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Micronesia November 2018 icons  Marianas Variety

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

Marianas Variety
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
Primrose: The Micronesian herb  Marianas Variety

PRIMROSE is native to the Micronesian islands and is known as “erur” in Palau. Primrose. According to the John Innes Centre in England, primrose flowers are ...

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
Operation Christmas Drop 2018 is a Wrap, Until Next Year Micronesia  DVIDS

It's time to pack up the workshop and for Santa's helpers to return home as Operation Christmas Drop 2018 is a wrap. Over the past week and a half Santa's ...

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
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
Give back by supporting two Jesuit ministries this #GivingTuesday  America Magazine

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

America Magazine
Camp Fire May Have Destroyed Her Home, but Running Keeps Her Moving  runnersworld.com

It was 2 a.m. in Micronesia when, all of a sudden, something in Deb Yoder's brain told her to wake up. She saw a message on her phone from a coworker asking ...

U.S. Indo-Pacific forces participate in annual Operation Christmas Dro  Air Force Link

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 ...

Air Force Link
Study: Chuukese Patients In Hawaii Often Face Discrimination  Honolulu Civil Beat

Chuukese patients in Hawaii often encounter discrimination from health care providers and may not seek necessary medical care for fear of being unable to ...

Honolulu Civil Beat
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
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
Melanesian people: The world's only natural black blondes  Pulse Nigeria

For several years, blond hair was attributed to Caucasians but the Melanesians of Solomon Islands are one of the few groups with blonde hair outside Europe.

Pulse Nigeria
Air-dropping Christmas presents  The Guam Daily Post

PUSH CEREMONY: A gift-wrapped crate filled with supplies is pushed on a track into a C-130 cargo aircraft during the Christmas Drop Push Ceremony at ...

The Guam Daily Post
Global Compact for Refugees Adopted Today  Immigration Blog

The Global Compact on Refugees was officially adopted today by the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The related but separate migration ...

Immigration Blog
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.

Alleged forger busted after misspelling 'hunedred' on checks twice  The Guam Daily Post

A man who allegedly attempted to cash a second forged check at a second Pay-Less Supermarkets store gave suspicious clues, including misspelling hundred ...

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.

Variations | Adios maestro  Marianas Variety

ABOUT a quarter of a century ago, on my first day as a reporter on Capital Hill, I introduced myself to the governor's public information officer, a former cable TV ...

Marianas Variety
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
There Are Many Ties Between Hawaiians And Micronesians  Honolulu Civil Beat

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

Honolulu Civil Beat
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
What you need to know for Thursday, November 22, 2018  Pacific Daily News

A tropical storm warning was issued for Guam Wednesday afternoon as Tropical Storm Man-Yi approached the area. Emergency officials urged residents to ...

Pacific Daily News
Andrew Richard Mendiola Cruz allegedly tried to cash bogus check  Pacific Daily News

A man was charged with attempted theft after he allegedly tried to cash a bogus check at Pay-Less.

Pacific Daily News
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
Micronesia plane crash: Body of missing passenger found  Sky News

The body of a passenger missing after a plane crash in Micronesia has been found in the Pacific lagoon where the aircraft came down. The Air Niugini Boeing ...

Sky News
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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 ...

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
Micronesia commits to full transparency in tuna fishing  SeafoodSource

The Federated States of Micronesia announced a shift to 100 percent transparency in its tuna fishery at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia.

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
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
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
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
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.

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

H.E. Mr. Peter Christian spoke at the General Debate of the 73rd Session.

General Assembly of the United Nations General Debate
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 ...

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
Niue, NMI speak out at tuna commission  Marianas Variety

HONOLULU (Pacnews) — The tiny Pacific nation of Niue has called on members of the tuna commission to ensure fisheries resources caught in the region are ...

Marianas Variety
Making diabetes screening portable for the people of Micronesia  University of Rochester

Making their mark: This is one in a series of profiles celebrating members of Rochester's graduating class of 2018. The diabetes that is endemic in Micronesia is ...

University of Rochester
'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
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
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, ...

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
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
Fruitful meeting between CNMI Gov. Torres and FEMA Administrator – $20.1M secured for CNMI  Pacific News Center

Guam – Governor Ralph Torres has announced that FEMA has obligated $20.1 million towards the Commonwealth's Public School System and Northern ...

Pacific News Center
A universal pact against racial discrimination - Nation  The Star Online

MYANMAR, South Sudan, North Korea, Vanuatu... What do these countries have in common with Malaysia?

