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US seeks to expedite Compact negotiations

United States has expressed keen interest in expediting the Compact negotiations with Palau, reported President Surangel Whipps Jr. after his visit early this month to Washington D.C. President…

Obakerbau, Aimeliik’s new speaker

Lucio Oisebokel Obakerbau is the new speaker of the 12th Aimeliik State Legislature after the legislature adopted a resolution appointing him speaker.  He is slated to take his…

(Ambassador Opinion) STEADFAST PARTNER AND FRIEND TO PALAU 04 MAY 2022- Australia is proud to have opened the doors to our new Embassy in Koror in 2019.  Our increased presence builds on decades of cooperation on issues that matter to us both.  It means we can work together on our common values as democratic countries…

Happy Mother’s Day

Someone very important to my healing journey wrote: —  “Did you know the first Mother’s Day ever celebrated was in 1908 when Anna Jarvis campaigned to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States? “She wanted to show her gratitude to her mother and set aside a day to honor all mothers. She…

STRONGHOLD

People don’t decide their future. They decide their habits and their habits decide their future. I used to check all the electrical appliances to make sure they…

Skyrocketing prices hit Marshall Islands

MAJURO (MARIANAS VARIETY) —Fuel prices hit the US$7.00 per gallon milestone in Majuro this past week, adding an exclamation point to the prices for imported goods that have skyrocketed since last year. Food, vehicle fuel, transportation costs for imported goods, and taxi prices are up dramatically compared to a year ago. A less appreciated price…

Whipps scolds media for its one-sided coverage of his Blue Prosperity Plan. 

President Surangel Whipps Jr. on Tuesday scolded members of the media, insisting that they could do a better job of reporting his government’s Blue Prosperity Plan and the Our Ocean Conference. Instead of highlighting the goal of the “plan,” the president said the media focused its reporting on the #SavemySanctuary campaign. “I would like to take this opportunity and…

SURALA Japan Math awarded certificate

Maris Stella School holds its final ceremony of SURALA Japan math program for grades 1-4! Congratulations students and thank you Surala Net.Co. Ltd., Padeco Company & Osaka Kyoiku University, Japan.…

Social Anxiety

Never talking about your feelings because the fear of anyone thinking of you as “dramatic” or an “attention seeker” haunts  you.  — Unknown My favorite part of counseling school was practicum session.  We all watched…

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2022 BIIAA Boys’ Beach Volleyball Championship

After a long discussion with the board of Belau Island Inter-Scholastic Athlete Association (BIIAA) to host a beach volleyball competition in the high school level, all five (5) high schools in Palau, namely, Palau High School, Mindszenty High School, Palau Mission Academy,Emmaus-Bethania High School, and Modekngei High School agreed to participate in the competition.Each school…

DeRozan scores 41 as Bulls beat Bucks 114-110 to tie series

MILWAUKEE (AP) — DeMar DeRozan made sure the Chicago Bulls altered their painful recent history against the Milwaukee Bucks and gave this first-round series a fresh new start. Now it’s the defending champion Bucks who are suddenly hurting as the teams head to Chicago all tied up. DeRozan scored a career playoff-high 41 points and…

CNMI federation head: Va’a training progressing well

SAIPAN (MARIANAS VARIETY)—With less than two months away before the start of the Pacific Mini Games 2022, the CNMI national va’a team’s training is progressing well, according to Northern Marianas National Paddle Sports Federation President Justin Andrew. He said the team’s 14 men and women have been working hard, and are out on the water …

NZ announces $6 million Our Ocean commitment

The  New Zealand government announced a commitment of a total  of  $6 million at the Our Ocean Conference in Palau last week.  Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aupito William Sio, and FFA Director-General, Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen, announced  that…

Commitments announced during 7th Our Ocean Conference

Actions from Denmark, the United States, and the Marshall Islands doubled the number of signatories to the Declaration on Zero Emission Shipping by 2050.  Actions in the form of new plans to develop zero-emission shipping routes in Europe, Latin…

A man carries bicycle along a street filled with destroyed Russian military vehicles near Chernihiv, Ukraine, Sunday, April 17, 2022. Witnesses said multiple explosions believed to be caused by missiles struck the western Ukrainian city of Lviv early Monday as the country was bracing for an all-out Russian assault in the east. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukrainian governor: Russian strikes kill at least 6 in Lviv

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Multiple explosions apparently caused by missiles struck the western Ukrainian city of Lviv early Monday as the country was bracing for an all-out Russian assault in the east. At least six people were killed in the city, which has been spared much of the worst violence in almost two months of war.…

