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Former Palau journalist passes away

A former Palau journalist, Jose Rodriguez Señase passed away yesterday at the age of 41. Señase worked for Palau Horizon, Tia Belau, and Island Times before moving to…

Gov’t 1st qtr 2023 revenue on track

Government revenue for the 1st Quarter of FY 2023 shows 23% collected.  The quarterly report provided to Olbiil Era Kelulau reports actual collections against projected revenue. Taxes collected…

MAFE and PCS endorse mutual partnership

Minister Steven Victor and PCS Executive Director Elbuchl Sadang signed a Partnership Agreement endorsing a longtime common relationship between the two agencies.  The Agreement provides a framework for ongoing cooperation…

Making Lemonade

The impediment to action advances action.  What stands in the way becomes the way.  ~Marcus Aurelius I have accepted the fact that all…

PICRC Program

 Students from different schools learn the importance of waste management, waste segregation, and recycling and the environmental impact during the Waste Segregation program at the Palau International…

2022 Pig production doubled over 2021

Production of piglets for the local piggery industry in 2022 doubled that of 2021.  The 2022 progress report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Environment (MAFE)…

Palau eyes 20 percent green energy this year

KOROR (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) — Palau has set an ambitious target of achieving 20 percent of its electricity generation from renewable energy sources this year as it works toward hitting the goal of 100 percent by 2032.  As a developing nation, Palau is focused on reducing reliance on imported oil, said President Surangel S. Whipps…

FIC designated as Registrar of Corporations

Palau’s Financial Institution Commission (FIC)  is designated as the Registrar of  Corporations, according to a recent Executive Order signed by President Surangel Whipps Jr. According to Executive Order No. 477., FIC has the “technical capacity and institutional knowledge to be designated as the Registrar Corporation that will administer the Corporate Registry promulgate regulations and adopt…

LOVE IS

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different result. ~1981 Narcotics Anonymous Pamphlet There are…

Philippine military chief replaced by retiring general

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Saturday cut short the term of the military chief of staff he appointed five months ago and replaced him with a retiring general without explaining the surprise…

Palau’s first woman governor passes away

The first governor of Angaur State, and the first woman to become a governor in Palau, Theodosia Faustino Blailes, was a trailblazer, an educator, an author, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a role model, a Palauan…

Whipps congratulates Fiji PM Rabuka

President Surangel Whipps Jr. congratulated Sitiveni Rabuka on his office as the new Prime Minister of Fiji.  In his congratulatory message on Dec. 30, 2022, Whipps said…

Palauan mom retires from US Army, son joins Space Force

A Palauan mother retires from the United States Army while her son becomes the first Palauan recruit to the United States Space Force. CW4 Naomi Leila Barcinas-Davis, daughter of Senri Sugiyama Barcinas, and granddaughter of Nobuya and Simane Sugiyama, officially retired on January 3 as Chief Warrant Officer 4.  The position is a senior-level technical…

2022 milestones and highlights

Never has there been a year like 2022 where several significant events and changes occurred within 12 short months that, looking back, seemed improbable. Health Palau experienced its first COVID-19 infections surges at the beginning of the year, with the first four COVID-19 deaths reported. By the end of 2022, the number of deaths reached…

Changes

On the eve of the New Year 2023, news about the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was shared world wide. He was the head of the Catholic Church and…

Steelers still alive after last-minute 16-13 win over Ravens

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kenny Pickett threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Najee Harris with 56 seconds remaining, giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a 16-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night and improbably keeping their playoff hopes alive for another week. It was the first touchdown allowed by Baltimore at home in four games, and…

Car accidents

Accident on this week involving two vehicles racing at Malakal. As New Year approaches, Ministry of Justice, Bureau of Public Safety and Office of the President remind everyone to drive safely, wear seatbelts, get…

Palau welcomes all visitors but prosecutes law violators

Palau welcomes all visitors and investors into the country but will prosecute if they violate laws, responded President Surangel Whipps to the article by Organized Crime and Reporting Project (OCCRP) – “Pacific Gambit: Inside the…

2022 in Review

The year 2022 feels like five years packed into one, with significant events and changes occurring within 12 months. January In January, Palau is combatting COVID-19’s entry into the community.  By January, Palau had reached…

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Australia Awards Scholarship recipients

