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Vice President George of FSM pass away

Vice President Yosiwo Palikkun George of the Federated States of Micronesia passed away at age 81 after he became ill with COVID-19.  President Surangel Whipps Jr. expressed his…

Life Insurance bill proposed

Palau collects thousands of dollars every week as part of the customary practice of collective money from relatives to pay for funeral expenses of the departed relatives.  The…

The Silent Majority

by Alonzo Kahalic alkahalic6801@gmail.com Dear Editor, Continuing from last month’s…

FILE – Serena Williams gives the thumbs up as she holds her trophy after defeating her sister Venus in the women’s singles final on the Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Saturday July 5, 2003. Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn her focus to having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sports. (AP Photo/Jytte Nielsen, File)

Serena Williams says ‘countdown has begun’ to retirement

Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday she…

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws a pass during an NFL football training camp practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. Looking on is quarterback Skylar Thompson (19). (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Tagovailoa on Miami tampering with Brady: “I’m still here”

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa would rather chat with…

Palauan son overcomes injustice with faith

Exuding positive energy, optimism, and a sense of peaceful existence, one would never imagine upon meeting Albert Debelbot, that the young man had lost twelve years of his young life behind bars, convicted of one of the worst cases of miscarriage of justice in the United States. Home, visiting for the first time since his…

New bill puts teeth to human smuggling and trafficking law 

A Senate bill is seeking an update of the Anti-People Smuggling and Trafficking Act law to bring it in line with international law and give it more teeth to fight against human smuggling and trafficking  Senate Bill No. 11-73 also calls for an amendment of the law to reflect the “true heinousness of human smuggling and trafficking crimes. …

SKH conducts Specialty Clinics in Palau

July 25, 2022—A medical team from the Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Hospital (SKH) was recently in Palau to provide medical assistance in orthopedics and plastic surgery.  Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that focuses on muscles and…

IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU

In order to be able to think you you have to risk being offensive.  ~ JORDAN PETERSON At this point in my life I feel that my…

FSM reports first Covid death

POHNPEI (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) —With infections rapidly surging within a week, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has reported its first Covid-related death in Pohnpei.  “he deceased…

Negotiations in Jamaica to develop ‘risky’ deep sea mining

KINGSTON (IANS)—Negotiations have begun to develop a mining code that, if adopted, could see the largest extractive operation in human history begin in the deep sea.  But as negotiations get underway in week two of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the chorus of concern surrounding the emerging industry has amplified.  The International Seabed Authority (ISA),…

Peleliu legislature sued over Renguul title

The 14th State Legislature of Peleliu, represented by its Speaker Billy Rekemel, has been sued for accepting Eric Saburo as Chief Renguul of Teliu Hamlet of Peleliu, allegedly in violation of Peleliu State Constitution and traditional Palauan customs. In the civil action filed on July 18, 2022, Renguul Donald Haruo asked the court for declaratory…

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…

Rotary Club of Palau hands over another obstacle playground

As part of an ongoing project to encourage active play among children and tackle obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Rotary Club of Palau handed over to Koror Elementary School (KES) on July 18, 2022 the eighth playground to be built in public elementary schools in the Republic of Palau. Rotary Club of Palau, partnering with…

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 was an American computer scientist and United…

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Solomon Airlines announces code-share service with Air Niugini

HONIARA (SOLOMON STAR) —Solomon Airlines has announced its code-share flight services with Air Niugini between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (PNG) that will recommence next month. In a statement Solomon Airlines announced the service which will resume on Saturday 06 August, a month after the country’s international borders have reopened. “We are pleased to…

Pope lands in Canada, set for apologies to Indigenous groups

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Pope Francis began a historic visit to Canada on Sunday to apologize to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools, a key step in the Catholic Church’s efforts to reconcile with Native communities and help them heal from generations of trauma. Francis kissed the hand of a residential school…

Myanmar executes NLD lawmaker, 3 other political opponents

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s government announced Monday it had carried out its first executions in nearly 50 years, hanging a former National League for Democracy lawmaker, a democracy activist and two men accused of violence after the country’s takeover by the military last year. The executions, detailed in the state-run Mirror Daily newspaper, were carried…

