Recent addition to Palau workforce

Palau is blessed to welcome four Palauan university graduates who completed their higher education degrees in the Philippines. These graduates […]

Come and walk in my shoes!

Sitting inside my car in midafternoon sun sobbing my eyes out, a grown adult and here I am crying because […]

Over $6 million in HLDP claims requested

Over $6 million dollars in Interest Loss, Subsidy and Expenses is being requested from the Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) for Housing Loan Development Program (HLDP) by National Development Bank of Palau and Palau Housing Authority.Palau Housing Authority is claiming $2,088,975.28 dollars reimbursement for subsidies and interest losses incurred in administrating 73 housing loans worth over […]

VP OEK Governors 1st Meeting

Monday, 15th February 2021, the Senate with the House of Delegate and the Vice President / Minister of State convene the first meeting with the State Governors […]


Someone said, “If you live for people’s acceptance you will die from their rejection.”I wrote in my journal the following: “There are many features in my character […]

Angaur hosts US Air Force

Following last week’s Air Force “combat-turn” exercises at Palau International Airport, this week has seen a continuation […]

PPUC donated bucket

February 16, 2021.–    The Division of Media & Information Services/EPFM 87.9/Ngerel Belau would like to take this opportunity to extends it great […]

FSM to start exit process from PIF

The Federated States of Micronesia is beginning the process of parting ways with the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the government statement said on Wednesday  […]

CROSS Act to focus on unemployment assistance

The CROSS Act (Coronavirus Relief One-Stop-Shop) two months’ extension will focus on unemployment relief and Temporary Work program, according to Minister of Finance, Kaleb Udui Jr. The law covers 2 months period, February and March of this year with a budget of  $1.5 million.  First checks are said to be issued this mid-February. “We do […]

Adachi declares for Koror State Governor

Former Koror State Governor Yoshitaka Adachi yesterday officially announced his candidacy for the Office of the Governor of Koror in the upcoming 12th General Election in November 2021. He is the second candidate to publicly announce his candidacy after Jennifer Sugiyama who made her declaration last month. Former Governor Adachi made his public declaration through […]

COFA negotiations on hold

Negotiations for the 2nd Compact Review Agreement under the Compact of Free Association (COFA) is on hold while Palau wait for the new United States administration to settle in and come back to the negotiation table, this according to President Surangel Whipps Jr. on the status of the COFA negotiations. On Palau side, Whipps said […]

Taiwan throws more support behind Palau’s vaccination plan

This week, in the midst of ongoing talks of opening a “sterile corridor”, the Government of Taiwan contributed funds and supplies to Palau’s fight against COVID, including $500 thousand in support of the vaccination effort, and 6 thousand Antigen Rapid Test kits donated from a Taiwanese manufacturer. The 6 thousand test kits, which were delivered […]

Syringes and a package with the vaccine from AstraZeneca are ready and waiting at the fourth vaccination center in Berlin at Tegel Airport, Germany, Wednesday, Feb.10, 2021. At the beginning, mainly nursing staff and medical personnel will be vaccinated against the coronavirus here. (Kay Nietfeld/Pool via AP)

AstraZeneca working to adapt vaccine to new strains

LONDON (AP) — AstraZeneca said Thursday it’s working with the University of Oxford to adapt its COVID-19 vaccine to protect against […]

Journey Begins Within

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.  – Anais Nin It’s […]

MOH health screening clinic open tonight for walk-ins

The Ministry of Health (MOH), along with the Civic Action Team (CAT), will conduct free health screening tonight for walk-in patients, at the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) in Medalaii, Koror.The screening will involve checkups conducted by the new Civic Action […]

A safer treatment of COVID-19 in Palau

Strengthening response capacity to coronavirus across the tiny island nationAs we approach the one-year mark since the first COVID-19 cases were reported around the globe, Palau still remains coronavirus-free. Yet, like other countries in the Pacific, the Government of Palau is […]

