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OEK stops Pension contributions increase

Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK-national congress) passed House Joint Resolution 11-16-3S stopping Civil Service Pension Plan from increasing government and semi-government employee contributions from 6% to 7%. Civil Service Pension Plan Board […]

Denial rights limits development: Whipps

In his first address at the United Nations General Assembly, President Surangel Whipps Jr. recognized the role the UN had in Palau’s independent movement and called out the limits of Palau’s Compact of Free […]

Man found dead in jail

A 39-year old male, was found dead in an isolation room in Koror jail on Wednesday morning, September 22nd.   Buck Miller, who was brought into custody early morning of Wednesday by Patrol Officers, was […]

Mechesil Belau to hold its 28th conference

Mechesil Belau will hold its 28th conference next week.  The yearly 2-day event will be held on September 29 to 30, 2021 with a theme, “Issues and Matters for discussions, plans and action that […]

Quarterly assessments are waste of time: Jenkins

By: Eoghan Olkeriil Ngirudelsang “To be brutally frank, they are not the best use of instructional time” expressed Minister of Education Dale Jenkins regarding quarterly tests. “It is clear they were not used to […]

Poets and Songwriters

Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God. Only he who sees takes off his shoes. The rest sit around and pluck […]

Queensland state Deputy Premier Steven Miles, center, waves to the public gallery after the vote for the Voluntary Assisted Dying bill at Queensland Parliament in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. Voluntary euthanasia became legal in a fifth Australian state more than 20 years after the country repealed the world’s first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. (Darren England/AAP Image via AP)

Another Australian state legalizes voluntary euthanasia

SPACE

The word ‘Space’ in Hebrew means SALVATION.  I believe it’s GOD’S way of giving us space to move and […]

CNMI reaches 80 percent vaccination rate

SAIPAN, 13 SEPTEMBER 2021 (MARIANAS VARIETY)–Hopwood Middle School seventh grader Divine Baxter on Friday received her second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine which means that at least […]

Stafford leads LA Rams past Bears 34-14 in dynamic debut

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Stafford’s second pass for the Los Angeles Rams traveled 53 majestic yards through the air and dropped right into the hands of Van Jefferson, who fell down untouched, stood up and scored. The Rams have bet their future on Stafford being the key to turning a good team into a […]

Fans holds signs during the first half of an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Tailgating, face-painted fans back in force at NFL stadiums

Tailgating, face-painted fans returned in full force at stadiums around the country as the NFL opened its doors to capacity for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. Some wore masks, some didn’t. Some are vaccinated, some aren’t. Restrictions varied in different cities with the Seattle Seahawks, Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints the […]

7 new law enforcement officers sworn-in

Seven new law enforcement officers were sworn-in yesterday during the Police Formation and Oath Affirmation Ceremony. The new officers are Humio Kebekol, Carson S. […]

Frank Kyota appointed CEO of PPUC

Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Frank Kyota, a former Senator and former general manager of IP&E Palau. […]

Cross Act may extend to December

There is interest in OEK to extend CROSS Act beyond September 30, on toward December, according to Minister of Finance Kaleb Udui Jr. Minister Udui added […]

NEC adds two new members

National Emergency Committee (NEC) added two more members, bringing total members to 30. Executive Order 457 signed by President Surangel Whipps Jr. included […]

Largest Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ship scheduled to anchor at Malakal Bay from Sept. 2-4

On the 1st September 2021, the Indo-Pacific Deployment (IPD) unit of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) composing of three ships, “JS KAGA,” one of the largest ship in JMSDF,“JS MURASAME” and “JS SHIRANUI” conducted a goodwill exercise with two Palauan patrol ships, “PSS KEDAM” and “PSS REMELIK II”. Through this first goodwill exercise between Japan and Palau in history, the two countries further deepened a bilateral defense cooperation to realize “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.

The IPD unit is expected to anchor at Malakal Bay, Koror State, where the public will be able to see them from Icebox Park and on your boat from 9:00 on Thursday, 2nd September to 13:30 on Saturday, 4th September.

H.E. Surangel S. Whipps, President of the Republic of Palau and other Palauan top government officials are expected to take a look at the three Japan’s ships from the Palauan ship, “PSS KEDAM”.

During its visit to Palau, the IPD unit will take all the necessary preventive measures against COVID-19 to comply with the regulation of Palau.

