color runKolonia, Pohnpei - The early morning of August 12 started off with music, rain showers, sunrise and a beautiful rainbow to kick off the 2nd 5K Color Run in commemoration of International Youth Day at the Spanish Wall in Kolonia. The U.S. Embassy joined the rest of the world in celebrating this day of focus upon the importance of youth in our society.
The United Nations General Assembly first established the annual International Youth Day on August 12, 2000. They chose this year’s theme, “Youth Building Peace,” to highlight and generate awareness of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth today. Ambassador Robert Riley described it in his welcoming remarks as, “The United Nations uses this day to focus on the issues challenging the youth of today and to support them in overcoming those barriers to achieve global peace, prosperity, and security. So, as we set off today, as we run and walk alongside our neighbors; as we steep in the dazzling sun, take in the lovely Pohnpei vistas, and are permeated with bright colored powder; as we approach and then attain the coveted finish line; let us all reflect on ways we can foster youth building peace.”

August 15, 2017
FSM—The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia hosted the continuation of the 17th Micronesian Presidents’ Summit (MPS) in Pohnpei from August 1-2, 2017. The participants included the Presidents of the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau, and the RMI Foreign Minister, representing the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. President Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia, as Chair and host of the Summit, welcomed the Leaders of Palau and the Marshall Islands to Pohnpei most especially to Palikir, the seat of the Nation’s Capital.
At the Summit, the Leaders continued to address and discuss pressing issues and challenges impacting the North Pacific Region, including common concerns in regards to the protection of borders and natural resources in the region. Among other issues, the Presidents discussed the need for regional harmonizing of labor and immigration laws and regulations, the need for a Micronesian Regional Vocational Center, and the need to further strengthen and support the Micronesian Transnational Crime Units (MTCUs). Another issue that was placed on the agenda for discussions among the three entities is the subject of Air Space Management, which the Leaders have tasked the relevant and appropriate staff to look further into, and advise the MPS at its next meeting. Other important regional matters were discussed, and the Leaders called for further collaboration and coordination among the three countries. A Palikir Communiqué was produced and signed as an outcome of the meeting.
The Summit concluded on August 2, 2017, and the Leaders have agreed to have next Micronesian Presidents Summit (MPS) in the Marshall Islands early next year 2018. To that extent, the Leaders have also agreed to issue a letter of invitation for the other Micronesian entities, namely Nauru and the Republic of Kiribati to join the MPS as members.

fishBy Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
August 21, 2017
FSM—The Federated States of Micronesia has filed a complaint for civil damages and forfeiture against a fishing company, a vessel, and the ship’s captain for allegedly violating the FSM’s new 24 mile fishing exclusion zone expanded from 12 miles. The enabling legislation to expand the exclusion zone was a drive to exclude 10 percent of FSM’s waters from fishing. The law is so new that the FSM Supreme Court couldn’t find it in its code. The FSM Department of Justice had to supply a copy of the relevant FSM code.
Defendants are Wang Sheng, Liancheng Overseas Fishery (Shenzen) Company, Ltd. And the vessel Shne Lian Chang 881 along with all of the vessel’s “fishing gear, furniture, appurtenances, stores and cargo.”
The complaint alleges that the defendants fished on August 7, 9 and 10 within 22 nautical miles of Losap Atoll in Chuuk State.
The FSM has asked for the maximum fine penalty of $50,000 for each of the alleged violations for a total of $150,000. They have also asked the court to require that the vessel and all of its contents be forfeited to the FSM.
On August 21, the FSM stipulated to a bond agreement of $165,000 for deposit to the court, to release the vessel and all of the fish on board. The FSM considered the amount to be a suitable bond until hearings can take place and rulings entered.

tobaccoSouth Pacific Tourism Organisation
23rd August, 2017
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia – Access and interline agreements between regional airline operators have been raised by the President of the Federated States of Micronesia, His Excellency Peter Christian as barriers to what could be a thriving tourism industry.
H.E President Christian raised the issues during a discussion with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Chief Executive Officer, Chris Cocker on Friday (August 18) in Pohnpei.
Mr Cocker accompanied Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor on a North Pacific mission this week, as part of the final leg of preparations for the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Samoa, from September 4 (2017).
SPTO is one of the CROP (Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific) agencies with 17 Pacific members.
Mr Cocker updated H.E President Christian on global and regional tourism trends and developments, including ongoing facilitation by SPTO to improve air access into the Pacific and continuing plans to sustainably develop the Chinese market for the Pacific.
“People to people connectivity are one of the key focuses of the Belt & Road initiatives with one of our major partners, China. There is a marketing campaign planned to increase awareness of the Pacific in the Chinese market in 2019,” Mr Cocker informed H.E President Christian.
H.E President Christian further raised that the Micronesian region needed transportation options which would be conducive and supportive of a sustainable tourism industry and sought technical expertise for a better understanding of the commercial operations of the aviation industry.
Mr Cocker also met with a representative of the National Chamber of Commerce, offering training and technical support which the SPTO provided for its membership but which could also be beneficial for private sector development as a whole.
Mr Cocker said FSM had a lot of potential for niche markets, an approach which could maintain a balance between development and environment conservation. FSM is slowly becoming a destination for divers, particularly night divers.
The total visitor arrival for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in 2016 was around 24,000. Of the 1.2 billion tourists the UNWTO have estimated globally this year, the Pacific captured 2 million, 40 per cent of whom, visited Fiji.

