olympics 01

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
August 19, 2016
FSM—The 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are over and done with. The FSM athletes, their coaches and support staff have already begun making their long journey back to their regular lives amongst the coconut trees and taro here in the FSM.
By now, the results of the history making events have been highly publicized but the stellar athletes of the FSM deserve a front page to arrive home to even after having been in the international spotlight even if just for a short while. We are proud of what they accomplished both personally and for themselves, and they did it in front of millions of spectators both in the stadium and around the world.
Swimmer Dionisio Augustine was the first FSM athlete to compete at the games. At 1:00 on August 11 the winner of five medals during the recent Micronesia Games swam his heart out and won the third heat of the men’s 50 meter free style preliminaries. There were a total of 10 heats and there were 8 swimmers in his heat. Though his time wasn’t fast enough to move to the semi-finals he beat all of the other swimmers in his heat and swam a personal best time of 26.17. His previous fastest time was 26.92. It was Dionisio’s first time to compete in the Olympic Games.

habele 01

July 20, 2016
Yap, FSM—Habele’s “LEAD,” or Leadership, Exchange, and Academic Development, is an intensive summer program for Habele scholars with strong potential for future leadership.
Based on the traditional “host family” model, this innovative program fosters cultural, social and intellectual exchanges between Micronesian students and their American peers. The novel, multilateral approach to developing mutual understanding and cooperation imbues participating scholars with increased perspective and capacity to drive sustainable regional development in Micronesia.
Bertha Hathomar, the 2016 LEAD scholar, is a native to a remote, underserved community in the Outer Islands of Yap State, Micronesia. Following the destruction wrought by Super Typhoon Maysak in 2015, the educationally displaced student received a Habele Tuition Scholarship to attend a prestigious private school in the district capital of Yap. While living with a Yapese host family, Bertha demonstrated tremendous academic focus and ability, earning high marks in all courses of study.
That Habele Tuition Scholarship provided an initial springboard for Bertha’s pursuit of greater social and academic horizons. Through LEAD, she accessed studies and cultural exchanges rarely available to socially vulnerable Outer Island women, spending two months living in the American state of South Carolina.

miss kbpBy Janice Warren
July 31, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—The search for Little Miss KBP Pohnpei culminated in the coronation of Little Miss KBP Pohnpei 2016 during the Grand Coronation Night pageant held at the Our Lady of Mercy gymnasium on Sunday night, July 31, 2016. The program was open to the public and was well attended by Filipino and other members of the Pohnpei community.
KBP stands for “Katilingbang Bisaya sa Pohnpei”, which is a non- governmental and a Filipino regional organization based in Pohnpei composed of Visayan- speaking Filipinos who come from the Southern part of the Philippines. KBP coordinates regular community events. The Little Miss KBP event supports fund raising for medical outreach programs to the different communities in the State of Pohnpei.
Five local female residents aged between 5 and 10 years old were selected for the pageant and sold tickets to the event. Sponsors for the event included Genesis Hospital and Pharmacy, Western Union, Caroline Fisheries Corporation (CFC), Black Sand Techtronics, XIX Store Kolonia and Awak, Pohnpei Transfer & Storage (PT&S), FSMTC, Angie”s, Pohnpei Electronic Outlet, Etscheit Enterprises, MJ Tailoring, Jenny’s Salon, RJ Electrical Services, 7Stars Hotel, Arnold’s Pizza, PLEC, Grace Special Bakery, Carolines Dental and Pharmaceutical Center, Mr. Manny San Jose and Mr. Jojo Pulmano.