High Chief Reklai bestows
Madradilochel on Vescovo

High Chief Reklai Bao Ngirmang of Melekeok bestowed a chiefly title, Mad-ra-dilochel, on Victor Vescovo, an American private equity investor, retired naval officer, space tourist and undersea explorer, at the ceremony celebrating the successful dive into the deepest point…

Hanamaki Higashi’s Shohei Ohtani throws against Osaka Toin during a game of the national high school baseball tournament in Nishinomiya, western Japan, on March 21, 2012. Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels is arguably the greatest baseball player in the history of the game. His roots are deep in northeastern Japan where he played high school baseball and got his start. (Kyodo News via AP)

Shohei Ohtani is ‘Made In Japan’ with American adaptations

TOKYO (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is doing things no other player has ever done, a point of pride for Japanese like Fumihiro Fujisawa. Fujisawa is the president of the Association of American Baseball Research — similar in Japan to SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research. So he knows the numbers. But he has trouble…

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…

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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…

Remengesau first to reach bottom of Palau Trench

Former President Tommy Remengesau Jr. returned successfully from his eight-hour trip to the bottom of Palau’s trench, to reach the bottom of the 26,246 feet deep ocean trench. Remengesau with Victor Vescovo, a famous undersea explorer and a private equity investor, descended the Palau trench yesterday morning and came back up after 4 pm yesterday. …

Various Exchanges between the People of Palau and the crew of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s destroyer KIRISAME

From Monday, July 11 to Tuesday, July 19, the crew of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer KIRISAME, anchored in Malakal, Koror, conducted a memorial service and clean-up activities at the former naval cemetery and hosted various cultural events as well as public tours of KIRISAME, with the aim to deepen understanding of the activities of…

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…

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 over two years to enter this western Pacific nation. The Marshall Islands is one of only a handful of nations left…

Unexpected sea surges slam into Cook Islands and Tahiti

RAROTONGA/TAHITI (RNZ PACIFIC) — An unexpected weather event has damaged properties and flooded roads in the Cook Islands while French Polynesia is dealing with the aftermath of huge swells. Swells of up to 4.5 metres inundating coastal areas, driven by a high-pressure system pushing up from New Zealand have been labelled a highly unusual weather…

Economics of war: Pain for Europe now, later for Russia

Across Europe, signs of distress are multiplying as Russia’s war in Ukraine drags on. Food banks in Italy are feeding more people. German officials are turning down the air conditioning as they prepare plans to ration natural gas and restart coal plants. A giant utility is asking for a taxpayer bailout, and more may be coming. Dairies wonder…

Twitter sues to force Musk to
complete his $44B acquisition

Twitter sued Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday to force him to complete the $44 billion acquisition of the social media company.Musk and Twitter have been bracing for a legal fight since the billionaire said Friday he was backing off of his April agreement to buy the company.Twitter’s lawsuit opens with a sharply-worded accusation: “Musk…

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Penny Wong

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…

Minister of Health Gaafar Uherbelau

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…

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UK Olympic great Mo Farah says he was trafficked as a child

LONDON (AP) — Olympic great Mo Farah — the winner of four gold medals and one of Britain’s greatest and best-loved athletes — has been carrying a secret burden all these years: He was illegally brought to the U.K. as a youth and forced to care for other children before he escaped a life of…

Australian Tax Office twinning project with Palau’s Bureau of Revenue & Taxation

On June 24, 2022, Director Elway Ikeda of the Bureau of Revenue & Taxation, Ministry of Finance, welcomed the Australian Tax Office delegation here on a twinning project to continue strengthening the relationship between both tax agencies. The initial objective of the project is to provide technical support in developing tax processes, seeking long-term system…

Koror Rangers and Conservation Officers Workshop to Implement Fisheries Management

In a 3 day workshop the Koror Department of Conservation and Law Enforcement Rangers and Conservation Officers with Director Jennifer S. Olegeriil were provided orientation and training on the State’s new Koror Southern Lagoon Coastal Fisheries Management Plan.  The workshop opened by Governor Eyos Rudimch, Iyechaderchemai Elia Yobch representing the House of Traditional Leaders, and…

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Micronesian nations agree to a regional ocean planning

Palau, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and the Republic of the Marshall Islands have agreed to be part of a commitment to use Marine Spatial Planning to achieve 100% management of the ocean. “The marine spatial planning will occur in individual jurisdictions but we work together to meet and define regional goals,” reported MAFE Minister Steven Victor. “The Micronesia subregion, using MSP to achieve…

