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19 complete US Coast Guard Boating Officers Course

Nineteen (19) officers from four (4) different agencies completed a two-week US Coast Guard Boating Officers training conducted by the United States Coast Guard International Training Team. A ceremony marking the completion of the…

Bilung as Ibedul takes control of HOTL

Bilung Gloria Salii takes control of the House of Traditional Leaders (HOTL) of Koror State Government assuming the title of Ibedul and the responsibilities that come with the title, this she said in a…

Palau and COVID-19, is it too late?

COVID-19 is here to stay. Palau has to adapt to the new normal. It is too late to turn back the clock to COVID-free status. CURRENT STATUS Palau is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak after…

Koror Branch Service Project, Island Style

Koror Elementary receives donation of seven-hundred backpacks Last summer two young sister missionaries volunteered at different organizations on the island of Palau, to include the Koror Elementary School. Having gotten to know the Elementary School…

National Day of Prayer

Palau National Day of Prayer brought all the different faiths together at the national capital in Ngerulmud for a day of prayer.

SELF-RESPECT

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. ~Unknown Anyone who pays attention to young children…

THE UNFORCED RHYTHM OF GRACE

There’s nothing more soothing than the sound of the waves coming in washing the shores then go out peacefully. Like  a beautiful melody of the ages as…

Tackling corruption, important step for ‘inclusive, sustainable development’

Corruption spreads through societies and erodes people’s trust in leaders and institutions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told an anti-corruption conference on Monday, stressing that “greed over need, harms us all”. In a video message to the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (CoSP9) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, he warned that countries…

Villagers file human rights complaint over plan for giant PNG goldmine

More than 2,000 people in 60 villages in Papua New Guinea’s north – where the country’s largest gold, copper and silver mine is slated to be built – have filed a human rights complaint with the Australian government against developer PanAust. The landowners of the proposed Frieda River mine, on a tributary to the Sepik…

VIVI NGUYEN INTERVIEW 2021

KNOWLEDGEWELL FOUNDER AND SENIOR CONSULTANTINTERVIEWS KNOWLEDGEWELL’S FIRST STUDENT Recently KnowledgeWell connected with the first student it sent overseas. At that time she was…

Wolf Note

Wolf Note is that strange sound produced by a cello…

Taiwan Embassy donates US$1,500 to PRCS

On December 21, Ambassador Jessica C. Lee delivered a check of $1,500 to Palau Red Cross Society (PRCS), in support of its continuous and accountable service of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. In attendance was PRCS Chairman…

God Bless the Children

“The true character of a society is revealed by how it treats its children.  ~ NELSON MANDELA I chose to believe in Jesus Christ the Son of the living GOD, the Great I AM, by reasoning: If…

Manhunt for cults in PNG

PORT MORESBY 1 (THE NATIONAL) — Papua New Guinea Police have launched a massive manhunt for a notorious cult group that has been terrorising villagers in Rai Coast’s Nayudo local level government (LLG) for the past few weeks. The cult members are wanted for kidnappings, murders and robberies. The manhunt is led by Madang commander…

\University of Guam civil engineering students present their capstone project on Dec. 3. (From left) Marc Bituin; Kameryn Duenas; and Jezreel Sabangan.

University of Guam produces first civil engineering graduates

This Sunday, the University of Guam will celebrate a historic milestone as 12 graduates become the first to earn civil engineering degrees from the university. Evolved from a two-year pre-engineering program that had been offered at UOG since 1989, the four-year…

Back to Nature: Jellyfish Lake Reaches More Students

Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF) continues their “Back to Nature: Jellyfish Lake” program for a second year with support from Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. For the 1st semester of the Academic School Year 2021–2022, CRRF took 6th grade students in…

ROOTS and WINGS

If love were food you’ll see and know when a child is starving.  My nephew is counting the days to when he’d leave home to attend college abroad. I think…

Enabling people to get on track for recovery

SIGATOKA, 17 DECEMBER 2021 (UNDP)—Aminiasi Navukura is a happy man, thanks to a community visit to his village recently.  He almost lost his eyesight after noticing that the condition of…

Yap lawmakers remove Governor Falan from office

YAP, 20 DECEMBER 2021 (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) — The Yap State Legislature got the eight votes needed to remove Governor Henry Falan from office during their third regular session on 16 December. The vote…

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Taiwan loses diplomatic ally Nicaragua to China