Mindszenty and Maris Stella accredited by WASC

The Catholic Mission Schools of Palau, Mindszenty High School (MHS) and Maris Stella School, have both been granted a six-year accreditation status by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association […]

Updates on Testing and Quarantine in Palau

The Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to provide the public with the following updates on testing and quarantine of individuals in Palau in the past week:• Five (5) military […]

Pacific Islands’ Most Important Megaphone Falls Into Discord

The future of an 18-nation group is in doubt after Palau abandoned it over a leadership dispute. By Damien Cave SYDNEY, Australia (@2020 The New York Times)— The Pacific Islands’ most important regional body is on the brink of collapse after a dispute over the election of a new leader led the nation of Palau […]

Lawmaker: Marshalls must pull out of Forum

MAJURO, 08 FEBRUARY 2021 (MARIANAS VARIETY) — The Marshall Islands must withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum to maintain its integrity, said an opposition lawmaker Saturday.“If we don’t do anything, we will be the laughing stock of the Forum, and our neighbors (in the Micronesia sub-region) won’t trust us,” said David Paul, who represents Kwajalein […]

Four members elected to serve on Guam Visitors Bureau board of directors

HAGATNA, 08 FEBRUARY 2021 (GUAM PACIFIC DAILY NEWS) — Four people were elected to serve on the Guam Visitors Bureau board of directors for a two-year term.The election was conducted virtually through the platform Election Runner.“The Guam Visitors Bureau values the voices that collectively represent our tourism industry, and we will make sure everyone is […]

MHS celebrates Cultural Day

In observance of Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration which includes Catholic schools in Palau and the US, students from Mindszenty High School (MHS) were guided by local instructors at the Bureau of Agriculture, the Palau Livestock Association, and Airai community in the traditional arts of food prep.   Cultural Day, which began yesterday morning […]

Quarantine breach reports dispelled

Reports that a traveler under quarantine at a designated hotel breached quarantine by leaving the premises and going to town were dismissed by MOH EOC in the press release yesterday. MOH EOC did confirm that violation did occur when a person under quarantine tossed down items to a person outside the hotel which is against […]


PPUC disconnects power to Koror State Gov’t offices

Koror State Finance Director Kevin Chin confirmed that Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) did disconnect power to some of Koror State Government’s offices and facilities yesterday due to non-payment. “It was due to an error, we missed the disconnection notice date,” expressed Mr. Chin.  He adamantly denied the rumors that payment check bounced. PPUC confirmed […]

200% tax increase proposed for alcohol beverages

A bill to increase taxes on beers and liquors has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Hokkons Baules. The bill proposes to increase tax on non-fruit based drinks by 200% and reduce tax on fruit based alcohol drinks by 50%. The Senate bill seek to raise import taxes on beers from 3 cents per […]

Cope North Exercise: Palau’s role in the “evolving” US military strategy in the Pacific

Exercise Cope North, an annual multilateral Air Force training exercise, is deploying airmen to enable F-35 stealth fighters to conduct “hub and spoke” operations at Palau International Airport in the coming month, says Brigadier General Jeremy T. Sloane, Commander of the 36th Wing at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. The exercise will also deploy eight […]

MCCA to undergo transformation under re-alignment

Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs(MCCA) will undergo transformation under the new government’s re-alignment process, reported President Surangel Whipps Jr. at this week’s press conference.  As promised, Whipps said he will be introducing legislations to “re-align” government divisions, bureaus and ministries in order to ensure that programs are “focused and directed at those in need […]

BOFI hauls in 3-ton tuna catch

Belau Offshore Fishers Inc. (BOFI), established last year as the “sole administrator for tuna” in Palau, offloaded a three-ton catch of yellowfin and big-eye tuna between Monday and Tuesday of this week. The three tons of fish were brought ashore at BOFI’s market at Rebaimelachel in Malakal, and around half of the haul was sold […]

What is PIF and do we care?

