National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) participated in the 10th annual Regional Tuna Data Workshop (TDW) in Noumea, New Caledonia from April 25-29, 2016. The workshop was held and sponsored by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and focused on the National Tuna Data Coordinators (NTDC). It was attendant by participants from SPC member countries. NORMA had two staff representing the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Mr. Derek Pelep and Mrs. Prileen Martin.
TDW 10 is for SPC country members to develop and improve their scientific tuna monitoring and management capacity in order to meet their data reporting requirements to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). The workshop provides a platform for participants to get expert advice from fisheries specialist and scientist from SPC, the Foreign Fisheries Agency (FFA) and WCPFC. Under the guidance of the expert’s participants analyze their countries fisheries data collected from vessel log sheets and observer data. The work started in the workshop is important because the reports resulting from the TDW will help country member’s asses their fisheries, influence management decisions and fishing strategies and negotiations with fishing companies.
Funding was provided from the Japan Trust Fund administered through WCPFC. The FSM Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) supported one of the two FSM participants. Many thanks to the hard working staff of SPC, FFA and WCPFC for the continuing support to Pacific Island country members.

fund raising dinner

Kolonia, Pohnpei (May 2, 2016) –The College successfully hosted its Fundraising Dinner which raised a total of $63,570.00 in donations and pledges. Held on the rainy night of April 29, 2016, the events master of ceremony, Post Master General Ginger Mida, offered welcoming remarks as did COM-FSM Board of Regents Chairman, Dr. Tulensru Waguk. COM-FSM President Dr. Joseph Daisy shared recent successes and progress of the College.
Held at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries grounds in Kolonia Pohnpei, nearly 200 people attended the Fundraiser event. Present during the event were COM-FSM Board of Regents Chairman, Dr. Tulensru Waguk, Regent Kasio Mida, and former FSM President Manny Mori. Also present during the event were Government Officials, delegates from various institutions and dignitaries from China, Japan, United States, and Australia. Former President Mori is now the Executive Director for the COM-FSM Institutional Advancement Office and is responsible for organizing the fundraising dinner, which has been announced to be an annual event.
All proceeds of this fundraising event will go to the College’s Endowment Fund. Established in 1993, the COM-FSM Endowment Fund was started by the College for the purpose of generating income for the support of the future of the College.
COM-FSM wishes to extend its thanks and appreciation to all those who bought tickets and to the following donors:
Bank of Guam
National Fisheries Corporation
FSM Development Bank
Bank of the FSM
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
United Airlines
Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
Australian Embassy
Petro Corp.
Mr. & Mrs. Kasio Mida
Mr. & Mrs. Manny Mori
Dr. Joseph M. Daisy

Special thanks to the Organizing Committee; Pohnpei Campus staff, FSM Post Office Staff, COM-FSM IT and Publications Office, Office of Institutional Advancement, and Mrs. Emma Mori.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
May 10, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—At press time the 23rd Annual Fishing Tournament of the Pohnpei Fishing Club was only half over. The first day of the tournament took place on May with the boat Miss Yirwor leading the pack with two marlins and a sailfish. The boat Brianna was in second place at the end of the first day of competition.
The second day of the tournament will be held on May 14, the day after this newspaper goes to press.
In addition to the opportunity to compete for top prizes in the tournament the registration fee of $50 earns each boat a case of Budweiser at the end of the day upon turn in the e-pirb safety device.
The awards ceremony for the tournament will be on May 21 at Mangrove Bay Bar
The sponsors for this year’s annual tournament are: Ambros, Inc./Budweiser, Ace Hardware, Ace Office Supply, Best Buy, Bank of the FSM, Blue Nile, Cupid’s Bar and Grille, Etscheit Enterprises, LP Gas, Luen Thai Fishing Venture, Ltd., Lyon Associates, MRAG,Napa Auto Parts, National Fishing Corporation, Ocean View, Panuelo Gas, Petrocorp, Pohnpei Surf Club, FSM Telecommunications Corporation, and the Bank of Guam

solar project

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
May 7, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—The children of the Sapwalap Elementary School are the beneficiaries of a new 15 kilowatt photovoltaic system (solar power). This morning the Rotary Club of Pohnpei, Rotary International and representatives of the Yaminote West Rotary Clubs of District 2750 handed the $40,000 system over to the school. Mahi International was a partner in the project as well and provided about 20 hours of health, sanitation, and hygiene education to the students along with hundreds of bars of soap and other items.
John Schroer explained that the project really wasn’t necessarily about the solar panel project but was about health and hygiene.
When new classrooms were built at the school under the Compact of Free Association with the United States they also provided a large water catchment system. Unfortunately, that catchment system was below the level of the bathrooms so the water from the tank had to be pumped to the bathrooms with an electric pump. Most often there was not enough money to pay for cash power to run the pump and the restrooms remained dry.