29 December 2022 The Australian Embassy is proud to announce the 2023 Australia Awards Scholarship Recipients – Ms Hannah Fakatou and Ms Mizora Nakamura.  Ms Fakatou will commence her studies in January 2023 at the University of Newcastle, studying Masters in Cybersecurity.  Ms Nakamura will also commence her studies in January 2023 at Griffith College,…

Over $1.3M of PNSB Awards ready for disbursement

As the fall 2022 semester ends and the Palauan students are getting ready to begin their winter/spring 2023 semester, Palau National Scholarship Board is ready to disburse over $1.3 million in financial assistance to recipients.  PNSB recipients are generally awarded based on one academic year. The award is paid in two equal installments to ensure…

JICA Volunteer sustaining stable provision of electricity in Palau

Social infrastructure is essential to our lives, but we may not often think about it on a daily basis. For many people, the importance is realized only when their daily life was hindered by loss of power outages, destruction of roads, landslide and other natural disasters. However, we must not forget that the social infrastructure…

2022, a decade within a year

The past three years have been surreal, but none more so than 2022.  Looking back over the past 12 months, I constantly had to check the dates to ensure that said event happened this…

US to sell Taiwan anti-tank system amid rising China threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of an anti-tank mine-laying system to Taiwan amid the rising military threat from China. The department on Wednesday said the Volcano system and all related equipment would cost…

Rain, floods in Philippines leave 32 dead, others missing

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Heavy rains and floods that devastated parts of the Philippines over the Christmas weekend have left at least 32 dead and 24 missing, the national disaster response agency said Thursday. More than 56,000 people were…

Risk of Growing-UP

If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you strong. – UnknownA life without reflection is not worth living – SocratesWhen I was eighteen,…

Sustainable fisheries provide greater food security for future generations. Photo: Richard Nyberg/USAID

Leaving a lasting ocean legacy

Island communities have developed some of the most effective practices to support the sustainable use of coastal and ocean resources, we just need to take heed, says Robert Richmond HONOLULU (CREATIVE COMMONS/360 INFO) — In a vast ocean area with about 30,000 known islands, traditional navigators of the Pacific have been known to say, “first you…

Japan prepares to discharge Fukushima water into the sea

TOKYO (EURO NEWS) — 11 years after the Fukushima disaster, Japan is working hard to overcome challenges posed by its water.  Since the Tohoku tsunami of 11 March 2011, Japan has been decommissioning and decontaminating the nuclear power plant, which is expected to take 30 to 40 years.   Now, the plant must urgently empty its…

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New tax program doesn’t equal excessive price increases

President of Palau Surangel S. Whipps, Jr. reminds the community that the new Palau Goods and Services Tax is effective Jan. 1, 2023, and its implementation will ensure a fair and equitable tax system. “Cost of goods should not increase by 10%,” President Whipps said during a recent media briefing, reiterating that the PGST replaces…

PICRC researchers receive training for new state-of-the-art equipment

Researchers Ikelau Otto and Victor Nestor from the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) recently received training on how to use a new water titrator—VINDTA 3S. This state-of-the-art equipment was developed to precisely calculate how alkaline a water sample is, meeting the requirements for precision in open ocean research. The PICRC researchers will use the…

CHUTZPAH

“Erei e lak ko bong. Nglocha diak el sorir a chobong. Ke merur, ngdiak.” Mother kept saying without looking at me. I believe she was shamed because…

Ardern, rival turn her hot-mic vulgarity into charity’s win

By NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was caught on a hot mic using a vulgarity against a rival politician last week, it seemed the nation’s political discourse could be taking an ugly turn heading into an election year. But Ardern and her target, lawmaker David Seymour,…

Palau swimmers snag new national records

Palau swimmers snagged new national records at the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia, held from December 12 to 18th of, 2022. The previous national record for the 4 x 50m Mixed Freestyle Relay was 1:56”17, set by Osisang Chilton, Noel Keane, Jericho Mido, and Jamica Oiterong in 2019. This year, this was…

Nets score 91 in 1st half, wallop weary Warriors 143-113

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacque Vaughn wasn’t aware his Brooklyn Nets had the best first half in their history. One of the best in NBA history, actually. Kevin Durant scored 23 points, all but two in a 91-point first half that was the third-biggest in the league, and the Nets routed the Golden State Warriors 143-113 on…

