Another car accident claims a life

Another tragic car accident claimed a young life this weekend, when a car collided with a power pole in Ngerderar, Aimeliik State. Police report revealed that at around 11:20pm on Saturday, […]

Dr. Dale Jenkins responding to Senators at his confirmation hearing yesterday.

Dale shares views on education at confirmation hearing

BY: Olkeriil Ngirudelsang Senate Committee on Education sat down yesterday for a confirmation hearing of Dr. Dale Jenkins’ appointment to the Ministry of Education. Held the same day as the opening of the first […]

Team Palau returns home from Tokyo Olympics

Team Palau to the Tokyo Olympics returned home yesterday after giving their best during a brief debut at the Tokyo Olympics. The three Olympians representing Palau in swimming and athletics sports performed in their […]

Taiwan to sponsor Palau 27th Independence Day Fireworks Display

On July 13, 2021, Ambassador Wallace M.G. Chow of the ROC (Taiwan) presented a check of fifty thousand US dollars to Vice President and Minister of State J. Uduch Sengebau Senior at the witness of President Surangel Whipps, Jr. to sponsor Palau 27th Independence Day fireworks display. The donation demonstrates the comprehensive and substantive partnership […]

IOM provides handwashing items to MOE

Koror, Palau – July 15, 2021: Building off the strong partnership the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has established with the Ministry of Education […]

‘Pacific businesses in dire situation’

SUVA  (FIJI TIMES)—Business survivability in the Pacific is on the line and the situation has become more dire compared with last year. This was made known by the Pacific Islands Private Sector […]

A home to come back to

A Palauan single mom had moved to Palau a few years ago with her two kids for the purpose of taking care […]

Wanted: NMA volunteers

SAIPAN, 12 JULY 2021 (SAIPAN TRIBUNE)—Northern Marianas Athletics is looking for volunteers to help the […]

Advancing together in Asia and the Pacific

Integrated approaches for climate-resilient development supported by UNDP are improving lives and livelihoods – and protecting the planet – as nations race to address the climate crisis  BANGKOK, (UNDP)—The climate crisis has put the very future of […]

Team Palau readies for the Olympic Games

Team Palau to the Olympic Games readies themselves to travel on 19th of July to the Tokyo Olympic Games. “Vigorous work and diligent travel arrangements are conducted to ensure safety and COVID safe for athletes, coaches and […]

BOG® launches TASI Bank

Focused on commercial banking in California region Hagåtña, Guam — Today, Bank of Guam (BOG) announced the rebrand of its San Francisco branch as TASI Bank, a Division of […]

Taiwan Embassy donated $1,000 to support Tennis Tournament

Taiwan Ambassador Wallace M.G. Chow donated a check of 1,000 US Dollars to President of Palau Tennis Federation (PTF) and Attorney General Ernestine Rengiil on July 6, 2021 in support of the Federation’s efforts to host Belau Games and an upcoming tennis tournament this July. The Embassy wishes PTF every success in hosting the tennis […]

Rescuers continue a search operation at the site of a mudslide at Izusan in Atami, Shizuoka prefecture, southwest of Tokyo Monday, July 5, 2021. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan searches for dozens missing in resort town mudslide

ATAMI, Japan (AP) — Rescue workers slogged through mud and debris Monday looking for dozens feared missing after a giant landslide ripped through a Japanese seaside resort town, killing at least three people.Eighty people were still unaccounted for, according to Shizuoka […]

FILE – This Feb 23, 2019, file photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J. A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, July 2, 2021, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Scale, details of massive Kaseya ransomware attack emerge

BOSTON (AP) — Cybersecurity teams worked feverishly Sunday to stem the impact of the single biggest global ransomware attack on record, with some details emerging about how the Russia-linked gang responsible breached the company whose software was the conduit.An affiliate of […]

Tokyo 2020 could prevent fans from attending evening events at Olympics (Inside the Games)

Tokyo 2020 is considering preventing spectators from attending evening events amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been claimed.The Yomiuri Shimbun reported organisers have made the request ahead of talks next week.The talks are expected to be between Tokyo 2020, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa […]


