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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
November 26, 2016—Last evening Australia’s Ambassador George Fraser hosted a reception at his home in Nanpohnmal for the White Ribbon campaign against Domestic Violence. He said that Australia is deeply committed to taking every step possible to eliminate Domestic Violence wherever it is to be found.
FSM’s Secretary for Health and Social Affairs, Magdalena Walter also spoke and presented startling statistics from the 2014 FSM Family Health and Safety Study on the prevalence of violence against women. The study 150 page study which was funded by Australian Aid and the United Nations Population Fund Pacific Sub-Regional office presents page after page of well researched statistics that show that the problem of domestic violence in the FSM is more wide spread than many may have imagined.
On the following day ahead of the White Ribbon against Domestic Violence campaign, the Australian Embassy held a Walk About to continue to raise awareness of the issue that so many women face around the world.
Hundreds of people showed up at Mangrove Bay Bar and participated in possibly the most grueling 5K annual fun runs in the FSM. It begins and ends with a steep and long hill. The event was held in the evening hours after some of the days heat had begun to dissipate. It was still a grueling and hot event.

Majuro, Marshall Islands 25 November 2016: The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission needs to focus on controlling fishing on the high seas when the multi-national body meets for its annual meeting in Fiji next month, said the head of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement fisheries bloc.
“The Tuna Commission (WCPFC) needs to be concerned with non-compliance with fishing rules on the high seas,” said Ludwig Kumoru, PNA CEO, on the eve of the WCPFC annual meeting December 5-9 in Nadi.
A main concern of the island resource owners is the current state of largely uncontrolled longline fishing on the high seas, said Kumoru. “We need the WCPFC to focus on its core mandate, which is regulating fishing on the high seas,” he said. “Currently there is virtually no control on longline fishing, most of which takes place on the high seas.” He said a ban on transshipment of tuna at sea and requiring fishing boats to offload in port — a proposed requirement for longline vessels — has been discussed repeatedly at the WCPFC without action. “This would go a long way to controlling fishing on the high seas,” Mr. Kumoru said. He added that this would help establish data on the number of longliners active in the region, and improve the availability of catch data needed by scientists to assess the condition of tuna stocks.
Mr. Kumoru said PNA is now implementing a vessel day scheme for longliners as has been successfully used to manage the purse seine fishery. But enforcing rules on the high seas is critical to the long-term health of the fishery, he said.
Other key areas for the PNA during the WCPFC annual meeting include:
• Purse seine fishing control on the high seas. “We need effort control for purse seiners on the high seas,” he said. “Like PNA’s fishing day limits for purse seiners in our exclusive economic zones, we need fishing day limits for high seas fishing.”
• Establishing a harvest control measure for skipjack tuna. Mr. Kumoru said PNA supports focusing on skipjack, and then addressing harvest control measures for other species. “If we tie two or more species together, we won’t get a result,” he said.
• Management of fish aggregating devices (FADs). PNA does not support expanding the existing three-month FAD closure within PNA zones, which Mr. Kumoru said “is already hurting PNA nations because some of their countries’ revenue is dependent on vessels fishing on FADs.” For some countries, fisheries revenue now accounts for over 50 percent of their national budgets. “If we add another month of FAD closure inside PNA zones, it will cause a disproportionate burden on the islands,” he said. “The Tuna Commission should focus on controlling FADS on the high seas,” he said, adding the PNA is looking forward to seeing the WCPFC’s previously endorsed ban on use of FADs on the high seas become operational in 2017.
• Control of capacity. There are various ways in which distant water fishing nations have attempted to prevent island countries from increasing the number of locally owned purse seiners engaged in fishing, he said. Over recent years, limits on the number of fishing boats were imposed and island countries were told they couldn’t have additional vessels. “It’s about control of the fishery,” he said. “They don’t want us to fish.” The PNA “will never agree to capacity control over vessels,” he said, and will continue to actively engage in expanding its presence in the fishery.
• Rebuilding bigeye tuna stocks. PNA has supported conservation measures at the WCPFC in recent years for bigeye, which is over-fished. “We are looking to support a conservation measure at the WCPFC meeting to rebuild bigeye stocks,” said Mr. Kumoru.

