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Palau Omal Marathon a success

Palau Omal Marathon was a big hit despite soaking rain that lasted most of the event on Sunday, June 4, 2023. Over 500 hundred runners in Palau’s first…

WHO IS YOUR TRUE LOVE?

We are transformed by who we love, not so much as what we believe.  -…

April arrivals gather steam 

Arrivals in Palau for the month of April continues to gather steam as more visitors from Taiwan  and China returns. According to the latest Palau Visitors Authority (…

Public SafetyDirector interviewed by Minister of Justice

The interview promised by Director of Bureau of Public Safety Cary Levitre during a grant award ceremony on May 4th at the Office of the President was conducted last week by the Minister of Justice Uduch Sengebau-Senior at the Eco Paradise FM, the local government media.Answering questions about the legitimacy of the university he graduated…

2022 INTERNATIONALRELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT

On May 15, EDT the United States released its 2022 International Religious Freedom Report.The United States is deeply committed to promoting and protecting universal respect for the right to freedom of religion or belief for all. This is a key foreign policy priority. Our release of the 2022 International Religious Freedom Report is an opportunity…

ROC  donates $20K to PCS

On May 9th, the Embassy of the Republic of China showed their generosity by donating $20,000 to Palau Conservation Society.…

PICRC unveils new name of research building

The research building at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) has been officially named “Dr. Yimnang Golbuu” after the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who concluded his time at PICRC in April 2023. Dr. Golbuu joined…

GUARD YOUR HEART

How we treat others is how we treat our hearts. ~JOHN ELDREDGE Your boundaries are what makes you, YOU. And a deal breaker is something – an…

FSM eyes coconut export industry

PONPHEI, (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) —The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)has completed the blueprint to develop the coconut sector into a stable industry, which is estimated to yield…

Australian trade minister visits China as part of joint efforts to repair ties

BEIJING (AP) — Australian Trade and Tourism Minister Don Farrell visited China on Thursday as part of a joint effort to repair ties scarred by political rifts over the past decade. In a statement issued by his office, Farrell said he would be “advocating strongly for the full resumption of unimpeded Australian exports to China.” China is…

Palau has one of the highest rates of diabetes 

Palau has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world, according to President Surangel Whipps Jr. State of the Republic Address ( SORA) in April.  In 2021, Palau’s Non-Communicable Disease “Hybrid” Survey shows that 22.2% of adults have diabetes and 36% are almost there — meaning that nearly half of Palau’s adult population is…

JICA Volunteer Introduced ChatGPT for efficient making of Math Drills

Recently, an AI tool called ChatGPT has become a hot topic around the world. The program, which anyone can access for free, has become famous for its ability to instantly answer any question a user writes in. While the world is still debating the use of this newest AI tool due to the various impacts…

4 dangers that most worry AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton

By DAVID HAMILTON AP Business Reporter SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Geoffrey Hinton, an award-winning computer scientist known as the “godfather of artificial intelligence,” is having some serious second thoughts about the fruits of his labors. Hinton helped…

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UNDESERVED

Clear is kind, unnclear is unkind.”~ Brene Brown “Entitled,  selfish with impossible standards” are usually what you receive when you set out your personal boundaries. Personal boundaries are clearly rooted in communication. Defining the rules of your relationships to liberate yourself from people-pleasing and overcoming fear, shame, and guilt.  Accepting you’re flawed human being that…

Chinese tourists return after 3 years

Tourist arrivals from China resumed Saturday, April 30th, with the arrival of one hundred sixty-five (165) passengers on Lanmei Airlines from Macau, China.  This was the first direct flight to Palau with tourists since March 2020. Lanmei Airlines, chartered by Palau Pacific Asia Airlines company, is approved for four slots this month, according to Alan…

No COVID vaccine required for entry into Palau

Palau no longer requires travelers coming into Palau to take a COVID-19 vaccine or to show proof of having taken a COVID vaccine before entry. A public notice issued by the Ministry of Health and Human Services said that…

Palau anticipates Compact to be signed next month

KOROR, 28 APRIL 2023 (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES)— Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr unveiled some of the details of the new economic package under the renegotiated provisions of the nation’s Compact of Free Association with Washington. Palau stands to receive…

Patris, Reddin awarded Athletes of the Year

Stevick Patris was awarded the Male Athlete of the Year and Dr. Nihla Reddin,  the Female Athlete of the Year at last night’s 2023 PNOC Sports Banquet at the Palau National Gymnasium. The annual event recognizes athletes in various sports, highlighting their achievements and growth in their specific sports.  Various sports federations nominated athletes; from…

PNOC Secretary General Baklai Chilton, Mr. Vidhya Lakhan- President of Pacific Games Council, Andrew Mingue- CEO of Pacific Games.

