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PPUC IPP Solar Project, where are we?

Power rates for all consumers increased by an average of 37% from previous rates based on the tariff approved by PPUC last year. The new rates went into effect this month, causing a public…

Guam, a prime military target for the Chinese

By Rick Perez HAGATNA (SAIPAN TRIBUNE) — Guam remains a key target for the Chinese military. During the Cold War Guam was a target of the Soviet military in part because Sumay was home…

Masterpiece

(a poem) For we are God’s masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10. In other words, we are a piece of art being worked on daily. The word “Masterpiece”  is from a Greek word, poem.  You are a…

United suspends service to Majuro

MAJURO  (MARSHALL ISLANDS JOURNAL) — Lack of action on a two-year-old engineering evaluation that warned Majuro’s airport terminal roof was a “high risk” for collapse resulted this week in a halt to all United…

PMC donates

Palau Media Council donates paint to MOJ LEEP Student Program to paint their facility, former entomology building at Ngerbeched. Pictured: Minister of Justice J. Uduch Senior with…

#KeledANgercheled Logo Contest offers $250 prize

Graphic designers and artists are invited to submit logos as part of the #KeledANgercheled (Our Food is Our Responsibility) campaign! The logo contest is open to all local residents. Logos must be submitted in digital form by 5 pm on Tuesday, January 18. #KeledANgercheled is a whole-of-society and whole-of-government approach to increasing national Food Security…

Commonwealth hires luxury Crown executive jets to do aid work in Pacific

The Australian federal government hired private luxury jets belonging to Crown Melbourne to deliver aid, including COVID-19 vaccinations, to two Pacific destinations earlier this year at a cost of almost $600,000 (US$428,000). The flights were confirmed by Crown and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), though Foreign Minister Marise Payne declined to comment.…

SELF-RESPECT

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. ~Unknown Anyone who pays attention to young children knows that the child’s…

2021 in Review:

Vaccines, typhoon, and government reorganization As we steam into the 2nd quarter of 2021, the focus was to recover Palau’s economy by getting the people vaccinated…

Former PPUC superintendent charged for theft

A former plant superintendent at the Palau Public Utilities Corporation’s power plant in Aimeliik has been charged for allegedly selling PPUC’s fuel without authorization from PPUC. …

VIVI NGUYEN INTERVIEW 2021

KNOWLEDGEWELL FOUNDER AND SENIOR CONSULTANTINTERVIEWS KNOWLEDGEWELL’S FIRST STUDENT Recently KnowledgeWell connected with the first student it sent overseas. At…

Wolf Note

Wolf Note is that strange sound produced by a cello or a guitar as if the instrument and the strings are communicating in disagreement. I may be wrong…

Flight cancellations snarl holiday plans for thousands

NEW YORK (AP) — Airlines continued to cancel hundreds of flights Saturday because of staffing issues tied to COVID-19, disrupting holiday celebrations during one of the busiest travel times of the year. FlightAware, a flight-tracking website, noted nearly 1,000 canceled flights entering,…

New easy-to-use COVID-19 pills come with a catch

Newly infected COVID-19 patients have two new treatment options that can be taken at home. But that convenience comes with a catch: The pills have to be taken as soon as possible once symptoms appear. The challenge…

First-year accomplishments of this administration

Citing establishing a good working relationship with the Olbiil Era Kelulau (congress) as the biggest accomplishment of his administration’s first year in office, President Whipps said that  “working and…

Detained Chinese nationals held on bonds

The 21 Chinese nationals who were detained in November after arriving in Palau without work permits or round trip tickets are still here a month after their arrival, confirmed…

Christmas gift bags from Santas

Kids and parents packed Global Village(former Bethlehem park) to meet Santa Claus and get gift bags courtesy of Ekei group, Ministry of Finance and both Senate and House of Delegates. The kids got their hands sanitized first before receiving their gift bags from Santas.

Police meeting with Mibu villagers in Rai Coast, Madang. Police meeting with Mibu villagers in Rai Coast, Madang.

