Tax refunds for PUA payments today

Ministry of Finance is issuing tax refunds today at Palau High School to those who received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) but had taxes deducted from their checks.Government will be paying back $1.3 million to […]

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 […]

RMI calls on Samoa to uphold rule of law, democracy

MAJURO/APIA, (SAMOA OBSERVER)—The Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) backs the Federated States of Micronesia by supporting Samoa and the continuing upholding of democracy and the rule of law amid its current political crisis, it said on Thursday.In a statement issued on Thursday, the RMI also wanted to make a stand regarding […]

A person walks out as pictures from the Tulsa Race Massacre adorn doors leading to a prayer room dedicated to the massacre at the First Baptist Tulsa church during centennial commemorations, Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. The church made the room to provide a place to explore the history of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and to prayerfully oppose racism. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tulsa pastors honor ‘holy ground’ 100 years after massacre

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When white attackers destroyed the prosperous Black neighborhood of Greenwood 100 years ago this week, they bypassed the original sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of North Tulsa.By the church’s own account, the attackers thought the brick veneer structure was too fine for a Black-owned church. The mob destroyed at least […]


This is a tough subject in modern society because we are taught to hide our brokenness at all cost.  I’ve spent hours with various people who have lifetime of hiding and covering over their weak and wounded hearts. Some are professionals at covering up.  They can quote Scriptures and spiritual cliché to distance themselves from […]

Unloading oxygen canisters, a precious commodity in India, at a New Delhi hospital this month.Credit…Atul Loke for The New York Times

A Desperate India Falls Prey to Covid Scammers

As the health care system fails, clandestine markets have emerged for drugs, oxygen, hospital beds and funeral services. Fake goods may be putting lives at risk. By Hari Kumar and Jeffrey Gettleman@2021 The New York Times Company NEW DELHI — Within […]

The building housing the offices of The Associated Press and other media in Gaza City collapses after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike Saturday, May 15, 2021. The attack came roughly an hour after the Israeli military warned people to evacuate the building, which also housed Al-Jazeera and a number of offices and apartments. There was no immediate explanation for why the building was targeted. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

AP’s top editor calls for probe into Israeli airstrike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press’ top editor is calling for an independent investigation into the Israeli airstrike that targeted and destroyed a Gaza City building housing the AP, broadcaster Al-Jazeera and other media, saying the public deserves to know the […]

Press Conference

Vice President J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior responding to reporters during this week’s press conference with Chief of Foreign Affairs Ms. Remengesau,  Director of MOE Ray Mechol,  Reporter for TMC Olkeriil Ngirudelsang.

Court urged to issue timely decisions

Public complaints that lots of court cases have been sitting for long time awaiting court decisions have prompted a resolution in the Senate urging Judiciary to issue decisions on cases within reasonable time.  In […]

Koror State runoff bill before governor

Koror State proposed bill 11-51, LD1,GD1, is on its final day before Governor Franco Gibbons for action, whether to sign it into law or veto it. The bill specifies the run-off election date for […]

Palau to send team to Tokyo Olympics

Athletes from Palau are continuing preparations for the Tokyo Olympics set on July 2021, according to Palau National Olympic Committee Secretary Baklai Temengil. Ms. Temengil said one swimmer […]


Quarantine certificate required before getting airline ticket to Palau

The Public Health Directive 13-21, goes into effect on May 22, 2021. It spells out public health measures required for any passenger planning to come to Palau during this period of medical emergency.  Although directive removes quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers, it is not as easy as walking to an airline counter, showing a vaccination […]

PAWS and OSCA partner to conduct a Pet Health & Wellness Clinic in Ngardmau

With the support of the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) and veterinarian Dr. Kristen Decina, the Palau Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in partnership with the Ongedechuul System of Conservation Areas (OSCA) Office, conducted a Pet Health & Wellness Clinic this past Friday, May 7th, for the residents of Ngardmau State.  This community outreach event was […]


The most important conversation you’ll ever hear are the ones you’ll have with yourself ~DAVID GOGGINS Getting over oneself is not something we say to ourselves and see changes instantly.  It takes self awareness to get there. “The context […]

PNG Correctional Services Commissioner: 5,700 escapees at large

PORT MORESB (THE NATIONAL)—About 5,700 prison escapees and bail absconders have remained at large since 2010, PNG Correctional Services Commissioner Steven Pokanis says. “There are about 700 escapees and about 5,000 bail absconders from prisons around the country and […]

WFP’s Pacific Humanitarian Air Service and the Red Cross join forces to deliver relief to typhoon-devastated Palau

AIRAI, Palau: Relief aid is arriving in Palau after Typhoon Surigae left a trail of destruction across the tiny island state of Palau, damaging some 1500 homes, destroying roads, and cutting off water and power supplies.To transport vital relief supplies from stockpiles in Kuala Lumpur to remote affected communities, the International Federation of Red Cross […]


