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Australia can’t forget Micronesia  Policy Forum

Australia's decision to open new diplomatic posts in Palau and the Marshall Islands should be the first of many steps in an increased diplomatic footprintNew ...

Policy Forum
Bevacqua: Colonization disrupted links between Guam, others in Micronesia  Pacific Daily News

In 1458 a large bronze bell was cast in Okinawa, that is today known as the Bridge of Nations Bell. At the time Okinawa was an independent country with treaty ...

Pacific Daily News
Micronesia senator wants to ban trans people working for government  Gay Star News

A senior Micronesia senator has soured a month of historic moments for the Micronesia's LGBTI community. Senator Isaac V Figir introduced a bill to parliament ...

Gay Star News
Former Guam resident names eye shadow palette inspired by Micronesia to empower youths  Pacific Daily News

Former Guam resident Eddie Nathan Winis aims to inspire Micronesian youths with makeup named after.

Pacific Daily News
November Micronesian beauties, models and families  Marianas Variety

TODAY we feature beauties, models and families who promote a healthy community and caring for one an-other. They also help maintain island traditions and ...

Marianas Variety
Micronesia's collective culture  Marianas Variety

SITAI Terry, a native of Chuuk, has lived on Saipan for many years. She appreciates the island tradition of helping each other, especially those in need of food.

Marianas Variety
Bayo Likity charged in court, allegedly peed on the floor at the Micronesia Mall  Pacific Daily News

A man who appeared intoxicated at the Micronesia Mall was arrested after security guards reported he peed on the floor and shoved one of the guards, ...

Pacific Daily News
Federated States of Micronesia builds expertise in climate change and disaster management - Micronesia (Federated States of)  ReliefWeb

National practitioners in the Federated States of Micronesia working on the front line of climate change and disaster management have completed a capacity ...

Micronesia October 2018 icons  Marianas Variety

IN Micronesia, islanders celebrate their cultural independence through the performing arts vocals, instrumental music and dance. These include numerous ...

Marianas Variety
Navy diver, Case grad, helped in Micronesia plane rescue  Journal Times

At the end of September, after a month of inspecting and fixing ports in Micronesia, specialized U.S. Navy divers were on the last dive of their mission when they ...

Journal Times
In Micronesia fisherman caught a coke for $ 4 million  www.MICEtimes.asia

The man caught 48 kg of cocaine. Fisherman in the Marshall Islands caught 48 kg of cocaine with a total value of $ 4 million. According to new Zealand radio ...

FSM lawmaker proposes ban on employing transgender people in government  Pacific Daily News

A Federated States of Micronesia senator from Yap introduced legislation recently, seeking to ban transgender people from working in the FSM government.

Pacific Daily News
A #GivingTuesday Message from Fr. Dennis Baker, S.J., President of Xavier High School in Micronesia  America Magazine

A #GivingTuesday Message from Fr. Dennis Baker, S.J., President of Xavier High School in Micronesia.

America Magazine
Coconut Ratz & Kung Fu Cowboys explores Pacific island culture and disability  UH System Current News

Coconut Ratz & Kung Fu Cowboys, the autobiography of Joakim “Jojo” Peter, explores Pacific island cultures and ways of life and the disability experience from ...

UH System Current News
Operation Christmas Drop Commemorated With Push Ceremony  DVIDS

ASAN, Guam (Dec. 10, 2018) - *Service* members and civilians gathered to witness the ceremonial pushing of a box filled with humanitarian goods into a C-130 ...

eSports Micronesia Grand Championship moved to 2019  Marianas Variety

eSPORTS Micronesia would like to inform players and followers that the CNMI Tekken 7 Grand Championship Tournament was rescheduled for next year.

Marianas Variety
Guam waste-to-energy proponent gets new president  Marianas Variety

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Wagdy Guirguis has resigned as president and managing director of Guam Resource Recovery Partners, the company that ...

Marianas Variety
Our View: Christmas Drop is good training, good tradition  Pacific Daily News

It isn't often that annual military training is able to be merged with humanitarian efforts - but Operation Christmas Drop does just that.

Pacific Daily News
Pacific Island Hopper: The world's most scenic flight?  CNN

Flying from Honolulu to Guam and all points in between, the United Airlines Island Hopper is one of the world's most memorable air routes.

Long-Term IDs for FAS Citizens Passes Senate  Big Island Now

United States Senate unanimously passed legislation that would remove existing barriers that limit citizens of the Freely Associated States from accessing ...