July 27, 2016
Kolonia, Pohnpei-The First Pohnpei Civil Society Conference was held on July 15, 2016, at Pohnpei Administration Conference Facility. The conference was jointly organized and facilitated by FSM Alliance of NGOs (FANGO) and the Pohnpei State Office of Social Affairs.
Mr. Herman P. Semes, Sr. President of FANGO gave a brief explanation of the purpose of the conference, which was to create a Pohnpei State representative body, an umbrella organization, of the NGO community of Pohnpei, to serve as the focal point of contact between the NGO community and the Pohnpei State Government, and to help strengthen FANGO. The Pohnpei State umbrella organization would become the body to select the Pohnpei NGO board member to represent Pohnpei NGO community on the FANGO Board of Directors. FANGO is the FSM National NGO that represents FSM NGO community in the Regional NGOs.

jica

Japan International Cooperation Agency
On 7th of July 2016, FSM Department of Foreign Affairs welcomed two new JICA Volunteers to the Federated States of Micronesia who arrived on the 6th of July from Japan. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been dispatching volunteers into the FSM since 1989. JICA volunteers have been assisting in priority sectors of Education, Health, Environment, Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism and other fields. Currently there are seventeen volunteers; 8 SV (Senior Volunteers) and 9 JOCVs
Mr. Brendy Carl Deputy Assistant Secretary from FSM Dept. of Foreign Affairs warmly welcomes JICA’s New Senior Volunteers to the Federated States of Micronesia.
(Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer), are serving in the FSM including the two new volunteers. Most of them will serve two years in their respective posts. This program is one of JICA’s principal activities as part of its international cooperation carried out on behalf of the Japanese government which contributes to the social and economic development of the Federated States of Micronesia.
The new dispatched group consists of two senior volunteers are assigned to work in Pohnpei. SV Ms. Kimura Kumiko is assigned to College of Micronesia Division of Health and Science and Ms. Akahoshi Asuka to College of Micronesia CRE (Cooperative Research & Extension). The two new volunteers are ready to embark on their new journey in the FSM. Best wishes to all new volunteers as they help promote sharing of technical knowledge and skills, as well as mutual understanding and friendship between the FSM and Japan.

 AUG 2016 - Pohnpei, FSM—The Rotary Club of Pohnpei, Inc. is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016-2017 scholarship awards. The scholarships are awarded to FSM students attending university, and are to assist them in pursuing their dreams of a college education. With the assistance of Vital/Petrocorp, the club awarded a total of $11,250.00 in scholarships to 15 winners.
The winners selected are Jamilyn Lynnae Mooteb, Donna Pretrick, Dmetria Mtag, Richy Ropon, Annalyn Tareg, Shania Felix, Tyana Musrasrik, Zoya Goodwin, Armhel Pigao, Miranda Pugurwag, Mioni Samo, Marcy Kentun, Cheryll Ligohr, Roxanna Lawichfeg and Ramon Saletalir
Of the 15 winners, 14 are attending off island universities and 1 is attending COM-FSM.
We received many very competitive applications. It was a difficult decision to select the winning scholars, and with so many great applications we tried to select as many winners as possible. We also had to turn down some excellent candidates and we encourage them to reapply next year.
The Rotary Club has been awarding these scholarships since the early 2000’s and we are proud that it has built up to a sizeable amount being awarded each year. The money comes from some gracious support from Vital/ Petrocorp, and our own fundraising. Support our Chook raffles and fun run. Plus mark on your calendar Saturday, November 5 at Cupid’s Restaurant for our annual Quiz Night, known as the funnest night of the year by those who use bad grammar. The Rotary Club is also involved in many other community service projects, so your help from the public is always appreciated.
Good luck to all our scholars and we wish them every success in the coming school year.

ggfAUG 2016

The Micronesian Conservation Trust received funds from the Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) ($5,000) and the Japan Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC) ($10,000) to support their El Niño and drought recovery efforts on the island of Sapwuafik, Pohnpei FSM. Sapwuafik was selected by MCT and the two donor agencies because it is one of the most populated atolls in the FSM and needs much support. (FSM’s 2010 Census lists the population of Sapwuafik at 456). Also, the Mayor of Sapwuafik, the Hon. Kapino Neior, is a very progressive leader and has been actively seeking assistance from various organizations to support the people on his island, so his efforts were rewarded with the funding of these grants.
The project's aim is focused on water and food security. The municipal government has used some of the grant funds to buy 8 water tanks that will be placed in strategic areas around Sapwuafik Island to catch rainwater and ensure access by all the island's residents. The tanks have a singular capacity of 1500 gallons and a combined 12,000 gallons of water can now be stored. The municipal government will also use some of the funds to help them rehabilitate/ improve some of the taro pits on Sapwuafik which were severely affected during the recent El Nino drought.
The work of Mayor Neior shows that communities that are actively seeking assistance for projects to improve the quality of life in their communities have options for fulfilling their dreams. As the old US proverb go, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”, so we encourage communities with good projects in mind to seek assistance for them and help improve the quality of life for the residents of your community.
(APIC) is engaged in various development cooperation projects for the purpose of promoting international cooperation and deepening mutual understanding between Japan and various countries.
Specifically, APIC is engaged in these following activities.
Supporting development cooperation projects in the Pacific Island Region
Supporting development cooperation projects in the Caribbean Region
Organizing lecture meetings regarding global issues
Organizing social meetings regarding international cooperation
Training young generations interested in international cooperation