Jeff left his hometown after high school graduation to go to college. He declined the basketball scholarship but didn’t tell anyone his reason that kept everyone bewildered. QHe said goodbye to his family, his friends and his girlfriend, Karen. After seven years out there away from home he thought of his girlfriend. He bought a […]


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Expense deductions in new tax plan attractive to businesses

The complex new tax reform proposal is welcomed by many in the business community, due to the plan’s proposal to allow deductions of business operating expenses before taxes. Despite the introduction of business profit tax in the new plan, many business operators believe that the ability to deduct costs before taxes will be better for […]

Over $36,000 worth of turtle shell jewelry seized

Over $36,000 dollars’ worth of turtle shell jewelry have been seized from various vendors in Koror by Fish & Wildlife law enforcement officers in compliance with RPPL 10-24. RPPL 10-24 imposed a moratorium on killing and harvesting hawksbill turtle (Ngasech) for 10 years, effective April of 2018.  The law allowed for 2-year “sell off” of […]

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 […]


Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~MARTIN LUTHER KING We live in a cynical world. It’s easy to assume that everyone has an ulterior motive because negative sells. While the truth comes on a bamboo raft. When I chose to believe and follow Christ, I thought I’d […]

Humanitarian relief for households impacted by typhoon Surigae

Immediate Relief for Households Destroyed KOROR, PALAU, April 30, 2021. During the first State of Republic Address (SORA) presented in the Senate Chamber at the Ngerulmud Capitol Complex, President Surangel Whipps Jr. announced that immediate humanitarian relief will be available for the households that suffered damages during the recent Typhoon Surigae, beginning with the hundreds […]

Oaths administered questioned

By: Olkeriil Ngirudelsang Individuals including seasoned legal experts have questioned President Surangel Whipps Jr.’s authority to administer oath of office to public officials including […]

President Surangel Whipps Jr. delivering his first State of the Republic Address yesterday during joint session of the 11th OEK. (Photo credit : Amb. Wallace Chow)

President Whipps first 100 days focus on government realignment

President Surangel Whipps Jr. delivered his first State of The Republic Address yesterday and considers the passage of the realignment bill to reorganize the government as one of his biggest accomplishments to date. Some sectors suggest that while the president delivered on his promised government reorganization, he fell short on providing direction towards a path […]

PCC Tourism Club (PTHSE) and Ngatpang group during an Earth Day tree planting event at Kokusai, Ngatpang.

Earth Day planting event plant 154 trees at Ngatpang

PTHSE Tourism Club and Ngatpang State Legislator John Techitong coordinated and planned an Earth Day event that was held at Kokusai, Ngatpang on April 24th, 2021. This event was a collaboration between Ngara Ius Youth Organization from Ngatpang and PCC PTHSE Tourism Club. 154 plants were planted all over Kokusai area in Ngatpang State as […]


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Vaccine rollouts to spur North Pacific economic recovery- ADB

MANILA, PHILIPPINES   —The economic decline in the north Pacific is forecast to end in 2022 as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine rollout allows travel and trade to resume, says a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released today. The economies of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and Palau contracted […]

75 inmates to be vaccinated

Seventy-five (75) people currently in prison serving sentences will be receiving the Johnson & Johnson Janssen (J&J) Covid vaccine, according to BPS Director Ismael Aguon when reached for confirmation.“75 inmates and their personal information have been taken and submitted to the Ministry of Health EOC for vaccine scheduling,” stated Aguon.Gaafar Uherbelau EOC Deputy Incident confirmed, […]

Taiwan Embassy supporting DilNgebuked Inc.

DilNgebuked Inc. presented a donation check of $1,500 from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on April 22, 2021 by HE Ambassador Wallace M.G. Chow. The donation will help DilNgebuked Inc. in purchasing more tools & equipment for their Haisui Project.In attendance were DilNgebuked Officers President Mason Reilly Hideos, both Vice-Presidents Ngitchob Hideos […]



A family of 9 without a home after Typhoon Surigae

By: Olkeriil Ngirudelsang A family of nine living in Babeldaob found themselves with out a home following the aftermath of typhoon Surigae. “Our house has been here for a long time so it is quite old” said one female family member. It has been their primary dwelling for many years and she lives there with […]

Palau government to seeks help for Typhoon Surigae recovery

Palau government will be looking for help to recover from the devastation of the Typhoon  Surigae, including seeking grants for continued community outreach to improve disaster preparedness.  President Surangel Whipps Jr. said immediate help will be provided to the people whose homes were destroyed by the typhoon, with the Palau Red Cross receiving $100,000 from the […]