Lakhan confident in Palau hosting 2025 Pacific Mini-Games

Vidhya Lakhan, President of the Pacific Games Council, says he has confidence that Palau can successfully host the 2025 Pacific Mini-Games.  From June 29 to July 9, 2025, about 1,200 athletes from 24 Pacific member countries will be in Palau for the 2025 Pacific Mini-Games. “We are very appreciative of the level of support from…

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Palau enters Stage 1 of Drought Plan

Palau has been placed under Stage 1 of the Drought Action Plan by the National Emergency Committee (NEC). It has a 50% chance of experiencing drought, according to a public advisory issued by the…

BPS suspends non-emergency services

The Bureau of Public Safety issued a notice suspending non-emergency services such as transportation of referral patients to the airport and water delivery requests in order to…

Elizabeth Holmes delays going to prison with another appeal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has avoided starting her more than 11-year prison sentence on Thursday by deploying the same legal maneuver that enabled her co-conspirator in a blood-testing hoax to remain free for an additional month. Holmes’ lawyers on Wednesday informed U.S. District Judge Edward Davila that she won’t be…

Senate Passes Supplemental Budget Rider Bill

Senate, “squeezed between a rock and a hard place,” passed the Supplemental Budget bill SB 11-26, HD1 yesterday, in 8 to 4 votes in favor of the bill. Implementation of the new Palau Public Utilities Corporation water and wastewater rates on May 1st pushed the Senators to accept the version of the bill proposed by…

Songs for the Future

Launches to help Preserve Palauan Language, Culture and Environment Through Music The Remengesau2 Foundation, together with the Ministry of Education, has this week launched Volume I of…

PAWS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic is going to Peleliu State

Palau Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) alongside Governor Emais Roberts is holding a Spay/Neuter Mobile Clinic at Peleliu State from April 29 to May 3, 2023; starting at 9am we will be at the Youth Center performing our clinical services until 2pm. We would like to remind the community that when bringing in your pets in…

Pacific Island nations embark on addressing Human trafficking

SUVA (IDN) — Since opening borders after the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia and New Zealand have been aggressively sourcing for Pacific Islander workers to help fill a severe labour shortage in their countries. In the meantime, with investments from Asia, especially China and Korea, increasing in the region, Asian workers have been slowly filtering into the…

La Niña impacts felt throughout the Pacific

APIA (SPREP)—Flooding. Droughts. Landslides. Storm surges. Coastal Inundation These were some of the impacts of a triple-dip La Niña event, which was declared for the Pacific last year. A triple-dip La Niña means that the system developed three years in a row. The first La Niña event was declared in 2020, and again in 2021…

NEGLECT

Everyone has a vested interest in everyone else’s children because everyone else’s children determine…

Pacific Regional Forum on Trafficking in Persons & Smuggling of Migrants:

Progressing Research and Data Suva, Fiji – 18-20 April 2023 Trafficking in persons (TIP) and smuggling of migrants (SOM) are major concerns throughout the Asia- Pacific region, yet, despite the extent of these crimes, both remain under-researched. From April 18-20, 2023, the Pacific Regional Forum on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants – Progressing…

THE INSATIABLE DESIRE

I used to believe that desire is not a very good word. It was synonymous with greed and lust of the flesh.  They’re not. Please read on: What can this incessant craving, and this impotence of attainment mean, unless there was once a happiness belonging to man, of which only the faintest traces remain, in…

A shared vision for healthy tuna fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

NOUMEA (SPC) — Rhea Moss-Christian, the new Executive Director of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) made her first official visit to the Pacific Community (SPC) headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia.  The visit strengthened and reaffirmed the longstanding partnership between the two organisations and emphasized the shared commitment to effective collaboration for the…

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Over 9,000 vehicles registered in 2022: MOJ

Ministry of Justice included in its performance report to Olbiil Era Kelulau the number of vehicles processed and registered in 2021 and 2022.  The report showed 8619 vehicles registered in 2021 and 9,559 in 2022, a nearly thousand vehicles difference.  The report does not speculate on the cause of the increase in registered vehicles, but…

Cook Islands Parliament decriminalizes homosexuality

RAROTONGA, (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) — Cook Islands Parliament has repealed provisions in its Crimes Act that criminalized homosexuality. The Crimes (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill 2023 which, among other things, aimed to decriminalise homosexuality was presented to Parliament and went through second and third reading before being passed into law on Friday. This Bill amends the…

Lack of security for Japanese prime minister surprised many

WAKAYAMA, Japan (AP) — The fishermen who tackled the man suspected of the second attack on a Japanese political leader in less than a year were surprised by the lack of security for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Fisherman Tsutomu Konishi was watching Kishida at a campaign event at this fishing port when an object flew overhead and…

US sails warship through Taiwan Strait after China’s drills

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The United States Navy has sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait in its first known transit since China carried out an encirclement exercise around self-ruled Taiwan. The U.S. 7th Fleet said the transit through the strait by the USS Milius on Sunday was routine. The cruisers “transited through a corridor…

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Fiji’s clear waters are a great attraction for tourists.