This week, 9 out of 18 countries that are members of the Pacific Island Forum voted former prime minister of Cook Islands, Henry Puna as Secretary General of PIF.  8 countries that include 5 Micronesian countries and 3 from […]

A Rubak a Osebechekled e NgelseuidIn Him all things consist

He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created […]

Domestic tourism on the rise

SAIPAN, (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) — Over the years, tourism has been the main economic driver for the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI). Attracting visitors from neighbouring Asian countries such as Japan, Korea and China has always been the […]

PCC student Adrian Ililau to complete Field Studies at PICRC

On January 11, 2021, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) welcomed Palau Community College (PCC) student Adrian Ililau, who will be completing his Internship and Field Studies in the Environment/Marine Science Program at PICRC.Adrian is a sophomore, pursuing a major in Environmental/Marine Science. Under the mentorship of Researcher Victor Nestor, Mr. Ililau will learn […]

It’s Micronesia’s turn to head the Forum: Tong

By Samisoni Pareti SUVA, (ISLANDS BUSINESS) — As Pacific leaders meet Wednesday this week to try and select the next head of the Pacific Islands Forum, former Kiribati Leader Anote Tong weighs in on what has been a divisive process.Long-time President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says it’s Micronesia’s turn to head the Pacific Islands Forum.“There […]


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As the vaccine era begins, 8 Pacific island nations remain Covid-free

HAGATNA (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) — Eight island nations in the Pacific region are the last survivors of the brutal Covid-19 pandemic that has infected 98 million, including 2 million deaths, around the world since last year.Palau, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu remain coronavirus-free as the world community enters the vaccine era.The […]

Bank of Guam closes two locations

HAGATNA,(MARIANAS VARIETY) — After nearly 40 years of serving residents and businesses in Guam’s the northern community, Bank of Guam officially closed their Dededo and Harmon branches.Over the years, the bank has invested heavily in its digital banking capabilities to deliver greater accessibility, convenience and security to its customers. The pandemic-related demand for digital options […]

CNMI casino faces sale of assets over wage woes

HAGATNA, 01 FEBRUARY 2021 (RNZ PACIFIC) — A casino operator in the Northern Marianas (CNMI), Imperial Pacific International (IPI), will be forced to sell off its assets if it fails to pay the more than US$1.2 million it owes by the beginning of March.The U.S. District Court for the NMI has ordered the company to […]

Suriname Could Be Latest Big Oil Find as Industry Cuts Costs

The small South American country has become a hot prospect for oil companieslooking to produce fossil fuels while spending less. By Clifford Krauss (@2020 The New York Times) The Atlantic waters off Guyana have become one of the world’s hottest oil-drilling zones. Now, international oil executives are looking at neighboring Suriname.Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, […]

Jokic has 47 points, Nuggets end Jazz winning streak at 11

DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray tossed the ball at Michael Malone in mild disgust. Will Barton urged Nikola Jokic to keep scoring until he reached 50 points.Jokic’s teammates wanted him to reach the mark much more than he did. He was just happy Denver ended Utah’s 11-game winning streak.“Hopefully, I’m going to score when we […]

Palau Leads Vaccine Race

Palau is leading the COVID-19 vaccination coverage, as part of the United States Operation Warp Speed, with 17 percent of its population having been vaccinated, according to the latest vaccination tracker. In the world, Palau is also one of the nations to vaccinate a higher percentage of its population, joining Israel and the Vatican. Israel […]

Temporary working-dog facility finished, permanent facility to come

The temporary working-dog facility to shelter the eight K9 drug-and-bomb-detecting dogs is scheduled for completion today, behind the Customs Office in Malakal. The facility contains kennels which will shelter the dogs as they are transferred from their previous location in Ngesekes. However, Director Ismael Aguon of the Narcotics Enforcement Agency (NEA) says that the location […]

Heart Health

I’ve been following The Chosen on YouTube.  It is a series of the life of Christ and his chosen disciples.  Peter and Andrew, James and John – the famous two […]