Big Island Now
Air Force crew plays Santa for Operation Christmas Drop  Pacific News Center

Guam – It's not just Santa Claus flying through the sky to deliver Christmas presents to good boys and girls, the U.S. Air Force is playing Santa all week ...

Pacific News Center
Passing of Ann and Bill Stewart  Marianas Variety

THE purpose of this letter is to let the friends of Ann and Bill Stewart passed. Ann passed about a week ago and Bill passed on just a few days ago. The daughter ...

Marianas Variety
Marshalls and FSM receive development boost from World Bank  Radio New Zealand

The World Bank plans to accelerate development in the Northern Pacific after a ten day visit to Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Radio New Zealand
UNGA votes in favor of 8 pro-Palestine resolutions  Ma'an News Agency

WASHINGTON (Ma'an) -- The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted, early Saturday, in favor of eight resolutions on Palestine and a ninth on the ...

Ma'an News Agency
World Bank funds electricity boost in FSM  Radio New Zealand

The Federated States of Micronesia is set for a boost to its electricity supply with the World Bank investing in new solar energy projects in Chuuk.

Radio New Zealand
Hundreds brave rain for Black Friday shopping  The Guam Daily Post

One by one, wet cars waiting in a stalled line slowly filed into the once-empty parking lot of the Micronesia Mall in Dededo. Just a few hours after Guam's tropical.

The Guam Daily Post
Adios Señor!  Marianas Variety

I AM saddened to read Uncle Dave's letter of 12/10/18 regarding the deaths of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Stewart. Bill & Ann were a long-residents of Saipan and friends for ...

Marianas Variety
Pacific countries side with Israel against UN probe  Radio New Zealand

Four Pacific Island countries have voted against a United Nations resolution to investigate Israel over its treatment of prisoners and detainees.

Radio New Zealand
UOG signs $5.4M contract to build School of Engineering  The Guam Daily Post

The University of Guam signed a $5.4 million contract with Bascon Corp. on Nov. 29 to begin construction on the UOG School of Engineering building, the ...

The Guam Daily Post
There Are Many Ties Between Hawaiians And Micronesians  Honolulu Civil Beat

Traditionally, the lines between Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia never existed.

Honolulu Civil Beat
Why Talking About Anti-Micronesian Hate Is Important  Honolulu Civil Beat

Shining a light on racial prejudice makes us all think more carefully about what we say -- and can't help but make our community stronger.

Honolulu Civil Beat
Air Niugini plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and sinks in sea lagoon  The Guardian

All passengers reportedly rescued after 737-800 settles in the sea and then sinks.

The Guardian
Flotilla of small boats rescues passengers from crashed plane in Micronesia  The Seattle Times

Residents in small boats rushed to the crash site to save passengers and crew members from the sinking aircraft, an official said.

The Seattle Times
Retail closings at Micronesia Mall, new franchise restaurants on the way  Pacific Daily News

Clothing retailers Papaya and Laguna Beach Jean Co. closing shop at Micronesia Mall, while fast food chains Pepper Lunch and Jollibee open soon.

Pacific Daily News
NASA sees Tropical Depression Man-yi, warnings triggered  Phys.Org

Tropical depression Man-yi for med in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and NASA captured an image of the storm. Yap state is already under watches and ...

Micronesia plane crash: Body of missing passenger found  Sky News

Video of the accident showed US navy sailors helping to rescue passengers and crew before the aircraft sank.

Sky News
U.S. Indo-Pacific Forces Participate in Annual Operation Christmas Drop  DVIDS

Santa 21 returned to the “north pole” of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam after delivering three bundles to the island of Nama in the Federated States of ...

E-Land to focus on PIC first - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads  Saipan Tribune

The E-Land Group of Companies on Saipan said they would focus all of their resources first in getting Pacific Islands Club Saipan fully operational before ...

Saipan Tribune
Travel Experts Choose The World's Best Beaches For 2018: Number One Is In Greece  Forbes

Flight Network's World's Best Beaches for 2018 provides this year's annual selections based on the opinions and experiences of the world's travel experts.

Missing Micronesian Kingfisher still hasn't been found  KUAM.com

Still close by. It was a month ago when we brought you the story about one of the world's rarest birds - Guam's Micronesian Kingfisher - going missing.

Guam Women's National Team to hold tryouts | Guam Sports  The Guam Daily Post

The Guam Women's National Basketball Team will be holding tryouts next week in anticipation of the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.

The Guam Daily Post
NASA sees Tropical Storm Man-yi approaching typhoon strength Tropical Storm Man-Yi con  Phys.Org

Tropical Storm Man-Yi continued to strengthen in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean as NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the storm.