Fiji seeks partners to attract more Chinese tourists

NADI (SHINE.COM) —Tourism Fiji, Fiji Airways and Trip.com Group, a leading global travel service provider, signed a three-year strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday to cooperate on the promotion of outbound tourism to Fiji. Starting April, Fiji Airways have been operating two flights a week between Hong Kong and Nadi, and will increase that to three flights a week by June, making it…

Biden backs plan to restore benefits for COFA migrants

WASHINGTON (SAIPAN TRIBUNE/HONOLULU CIVIL BEAT) —U. S President Joe Biden has endorsed legislation sponsored by Hawaii’s congressional delegation to restore access to federal benefits for tens of thousands of Micronesian migrants living in the U.S legally under the Compacts of Free Association. If successful, the move could save Hawaii and some Pacific Island territories, most notably Guam, tens of millions of dollars each year.…

This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and provided by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, shows cyclone Ilsa approaching Australia’s west coast, Thursday, April 13, 2023. A severe tropical cyclone lashed the northwest Australian coast with strengthening winds and increasing rain Thursday as authorities warned the population to prepare for destructive gusts of up to 275 kph (171 mph). (Courtesy of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) via AP)

Australia’s most powerful cyclone in 12 years to cross coast

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A tropical cyclone nearing Australia is forecast to be the most powerful storm in 12 years to hit the country, bringing wind gusts of up to 315 kilometers (196 miles) per hour as it crosses the northwest coast, meteorologists said Thursday. Cyclones are common along the sparsely populated Pilbara coast of Western Australia state and fatalities are rare, but authorities…

A TV screen shows a news program reporting on the leaked Pentagon documents at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

US intelligence leak complicates summit with South Korea

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Leaked U.S. intelligence documents suggesting Washington spied on South Korea have put the country’s president in a delicate situation ahead of a state visit to the U.S., the first such trip by a South Korean leader in 12 years. The documents contain purportedly private conversations between senior South Korean officials about…

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) and forward Pascal Siakam (43) react during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball play-in tournament game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in Toronto. (Frank bunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

LaVine scores 39, Bulls beat Raptors 109-105 in play-in game

TORONTO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 39 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 against his former team and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 109-105 in a play-in tournament game Wednesday night. Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who trailed 66-47 in the third quarter before LaVine carried them back. He scored 17 points…

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Muncy hits 2 more homers, powers Dodgers past Giants 10-5

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) — Freddie Freeman provided the plate appearance of the year so far for a Los Angeles Dodgers team searching to establish an identity in 2023. Freeman fouled off nine straight pitches, Nos. 6 through 14, during a dramatic, 15-pitch, bases-loaded walk that sparked a big comeback against the rival San Francisco Giants. “Everyone was going nuts. That was a good time,”…

Elusive recovery: U.S providing cushion to Palau’s tourism

KOROR (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES)—With efforts underway to boost its tourism-dependent market, Palau’s economy is seeing a glimmer of hope after emerging from more than two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year, Palau visitor arrivals more than doubled, but it was more of a mirage given that there was nowhere to go but up. The industry was just scraping from the bottom of the…

Palau reports zero COVID-19 cases

Palau Ministry of Health and Human Services reported first zero new cases and zero active cases of COVID-19 since it was first reported in Palau on August 15, 2021.  And there are zero hospitalizations for COVID. The Situation Report said since August 2021, Palau has had 5,997 cumulative cases, 5,997 cases recovered,  and 9 COVID-19 deaths. A total of 41 tests have been conducted…

HOD OK’s preservation of state government records bill

The House of Delegates passed on third reading a proposed bill that will provide for the preservation of records of the state governments.  House Bill 11-83-9S wants to see a smooth transition in one governor to another during a change of state government leadership.  The proposed law requires the governor to preserve records.  The House bill was adopted on its 1st reading in the…

Bill calls for a reexamination of the juvenile justice system

A proposed bill is calling for the conduct of studies on juvenile justice system programs and providing a separate facility for juveniles.House Bill 11 -101-10S seeks the reexamination of the juvenile justice system for ways to better serve the children of Palau.The bill said that juvenile delinquents are housed in the same correction facility as adults.“Juvenile corrections should focus on rehabilitation and behavior correction.…


February 02, 2021