Embassy of Japan to hold the 11th Japan Fair

The Embassy of Japan in Palau wishes to announce the 11th Japan Fair scheduled on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at Ngarachamayong Cultural Center from 1:20-4:00pm (Door opens at 1:00pm). This event is held every year with the aim to promote cultural exchanges and to further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and Palau. Unfortunately, we […]

Palau deny claims of abandonment of flagged ship crew

Palau denied the allegations by International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) claiming that Palau has “failed to do its job” by failing to step in to help the crew of a ship registered in Palau.An article “Crew Abandoned for 11 Months Calls for Action Staging a Hunger Strike” in ITF’s online news the Maritime Executive, claims […]

Leaving House in Order

Last week, President Remengesau handed over to the new President of the Republic Surangel Whipps Jr., the responsibilities and authorities of the Office of the President symbolized by Palau flag, an adze, Palau’s Constitution in a carved wooden tray.The transition to new government comes in the midst of a pandemic that have laid siege to […]

Tourism operators to train on Pandemic Safety Regulations

Tourism operators in Palau will be trained on the guidelines for receiving a Pandemic Safety Certification, which will qualify businesses to handle tourists during a pandemic. Tri-Org, a collaboration between the Bureau of Tourism (BOT), Palau Visitors Authority (PVA), and Palau Chamber of Commerce (PCOC), will be conducting training sessions. The National Pandemic Safety Regulation […]

Taiwan, Palau ties will grow ‘strength to strength’ – Minister Wu

Taiwan and Palau’s bilateral relationship will go further from “strength to strength,” Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said following his attendance at President Surangel Whipps Jr.’s inauguration last week.“And if you listen to his (President Whipps) inaugural address, I am more confident than ever in thinking that we have a lot more to do and the […]

Diplomatic allies congratulate Whipps on inauguration

A host of Palau’s democratic allies have issued congratulatory messages to President Surangel Whipps Jr., who was inaugurated yesterday at the Capitol in Ngerulmud. A message from former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referenced Palau’s role in promoting a “free and open Indo-Pacific region”, a phrase which President Whipps himself used in his welcoming […]

PNCC donates to PICRC

The Palau International Coral Reef Center is grateful to accept a donation of $1,000 from the Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC). For all the […]

Family of late Adalbert Eledui donates to PICRC

The Palau International Coral Reef Center is grateful to accept a generous donation of $150 from the family of the late Senator Adelbairekeseoaol Adalbert Eledui. Adelbairekeseoaol Adalbert Eledui was one of Palau’s conservation pioneers. He was instrumental in the creation of the Palau International Coral Reef Center in 1998, as well as a founder of […]

Japan and Palau signed approx. $4.8 million Grant Aid Contract for the Improvement of Maritime Domain Awareness in Palau

On January 19th, 2021, His Excellency KARASAWA Akira, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Palau, and Honorable Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg, Minister of State of the Republic of Palau, exchanged notes on the Japan’s grant aid of up to 500 million yen (approximately $4.8 million) for the purpose of the implementation of “The Economic and […]


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Taiwan reports 2 locally transmitted cases

Taiwan last week reported two locally transmitted cases of COVID-19, one doctor and a nurse. According to reports from Taiwan, a 30-year old doctor is suspected to have acquired the virus from his patient that had COVID-19.Reports also said that after contacting and testing 464 people in the hospital that the doctor may have come […]

The Extraordinary Courage of Aleksei Navalnyd px

After a near-fatal poisoning, Russia’s top dissident steps back into the bear’s den.By The Editorial BoardThe 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. (@2020 The New York Times) Aleksei Navalny knew he would be arrested as […]

Fijian diplomat elected President of the UN Human Rights Council

GENEVA, 18 JANUARY 2021 (PACNEWS) — Fijian diplomat serving in Geneva, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan has been elected President of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in a secret ballot Friday.All 47 members of the Geneva-based human rights body cast their vote to appoint its president for 2021 – the Council’s 15th annual cycle.Ambassador Khan […]

