FSM Continues to combat waste management issues through JICA project

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The FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM) in collaboration with the Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries (J-PRISM) conducted its first Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) meeting through its phase two program on September 28, 2017 at the OEEM Conference Room. The half-day meeting, chaired by OEEM Assistant Director Cindy Ehmes, brought together State counterparts from the respective Environmental Protection Agencies and Transportation and Infrastructure/Public Works Office in each of the states, national government representatives, JICA, and the Japan Ambassador to discuss the results of a recent waste baseline survey, strategy development, and container deposit legislation systems. The Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Ryochi Horie, presented to the meeting services and funding schemes available to the FSM. As a result of this meeting, the relevant key agencies signed their Plan of Operation (PO) and Project Design Matrix (PDM) to continue collaborative efforts in combating waste management issues under the J-PRISM II Project.
Prior to the JCC meeting, J-PRISM II and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) conducted a Solid Waste Management Workshop on September 27, 2017 to provide guidance on strategy development in reference to the Regional Cleaner Pacific Strategy. A more detailed strategy development session, led by a SPREP Solid Waste Management Advisor, was conducted on the 28th of September after the JCC meeting.
J-PRISM is a five-year project implemented and funded by JICA that is aimed to provide technical assistance in areas of Solid Waste Management. The project is in its second phase and the areas of focus include Collection and Disposal, Strategy Development, and the Container Deposit Legislation. During phase one of the project, the areas of focus included Policy development, Awareness, Landfill Management, Collection and Disposal, and Recycling.

Meet a Muslim event held in Pohnpei

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community FSM
Muslims of Micronesia held a very unique event in Pohnpei this past month called “Coffee, Cake and True Islam”. It aimed to remove misconceptions about their faith. “More than 60% of Americans have never met a Muslim, that is dramatically higher for people in Micronesia, so we wanted to make a comfortable platform for people to come and meet Muslims, ask us questions, and become at ease when they find that our teachings are peaceful. The biggest misconception is that our beliefs teach terrorism, but that is completely false”, said Kauser, the Imam (Religious Minister) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of FSM, currently the only Muslim denomination established in the FSM. There was a popular youtube advertisement that was seen more than 25k times all across Micronesia inviting people for this event. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community commented that they wished to use a common platform to advertise for their event and especially something that was not used before.

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Resolutions adopted during the 2nd Regular Session of Congress

Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia
PALIKIR, POHNPEI
October 6, 2017- The Second Regular Session of the Twentieth Congress adjourned on September 29 with the adoption of resolutions on various nomination and the various programs and services facilitated by the National Government, among others.
On the nominations, the Congress adopted Congressional Resolution (CR) 20-22 to confirm Sihna Neth Lawrence as the Nation’s representative and member on the Joint Trust Fund Committee.
Other board representation measures included CR 20-37 which confirmed Pelma Johnson Mingii as the National Government representative on the Board of Regents for the College of Micronesia and CR 20-44 for Tony M. Tareq as the Yap State representative on the MiCare Board of Directors.

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Marshall Islands trust fund defrauded of $1M

By Giff Johnson
Marianas Variety
MAJURO — Nearly one million dollars was illegally removed from the Marshall Islands government’s United States-based trust fund and only a portion of the money has been recovered, said officials in Majuro Friday.
A series of 12 unauthorized withdrawals from the Marshall Islands Trust Fund “A Account” at State Street Bank and Trust Company during June and July sent $982,265 to accounts at banks in Ireland and Malaysia. State Street Bank is a major U.S. bank headquartered in Boston. While the $273,883 sent in four withdrawals to an account in Dublin, Ireland was recovered, the $708,382 sent to accounts at the Standard Chartered Bank in Selangor, Malaysia has not been returned, said Marshall Islands Finance Secretary Maybelline Bing.

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US Coast Guard donates soccer supplies to Pohnpei Soccer Association

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The US Coast Guard cutter Kiska made a brief port stop in Pohnpei. The intention had been for the crew to stage an exhibition soccer match with members of the Pohnpei Soccer Association but mechanical difficulties made it impossible. During their stop they donated soccer gear to the Pohnpei Soccer Association.