Manhunt for cults in PNG

PORT MORESBY 1 (THE NATIONAL) — Papua New Guinea Police have launched a massive manhunt for a notorious cult group that has been terrorising villagers in Rai Coast’s Nayudo local level government (LLG) for the past few weeks. The cult members…

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres

CNMI Governor is not resigning, looks forward to a fair Senate trial

SAIPAN (MARIANAS VARIETY) — “I am not resigning,” CNMI Governor Ralph Torres said on Tuesday. “The issue between former Governor [Benigno R.] Fitial and myself is totally different,” he added during a media briefing on KKMP radio. In February 2013, Fitial…

Whipps urges Senate to reconsider passage of digital residency bill

President Surangel Whipps Jr. urged senators to reconsider the passage of the proposed Digital Residency Identification bill, which earlier failed to get a majority of the votes in the  Senate.  In his letter to Senate President Hokkons Baules yesterday, Whipps vowed to engage with the Olbiil Era Kelulau to consider amendments to the bill.“I write to…

𝗗𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 ‘𝗖𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗻 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁’ 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗨𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗮𝘂𝗿 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻

Koror, Palau – The coming storm didn’t stop Dngeronger Youth Group (DYG) and Ucheliaur Organization from enjoying a weekend full of exploration! Throughout the weekend of December 10,…

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WCC donates to Palau Conservation Society

Palau Conservation Society (PCS) received a generous donation from WCC Construction Company.  WCC is locally owned  and operated by Mr. Billy Takamine.  Mr. Takamine is one of the few local young and successful enterpeneurs in Palau  and  hails from the great state of Nchesar. He  owns several successful businesses including the famous Jungle River Cruise,…

Bank of Guam announces new Senior Vice Presidents Symon Madrazo and Matt Limtiaco appointed

December 20, 2021, Hagatna, Guam. Bank of Guam Board of Directors and Management are proud to announce the following appointments effective January 2, 2022: Symon A. Madrazo has been promoted from Vice President/Controller to Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. Symon joined the Bank in 2001 following his graduation from the University of Guam with a…

ROOTS and WINGS

If love were food you’ll see and know when a child is starving.  My nephew is counting the days to when he’d leave home to attend college abroad. I think I know how he…

Enabling people to get on track for recovery

SIGATOKA, 17 DECEMBER 2021 (UNDP)—Aminiasi Navukura is a happy man, thanks to a community visit to his village recently.  He almost lost his eyesight after noticing that the condition of his right eye was deteriorating but he was fortunate…

Chinese vessel in Palau waters “not innocent passage”

The Chinese research vessel presence in Palau’s EEZ from November 29 to December 4 was “not innocent passage”, revealed Vice President and Minister of Justice Uduch Sengebau-Senior.  “It is not illegal to pass through Palau’s EEZ but the Chinese vessel’s actions so far are not that of innocent passage.” The Chinese survey vessel Da Yang…

SP sues former FIC Commissioner on multiple charges

Office of Special Prosecutor filed multiple charges against former Executive Commissioner of the Financial Institutions Commission (FIC) Semdiu Decherong. Mr. Decherong was charged with 3 felonies and 2 misdemeanors alleging Misconduct in Public Office for driving a government vehicle unrelated to his official functions, Criminal Property Damage for crashing the government vehicle into private property…

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Treasures

Buddha said, “Any  increased attachment to anything earthly is suffering.”  Jesus said that we are to store up treasures in heaven. They’re basically saying the same thing only difference is they’re  from a different…

BIOTA donates to PCS

Exectuve Director Ms. Michelle Ngirutang accepting the check from  BIOTA representative, Ms. Ordiil Isalias. On December 1st, 2021, Palau Conservation Society (PCS) received a generous donation of $1,000 from BIOTA, one of it’s long time Corporate Partners for Conservation (CPC). BIOTA is state of the art aquaculture facility located in Ordomel, Airai whichis owned and…

US Rear Admiral Nicholson on island for JCM

US Rear Admiral Benjamin Nicholson, the Joint Region Marianas commander and INDOPACOM’s senior military for the Republic of Palau is currently on island to attend the 2nd JCM held this year.  The first one this year was held in Guam in May, where military leaders of U.S. INDOPACOM hosted President Surangel Whipps Jr. and the…

Australia to help fix internet for Pacific nations in bid to counter China

CANBERRA, 13 DECEMBER 2021 (SMH)—Australia has partnered with Japan and the U.S to help improve internet access in three Pacific island nations in efforts to counter China’s influence in the region. The partnership will build a new undersea cable to give Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia faster and more reliable internet connections.…

‘We are infested with wild pigs’: Guam mayors seek solutions

HAGÅTÑA, 13 DECEMBER 2021 (THE GUAM DAILY POST) –In the wee hours of the morning, a wild pig knocks down trash bins in search of food and strews their contents all over the usually well-kept yard in a Mongmong neighbourhood in Guam. Before the trash collectors make their Wednesday rounds, the bins are already emptied.…