United States Ambassador John Hennessy-Nilan

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 3rd and final 4th of July celebration in Palau.…

President of FSM Jacob Nena

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 6th Congress of FSM.  He became the fourth Vice…

Guam AG: Dobbs ruling paves way for legislature to decide on ‘moral question’ of abortion

HAGATNA (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) — Abortion remains legal in Guam, Attorney General Leevin Camacho said, clarifying that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent reversal of Roe v. Wade has no impact on a long-voided local law that sought to criminalize the procedure for terminating a pregnancy. Camacho shed light on the status of P.L. 20-134 against the backdrop of the court’s decision on Dobbs v.…

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, July 7, 2022. Dean Lewins/Pool via REUTERSREUTERS

New Zealand PM Ardern says Pacific Islands Forum is critical

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday regional architecture such as the Pacific Islands Forum was critical in resolving regional problems and local security issues should be resolved locally. Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum countries gather in Fiji next week for an annual meeting at a time of growing concern in some countries about China’s influence, highlighted this…

A suitcase containing 1.56m kina (AU$650,000) was found by police, but no charges were laid. Photograph: Komo Polic

PNG prime minister denies connection to suitcase full of cash found as voting starts

PORT MORESBY (THE GUARDIAN) — Papua New Guinea’s prime minister James Marape has denied any connection to a suitcase containing PGK1.56m (AU$650,000) in cash that police found in Hela province, just as voting in the country’s election was about to start. Mospal Marape, the son of the prime minister, James Marape, was arrested after being found allegedly travelling with a man carrying a suitcase…

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’

New Zealand will not join the US coalition against China anytime soon

New Zealand’s deeply ingrained tradition of foreign policy independence and robust economic ties to China serve as a considerable constraint on major policy change. WELLINGTON, 06 JULY 2022 (THE DIPLOMAT) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s rock star status has been reinforced by her recent visit to the United States. During the trip, Ardern received an honorary doctorate from Harvard University, was a…

Inflation pushed 71M: Afghans receive aid at a camp after an earthquake in Gayan district in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 26, 2022. A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country’s deadliest quake in two decades, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Nooroozi)

Inflation pushed 71M people into poverty since Ukraine war

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A staggering 71 million more people around the world are experiencing poverty as a result of soaring food and energy prices that climbed in the weeks following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations Development Program said in a report Thursday. The UNDP estimates that 51.6 million more people fell into poverty in the first three months after the war, living off…

Discipline is not Punishment

You cannot love and control at the same time.  Fear controls. Love frees you to be. I’m still learning to  love myself. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (First John 4:18) The word “perfect” in the Scriptures means to mature. We’re…

State Emergency Service (SES) personnel prepare to deploy as floodwaters submerge residential areas following heavy rains in the Windsor suburb of Sydney, Australia, July 5, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australia floods worsen as thousands more flee Sydney homes

SYDNEY (REUTERS) — Torrential rains kept battering Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, intensifying the flood crisis in Sydney as thousands more residents were ordered to leave their homes after rivers swiftly rose past danger levels. About 50,000 residents in New South Wales, most in Sydney’s western suburbs, have been told to either evacuate or warned they might receive evacuation orders, up from Monday’s 30,000,…



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JMSDF destroyer Kirisame

to anchor in Malakal, Palau, from Monday, July 11 to Tuesday, July 19 A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer Kirisame, which is part of the Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022(IPD22) unit, will anchor in Malakal, Koror from 9:00 am on Monday, July 11 to 8:00 am on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, carrying approximately 180 crew members.…

Nurturing resilient communities by understanding issues faced by families today

The Rubekul Belau’s First Traditional Leaders Forum held last month touched on four key topics in four sessions. The first session titled “Nurturing Resilient Communities” brought about complex issues that are faced by communities and families today – suicide, elderly care, and noncommunicable diseases (NCD), among others.  The session was facilitated by Mudelong Salvador Tellames…

PAWS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic is going to Airai

Palau Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) alongside Governor Ngiratecheboet and Airai State Government is now holding a Spay/Neuter Mobile Clinic at Airai this month from July 12-16, 2022; starting at 9am we will be at Bai’R Melabch next to the Laundromat across the road going up to Palau International Airport from July 12-14 and at Ked…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Opinion

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…

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…


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