[Information of the three Japanese ships]
1 JS KAGA
Number of Crew: 375 persons
Displacement: 19,950 tons
Length: 248.0 meters, Width: 38.0 meters,
Depth:23.5 meters, Draught: 7.2 meters

2 JS MURASAME
Number of Crew: 175 persons
Displacement: 4,550 tons
Length: 151.0 meters, Width: 17.4 meters,
Depth: 10.9 meters, Draught: 5.2 meters
(MURASAME: Photo by JMSDF)
3 JS SHIRANUI
Number of Crew: 166 persons
Displacement: 5.050 tons
Length: 151.0 meters, Width: 18.3 meters,
Depth: 10.9 meters, Draught: 5.4 meters

Vanuatu and U.S. to negotiate project proposals

PORT VILA (VANUATU DAILY POST) — An agreement has been signed for Vanuatu and USA to negotiate projects to be implemented in Vanuatu. The government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, signed this agreement […]

Fight for nuclear justice in the Pacific continues

MAJURO (ABC)—Marshall Islands’ National Nuclear Commissioner says her country and the Pacific continue to feel the pain from the legacy of nuclear tests by the United States and its allies. Speaking after the ‘International Day against Nuclear […]

Josiah Madlutk wins the Ngeremlengui State Scholarship for SY 2021-2022

This is the 5th year that the Palau National Scholarship Board has administered the Ngeremlengui State Scholarship (NSS). The Government of Ngeremlengui State created this scholarship to support its young people in reaching their educational goals. The eligibility criteria require the recipient to be a graduating high school senior from Ngeremlengui, State, with at least […]

Taiwanese tourists being briefed before taking COVID-19 vaccine in Palau from the excess vaccine stocks that are set to expire in a few weeks.

Nearly 1000 Pfizer vaccines to expire September 3

About 1000 COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer will expire on September 3rd based on previous reports from the Ministry of Health.  These were […]

The LIES

Hyper-vigilance is a harsh master. It’s like you’re never at ease with yourself. Kede Kora di […]

A firefighter is dwarfed by an aerial drop at the the Chaparral Fire in Murrieta which still blazes, Sunday, August 29, 2021. Several homes appear to be evacuated in the area. (Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register via AP)

Lake Tahoe threatened by massive fire, more ordered to flee

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials ordered more evacuations around the Tahoe Basin Sunday evening as crews dealt with a two-week old blaze they said was “more aggressive than anticipated,” and continued to edge toward the pristine waters of […]

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge dies aged 79

BRUSSELS/LAUSANNE, 30 AUGUST 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) —Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, who led the organisation from 2001 to 2013, has died at the age of 79. The Belgian served as the eighth President of the IOC for […]

Court deny Teodoro’s motion for dismissal

Attorney General’s Office will proceed with criminal charges against Teddy Teodoro after the court denied Teodoro’s motion for dismissal this week. Teddy Teodoro was charged with Trafficking of Controlled Substance […]

Seid representative to the UN

Ilana Seid sworn in yesterday as the new Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Ms. Seid received full Senate support with 13 votes in favor of her resolution.

Whipps terminates PPLA Board

President Surangel Whipps Jr. has terminated three (3) Palau Public Land Authority Board members after they refused to submit their courtesy resignations.  The three board members terminated were Debed Luii, Sakai Ngirchokebai and Madraisau Sulial.  Three who submitted resignations instead of being terminated were former governor of Ngchesar and Chairman of PPLA Board Florencio Adelbai, […]

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Guam reports 314 new Covid cases, 27 hospitalizations in two days

HAGATNA (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES)—-Amid the raging debate over Governor Lou Leon’s Guerrero’s controversial new vaccine policy, Guam has reported a total of 314 new Covid-19 positive cases, with 27 hospital admissions and another coronavirus-related death.  Guam’s Covid Area Risk score is now 18.2. The Joint Information Centre (JIC) on Monday reported the death of an […]

Kiribati passes and enacts Cybercrime Act 2021

TARAWA (RADIO KIRIBATI) — The Kiribati Parliament has passed and enacted the   Cybercrime Bill 2021 after its first reading in April and second reading on 23 August 2021, now known as the Cybercrime Act 2021. A statement from the Ministry of Information, Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MICTTD) said the new Act provides provisions […]