Global Greengrants Fund is a charitable foundation that makes small grants to grassroots environmental causes around the world. These funds are used to support community-based groups outside the United States and Western Europe working on issues of environmental justice, sustainability, and conservation. Since its establishment in 1993, Global Greengrants Fund has made over 5,000 grants in 129 countries, giving a total of over $20 million.

Pacific Community
1 August 2016
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia – The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), through its Department of Health and Social Affairs, is conducting a consultation on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the capital Pohnpei this week, for relevant government representatives and civil society organisations.
The three-day consultation aims to develop the skills and knowledge of relevant stakeholders on the convention and is being supported by the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) in collaboration with Australian Aid and the European Union.
“The training is a very timely event particularly as the Department of Health and Social Affairs is preparing to submit a resolution on the ratification of the CRPD to the 4th Regular Session of the 19th Congress Sitting of the FSM Government that will be held in September,” FSM National Disability Coordinator, Stuard Penias, said.

PALIKIR, POHNPEI. August 4. 2016 – The Fifth Special Session has adjourned sine-die on Wednesday - August 3, 2016, as scheduled, with the passage of numerous measures among which included the confirmation of an Associate Justice and the ratification of the Paris Agreement.
The Nineteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia has confirmed Larry Wentworth to serve as an Associate Justice for the FSM Supreme Court. With a stellar background and over 20 years of service to the FSM Supreme Court, Wentworth’s nomination was confirmed through the adoption of Congressional Resolution (CR) 19-236.
Another highlight of the concluded session was the adoption of CR 19-23 to ratify the climate change treaty better known as the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is a treaty within the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change which calls for a global effort to reduce the emissions of green house gases in order to limit global warming to under 2°C. It also calls for voluntary goals or “nationally determined contributions” (NCDs), which would eventually become binding. And finally the Paris Agreement calls for commitment by the developed countries to assist the developing countries in their efforts.

micronesian bluesBy Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
August 2, 2016
Federated States of Micronesia— Cinemax is currently in negotiations with Shifting Gears to purchase a series entitled “Micronesian Blues” based on the non-fiction book with the same title by Bryan Vila and Cynthia Morris. Morris says that details won’t be known for at least a couple of weeks.
Cynthia Morris gifted KPress a copy of “Micronesian Blues” in June of 2013 for our review, but we were skeptical about how it would treat Micronesians and said so when I finally got around to it several months later. Once I did finally get around to it, I spent several sleepless nights turning pages compulsively. It was a compelling read full of characters I either knew about from Micronesian history or that I know personally.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was really more about how the people of Micronesia changed an expat than it was about how an expat changed Micronesia.
“Regardless of what we are called here (‘mehn wai’, ‘ahset’, or something else) I think that ‘Micronesian Blues’ should be required reading for all of us expats before we step off the plane on any Micronesian island,” my review of the book said. I still think so.
I know what happens to books that I love once they hit the screen.
According to the website, TV Series Finale, “Johnathon Tropper is writing the Micronesian Blues ‘crime drama thriller,’ which will be directed by Greg Yaitanes. They are executive producing with Dempsey and his producing partner and manager, Joannie Burstein. Justin Franklin is co-producing. The Micronesian Blues TV series is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Bryan Vila and Cynthia Morris.”
TV Series Finale quotes from the “Deadline Hollywood” site which provides a short synopsis of the story line that is being proposed: “Micronesian Blues, written by Tropper and to be directed by Yaitanes, is based on the true story of Los Angeles cop Bryan Vila, a former Marine who had served in Vietnam, who took a job training local police in Micronesia in the early 1990s, expecting a paid vacation. The series tells the story of a burned out LA cop who accepts a teaching job in Micronesia, only to find himself caught up in a bloody war between tribal gangsters, lawless mercenaries, and crooked CIA agents.”
With a description like that, I wonder if Micronesians will be pleased with the series. It remains to be seen. The authors of the respectful book certainly hope that the series will treat Micronesians with the same respect as they did.
A certain deal has not yet been made