The Star Online
Eritrea – Ethiopia accord, template of peace – Micronesia prez at UN  africanews

The Ethiopia – Eritrea peace deal continues to attract applause from governments across the world, the latest being the Federated States of Micronesia.

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
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.

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.

2018 Guam Micronesia Island Fair coming up: Denight  Pacific Daily News

Buenas yan håfa adai! As we prepare for Tourism Month in May and to celebrate GVB's 55 years of *service* to the community, we have many exciting activities ...

Pacific Daily News
Torres thanks Pacific neighbors for their aid - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads  Saipan Tribune

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres used his presence at the 15th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting to also personally thank the CNMI's Pacific ...

Saipan Tribune
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
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 ...

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
FSM senator seeks to ban transgender people from govt  Radio New Zealand

A senator in the Federated States of Micronesia has introduced legislation which would ban transgender people from working in government.

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
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 ...

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
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
'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
'Island Soldier' brings hope in FSM  Radio New Zealand

It is a long way from the Micronesian island of Kosrae to Afghanistan, but that is the journey many make when they enlist in the US military.

Radio New Zealand
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
#BeingMicronesian in Hawaii Means Lots Of Online Hate  Honolulu Civil Beat

When Sha Ongelungel moved to Hawaii in 2001 and started applying for jobs, her cousins warned her not to tell anyone that she was Micronesian. “Tell them ...

Honolulu Civil Beat
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

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
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
Micronesia's longline yellowfin tuna fishery achieves MSC certification  SeafoodSource

The longline yellowfin tuna fishery in the exclusive economic zone of the Federated States of Micronesia has achieved MSC certification.

Around the World: Micronesia meets Ant-onio and Bob — and learns of Christ's love  Christian Chronicle

FEATURE PHOTO (above): Children on the Pacific island of Pohnpei are introduced to two friendly puppets, Ant-onio and Bob, brought to life by brothers ...

Christian Chronicle
Passenger unaccounted for following Micronesia plane crash  The Mercury

A passenger is unaccounted for after a plane landed short of a runway and into a lagoon in Micronesia. The airline has issued a statement saying a search for ...

The Mercury
President Donald J. Trump Approves a Disaster Declaration for the Federated States of Micronesia  Whitehouse.gov

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared a disaster under the Compact of Free Association between the Government of the United States of America and ...

United CEO visits Guam, Micronesia - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads  Saipan Tribune

TAMUNING, GUAM—United Airlines chief executive officer Oscar Munoz visited Guam for the first time from Aug. 18 to 20 to meet the employees of the Guam ...

Saipan Tribune
US looks at defence, foreign policy and impact of Chinese aid in Micronesia  Asia Pacific Report

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

Asia Pacific Report
Compacts of Free Association: Actions Needed to Prepare for the Transition of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands to Trust Fund Income  Government Accountability Office

The U.S. is providing $3.6 billion in economic assistance to the nations of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands from 2004 through 2023. This assistance has ...

Government Accountability Office
Chuukese defiant about independence from FSM  Radio New Zealand

Efforts are continuing to have Chuuk leave the Federated States of Mircronesia despite warnings its departure would adversely impact the island group.

Radio New Zealand
Micronesian leaders tasked with putting resolutions into action  Radio New Zealand

The leaders of Micronesia are now tasked with putting into action a series of resolutions passed during their summit last week that include efforts to improve ...

Radio New Zealand
Federated States of Micronesia launch their first Adaptation Fund Project “Enhancing Climate Change Resilience of Vulnerable Island Communities in FSM” - Micronesia (Federated States of)  ReliefWeb

Pohnpei, FSM 12 March 2018 - The Vice-President Yosiwo P. George of the Federated States of Micronesia launched their first ever Adaptation Fund Project in ...

POEA orders OFW deployment ban to Micronesia  pna.gov.ph

MANILA -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has ordered a total deployment ban to the Federated States of Micronesia due to reports ...

'Forward defence in depth' for Australia (part 3)  The Strategist

Australia's defence force structure has evolved over many years around defending the 'sea–air gap' as a perceived strategic moat. That construct dates back to ...

The Strategist
#BeingMicronesian: online hatred spurs positive fightback  The Guardian

When Sha Ongelungel saw yet another derogatory post directed at Micronesians, she decided enough was enough.

The Guardian
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
The five-domains update  The Strategist

Australian shipbuilder Austal has won a $1.6 billion contract to build two littoral combat ships for the US Navy and is in talks with Trinidad and Tobago about a ...

The Strategist
$20.1M from FEMA for PSS, NMC classrooms, power restoration, judiciary  Marianas Variety

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres announced on Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated $20.1 million for ...

Marianas Variety

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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.