Nadi, Fiji - Madam Chair, IUU is a matter of grave concern to the FSM. None of us should condone it nor should we turn our basic fundamental rights under international law to fight IUU in all forms.
My statement today is specifically on the increasingly challenging issue of illegal and in many cases unregulated vessels, otherwise known as “blue boats.” Chair, as you know, we have raised this issue in previous sessions and in other fora’s and we will continue to raise it as something that requires serious attention and action, particularly since it is not only a challenge for the FSM but for the wider WCPO.
In broad terms, IUU fishing in the Pacific undermines the authority and right of coastal states to regulate marine resources, resulting in the loss of national revenue and employment opportunities and steals from the tables of our people living in our remote islands who depend on the oceans to sustain their lives and provide a source of nutrition. As many members present today can attest, IUU fishing causes hazards to the natural marine environment, threatening our vital fish stocks, which are at the heart of our discussions here in the WCPFC and threatens our islands economic and social developments. In compliance terms, these types of IUU activities devalue our fisheries and provide an unfair disadvantage to those who strive to abide by WCPFC conservation and management measures, regional regulations and national laws while others plunder and take at their will without respecting national laws.
Putting this issue into perspective, in the past two years the FSM has arrested a total of 9 illegal blue fishing boats, with approximately 135 illegal fishermen. The various violations of FSM law include: illegal entry into the country, human smuggling, obstruction and illegal fishing among others. The issue in and of itself has transcended fisheries and prompted the FSM Administration to categorize the deterrence of IUU fishing as a matter of national priority. Unsurprisingly, the costs to the FSM in these instances are very high. On fuel alone, FSM spent just for this year, $200,000 US dollars. That does not include salaries of maritime wing officers, legal costs of prosecution and cost of detention of over 100 persons for several months. None of these vessels were registered to fish in our waters; none of them had transponders; none of them were detectable on VMS; none of them were meant for the open oceans and surely none of them intended to use gears nor seek authorizations.
It should be noted that illegal vessels in some of our areas were under the jurisdiction of their flag states. The Law of the Sea Convention imposes flag state responsibility. To demonstrate, article 94 of the UNCLOS states that every state shall effectively exercise its jurisdiction and control in administrative, technical and social matters over ships flying its flag. Obviously, this responsibility is not being exercised here. Several times, the FSM has met with officials from the flag state of these blue boats but that state has not demonstrated concrete measures to address IUU issues caused by its fishing vessels.
Madam Chair, the FSM seeks the Commission’s assistance in responding to this enormous challenge. The impacts of IUU are not localized, but are felt across the region. And as such, collaboration is key towards combatting the detrimental effects of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, in particular these unacknowledged, uninvited and unwelcome blue boats. We further call on flag states to take swift action to demonstrate their basic fundamental responsibility under international law to combat IUU in all its forms. Anything less would tantamount to promoting IUU and a clear lack of will to effectively discharge their responsibility in this WCPO region.
Thank you, Madam Chair.

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By Giff Johnson
December 3, 2016
Nadi, Fiji — Pacific island fisheries officials and the United States government signed a six-year extension to a nearly 30-year-old fisheries treaty, confirming American-flagged purse seiners access to lucrative Pacific fishing grounds.
The signing ends seven years of often troubled negotiations that almost broke down early in 2016 when the U.S. government formally notified Pacific Island governments of its intention to withdraw from the treaty when negotiators could not agree on new financial terms.
At Saturday’s signing at the Novotel Hotel in Nadi, U.S. Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had signed the paperwork to rescind the notice of withdrawal, confirming that today’s signing ceremony for the treaty extension could happen.

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The treaty gives the U.S. purse seine fishing fleet access to the region and provides both an industry payment of $45 million per year and U.S. government fisheries aid of $21 million annually to all 17 members of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency who signed the agreement. The western and central Pacific tuna fishery is valued at over US$5 billion annually.
The new treaty offers “a more solid and sustainable basis for cooperation,” said Cefkin. It provides increased benefit for Pacific island nations and “more certainty for the U.S. fleet,” she said.
The agreement was hammered out earlier this year after 18 formal negotiation rounds over seven years, and the formal signing Saturday took place on the eve of the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission that starts in Nadi on Monday.
“At times it didn’t feel like we’d be able to reach agreement,” said James Movick Director General of the Forum Fisheries Agency. The successful conclusion of the agreement is “a testament to the long history of the treaty and the friendship with the United States.”
Both Movick and Cefkin said the treaty extension recognizes changes in the western Pacific fishery and the changing nature of the relationship with the U.S. The extension is to run from January 2017 through 2022

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The Pohnpei State Office of the Public Auditor (OPA) in partnership with the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) hosted a five day workshop in Pohnpei from 21 – 25 November 2016 for Members of the Legislature, Audit Entities, Public Auditors of Federated State of Micronesia, Chief Executives of Local Government, and other stakeholders including media and civil society organizations, in Pohnpei. The workshop is in line with one of PASAI’s strategic priorities, “to advocate on behalf of its members to strengthen governance, transparency and accountability.”
Legislative committees play an important role in the scrutiny of audit reports and providing oversight over the use and management of public resources. The workshop was opened by the Vice Speaker of the Pohnpei State, the Honorable Nixom Soram, “who extended a warm welcome to members of the legislature, the Pohnpei State Public Auditor, Iso Ihlen Joseph, his staff, and the PASAI delegation for holding such a valuable workshop for its members”. Vice Speaker, Hon Nixom Soram in his opening address commented, “as legislators our role is to ensure monies are expended correctly, once they are expended, we must ensure they are accurately accounted for, if not, we turn to the auditors. That is why we need the help of auditors”. Members of Legislative Committees who attended the first two days also commented, “the workshop was informative and extremely useful for their roles as oversight committees, and as members of the legislature”.

