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Adventures of our young Sea Stewards


• Author: Yvonne C. Neth
• Publisher: Island Research & Education Initiative (iREi)
• 42 Pages, Color
• Size: 11” x 8.5”
• Ages 2-10
• Publication year: 2017
• ISBN: 978-982-9170-19-4
• Free Downloadable pdf document via iREi website
This fun-filled activity book is tailor-made to function as an awareness tool for our island kids, promoting familiarity with several of Pohnpei’s endangered marine species, their habitats and encourage good fishing practices. Amusing illustrations offer relatable context and encourage local language involvement in our current supply of books available to our communities. For example, during instances where a marine species is introduced, there is a character inquiring of the child, “Do you know the local name of this fish? You can ask a parent or teacher to help you spell it,” and providing a colorful space for writing the local name in. Fun facts add charm to this learning tool as well: “When left alone, this crab can live for 60 years! Isn't that neat?!”
Whether you are in Pohnpei or living off-island, dive in and learn useful facts with your child or student with our new book, “Adventures with our young sea stewards!” This book is FREE for all as a downloadable pdf at this link: download/Sea-Stewards.pdf
** This book would not have been made possible if not for the generous consideration and donation of Global Greengrants Fund (GGF). Our sincere thanks to GGF for allowing us to create a tool of awareness for our young children and communities. We hope it will transform from words beyond these pages into positive initiatives by our people.
You might also be interested in these iREi children’s books:
Chuuk Language and Content Learning Materials
Maps of Micronesia (Book of puzzles)
Kosraean Early Readers Materials
Alphabet cards of Micronesia
Tiny Explorers: Micronesia
Mwein Olisihpa oh Olisohpa
Mwein Aramas - Part 1 & 2
The Little Crooked House
Kosrae Junior Dictionary
My First Island Book
Mwein Saudeleur
Counting Book
Book of Colors
Book of Shapes
Reading Book
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Pohnpei accuses former Sokehs employees of theft of over $7000

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
September 8, 2017
Sokehs, Pohnpei—The Kaselehlie Press only just recently received a copy of a criminal information filed on May 30, 2017 against three former employees of the Sokehs Municipal Government. The State has charged Merlina Linos, Albertina Smith, and Leilani Ramsin 22 separate crimes related to the alleged theft of over $7000—money belonging to Sokehs Municipal government.
The Pohnpei Office of the Public Auditor (OPA) had previously conducted surprise cash counts at Sokehs Municipal government that had uncovered missing funds but the inspection last January was the first that lead to criminal charges. OPA said that while the inspection was being carried out, one of the defendants left island and while the matter was being investigated by the Compliance Investigation Division, another of the defendants left Pohnpei. Before criminal charges were filed there was no legal reason for the pair to have been barred from traveling.
Though by the time charges were able to be filed the two named defendants had left the island, those charges will be waiting for them if they choose to return to Pohnpei.
The discovery of the missing money once again sent shock waves through the Sokehs Municipal Government. Chief Magistrate Michael Liemen narrowly avoided impeachment over the matter when the vote of the Sokehs Council came short of the number required to pass a resolution of impeachment.
As in any and all criminal cases, defendants are presumed to be innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law. The trial has not yet begun for the one defendant who is still on the island.

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Lt. Governor and education specialist make surprise visits to Pohnpei schools

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
September 7, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—This week Lt. Governor Reed Oliver and Richard Clark of the Pohnpei Department of Education (PDOE) made surprise visits to several of Pohnpei’s public schools.
“The visits were surprise visits. This entire week, the Lt. Governor and myself (and at times other staff, including Rickson Higgins and Arwelson Arpona) have been going to Level One schools to informally observe what's going on. Part of the rationale for the visits is so that our elected officials can see the on-the-ground reality as reflected in our Accreditation reports, e.g. every public school has a textbook shortage of some kind (what changes is the degree of the shortage), but what does that mean for Lewetik School vs PICS vs Wone,” Clark wrote.
Clark is an Education Adviser and Acting Quality Assurance Coordinator at PDOE. His role is to assist PDOE in implementing the FSM Accreditation Systems Procedures, introducing additional standards of measuring performance, engaging in reforms in standardized testing and reporting, student/teacher/parent surveys, policy and planning, and data management, among other more minor duties such as document editing.