Samoans warned against get rich quickly pyramid schemes

APIA, 18 JANUARY 2021 (PACNEWS) — Samoa’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour has issued a public warning against several pyramid selling schemes currently operating in the country.These include re-gifting of money and recruitment of participants to produce financial rewards.“Pyramid selling and similar schemes are illegal ‘get rich quick’ scams that can end up costing […]



Disappointing Chinese vaccine results pose Setback for developing world

Brazil says CoronaVac has an efficacy rate just over 50 percent, much lower than previously announced. More than 380 million doses have already been ordered. By Sui-Lee Wee and Ernesto Londoño Scientists in Brazil have downgraded the efficacy of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine that they hailed as a major triumph last week, diminishing hopes for a shot that […]

Bureau of Marine Resources and Ebiil Society replant Trochus in Ngarchelong

Trochus (Trochus niloticus) is well-known throughout the Pacific as a valuable economic and food resource of the fisheries sector—its shell used to make handicrafts and buttons and its meat to make seafood. Due to its snail-like characteristics in shallow reef, wild trochus populations are prone to overfishing. The Bureau of Marine Resources (BMR) is mandated […]

Six PHS Students join PICRC to gain on-the-job experience

On January 11, 2021, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) welcomed Palau High School (PHS) students Syerabe Humio, Ivan Kubarii, Kesiil Thomas, Sarina Masaichi, Aalliyah Miller, and Lwaylynn Feliciano, who will be completing their Career Practicum at the Center. The Career Practicum is a Work-Based Activity program offered to all seniors at PHS. By […]

Color Blind 2

You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring you. Nothing seemed right.  What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean.  Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.  It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you […]

Whipps picks Landisang Kotaro as Chief of Staff

House Speaker Sabino Anastacio announced during a session yesterday that President-elect Surangel Whipps Jr. has named Landisang Kotaro to be his Chief of Staff. The announcement will make Ms. Kotaro- the current head of President-elect’s Transition Committee Secretariat- as the first woman to hold that position.“I would like to announce to you that that we […]

Family boat found after missing for two days

A boat belonging to Lavender Benge and her husband Bion Blunt, stolen over the weekend from PC dock, was found yesterday at Ngardmau after it has been reported missing for two days. The boat was said to have been stolen sometime on Saturday night early Sunday morning according to information shared by the family. The […]

MOH continues COVID-19 vaccination

The Ministry of Health (MOH) continues with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, aiming to vaccinate a total of 1,400 individuals by the end of this week.Gaafar Uherbelau, MOH Emergency Operation Center’s (EOC) Deputy Incident Commander told reporters last week that vaccination will be conducted Monday to Saturday this week.“ There will be vaccination everyday from Monday […]

MOH plans for “prevention programs” for Palau’s communities

In tandem with the renovation of three dispensaries, the Ministry of Health (MOH), in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), is seeking to provide “prevention programs” to supply health education to Palau’s States.Medical professionals based in the community health centers will host a combination of seminars, nutrition-based advertisements, and other community-outreach […]

New National Landfill to start operation soon

The newly-constructed national landfill in Aimeliik, measuring 280 meters by 280 meters, is set begin operation as Palau’s new National Landfill within the next month, hopefully by late January or early February, says the Bureau of Public Works.The Aimeliik landfill has been ready to accommodate 384,898 cubic meters of waste since its ribbon-cutting ceremony in […]

Court reverse ruling on Ngerteluang case

Confirms transfer land to Shallum Etpison as valid The Trial Court in December 2020, reversed its decision on the Ngerteluang Clan case and confirmed that the transfer of land from the descendants of Mekesong and her siblings of the Ngerteluang Clan to Shallum Etpison is valid and that the descendants Mekesong and her siblings are […]


Australian Embassy new employee

The Australian Embassy would like to extend a warm welcome to its new Office Manager, and the Embassy’s first employee, Ms Lila Ucheliou Demei. Ms Demei graduated from Palau Community College and has dedicated the past 15 years to international relations working as a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of State and most recently […]