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Conservation Society of Pohnpei - DEC 2016
Annually, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) brings together all of the communities responsible for protecting the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around Pohnpei to do a cross-site visit to on of the MPAs so that sharing of information and best practices can take place. This year, from November 25th & 26th, the cross-site visit was held at Ant Atoll Biosphere Reserve and hosted by Mr. Willy Hawley, Rohsa Kitti, who is administrator of the Nanpei Estate. The
theme for this year was: “Keirdahn epwilipen kepikipik ohng ieias en met dih en mwuhr”
(Increasing the management of what God created for our lives today and for future generations)
Besides the Ant Atoll Biosphere Reserve, the MPA’s represented were Woaun Koapin Soamwoai (WKS) of the Nahtik MPA & Enipein Mangrove Reserve, Palikir MPA – Sokehs, Sapwitik MPA – Nett, Nanpwap MPA– Madolenihmw, Dehpehk/Takaieu MPA – U, Pakin – Sokehs, and Peniou Island – Kitti.
On the first day, site updates were giving by the Community Conservation Officers (CCO) from each of the groups on their annual work plans from the previous cross-site visit held at Lenger Island. Each site reported their success and challenges in 2016 except the Palikir community since the Palikir Pass MPA is new this year and this is their first time to participate in cross-site visit.
For the Dehpehk/Takaieu MPA, they reported that poaching still exist at night. CCOs have been successful in securing a boat and outboard motor for surveillance and monitoring work. They have also continued sponge and coral farming with MERIP.
For the WKS (Nahtik) MPA, they have delineated their watershed boundary, started a water quality project with EPA to clean rivers and streams, signed an MOU between WKS and Kitti Municipal Government for co-management of reserves, held spatial planning consultations to extend the Nahtik MPA, completed a community fisheries assessment, and started the construction of a guard house to provide better surveillance of their protected areas. They noted their challenges of inactive MPA surveillance due to boat and motor problems, and their aquaculture projects still not started.
The Nanwap (Madolenihmw) MPA has an active community surveillance program with a boat and motor and 2 kayaks for monitoring, and they are doing a fisheries assessment in their community. Their challenges are that their management plan is still pending with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), they are receiving no government assistance for their efforts in protecting/monitoring their MPA, and they have pending cases with Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) that have not been completed.
The Sapwitik (Nett) MPA has seen the bumphead parrotfish population bouncing back in and around their MPA, they have completed their fisheries management plan and secured a boat and motor for surveillance and monitoring. As a bonus, the Nett District Government supports their surveillance. The challenges they are facing are that they have the smallest MPA community with only 5 CCOs and they need to revive their aquaculture projects with MERIP.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
October 27, 2016
United Nations—According to an ICAN (International Committee to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) press release, the United Nations today adopted a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons. The decision today did not mark the end of nuclear weapons but it did mark a potential beginning to their end.
At a meeting of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with disarmament and international security matters, 123 nations voted in favor of the resolution, with 38 against and 16 abstaining.
The Federated States of Micronesia was one of the nations that voted against the resolution as was the United States, one of the world’s major nuclear powers.
With the exception of a vote on lifting sanctions against Cuba, the FSM has voted with the U.S. in United Nations votes.
FSM Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert said that the United States has taken full responsibility for the defense of the FSM and that it needed to support the U.S. in its defense efforts, including on this vote.
The resolution will set up a UN conference beginning in March next year, open to all member states, to negotiate a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. The negotiations will continue in June and July.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a civil society coalition active in 100 countries, hailed the adoption of the resolution as a major step forward, marking a fundamental shift in the way that the world tackles this paramount threat.
“For seven decades, the UN has warned of the dangers of nuclear weapons, and people globally have campaigned for their abolition. Today the majority of states finally resolved to outlaw these weapons,” said Beatrice Fihn, executive director of ICAN

careOn December 7th at the Care Micronesia Foundation NGO center located at the Catholic Mission in Kolonia in the old MicSem building, a small ceremony was held to officially open the new access ramp to the building. This event helped to commerate the FSM Congress’ ratification of the Convention for the Rights of Person’s with Disability. The convention, which focuses on leaving no one behind, shows FSM’s commitment to making sure there is equal access for all to public facilities, businesses, and government buildings. This ramp, which was built with the assistance of a USDA-RD Community Facilities grant, allows wheelchair access to the first level of the building. Mr. Stuard Penias, Treasurer of the Board of the Care Micronesia Foundation (CMF), was present for the ceremony and spoke on behalf of the Board. Mr. Penias is also the FSM’s Disability Focal Point for the FSM Department of Health and Social Affiars. Also present were Mr. Nelbert Perez, Northern Pacific Program Officer for the Pacific Disability Forum, Mr. Henry Phillip, Director of the Pohnpei Consumer Organization, Mr. Patrick Blank, Executive Director of CMF, Pohnpei State Senator Francisco Ioanis, Senator Lino Amor, Mr. Elieser Rospel of Micronesian Productions, and special guest, Mr. Linther Kihleng, who was the first person in a wheelchair to visit the building.
The building currently holds the offices of the Micronesian Conservation Trust (MCT), the Pohnpei Chamber of Commerce, the Care Micronesia Foundation, and Micronesian Productions. It serves as an NGO center and has a conference room, equipped from an Australian DAP grant, which allows NGOs to hold meetings at little to no cost. The addition of the access ramp now allows people in wheelchairs to visit the building and attend meetings. It is one way in which NGOs and the private sector can make sure that their facilities are accessible to everyone and will be followed by other improvements to the building. The Care Micronesia Foundation encourages all NGOs, government offices, and the private sector to see how they can improve their facilities to make sure and leave no one behind and help improve the lives for everyone in the FSM.