CNMI reports sixth Covid death

SAIPAN, 13 DECEMBER 2021 (MARIANAS VARIETY)—CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres, the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp announced on Saturday the islands’ sixth Covid-19-related death. The individual was an unvaccinated CNMI resident who tested positive for Covid-19 in November. The individual was isolated, and admitted to the alternate care site at Kanoa…

New Caledonia Says ‘Non’ to Independence

By: Hannah Beech @2021 The New York Times Company NOUMÉA, New Caledonia — New Caledonia, a tiny scattering of islands in the South Pacific, will not mark the new year by becoming the world’s newest country. In a referendum held Sunday, voters rejected independence overwhelmingly, with 96% electing to stay part of France, according to…

Australia hands over maritime boarder fundamental kits

8 December 2021- Illicit activities perpetrated by small sea craft, such as the movement of weapons, drugs and people, remain a significant threat to all countries in the Pacific. The Australian Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force (ABF) have developed a web-based application – the Pacific Small Craft App – to assist Oceania…

FILE – Jeremy Allaire, Founder and CEO of Circle Internet Financial, a Boston-based digital currency company, speaks at the Inside Bitcoins conference and trade show on April 7, 2014 in New York. Allaire was one of several Cryptocurrency executives who went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, to say their fast-growing industry understands more regulation is likely coming, but they don’t want it to squelch the next wave of the internet or send it offshore to other countries. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File0

Crypto execs head to Capitol as Congress mulls regulations

By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Cryptocurrency executives went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to say their fast-growing industry understands more regulation is likely coming, but they don’t want it to squelch the next wave of the internet or send it offshore to other countries. Leaders from major crypto exchanges, mining and…

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) speaks during an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Atlanta. The CDC on Wednesday gave new details of the first U.S. cases of the new omicron variant of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

CDC chief says omicron mostly mild so far

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — More than 40 people in the U.S. have been found to be infected with the omicron variant so far, and more than three-quarters of them had been vaccinated, the chief of the CDC said Wednesday. But she said nearly all of them were only mildly ill. In an…

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Transformative changemakers named UN’s 2021 Champions of the Earth

NAIROBI  – The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced its 2021 Champions of the Earth. The Champions were chosen for their transformative impact on the environment and their leadership in advancing bold and decisive action on behalf of people and the planet. Since its inception in 2005, the annual Champions of the Earth award, the…

PERSPECTIVE is WONDERFUL

What you see depends on not only on what you look AT, but also where you look FROM. ~ James Deacon (a Musician from South Africa). The older I get the more I see and reflect on things that impacted my life. I’m turning seventy in a few months.  I’ve lived at least three life…

WCPFC tuna fishery needs better management: Pew

By Iliesa Tora NUKU’ALOFA, 03 DECEMBER 2021 (NUKU’ALOFA TIMES) — The Pew Charitable Trusts has called for better management of the tuna fisheries of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. In a statement released to the 18th regular session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission(WCPFC), which is being held virtually from 29 November…

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Taiwan Embassy donates UAS1,000 to the Friends of the PNMS to pursue sustainable development in Palau

On November 30, Ambassador Jessica C. Lee delivered a check of $1,000 to the Friends of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (FRIENDS), in support of its projects to pursue sustainable development and the annual Palau Pledge Cigarette Butt Challenge. In attendance were FRIENDS President Adolph Demei and Vice President Elia Yobech. Ambassador Jessica C. Lee…

JASDF and the U.S. Air Force are to perform Operation Christmas Drops (OCD) in Koror, Kayangel, Tobi, Sonsorol, Pulo Anna, Angaur and Peleliu

     On December 5, 2021, at 12:03 p.m. JASDF and the U.S. Air Force perform OCD at Skojo in Meyuns, Koror. The public is welcome to view the JASDF plane flying for OCD. This Japan-U.S. joint effort will deliver Christmas gifts for children in Palau while giving aircrews experience in airlift and strengthening the friendly…

Global displacement rising despite lockdowns that kept billions grounded

GENEVA (UN NEWS CENTRE) — There was a dramatic increase in internal displacement due to disasters, conflict and violence in 2020, but global mobility overall, ground to a halt due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.   That is the main finding of the World Migration Report 2022, launched on Wednesday by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). …

WHO AM I?

