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Cultural Talent Show raises over $15,000 for Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
April 1, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—The students and teachers of Our Lady of Mercy High School (OLMCHS) put on a multi-cultural talent show in their gym on Saturday evening. The event was a fund raiser for the school which organizers say was highly successful. The final figures aren’t in yet but Vice Principal Russell Figueras says that so far he feels confident in saying that the amount raised was approximately $15,000 after fundraising expenses, including costumes for the performances.
“We are happy to note also that a big part of the fund raised came from the Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz (MMB) Sisters in Saipan and MMB friends and family in Saipan. They sent us $9,000 worth of raffle tickets and cash donations,” Figueras wrote.

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The students sang, danced, and played instrumental solos. All in all there were 20 separate performances representing the cultures of teachers and students at the school which included dance numbers from Pakistan, Kiribati, Pohnpei, the Philippines, Chuuk, Yap, Colombia and one heavily suggestive number representing “Youth Culture”. Jourdyn Adams played three piano solos during the evening. Physical Education teacher Nimrod Hall played a beautiful 12 string guitar and sang one number, and two students of the school sang a duet mostly in Spanish.
A raffle was also held with 16 consolation prizes and three main cash winners. Pohnpei Catholic School Principal Bernie Helstrom won the third prize of $200, Rosa Palacios won the second prize of $300, and Andrew Falcam won the top cash prize of $500. The gym was packed and was standing room only throughout the evening as students rushed back and forth to change costumes for their next performances. Figueras said that special thanks for their donations and assistance goes to OLMCH PTA Office, MMB Sisters in Saipan, The Bank of the FSM, Pacific Landscaping, Engineering, and Construction Company, Caroline Fisheries Corporation, Ray & Dors Store, CTSI-Pohnpei, Genesis Hospital and Pharmacy, Palm Terrace, Kia’s Restaurant, Seven Stars Inn, and The Village Travel.

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Japanese government funds truck for abandoned vehicle recycling

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
March 28, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—The government of Japan has donated $76,616 for a three ton truck and a scale for use by the Environmental Protection Agency. This morning Pohnpei’s Governor Marcelo Peterson and EPA officials signed the grant paperwork at the home of Japanese Ambassador Ryoichi Horie.
After the paper work was signed, Ambassador Horie presented the check to the EPA.
The truck will be used for recovery of abandoned vehicles around the island which will then be sold at salvage prices.
Ambassador Horie said that during his recent trip to Yap he toured the recycling center there and found it to be a bit further along than Pohnpei’s fledgling program. But he said that he was encouraged that Pohnpei is making strides to make its recycling program even stronger.

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PNG gears up for bigger than ever World Tuna Day

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The first country to ever honor World Tuna Day, Papua New Guinea, is preparing for this year ‘s even bigger celebrations on May 2nd,just six weeks away. The festivities will be the first to be rejoiced globally, thanks to a UN ratification of the event last year.
PNG first commemorated the PNA and Pacifica! initiative in 2012 and is this year hosting several events to mark the occasion, around the theme: “Talk Tuna, Fish Tuna, Eat Tuna, Atun-Ability for Manageability & Sustainability “. The day aims to remind people all over the world of the importance of protecting and conserving tuna species, and is a chance to celebrate tuna as well as the PNA region, which controls the world ‘s largest sustainable skipjack fishery.
A number of activities have been lined up across the country by PNG’s National Fisheries Authority (NFA). Educating children about the tuna fishery has been a priority of the events, and this year school children will get the chance to compete in poem and debate competitions to enhance their knowledge on the tuna fishery, as well as the opportunity to win cash prizes and library books on fishery science for their schools.
There will also be a song competition where the winner can grab a cash prize as well as the chance to perform at the opening of the Pacific Tuna Forum and the Pacific Seafood & Technology Exposition on September 12th 2017.
On World Tuna Day, the NFA will host display booths for the public to learn more about the work of the NFA in relation to the tuna fishery, and the industry has also been encouraged to participate at this event by displaying their tuna products.

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Marine security tops final session of 19th Congress