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan lost Nicaragua as a diplomatic ally after the Central American country said it would officially recognize only China, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory. “There is only one China,” the Nicaraguan government said in a statement Thursday announcing the change. “The People’s Republic of China is the…

SP sues former FIC Commissioner on multiple charges

Office of Special Prosecutor filed multiple charges against former Executive Commissioner of the Financial Institutions Commission (FIC) Semdiu Decherong. Mr. Decherong was charged with 3 felonies and 2 misdemeanors alleging Misconduct in Public Office for driving a government vehicle…

Taiwan delivers stimulus grant of 2019 and 2020

Ambassador Jessica Lee of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presented two stimulus grant checks of 4.78 million US dollars to Minister of Finance Kaleb Udui, Jr., as the fifth tranche of 2019 annual grant and the second tranche of…

Treasures

Buddha said, “Any  increased attachment to anything earthly is suffering.”  Jesus said that we are…

Finance Minister Kaleb Udui

Development of Fintech framework being discussed with OEK- Udui says

Finance Minister Kaleb Udui said financial technology could create economic development opportunities for Palau adding that discussion with Congress in developing an appropriate regulatory framework in regards to financial technology.  ‘We will continue to discuss the possibility of some sort of structure for what the President refers to as fintech. So I think there will…

Six officers get indefinite suspension without pay effective today

Six (6) police officers were served yesterday with indefinite suspension without pay effective today.   The suspension is a result of a violation of the Bureau of Public Safety Regulations that prohibits serving in an elected public office while being a law enforcement officer.  In addition to getting served the notices of suspension, the Bureau of…

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US Rear Admiral Nicholson on island for JCM

US Rear Admiral Benjamin Nicholson, the Joint Region Marianas commander and INDOPACOM’s senior military for the Republic of Palau is currently on island to attend the 2nd JCM held this year.  The first one…

End Violence Against Women Now!

Respond, Innovate & Leave No One Behind to Orange the World.UNDP’s regional response to Gender-based Violence SUVA  (UNDP)— The UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women and project…

Cooke leads No. 1 Gamecocks to 66-59 win over No. 8 Terps

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zia Cooke knew South Carolina needed a late lift and she was more than ready to deliver. Cooke scored 20 points, including the go-ahead layup with 5:13 to play, and the top-ranked Gamecocks outlasted No. 8 Maryland 66-59 on Sunday in the Jimmy V Classic for their fourth victory over a…

Palau gets vehicles, protocol training from Indonesia ahead of Our Ocean Conference

Palau on Wednesday received 10 police vehicles and four protocol cars from The Indonesian government in support of preparations for the upcoming Our Ocean Conference in February. The donation of vehicles amounting to almost USD700,000 will assist Palau’s public safety and protocol functions. The Indonesian government was represented in person by Minister-Counselor Isman Pasha at…

Food producers, jewelry artisans, bakers, woodworkers among local producers at the Local Product Showcase and Buyer Preview

A diverse collection of producers will showcase their added-value food products and locally-sourced gifts at the “Biodiversity-Friendly Local Product Showcase” on payday Thursday, December 16 at Palasia Hotel from 11 am until 6 pm. A special Buyer Preview for stores, hotels, gift shops, and wholesalers will be from 10 to 11 am. Registered producers include…

Australia hands over maritime boarder fundamental kits

8 December 2021- Illicit activities perpetrated by small sea craft, such as the movement of weapons, drugs and people, remain a significant threat to all countries in the Pacific. The Australian Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force (ABF) have developed a web-based application – the Pacific Small Craft App – to assist Oceania…

Appointment of Interim Executive Commissioner of the FIC

The Financial Institutions Commission (FIC) is mandated by the Financial Institutions Act (FIA) to protect and ensure the integrity and confidence in the financial sector of the Republic of Palau. The Governing Board of the FIC has resolved to end its relationship with Mr. G. Semdiu Decherong and has further resolved to appoint Mr. Cjay…

IOM and USAID support early warning process review workshop in Palau

Palau — On October 28 and 29, the Palau National Weather Service Office and the Palau National Emergency Management offices participated in a two-day workshop with the focus on collectively reviewing early warning processes for potentially hazardous weather conditions. The workshop included a review of respective areas of responsibility and a robust conversation and agreement…