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Principal Anson Abram told the audience that the school was using an average of 100 kW of power per day, well beyond what their budget could support. He said that they are now using roughly half that amount.
The system is grid linked, meaning that there are no batteries. The power the system generates that the school does not use goes back into PUC’s power grid.
Governor Marcelo Peterson thanked the Rotary Clubs and Mahi International for the special project and along with Iso Nahnken John Adolph and Pohnpei Rotary Club President Melner Isaac, cut the ceremonial ribbon signifying the turnover of the project.
The Yaminote West Rotary Clubs of District 2750 in Tokyo raised $20,000 for the project and Rotary International matched that amount based on a request from the Rotary Club of Pohnpei.
Mr. Otomo Takashi, and Mr. Taneichi from the Rotary Club of Tokyo Setegaya traveled to Pohnpei to attend the ceremony.

garbage truck

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
May 9, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—This morning in Pohnlangas, Madolenihmw, Ambassador Li Jie, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China handed over a new garbage truck and other supplies to the Nanmwariki of Madolenihmw for use by the government of Madolenihmw.
Ambassador Li said that Mayor Petrick Ringlen did extraordinary work by researching the types of garbage trucks that would be appropriate for their use and that during his research he found that the best type of vehicle was made in China.
It is a small vehicle that is suitable to the roads in Pohnpei. Of the main island municipalities, Madolenihmw is the farthest from Dekehtik which is where the landfill is located, a one way trip of approximately 40 kilometers. The compacted storage capacity of the truck needed to be large enough to avoid having to travel to Dekehtik too often but small enough to be able to negotiate the small roads as well.
The total cost of the PRC provided project was $21,000 and included several garbage storage containers, and also some solar lights.
Senator Shelten Neth presented an oftentimes humorous speech of “thanksgiving” to the people of China for their generous donation that would contribute to the health and environment of Madolenihmw.
Neth said that the Chinese Embassy had provided funds for the Madolenihmw Constitution Day and that most people who attended didn’t know it.
He also used the opportunity to ask for more assistance. He said that if the Ambassador returned to China and told the people there that he had been to a basketball or a volleyball game that had been rained out they would think he was crazy. But those kinds of games are often rained out in Madolenihmw because they have no indoor facility. He hoped that China would be able to assist with a multi-purpose community center.
Neth also said that because of the distance to the hospital some people die while being transported in cars to the Pohnpei State Hospital. He hoped that China would be able to assist with an ambulance.
Ambassador Li said that he would keep the requests in mind and that China would consider helping within the bounds of its capabilities.
Wasa Lapalap Isipahu, Nanmwariki en Wein Madolenihmw also addressed the small crowd after which a small ribbon cutting ceremony was held.
Madolenihmw personnel demonstrated the trash compacting capability of the new garbage truck before the ceremony was concluded.

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Ayuda Foundation
HAGÅTÑA (April 2016): Early this month, Ayuda Foundation coordinated and organized (2) large book donations to FSM organizations in need. The books were donated by Guam Department of Education and St. John’s Catholic School. GDOE donated (3) 40 ft. containers full of textbooks and St. John’s donated (1) 20 ft. container of library books/ textbooks. The GDOE donation is on route thanks to Ayuda Foundations’ partner, Matson Navigation, Inc. to the Catholic Mission School and Prison Library in Pohnpei and the Akoyikoyi School in Weno, Chuuk. The private school’s donations are being shipped out thanks to the United States Coast Guard’s Community Relations program to the Awak Elementary School in U Municipality of Pohnpei. GDOE surveyed all donations that were donated without cost. Ayuda Foundation would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who loaded the books and their partners, Pacific Island Movers and Pacific Trucking who provided ground transportation.
All contents of the shipments have been provided to the end users without charge. No monies were involved in any of the activities.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
May 12, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—What started as an investigation in a larceny case has expanded to Pohnpei State’s first prosecution for Human Trafficking crimes. Two males and two females were arrested. Three of the individuals are Pohnpeian and one is a foreigner. Three of the accused were denied bail and one was released under strict conditions due to a medical problem. The three who were denied bail are currently in jail awaiting trial.
A prosecutor at the Pohnpei State Attorney General’s office says that the State filed two separate Human Trafficking and Criminal Exploitation sets of charges that resulted in the arrests. The State filed the charges in February.
In order to protect the privacy of the victims, Pohnpei’s Criminal Code provides that the names of the victims and the victims’ families never be disclosed including by the defendant(s).
Nothing in Chapter 8A of Pohnpei’s Criminal Code, the law against Human Trafficking and Criminal Exploitation precludes the release of the names of the accused. Still, those names have not been released to the public.
To further protect the victims and to save them from the potential humiliation of having to testify publicly in court, the prosecutor’s office has been taking the testimony of the four alleged victims who have so far come forward on video.
There are several forms of Human Trafficking and Criminal Exploitation, all of them involving the subjugation of a human being to servitude of any kind by coercion. Contrary to popular believe, the crime does not always involve exploitation through forced prostitution but in this case prostitution is involved. Victims of Human Trafficking are not criminally liable “for any commercial sex act or illegal sexually-explicit performance committed as a direct result of, or incident or related to, being trafficked.”
The law allows for 10 years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine but it also allows for harsher sentences if there were more than two victims. The law also provides for financial remuneration by a convicted person to his or her victims. It also allows victims to file civil actions against their captors.
A trial date has not yet been set. The Court still has several pre-trial motions on which to rule.
Police are still investigating whether or not more people were involved