PALIKIR, POHNPEI – April 7, 2017. The Nineteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia adjourned its final session with the passage of measures to secure the Nation’s maritime borders and the biodiversity of its environment, among other issues.
The Congress convened on March 27th for its Eighth Special Session to address urgent matters pending before the Body. The session began with the review of the four measures vetoed by the President. Congress determined that the vetoes were not due to any legal impediments or drafting errors, but rather based on policy decisions and, through override, returned all four measures to the President to be signed into law. Those measures included:
Congressional Act (CA) 19-149, to allow travel expenses for those entitled to stipend for official travels to the outer islands; CA 19-150, to clarify in Title 55 of the FSM Code that the Speaker of the Congress is not required to further certify the Members affidavits of their Representation and Official allowances expenditures; CA 19-158, to restrict any negotiations with the United States contemplated or proposed by the Joint Committee on Compact Review and Planning (JCRP) to Title Two Economic Provisions of the Amended Compact of Free Association; and CA 19-159, an amendment to Title 55 to provide the Public Auditor with the powers to investigate allegations of white-collar crime.
With the overrides tackled, the Congress passed CA 19-163, for a supplemental budget of $1,684,000 to respond to the various issues and obligations of the national government. The Body then addressed measures pending regarding marine resources and maritime zones for which the following Acts of the 19th Congress were passed:
CA 19-173, is an amendment to Title 24 of the FSM Code to modify the terms of members of the Board of National Oceanic Resource Management Authority to allow possible reappointments for an additional two-year term;
CA 19-174, is another amendment to Title 24 designed to enhance the National Government’s ability to enforce national fishery laws and regulations in and beyond the Fisheries Waters where applicable consistent with its obligations in conservation and management under international and regional conventions. The Act also reflected recent obligations assumed under the Third Implementing Arrangement under the Nauru Agreement;
CA 19-176, also amended Title 24 to extend the Nation’s existing 12- mile Exclusive Economic Zone by an additional 12 miles and maintain the current prohibitions of commercial fishing and exploitation of natural resources within the 24 miles; and finally
CA 18-178, is an amendment to Title 18 to align it with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and to finally update the FSM’s Maritime Boundary as concluded in the delimitation treaties with its neighboring nations.
In addition to the Acts on marine security was one to address security of the environment. Congressional Act 19-180, is an amendment to Title 22 of the FSM Code to simplify and clarify the bio security protection procedures in order to prevent the introduction of invasive species with higher potential of destroying the biodiversity and the environment of the FSM.
A significant measure that was passed during the 8th Special Session of the 19th Congress was CA 19-175, to increase the salaries of the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the FSM Supreme Court. The Act called for the Chief Justice to receive a salary of $62,000 per annum with salary of the Associate Justices at $52,000 per annum.
The remaining Acts of the special session are for public projects and social programs in the four states to make either changes to the use of funds previously appropriated or to make changes to the allottees of those fund and they included the following,
Specific to the State of Chuuk were Congressional Act (CA) 19-161 and CA 19-164 for changes to the use and allottees of funds previously allotted. A third measure CA 19-165, clarified the use of funds previously appropriated for Priority Infrastructure in the state.
Specific to the State of Kosrae was CA 19-170, to change the use and allottees of certain funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in the state.
Specific to the State of Pohnpei were CA 19-166, to change the use and allottee of funds previously appropriated to fund Priority Infrastructure projects in the state; CA 19-168 and CA 19-169, both made change to the use of funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in the state.
For the State of Yap, CA 19-177 called for change to the use of funds previously appropriated for the purpose of funding essential government functions and projects in the state.
While certain Acts were specific to each state, the remaining Acts from the 8th Special Session were inclusive of either two to all states in one Act, and they included:
CA 19-160, called for changes to the use, the allottee and lapse date of certain funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in the states of Chuuk and Yap.
CA 19-162, called for changes to the use of funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in the states of Chuuk, Kosrae and Pohnpei;
CA 19-167, called for changes to the use of funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in the states of Chuuk and Pohnpei;
CA 19-171, called for changes to the use and allottees of funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in the states of Yap, Kosrae and Chuuk; and
CA 19-172, called for changes to the use of funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in the states of Kosrae and Chuuk.
The final Act was CA 19-177, which appropriated $200,000 to fund public projects and social programs in each of the four states.
Along with the 25 Acts, the Congress also adopted 14 resolutions at the end of its 8th Special Session. While most of the resolutions centered on grant assistances to the FSM, two addressed international issues pending before the Body and two expressed sincere gratitude and appreciation to the two outgoing Members of the 19th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia.

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IFCP visits Pohnpei Students

On February 02 2017 @ 1:50pm IFCP (Island Foods Community of Pohnpei) held a workshop with the 5th graders and their teachers at Ohmine Elementary School. Unfortunately a power point presentation could not be conducted due to power outage. The “Go Local” and its CHEEF (Culture, Health Environment, Economy Food Security) was conducted by IFCP Outreach Assistant Mrs. Neilynn Walter. Also presented were the MODFAT (Micronesia One Diet Fits All Today) brochures to take home and show their parents on how to eat a healthy and balanced meal to prevent people from NCD’s. A quiz was held after the presentation and they showed IFCP that they learned a lot from our short visit. Some students decided not to participate in the quiz so all that decided to participate in the quiz were rewarded with IFCP logo pencils.

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From Stone Money to STEM Olympians: Micronesian students head to International Robotics Competition

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The famously traditional Island of Stone Money is sending top students to a high tech global robotics competition.
Students from 153 nations will gather in Washington DC this summer for the international high school robotics Olympics. Few will have traveled as far –geographically or culturally– as the Robo League team from Yap.
The FIRST Global Challenge is a worldwide robotics challenge. Small student teams design, build, and compete complex robots from simple parts. The work demands hands-on mastery of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills. Featuring teams from across the planet, it also serves as a forum for students to meet and partner with diverse international peers.

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PCC-CRE Locally Hatched Mangrove Crab

Thursday, March 30, 2017
In support of Palau’s aquacultural development in the area of commercial farming, the Cooperative Research & Extension of Palau Community College (PCC-CRE) recently implemented a project that supports the local pro- duction of mangrove crab. To address the diminishing stock of mangrove crabs Scylla serrata locally known as “chemang” in Palau waters, the Palau Community College in collaboration with the Ngeremlegui State Rangers had recently installed a mangrove crab seed bank in one of the mangrove conservation areas located in Ngeremlengui State. This was done following a recommendation of visitors from the Embassy of Thailand in February 2017. During their visit, the team of experts from Thailand gave an informative presentation on how to commercialized mangrove crab by maximizing the output of crab seeds and minimize greater loss.

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