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Hawaii, Guam, and the CNMI, over an eight-year period, reported more than $1 billion in costs associated with providing education, health, and social services to compact migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands, and Palau.
However, an official of the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a statement released today, pointed to weaknesses related to accuracy, adequacy of documentation, and comprehensiveness in reporting by the impacted jurisdictions.The GAO also reported that the overseeing Department of Interior had not followed-up on a 2012 recommendation to develop new uniform compact-impact reporting guidelines.
Members of Pacific Partnership 2013 worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to deliver a reverse osmosis water system donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development to Ebeye, an island in the Kwajalein Atoll of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, July 7. The reverse osmosis system, donated about two years ago, was loaded onto a landing craft utility (LCU) in Majuro, the capital city, about 140 miles from Ebeye.
A donation of food and medical supplies from NGO’s in the Republic of China (Taiwan) to assist for Marshall Islands’ disaster relief is part of continuing goodwill efforts, said ROC (Taiwan) Ambassador George T.K. Li in making the presentation to RMI Chief Secretary Casten Nemra on Wednesday.
Taiwan has also given USD100,000 cash donation and USD 231,420 from the ROC (Taiwan) annual grant to assist drought-affected areas.
President Christopher J. Loeak yesterday welcomed Pacific Partnership 2013 (PP13) Mission Commander Wallace Lovely to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) during a courtesy call by the Commander, PP13 members, and US Ambassador Thomas Armbruster.
On Wednesday, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) dropped its anchor in Majuro, the third port for the PP13 mission. More than 700 US military members, partner nation service members, and non-governmental organization volunteers will be conducting a variety of humanitarian projects.
As President Obama rose to the podium to announce his long-awaited ‘Climate Action Plan’ on Tuesday, a king tide again brought the devastating reality of climate change to the people of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
With emergency teams still scrambling to deliver water and food to RMI’s drought-stricken northern atolls, the capital Majuro was struck by heaving waves that breached the city’s sea walls, flooding the airport and other major areas of the atoll nation’s major population center.
Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak spent Saturday and Monday touring 5 drought-affected atolls/islands and reassuring the residents of the government's continued support. Throughout the tour, President Loeak handed over relief supplies including WASH kits, hygienic kits, food, and water.
“We are grateful that our bilateral partners, international organizations, and Marshallese from around the world have assisted with relief efforts towards the drought," President Loeak said.
On June 25, 3013, extremely high tides combined with 6 to 8 feet surfs caused coastal inundation of up to 2 feet along the south facing shores of Majuro. Meteorologist-in-Charge Reginald White submitted the following report:
During the highest tide (around 6:00 a.m. ) the sea began to inundate the southeast to the southwest parts of Majuro. The saltwater breached the coastal roadways and littered them with debris.
In response to high tides in the Marshall Islands, the following public service announcement was broadcast on the national radio station, V7AB:
Iakwe kom. Jej kio kabononoik regular program kein im bokwaj non kom juon special weather statement jen jikin katu eo ad ilo aelon kein...“Report ko rej kwalok bwe emaron iuwe dren ilo berijet ko ilo jet ian aelon ko ilo aelon kein iloan ran jet kein maanlok.
In response to the drought disaster in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, approved a rapid response grant of US$1 million on June 18, 2013. This grant, implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will assist the Government in its response efforts as outlined in the Government’s $4.7 million Immediate- and Near-term Drought Response Plan.
In a letter to United States President Barack Obama, Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher J. Loeak expressed appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to President Obama, on behalf of the people and Government of the RMI, for declaring a State of Disaster for the Marshall Islands due to the ongoing severe drought in the northern atolls and islands.
The Independent Diplomat has appointed Dr. Mahendra Kumar, as Climate Diplomacy Advisor, to assist the RMI with efforts in its “New Climate Diplomacy” strategy, aimed at mainstreaming climate change into its foreign policy. Dr. Kumar is currently working at the Office of the President and will assist the Office of the President, relevant Ministers and senior Government officials with preparations for RMI’s hosting of the 2013 Pacific Islands Forum Summit, in particular aspects relating to climate change, energy and sustainable development.