Commuters wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus look out from a crowded traveling bus during the morning rush hour, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Shanghai reports first deaths in current COVID-19 outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai authorities on Monday reported the first COVID-19 deaths in the latest outbreak in China’s most populous and wealthiest city. All three people who died were elderly, had underlying diseases such as diabetes and hypertension and had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, city Health Commission inspector Wu Ganyu told journalists. “After…

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Toward a More Prosperous and Sustainable Pacific Ocean

SUVA (WORLD BANK) — The “Blue Pacific” is far more than just a fashionable term in the Pacific region. It is a reminder that what some people consider the world’s smallest countries are, in fact, among the largest. Measured in land area, most Pacific islands look like specks on a map, yet Kiribati, Marshall Islands,…

IT IS FINISHED

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.     ~Thomas Merton Yesterday (Monday) I racked my brain looking for something to write.  I found myself…

Back to Nature: Jellyfish Lake provides program materials to local schools

The Back to Nature: Jellyfish Lake program run by Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF) has concluded for the academic school year 2021–2022. This year’s program was made possible with generous funding from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. The Back to Nature: Jellyfish Lake program (https://youtu.be/4fcSBz0zhWM) is an educational program that teaches students about Jellyfish…

Palau’s patrol boat supports Pacific priorities

SYDNEY/KOROR (ADF)—The Australia Defense Force is working closely with the Pacific nation of Palau to enable it to patrol its vast territorial waters and protect vital fisheries from poaching. Australia has a 25-year strong security partnership with Palau, dating back to the handover of the Pacific-class patrol boat PSS President HI Remeliik in 1996. Since…

Aimeliik legislature won’t seat newly elected member

The newly elected legislator of Aimeliik State, Lucio Oisebokel Obakerbau, failed to take his seat in the 12th Aimeliik Legislature yesterday after half of its members failed to show up for the session to approve his credentials before he takes his oath of office. Per legislative procedure, the legislature must adopt a resolution approving a…

Ownership and science at the heart of ‘blue prosperity’ tout Whipps

Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr has touted the nation’s ‘Blue Prosperity’ plan to Pacific leaders and delegates at the Blue Economy roundtable ahead of the Our Oceans conference, starting this Wednesday. In his welcoming address at the roundtable, held at the Ngaramayong Cultural Center, the President spoke of the potential for regional dialogue and stronger…

Governance Strengthening Programs with Local Governments

The Local Governance Strengthening Project (LGSP)—During the recently held LGSP 8th Senior Beneficiary Working Group, the LGSP Pilot State Governors, Speakers, national and external partners together with the Minister of State validated the effectiveness and the need for maintaining the Governance Strengthening Program for the benefit of our State Governments and communities, in especially during…

OEK’s support for solar power purchase agreement sought

One of the five conditions required to effectuate the power purchase agreement by Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) is before Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) for its approval. President Surangel Whipps Jr. requested OEK to authorize the Minister of Finance through a joint resolution to “enter into the Government Support Agreement”—a condition required to execute the…

PAWS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic is going to Peleliu

Palau Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is now holding its 4th Spay/Neuter Mobile Clinic at Peleliu this month from April 15-22, 2022; starting 9am at the Peleliu Youth Center. Due to the Bad Weather that is surrounding Palau. The clinic was possible due to the Australian Embassy, Direct Aid Program. Through their funding, PAWS is able…

Fiji, the subregion’s second-largest economy, is projected to record 7.1% growth in 2022 and 8.5% in 2023. The opening of the country’s borders in December 2021 gives hope for a revival of tourism. Source: File: RNZ

Pacific returns to positive growth as vaccinations, border reopenings strengthen economies in 2022 — ADB

MANILA (ADB)— After two years of recession caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Pacific is expected to return to positive growth this year, according to the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2022, ADB’s flagship economic publication, which was released today. The economies of ADB’s Pacific developing member countries contracted by 0.6% on average in…

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Booker scores 32, Suns eliminate Lakers from playoff race

PHOENIX (AP) — The shots kept falling for Devin Booker, who appeared he was trying to prove a point. The Phoenix Suns are the best team in the NBA this season and, according to the standings, it isn’t particularly close. Booker scored 32 points to lead the Suns to their franchise-record 63rd victory Tuesday night,…

‘We are not interested in dirty money’, Palau President Whipps says

KOROR (ISLAND TIMES)—The response to Palau’s much-ballyhooed digital residency programme has been much slower than expected. So far, 800 people have signed up since the programme went online in January. Although well below the target, that number is passable for now, according to Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr.  “We had zero and now we have…