Aimeliik State marks its 38th Constitution’s anniversary

Aimeliik State leaders, past and present and two of the living framers of its Constitution joined to mark the 38th anniversary of the State’s Constitution last evening, July 1st, 2021. “We are fortunate that we still have two of the original framers of our Constitution with us today and wish them good health,” stated Rengulbai […]

UNDP ranks Palau 50th on Human Development Index

United National Development Program (UNDP) ranks Palau 50th on the Human Development Index (HDI).  The program measures achievement in three dimensions of human development, long and healthy life, knowledge and quality of life. Development index cover inequality, gender equality, poverty, women empowerment, environmental sustainability and socioeconomic sustainability.  Gender equality for example, at looks number of […]


Our traffic congestions are caused by too many motorists and very few alternate highways or roadways.  To be able to manage this congestion during peak travel hours the Middle Lane or center lane on […]

PCS and MOE Conduct Ocean Education Training for 7th and 9th Grade Teachers Koror, Palau […]

Victor nominated to head MAFE

Steven Victor has been nominated to head the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment (MAFE) by President Surangel Whipps Jr. The ministerial appointment has been sent to Senate and pending their consent.Steven Victor is currently the Director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for the region covering Palau, Guam, Northern Marianas, FSM, Marshall Islands and American […]

Virtual Interaction between the Minister of State for External Affairs and the Vice President & Minister of State of Republic of Palau

The Minister of State for External Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan held a virtual interaction with Hon’ble J Uduch Sengebau Senior, Vice President and Minister of State of the Republic of Palau today. The Ministers reviewed the progress made in our bilateral relations and the ongoing development cooperation between India and Palau, including through the Forum […]


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Australian Ambassador Visits the Classroom at the Center

On June 23, Australian Ambassador Richelle Turner visited the Palau International Coral Reef Center(PICRC) and toured the newly renovated student laboratory and classroom. The Government of Australia’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) awarded a 10,000 […]

Belau National Museum

If you are a crafter, artist, and musician interested in improving your skills and gaining knowledge of product development, branding, and supply chain, please contact Meked Besebes […]

Emotional Hunger

What is most personal is most general. ~CARL ROGERS I’ve been watching Netfix “Downton Abbey”. It’s a drama of human beings from different classes of people in […]

Rescuers stay hopeful about finding more survivors in rubble

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Rescue workers digging feverishly for a fifth day Monday stressed that they could still find survivors in the rubble of a collapsed Florida condo building, a hope family members clung to even though no one has been pulled out alive since the first day the structure fell.The death toll rose by […]

CDC expert says Palau has beaten COVID

Dr. W. Thane Hancock MD MPH, a career epidemiology field officer for US affiliated Pacific Islands with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that Palau is one of the first countries to have beaten covid. “Palau has done an amazing job vaccinating their community and, in my opinion, have ended the COVID […]

Join Palau Swimming on Saturday for World Aquatics Day 2021

“Aquatics Inspired!” On the heels of a successful Belau Games swimming competition, Palau Swimming Association invites the public to join the annual World Aquatics Day celebration this Saturday (June 26th). The day will be observed at the Palau Open Water competition and Leg Three of the 2021 Open Water Grand Prix hosted by Palau Pacific […]

Expert: Transgender Olympic athlete could polarize opinion

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A U.S. expert on transgender rights and politics says the participation of New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard at the Tokyo Olympics might inspire other trans athletes but could also become a focus for conservative activists who oppose greater LGBTQ rights and freedoms. Dr. Jami Taylor, professor of political science at […]

Guam moves closer to first ever Asia Cup

HAGATNA (RNZ PACIFIC) —The Guam men’s basketball team is now just one step away from their first appearance at the Asia Cup. The U.S territory beat Hong Kong in back to back games earlier this month to secure third place in their qualifying group, and set up an effective winner-take-all showdown against Chinese Taipei in […]

John McAfee, software pioneer turned fugitive, dead at 75

John McAfee, the outlandish security software pioneer who tried to live life as a hedonistic outsider while running from a host of legal troubles, was found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona on Wednesday. His death came just hours after a Spanish court announced that it had approved his extradition to the United States to face […]

Body of 56-year old man found in ocean at Malakal

A man found death and floating in the ocean near Marine Law port in Malakal last Friday was identified as 56-year old Frank Hilbert from Ngebekuu, Ngerbeched.He was reported missing by his family on Thursday, June 17 after he failed to return home on Tuesday. Search of his regular hangouts commenced on Thursday and on […]