wasteOn November 11, 2016, the JAA -Pohnpei Chapter officers and several members conducted a Waste Survey activity at Nett Point. They were assisted by the COM-FSM Japanese Micronesia group of students led by Ms. Miki Fritz, Nett Municipal Government, Pohnpei EPA, JICA Volunteers, and the Palikir Community. The purpose of the waste survey was to collect information from a site that is most filled with garbage. Nett Point was identified as an area in Pohnpei to be profusely filled with garbage. Hence, the JAA-Pohnpei Chapter Officers had convened and planned for the activity prior to November 11 on October 21, 27, and November 2,2016.
Special guest of the day was Japan Ambassador to the FSM, His Excellency, Ryiochi Horie who briefly observed before fulfilling another commitment elsewhere. JICA Resident Representative Shinji Shibata and JAA-FSM President Simpson Abraham participated in the activities of the day.
At Nett Point, JAA-Pohnpei Chapter officers and members engaged in collecting trash along the roadside, segregating them, and then counting them by waste type. Among the types of waste found at Nett Point, Plastics ranked high on the list followed by foam items such as foam cups and plates. A total of 100 trash bags were collected and disposed at the Dekehtik dumpsite thereafter. Each participant was given a pair of gloves and a trash bag. One of the highlights of this activity was installing two "No Litter" signs on the roadside and on the beach. The signs were designed through collaborative efforts of JICA, OEEM, and EPA and printed by Arts and Craft.
After the segregating of waste types and counting of each waste type, JICA Volunteer Yuki Umehera and EPA officers Francisco Celestine and Alfred David conducted a demonstration on reusing plastic shopping bags to create a basket, reusing plastic bottles to create a mosquito trap, and reusing chips plastic bags to create a tote bag. The purpose of the demonstration was to create awareness of the three R's concepts: Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle. Followed by the demonstration was lunch provided by Genesis Hospital. JAA-Pohnpei Chapter would like to thank the Japan Government for its continuous support to FSM in Waste Management activities. ARIGATO:)

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
December 7, 2016
FSM—Someone whose identity remains to be determined is currently peddling fake FSM “flags of convenience”to international vessels and bogus Seafarers Identifications to seafarers who are using the identifications to illegally work on ships traveling around the world. Whoever is doing it is using the FSM’s seal to make their activities appear to be legitimate. The FSM, however, does not issue flags of convenience to any international vessels, and has no contract with anyone allowing them to represent the FSM.
It appears that someone has made money from the scheme but it has apparently not been the FSM government. The FSM has not authorized the activity.
Jason Elymore, Operations Manager of the Marine Division of the FSM’s Department of Transportation, Communications, and Infrastructure (TC&I), said that the FSM only issues Seafarers Identifications to FSM citizens. He said that the FSM’s vessel registry is a closed registry for vessels operating in FSM waters that have a corporate presence in the FSM.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
November 25, 2016
Pohnpei—The Mangrove Bay Hotel and Bar held a unique Tahitian and Comedy competition that attracted huge attention in Pohnpei this evening. Parking was wall to wall and late comers might have found it difficult to find a parking space at all.
11 people registered for the Tahitian or Hula dance competition. Nine dancers showed up. Three registered for comedy but one backed out.
Dancers quite often danced in groups together but each individual performer was judged by the five member international panel of judges. In the Tahitian competition Oscarson (Ozky) Ikalap won the top prize with his stunning fire dance. Molisi Joli won second place, and Mayboleen Santiago took the third spot.
In the comedy competition, Scott Shanahan won for his gritty and sometimes just on the edge of mean, comedy performance. Alona Tate took the second prize.
Due to a prior commitment with the Australian Embassy we were not able to photograph all of the competitors. But Tony Cantero said the event was so successful that Mangrove Bay Bar will be having another competition next month.
A few days after the competition we contacted the most unique performer of the evening, Ozky Ikalap to find out how it was that a young man who had grown up in Yap had acquired the skill of fire dancing. Fire dancing is not a Yapese traditional dance. It is Polynesian.
Before coming to Pohnpei to study liberal arts at the College of Micronesia FSM, he’d only been out of Yap when he was selected as one of the Close Up students to visit the United States while he was in High School.
We organized a special photo shoot on the causeway and spent a lot of time together trying to get it planned and organized. During a lunch at Oceanview, the young man who will be 23 by the time this newspaper is published told me that when he was 12 or 13 years old, his uncle Ray came back from the University of Hawaii having acquired the fire dancing skill while he was there. He started a small Polynesian dance group. Ozky was the youngest in the group and though he practiced with them he wasn’t able to perform publicly with the group until he was 14. During that performance he burned himself but he didn’t give it up. He said that he never burned himself again and learned to work with the fire instead of against it.