FijiFirst clarifies it’s still in government until the election of PM on the floor of Parliament

SUVA (PACNEWS) —- FijiFirst General Secretary, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has spoken out for the first time after the result of the election was made public on Sunday – clarifying that Voreqe Bainimarama and his cabinet remain in government until a new Prime Minister is elected in Parliament. Khaiyum said there is no other Prime Minister until…

Environment There’s no such thing as a climate refugee

By Sanjay Chaturvedi NEW DELHI, 19 DECEMBER 2022 CREATIVE COMMONS/360 INFO) — Billions of people are likely to be displaced by climate change. But calling them ‘climate refugees’ oversimplifies the complex reasons people flee their homes. In the world of migration law no one has successfully defined what a ‘climate refugee’ is. The United Nations…

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic gestures after being clled for a foul in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Nuggets’ Jokic has career-high 27 rebounds in triple-double

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 40 points and a career-high 27 rebounds in yet another triple-double to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Charlotte Hornets 119-115 on Sunday night. Jokic also had 10 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season and 81st overall. He had 20 rebounds in the first half. Wilt Chamberlain…

Japan, Palau “tokubets” relationship demonstrated

“Japan and Palau have “tokubets” special and exceptional relationship based on long histories, and the bond is very strong,” expressed Ambassador Orikasa Hiroyuki, during the press tour to visit three ongoing projects through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). There are several ongoing technical and infrastructure projects, but the JICA press tour focused on three. The…

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Transition facility to open after February

The “Transition Facility,” formerly referred to as a “step-down” facility, will be open for service after February 2023, reported Minister Gaafar Uherbelau of the Ministry of Health and Human Services. The “transition facility” refers to the new wing at the Belau National Hospital that was constructed to house individuals that have completed their hospital care…

6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan’s east coast

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A 6.2 magnitude earthquake originating in the waters off Taiwan’s eastern coast shook the island Wednesday, but no injuries or major damage were immediately reported. The earthquake struck 29 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Hualien, a city on Taiwan’s east coast, the island’s Central Weather Bureau said. The depth was 5.7…

Fiji’s main opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka says he has ‘no faith’ in vote count after glitch in election results app

SUVA (ABC PACIFIC) —Fiji’s main opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka says he doesn’t have faith in the vote count underway from Wednesday’s general election, and will complain to the Fijian Elections Office (FEO). Provisional counting was suspended late last night after the FEO reported a glitch in the election results app. After the app went back…

France-Morocco in the World Cup semifinals

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — The Latest from the World Cup semifinal match between France and Morocco: France forward Antoine Griezmann says any team with Lionel Messi in it “is a totally different proposition.” Argentina will face France in the World Cup final on Sunday. Griezmann says Argentina is “on top form.” “There isn’t only Messi —…

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CONFIDENCE

I was watching a young lady speaking in a public setting  I think at…

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New Blue Carbon Climate Fellow to support Palau in conserving coastal ecosystems

For the first time, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is sponsoring a climate fellow devoted to blue carbon under the long-standing Climate Fellows program. The new blue carbon climate fellow, Dr. Richard MacKenzie, has been a scientist at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station’s Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hawaii for the…

  Governance Clinic for the Office of the Governor & Legislature

On the 5th of December 2022 to the 7th of December 2022, the “Governance Clinic for the Office of the Governor and Legislature” was held with the four participating States of Melekeok State, Sonsorol State, Ngeremlengui State, and Ngardmau State at the West Lebuu Street. The Government of Palau strongly recognizes the need to strengthen institutional capacities and awareness within the Office of the…

PICRC consults with marine science experts from around the world to develop the PNMS Science and Monitoring Strategy

This week, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is hosting the Science & Monitoring Strategy Development Workshop with experts from around the world to further develop the science and monitoring strategy for the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS).While most of the participants will attend the meeting in person, those who could not make it to Palau are attending virtually.  This workshop follows consultations…

Greetings from Ambassador ORIKASA Hiroyuki

Alii! My name is ORIKASA Hiroyuki, and I presented my Letter of Credence to H.E. Mr. Surangel S. Whipps, Jr., President of the Republic of Palau on December 6, 2022, succeeding former Ambassador KARASAWA Akira as Japanese Ambassador to Palau. On the occasion of my arrival, I would like to extend a few words to all of you. It is a great honor for…