30th annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair festivities  Pacific Daily News

The Guam Visitors Bureau invites the public to experience years of cultural unity and festivities at the 30th annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair May 2-6.

Pacific Daily News
Dateline Pacific morning edition for 10 December 2018  Radio New Zealand

Climate finance needs to empower Pacific nations to adapt to a changing climate not trap them in debt, the Pacific Community says; Niue is suing a Swedish ...

Radio New Zealand
How An Oahu Doctor Struggles To Care For His Micronesian Patients  Honolulu Civil Beat

Editor's note: This essay is part of an ongoing series, produced by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute and Zócalo Public Square, exploring Hawaii's past, present, and ...

Honolulu Civil Beat
US report warns of Chinese move on Micronesia  Radio New Zealand

A new United States government report warns US relations with Micronesian countries are being threatened by China's inroads in the Pacific region.

Radio New Zealand
PH partially lifts deployment ban to Micronesia  ABS-CBN News

MANILA - (UPDATE) The Philippine government on Thursday partially lifted deployment restrictions for the Federated States of Micronesia which it imposed ...

Taking Action on Fourth Committee Reports, General Assembly Adopts 36 Resolutions, 4 Decisions, Including Texts Relating to Middle East Conflict, Decolonization - occupied Palestinian territory  ReliefWeb

English News and Press Release on occupied Palestinian territory about Protection and Human Rights; published on 07 Dec 2018 by UN GA.

The 2019 List of The World's Best Beaches Is Out Now  Forbes

Find out which are the world's best beaches to visit in 2019.

Denight: Guam Micronesia Island Fair opens on May 2  Pacific Daily News

Guam's largest cultural celebration, the 30th annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair, begins May 2.

Pacific Daily News
UD associate professor honored with 'immigrant champion' award  telegraphherald.com

Ever since Neil MacNaughton lived in Micronesia during a stint in the Peace Corps, he has found ways to stay connected to the people from that region.

E-Land's environmental youth alliance program set for January  Marianas Variety

THE E-Land Group's third annual Environmental Youth Alliance, a program that promotes environmental conservation among youth, will roll out in January, ...

Marianas Variety
Male advocates needed to end violence against women  Radio New Zealand

Pacific islanders are discussing how men can advocate for an end to violence against women.

Radio New Zealand
Plane overshoots runway in Micronesia and sinks – video  The Guardian

Footage steamed live on Facebook from Jumeta Esenaf shows the sinking of a Papua New Guinean plane after overshooting the runway in the Federated ...

The Guardian
Next Generation of Micronesians in Hawaiʻi Reclaim The Narrative  Hawaiipublicradio

Micronesians are Hawaiʻi's newest and fastest growing immigrant population. For more than 30 years, citizens of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.

Australia announces opening of embassy in Palau  Marianas Variety

KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The Australian government will open an embassy in Palau, according Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a speech early last ...

Marianas Variety
US airmen in the Pacific transitioned to the C-130J this year. How is the new model faring?  DefenseNews.com

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has the largest area of responsibility of the American military's combatant commands.

Micronesia: Scenic island-hopping and a lesson in letting go  Honolulu Star-Advertiser

POHNPEI STATE, Micronesia >>. I'm panicked and soaked as smiling locals fish me out of the bay on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. “Trip of a lifetime,” I ...

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
23rd Micronesian Islands Forum set for April 25-27, 2018 - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads  Saipan Tribune

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will be the center of the Pacific this week as Saipan hosts delegations from all over Micronesia for the 23rd ...

Saipan Tribune
Press Release: Historic Project to Protect Palau's Iconic Species Declared Successful - Island Conservation  Island Conservation News

Free from invasive rats, native plants and animals on Ngeanges are on a path to recovery due to a conservation intervention by Island Cosnervation and ...

Island Conservation News
US looks at defence and foreign policy in Micronesia  Radio New Zealand

The US Defense Department is to report to the U.S. Congress by 1 December on a range of security concerns in the northern Pacific island groups that are ...

Radio New Zealand
Let's take part in this season of giving  The Guam Daily Post

With red kettles popping up around stores, it's time to think about making the most of charitable giving this holiday season.

The Guam Daily Post
Passengers safe after flight crashes into sea in Micronesia | Pictures  Reuters

People are evacuated from an Air Niugini plane crashed in the waters in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia. A flotilla of small boats rescued all 47 passengers and crew ...