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A Tribute to the Honorable Ready E. Johnny by the Honorable Dennis K. Yamase, Chief Justice Supreme Court of the FSM

tributeSeptember 6, 2017
The Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia pays tribute to the Honorable Ready E. Johnny, Associate Justice of the FSM Supreme Court, who passed away at his home on August 15, 2017 after a long illness and after serving the FSM Supreme Court as Acting Chief Justice and as an Associate Justice for over a decade.
Associate Justice (AJ) Johnny was truly a son of Chuuk and the FSM. He was born on November 24, 1946 in the State of Chuuk. From Oneop Municipality, AJ Johnny resided in Neauo village, Weno for over 45 years. He attended elementary school on Namoluk island in the Mortlocks region, and later transferred to the Mission School in Tol, Faichuuk. After attending the Mission School, AJ Johnny attended and graduated from Chuuk High School. He received his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea in 1987.
Associate Justice Johnny had a long and impressive professional career, almost entirely in public service. He was a Staff Attorney for the FSM Public Defender’s (PD) Office, directing the PD Office in Chuuk. Prior to this position, he served as the Chief of the Division of Litigation and the Attorney General for the Chuuk State Attorney General’s Office. His work included being a prosecutor for the State of Chuuk for over 20 years. AJ Johnny also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the FSM National Government. He was a member of both the FSM Supreme Court Bar and the Chuuk State Bar.
On September 5, 2006 he was nominated by President Joseph J. Urusemal to be an Associate Justice of the FSM Supreme Court. On January 19, 2007, he was confirmed by the 14th FSM Congress to be Associate Justice. The investiture of the Honorable Ready E. Johnny, as an Associate Justice, was held on March 30, 2007. With the passing of former Chief Justice Martin G. Yinug, Associate Justice Johnny served as the Acting Chief Justice for parts of 2014 and 2015.
For those who knew Associate Justice Johnny, many were impressed by his objectivity, fairness, calm demeanor, and level headed approach to the cases he presided over. He provided a very steadying influence on the court, especially on appeal panels. Many observed that his balanced approach was a result of his years of experience as both a prosecutor, a public defender, and as an attorney for the Chuuk State Government and the FSM National Government. His broad experience allowed him to view things from different perspectives and gave him an objectivity that not all judges possess.
Ready E. Johnny honorably served his country in the capacity of Associate Justice of the FSM Supreme Court until his untimely passing on August 15, 2017. For a long time, he continued to assist the FSM Supreme Court with its work, even though he was suffering from a long and difficult illness. He showed true dedication and commitment to the work of the Court in doing so.
A State Funeral was held on August 23, 2017 at the FSM Supreme Court in Weno, Chuuk, which was attended by his family, colleagues and FSM Supreme Court staff, other dignitaries from the FSM National Government and the State of Chuuk. The late Associate Justice Johnny was then taken to Silo Protestant Church in Neauo Village for a church service, before being taken to his residence. Associate Justice Ready E. Johnny was laid to rest at his home on August 24, 2017.
Associate Justice Johnny was married to the late Sinter Year Johnny and they had 6 daughters, 1 son, 21 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. The late Associate Justice Ready E. Johnny will be sorely missed by his family, friends, colleagues and staff of the FSM Supreme Court.

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FSM receives visit from highest ranked Chinese official in FSM’s history

chinesePalikir Pohnpei – September 1st through the 2nd marked a historic visit by H.E. Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and his delegation of 14 members. The CPPCC or better known in China as the PCC is a political advisory body in the People's Republic of China and holds much influence in China’s political decision making process. The significance of this visit to the FSM is in reciprocation of recent diplomatic visits to strengthen relations with China by FSM dignitaries including H.E. Peter M. Christian, President of the FSM, and T.H. Wesley Simina, Speaker of the FSM Congress. Moreover, it is an official visit to the capital of the highest level by a dignitary from China to date and in itself necessitates the focal attention of Congress.
Vice Chairman Wang and his delegation were greeted at the airport tarmac by T.H. Esmond B. Moses, Vice Speaker of Congress; H.E. Jie Li, Chinese Ambassador; and Samuel Pretrick, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Shortly thereafter, the Vice Chairman and his delegation were welcomed to Congress at the capital by Speaker Simina where bilateral discussions were to take place in the Congress Hearing Room.
Speaker Simina continued with his welcoming remarks and thanked the Vice Chairman and his delegation for their visit and hoped they would enjoy their short stay and wished for future visits to be longer so that the Vice Chairman can appreciate the other states of Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap, and their respective cultures and traditions. Speaker reiterated his request to Vice Chairman Wang for China to continue to work and engage with the FSM actively to further elevate our relations both at the bilateral and regional level.
On behalf of the national government, Speaker expressed his appreciation of China’s support and cooperation in our nation’s building efforts through the provisions of grant aid assistance, scholarships, and technical assistance which have been extended to us and looks forward to working closely with the Vice Chairman on the areas of mutual interest such as fisheries, transportation, climate change, agriculture, energy and tourism. On a similar note and other, Speaker’s next remarks revolved around the discussion of additional economic assistance to supplement the FSM Trust Fund and the country’s concerns on the glooming nuclear missile threat to the islands by North Korea.
The Chairman addressed the issues brought up by Speaker and assured the Speaker of China’s continued full support of the FSM. In response, Speaker reiterated FSM’s strong unequivocal support and adherence to the “One China Policy,” which is the pillar to our diplomatic and bilateral relationship and as such, the FSM remains committed.
The meeting concluded with the exchange of pleasantries, gifts, and photo ops followed by refreshments.