My observations of worrying trends

During my recent trip overseas, I had the opportunity to observe how countries around us were doing compared with what is happening here at home, which got me worried about us. On the first leg of my travel, I stayed in the Philippines for three and a half days.  It was a great feeling just to be in the Philippines after nearly three and…

February jury trial set for Northern Marianas governor

SAIPAN (RNZ PACIFIC) — The Northern Marianas Superior Court has set the jury trial date in the criminal case against outgoing Governor Ralph Torres. Last April, the Office of the Attorney General filed criminal charges against Torres, alleging misconduct in public office and theft relating to the issuance of airline tickets for premium class travel for himself and/or his wife Diann Torres. He was…

BREAD and WATER

I believe that an abundant life that Hesus promised is about becoming one with God –  He is love, exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate. It doesn’t mean wealth, safety, or status. It’s spiritual, NOT material. It’s your heart. I’ve been contemplating on this column, Women’s Corner, these…

Negative economic growth on Pacific countries due to Covid-19

SINGAPORE (PACNEWS) — The Pacific Islands experienced negative economic growth of -2.3 percent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stated the International Labour Organisation (IMO) Director General, Gilbert F. Houngbo in a report tabled at the ILO’s 17th Asia Pacific Regional Meeting in Singapore. He said smaller island countries with a strong Gross Domestic Products (GDP) dependency on tourism were largely affected. “The…

RECESS DISCUSSIONS: Several Republican lawmakers talk amongst themselves during a break in session Dec. 6, 2022, at the Guam Congress Building in Hagåtña. Pictured from left, Sens. Frank Blas, Joanne Brown, Tony Ada and Telo Taitague. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

Lawmakers to vote on victim protection bills in final session

HAGATNA (GUAM DAILY POST) — With the Guam Legislature now a few days into its final session this term, several measures have managed to push through debate and have been placed on file for later voting. These include measures that create additional protections for children and victims of sexual assault or abuse.  One measure, Bill 314-36, would establish a protection order for victims of…

Some newlyweds only last two weeks before seeking divorce, Justice Minister tells House

AUCKLAND (KANIVA TONGA) — Some marriages in Tonga are lasting only two weeks. The revelation that some couples only stay together for a fortnight came from the Minister of Justice, Samiu Kuita Vaipulu, who told Parliament recently that the number of divorces had risen. The news came as Tonga’s wedding season approaches. Many families plan throughout the year for a wedding in the weeks…



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Rotary Club Palau Raises $50,000 to Install Critical Dental X-Ray Wall

Koror, Palau, November 21, 2022 —Rotary Club of Palau and Rotary Club of Asaka joined Minister of Health and the Belau National Hospital (BNH) Dental Care Team to transfer over the installation of a critically needed x-ray wall in the Dental x-ray room at BNH. All proceeds of the collaboration between the Ministry and the…

Governance Clinic for the Office of the Governor & Legislature

On the 29th of November 2022 to the 2nd of December 2022, the “Governance Clinic for the Office of the Governor and Legislature” was held with the four participating States of Ngarchelong State, Ngiwal State, Angaur State, and Kayangel State at the West Lebuu Street.The Government of Palau strongly recognizes the need to strengthen institutional…

Support for our Veterans and Justice System

The honorable Vice President J. Uduch Sengebau Senior had the pleasure of meeting personnel from the United States Government, specially employed by U.S. Congressman Greogorio Kilili Camacho Sablan who paid a visit to the Vice President’s office this week.Congressman Greogorio Kilili Camacho Sablan was originally scheduled to meet with The Honorable Vice President J. Uduch…

Local Product Showcase set for Sunday

An exciting lineup of local producers is set to showcase their arts, crafts, and souvenir/packaged food products at the 2nd Biodiversity-Friendly Local Product Showcase on Sunday, December 4 at Ngarachamayong Cultural Center. Public sales begin at 2 pm. A special Buyer Preview will be held from 12-2pm for businesses and policymakers to meet producers and…

PICRC researchers conduct two-week research cruise to the PNMS

Researchers from the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) have returned from surveying the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) using baited remote underwater videos (BRUVs). The work, carried out in October, aims to investigate the biodiversity, abundance, and distribution of species in Palau’s offshore environment. “Palau’s offshore environment is much less studied than the well-known…

Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and the U.S. Air Force are to perform Operation Christmas Drops (OCD) in Koror and Kayangel

On Sunday, December 4th, 2022, 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…

KUAL TO ATTEND JICA KCCP TRAINING

Hedrick Kual, Dean of Continuing Education at PCC, has been accepted to JICA’s KCCP Training in Japan.  Kual will be attending the Non-Formal Education: The Learning Opportunities Leaving No One Behind.  The Training will begin on November 29 to December 15, 2022. This program aims to share and discuss theories, practice and challenges of Non-formal…

EQPB partners with US EPA to address Chemicals in Palau

In an ongoing project to promote sound chemical management in Palau, EQPB’s partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chemical experts were on island on Nov. 07 – 18, 2022 to begin the work of documenting, processing and preparing hazardous chemicals for final disposal. The U.S. EPA team included, On-Scene Coordinators Chris Reiner and…

PVA visits Taiwan for the ITF and Taiwan Indigenous Community visit hosted by CIP

From November 06-10, 2022, Palau Visitors Authority visited Taiwan for the International Travel Fair (ITF) in Taipei. From there, PVA traveled down to Hualien for the Taiwan Indigenous Community Visit hosted by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP). The International Travel Fair ran from November 4-7 with over 1,000 booths from the  tourism industry. It…

Opinion

Pew Commends Pacific Fisheries Managers for Adopting Landmark Policy for Skipjack Tuna, but Calls Non-Binding Plan ‘Disheartening’

Despite adoption of significant new management structure, no requirement for participation will complicate implementation DA NANG, Vietnam—The Pew Charitable Trusts today praised the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) for adopting a modernized management plan for the Pacific skipjack tuna fishery, which makes up one-third of the world’s tuna catch. However, Pew also called…

In a sea of climate disappointment,
the ocean must take centre stage
in all future climate discussions

By Henry PunaPacific Ocean Commissionerand Secretary General,Pacific Islands Forum SUVA (OPOC) —This year, our Leaders endorsed the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, setting out our collective approach to achieving sustained security, development, and prosperity for all peoples in the Pacific.In charting this ambitious course, our Leaders are well aware that climate change remains…

Walking the talk…we are not

It is becoming common to say one thing and do the opposite. Such behavior is self-defeating and counterproductive to individuals but more so at higher levels of organizations and government.Palau’s 2022 Economic Brief, published by Graduate School USA, gives a bleak picture of Palau for this year and the next until the projected recovery in…

Why Western Central Pacific Ocean Tuna Fisheries’ certification is under threat

DA NANG (MSC) — Approximately half of the world’s tuna catch comes from the Western Central Pacific Ocean. However, the long-term sustainability of these important stocks could be at risk if governments cannot agree joint strategies to prevent them from ever becoming overfished. To resolve this, progress must be made on harvest strategies for tuna…

EXPLAINER: How will UN climate deal on loss and damage work?

By DANA BELTAJI and PETER PRENGAMAN SHARM EL-SHEIKH (AP)—The decision Sunday by nations around the world to establish a fund to help poor countries hit hard by a warming planet was one of the most significant since UN climate talks began 30 years ago. It was an unequivocal confirmation that poor countries, with limited resources,…

On Loss and Damage, Palau and FSM demand action at COP27

SHARM EL SHEIKH (SPREP)—As negotiations at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh continues, two Pacific nations whose populations are at the mercy of worsening climate change impacts, have issued a desperate plea to world leaders and negotiators to ensure a deal is reached on Loss and Damage funding in Egypt. The Republic of Palau’s Minister of…

Taiwan’s meteoric rise to a first-world country is a success story to emulate

Taiwan’s meteoric rise from a developing country to a first-world country is nothing short of phenomenal.  It has gone from being a recipient of development aid to a contributor of development assistance to many of the small island states but also to countries larger than itself. Furthermore, it has excelled in technology and medicine to…

Bribe or gift … which one is it?

By Henry S. Falan YAP (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) —Much has been written and even more has been talked about on the “coconut wireless” in recent years about attempted bribes and other forms of corruption throughout these islands. Money and all-expenses-paid trips to foreign lands have been offered to and, in some cases, accepted by traditional…