Micronesia (Federated States of)  General Assembly of the United Nations General Debate

PETER M. CHRISTIAN, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, said that the last two speakers had said it all, especially New Zealand, which spoke ...

General Assembly of the United Nations General Debate
Range of resolutions reached at Micronesian Islands Forum  Radio New Zealand

Agreements on climate change and illegal fishing were among a slew of resolutions signed by leaders last week at the 23rd Micronesian Islands Forum in ...

Radio New Zealand
New MicroFriends basketball league starting in Chalan Pago  Pacific Daily News

For die-hard basketball fans, there is another new basketball league on island. While team registration for MicroFriends Basketball League has been closed, ...

Pacific Daily News
Basking in the Sun This Winter, for Less  The New York Times

Birds fly south for the winter, and why shouldn't you? With the approaching cold weather, it's time to fire up the laptop and start planning that much-deserved ...

The New York Times
'World's largest microgrid' in Micronesia gets 30-year PPA  Energy Storage News

The small island nation of Palau in the western Pacific Ocean has moved a step closer to having what is said to be the largest ever microgrid spanning diesel, ...

Energy Storage News
WATCH: Incredible moment US Navy rescue passengers from sinking plane in Micronesia  Independent.ie

Footage shows US Navy sailors rushing to the scene of a plane that overshot the runway and landed in water in a Micronesian lagoon.

Total ban ordered on OFW deployment to Micronesia  Inquirer.net

Filipino workers may no longer be deployed to the Federated States of Micronesia due to reports of abuses and maltreatment of Filipino workers in that nation, ...

Micronesian leaders on Saipan for regional summit  Radio New Zealand

Leaders from Micronesia's island states are on Saipan this week attending the 23rd Micronesia Islands Forum.

Radio New Zealand
Air Niugini Chuuk crash probe uncovers safety deficiencies  Radio New Zealand

An investigation into the crash of an Air Niugini plane in Micronesia has uncovered potentially fatal safety deficiencies on board.

Radio New Zealand
Chuuk's women were not silent, submissive and hapless  Radio New Zealand

A PhD student from the Federated States of Micronesia is weaving together a history of Chuuk and aims to deliver an accurate portrayal of indigenous women.

Radio New Zealand
Utahn with US Navy team helps rescue passengers in Micronesia plane crash  KUTV 2News

(KUTV) -- A passenger plane crashed into a Pacific lagoon near Chuuk, Micronesia on Friday, Sept. 28. Local sailors and a U. S. Navy UCT 2 team rushed to the ...

KUTV 2News
Bishop to head bipartisan Australian visit to Micronesia  Radio New Zealand

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Minister for International Development Concetta Fierravanti-Wells embark on a tour of Micronesian states this ...

Radio New Zealand
Online movement exposes discrimination against Micronesians in Hawaii  Radio New Zealand

Sha Ongelungel started the #beingmicronesian online movement to raise awareness about discrimination faced by Micronesian immigrants in Hawaii.

Radio New Zealand
Bishop says Micronesia tour about empowering women not countering China  Radio New Zealand

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is visiting the Marshall Islands today and tomorrow amid concern about China's growing influence in the Pacific region.

Radio New Zealand
Epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific as of 10 December 2018 - World  ReliefWeb

English Map on World and 6 other countries about Health and Epidemic; published on 10 Dec 2018 by SPC.

Interest in electronic monitoring of Pacific fisheries growing  Radio New Zealand

Support is growing electronic monitoring of fishing vessels in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

Radio New Zealand
GVB announces 2018 Guam Micronesia Island Fair info  Pacific Daily News

GVB announced the various cultural\u00a0festivities\u00a0and activities that will take place during the 30th annual Guam Micronesia Island Fair.

Pacific Daily News
Meanwhile in ... Micronesia, officials are looking for help in preserving a mysterious ruin  The Christian Science Monitor

And in Somalia, terrorist group Al Shabab is working to ban single-use plastics and the cutting down of trees.

The Christian Science Monitor
Air Niugini fixes 'safety deficiencies' found in crash probe  Radio New Zealand

Air Niugini says it has fixed safety deficiencies identified by the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission.

Radio New Zealand
China's Hainan province eyes agreement with Iloilo City  Politiko

The Hainan Foreign Affairs of China is eyeing to establish a sisterhood agreement with Iloilo City, according to the head of the city's Local Economic Investment ...

Park University holds annual International Festival in the underground  Stylus

Zartasha Sani Park President Greg Gunderson addresses the crowd at the International Festival held during International Education Week. Zartasha Sani

Kayaking, diving in Micronesia’s turquoise waters  The Durango Herald

POHNPEI STATE, Micronesia – I'm panicked and soaked as smiling locals fish me out of the bay on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. “Trip of a lifetime,” I ...