Court deny Teodoro’s motion for dismissal

Attorney General’s Office will proceed with criminal charges against Teddy Teodoro after the court denied Teodoro’s motion for dismissal this week. Teddy Teodoro was charged with Trafficking of Controlled Substance and Possession of Controlled Substance based on an incident […]

Don’t Consider Palau a Zero Risk Place

By Pingyuan “Edward” Lu (Director of Public Health Office, HSVG Mission) Many worldwide well-known experts and celebrities emphasized last year that vaccines would be the only solution to eradicate the COVID pandemic. Guam’s recent case surge and Palau’s latest confirmed cases flying in from Guam have proven “the wonder shot” theory may be not so […]

PNG Churches opposes resumption of death penalty

The only Pacific nations that still have the death penalty enshrined in law, are Tonga and Papua New Guinea, although it has been decades since either country has carried out an execution. But as Tonga’s parliament considers a proposal law to introduce capital punishment for serious drug offences, the issue is back in the spotlight […]

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Fifteen charged in Tonga cocaine investigation

NUKU’ALOFA, 23 AUGUST 2021 (RNZ PACIFIC)—The first packets of cocaine were handed over to Tonga Police last month triggering a large search operation on the outer island. A total of 15 people – 12 […]

President Panuelo directs FSM COVID-19 Task Force to extend vaccination timelines for Social Security beneficiaries to Sept. 30th, 2021

FSM Health to Develop Uniform Tool for Special Exemptions from Vaccination PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On August 18th, 2021, His Excellency David W. Panuelo—President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)—signed a Directive to the Chair of the FSM COVID-19 Task Force extending the mandatory requirement for FSM Social Security beneficiaries to receive their COVID-19 vaccination to September […]

Value of Pacific Islands Forum emphasized

SUVA/HAGATNA(RNZ PACIFIC) — The Pacific Islands Forum is a crucial power in the goal to promote and safeguard the vision of a Blue Pacific continent, a former U.S congressman says.The Forum faces a crisis, as most of its northern membership has officially started the process to withdraw from the regional body.Micronesian leaders are unhappy at […]

US health officials call for booster shots against COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials Wednesday announced plans to dispense COVID-19 booster shots to all Americans to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and signs that the vaccines’ effectiveness is slipping.The plan, as outlined by the chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other top health authorities, calls […]

PICRC and JICA sign project documents to officially launch a 3-year coastal management project

On August 18, 2021, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) joined by partners from Palau Community College (PCC) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment (MAFE), signed project documents for a three-year project on coastal zone management.The project is titled, “Project for Enhancement of Integrated Management […]

Bank of Guam’s 2020 Year in Review Earns Honors in International Competition Fourth Year of Recognition

Hagatna, Guam. The Bank of Guam is pleased to announce that its 2020 Year in Review has won honors at the 35th International Annual Report Competition (ARC) organized by MerComm International annually. This is the fourth time that the Bank has been recognized for excellence in the contest, which is the world’s largest international competition […]

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Emotional Support is verbal and nonverbal processes by which one communicates care and concern for another, offering reassurance, empathy, comfort, and acceptance. (Dictionary of Psychology). We can’t support people emotionally without emotional intelligence. Emotionally intelligent person is one with self awareness and self-control. She express herself with kindness and empathy. She understands. She is one […]

San Antonio Spurs’ Joshua Primo blocks a shot attempt by Brooklyn Nets’ Cam Thomas during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Cam Thomas scores 36 points, Nets beat Spurs 104-100

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cam Thomas scored 36 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the San Antonio Spurs 104-100 on Sunday in the NBA Summer. Thomas, the former LSU player selected 27th overall in the NBA draft, was 11 of 25 from the field and made all 11 of his foul shots. Thomas was coming […]

FILE – In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Tonga’s coach Toutai Kefu watches his players warm up ahead of the Rugby World Cup Pool C game at Hanazono Rugby Stadium between Tonga and Argentina in Osaka, western Japan. Kefu has been seriously injured and three other members of his family received knife wounds during an alleged break-in at his home in Brisbane’s south Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

Ex-Australia star Kefu seriously injured in home invasion

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — World Cup-winning Wallabies forward Toutai Kefu was seriously injured during an alleged break-in at his home in Brisbane’s south and underwent surgery Monday at a nearby hospital. The 47-year-old Kefu, who won the 1999 Rugby World Cup and played 60 test matches for Australia, has been head coach of Tonga’s national […]