The Day After

One of Jung’s most famous declarations is “I’d rather be whole than good.” Owning all of ourselves (the good with bad) brings us to […]

The sun rises over a neighborhood in Encinitas, California, amid a heatwave last year. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Earth is trapping ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, NASA says

WASHINGTON (THE GUARDIAN) — The Earth is trapping nearly twice as much heat as it did in 2005, according to new research, described as an “unprecedented” increase amid the climate crisis.Scientists from NASA, the U.S space agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), reported in a new study that Earth’s “energy imbalance approximately […]

New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact, Six AUSMAT members to arrive in Fiji today

New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.“Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and Fijians most affected by the current outbreak,” Nanaia […]


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New leaders, new era: US-Israel relations reach crossroads

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their countries at crossroads, the new leaders of the United States and Israel have inherited a relationship that is at once imperiled by increasingly partisan domestic political considerations and deeply bound in history and an engrained recognition that they need each other.How President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett manage that […]

All systems go: Radar in Palau moves ahead

KOROR (MARIANAAS BUSINESS JOURNAL)—Palau President Surangel S. Whipps wants an increased U.S. military presence in Palau’s strategic location in a volatile geo-political area. So does the U.S. It’s no secret that the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command plans an air defense system in Guam and radar systems in Palau, as well as space-based radars. While the command […]

SKH Doctors provide medical assistance in Palau

June 17, 2021- Two doctors from the Shin Kong Wu Ho Su Memorial Hospital (SKH) were recently in Palau providing medical assistance at the Belau National Hospital. Dr. Huang Yuan-Fu is a pulmonologist (a doctor who specializes in the diagnoses and treatment of diseases of the respiratory system—lungs and other organs needed for breathing) who […]



Bill to limit PPLA’s authority introduced

Palau Public Land Authority (PPLA) has issued 83 land leases in 4 States, Airai, Koror, Ngarchelong and Ngchesar. Out of 83, 77 are residential leases and 6 are commercial leases. Senate bill 11-11 proposes to remove national government’s authority to lease or sell public lands and to mandate PPLA to transfer public lands that are […]

Resolution urge President to withhold ADB payments for KASP loan

A proposed Senate Joint Resolution 11-9 urges President Surangel Whipps Jr. to withhold payments to Asian Development Bank for the Koror-Airai Sanitation Project Loan until issues raised by the Palau Public Auditor’s audit of the project are resolved.The resolution states that the Office of Public Auditor has reported number of issues relating to the implementation […]

Civil society cites gap in information dissemination from gov’t

Civil society organizations in Palau held virtual meeting with UN Resident Ambassador and UN Resident Coordinator on June 11th, to look at ways to deepen the cooperation between civil society, government and the UN in order to advance Palau’s development goals.Looking into the next 18 months, civil society was asked to identify what gaps need […]

Biorepository at UOG receives 30,000-specimen coral collection

A biorepository of Micronesian marine specimens at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory is welcoming its largest addition yet — a private collection of around 30,000 coral specimens from Richard Randall, a UOG professor emeritus of marine biology.The facility — the Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium for Corals and Oceans (GECCO) Biorepository — is both a physical […]

Taiwan Embassy Donates to Ebiil Society, Inc.

The Taiwan Embassy donates $1,000 to Ebiil Society, Inc. in support of Camp Ebiil 2021. Once again, Taiwan shows commitment in supporting grassroots organization promoting and protecting Palau’s Environment. The Taiwan Embassy and Ebiil Society, Inc. have had a strong partnership in supporting youth ambassador programs for both Palau and Taiwan and continues to strengthen […]

ATE or defense (?)