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
May 2, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—Rickson Oliver’s name has never been in The Kaselehlie Press, but in May a one page article about him appeared in Hemispheres, the inflight magazine of United Airlines with annual circulation of over 134 million copies.
There’s a reason for that. Rickson Oliver, whose family lives upstairs about 50 feet away from the back window of The Kaselehlie Press, never talks about Rickson Oliver. He’s always been the extraordinarily friendly, “smiley” and selfless guy I’ve liked since the moment I met him many years ago. But since Rickson doesn’t talk about Rickson, I never knew anything about the story that appeared in Hemispheres, or any other. He’s just Rickson, the guy who almost everyone likes immediately.
He’s the guy I hear through the back window of my office playing guitar and leading his tight knit, loving and beautiful extended family in their evening worship.

jasmine mendiola

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
May 2, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—Today, on World Tuna Day, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Secretariat announced that the FSM’s own Jasmine Mendiola had won the top prize for her poem entitled Teach Your Children.. Her poem was selected from entries received from citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
In 2011, PNA Ministers declared May 2 to be World Tuna Day, a special day for all who are involved in tuna fishing and tuna conservation and management to celebrate the wonders of tuna with communities around the world. Since 2012, PNA has run the World Tuna Day Art and Talent Quest to profile the unique relationship local people have with tuna and its diverse artistic and cultural heritage.
The contest requested entries of poetry or short stories, pictures of artwork, short films or filmed music, dance or drama performances on the themes of Pacific Tuna in the wild, tuna and local cultures and lifestyles, Pacific ways of fishing for Tuna, or islanders working together to conserve and manage tuna.

Mendiola’s poem brilliantly touched on every single one of the topics in a heart touching way. She won the top prize of $3000 for her work.
Mendiola has long been what some might call an over-achiever. She was Salutatorian of her Elementary School class at Pohnpei Seventh Day Adventist School, Valedictorian of PICS High School, and twice, Valedictorian at the College of Micronesia where she studied Marine Sciences. After several prestigious internships she was selected as the Assistant Director of the Marine and Environmental Research Institute of the Pacific (MERIP) in Pohnpei.
She says that she has had a conservation mindset since she was in High School when she worked as a volunteer with the Conservation Society of Pohnpei.
She certainly comes by it honestly. Her uncle was the great Dakio Paul, who many consider to be the father of FSM Marine Protected areas. In the 1990’s, after facing government resistance, Paul declared Black Coral (Kehpara) to be closed to fishing, grabbed a shotgun and for three years patrolled the area in a small boat powered by a 15 horsepower motor, firing warning blasts when fishermen encroached on the waters. Before long, fishermen noticed an increase of fish in the area and the surrounding reefs and that changed everything.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
May 13, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—A foreign investment permit issued to a Chinese company, Young Sun International Trading Company, to harvest sea cucumbers in Pohnpei has sparked cries of outrage from some of the people of Pohnpei. Last Wednesday a small group of about 100 protestors marched on the Pohnpei Government complex carrying signs, and voicing their opposition to the plan to harvest and export sea cucumbers from Pohnpei’s waters led by the Isonahnken of Nett, Salvador Iriarte.
According the Pohnpei’s Chief of Staff, Joe Saimon, Young Sun’s export proposal for the sea cucumber harvest was selected by a five member committee that included a College of Micronesia-FSM marine scientist. They have a permit for a year. Pohnpei’s Office of Fisheries and Aquaculture (OFA) says that during that year Young Sun can harvest for a maximum total of 14 days but only up to 12% (67 tons) of the population of the types of sea cucumbers that have been authorized for harvest and export. OFA says they have not authorized harvest of the types of sea cucumbers that Pohnpeians eat. The company can use as many as 3500 people to harvest the sea cucumbers each of whom must be registered and will have strict daily quotas.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor
On Tuesday, April 26th, during a legislative hearing regarding the planned sea-cucumber harvest in Pohnpei which many locals, including our NGOs oppose, a Pohnpeian lawyer representing the foreign company who will buy the sea-cucumbers from Pohneians, quipped, what are the NGOs contributing to Pohnpei other than creating conservation areas and putting local citizens in jail?
Firstly, only the Government has the legal mandate to create conservation areas and put people in jail and not the NGOs, and that smart Pohnpeian lawyer knows this very well. To answer the question of what the three conservation NGOs, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT), and the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) do besides creating conservation areas and putting local citizens in jail, as purported by our local lawyer, let us explain some of the things that we actually do. MCT, TNC and CSP hire approximately 30 people, mostly locals, who use their salaries to support their local families, contribute to our economy, and pay taxes and our organizations also support Micronesian communities when they are in need. In doing this, our three organizations have brought millions of non-compact funding dollars into our economy, giving hundreds of grants to local communities and supporting capacity building to thousands of local community members around Micronesia. We have served so many communities that we can't mention everything we've done since the late 1990s.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
April 27, 2016
magicianPohnpei, FSM—Amateur magician Max Watanabe from Japan is 83 years old but still going strong. Some time ago he set a personal goal to perform his magic in 80 countries. His performances in Pohnpei this week marked his 95th country. He has well exceeded his goal and if this afternoon’s final performance at the Pohnpei Public Library was any indication, he has “wowed” children in every country with his feats of legerdemain. Watanabe performed twice at the Pohnpei Public Library. Today’s performance was his last there and the best attended at the library. After each trick, the standing room only crowd of children who had waited patiently outside the door while he prepared for his show, gasped at what they had just seen as he pulled quarters from their ears, made water turnturned water into confetti, scarves into a hat, and made balls and other objects appear to jump from his hand to the hand of a volunteer.
Watanabe performed at the State Hospital and at the elementary schools in Kolonia.
Japan’s Ambassador Masaki Sakai attended Watanabe’s performance at the library. He was surrounded by children who were enthralled with the show.