Scientists urge end to fossil fuel use as landmark IPCC report readied

GENEVA, 04 APRIL 2022 (THE GUARDIAN)—The world must abandon fossil fuels as a matter of urgency, rather than entrusting the future climate to untried “techno-fixes” such as sucking carbon out of the air, scientists and campaigners have urged, as governments wrangled over last-minute changes to a landmark scientific report. Talks on the final draft of…

Bureau of Domestic Affairs, MOS

“ Ngaraard State Governance Clinic: Legislative Strengthening Program” On Wednesday, 30th of March 2022, the Governance Clinic, Legislative Strengthening Program with the House of Delegates and Ngaraard State Government was held at the NgaraChamayong Cultural Center. The Governance Clinic Legislative Strengthening Program is a joint partnership between the Ministry of State and the House of…

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Ambassador Ilana Seid nominated for cross accreditation to Israel

Ambassador Ilana Seid, Palau’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations has been nominated by President Surangel Whipps Jr. for the post of Palau’s Ambassador to the State of Israel. Ambassador Seid, if approved by the Senate, will serve both as Palau’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations as well as Palau’s Ambassador to the State of Israel. In his nomination letter to the Senate,…

Koror State Government leadership convenes. Governor Eyos Rudimch, Speaker Millan Isaack and Legislators, new Ibedul Alexander Merep and the members of HOTL with directors of KSG divisions.

Koror State proposes a 9.2 million dollar budget for FY 2022

Koror State Governor Eyos Rudimch submitted Koror State’s proposed annual budget of $9.2 million for the Fiscal Year 2022.  $9.2 million of the budget is authorized but only 75% (or $6.98 million) is appropriated for expenditure. The sources of funds for the budget include $1.001 million from national government block grants, $3.092 million from state local revenue, and $5.155 million from Koror State Savings…

Taiwan Embassy donates $1K to Ngaraiebong Foundation

Taiwan Embassy donates $1,000 to Ngaraiebong Foundation. March 31, 2022 Ambassador Jessica C. Lee handed over $1,000 cash donation to Ngaraiebong Foundation members in support of foundation’s projects and community awareness of traditional knowledge for Iebukel Hamlet, Ngarchelong. Ngaraiebong Foundation is composed of Ngaraiebong Council of Chiefs. In a simple ceremony at Iebukel Bai ObakraIebukel Lorenzo Ngiramolau foundation President, Vice President Eol Galileo Saiske,…

United resumes weekly flights to Philippines

United Airlines will resume its weekly flights to the Philippines starting this April 1st,  according to flight schedules provided by the Ministry of Human Resources, Culture, Tourism and Development (HRCTD) Minister Ngirai Tmetuchl.  The scheduled flights resumed after the Philippines eased up its COVID-19 restrictions, removing mandatory quarantine and accepting vaccination cards from Palau. Traveling to the Philippines still has additional requirements than it…

MOE to use more technology in the classroom

“We are becoming much more digitally oriented, and what COVID has pointed out to us is that they are a very important part of education,” stated Minister of Education Dr. Dale Jenkins of the Ministry’s decision to incorporate more use of technology in the classrooms. Ministry of Education starts the 2022-23 school year on a new school calendar system, the year-round school starting July…

Marshall Islands breaks away from Micronesian bloc to back Puna for top Forum job

MAJURO/KOROR (ABC) — The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Henry Puna, has been given a lifeline after the Marshall Islands broke ranks from the Micronesian bloc of countries to support the Cook Islanders’ tenure in office. It’s the first public sign of disagreement between Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Palau, and Marshall Islands since they began withdrawing from the Forum…

Belau Association of NGO (BANGO) contract signing December 20, 2021

PAL COVID-19 poor and vulnerable

KOROR, PALAU (25 March 2022) — The Government of Palau Ministry of Finance signed a contract with the Belau Wellness Center Inc. (BWC) to a deliver services for home-bound senior citizens and persons with disabilities.Other nongovernment organizations were also contracted by the Palau Ministry of Finance to support vulnerable groups in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic. These include a contract with SEMESEMEL A KLENGELAKEL…

Ngardok 25th Anniversary opens with Walk and Pick

Ngardok Nature Reserve (NNR), Palau’s only freshwater lake and surrounding jungle located in the state of Melekeok, celebrates 25 years since establishment by Melekeok State Public Law in December 1997. Lake Ngardok, in addition to Ngermedellim Marine Sanctuary, make up the Melekeok Conservation Network (MCN). Activities in recognition of this silver anniversary will be ongoing throughout this year, and the first event opened this…