“Self awareness reminds us that there is no destination to our journey. The process itself is destiny.” ~UnknownSelf loathing is quite subtle and deceiving that you’re unaware of it until you find yourself running around like that hamster- busy running but going nowhere. Or that infamous dog trying to catch his own tail. It’s an […]

Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders Issues Summit Communiqué

Leaders identify pandemic recovery, climate change, sustainable development as top priorities HONOLULU, 14 JUNE 2021 (EWC)—The leaders of 11 nations and territories across the Pacific have issued a group communiqué following a two-day online gathering of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, or PICL. During the June 1-2 summit, a new group of Pacific Island […]

Landmark G7 agreement pledges 870 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, half by end-2021

LONDON, 14 JUNE 2021 (UN NEWS CENTRE) — A senior UN official welcomed on Sunday, the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialised nations’ commitment to immediately share at least 870 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, supporting global access and helping to end the acute phase of the pandemic.“Equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines represents the clearest […]

Marshalls vaccinates fishermen in Majuro

MAJURO, 14 JUNE 2021 (MARIANAS VARIETY) — The Marshall Islands launched Covid-19 vaccinations for commercial fishermen temporarily in port Majuro this past week — possibly the first Pacific island to vaccinate fishermen.With the country vaccination programme nearing 80 percent completion for the two urban centres, and public health teams now conducting vaccinations for remote outer […]


Recent publication by PICRC and University of the Ryukyus shows potential adaption of corals in Ngermid Bay to Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification (OA) is a reduction in the pH of the ocean over time, caused primarily by uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the earth’s atmosphere. OA reduces the amount of the calcium carbonate available, which marine organisms need to build their shells or skeletons. Marine organisms such as corals, clams, crabs and other shellfish […]

Two Palauan Students awarded scholarship to study in Japan

The Government of Japan has accepted two Palauan students, Ms. Berrous Rekemesik and Mr. Kenelly Rekemel to study in Japan under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) scholarship. Both students applied for the Specialized Training College Program, a three year program which includes one year of Japanese language studies. […]

Local governance strengthening project

Aimeliik State became the third recipient of the Public Finance Management (PFM) 1 on 1 Consultation through the Local Governance Strengthening Project (LGSP). The PFM 1 on 1 Consultation is a two days table top discussion facilitated by the Bureau of Domestic Affairs to provide for the adequate venue and support for the Office of […]

PICRC publishes a new scientific paper on the status of reef fish stocks in Palau

The enormous importance of reef fish to Palauans for sustenance, cultural practices and livelihood, necessitates regular monitoring to keep track of the status of their population, size and diversity, especially with the more targeted commercially important fishes. In 2017, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) initiated its nation-wide monitoring program to determine the status […]

PICRC Researchers to present at the Ocean Observations and Data Applications for the Pacific Islands Meeting

The increasing ocean acidification (OA) due to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), has prompted greater concern and interest among policy makers and scientists in the Pacific region to increase collaboration and cooperation to find solutions and minimize the negative impacts of OA. Part of this effort is a series of regional workshops and meetings […]

BankGuam Holding Company Declares Dividends

Hagatna, Guam – BankGuam Holding Company (BKGMF) 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 div- idend payment to the holders of the Company’s 5.5% Fixed Rate/Floating Rate Noncumulative Pre- ferred Stock, Series A, at its Board’s regular meeting […]

The James Amboi Foundation

Ngermetengel, Ngeremlengui – The James Amboi Foundation is pleased to announce that Mr. Aresson Bukurrou “Buku” Reyers is the recipient of this year’s JAF Education Scholarship.The JAF officers and members would like to congratulate Mr. Reyers on receiving the JAF Scholarship of five hundred dollars ($500) and hope this scholarship opens the gateway to bright […]

Imade Tellei joins PICRC as an Executive Coordinator

Adeeshia “Imade” Tellei joined the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) on May 10, 2021, as an Executive Coordinator. Ms. Tellei works in the office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to support and coordinate PICRC’s management and administrative functions.  As an Executive Coordinator, Ms. Tellei will report directly to the CEO of PICRC. Ms. […]

Strengthening coordination and enforcement among protected areas

In 2019, the Protected Areas Network (PAN) initiated joint efforts with the Bureau of Maritime Security and Fish & Wildlife Protection that aims to create a training program to enhance enforcement coordination and develop a conservation academy curriculum for PAN Rangers. The collaborative project is meant to (1) improve capacity building to support enforcement and […]

Japanese Government Scholarships for SY2022

Applications for three (3) types of Japanese Government Scholarships annually offered in Palau through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) are now available at the Embassy of Japan. These scholarships are offered for Research (Postgraduate), Undergraduate and Specialized Training College Programs. All three programs are full scholarship programs covering airfare, tuition […]