The Durango Herald
Xi meets leaders of Pacific island nations to further BRI cooperation  Global Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping met here on Friday with leaders of Pacific island countries that have diplomatic relations with China to exchange views on bilateral ...

Global Times
Fungus observed on Marianas endemic and fruit trees  Pacific Daily News

An aggressive fungus known as Phellinus noxius has been widely observed to cause “brown root rot” on trees in many parts of the Asia-Pacific region extending ...

Pacific Daily News
Air Niugini plane crash preliminary report shows co-pilot was Australian  ABC News

An Air Niugini flight that crashed in the Pacific last month, killing a passenger, was being co-piloted by a 35-year-old Australian, according to a preliminary report ...

ABC News
Hawaii volcanic haze spreads to Micronesia, United States News & Top Stories  The Straits Times

MAJURO (Marshall Islands) • Haze from the Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii blanketed the Marshall Islands 3700km away on Sunday, as officials warned it ...

The Straits Times
Recent Research Analysts’ Ratings Changes for Matson (MATX)  Fairfield Current

Matson (NYSE: MATX) has recently received a number of price target changes and ratings updates: 11/28/2018 – Matson was upgraded by analysts at Zacks ...

Fairfield Current
Saipan to host 23rd Micronesian Islands Forum - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads  Saipan Tribune

Every year, the chief executives of Micronesia meet to discuss and establish regional cooperation on a variety of issues that are of mutual concern to the region.

Saipan Tribune
Federated States of Micronesia forges a way forward to health security in the Pacific - Micronesia (Federated States of)  ReliefWeb

20 August 2018 – The Federated States of Micronesia has become the first Pacific island country to complete a Joint External Evaluation (JEE). JEEs are ...


Explore the Wrecks and Reefs of Chuuk & Palau. Palau islands Credit Palau Siren 1. The coral islands of Palau. Credit Palau Siren. Micronesia may be ...

DIVE Magazine
Jet crashes into water in Micronesia - but everyone survives  Sky News

Sky News - First for Breaking News, video, headlines, analysis and top stories from business, politics, entertainment and more in the UK and worldwide.

Sky News
RI to boost bilateral ties with Micronesia, offers N219 aircraft - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta Post

Indonesia is committed to boosting bilateral ties with the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) through the improvement of mutual partnership in various sectors, ...

Jakarta Post
Bevacqua: Guam being a colony affects neighbors in Micronesia  Pacific Daily News

Right now, we all endure a system that isn't meant to serve the interests of those living in Micronesia.

Pacific Daily News
'Japan achieved success in Micronesia unlike any other' - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads  Saipan Tribune

TOKYO—In the years before World War II, the Micronesian islands under Japanese rule were self-supporting, a level of economic independence never reached ...

Saipan Tribune
Bello says deployment ban to Micronesia could be lifted soon  Manila Bulletin

There is a possibility that the deployment ban imposed in the Federated States of Micronesia will be lifted.

Manila Bulletin
Update: 1 man missing after airplane crash in Micronesia  UPI.com

Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Authorities said Saturday one man is missing after a flight crashed into the sea a day earlier off a small island in Micronesia. The crash occurred ...

Micronesia plane crashes into lagoon, injuring four people  Washington Post

Four people were injured when an Air Niugini plane crashed into a lagoon Sept. 27 after it missed the runway at Chuuk International Airport in Micronesia.

Washington Post

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Micronesia ((UK: , US: ); from Greek: μικρός mikrós "small" and Greek: νῆσος nêsos "island") is a subregion of Oceania, composed of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a shared cultural history with two other island regions, Polynesia to the east and Melanesia to the south.The region has a tropical marine climate, and is part of the Oceania ecozone. There are four main archipelagos along with numerous outlying islands.Micronesia is divided politically among several sovereign countries. One of these is the Federated States of Micronesia, which is often called "Micronesia" for short and is not to be confused with the overall region. The Micronesia region encompasses five sovereign, independent nations—the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, and Nauru—as well as three U.S. territories in the northern part: Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and Wake Island.Micronesia began to be settled several millennia ago, although there are competing theories about the origin and arrival of the first settlers. The earliest known contact with Europeans occurred in 1521, when Ferdinand Magellan reached the Marianas. The coinage of the term "Micronesia" is usually attributed to Jules Dumont d'Urville's usage in 1832; however, Domeny de Rienzi had used the term a year previously.