apipa

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 29, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—Meeting with the theme “Fishing Together for a Pacific Free of Corruption and Poverty”, the 27th Annual Conference of the Association of Pacific Island Public Auditors (APIPA) kicked off at the College of Micronesia-FSM in Palikir. Hundreds of people from all over the Pacific were present for the opening day ceremonies where Deputy Inspector General of the U. S. Department of the Interior, Ms. Mary L. Kendall, delivered the Keynote Address.
The opening session began with the entrance of the Principals from each represented country and territory preceded by their flags.
Pohnpei’s Governor Marcelo Peterson welcomed the delegates to Pohnpei and to their conference.

aquaculture

By Bill Jaynes
August 2, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—On July 20, at the height of the full moon, five female sea cucumbers rose up like cobras and spewed out over 10 million eggs at the carefully and scientifically controlled aquaculture facility at Nett Point. Of those, 49 percent hatched after male sea cucumbers fertilized the eggs—just over 5 million hatches. It will be a long journey before any of those sea cucumbers, the kinds that Pohnpeians eat, will be ready for market. The vast majority of them will die before they ever reach that stage, despite the carefully controlled environment.
The program is culturing “sand fish”, locally known as “langon”, and curry fish. Both are species that are locally consumed.

On several visits to the NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) and USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) sponsored Land Grant Program at Nett Point in Pohnpei, Dr. Manoj R. Nair shined a flash light into the spawning pools to show me the sea cucumbers growing there in the first stage of their growth process . “Look at where the light is shining”, he said. “You’ll see tiny little creatures on the bottom.”
Each time I smiled and nodded, but I have to admit that I was shining him on. I couldn’t see them unless they were the things that looked like tiny little grains of sand on the bottom of the tanks. He assured me that there were hundreds of thousands in each tank.
He said that stage of growth is about the time that some sea cucumber “farmers” dump the larva into the ocean and say that they have “farmed millions of sea cucumbers” to support their intended harvest.

From an article in Pacific Daily News
August 2, 2016
Guam—According to an article by Guam’s Pacific Daily News, Guam’s elected Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson has raised concerns that Governor Eddie Calvo’s actions to send three convicted migrants back to Chuuk could potentially raise “racial-bias” concerns.
PDN reports that she is putting together “legal guidelines for the agencies at the front line of the governor’s actions, including the Department of Corrections and the local Customs and Quarantine Agency, to help them avoid potential civil-rights lawsuits.
She said that she wasn’t consulted before the Governor signed the executive orders commutating the prisoners’ sentences and using the word “deportation” in the text of the executive order.