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By Mona J. Tara
Island Food Community of Pohnpei August 22, 2017
Pohnpei—The Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP) has been working for quite some time on a project they call D-HOPE (Decentralized Hands-On Program Exhibit). The D-HOPE project will culminate with the publication of a magazine that will be distributed throughout Pohnpei. The hope is that the exhibits and the magazine will lead to innovative activities leading to small scale entrepreneurship.
The last workshop of the project included the review and final draft of each profile and a mini-exhibit of the programs.
His Majesty Kerpet Ehpel, Isipahu, Nanmwahrki en Madolenihmw, who is the owner of Pohnpei’s very center of culture, the Nan Madol ruins. The Nan Madol runis are one of the profiles for the D-Hope magazine.
IFCP sent an invitation to His Majesty through a fore-runner, Romeo Walter, Salapat who did a Sakarada on August 12 for a meeting. Later that day, IFCP was honored that Isipahu accepted the invitation to attend a meeting on August 14 for the purpose of reviewing and finalizing His Majesty’s profile for the D-HOPE magazine.
wasa 02On Monday August 14, 2017, at River Side Restaurant, the IFCP Executive Director and staff were greatly honored to have the presence of His Majesty, Isipahu, Nanmwarki of Madolenihmw and Likend Madolenihmw, Mrs. Rihna Ehpel.
IFCP was also honored to have the presence of Iso Nahnken of Madolenihmw, Mr. John Adolph, and Iso Nahlaimw of Madolenihmw, Tadasy Shelten in this meeting. Also present at this meeting were Johnny Hadley Jr. representing the Director of the Department of Health Services, Mr. Nickolson Solomon, Director of Resources and Development, Mr. Romeo Walter also from Resources and Development, Pohnpei State Government.
After His Majesty reviewed the Nan Madol profile, he said that he really appreciated the project and activities of IFCP and would support the work. He suggested that a photo of Isipahu in Nihn (traditional wear) at the Nan Madol Ruins would be more appropriate to be included on the Nan Madol page in the magazine. With all present being in agreement with his suggestion, IFCP was tasked to schedule a photo session.
The photo session was conducted on August 21, 2017 at 4 pm at the Nan Madol Ruins with His Majesty Isipahu in His Nihn en Isipahu by the well-known media editor and photographer, Mr. Bill Jaynes of The Kaselehlie Press. IFCP is very thankful and expresses our Kalangan Lap to Mr. Bill Jaynes for the very short notice request that he accepted without charging a fee.
IFCP would like to extend our special thank you to Wasa Lapalap Isipahu, Nanmwarki en Madolenihmw, Likend Madolenihmw, Isoh Koa, Pohnpei State Department of Health, Department of Resources and Development, The Kaselehlie Press, and FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs for funding support.

nenaBy MLSC
August 14, 2017
Kosrae—Micronesian Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) would like to congratulate Ms. Louisa H. Nena on her 40 Years of Service. Louisa was one of the pioneers for MLSC’s Kosrae Office when it opened its doors back in 1977. She spent the last forty (40) years there as a legal secretary, carrying out MLSC’s mission to the people of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). She was very instrumental in the orderly establishment and current operations of our Kosrae Office. We will certainly miss her. MLSC would like to extend our most profound appreciation and gratitude for her years of commitment and dedication; and a warm congratulations on her retirement from MLSC!

FSM – The Board of Directors of the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is supporting new measures at the Authority to adopt new technologies to improve on its ever challenging work to manage FSM’s oceanic fisheries resources.
“We recognize that the technology exists today to improve how we do our business and make NORMA decision making more streamlined and efficient while at the same time, being environmentally friendly. Many of our counterparts in the fisheries industry are adopting new technologies to become more efficient in harvesting our valuable resources and we on the management side must keep pace or even be a step ahead to ensure sustainability of our tuna resources, especially through better management and use of technology and access to relevant information and data.” Says Mr. Roger Arnold, Chairman of the NORMA Board of Directors.
One of the first measures to be implemented involves the Board members as they are shifting to paperless meetings by fully utilizing the internet and laptops provided by FSM NORMA as part of its World Bank-funded PROP Project. This helps with the Authority’s environmental goals as well as its effort to improve on information management whereby much of the Authority’s work and processes are being automated.
“The ability of staff to collect, process data and information and pass on to the Board can be greatly improved with these laptops,” says Executive Director Eugene Pangelinan, “and certainly more so when Board of Directors are from all four States of the FSM. The laptops will be used during official NORMA meetings, removing the need to print hundreds of pages each meeting and for communicating with our Board on a regular basis and maintaining better records of our business transactions.
While the Board has been conducting paperless meetings for most of this year, the laptops will be issued at their next meeting during a negotiations meeting with our bilateral partners