Photo Caption: Front row L-R: Governor Duane Hideo; Marisol Perez, USAID’s Deputy Coordinator for Pacific Islands and Portia Franz, IOM National Program Support Officer, Middle row L-R: Paula Miller, USAID Country Coordinator-Palau; Waymine Towai, Executive Director, NEMO; Lori Williams, IOM Regional Counter Trafficking Consultant and Wayne Wong, IOM National Program Support Officer. Back row L-Rt: Matthew Kupchick, Our Ocean Advisor and Leon Debengek, NEMO Logistic Officer

IOM strengthens community disaster preparedness through rehabilitation of emergency shelters

Palau – As part of its continued efforts to strengthen community preparedness to natural disasters, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with the National Emergency Management Office and other partners completed the installation of typhoon shutters to three emergency evacuation shelters in Palau. The shutters were installed on doors and windows to ensure the safety of occupants during storms and high winds. The…

No Fukushima Nuclear Discharge: Pacific Elders Voice statement

MELBOURNE (PEV) — We note, with deep concern, Japan’s decision to release treated radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. According to reports, the release of more than a million tonnes of water, which has been filtered to reduce radioactivity, could start in 2023. We reiterate the observation by Secretary General Henry Puna: “Ourultimate goal is to safeguard the…



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PPUC conducts Ngerikiil Townhall meeting

The PPUC team comprised of CEO Frank Kyota and key management and staff conducted a townhall meeting for Ngerikiil residents on Tuesday evening 29th March 2022. Main discussion points included the improvement of water quality after successful installation of a booster pump as well as new rates to be implemented.This particular area in Ngerikiil starting…

Kick-Off Meeting of the Project for Strengthening Capacity in Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction in Palau

The Project for Strengthening Capacity in Non-Revenue Water Reduction in Palau officially began with a kick-off meeting between PPUC representatives and JICA expert team members on Monday 28th March 2022.A few years ago, JICA supported PPUC with a Grant Aid Project for Improvement of the Water Supply System that included installation of new water distribution…

Former Japanese Government Scholarship recipient graduates from the University of the Ryukyus in Japan

Mr. Esilong Ngiraiwet, a former Japanese Government Scholarship recipient between 2014 and 2017, graduated in March 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ryukyus, Global and Regional Studies Faculty in Okinawa, Japan. As a Japanese Government Scholarship recipient, Mr. Ngiraiwet initially studied Japanese language at Bunka Institute of Language in…

PNSB meets with UK Delegation
for Chevening Scholarship

Chairperson Kevin Polloi and the members of the Palau National Scholarship Board met with Political Counsellor Dr. Rebecca Shah during their UK delegation visit to the Republic of Palau on March 8, 2022.  They discussed the British Chevening Scholarship and how the British Embassy would like to see an increase in the numbers of applicants…

Mackenzie Scott Award to MCT

The Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT), along with hundreds of other organizations around the world, has received a significant, unrestricted grant award from philanthropist Ms. MacKenzie Scott. The announcement was made on her blogpost, Medium, on March 23, 2022. The MCT Board of Trustees has authorized the establishment of a Reserves Fund with the generous US$6,000,000…

PAWS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic is going to Peleliu

Palau Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is holding its 4 th Spay/Neuter Mobile Clinic at Peleliu this month from April 08-14, 2022; starting 9am at the Peleliu Youth Center. The clinic was possible due to the Australian Embassy, Direct Aid Program. Through their funding, PAWS is able to do Spay/ Neuter Clinics throughout Palau at the…

PAWS HOLDS THIRD Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinicfor 2022

Palau Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) held its third mobile spay and neuter clinic for 2022 in the Serene and gorgeous state of Melekeok this March 22nd – 25th. The clinic was a great success offering spay and neuter services and general animal health services to many dogs and cats. The clinic was possible as a…

President Whipps joins last Royal Australian Air Force

C-27J Spartan flight before the C-27 J returns to Australia 23 March 2022- His Excellency Surangel Whipps Jr and several senior government members boarded the Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan last Friday. They experienced first-hand the aerial maritime surveillance work the Australian Defence Force has been conducting in the region. Over the past two…

Alexi Meltel, former Intern, returns to PICRC for PhD Research Project

Alexi Meltel, a former PICRC intern, recently returned to the Center for three weeks to conduct field research for her Ph.D. in Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her project explores how Porites lobata, or lobe corals, have adapted to different levels of ocean temperature and acidity in Ngermid Bay. Meltel first joined…