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On Monday, November 14th the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) hosted a delegation from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) at the Care Micronesia Foundation’s Conference Center. The goal of this meeting was for local stakeholders to meet our guests and for MCT to further disseminate information about the ongoing Pohnpei island-wide Mangrove Vulnerability Assessment. Visitors from USFWS and USGS were Chris Swenson (FWS), Mary Abrams (FWS), Greg Koob (FWS), Sheldon Pletovich (FWS) and Dr. Zhiliang Zhu (USGS). Local stake holders represented the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, The Nature Conservancy, USDA NRCS, Island Food Community of Pohnpei, RARE, and Micronesian Productions.
Since the beginning of 2016, MCT has been working with the Pohnpei State Government, Sokehs Municipal Government, Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP), The Nature Conservancy, USFWS, USGS, USFS, Dr. Steven Crooks, the University of Hawaii Hilo, the University of Tasmania, DOI Office of Insular Affairs, Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative and community partners to implement the Increasing Resilience of Micronesia’s Mangroves: Pohnpei Pilot Project. The project involves a number of components including scientific research and support, developing an island wide vulnerability assessment for mangroves, identification of mangrove management actions, assessing the feasibility of marketing carbon credits and sharing the project results with other jurisdictions. The project supports the work of the Micronesian Challenge and builds local capacity to identify and implement viable management options for increasing mangrove resilience.
The pilot project will start in Pohnpei with the community of Peidie, on Sokehs Island, a community that has many dredge sites and is concerned about the health of their mangrove forests. Mangroves are important for many reasons including acting as a nursery for small fish, protecting against shoreline erosion, and resilience against storms and tidal surges. For more information on this project please contact the Conservation Society of Pohnpei at 320-5409 or email the CSP Director Mr. Eugene Joseph at cspdirector@ serehd.org

NADI (14 Nov) – Sexual harassment is a problem in the Pacific but very little data exists to give a true picture of the extent of the problem.
Police officers attending the Fourth Police Regional Training Program discussed sexual harassment and rape as part of the two-week workshop.
Funded by the Australian Federal Police and facilitated by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, the training course aims to equip officers with a thorough understanding of gender dynamics, the causes of violence against women and the relevant laws designed to combat gender-based violence.
A cohort of 30 police officers from 11 Pacific countries are attending the training workshop to help them understand violence against women and to deal sensitively with such cases.
The officers acknowledged that their institutions, like other organisations, have a sexual harassment problem.
Sometime those subjected to sexual harassment are unaware that they do not have to tolerate unwanted sexual behaviour.
The participants discussed the importance of having a sexual harassment policy in their workplaces so that everybody was clear on what was acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
Asked if the officers’ organisations had sexual harassment policies and whether they had seen them, many of the participants were unsure or said they did not have such policies.
The training facilitator, FWCC Coordinator Shamaima Ali, warned the participants not to participate in or ignore sexual harassment because in serious cases such behaviour could lead to rape.
Officers shared the experiences in their countries, including the similarities of in-house complaints of sexual harassment as well as the laws in place to tackle the problem.
Several officers reported the laws in their country had now been strengthened to increase sentencing tariffs and widening definitions of sexual harassment and other sexual offences.
Other discussions focused on myths about what causes rape, including the myth that how women were dressed or behaved caused the rape. Police officers acknowledged they inadvertently shifted the blame to the survivor of rape instead of focusing on the criminal offence committed by the perpetrator.
The workshop runs from 7-18 November and is being held at the Hexagon Hotel in Nadi.

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Pohnpei Fishing Club
November 12, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—For the 13th year in a row, Budweiser and Ambros/Shimbros sponsored the Annual Budweiser Fishing Tournament of the Pohnpei Fishing Club.
Anglers who braved the rain, and the wind were rewarded with an excellent day of fishing, albeit a cold one.
21 boats signed up to challenge the elements including seven guest fishermen from Majuro who fished aboard two charter boats. It was a first for the club, and we want to continue to make Pohnpei an international fishing destination.
Seven qualifying marlin were landed, but there were only so many prizes to go around. The tournament’s main prizes were for the Catch 5 tourney. In a Catch 5, your boat has to catch one fish from each of the following species: Billfish, Yellowfin or other tuna, Skip Jack, Mahi Mahi and Wahoo.
A qualifying marlin must be 100 pounds or over and 50 pounds or over for a sailfish.
Only one boat, Miss Yirwor caught all five species and won the grand prize of $400.00.
There was also a separate prize for the biggest fish in each species. The following are the prizes and winners. We even had a win by Rich Angyal, a guest angler from Oregon,.
Most Species:
5 species Miss Yirwor - Angie Tretnoff, First Prize - $400.00
4 species: Salt Life - Oliver Hawley, Second Prize - $300.00
3species Niquisa - Benjamin Peterson, Third prize won on weight - $150.00
Biggest Fish in each species:
Marlin - Naihila Peterson- 216.1 lb - $100.00
Yellow Fin - Tommy Reiher - 107.8lb - $100.00
Wahoo - Ferny Perman -36.1lb - $100.00
Mahi Mahi - Snyther James -13.9lb - $100.00
Skip Jack - Rich Angyal -16.3lb - $100.00
Visibility was difficult. One boat got lost and didn’t return by the close of the weigh in. They activated their EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio- Beacon) initiating rescue operations. All crew members safely returned to Mangrove Bay by about 8:30 in the evening after rescue operations were implemented.
Congratulations to all the winners. Many thanks to Budweiser, Ambros, Inc.,/ Shimbros . Each registered boat received free t-shirts and a case of Bud. “This Bud’s for you,” was what a lot of fishermen said when they got back and went to warm up.
We want to thank the captain and crew of Bavaria for donating their marlin to the Pohnpei Hospital. Lots of people can get fed from that beast.
Many thanks to all the people that helped, Tina, Bill, Jade, Kumer’s guys, and Uta for the library. We can’t do it without you. The barbecue once again went to support the Pohnpei Public Library.
This is the last tournament of the year. The Annual General Meeting will take place in January at a date and time to be announced.