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Jenkins nomination failed due to his proposals and not nationality

By Eoghan O. NgirudelsangDr. Dale Jenkins nomination to the Ministry of Education failed to garner needed votes inthe Senate due to proposals he made and not because his nationality according to SenatorMark Rudimch.In an email, Senator Rudimch stated “I think Dr. Dale Jenkins’ made straightforwardproposals for improvement that he knew may not conform to the […]

#MeToo Take 2? Movement’s strength hailed amid Cuomo fallout

By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Anita Hill educated a nation about workplace sexual harassment back in 1991 with calm, deliberate testimony against Clarence Thomas. And today, 30 years later, she speaks in the same measured tones, eschewing dramatic declarations — especially of victory — and sounding more like the soft-spoken […]

Taiwan, US coast guards meet despite Chinese pressure

BEIJING (AP) — Officers from the U.S. and Taiwanese coast guards have met to discuss improving cooperation and communication despite efforts by China to isolate the self-governing island democracy. The virtual meeting held Tuesday came amid moves by the U.S. and others to defy Beijing’s pressure campaign aimed at compelling Taiwan to accept its view […]

Allegations of officers poaching under investigation

Social media post is circulating of 2 police officers allegedly caught poaching turtles within Koror State’s Ngederrak Conservation Area last Friday, August 6, 2021. The post says that one of the officers is an officer assigned to President Security Detail and the other is K9 Customs Officer.  The post is being shared extensively on social […]

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Fiji sevens captain Tuwai doubtful for Paris 2024

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The captain of Fiji’s Olympic-champion rugby sevens team, Jerry Tuwai, says he doesn’t expect to lead the team in its attempt to win a third consecutive gold medal at the 2024 Paris Games. Speaking from quarantine after the team’s return to Fiji, Tuwai, who was also a member of the […]

OEK confers Congressional Outstanding Citizen award to Ubedei

A rare and distinguished award of Congressional Outstanding Citizen Award was conferred through a Joint Resolution No 11-11-3 to Noriwo K. Ubedei for his outstanding contributions to Palau through diverse roles he had played in nation’s growth over the years. The award recognizes and commends Mr. Ubedei’s lifetime contributions and service to the Republic of […]

Vice President Uduch

Vice President and Minister of Justice J. Uduch Senior conducted this week’s press conference with other ministers with updates of various activities in their ministries.

Pension Plan’s proposal to increase contributions and tax pension benefits has Whipp’s support

By: Olkeriil Ngirudelsang Palau Civil Service Pension Plan (CSPP)’s proposal to increase pension contributions of government workers and to tax pension benefits has the support of President Surangel Whipps Jr. After meeting with Whipps on July 27, CSPP board wrote a letter to Senator Rukebai Inabo, Chairperson of Senate Ways & Means & Financial Matters […]

OEK confers Congressional Outstanding Citizen award to Ubedei

A rare and distinguished award of Congressional Outstanding Citizen Award was conferred through a Joint Resolution No 11-11-3 to Noriwo K. Ubedei for his outstanding contributions to Palau through diverse roles he had played in nation’s growth over the years. The award recognizes and commends Mr. Ubedei’s lifetime contributions and service to the Republic of […]

US President Biden to address Pacific Forum leaders meeting set today

United States President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the virtual meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders today.  This will be a first for the Pacific, where a United States leader address the regional meeting.  Inquiries sent to the Chief of Staff of President Surangel Whipps regarding his participation in the forum meeting have not […]

KSG supplemental budget withheld at Governor Gibbons’s request

By: Olkeriil Ngirudelsang Koror legislature did not pass the state’s supplemental budget in honor of governor Gibbons’ request. In June 2 this year, Gibbons sent to legislature a supplemental budget proposal requesting 70,000 dollars for Belau games, $20,000 for cost of constitutional day activities, and $23,000 to cover the cost of salary and contributions of […]

Officers have until December to decide

Police officers who are also legislators of their respective states have until December of this year to decide the position they want to remain in and which one to let go, revealed Vice President and Minister of Justice J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior. “Attorney General and Director of Public Safety had already addressed the issue.  After speaking […]

Traditional leaders ask HOD to rethink plans to suspend PNMS law

The Council of Chiefs asked the members of the House of Delegates to rethink entertaining proposals to allow foreign fishing within the marine sanctuary which will essentially suspend the country’s Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS). In a letter to House Speaker Sabino Anastacio last week, traditional leaders opposed the bill that will temporarily suspend the famed Palau National […]

