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Re: “Marshall Islanders make home in Northwest Arkansas


Ref comment above. . .independent, sovereign nation since October 1986!!!

Posted by Michael Pettitt on 07/10/2012 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Marshall Islanders make home in Northwest Arkansas

Couple more comments:

- Marshall Islands is no longer a US protectorate; it has been an independent, sovereign nation since October 2006.

- The great majority of the land in the Marshall Islands is absolutely safe (not poisoned by radiation or anything else). You can easily locate studies on this posted to Web but suggest also look at Web site for the Marshall Islands(Government) Visitors Authority (which promotes tourism to the Marshall Islands), wwww.visitmarshallisland.com; and also check out on-line weekly version of Marshall Islands Journal (www.marshallislandsjournal.com), which reflects vibrant community (and is currently reporting that diabetes is, by far, the most critical health issue in the Marshall Islands). So many other sources -- you can see what World Teach tells prospective volunteers to the RMI (it sends dozens each year) as example. WorldTeach has a lot of info on living in the Marshall Islands - but does not even mention nuclear radiation or "poisoning" because that is not a problem or danger (www.worldteach.org; click on Marshall Islands).

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Posted by Michael Pettitt on 07/10/2012 at 6:04 AM

Re: “Marshall Islanders make home in Northwest Arkansas

Interesting how Marshallese principal Evelyn Konou at Marshall Islands High School is addressing tardiness issue - she is not buying clocks for students.

"Latecomers locked out

Showing the leadership that established DES as one of RMI’s top public schools, MIHS Principal Evelyn Konou on Wednesday put high school students, parents and teachers on notice that being late to school is not acceptable.
Late arriving Marshall Islands High School students were locked out of school Wednesday morning, after school administration had alerted students to new rules earlier in the week aimed at preventing tardiness.
For many years, persistent tardiness and class-cutting by students has been a major, ongoing problem at MIHS.
Konou decided to take action by locking the gates at 8:15am beginning Wednesday to emphasize the need for students to arrive on time for school. School begins at 8am.
A V7AB announcement said the gates will re-open at 11:50am, then close again at 12:50pm. They will be opened at the end of school, 3:30pm. The spinoff from the MIHS action affects Majuro Middle School, NVTI and GED, which combined add more than 1,000 students to the campus area.
Konou was principal of Delap Elementary School for seven years during the 2000s, and took over at MIHS last year."

Can read at http://www.marshallislandsjournal.com/Arch…

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Posted by Michael Pettitt on 07/10/2012 at 4:11 AM


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