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Majuro — The Federated States of Micronesia expects to become only the third Pacific island nation to join the United World College, a global educational program that emphasizes student diversity at its 16 member schools.
The Marshall Islands and Fiji are the other UWC members in the Pacific.
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is in the process of establishing its first FSM National Committee to oversee its membership in UWC and selection of students who will receive scholarships to study overseas. “We should be awarding our first scholarship in late 2017,” said Tamara Greenstone-Alefaio, the Marshall Islands UWC National Coordinator, who is advising the FSM committee on its establishment.
Greenstone-Alefaio, who assisted the Marshall Islands to establish its UWC program that is now in its sixth year, is now based in Pohnpei, where she is working with the Micronesia Conservation Trust.
Marshall Islands students are currently studying at United World College high schools in England, China, Singapore, Germany, and Hong Kong — with a scholarship available for a Marshall Islander to study at UWC’s newly opened school in Japan for the school year starting in August 2017. Over the past five years, other Marshall Islands students have graduated from UWC schools in Canada, the United States and Germany. Since it gained membership, the Marshall Islands has received from one to three scholarship awards per year.
The Marshall Islands UWC National Committee is chaired by Dr. Irene Taafaki, director of the University of the South Pacific Campus in Majuro.
With its focus on student diversity, the student bodies of all 16 UWC affiliated schools look like mini- United Nations, with dozens of nations represented by students. “Diversity encapsulates the experience of every student in every college,” the UWC mission statement says.
Greenstone-Alefaio returned to Pohnpei this week after attending the annual UWC congress in Italy. “Climate change, increasing global inequality, and conflict and persecution are displacing more people than ever before,” said a briefing for the annual congress. “These are just a few of the challenges we face in 2016. The role of the UWC movement is more relevant than ever, and together we want to be an even stronger force for peace and a sustainable future.”
Although the Pacific island area is under-represented in the UWC system with only two countries being members, awareness about the Pacific was increased through Greenstone- Alefaio’s presentations at the UWC congress in Italy. Several hundred people attended the meetings.
At the Congress, Alefaio facilitated a session for the Asia-Pacific region discussion on the new UWC Strategic Plan and “presented on the Marshall Islands National Committee and how we support our students,” she said.
Greenstone-Alefaio is uniquely placed to be assisting the FSM to establish its national committee so it can meet the requirements of membership in the UWC system. She is a member of the Committee of National Committees, which is a body of national committee representatives who are responsible for taking the recommendations, requests and needs of the national committees to the UWC International Office.”

mathA Math Seminar supported by JICA was held from October 19 to 21, 2016 in Yap. The purpose of the seminar was to find effective and specific procedures for “Lesson Study” to spread throughout the FSM. Lesson Study is a cycle that consists of “Pre-Lesson”, “Open Class”, and “Post- Lesson”, and originated in Japan. Pre- Lesson means to practice for simulating Open Class with teachers. Open Class, other classrooms/schools teachers come to one classroom and observe how a presenter teaches. After that, in Post-Lesson, all participants discuss and reflect about the Lesson.
JICA volunteers and their Counter-Part teachers tried to implement Lesson Study in each state level because it is one of the good ways to improve teaching skills and strategies through discussing and sharing ideas with teachers. Yap is the only state that has already held Lesson Study in their state level. Therefore, the Seminar was held in Yap to think about Lesson Study for the future.
Through this seminar, they observed the Lesson Study presented by 7th grade teacher Viviana Tinnigig in Colonia Middle School and had a workshop for Yap teachers in order to introduce some of the advantages of Lesson Study.
Some teachers said that Lesson Study was important because students would benefit more. Students were our first priority. We need to find ways to improve student learning.
To implement Lesson Study, JICA volunteers and teachers will cooperate together to develop for the future students.
The facilitators were JICA volunteers (Ryo Hasegawa from Kolonia Elementary School in Pohnpei, Ayumi Suzuki from Nett Elementary School in Pohnpei, Ikumi Yamaguchi from Ohmine Elementary School in Pohnpei, Eriko Shibata from Lelu Elementary School in Kosrae, Tomoaki Fujiwara from Gaanelay Rull Community School in Yap). The participants were Jimmy Gallen from Kolonia Elementary school; Kevin Ponapart from Nett Elementary School; Jessica Nanpei from Ohmine Elementary School; Tulen Peter from Kosrae State; DOE Math specialist, Ginny Fenenigog from Yap; DOE Math Specialist, Viviana Tinnigig from Colonia Middle School; Helen Leebey from Gaanelay Rull Community School, Naty Flowan’ from Gaanelay Rull Community School, and other Yap teachers