852 adolescents receive their first dose of COVID vaccine

852 adolescents, kids age 12-17, have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine Pfizeraccording to Public Health Director Sher Madraisau. Estimated number of adolescents age12-17 is 1700 according to Ministry of Health.Director Madraisau reported that they were working with Ministry of Education to identifythose young adults within this age group and working with their parents […]



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PSS KEDAM returns to Palau after repairs in Japan

The patrol boat PSS KEDAM of the Marine Law Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Maritime Security and Fish & Wildlife Protection which was not mission capable since last year, has completed repairs in Kagoshima, Japan lasting three months, and on Monday, August 2, she returned home. PSS KEDAM was provided by The Nippon Foundation […]

PCS welcomes Michelle Ngirutang as New Executive Director

KOROR, Palau – Palau Conservation Society (PCS) is pleased to announce the selection of Michelle Ngirutang as its new Executive Director. The selection was made by the PCS Board of Directors on August 2, 2021. Ms. Ngirutang hails from the states of Angaur and Ngaraard. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the […]

Pacific Civil Society calls on Vanuatu’s Prime Minister to take an ambitious stand on Climate Change at the upcoming Pacific Island Forum Meeting

At this week’s Pacific Climate Justice Summit, attended by hundreds of NGOs and civil society stakeholders from across the Pacific and beyond, a strong call was made for the Prime Minister of Vanuatu to raise a proposal on climate change at this week’s Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting. In 2019, Vanuatu asked Pacific leaders to […]

Japan and Palau Signed approx. $1.8 million Grant Aid Contract to Promote Agriculture and Livestock Production in Palau

On July 30th, 2021, H.E. Karasawa Akira, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Palau, and H.E. Surangel S. Whipps Jr., President of the Republic of Palau, exchanged notes on the Japan’s Grant Aid “The Project for Assisting the Development of the Agriculture and Livestock Production Industry” for Palau. Hon. Hokkons Baules, Senate President, Hon. […]

PPUC signs Subsidiary Loan Agreement with MOF

On Friday July 30, 2021, the Palau Public Utilities Corporation represented by Chief Executive Officer Greg Decherong signed a Subsidiary Loan Agreement (SLA) with the Ministry of Finance represented by Minister Kaleb Udui, Jr. The SLA specifies the term for disbursement and repayment of the $10 million through the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Policy-Based Loan. […]

Blue Bay donates $2,500 to support Palau Conservation Society

Koror, Palau – Facing treacherous waters and unfamiliar terrain in a post-COVID world, Palau Conservation Society (PCS) continues to feel the effects of the ongoing pandemic that has left no country unaffected. Despite these unpredictable times, Corporate Partners for Conservation (CPC) continue to show support for Palau’s original local environmental organization. On July 29, 2021, […]

Kaleb Udui, Jr. to join APAFS Board of Governors

July 23, 2021 – Hon. Kaleb Udui, Jr., has joined the APAFS Board of Governors as one of three Board members from the Republic of Palau (“ROP”), representing the ROP Ministry of Finance where he serves as Minister of Finance. Minister Udui will join Board members Patrick U. Tellei, EdD,President of the Palau Community College, and Vice Chairman […]

Rukebai Kikuo Inabo to join APAFS Board of Governors

August 1, 2021 – Senator Rukebai Kikuo Inabo, AIF®, has joined the APAFS Board of Governors as a Board members from the Republic of Palau (“ROP”), representing the Senate Committee on Ways & Means and Financial Matters of the 11th Olbiil Era Kelulau, for which she serves as Chairwoman. Senator Inabo will join Board members […]

TTM assisted PCC-CRE Students strong Summer Camp on farming and cooking practice in Nikken Farm

Within the school break, the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) and Bureau of Agriculture (BOA) helped PCC-CRE holding four-weeks summer camp (SersEd). Students aged from 9-18 came to Taiwan farm to visit, learn and hand-on practice about farming, in order to strengthen their understanding and passion in agriculture. The BOA extension officer Bernice Sidoi, TTM senior […]

Japan handed over medical equipment worth 383,000 USD to Belau National Hospital

On July 26, 2021, a ceremony was held at Belau National Hospital to hand over medical equipment, including defibrillators, ICU beds, and electrocardiographs worth 383,000 USD through the Japan’s Grant Aid project. The ceremony was attended by President Whipps, Ambassador Karasawa, and officials from Ministry of Health. The equipment handed over this time was procured […]

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Sink or swim: Can island states survive the climate crisis?

