Micronesian leaders united in decision to withdraw from Forum

Palau has already commenced with the process.  

A statement released today said the five Presidents of Micronesia will honour the Mekreos Communique and withdraw from the Forum as stated in a joint communique released also released today.

The leaders of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Kiribati and the Republic of the Marshall Islands met virtually yesterday (Monday).

According to the statement, Nauru President Lionel Aingimea “believes the Forum has lost its original intent to be a regional body and what the Forum was originally set up to do.”

Islands move quickly on Covid-19 vaccine outreach

On a per capita basis, the islands have higher vaccine rates than many states in the US, said the Marshall Islands Health Secretary in Majuro.

In the first 10 days since receiving a small number of doses to start, the Marshall Islands injected first vaccines to over 600 healthcare workers and front line government employees who work in sea and airports.

The US government is providing the Moderna brand Covid-19 vaccines to the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

Micronesia's soccer team determined to play on after record-breaking losses

But the players — who lost 30-0 to Tahiti, 38-0 to Fiji, and then 46-0 to Vanuatu at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea — have vowed to remain on the field.

Stan Foster, the squad's Australian coach, said at the time that he was not concerned about the blow-outs and the competition was all about gaining experience for his players.

But post-match in PNG some of the players could hardly muster a word to explain the losses.

In their match against Vanuatu, they conceded goals at a rate of one every two minutes.

FSM, steps in place for tsunami threat

“Yes we still receive information from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) in Hawaii. However, the decision to declare a warning for tsunami is now our own responsibility,” says Eden Skilling, a Meteorological Officer from FSM.

When a tsunami threat is received from the PTWC, the FSM Meteorological Service, the national focal point for tsunami, will analyse and evaluate the information before it is sent to the Disaster Co-ordinator Office.