Surigae reminds of climate change threats

President Surangel Whipps Jr said Typhoon Surigae’s intensity and surprise trajectory bear signs of climate change effects adding that climate change will continue to be a threat to small island nations in Micronesia. “This is not the normal time of the year to have typhoon,” Whipps told reporters in a press conference. “Climate change is here […]

Second proposal to re-organize Executive Branch submitted; Two ministries re-organized (MCCA and MNRET)

A second bill to re-organize Executive Branch ministries has been submitted to the House of Delegates, House bill number 11-25-2. The bill follows the pledge given by President Whipps’ administration to make government services “more efficient and people-centered”. The bill creates a new Ministry of Human Resources, Culture, Tourism & Development. This ministry absorbs roles […]

Samoa in “constitutional crisis”

APIA (SAMOA OBSERVER)—The Office of the Electoral Commissioner’s creation of a new, post-election Parliamentary seat has plunged Samoa into a “constitutional crisis” with no resolution in sight, a top lawyer says. Other constitutional experts have told the Samoa Observer the Office of the Electoral Commissioner’s (OEC) Tuesday night announcement has not only entrenched political paralysis […]

Five candidates with 7 months to go

By: Olkeriil Eoghan Ngirudelsang To date, there are five individuals vying for the seat of Koror state governor this coming election. They are namely: Alan Marbou, Eyos Rudimech, Jennifer Sugiyama, Yositaka adachi and incumbent Franco Gibbons who is said to be seeking re-election. Excluding current governor Gibbons, all candidates has come out on radios and […]

Finance Minister urges conservative spending

Minister of Finance Kaleb Udui Jr. urged conservative spending by the government as it starts preparations for its FY 2022 budget. “Local revenue makes up less than 40% of our budget, while the rest is funded by borrowed money and reserved funds,” stated Udui. Government spending for FY 2021 as of March 31st was kept […]

United States providing humanitarian assistance in response to damaging Typhoon Surigae in Palau

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $100,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by Typhoon Surigae in Palau. Typhoon Surigae is the first typhoon of the season in the western Pacific ocean, and has severely impacted people in Palau’s outer islands and the main island. The slow […]

Tokyo Olympics torch relay has first positive COVID-19 case

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers said Thursday that a policeman tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay. It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima prefecture. Organizers say the policeman, who is in his 30s, […]


PICRC partners with Blue Nature to strengthen management of the PNMS

The Palau International Coral Center (PICRC) applauds the Blue Nature Alliance’s launch, one of the largest conservation efforts to protect the global oceans. The Alliance aims to protect 18 million square kilometers of ocean in five years, an area twice the size of the continental U.S. and larger than the continent of South America. The […]

Dr. Louw Claassens joins PICRC to lead its PNMS Science and monitoring program

Dr. Louw Claassens recently joined the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) as a Science Officer and Researcher for the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS). Her main role is to focus on offshore and deep-sea research in this large scale marine protected area (LSMPA). She will work closely with the PNMS Working Group of the […]

Taiwan Embassy supporting PNOC

H.E. Ambassador Wallace Chow of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) delivered a check of $2,000 to the Palau National Olympics Committee (PNOC) on April 14, 2021, in support of the 18th Biennial PNOC Sports Award Banquet. Taiwan Embassy has been supportive in many kinds of sport events in Palau, including softball, baseball, […]

Emergency Assistance to the Republic of Palau in Response to Typhoon Surigae

On April 20, the Government of Japan decided to provide Palau with emergency relief supplies including generators, water purifiers and water tanks through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). These supplies are stored in JICA’s warehouse in Koror and will be distributed to areas where people still experience power and water outage.Typhoon Surigae, which passed north […]

Google productivity workshop

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Palau Chamber of Commerce and Palau Small Business Development Center hosted a workshop on the Google productivity tools and how Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely.The participants learned about how to manage their business page on Google, how to host and attend meetings online, how to manage their […]

Rock Island Weather Live Online

Rock island weather conditions are now available LIVE ONLINE through the live weather portal https://weather.coralreefpalau.org on the Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF) website. This was made possible through a grant from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives entitled “Understanding the Local Impacts of Climate Change in Palau”. The public can access near real-time weather information […]

Meeting with ROP Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Industries

The Palau Chamber of Commerce held its monthly general membership meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at The Taj Palau Restaurant. Members of the Chamber of Commerce warmly welcomed their Special Guest Speaker, Honorable Minister Charles Obichang, Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Industries (MPII), Republic of Palau, along with MPII’s Special Advisor on Aviation Matters/Deputy […]

11-year-old Palauan girl discovers new species of dolphin in PNMS

Kendra Miluu Leidich celebrated her 50th & 51st Scuba dives on Sunday April 11 with family and friends. After enjoying encounters with a Feather Tail Stingray at Short Drop-Off and a Leopard Shark at Ngerchong, she asked her dad if they could search for whales on the boat ride home. With a smile, Captain Jefferson […]

