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Australia’s Ambassador Richelle Turner, Minister Gaafar Uherbelau, Delegate Vicky Kanai, representatives from mSupply, HCF, media and MOH staff at launching of Project Olangch.

MHHS moves to automate healthcare system, launches Project Olangch

Ministry of Health and Human Services moves to automate the entire healthcare system, aiming for cost-effectiveness and efficiency throughout the system…

PATA Destination Marketing Forum Songkhla

in Thailand reaffirms position on Palau Tourism: Community and Sustainability Since 2017, Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) has been working collaboratively with respective state governments and communities through the…

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, tourists wearing face masks wait in line to get their COVID-19 test at a coronavirus testing site in Sanya in south China’s Hainan Province on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. The capital of China’s Hainan province has locked down its residents for 13 hours as a COVID-19 outbreak grows on the tropical island during the summer school holidays. (Guo Cheng/Xinhua via AP)

China’s Hainan beach resort expands COVID-19 lockdowns

BEIJING (AP) — The capital of China’s Hainan province has…

Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara throws MLB-most 3rd complete game

MIAMI (AP) — Sandy Alcantara threw his major league-leading third complete game and the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Wednesday night. The All-Star right-hander allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three on 105 pitches for his third career shutout. Alcantara (10-4) is the first Marlins pitcher to reach double-digit victories in…

Mickelson, others sue PGA Tour over LIV Golf suspensions

Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and nine other players who defected to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf filed an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against the PGA Tour, the first step in a legal fight that could define the boundaries of where players can compete. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claims the PGA Tour…

FSM reports first Covid death

POHNPEI (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) —With infections rapidly surging within a week, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has reported…

USNS Mercy hospital ship

Tour of USNS Mercy hospital ship last week with a group from newly formed disaster response group KLEMAT and seeing the oil-tanker turned into a military hospital ship…

India and Palau hold consultations post COVID

Ambassador Shri Shambhu S. Kumaran, India’s ambassador accredited to Palau, was in Palau last week, meeting with Palau’s Minister of State Gustav Aitaro, President Surangel Whipps Jr.,  and other officials to discuss issues of mutual interest in…

BUOYANCY

Ships in harbor are safe but that’s not what it was built for. Sail out to sea and do new things. ~GRACE HOPPER (Grace Brewster Murray Hoppe…

“Intolerable tide” of people displaced by climate change: UN Expert

Tackling the devastating effects of extreme weather changes and disasters on communities in vulnerable situations across the world will be a top priority, the new UN expert on human rights and climate change told the Human Rights Council. “The huge human cost of the climate crisis is being ignored. We hear of disaster relief, but…

Microplastics found throughout Palau’s Reefs and Beaches: PICRC

A new study from the Palau International Coral Reef Center and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (Scientific Center of Monaco) has uncovered a sobering result: plastic pollution is everywhere on Palau’s islands, reefs and beaches. The study was coauthored by the Center’s Researcher Ikelau Otto and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Yimnang Golbuu with Drs. Eric…

Palau, Australia, support Pacific unity

President Surangel Whipps Jr. thanked the Australian government for supporting Pacific solidarity, ensuring a face-to-face meeting of the Pacific leaders. “There’s nothing better than a face-to-face meeting, eating together and…

Public servants urged to do their jobs

President Surangel Whipps Jr. said  Wednesday, public servants should double their efforts in learning the new tax system and if not should quit if they fail to do their jobs.“…

Palau eyes tourism in Hainan Province

Palau’s tourism ministry is exploring the possibility of attracting tourists from Hainan Island, China. In the press conference Wednesday, Tourism Minister Nigari Tmetuchl said Palau is keen to open its doors to visitors from Hainan Island. Hainan, which is located in China’s southernmost province has been touted as an upcoming international destination. According to reports…

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First joint coordination committee meeting

for the Project for Strengthening Capacity in Non-Revenue Water Reduction in Palau On July 5, 2022, the Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) held its first Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting for the Project for Strengthening Capacity in Non-Revenue Water Reduction in Palau. Stakeholders including PPUC, Koror State Government and Environmental Quality Protection Board (EQPB) attended…

A NGERCHOKL a NGARA RENG

 “Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been.”          – Jimmy Buffet My cousin stopped by the other day to visit. In the course of our  visit, he interrupted himself and said, “I need to buy some make-up for you. You gotta wear make-up so you’d look more presentable.”  I laughed (thinking to myself,…