The island with no water: how foreign mining destroyed Banaba

BANABA  (THE GUARDIAN) — The last decent rain on Banaba was more than a year ago. Without rain, people on the isolated central Pacific island, which is part of the country of Kiribati, have been forced to rely on a desalination plant for all their water for drinking, bathing and growing crops. But in late […]

Mining in the Pacific: a blessing and a curse

By Lyanne Togiba SYDNEY/HONIARA/PORT MPORESBY (THE GUARDIAN) — Mining is big business in the Pacific.Guardian analysis of trade data can reveal that each year nearly 11m tonnes of fuel and oil (the equivalent of 1100 Eiffel towers) are extracted from the region, 2m tonnes of copper, nickel, manganese and aluminium are mined, and gold worth […]

Working Less Is a Matter of Life and Death

By The Editorial Board @2021 The New York Times Company The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. Search online “work too much” and you’ll get screenfuls of information about the harmful medical, mental and social consequences of […]

Will deep sea mining destroy what the ocean already provides humanity?

Will deep sea mining destroy what the ocean already provides humanity? RAROTONGA (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) — A precautionary approach of two concurrent nodule mines has the potential to provide a major new revenue stream for the Cook Islands of around US$90 million (NZ$124m) per year, writes Gerald McCormack, Natural Heritage Trust.In an article concerning the […]

Key role for Pacific media in making corruption commitments accountable

KOROR, (UNPRAC/UNDP)—Pacific journalists will have a key role in making sure commitments by governments at next week’s United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) on anti-corruption are going to be implemented, regional journalists attested at a pre-UNGASS webinar session from Palau on Wednesday 26 May. Supported by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption […]

Taking the risk out of blue investments

Images of dying or dead whales stuffed with plastics, sea turtles caught in fishing nets, and seagulls covered in oil underscore the perilous state of our oceans more powerfully than any statistics. More than 90% of global warming from 1971 to 2010 occurred in the oceans, resulting in massive destruction of marine life.If treated as […]

FSM Congress advances its digital capacity to continue functioning online

POHNPEI, 20 MAY 2021 (UNDP)—The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has boosted its digital capacity to continue its sessions and committee meetings online, which it had started last year following the outbreak of COVID-19.  The upgrade is being supported through the information and communication technology (ICT) equipment recently handed over to the […]

Strengthening people with disabilities right for inclusive and resilient communities

HONIARA (UNDP) — The UN Development Programme Solomon Islands, under the Outstanding Women initiative, has launched a series of dialogues to discuss community priority issues, including women’s empowerment and social inclusion, climate change and environment. On 18 May, about 80 community members including local leaders, church representatives, and educators participated in the first dialogue which […]

Hope for the best, prepare the worst

It has been quoted by many people in different ways, but the message is always the same. Another version goes, “Pray for the best, prepare for the worst and expect the unexpected.”As we approach the fifteenth (15th) month of COVID-19 pandemic, it has become obvious that this world crisis we are in is not going […]

How conspiracy theories led to Covid vaccine hesitancy in the Pacific

Social media has been flooded with falsehoods about fertility, birth control and surveillance as nations struggle to administer enough doses By Hugh Mcclure SYDNEY, (THE GUARDIAN)–As Papua New Guinea grappled with a monumental outbreak of Covid-19 last month, prime minister James Marape became the first person in the country to receive a dose of the […]

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Seabed mining a disturbing new threat to the Pacific

By Victor Pickering  SUVA (GREENPEACE)—Deep Sea mining companies are currently out in the Pacific carrying out tests to prove their industry is safe for the environment. Last week, one of those companies, GSR, lost a 25-tonne robot at the bottom of the ocean. Bearing witness to this and confronting this industry at sea is Victor […]

Seabed mining a disturbing new threat to the Pacific

By Victor Pickering  SUVA, 05 MAY 2021 (GREENPEACE)—Deep Sea mining companies are currently out in the Pacific carrying out tests to prove their industry is safe for the environment. Last week, one of those companies, GSR, lost a 25-tonne robot at the bottom of the ocean. Bearing witness to this and confronting this industry at […]

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