oliver

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 22, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—True to the humble nature of the man, Lt. Governor Reed Oliver wasn’t there this morning when his wife and other family members presented $10,000 of his annual salary of $25,000 to the Pohnpei Department of Health. It’s 40 percent of his annual salary. He didn’t want the recognition. He still doesn’t, but such an example cannot simply be ignored and is not an example at all if only a few people know about it.
This morning the Lt. Governor’s family presented two checks, each in the amount of $5000. $5000 of the money is to be used for the cost of medicine for outpatients who have no medical insurance or are not covered by some other medical policy “such as farmers, fishermen, small infants, youths, and “etc., etc...,” the Lt. Governor wrote in an email that we received by accident.
He intends $5000 of the money to go to help with off-island referrals from Pohnpei to the Philippines, “not for tickets as the amount is not big, but will be given in amounts that can help individuals and family members who are going to PI for medical referral to help cover other small expenses,” his email said.
“Knowing the Dollar value versus the Peso, I believe that amount can help a bit,” he wrote.
He said that he chose the 22nd of July to present his donation of part of his salary because it falls on his father’s (Bermin Oliver) birthday. “Without him I couldn’t be where I am today. He started all small things that have enabled me to go to school and (then to) come back and do the things I can do...”
The Lt. Governor’s wife, Estelle Oliver presented the checks to his sisters who in turn presented the checks to Governor Marcelo Peterson, who then presented the checks to Acting Director of Health Services, Dr. John Hedson.
Lt. Governor Oliver’s sense of stewardship is widely known. It is sometimes misunderstood.
Some members of the Legislature recently asked whether it is legal for the Lt. Governor to use his own personal vehicle while on official business. He doesn’t use the official vehicle and says that he has provided his own fuel for his own personal vehicle even while on official business.

sea cucumber. 01

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 26, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—A substantial amount of sea cucumbers allegedly harvested by Vietnamese fishermen who were arrested for violation of immigration laws were put up for sale by the FSM Government.
FSM Secretary for the Department of Justice, Joses Gallen said that he authorized the sale. Information on the proceeds of the sale has been non-existent.
The FSM Public Defender who is defending the fishermen could not be reached for comment about the sale.

atlantis 01 AUG 2016
As a child, I wanted to learn more about my native roots. Curiosity filled my mind and made me eager to listen to every story, legend, and myth known. I believed in most of them until Miller Benjamin, Pohnpeian historian, stated that “most stories were not true.” Superstition has it that if anyone who knows the truth about Nan Madol and shares it will fall very ill and eventually die. Perhaps this traditional belief played a major part in the reason why the formation of Nan Madol still lies a mystery today.
Although the facts of Nan Madol’s origins have been lost over time, as the lies used to confuse both the natives and foreigners intertwine with the truth, we can still find beauty within these mysteries.

donna gallen

By Donna Gallen
Nan Madol is a mighty ancient dynasty that once existed and it is now regarded as a sacred place and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It will be up to us Pohnpeians to model respect for our sacred places and culture to other foreigners so they can demonstrate the same respect to our sacred places whenever they visit. It is our responsibility to value Nan Madol because we are the ones that other people will yell at if something goes wrong! And definitely we Pohnpeians don’t want that!

Dear Editor:
I write this letter to you and a copy to our Public Information Officer in the hopes that it clarifies some of the misleading issues circulating in Pohnpei and on the internet regarding the so called sea cucumber harvest. This is a heated issue triggering several protests in the Capital and elsewhere in Pohnpei. And as the event of the sea cucumber commenced, a temporary restraining order (TRO) was filed at the FSM Supreme Court and ultimately was granted. It was extremely unprecedented for the two to happen simultaneously.
The uproar led to the posting on the internet the tallied sheet form used by the Legislative Clerk Division showing the actual vote made by each senator on the subject of sea cucumber. This was the bill on sea cucumber that senators voted upon making it became a law. What the general public and readers did not understand was the intent and purpose of the law thereby making misleading conversations and comments.