Bureau of Fisheries and TNC conduct FAD Fishing Training

In line with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment’s efforts to develop a domestic small-scale fishery in Palau, the Bureau of Fisheries (BoF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) conducted a three-day anchored Fishing Aggregating Device (aFAD) fishing training for Ngardmau fishers. The training which was led by Erbai Yukio and Roman Mongami from…

Falan: Yap is increasingly finding itself at the mercy of China

YAP (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) —China’s growing tentacles are crawling into Yap, former Governor Henry Falan said, alleging that the communist nation’s cash-splashing spree has influenced the state’s political affairs. In an open letter to U.S President Joe Biden, Falan…

Micronesia finally loses covid-free status

POHNPEI (MARSHALL ISLAND JOURNAL/RNZ PACIFIC) —Two of the four states in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have reported their first community spread of covid since the pandemic began in early 2020, ending the country’s status as one of…

THE POWER OF WORDS

A tongue is like a two edge d sword. It can produce good and bad consequences.  It can bless and it can kill.  Many…

The Silent Majority

by Alonzo Kahalic alkahalic6801@gmail.com Dear Editor, Today is the article to ask questions. Just to make sure we in Palau are still a ‘representative democracy’?  We just say we are a democracy and but do we really understand what that means? Democracy is not just about YOUR individual freedoms it’s also about OUR public responsibility.…

Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Superpowers cast big shadow on Pacific forum

SUVA (RNZ PACIFIC) — There’s climate change, gender equity and Covid-19 to contend with on the Pacific stage this year, but the region’s most significant diplomatic meeting hasn’t been smooth sailing. Unity and family are key words at the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva this week, but no shows by some island states and the…

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Marshall Islands gears for joining Covid world

MAJURO (MARIANAS VARIETY) — A hastily called Covid Summit last week in Majuro publicly announced the Marshall Islands government’s intention to eliminate after 01 October the managed quarantine system that has been required for…

Whipps halts deportation of foreign dependents

President Surangel Whipps Jr. issued a stay of deportation under Presidential Directive 22-51 preventing deportation of dependents of foreign nationals who do not meet the minimum income requirement for dependents.“Really? Is it really true?,” a young Filipina worker asked tearfully, hardly believing that it was true. She and her spouse with their two young children…

Pacific island leaders welcome U.S. pledge to triple funding for region

SUVA (REUTERS)—-Pacific Island leaders welcomed a pledge by the United States to triple aid to the region to combat illegal fishing, enhance maritime security and tackle climate change, after decades of stagnant U.S funding.U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, in a video address to the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva on Wednesday, said U.S funding for…

Palau EQPB laboratory re-certified

(Koror, 13 July 2022) – The US Freely Associated States Laboratory Certification Program, has re-certified the Palau Environmental Quality Protection Board Laboratory for analysis of drinking water…

China influenced Kiribati exit from Pacific Islands Forum, MP claims

TARAWA/SUVA (THE GUARDIAN) —Kiribati’s decision to withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum on the eve of the event was an extreme move driven by pressure from China, the Micronesian nation’s opposition leader says.Tessie Lambourne, a former top diplomat who was elected to Kiribati’s parliament in 2020, said she was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by the…

PIF must remain united: Wong

SUVA (FBC NEWS) —The region is stronger together says Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Penny Wong.Wong made the comments following Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Dialogue with associate members and forum observers today.She said a lot of discussions have taken place about the Pacific Island Forum unity.The Foreign Minister says the position the Australian government has…

Church donates 124 wheelchairs to Palau Hospital

Hospital receives wheelchairs to aid bedbound A Wheelchair Donation Ceremony was held at the Belau National Hospital in the Republic of Palau, on Tuesday, July 12th, 2022, set up by Darnelle Worswick, the hospital administrator.Omengkar D. Wally, Global Health Coordinator, conducted the ceremony and introduced key people that gave remarks.The Church’s Koror Branch President, EJ…

You are PRECIOUS!