horie

 By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
November 17, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—The rain that poured in torrents as guests arrived failed to dampen their spirits as they gathered for an early celebration of Emperor Akihito’s 83rd birthday, a national holiday of Japan. The Emperor’s birthday is not until December 23, but Japan’s Ambassador Ryoichi Horie told his guests that he wanted to be certain that there was a chance to celebrate the FSM’s relationship with all of the upcoming holidays and other events.
He congratulated the FSM on its 30th Anniversary of independence and reminded the guests that though for all but two of those years, the FSM and Japan have had formal diplomatic relations, Japan and what became the FSM have had relations for over 100 years. The first generation of Japanese immigrants came to Chuuk and other islands of Micronesia at the end of the 19th century. He said that one survey shows that about 20 percent of the total current population of the FSM has ancestors from Japan and named several notable Micronesians, including the nation’s first President Tosiwo Nakayama, Susumu Aizawa, a Chuukese professional baseball player in Japan who is an uncle of Ambassador John Fritz, and Koben Mori, the ancestor of former President Manny Mori.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
November 15, 2016
Federated States of Micronesia—For ten years Dr. Michael Leppert, a retired dentist from Germany has been offering emergency dental services to small islands that are underserved or not served at all as he circumnavigates the world.
After he sold his successful dental practice in Germany and retired, he took to the seas aboard his beautiful 16 meter long, 86 meter wide sailing vessel—a catamaran, the “Mariposa”. “There are only so many beautiful beaches with palm trees you can see,” he said. Along with seeing those beautiful islands, he has also set up a free dental practice aboard his boat. Each year he sees anywhere from 1000 to 2000 patients who might not otherwise see a dentist due to accessibility issues. He pays for it all himself—about $25,000 a year. He says he receives no government support for his services though his website does provide a means of offering financial support that he hopes some people will be attracted to.
His website, www.cat-mariposa.com is produced in German but there is a tab for English speakers. It has excellent photos from most of his visits throughout the world and also a means for people to donate to his efforts, though he says that has not set up a tax deductible foundation.
The “Mariposa” is impressive with solar and wind provided power and a large supply of big batteries for power. He also has a fossil fueled backup generator, but Dr. Lebbert said he rarely needs to use it unless there’s no wind and no sun for a long period of time. His dental practice is fully equipped with a high speed dental drill, sterilizing units, an X-Ray machine, and everything else he needs to help patients with their dentistry needs up to and including surgeries. He can also help with diving accidents. He provides all of his services aboard the “Mariposa”.

youth council

Jasmin Taylor
November 10, 2016
Kosrae, FSM—Kosrae State government officials, families and educators gathered at the State Legislator in Tofol, Kosrae, Thursday, November 10 to honor 16 young people from the four municipalities of Kosrae.
Peace Corps Response Volunteer Connie Howard alongside Kosrae Youth Development Association President Hans Skilling spearheaded the program called The 16 Most Remarkable Teens in Kosrae. The program was first developed in the United States in 2003, as a way to promote positive peer pressure in the youth community, and increase rates of school completion while lowering rates of risk-taking and anti-social behavior.
“Youth are our future leaders, they are not problems to be fixed, but valuable resources,” said Director of Kosrae Department of Education Dr. Tulensru Waguk, during his opening remark at the ceremony. “This program will generate long-term benefits for family, community and the state of Kosrae,” he added.
This past summer, more than 80 students were nominated to be considered for selection as honorees by community members including teachers, school counselors, faith-based leaders, peers and even government officials. All nominated students received a certificate acknowledging their contributions to their community.
After multiple interviews with both Howard and Skilling, 16 teenagers ages 12 – 19, were chosen to receive awards in non-traditional categories such as cultural lifestyle, leadership, photography, courage to overcome personal adversity and emerging global leader.

rotary clubRotary Club of Pohnpei
November 5, 2015
Pohnpei, FSM—With the help of its many sponsors and the people who attended the annual Rotary Quiz Night at Cupid’s Bar and Grille on Saturday, November 5, the Pohnpei Rotary Club was able to raise over $11,000.
The money raised goes to support the many projects in which Rotary is involved.
For 2016-2017 the club awarded $11,250.00 in scholarships to local students to help their college education.
The Rotary Club put up a solar power system on Sapwalap school that now saves them immensely on their power bills and creates a better school environment.
The Club just supported 12 elementary schools to enter the Scripps Spelling Bee, which is an international competition. The winners from Pohnpei get to go to Guam for the next round.
Last year the playground at the Pohnpei Public Library was finished with Rotary contributions.
The Rotary Quiz Night attracted a huge crowd. 24 tables of contestants fought it out. The questions, which were flashed on three big screens, tested everyone’s knowledge of useless trivia. Organizers struggled mightily to come up with obscure and inane questions, but people still knew which Rocky movie it was where Rocky fought the big Russian, and were able to provide the name of the building where FSM Finance is located.
The competition was neck and neck, but Dylan Berns, Chis (Johnny) O’Keefe, Rachel Weinheimer, Alyson Gombas, Leo Falcam, Jr. and Joey Diamanti, the team members at Table 21 were able to hang on for the win. They each won $100.00 in cash donated by Bank of Guam.
Everyone who participated at the Quiz Night went home with at least one prize of some sort no matter how well or how poorly they did, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.
Besides the Quiz Night admission price of $10, there were other fundraising activities as well. United Airlines graciously donated two round trip tickets to anywhere in Micronesia and Asia. Club members sold raffle tickets to the general public. The drawing was held during the Quiz Night. The lucky winners were Sammy Moses and Majella Walsh.

