for over 37 years. She currently has 19 students in her class room who, from all appearances during our short time in her classroom, respect and adore her.
During her lengthy career she has taught approximately 800 students. One of those students was Peter Ramirez. As principal of Awak Elementary School, Ramirez is now Ladore’s boss.
She says that she currently has students in her class whose parents and grandparents were also her students. When her students and former students see her on the streets they call out to her, “Hey! Hi, my teacher! I can see their faces but I can’t always remember their names,” she says, but it is apparent that she loves them all.
She couldn’t pin down any one particular happy memory during her years of teaching. “When I see the kids, I’m really happy to see them. Sometimes they make me happy. Sometimes they make me sad but I always make them happy,” she says.
Clarifying, she said that sometimes children come to school but they are sad to be there because of problems of some kind at home. She wants them to be happy to be at school and learning with friends and works with them until they are.
Her classroom walls are covered with so much information. Want to know what 9+3 is? You can find the answer on her blackboard. Can’t remember how to count to 100? A large hand written chart on her wall can remind you. When we were there she took time with individual students to answer questions about a paper they were working on. Though they squirmed excitedly as first graders do and were distracted by my presence in the classroom, Ladore never lost patience with them as she went from desk to desk praising and encouraging them. She said that when she first started as a teacher in 1980, lesson plans were done on a day by day basis. Now lesson plans are due every Friday for the following week. She says it’s a lot of work but that it makes much more sense. “It’s easier to know where you’re going with a plan.” It’s also easy if a substitute teacher is called in to teach a class due to illness or other reasons.
She said that she also has more resources for teaching now than she did when she started as a new teacher during the FSM’s Trust Territory days after she graduated with an Associates Degree at the Community College of Micronesia. She says that although not every child has a text book there are “enough” to get the job done.
As much as she loves teaching, she says that she is also looking forward to retiring.

24 JAN We are back!

Transfer completed - The Kaselehlie Press now on a new server

[Editor's Note:  As a result of this article, a number of people have written and asked if we are closing.  We are NOT closing The Kaselehlie Press.  While it is true that this particular incarnation of the website will be closing at the end of January, processes are currently in place for a new website at a new address.  It may take a bit of time to get all of the details in order for that new website but a solution has been found.  Mr. Riebe and a new volunteer website host are currently working on the details to help make a new website happen.  We may go dark for a short period of time but will be back at a new URL.  Thank you to Bernd Riebe who has worked so tirelessly on our behalf for over a decade!]

18 JAN 2018 - Admin's Note: The site's URL will not change, hopefully there will be a transfer to another server. Bernd Riebe,

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
December 20, 2017
FSM—After 10 years the website for The Kaselehlie Press will be going offline at least for a time.
For over 10 years, Bernd Riebe has hosted and maintained the website of The Kaselehlie Press on a pro bono basis on his server in Germany. For all of those years, Riebe has copied all of the images from the PDF version of the newspaper that we send to subscriber, resized, named and uploaded them. He has copied and converted the PDF text into plain text, pasted and organized the articles on the system, selected featured stories, archived older articles, updated the CMS system and all of the plugins, and many more tasks simply because he felt that by helping The Kaselehlie Press he was helping the people of the FSM.
And that he was. The website has attracted an average of 25,000 unique users per month. The vast majority of those users have been in the United States though there have been users from all over the world who have taken advantage of the news provided on the website.