Australian Embassy welcome new AG Deputy

The Australian Embassy would like to extend a warm welcome to its new Ag Deputy Head of Mission, Ms Gab Barnes. Ms Barnes has a Masters of International Relations from the University of Melbourne and has worked in development and foreign policy at World Vision Australia and the Australian Government for the past six years, […]


As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts

PROVIDENCE, 1(AP)– Climate scientists have warned for years that a warming planet would cause more extreme storms, like the one that walloped Texas in February, knocking out power and leaving millions in a deep freeze. Yet as the snow fell and the wind howled, some looked for other explanations for the storm and its resulting […]

The Americans are coming

(Continue from last issue) Against this background, the three freely associated states — the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands — have been negotiating the terms of an extension of their com-pacts of free association with the United States, due to expire in 2023. A recent RAND Corporation study of Chinese influence […]

The Americans are coming

MELBOURNE(INSIDE STORY)—Fearful of growing Chinese influence, the Trump White House pledged increased engagement with the Pacific islands. Will Joe Biden follow suit?During a regional tour to promote US strategic policy in Oceania in March 2019, Matt Pottinger stopped off in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara. As Asia director of the U.S National Security Council, he […]

BPS Traffic Safety Tip No. 2

Alii and good day everyone. The center lane is primarily used for left turning vehicles. But to manage the traffic congestion the two lane system utilizes the center lane as a second travel lane during traffic peak hours. left turning vehicles and two lane traveling vehicles must yield each others right of way which is […]

Perhaps public boards have outlived their usefulness

The recent discussions, heated and otherwise, over the EQPB budget issue and its Board had me thinking that perhaps government-appointed boards have outlived their usefulness. Perhaps, as part of the current administration’s objective to create more “efficient and effective” services to the people, it should review the role of boards in the government’s structure.This is […]

Managing misinformation, a new normal

Today, 68% of adults in Palau have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 48% are fully vaccinated. Three months ago, nearly half of the population was hesitant to receive the vaccine. The barrage of misinformation across nearly all social media platforms had many people worried about taking the vaccine. Misinformation which has spread […]

Worldwide whitewash?

By Jason Brown RAROTONGA/SUVA, 05 APRIL 2021 (ISLANDS BUSINESS)—Worldwide anti-corruption rankings – or first world whitewash?Long-standing questions about the fairness of corruption ratings and rankings from Transparency International surveys now have answers.From the Pacific, at least.For example, why was New Zealand dropped from TI’s Global Corruption Barometer (GCB)?“I do know about this because we tried […]

The impact of COVID-19 on foreign aid

Written by Stephen Brown SYDNEY (DEVPOLICY.ORG) — Across the Global South, the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed years of socioeconomic progress, disproportionally harming poor people. Low- and lower-middle-income countries in particular are struggling more than ever to find the resources to support their citizens’ health and wellbeing at this time of crisis. Moreover, disruptions to trade, […]

In the remote atolls of the Pacific, women struggle for basic resources

By Ritu Verma, Principal Social Development Specialist, Pacific Regional Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB) SYDNEY (ADB) — The immense distance between islands in the Pacific creates challenges for accessing resources, particularly for women. Targeted policies, tailored for their needs, are required.The Pacific atoll nations – Kiribati, Tuvalu, and the Republic of Marshall Islands – have […]

Biodiversity at risk, threatens human survival, UN forum hears

NEW YORK/PARIS (UN NEWS CENTRE) — As the living tissue of the earth, biodiversity is “intimately linked to human health” the head of the UN’s scientific agency told a global forum on Wednesday, noting that “we are part of that living tissue”.  The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay […]

A functioning Pacific Islands Forum key to regional security

By Lee P. Webber HAGATNA, 22 MARCH 2021 (THE GUAM DAILY POST) — Many, many years ago, I offered up the idea of all Pacific island leaders getting together to design and form better controls and political guidelines for their respective island areas and the corresponding exclusive economic zones.This would include key leadership from all […]

Judges and Magistrates bolster people-centred justice procedure

SUV A (UNDP/EU/FIJI GOVT)–Access to Justice is being further strengthened in Fiji through the enhanced expertise of Judges and Magistrates, who are currently attending the Family Law Workshop conducted by the Judicial Department. Twenty-nine Magistrates are advancing their expertise with 11 Judges through an exchange of knowledge and experience in key areas of professional concern […]

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Guam, CNMI pause J&J vaccine rollout

HAGATNA/SAIPAN (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES)—Guam and the CNMI have put the brakes on the administration of Johnson& Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, following the Centre […]

Nauru: riches to rags to riches

Written by Stephen Howes, Sherman Surandiran SYDNEY, 12 APRIL 2021 (DEVPOLICY.ORG)—With one of the smallest populations in the world (12,581 in 2019), […]

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