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Vice Minister Zheng Zeguang of China visits FSM Congress


Vice Minister Zheng Zeguang of China visits FSM Congress
FSM Congress
Palikir, Pohnpei- On August 16, 2017, Congressman David W. Panuelo, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Resources and Development, who was designated by Speaker Simina to appear on his behalf, welcomed a high level delegation visit from the People’s Republic of China led by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Honorable Zheng Zeguang. Chairman Panuelo on behalf of the Speaker and Congress extended words of gratitude and warm welcome to the delegation and assured the delegation on the importance of China’s presence in the Pacific Region, especially in the FSM. Chairman Panuelo further assured the delegation on how the FSM values China’s effort in providing developmental assistance and technical cooperation to the FSM. Chairman Panuelo then highlighted the importance of the FSM Trust Fund that the government of FSM, in conjunction with the Compact Trust Fund, will rely on after the expiration of the Compact’s economic assistance by the year 2023. As it stands, the FSM trust fund is at 110 million and will need to be supplemented in order to reach maturity by 2023. He also relayed the sentiments of Speaker Simina and all members of Congress that they are doing their best to build up the FSM Trust Fund and that the nation appreciates the efforts that China has helped with the FSM in its effort to achieve self-reliance. Tantamount in importance to China’s developmental assistance and technical cooperation,
Chairman Panuelo stated his hope that China will consider prioritizing additional assistance to the FSM Trust Fund as it is another area of urgency to the FSM in the near future. Chairman Panuelo concluded his remarks by adding that the FSM Congress continues to recognize and is fully committed to the one-China policy.
The Vice Minister, Hon. Zheng Zeguang expressed gratitude for the opportunity given to his delegation to have the chance to meet Chairman Panuelo and hoped for further exchanges between the two legislative bodies of the FSM and China in an effort to continue to foster peace and harmony between the two countries. The Vice Minister stated that the successful historic visit by His Excellency, FSM President Peter M. Christian to China, to reaffirm and strengthen its relationship with China, will definitely benefit the FSM. In regards to the FSM Trust Fund, Vice Minister Zeguang assured Chairman Panuelo that he will seriously consider supporting it, and further added that China will continue to assist FSM with the development of transportation and infrastructure.Vice Minister Zeguang also pointed out his appreciation for the social exchange of people between our two countries evident by the recent cultural performances of Yapese dancers who visited China with other Micronesians. The Vice Minister also expressed his continuing support of the scholarship program that China has extended to the benefit of all eligible FSM students.
Chairman Panuelo and Vice Minister Zheng Zeguang concluded the meeting by exchanging mutual words of continued cooperation and better understanding between their two countries.

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5th Annual Matson Fishing Tournament

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Pohnpei Fishing Club
The 5th Annual Matson tourney was held on Saturday, August 26. We had 15 boats registered and it was a good day out for fishing. Sometimes a nice day is not the best for fishing, but some anglers still knew how to bring in the fish. It was a beautiful day though and all the boats had an enjoyable time.
Matson and Amcres put up $2,000.00 in prizes. There was a lot of competitive action for these prizes.
The winners are listed below:

We want to thank Matson and Amcres for all their help in putting on a great tournament. The barbecue supported the Pohnpei Public Library, which provides much needed services to our children.
Many thanks to those who helped out, including Dr.Hedson running the weigh in, Tina, Melinda, Uta and all of Kumer ’s guys.
A big crowd attended the weigh in. All the winners enjoyed their prizes. The biggest fish was a 65 pound yellow fin caught by Isaiah Hawley, a really nice fish.
Thanks again to our sponsors, and we will see you at the next tournament.

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