New Australian Embassy staff

23 March 2022- The Australian Embassy would like to extend a warm welcome to its new Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Richard Quinn.  Mr. Quinn joins the Embassy from his most recent post at the Australian Office in Taiwan as the Director for Consular and Administrative Service.  “I look forward to engaging with Palauans in…

Opinion

The promise of debt for climate swaps in the Pacific

SUVA (ESCAP) — The Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) are among the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change. The World Risk Index 2021 ranks several Pacific Island countries among the most at-risk countries, with Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga ranking first, second and third, respectively, and Papua New…

Finding the Pacific in the ‘Indo-Pacific’

Many external powers have attempted to subsume the Pacific into their strategic narratives, but have in the process largely ignored the interests of the islands themselves, Henryk Szadziewski writes. SYDNEY, 24 MARCH 2022 (POLICY FORUM) — Oceania has become the subject of a proliferation of new policies of external powers. The economic presence of the…

A treaty to tame our ‘Wild West’ oceans

By Sam Sachdeva WELLINGTON  (THE NEWSROOM) — As negotiators meet to hash out the final parts of a treaty to protect ocean biodiversity, Pacific leaders say delays in taking action cannot extend any further Talk about the high seas, and many will think of a vast area of lawlessness. But it’s pollution, not pirates, that…

How China is winning the information war in the Pacific

SYDNEY— As China seeks greater influence in the South Pacific, its manipulation of local news outlets is having a serious impact on media independence. Most Pacific media organisations are struggling financially, many journalists have lost their jobs and China is offering a way for them to survive—at the cost of media freedom. It’s not just…

The UN High Seas Treaty could be the Oceans’ last hope

By Rosie Julin NEW YORK, 14 MARCH 2022 (FOREIGN POLICY) — United Nations member states have tried for years to reach a global agreement that would protect marine life on the high seas—those parts of the world’s oceans that fall beyond the jurisdiction of any individual country. The endeavor is seen as hugely important for…

Our Strength is our Unity:

Putin Chose War.  We Remain United with Ukraine. By U.S. Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland This is a dangerous moment for Europe and for freedom-loving people around the world.  By launching his brutal assault on the people of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has also committed an assault on the principles that uphold global peace and democracy.  But the…

Report: Women hold the key to unlocking the potential of sustainable energy in the Pacific

SUVA  (SPC)—The countries and territories of the Pacific share some common energy challenges, but their success in meeting them has been uneven, particularly in rural areas. Addressing the shortfalls will require a renewed focus on women at every stage, as key and informed users, decision-makers, and also engineers of the region’s sustainable energy solutions. Improving…

New IPCC report: we are not prepared for what is coming – Greenpeace International

GENEVA (GREENPEACE)— In the most comprehensive assessment of climate impacts yet, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group II report delivered their latest scientific assessment to world governments today. Focusing on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, the report lays out, in sobering detail, how severe the impacts of climate change already are, causing widespread…

Leadership and the Pacific Way

Will the leadership tussle within the PIF be resolved using the Pacific Way?  Dr Henry Ivarature looks back to a previous era to see if it offers lessons on the current impasse. MELBOURNE, 28 FEBRUARY 2022 (PACIFIC SECURITY COLLEGE) — Reports indicating Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretary General Henry Puna will step down to prevent…

The old order of the Pacific has changed: China has a growing list of friends and ever greater influence

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON (STUFF NZ) — Samoa and China have been building ties for a long time, but whether the relationship is beneficial depends on who you ask. China’s surge into the Pacific region is winning it friends and influence. That has consequences for traditional alliances. National Correspondent Lucy Craymer examines the diplomatic tug-of-war…

A few remarkable wins for Pacific women in local politics

But what is far too often the exception should become the norm.  By Jessica Collins  SYDNEY (THE INTERPRETER) — “A country without a woman MP is not a democratic country”, declared Dame Carol Kidu, Papua New Guinea’s former – and only female – opposition leader, this month. Dame Carol’s comment refers to the current state…

Will Micronesia stay in the Pacific Islands Forum after all?

After a year of deadlock, Micronesian leaders signaled they will hold off on making their departure official. By Gil Rickey SYDNEY (THE DIPLOMAT) — This time last year, the Pacific regional political project faced the greatest crisis of its 50-year history when the five Micronesian members of the blue continent’s foremost intergovernmental organisation, the Pacific…

More than 100 nations take action to save oceans from human harm

BREST (THE GUARDIAN) — Representatives from more than 100 countries have committed to measures aimed at preserving the ocean from human harm, including stepping up the fight against illegal fishing, cutting plastic pollution and better protecting international waters. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, hosting the high-level session of the One Ocean summit on Friday, said…


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