In the article titled, DISCIPLINE is  NOT PUNISHMENT, July 7, 2022, the second to the last paragraph, third sentence should read “I have to feel safe doing what I was born to do – EXHORTATION.” (Not exportation). To feel safe is where you’re not shamed, belittled, or  unappreciated. You’ve heard the old proverb: “Familiarity breeds…

Emotional Safety

You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep everyone warm.  ~UNKNOWN Along the edge of our vegetable garden were sugarcane and pineapple bushes. They were fence-like  boundaries that separated the vegetables from the banana trees growing on the hillside  going down to the mangroves. Why?  I was told that they were to…

Traditional fishing in the Pacific will need to adapt to a changed climate (Filip Milovac)

A changing climate is changing the Micronesian way of life

By Lauren Hodgson, Nina Lansbury and Gabriela Fernando, University of Queensland in Brisbane BRISBANE, 08 JULY 2022 (CREATIVE COMMONS/360 INFO)—As Pacific Islanders struggle to survive in the face of climate change, they will need to adapt their traditional ways of fishing to the new reality. For Micronesian people, seafarers down the ages, the Pacific Ocean…

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US tells China its support for Russia complicates relations

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — China’s support for Russia’s war in Ukraine is complicating U.S.-Chinese relations at a time when they are already beset by rifts and enmity over numerous other issues, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Chinese counterpart on Saturday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi blamed the U.S. for the downturn…

US Ambassador Niland announces retirement

United States Ambassador John Hennessy-Niland accredited to the Republic of Palau announced his retirement from the foreign service at the US July 4th Independence Day celebration at the Palau Pacific Resort. this week. “I recently informed President Biden and President Whipps of our decision to retire,” Ambassador Niland said of the bittersweet moment, celebrating their…

Former President of FSM Nena passes away

The fourth President of FSM Jacob Nena passed away this week in Sacramento, California, according to a press release from the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia. The late FSM President Jacob Nene became the fourth President of FSM on May 8, 1997.  Before that, he had served as Senator in the 5th and…

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Leveraging global public-private investment to build resilient coral reef ecosystems

Coral reefs are the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems. They provide an estimated US $2.7 trillion in ecosystem services and support more than 1 billion people annually. Yet coral reefs are moving faster toward extinction than any other ecosystem on Earth. The Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR), the first and only blended finance initiative dedicated to coral reefs globally, has mobilized more than US$170…

U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana 22 help with O.N.E. LEEP Summer Program

NGEREMLENGUI, Republic of Palau – U.S. Marines and Sailors with Task Force Koa Moana 22 volunteered to work with the Palau National Police Force in the Omesuub Ngosisechakl Emesmechokl Law Enforcement Explorers Program from 19 to 24 June, 2022.The mission of the O.N.E. LEEP program is “To direct oneself towards a life free of crime through teachings and living by standards that create a…

𝐌𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐦 𝐞𝐥 𝐊𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐮 WCTC  &  PCS

Koror, Palau – On June 29, 2022 Palau Conservation Society (PCS) received a generous donation of $1,500 from the West Caroline Trading Company (WCTC). Pictured on the left is WCTC Human Resource Manager, Russell Masayos presenting the check to PCS Development Officer John Techitong.                                                     WCTC is one of PCS’ major donors and a longtime Corporate Partner for Conservation (CPC). Established over 70 years…

FINDING FREEDOM to be YOU

“As I walked out the door toward that gate that would lead me to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind,  I’d still be in that prison.”  NELSON MANDELA Arthur Golden writes, “We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash intol something that forces us to…

Dire state of ocean’s health met with tide of pledges at UN Ocean Conference, as Lisbon Declaration launches new chapter for ocean action

LISBON (UNOC) — The five-day UN Ocean Conference ended Saturday with more than 150 countries collectively agreeing to scale up science-based and innovative actions to address the ocean emergency. This agreement, together with bold commitments from all sectors of society — youth, civil society, businesses and the scientific community — clearly demonstrates the centrality of a safe, healthy and productive ocean to food security,…

Continuing compact negotiations between the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, 04 JULY 2022 (FSM GOVT) — A United States Government team led by Special Presidential Envoy for Compact Negotiations (SPECN) Ambassador Joseph Yun met in San Francisco this week with a team from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) led by Chief Negotiator Leo A. Falcam, Jr., to continue negotiations on economic assistance, federal programs, and other matters related to the Compact…

Justice David Lambourne (right), pictured with Sir John Baptist Muri, former chief justice of the high court of Kiribati. Lambourne was suspended in May. Photograph: Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute

Kiribati Chief Justice suspended

TARAWA, 01 JULY 2022 (RADIO KIRIBATI) — On Thursday the 30 June, the appointment warrant for Kiribati Chief Justice William K Hasting was suspended pending an investigation by the Tribunal as to his ability and behaviour while in office. This means that the Kiribati High Court does not have a Chief Justice until further notice.   The Kiribati Law Society Council said it respects the…

Nauru President Lionel Aingimea Photo: Government of Nauru

Covid-19: Nauru records first death; Niue records 10 community cases

ALOFI, 04 JULY 2022 (RNZ PACIFIC) — Nauru has recorded its first death of Covid-19 as the country experiences its first community outbreak, while there are now 10 community cases in Niue. Nauru President Lionel Aingimea has expressed his condolences and sympathies for the family via a video statement. More than 4000 cases have been recorded in the community since the outbreak was announced…

Photo: RNZ Pacific / Jamie Tahana

Niue leader isolating after covid cases revealed

ALOFI, 01 JULY 2022 (RNZ PACIFIC) — The Niue government has confirmed Premier Dalton Tagelagi is a close contact of a Covid-19 case and is in isolation. It follows the arrival of the first quarantine-free flight with tourists from New Zealand on Monday local time. Five people have tested positive so far. Mandatory day three testing of the remaining passengers and all close contacts…

A Russian plane lands at Sofia’s Airport, Sunday, July 3 2022. Two Russian airplanes were set to depart Bulgaria on Sunday with scores of Russian diplomatic staff and their families amid a mass expulsion that has sent tensions soaring between the historically close nations, a Russian diplomat said. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Russian diplomats depart Bulgaria amid soaring tensions

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two Russian airplanes departed Bulgaria on Sunday with scores of Russian diplomatic staff and their families amid a mass expulsion that has sent tensions soaring between the historically close nations, a Russian diplomat said. Filip Voskresenski, a high-ranking Russian diplomat, told journalists at the airport in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia before the flights left that he was among the 70 Russian diplomatic staff…



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Okinawa Anglers instruct offshore fishing

Currently, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has two fishery projects that are ongoing. These projects recently received fishermen from Okinawa to provide training to each respective projects. Project for Forming Good Practices of Islands-Type Blue Economy, a project between the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and the Environment and JICA commenced with 2 experts from Irabu…

Australia supports organic farming

29 June 2022- On 28 June, the organic agriculture community in Palau came together at the Palau Organic Policy Review and Consultations Workshop to learn, discuss, share perspectives and shape the way forward for organic agriculture in Palau.  Funded by the Australian Government through the “Building Prosperity for Women Producers, Processors and Women Owned Businesses…

The  PRR donates to PCS

Koror, Palau – On June 22th, 2022, PCS received a generous donation of $1,800 from Palau Royal Resort (PRR). PRR is one of several businesses in Palau that is a Corporate Partner for Conservation (CPC). As a CPC, PRR has been contributing to the success of vital conservation projects that have had meaningful impact in…

1st Traditional forum addressed
“Resilient Palau”

On 14-15 June 2022, Palau’s First Traditional Leaders’ Forum, themed “Resilient Palau” was held at the Palau National Gymnasium, convening traditional leaders from all 16 states of the Republic to discuss Palauan culture and the responsibilities and duties of traditional leaders.Over 200 chiefs gathered for 2 days of discussions on the resiliency of communities, of…

DSSV Pressure Drop invites Micronesian Voyaging Society to join first-ever
expeditions to Palau and Yap trenches

DSSV Pressure Drop, a state-of-the-art deep ocean research vessel, has invited the Micronesian Voyaging Society to join them on the first-ever expeditions into the Palau and Yap ocean trenches.Palau’s former President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. and Grand Master Navigator Sesario Sewralur will accompany Pressure Drop’s owner, Victor L. Vescovo, as passengers on deep-sea dives into…

Calls grow louder for U.S aid rethink in Indo-Pacific

WASHINGTON, 24 JUNE 2022 (DEVEX)—Two U.S lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that aims to shift more U.S foreign aid funding to the Indo-Pacific region in response to what one described as “China’s bid for hegemony” in the region. The Indo-Pacific Engagement Act is co-sponsored by Rep Ami Bera, a Democrat from California, and Rep Steve…

Palau establishes national emergency medical team (EMT)

24 June 2022, Suva | Training ended today for 18 members of Palau’s new national Emergency Medical Team (EMT), under a partnership with the Government of the Republic of Palau, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to enhance preparedness for disasters, disease outbreaks and other crises. The…

Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue launches International Advisory Council, Expanding Global Reach

06.17.2022 NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană, Republic of Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. Join Council as Inaugural Members WASHINGTON – The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue announced that two international members, representing both the Atlantic and Pacific regions, have joined its Advisory Council, broadening the Institute’s reach as the premier global authority on…

Japan hands over a new school building to PEC Gospel Kindergarten

On June 23, 2022, His Excellency KARASAWA Akira, Ambassador of Japan handed over a new school building to PEC Gospel Kindergarten. The handover ceremony for “The Project for Reconstructing PEC Gospel Kindergarten Facility” was held at PEC Gospel Kindergarten and attended by Palau Evangelical Church officials, PEC School managements, students and many guests. PEC Gospel…

Jackie Marati retires from BOG ®

Nearly 23 years of service to the community Hagåtńa, GU – With the Bank since 1999, Jackie Marati first joined the Bank’s Corporate Banking Group. Since then, she has held positions of Special Assistant to the President for the late Tony Leon Guerrero before heading the Bank’s Marketing, Human Resources, and then Communications and Public…

Opinion

WTO Fishing treaty to leave Pacific Island nations poorer

Opinion by Adam Wolfenden, Campaigner Pacific Network on Globalisation SUVA/GENEVA (PANG)—As Ministers celebrated the conclusion the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation and an agreement on fisheries subsidies trade rules, 17,000 kilometers away in the Pacific Ocean, eight women were also being celebrated as the first all-women deck crew on a tuna longline…

Pew pleased with WTO for agreeing to curb harmful fisheries subsidies

GENEVA (PEW)—The Pew Charitable Trusts said it was pleased that World Trade Organisation members reached a binding agreement to curb some harmful fisheries subsidies, an achievement that will help curtail overfishing and begin to improve the global ocean’s health. Governments spend US$22 billion a year on subsidies paid to primarily industrial fishing fleets to artificially…

HEADLINE: See Your House Before You Leave It

DEK: A High School Student Contemplates the First Steps Toward Environmental Responsibility By: Takami Mekaeb Akitaya One thing I never do is litter. No matter how small or big the rubbish I have, I’ve never thrown it on the ground. I chew gum practically everywhere I go and the little tin-foil packaging for the gum…

Pacific’s ability to manage own fish stocks at risk under current WTO text

GENEVA/SUVA, 13 JUNE 2022 (PANG)—-The ability of Pacific Island Countries to manage their fish stocks are at risk if the World Trade Organisation (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) started Sunday in Geneva, passes an agreement to address declining fish stocks, which could unfairly impact our fishing industries. Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) Campaigner Adam Wolfenden…

World Oceans Day

– UN Message from Secretary General, Antonio Guterres NEW YORK (UNRCO) — Last month, the World Meteorological Organisation revealed that four key climate indicators broke new records in 2021: sea level rise; ocean heat; ocean acidification; and greenhouse gas concentrations. It is clear that the triple crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are…

The Silent Majority

by Alonzo Kahalic alkahalic6801@gmail.com  Dear Editor, today’s article is about Political Spin.  Political spin, in politics, is the attempt to control or influence communication in order to deliver one’s preferred message.    -from https://www.britannica.com/topic/political-spin So here are the four topics we should address and see what kind of spin was delivered 1.      Reorganizing Ministries to…

Opinion

Dear Fellow Citizens: We would like to share our deep concerns about the statement released by Ngchesar State Delegate, Honorable Sabino Anastacio, the current Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK). The statement titled “Press Release: Correcting the Record on Recent Media Articles about Proposed PNMS Bill (HB No. 11-30-2S,…

China seeks more island security pacts to boost clout in Pacific

BEIJING (THE FINANCIAL TIMES) — China is intensifying its drive for influence in the Pacific by negotiating security deals with two additional island nations following a pact with the Solomon Islands, according to officials in the U.S and allied countries. Beijing’s talks with Kiribati, a Pacific island nation 3,000km from Hawaii where U.S Indo-Pacific Command…

Solomon Islands, China and geographic metaphors

By Robert Underwood HAGATNA, 13 MAY 2022 (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) — A recently signed Security Cooperation Framework Agreement between the Solomon Islands and China has generated more attention to the Solomon Islands since the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. The agreement announced by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare allows the Solomons to request police…


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