violence

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
November 21, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—Domestic violence and abuse of any sort is despicable and completely unacceptable and yet one of three women worldwide who have ever been involved in a relationship (ever-partnered) has experienced it in one form or another. The statistics in the FSM reflect the global statistics. “Almost one in three ever-partnered women in the FSM (32.8%) has experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner at least once in their life.”
This week during the White Ribbon against Domestic Violence campaign of the United Nations, the Australian Embassy conducted a well-attended workshop on the issue at The College of Micronesia FSM. Eliza Woolcock of the Embassy gave an excellent power point production explaining that anyone can be a victim of Domestic violence and abuse but that a large majority of the victims are women.
Australia’s Ambassador George Fraser said that Violence against women is unacceptable, anywhere anytime and that eliminating it is a priority of the Australian Government and a key part of its foreign policy and overseas aid program.
“The Pohnpei Legislature has been considering the proposed “Family Safety Act” legislation for eight years,” he told the students. “Australia welcomes the current consideration of legislation and would support its timely passage but it needs support from the community, from you. I would encourage you all to find out more about this legislation, how it affects you, and how you can become involved. There are public hearings you can attend to make sure the voices of youth in Pohnpei are heard.”
“Violence against women is a symptom of gender inequality and takes many forms of abuse including physical, emotional, religious, social and financial abuse,” he told them. “But underlying it all is the idea that women and girls do not have the same importance and rights as men and boys.

screening

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
November 24, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—Pohnpei is not letting any moss grow under their feet as they seek to screen all of Pohnpei’s children for Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). It’s too an important of a health matter. Screening for the disease began in Elementary Schools in Nett, U, Pingelap and Mwoakilloa on Monday of this week. It was funded by a Congress appropriation of $46,000 sponsored by Senator Esmond Moses for Pohnpei’s Election District 3. The screening is also supported by Mahi International.
In March of this year, Dr. Payne Perman made the startling announcement that Pohnpei’s Election District 1 (Sokehs and Kolonia) likely have the highest per capita rate of RHD in the world, or at least that have been recorded. That announcement came after 22 days of screening in District 1. Due to lack of parental consent, only 71 percent of students were screened. They still screened 1881 students and found 39 cases of RHD that required immediate treatment.
So far, the results in District 3 are even more staggering. Already they have found 42 definite cases of the disease that will require immediate but easy treatment. At press time, much less than half the number of students that were screened during the entire RHD screening in Election District 1 (Sokehs and Kolonia) had been screened at Nett Elementary School.
Today, RHD screening was happening at Awak Elementary School but at press time, those results weren’t yet in.
During the Nett Elementary screening, the team also found 20 cases of borderline RHD that will be monitored once a year. Three cases of Congenital Heart Disease—diseases children were born with rather than acquired were uncovered. There was one case of a child with a tumor within the heart that was confirmed by pediatric heart specialists at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California who act as consultants for the team. Parents would not have known without the screening.

youth activist

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
November 24, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—When Vice President Yosiwo George’s office called yesterday to ask if we would be willing to interview high school students who had just met with him about climate change we jumped at the chance, even though the interview would happen after deadline. We were told that they were “something like climate change crusaders” having just returned from a training. What we found when they arrived was that they are much more than that. What they are is a trio of extremely bright high school seniors who want to mobilize young people in the FSM in a way that older people never will be able to do. They call themselves “Micronesia Youth Activists” and they’ve been busy. They intend to stay that way.
Conrad Jr. Timothy of Kosrae High School said that despite the fact that young people respect their elders as a matter of tradition they often don’t get active until they are mobilized by one of their own who speaks their own language. “Then they get really excited and start doing things like cleanup projects [and others]” he said.
Joshua Abello Pangelinan of Pohnpei’s Seventh Day Adventist School (SDA), Marissa Boylan of Pohnpei’s Calvary Christian Academy, and Conrad Jr. Timothy did not just recently return from a Climate Change training opportunity, although that was a part of what they experienced. They returned some time ago after they were involved over the summer break from school in the Junior Statesmen of America program at Princeton University in New Jersey. They said that the course was designed to teach them about American politics and the possibility of activism as a way to change their own communities for the better. They’ve brought those ideas home.
They were taught about issues of climate change only for the first week and then moved on to elective study courses the students were just as interested in.