us embassy

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
April 22, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—This evening United States Ambassador Doria Rosen hosted a “Hail and Farewell” reception at her home for incoming and outgoing Economic/Consular Officers for the US Embassy to the FSM.
After a two year tour, William Cook will turn over the reins of his position to Jeanette Brackett who served in other U.S. Embassies prior to arrival in the FSM.
Ambassador Rosen presented Mr. Cook with a framed letter from the State Department congratulating him on the quality of his cables . She also presented him with a beautiful hand carved wall hanging.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
April 25, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—The State of Pohnpei was just one of the thousands of places throughout the world to hold dawn services in commemoration of the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli during which nearly 12,000 Australians and New Zealanders died. The commemoration, often referred to as ANZAC Day, was held for the first time on the grounds of the residence for the Australian Embassy and as is traditional began at 5:30 in the morning just before dawn.
ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
April 25, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—The government of Japan has provided three new high quality oscilloscopes to the Vocational and Technical program of the College of Micronesia FSM.
This afternoon, Ambassador Masaki Sakai and staff members received a demonstration of the oscilloscopes conducted by students and staff members at the Pohnpei Campus of COM FSM.
Gardner Edgar, Chair of the Technical and Trade Division explained that while the college had oscilloscopes they were very limited in what they could do. They were digital but the screens were analog. They also could only measure up to 100 MhzMHz and only on a single band.

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The new oscilloscopes, provided by Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid for Provision of Industrial Products can handle up to 500 MhzMHz, can measure four bands simultaneously, and have touch screens. Those oscilloscopes are more like what students would use in real world applications after graduation.
Ambassador Sakai said that he first made the request on behalf of the college a year and a half ago and he was pleased to see them in operatio

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
April 28, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—Three students of the New Tokyo Medical College will be going on to their fifth and sixth year clinical training. This afternoon, the College staged a “White Coat Ceremony” for the three successful students. They are the first students of the New Tokyo Medical College, the only medical college in the northwest Pacific, to reach this stage in their medical training.
Kevin Saumar of Yap, and Crystal Sopepa and Taneleen Damarlane of Pohnpei made the cut and will be going on to the Guam Regional Medical Center for four weeks of introductory clinical observation. Afterward they will move on to Cebu Doctor’s University Hospital in the Philippines.
Wehns Billen, a member of the board of trustees was present at the ceremony as were, Governor Marcelo Peterson and, Senators Shelton Neth and Sendelina Lekka. Mrs. Nanpei was present as was Kolonia Town Mayor Jose San Nicolas. Two representatives from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China were also present for the ceremony.
Since the students are scholarship students, New Tokyo Medical College is responsible for all tuition and living expenses.