PICRC continues the New Year with new and ongoing projects

As the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) celebrates its 20th Anniversary, the Center looks forward to continuing its mandate to guide the efforts that support coral reel stewardship through research. In addition, PICRC continues to strive to achieve its vision of empowering the people of Palau with scientific knowledge through education and outreach efforts, […]

A visit to Omucheltekoi in Peleliu

On January 05 (Tuesday), members of the Society of Historians and members of the Palau Cultural and Historical Advisory Board were able to make a one-day visit to Peleliu to visit their fellow colleagues Mr. Smau Amalei Ngirngesang, Mr. Tangerkoi Hesus, and to visit and clean the Omucheltekoi sacred cultural site in Peleliu. The Governor […]

The Micronesia Conservation Trust Congratulates 2020 BRMC Graduate

December 30, 2020 – The Micronesia Conservation Trust and partners of the Micronesia Challenge (MC) are proud to congratulate, Lincy Lee Marino, for completing her graduate program as a recipient of the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge (BRMC) Scholarship. The Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge (BRMC) Scholarship Program was inspired by William (Bill) Charles Raynor (Feb. 22nd, […]

EQPB: Clarity and Efficiency

On Thursday, December 31, 2020, the six members of Environmental Quality Protection Board (EQPB or Board) met in an Executive Session for final discussion and the unanimous passage of the EQPB SSOP or Selected Operation Policies and Procedures.  The SOPP are policies and procedures designed to “provide greater clarity and efficiency to conduct its business”.  […]

Taiwan Embassy funds $3.89M for Eighteen Taiwan Stimulus Projects

Ambassador Wallace M.G. Chow of the ROC (Taiwan) presented one stimulus grant check of 3,896,000 US dollars to Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang on Wednesday, January 5, 2021. Eighteen Taiwan-funded projects in this action are Aimeliik Meltelatel Road, Aimeliik Mongami Road, Melekeok Road Improvements(Ngerubesang-Dispensary), Ngaraard Ngesang-Elab Road, Ngaraard Ulimang-Ngkeklau Road Improvements, Ngaraard Elab Community Center, […]

Atalanta Sosnoff dontates to PICRC for second year in a row

On December 23, on behalf of Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Corporation, Mr. Kamani Kuala’au donated a generous $2,200 to the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). This is the second year in a row that Atalanta Sosnoff donates to the Center’s operations, supporting research and educational efforts in particular.Founded in 1981, Atalanta Sosnoff is a corporation […]

Taiwan delivers stimulus grant of $1.3M

Ambassador Wallace M.G. Chow of the ROC (Taiwan) presented one stimulus grant check of 1,334,000 US dollars to Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang on Thursday, December 31, the last day of year 2020.Twelve Taiwan-funded projects in this action are Ngarchelong Ngerbau Recreational Park Development, Airai Recreational Park Development Project, Ngaraard Ngerchokl Visitor Attraction Site Development […]

PICRC welcomes Jeremiah Ngiratreged as newest employee

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) has welcomed another new staff member this year. Jeremiah Ngiratreged joins PICRC as a member of the team overseeing the implementation of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS). He works as the PNMS Surveillance and Enforcement Officer; whose job is to manage and coordinate operations within the Maritime […]

A visit to Mariar Ancient traditional village

On December 29, 2020 (Tuesday), As part of the ongoing historical sites survey and reconnaissance survey work  of the  Bureau of Cultural and Historical Preservation (BCHP), Ministry of Community & Cultural Affairs (MCCA),  Minister  Baklai Temengil-Chilton hosted a day visit with all the residence Ambassadors in Palau with Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland of the United States […]


Why China Turned Against Jack Ma

The Alibaba chief paid for pushing back against Beijing. But the shift in attitude also speaks to a growing wealth gap and diminished opportunities for the young.By Li Yuan(@ 2020 The New York Times) In China, Jack Ma is synonymous with success. The English teacher turned internet entrepreneur is the country’s richest person. He founded […]