Interior, census launch 2018 enumeration of compact migrants in Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa to determine distribution of Compact Impact funds

U.S. Department of the Interior
August 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Interior Acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula has signed a Statement of Work with the U.S. Census Bureau to carry out the next 5-year enumeration of migrants from the Freely Associated States in Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and American Samoa, as required by the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-188). The next enumeration, which is the basis for allocating funds to help offset the economic and social impact of these migrants in the affected jurisdictions, will occur in fiscal year 2018 and be completed by December 2018.
“The law requires that we work with the Census Bureau to conduct this enumeration every five years as the basis for the distribution of Compact Impact funds,” said Pula. “I have reached out to Governors of Guam, Hawaii, the CNMI and American Samoa asking for their cooperation to ensure the enumeration is successful. We have also reached out to members of Congress.”
“We look forward to working closely with officials on Guam and in the CNMI as well as with the communities of Micronesians, Marshallese and Palauans living there to ensure the data are complete and accurate” said Karen Battle, Chief, Population Division, Census Bureau. “We have established an approach that is appropriate and ensures that data for all four jurisdictions are comparable during this round, just as it has been in the past. We can also ensure that we are committed to and bound by law to protect the privacy of individuals.”

rotaryThe Rotary Club of Pohnpei, Inc. is once again announcing its scholarship winners for the school year 2017-2018. The Rotary Club fundraises throughout the year to raise money for this scholarship program. We also want to graciously thank Vital Petroleum for their generous support.
This year we awarded $12,000.00 total in scholarships. The amounts ranged from $500.00 to $1,000.00 per student. It is hoped that these awards allow deserving students to buy books, computers or the other essentials of college life. We also support graduate students, and we are supporting this year our first PhD candidate.
The Rotary Club received over 60 applications for this scholarship. It was tough to choose winners with so many qualified applicants. We want to congratulate the following students who have been selected by our committee and to announce that these are our Rotary scholars for 2017-2018.
1. Andrew Musrasrik Walla Walla Engineering
2. Amelia Abello Highline College Global Pub. Health
3. Asmara Pretrick Mt. Mary Univ. Biology, Health
4. Blossom Moofai St. Peters Marine Biology
5. Darla Yatilman Wheeling Jesuit Crim. Justice
6. Eva Marie Abraham UH Hilo Business
7. Jalani Gootinmutngy Univ. Scranton Biology
8. Meeyoung Tawerilmal Webster U. Management
9. Nicole Yamase UH Manoa PhD, Marine Bio.
10. Shania Felix Park Univ. Biology Health
11. Tyana Musrasrik E. Oregon Sociology
12. Valerina Cantero E. Oregon Ecological Biology
13. Carisma Jano Creighton Journalism 14. Mioni Samo Cardinal Stritch P r e - M e d
We want to encourage all of those students not selected to try again next year. It was tough making decisions.
We wish all of our winners the best of luck and success in this school year. College is a big step for many students. The nation needs these young men and women to succeed and to return to the FSM with their knowledge and skills.
We also want to thank all of the people who participate in our fund raisers. Your generosity makes this all possible. Upcoming events include our annual quiz night on November 11, 2017 at Cupid’s, and we are now selling raffle tickets for two United tickets, (separate drawing for each ticket) graciously donated by United Airlines, good for anywhere in Micronesia or Asia that United flies. Tickets for the raffle are only $5.00