Don’t waste your pain. ~Dan Allender The six million dollar question. To keep going in my life is to totally accept that many people hate me. Life has its dark side and bright side.  When I was in my adolescent years I was not quite alive. In my 20’s I only lived to survive.  In…

First U.S case of COVID-19 omicron variant identified

WASHINGTON (AP) — A person in California became the first in the U.S to have an identified case of the COVID-19 omicron variant, U.S officials said Wednesday as scientists continue to study the risks posed by the new strain of the virus. The Biden administration moved late last month to restrict travel from Southern Africa…

Pentagon to build up U.S bases in Australia and Guam to meet China challenge

WASHINGTON (CNN/9 NEWS) —The Pentagon will focus on building up bases in Australia and Guam to better prepare the U.S military to counter China, a senior defence official said. The moves have been prompted by the U.S Department of Defence’s global posture review, which President Joe Biden ordered Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin to undertake…

Guam Catholic Church offers to pay up to US$34M to sex abuse victims

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam’s Catholic Church has come up with a revised proposed payment of US$27.96 million to US$34.38 million to those who claimed they were raped or sexually molested by priests and other members of the clergy when they were minors, dating back to the 1950s. That’s more than US$100,000 per…

MLB owners lock out players, 1st work stoppage since 1995

By RONALD BLUM and STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Baseball Writers IRVING, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball plunged into its first work stoppage in a quarter-century when the sport’s collective bargaining agreement expired Wednesday night and owners immediately locked out players in a move that threatens spring training and opening day. The strategy, management’s equivalent of…

Loss of China events over Peng could go past ’22

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer The suspension of all WTA tournaments in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official there of sexual assault, could result in cancellations of those events beyond 2022, the head of the women’s professional tennis tour…

Laos-China railway to launch as debt to Beijing mounts

By JOE McDONALD, SAM McNEIL and ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China’s poor southwest to foreign markets but piles on potentially risky debt. The line through lush tropical mountains from the…



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Taiwan Embassy donates 1,000 USD to Belau National Museum

On November 24, Ambassador Jessica C. Lee delivered a check of $1,000 to Belau National Museum (BNM), in support of the Museum’s annual publication “State of the Palau’s Birds.” In attendance were BNM Director Olympia E. Morei-Remengesau, Manager for BNM Natural History Section Dr. Ann Kitalong, and Field Ornithologist Milang Eberdong. BNM holds community bird…

CAT Team helps Palau Chamber of Commerce renovate its
office space at the PTHSE – Palau Community College

On Friday, November 19, 2021 the Civil Action Team started the renovation works at the Palau Chamber of Commerce office space located at the Palau Tourism andHospitality School of Excellence, on the Palau Community College Campus. The office space was kindly donated to the Palau Chamber of Commerce from the Palau Community College, due to…

BankGuam holding company declares dividends

BankGuam Holding Company (BKGM) announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share for the holders of its common stock and a dividend payment to the holders of the Company’s 4.97% Fixed Rate/Floating Rate Noncumulative Preferred Stock, Series A, at its Board’s regular meeting held on Monday, November 22,…

Local Producers invited to register for Biodiversity-Friendly Local Product Showcase; Support services available for producers

Palau-based producers, artisans, artists, and “Creative-preneurs” are invited to participate in a “Biodiversity-Friendly Local Product Showcase” on payday Thursday, December 16 at Palasia Hotel from 11 am until 6 pm. The event is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and the Environment (MAFE) and the Palau Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Palau Visitors…

Australia to joins Pacific partners to end gender-based violence

Australia stands with Palau as organisations and government ministries raise their voices to end violence against women and girls during the global campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign starts on the 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence and ends on 10 December, Human Rights…

MHHS UPDATES ON TESTING, QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION IN PALAU

The Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) informsthe public of the following updates on testing, quarantine and isolation in Palau: • One hundred and twenty-eight (128) in-bound travelers who arrived today, November 29, 2021, tested negative on day 1 of testing conducted at Palau International Airport. They have been released into restriction of movement…

Taiwan delivers stimulus grant of $ 1,113,500

On Wednesday, November 17, Ambassador Jessica Lee of the ROC (Taiwan) presented two stimulus grant checks amounting to about 1.14 million US dollars to Minister of Finance Kaleb Udui, Jr., as the last tranche of 2017 annual grant and the sixth tranche of 2017 annual grant.Funded project in this action for 2017 is Ngaraard Ngerchokl…

Pacific security leaders focused on COVID-19 recovery

On 10 November leaders of the Pacific security agencies met virtually for Joint Heads of Pacific Security (JHOPS) 2021. The annual event provides an opportunity for heads of police, defence, immigration and customs to share ideas and discuss solutions to common security challenges.This year’s event was the third occurrence and the second virtual meeting. It…