Darlene Keju was not unlike other young Marshallese of the‘60’s -‘80’s who left the Marshalls to get a college degree in the U.S. The difference is in what she did after she returned.
Don't Ever Whisper, Darlene's soon-to-be-released biography, "tells the powerful story of a woman from a tiny Pacific island who championed the cause of nuclear weapons test survivors when others were silent, and who later implemented unparalleled community health programs and services that gave hope to a generation of troubled youth," says author Giff Johnson.
During a presentation of credential ceremony at the Cabinet conference room Thursday, President Christopher J. Loeak accepted the Letter of Credence of French Ambassador Gilles Garachon. The special ceremony was witnessed by members of the Cabinet, government officials, and the Honorary Consul of France.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $100,000 emergency grant to the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to help fund drought relief efforts in the northern areas of the Marshall Islands. On 19 April 2013, the Government declared a state of emergency for the northern islands, which was later elevated to a state of disaster on 8 May, in response to the persistent drought which has exhausted rainwater supplies and made groundwater from wells unsafe to drink. Water scarcity has also contributed to outbreaks of water-borne disease.
Earlie Carter Bing, who works at the Office of the President, represented the Republic of the Marshall Islands at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. He graduated May 8 from the APCSS. Executive Course: Advanced Security Cooperation and received his certificate from Dean of Academics, College of Security Studies, Ambassador (Ret.) Lauren Kahea Moriarty.
The Marshall Islands state of emergency declared last month was elevated to a state of disaster last week as prolonged and severe drought affecting the northern islands continues unabated, putting lives at risk.
On Monday, May 6, 2013, the Cabinet declared the Northern Marshall Islands as disaster areas on the recommendation of the Disaster Committee and after receiving reports from assessment teams who surveyed the conditions on the ground caused by several months of severe drought.
Marshallese students, parents, teachers and service providers in Honolulu are invited to attend the 6th annual Marshallese Education Day this Saturday, May 11, at the New Hope Leeward Church in Waipahu. The yearly event, which began in 2008, recognizes Marshallese honor students, encourages parents to become more involved in education, and challenges students to aim for college.According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics collected in 2010, as many as 6,316 Marshallese are registered as living in Hawai‘i. And yet within the crowded, busy city of Honolulu, few opportunities arise for our Marshallese community to come together and celebrate our common goals and culture. The Marshallese Education Day is one of those few opportunities.
Marshall Islanders Abacca Anjain-Maddison and Tina Stege showcased the community-based work of the Rita Reimaanlok committee at the Milstein Science Symposium in New York City. Held at the American Museum of Natural History April 9 - 11, the conference brought together local resource managers, scientists, policy makers and other leading conservation practitioners to present and analyze real-world case studies of social and ecological resilience on islands.
Severe drought conditions in the northern islands/atolls of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has prompted the Government to issue a State of Emergency. After relevant action plans were formalized, President Christopher J. Loeak signed the declaration on April 19, 2013, for the immediate mobilization of people and resources to mitigate the impact of drought in the affected islands/atolls.
A major collaborative effort has resulted in twelve new Marshallese-English children’s books. These twelve books, created through The Unbound Bookmaker Project, were written and illustrated by 211 students of the Marshall Islands. Each of the children involved in the project are receiving a copy of the book they worked on. The books have also been made available to the general public at only the cost to print and distribute them.
WUTMI (Women United Together Marshall Islands) released the following job announcement for the iBRAVE project to end violence against women/domestic violence. Deadline for submissions is April 26, 2013.
JOB TITLE: Legislative and Policy Coordinator
PROJECT: Initiative for a Better Response to Address Violence Everywhere (iBRAVE)
For twenty years the College of the Marshall Islands has proudly carried out its mission as the national college of the Republic. There have been changes over the decades since the College of Micronesia established an extension campus on Majuro and then transfer of the Nursing School from Saipan to Majuro. CMI has moved from small business offices to the old Majuro Hospital finally into new and modern facilities and with more resources than anyone could have imagined twenty years ago when CMI was formally established. In addition there are important programs and activities taking place at Arrak and soon the launching of Distance Education Centers on Ebeye, Jaluit and Wotje.