COLONIA, YAP FSM - The Yap Development Network continues to grow and create networks on Yap. The YDN was a concept developed by the Yap Chamber of Commerce and has been running for over a year. The next meeting will take place in Colonia, Yap on the 31st August with the Bank of Guam as presenters.
“The purpose of the Yap Development Network is to bring together the various organizations and departments, who are developing, funding and implementing projects across Yap. The main goal is information sharing with other interested stakeholders in order to raise awareness and reduce project duplication and resource wastage.” YCC Executive Director Marie Laamar explained.
Each presentation details current and or past projects of various organizations that affect or operate in Yap. Subsequent presentations have been given by the EPA, Yap Visitors Bureau, Wa’ab Community Health Clinic, Marine Resources, YapCap and Go Local; a campaign to promote local foods and improve health outcomes for people in Yap. The inaugural meeting of the YDN occurred on 3 May 2016. Presentations at the first meeting were made by the Yap branch of International Organization for Migration, College of Micronesia, the Historical Preservation Office, the Department of Youth and Affairs and the Yap Chamber of Commerce.
Feedback from participants and presenters has been positive according to Marie: “People have welcomed the information sharing. We are at the stage where participants and attendees suggest an organization or department to give the next presentation. It’s a great outcome and one Yap Chamber of Commerce is very proud to have been part of.”
For more information, please phone the Yap Chamber of Commerce on 691.350.8990 or email ycc_director@ mail.fm

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By Luan Gilmete
The Kaselehlie Press
August 15, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—The Sokehs Municipal Government and Zhongshan City of Guangdong Province of the People’s Republic of China signed a sister city agreement on August 15 at the Sokehs Municipal Chamber.
The two Parties agreed to enhance reciprocal visits, strengthening mutual understanding and friendship as well as to seek common development and to facilitate exchange and cooperation in the sectors of tourism, culture, and business.
Representing the Zhongshan City at the signing ceremony were the Vice Mayor Lei Yuelong, his Deputy Director, the Deputy Chief of Foreign affairs and the Deputy Directors of the Bureaus of Commerce and of Sports and Education.
The representatives of the Sokehs Municipal Government were the Sokehs Chief Magistrate, the Speaker of Sokehs Municipal Council, Director of Sokehs Municipal Government Administration, and the Sokehs councilmen.
Witnessing the ceremonial signing of the sister city agreement was his Honorable Marcello Peterson, Pohnpei State Governor.

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By Rachel Weinheimer
International Organization for Migration
August 11, 2017
Yap, FSM—On August 11th, a groundbreaking ceremony took place on Falalop, Ulithi Atoll, Yap, celebrating the arrival of 12 Seabees from the U.S. Navy, led by U.S. Army Captain Colin Westlake. The Sailors - made up of electricians, builders, plumbers and other specialists - recently arrived in Falalop to lend a hand as part of USAID's Typhoon Maysak Reconstruction Project.
According to LTJG James Wilson, the Seabee liaison officer in Micronesia, "This operation has been a year in the making. Coordinating between government agencies was a challenge but one that was worth the effort. The Seabees are now in Ulithi directly impacting a community with such a rich naval history."
Deputy Chief of Mission Joanne Cummings elaborated. “The U.S. commitment to the FSM is very broad – in humanitarian response as well as education, health, infrastructure, and many other areas. We are pleased to see the Seabees here in Ulithi, helping these communities complete their reconstruction and demonstrating the strength of our bond with Micronesia,” she said.

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
August 24, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—Late this afternoon, the State of Pohnpei filed nine new criminal charges against Chief Justice of the Pohnpei Supreme Court Benjamin Rodriguez. These new charges are in addition to the 13 criminal charges filed against him by the State in March. He is also defending himself against civil charges filed by the State and an impeachment resolution passed unanimously by the legislature two weeks ago.
Six of the charges claim that two separate defendants paid bail bonds to the Supreme Court but that the money disappeared. The State alleges that neither transaction was deposited into the Pohnpei Treasury as was required. According to subpoenaed bank records for a Bank of Guam account that the State separately alleges was maintained illegally by the Court, investigators could find no evidence that the funds had been deposited into that account either .
One of the defendants had paid a $1000 bail bond, and the other had paid a $100 bail bond. Since the money had not been deposited at the Pohnpei Treasury, they couldn’t collect their reimbursement from the Treasury.

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
August 24, 2017
Yap, FSM—An undersea fiber optic cable to eventually connect Yap to Guam arrived on August 22. The Yap Spur Cable was landed in Yap into the beach manhole onshore at Gilman Village on the southern end of Yap proper through a prepared seaward duct. Though the project is one of FSM Department of Transportation, Communications and Infrastructure’s (TC&I) projects, a crew from FSM Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) was on-hand to receive the cable, which was laid and fixed on a prescribed route along and over the reef and out to sea.
A spokesperson at FSM TC&I said that a fiber spur will also be arriving in Chuuk within the next few weeks.
The infrastructure for connecting the cable to the FSM telecommunications system is not yet in place.
NEC is the contractor that has been laying the cable. A consultant for the project wrote in an email that the first test results indicate that all is well with the cable. He called the landing at the beach manhole a “big milestone” toward getting fiber optic cable service to Yap’s main island but wrote that the effort is not yet over. He wrote that during the next few days, the cable ship Pacific Link will be laying the Yap Spur on the sea bottom and joining it with a branching unit on the cable system SEA-US which will carry digital traffic optically to Guam.