NEW YORK, 02 AUGUST 2021 (UN NEWS CENTRE) —Small island nations across the world are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, and their problems have been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected their economies, and their capacity to protect themselves from possible extinction. We take a look at some of the […]

Report finds COVID-19 impacts unrelenting on the Pacific private sector

SYDNEY (PTI AUSTRALIA) —The fifteenth Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Pacific Business Monitor reports that sentiments among the Pacific business decision-makers remain critical and expected timelines for economic recovery are shifting back further. COVID-19 impacts on Pacific businesses have remained at severe levels since tracking began in May 2020, with between 79 to 92 percent of […]

No pathway to reach the Paris Agreement’s 1.5˚C goal without the G20: UN chief

NEW YORK, 26 JULY 2021 (UN NEWS CENTRE) —“The world urgently needs a clear and unambiguous commitment to the 1.5-degree goal of the Paris Agreement from all G20 nations”, António Guterres said on Sunday after the Group failed to agree on the wording of key climate change commitments during their recent Ministerial Meeting on Environment, […]

The Developing World Is a Tinderbox

By  Farhad Manjoo Opinion Columnist @ The New York Times Company The images flooding out of riot-torn South Africa are horrifying. On Tuesday, a woman in a high-rise building apparently set alight by looters tossed her child to the hoped-for safety of a crowd far below. Emergency workers have been attacked in several places; one medical service began transporting the injured in an armored […]

‘Pacific businesses in dire situation’

SUVA  (FIJI TIMES)—Business survivability in the Pacific is on the line and the situation has become more dire compared with last year. This was made known by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) during the Forum Economic Ministers virtual meeting last week. PIPSO vice chairwoman Jennifer Ula-Fruean told the ministers that Pacific businesses were […]

The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It

By Michelle Goldberg Opinion Columnist @2021 The New York Times Company The presidency of George W. Bush may have been the high point of the modern Christian right’s influence in America. White evangelicals were the largest religious faction in the country. “They had a president who claimed to be one of their own, he had a […]

Summer Travel Is Back. Earth Can’t Handle It.

To cruise or not to cruise? To safari or stay put? To fly — perchance to hang glide or kite surf into some un-Instagrammed country. So goes the great moral dilemma now lurking in the travel and tourism industry, perhaps the beating heart of global consumerist extravagance. Now that our year-plus fast is close to […]

Advancing together in Asia and the Pacific

Integrated approaches for climate-resilient development supported by UNDP are improving lives and livelihoods – and protecting the planet – as nations race to address the climate crisis  BANGKOK, (UNDP)—The climate crisis has put the very future of humanity at risk. Nowhere on earth are the impacts of this existential crisis more present than across the […]

We denigrate AstraZeneca at our Pacific family’s peril

Opinion by Edward Cavanough SYDNEY (SMH) — In 2019, when I was travelling in rural Solomon Islands, a companion suffered an asthma attack. We chartered a small boat to the nearest hospital, two hours away. There, we found a cluster of temporary-looking buildings that constituted the clinic. Nurses didn’t have footwear, many of the fibro […]

Strengthening Pacific Island countries’ financial sector amid COVID-19

By Katia D’Hulster, Geof Mortlock and Owen Nie SYDNEY (WORLD BANK) — The pandemic has severely affected several Pacific Island countries (PICs). In addition to the impact on public health, some of these countries had to grapple with the economic effects of COVID-19 on the tourism sector while dealing with natural disasters and political uncertainty. […]

Mothers are holders of traditional knowledge

SUVA, (SPC) — In April 2021, the Pacific Community (SPC) has coordinated the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the 7th Meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Women, hosted by the Government of French Polynesia. The conference brought together decision-makers, development partners, research institutions and civil society organisations. Following this landmark event, SPC will […]


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Olympic Team Palau update

This week will be the last week for the Palau Olympic Team in Tokyo, Japan for the Olympic Games. Our three athletes […]

Tokyo Olympic Games Opens

Tokyo Olympic Games opens tonight 8pm with Palau Team and around 11,000 athletes representing around 205 countries. Palau will be marching with […]


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