law dayPohnpei State, represented by Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School (OLMCHS), won the Championship in the FSM National Law Day Debate held in Kosrae State last July 12, 2016. This annual event is organized and sponsored by the FSM Supreme Court to commemorate the day it was established, July 12, 1981 to be exact. July 12 plays an important role in the history of the FSM. The First Congress of Micronesia was convened in July 12, 1965. Ten years later, or on July 12, 1975, the first Micronesian Constitutional Convention was convened. On the same day in 1978, the FSM Constitution was approved.
The Law Day 2016 started with a short opening program. Kosrae State Governor Lyndon H. Jackson welcomed all the participants and guests. Fr. Fran Hezel was the Keynote Speaker. He shared his historical expertise about the FSM and the Compact of Free Associations from World War II, to the present and his recommendations for the future. Kosrae State Court Acting Chief Justice Chang William closed the program that marked the start of the most awaited debates.
This year's debate proposition was: "BE IT RESOLVED that the Compact of Free Association, as Amended, between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States of America shall be terminated, and such termination shall take effect no later than 2018." The debaters from each of the four States debated twice, one as proponents (affirmative side), and one as opponents (negative side). The Debate Teams are the following: Team Yap - Yap High School, Leila T. Rrog and Allysha L. Midil (debaters) John A. Mafel (coach); Team Chuuk - Chuuk High School, B.J. James and Julius F.Koto (debaters) Raisa Chiwi (coach); Team Pohnpei - Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School - Carisma Jano and Asmara Pretrick (debaters) Russell Figueras (coach); and Team Kosrae - Kosrae High School - Mary D. Anton and Judson A. Sigrah (debaters) Benjamin Rasmussen (coach). At the end of the whole day debate, Pohnpei State - OLMCHS emerged as the Champion with a total score of 1,126 points, followed by Team Kosrae (991), Team Chuuk (956), and Team Yap (808). The 2016 Debate Championship was the third for OLMCHS. Since joining the debates in 2011, OLMCHS has won three FSM National Debates (2011, 2013, and 2016) and four Pohnpei State Debates (2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016). The Chairman of the 2016 Law Day Coordinating Committee is Mr. Atarino Helieisar, the FSM Supreme Court Chief Librarian.

John Hanebuth
clemsonFrom June 22-July 2, 11 students from Chuuk High School’s 11th grade made the journey to attend Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute located in Clemson, South Carolina. While there, these students participated in Clemson’s renowned “Future Scholars” program. During the course of this program, the students took classes from University Professors, attended workshops on new innovations in a variety of academic fields, and participated in workshops tailor built to improve public speaking and writing. Students were also exposed to robotics, American antebellum history, Auto Engineering at the world famous ICAR, where Clemson Auto engineers work on the newest advancements in automobile technology. Students also had the opportunity to simulate medical procedures at the University’s Healthcare Simulation Center, where the University trains its medical students and nurses.
In addition to the eye opening experiences and the use of advanced university facilities, the students had the opportunity to explore new technology in the classroom as they used 3D printers, video editing, sound editing, and circuitry. In one session the participants built circuits of their own to aid in the construction of a robot, to which they were able to teach commands and directional movement.
Following a class on technology, the students were taken to their first American bowling alley where they all had fun. During another afternoon everyone ventured into the countryside for a hike to the Issaqueena falls, where our Chuukese students learned about biodiversity in a South Carolinian ecosystem and the differences between regions of the United States. To finish off a weekend of fun and outdoor activities a baseball game was witnessed live.
Over the course of the next week, students attended classes to improve their writing and public speaking abilities. These classes culminated in a presentation given to program staff by four select students about what they had gained from this experience and their future plans to help better the islands of Chuuk.
Altogether students had an eye opening experience, which has inspired some to pursue different career paths, pursue higher education at the best possible schools they can attend, and ultimately provide for a better future for Chuuk. Chuuk High School is planning on expanding this program for both a Fall and Spring Session and is hoping that other High Schools in the FSM join to make the program even better.

doctors

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 19, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—A team of nine doctors and supporting staff members arrived in Pohnpei yesterday to serve at the Pohnpei State Hospital over the next week. This morning they held a welcoming meeting with Acting Director of Health Services Dr. John Hedson to introduce themselves and to describe some of the services they would be providing including traditional medical techniques such as acupuncture.
The team brought with them several identical sets of luggage full of medical equipment and supplies that they will leave in Pohnpei when they depart on Sunday night.
The doctors are from the Sun Yat-sen Hospital in Guangzhou, Guangdong in the People’s Republic of China. One of their speakers said that the hospital has a staff of over 1000 doctors and annually serves over a million patients.
The head of their delegation said that Guangdong has sent Doctors to the FSM each year for several years and that they intend to continue to keep up with that annual tradition.
The medical services they provided were free of charge and according the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China included Rehabilitation, Gynecology, Endocrinology (for hormonally caused diseases), B-Ultrasound Examination (which allows thorough examination of the eye) and Stomatology (for diseases of the mouth). One doctor said that she specialized in tumors and cancer.
Dr. Marcelle Gallen from Pohnpei Dentistry served as the Master of Ceremonies during the opening ceremony.