PPUC Welcomes New Hires

PPUC is excited to announce the recent hiring of four individuals, 3 females and 1 male, to the PPUC family. All four were placed at the Aimeliik Power Plant. Two of the females namely Amanda Yukiwo and Hope Helacio were hired as control room operators which is a significant milestone for PPUC as the operator…

MHHS Division of Behavioral Health Receives Donation from Senate President

The Division of Behavioral Health under the Republic of Palau Ministry of Health & Human Services (MHHS) would like to recognize 11th Olbiil Era Kelulau (11th OEK) Senate President Hokkons Baules for his recent donation of personal care items to the patients at the Behavioral Health Ward. The donation included shampoo, soap, and rubbing alcohol.…

Opinion

Australia’s early intervention can help Solomon Islands but the roots of the conflict run deep

By Mihai Sora  HONIARA (THE GUARDIAN) —-Honiara has awoken to a calmer scene but tension lingers as quelling the violent protests has not resolved their underlying causes Unresolved tensions and geopolitical pressures are a volatile mix in Solomon Islands. What began as a peaceful protest calling for the resignation of prime minister Manasseh Sogavare on…

In remote Pacific islands, businesses look local to survive COVID

PORT VILA (ALJAZEERA) — Dressed for work in a torn T-shirt and a plain black baseball cap covering his thinning dreads, Lopez Adams’s appearance belies his success. He is at the forefront of a wave of business owners in tiny south Pacific nation Vanuatu who are finding new ways to survive in a world without…

PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH: First Study to Show Plumes from Ocean Mining would overlap with important international tuna fisheries

Pacific fisheries, including the US fishing fleet, would be at greatest risk in terms of overlap with mining areas; Fisheries in Mexico, Spain, Ecuador, and the Philippines are also at risk  HONOLOLULU  (UNIVERSITY OF MANOA) — As companies and countries push to open international waters to ocean mining in as little as two years, a…

Pacific battles for environmental integrity on the table at COP26

GLASGOW  (SPREP) — As the Pacific emits less than 0.06% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, this means the Pacific may not be able to fully participate in carbon market trading – however, the island region is taking a strong interest and the lead in Article 6.  The negotiation of the market and non-market…

AOSIS not happy with COP26 draft text

GLASGOW (PACNEWS) — The Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS) is unhappy with the language of the United Kingdom COP26 draft text released Wednesday.It warned that the language in the text is not strong enough to prevent dangerous warming and keep 1.5C within reach.AOSIS Chair Aubrey Webson said the UK draft COP text: ‘Urging’ ‘encouraging’…

Australia’s commitment to coal is putting my country of Kiribati in danger

By Anote Tong TARAWA  (THE GURDIAN) — When I came into office as president of Kiribati in 2003, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had released its third assessment report and, like my predecessors, I believed the report’s projected rise in sea levels posed a real threat to the survival for those of us…

Climate change: Why Australia refuses to give up coal

SYDNEY (BBC) — In a world racing to reduce pollution, Australia is a stark outlier. It is one of the dirtiest countries per head of population and a massive global supplier of fossil fuels. Unusually for a rich nation, it also still burns coal for most of its electricity. Australia’s 2030 emissions target – a…

What is ‘net zero’ and why does it matter?

A growing number of countries, cities and companies are aiming for ‘net zero’ emissions to meet climate goals – but it will require huge changes in how we live and work By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (REUTERS)—Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that his country “leads the world in the race to net zero”…

Human cost of the Pacific’s COVID-19 recession

By Dane Moores, Jonathon Gurry SYDNEY  (DEVPOLICY.ORG) —The socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 are devastating communities in the Pacific and Timor-Leste as much as the virus itself, and sometimes to an even greater extent. World Vision surveyed 752 households (with an average of six people per household) in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu…

Finance Ministers hold key to COP26 success: UN Secretary-General

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (UN NEWS CENTRE) —The COP26 climate change conference must be “a turning point” if countries are to limit global temperature rise in line with the Paris Agreement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday.  Addressing members of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, he highlighted their critical role as the conference…

Journalists who ‘speak truth to power’ recognised with Nobel Peace Prize

NEW YORK (UN NEWS CENTRE) —Two campaigning journalists were awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, which UN Secretary-General António Guterres said was recognition that a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights – and the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions”.  From the Philippines, Maria Ressa, Chief…


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