The Risks of the Covid Vaccine, in Context

We should expect some people to experience side effects. The shot is still safer than the disease. By Aaron E. Carroll Dr. Carroll is a pediatrician, a professor and a contributing opinion writer. (The New York Times @2020) At this point, most of us have heard about allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines: the doctor in […]

Cautious Optimism for 2021

As we take a step into 2021, we leave an unprecedented year behind  and enter one that is full of uncertainties, and we do so with cautious optimism. With vaccine roll out at its initial stage, there’s optimism that the end of the COVID 19 pandemic maybe just around the corner but at the same […]

China’s aggressive move against Australia

By Jamie Seidel CANBERRA, 21 DECEMBER 2020 (NEWS.COM.AU)—-Beijing’s monster fishing fleet has long since stripped its own waters bare. Now it is aggressively prowling the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans for a catch. And it is coming to Australia.It grabs as much as it can. As fast as it can. Wherever it can. Not that […]

Australia’s practical action on climate change

2020 has been an extraordinary year. It has tested all of our resolve to tackle global challenges.On 11 December, Australia’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison joined other Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders at the High-Level Roundtable on climate change. This was an important opportunity for Pacific countries, including Australia and the Republic of Palau, […]

UN secretary general: humanity faces climate ‘suicide’ without U.S rejoining Paris agreement

By Mark Hertsgaard NEW YORK,04 DECEMBER 2020 (THE GUARDIAN)—“The way we are moving is a suicide,” the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, said in an interview on Monday, and humanity’s survival will be “impossible” without the United States rejoining the Paris agreement and achieving “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, as the incoming Biden […]

Engage us in decision-making: Pacific youth

SUVA, 30 NOVEMBER 2020 (SPC)—Youth from the Pacific need to be engaged in decision-making on biodiversity and conservation issues. This was raised at a youth session held on 26 November as part of the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas.Youth speakers Tyle Rae Chung, Genevieve Jiva and Miliana Iga urged leaders […]

ADB to provide US$94 million to boost disaster resilience in Pacific

MANILA (ADB)— The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved US$94 million in contingent disaster financing (CDF) for the third phase of the Pacific Disaster Resilience Programme to help boost disaster resilience in the region.Phase 3 of the programme provides another round of financing for the Pacific members who drew down on their CDF Programmes for […]

Facebook: Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

Pacific governments face a crucial dilemma with social media. How they react will define our future. PORT VILA (ASIA GRIFFITH INSTITUTE) — The decision this week by Solomon Islands’ cabinet to ban Facebook is wrong, of course. It represents an unwarranted restriction on fundamental human rights. The Solomon Islands Constitution is clear about the “freedom […]

The Pacific Islands Forum leadership: who and for what?

Written by Sadhana Sen SUVA, 12 NOVEMBER 2020 (DEVPOLICY.ORG) — Five nations from the region have nominated candidates for the position of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat to replace the incumbent, Papua New Guinea’s Dame Meg Taylor, whose contract ends in January 2021.The holder of the position is essentially the Pacific […]

Make Puerto Rico a State Now

With a historic vote, its people staked their claim to statehood. By Christina D. Ponsa-KrausDr. Ponsa-Kraus is a professor at Columbia Law School.oo (2020 @The New York Times) Like all Americans, the people of Puerto Rico went to the polls on Tuesday. But unlike their fellow citizens, Puerto Ricans cannot vote for the president, or […]

US Pacific Presence: The Dark Side of the Compacts of Free Association

In the upcoming COFA negotiations, the U.S. will paint its economic assistance to the North Pacific as purely altruistic. History tells a different story. By Erin Thomas AUCKLAND, 29 OCTOBER 2020 (THE DIPLOMAT)—In a recent International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) report, a team of over 31 collaborating organisations worked to illuminate the inequalities […]

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Sam’s Tours 4th Dive Camp 2020

Palau Pledge/Friends of Palau National Marine Sanctuary (FPMNS) and Sam’s Tours collaborated together this winter break to launch the 4 th Palau […]

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