reflections 02

By Facimerie Ioanis - JULY 2016
On our way to Nan Madol, I had a feeling that I have never felt before. I was excited and scared at the same time. It was my first time to see Nan Madol and was really curious about it. When we got there, I had many questions I wanted to ask. One of the questions I was really curious about was, “How did these rocks get here?” The place was amazing. It felt like I was in a wonderland. I have never seen such a beautiful place like Nan Madol and such heavy long rocks piled up neatly. I’m happy that I had a chance to take pictures of unbelievable structures so I can share with the people around me the inspiration of Nan Madol. Amazingly, I had the chance to cross the sea since it was shallow and went over to the other side to see for myself, the so called red sand. It was kind of red but now really red. If only I had the chance to visit all 92 islets, I would have done so. Nan Madol is just the perfect place to visit and take pictures. I am so in love with that place.

fishing clubPohnpei Fishing Club
July 16, 2016
Ahnd, Pohnpei—29 boats registered for the fishing tournament based on Ahnd Atoll on July 16. Ahnd is a marine preserve and certainly no fishing was done there. Apparently there wasn’t a whole lot of productive fishing done anywhere else either. Prizes were awarded only for “point fish” and though five top prizes were available to be won, only four were awarded.
“Point fish” must meet a pre-determined minimum weight before they can be counted. For instance, for a Marlin to qualify as a “point fish”, it must be a minimum of 100 pounds. Not many point fish were caught during the tournament on Saturday.
Still, the participants had great weather and a great time. The fish weren’t as cooperative as we would like, but definitely no one went hungry.
Most of the boats checked out from Ahnd Atoll but some checked out from the still new boat ramp in Dekehtik. Weigh in was held at Ahnd and many of the fishers arrived at Ahnd on Friday night and didn’t leave until Sunday.
The tournament was sponsored by Pohnpei LP Gas, 7 Stars Inn and Restaurant, Hot Plate. Ambros/Shimbros also supported the tournament with a 12 pack of Budweiser for each boat.
The club also had a barbecue after the weigh in on Saturday night.
Snighter James won the $800 top prize for his 307 pound marlin. Rosa Weilbacher grabbed the $500 second place prize with a 24 pound Wahoo. Dane Nighswander landed a 23.8 pound barracuda and took home the $300 third biggest fish prize. Konrad Englberger nabbed a 23.4 pound Wahoo for the $200 fourth biggest fish prize. The $100, fifth biggest fish prize was not awarded.
The golden ring for the tournament was a $1500 rollover prize if anyone had caught a marlin bigger than the club record of 450 pounds. The 307 pound marlin wasn’t enough to snag that prize which will increase as time goes on.
The club would like to thank the many people who helped us at Ahnd. It was a great weekend and was a lot of fun.
Once again we also thank the sponsors and everyone else involved, especially the people who helped with the weigh in and helped us to dock the boats. Also, a special thank you to Tina Albert for going out to be the record keeper is well deserved.
This will be a busy month as we have the kids tournament planned for July 30 and the Matson for August 20.

sacred city

Erika E. Billen
COM FSM Student
Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
Entering the Ruins of Nan Madol
The sunrays broke through the top of the canopy, the rustling of old leaves, and the snapping of twigs on the forest floor as they were stepped on, those were the pieces of my adventure to the City of Nan Madol. I am one of the many young Micronesians that often wonder about the history of my people.
Armed with a book and a pen, I trekked among other ‘storytellers’ for a good 10 minutes toward our destination. The air smelled of weathered moss and moist earth—the occasional whiff of fallen breadfruit that had over ripened was also faintly present. Soon, one of the Nan Madol structures came into sight. We had not even broken to the coast, and history was already staring at me. We huddled into a loose group near that structure and our tour guide spoke out.

nan madol

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 21, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—The day that UNESCO declared Pohnpei’s Nan Madol to be a World Heritage site also marked the first day of a free workshop for students to teach them how to effectively tell its story. 17 students enrolled with varying degrees of enthusiasm for the workshop.
The class featured guest speakers including Dr. Rufino Mauricio, Director of the FSM’s Department of Historic Preservation.
The workshop offered training in photography, videography, writing and story telling. To communicate with each other and for peer review of stories, students communicated on a closed group in Facebook.
The workshop was hosted by the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) and the College of Micronesia FSM, in partnership with UNESCO which will be publishing the work outcomes on its website.

rosenBy Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 18, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—On Monday, July 18, the Embassy of the United States to the FSM hosted a farewell reception for Ambassador Doria Rosen. It also served as a welcome to newly arrived Deputy Chief of Mission Joanne Cummings.
Ambassador Rosen presented her credentials to then President Manny Mori on August 17, 2012.
During her remarks she said that she has reached a new phase in her life—retirement. “For the first time I will be homeless, carless, jobless, and phoneless,” she joked. She also said that she had enjoyed all of her many engagements with the people of the Federated States of Micronesia and refused to say “goodbye”. She chose instead to say “see you later” with a winsome little wave.
Before coming to the FSM as Ambassador, Dorothea-Maria (Doria) Rosen, who was a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served as the Diplomat-in- Residence for the Midwest region based out of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

liduduBy Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 15, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—Pohnpei’s Governor Marcello Peterson and Mr. Robert Hadley, representative of the Mallarme Family Estate, broke the ground on an access revitalization project at the entrance to the trail to the Liduduhniap Waterfall in Nett.
The $75,000 project is designed to provide visitors safer and more convenient access to both the upper and lower falls of the Liduduhniap waterfall group. Over the years there have been deaths at the falls, some of them due to the access trails to the sites. The idea is to give tourists the sense of adventure that a journey to the falls brings while also keeping visitors as safe as possible.
The $75,000 contract was split into three parts.
E.N.O. General Construction Co. won the trail rehabilitation and sanitary facilities portion of the project for $30,000.
Pacific Landscaping, Engineering and Construction Co. will build the admission booth, upper pool picnic hut, lower pool viewing deck, and lower pool covered observation platform for $42,500.
The College of Micronesia Entrepreneurial studies will provide the training for two of the owners family, to operate the falls as a small business for $2,500.
The road to the falls itself that passes the Nan Pil Hydroelectric Plant is still in very bad condition but Marshall Ferrin of the U.S. Peace Corps who has been helping to coordinate the project says that funding has been passed to completely rehabilitate that road as well for much easier access.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 20, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—This afternoon, Specially Appointed Justice to the FSM Supreme Court Marceleen JD Anson granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) barring the Pohnpei Government or Young Sun International Trading Company from proceeding with a sea cucumber harvest.
The order came after hearings at the FSM Supreme Court on Monday and Tuesday on a civil action filed by the Paramount Chiefs of Pohnpei “by and through” Iso Nahnken Salvador Iriarte and Conservation Society of Pohnpei against Governor Marcelo Peterson and Cassiano Shoniber in their official capacities, the Pohnpei State Government, and Young Sun International Trading Company.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
July 22, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—On July 15, during its 40th session, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee inscribed four new sites including Nan Madol. The other inscribed sites are in China, India, and Iran. Nan Madol was inscribed both on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The UNESCO press release on the inscription describes Nan Madol as a series of 99 artificial islets off the south-east coast of Pohnpei that were constructed with walls of basalt and coral boulders. These islets harbor the remains of stone palaces, temples, tombs and residential domains built between 1200 and 1500 CE. These ruins represent the ceremonial centre of the Saudeleur dynasty, a vibrant period in Pacific Island culture. The huge scale of the edifices, their technical sophistication and the concentration of megalithic structures bear testimony to complex social and religious practices of the island societies of the period.”
For Pohnpeians, the site is the epicenter of their modern traditional leadership structure that persists to this day. It is a place of mystery and magic which may explain why so many Pohnpeians who have lived here all of their lives have never visited the ancient city of their roots.