Chinese survey ship departs on its own

The Chinese survey ship that had illegally entered Palau’s EEZ and was observed north of Kayangel from November 29 to December 4, left Palau of its own volition according to Jennifer Anson, National Security Coordinator. Anson confirmed that the vessel “exited Saturday night at approximately 9:30 pm”, and while Palau monitored the vessel, the patrol…

MHHS Updates on testing, quarantine and isolation in Palau

The Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) informsthe public of the following updates on testing, quarantine and isolation in Palau: • One hundred and twenty-six (126) in-bound travelers who arrived today, December 6, 2021, tested negative on day 1 of testing conducted at Palau International Airport. They have been released into restriction of movement…

PERSPECTIVE is WONDERFUL

What you see depends on not only on what you look AT, but also where you look FROM. ~ James Deacon (a Musician from South Africa). The older I get the more I see and reflect on things that impacted my life. I’m turning seventy in a few months.  I’ve lived at least three life…

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Guam pandemic rules unchanged

HAGÅTÑA, 06 DECEMBER 2021 (THE GUAM DAILY POST) — Guam’s Covid-19 community and travel protocols remain unchanged over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be making more young children sick compared to the previous variants, based on initial information, Department of Public Health and Social Services officials said. The United States last…

Japan Grants $404,828 to the PRCS for a New Warehouse and Training Center

On Thursday December 2, 2021, Ambassador of Japan Karasawa and Chairman of the Palau Red Cross Society Asanuma signed a grant contract for “The Project for Constructing the New Emergency Relief Supplies Storage Warehouse and Training Center of the Palau Red Cross Society” worth $404,828. The ceremony was held in Palau Community College Assembly Hall…

Kumangai Bakery donates to PCS

On November 16th, 2021, Palau Conservation Society (PCS) received a generous donation of $200 from Kumangai Bakery.  Kumangai Bakery began from humble beginnings. Shortly after World War II, a Palauan couple by the names of Theo and Myiokang Kumangai opened up their little bakery located on Lebuu Street.    One can find an array of breads,…

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WHO AM I?

Don’t waste your pain. ~Dan Allender The six million dollar question. To keep going…

World

Only Palauan judges to preside over customary cases

A proposed bill passed Senate in its 3rd reading seeking to only allow Palauan justices to hear and determine cases involving customary ownership of land or chiefly titles. The reason cited for prohibiting non-Palauan justices from hearing customary law cases is “while the ability to rely on foreign attorneys’ expertise in certain circumstances is valuable…

First Australian cases of Omicron COVID-19 strain confirmed in Sydney

NSW Health has confirmed two returned travellers have tested positive for the new Omicron COVID-19 variant in Sydney, making them the first known cases of the strain in Australia. Both people, who are fully vaccinated and were asymptomatic, arrived in Sydney from southern Africa on Saturday, November 27. They are among 14 people who arrived…

PCRIC seals partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) signed an MOU with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) regarding institutional cooperation to promote capacity building in the Pacific Region on disaster risk finance and management. The MOU was executed by the PCRIC CEO and PIFS Secretary General on 25 November. This partnership will allow PCRIC to…

Taiwan Embassy donates 1,000 USD to Belau National Museum

On November 24, Ambassador Jessica C. Lee delivered a check of $1,000 to Belau National Museum (BNM), in support of the Museum’s annual publication “State of the Palau’s Birds.” In attendance were BNM Director Olympia E. Morei-Remengesau, Manager for BNM Natural History Section Dr. Ann Kitalong, and Field Ornithologist Milang Eberdong. BNM holds community bird…

CAT Team helps Palau Chamber of Commerce renovate its
office space at the PTHSE – Palau Community College

On Friday, November 19, 2021 the Civil Action Team started the renovation works at the Palau Chamber of Commerce office space located at the Palau Tourism andHospitality School of Excellence, on the Palau Community College Campus. The office space was kindly donated to the Palau Chamber of Commerce from the Palau Community College, due to…

BankGuam holding company declares dividends

BankGuam Holding Company (BKGM) announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share for the holders of its common stock and a dividend payment to the holders of the Company’s 4.97% Fixed Rate/Floating Rate Noncumulative Preferred Stock, Series A, at its Board’s regular meeting held on Monday, November 22,…

Local Producers invited to register for Biodiversity-Friendly Local Product Showcase; Support services available for producers

Palau-based producers, artisans, artists, and “Creative-preneurs” are invited to participate in a “Biodiversity-Friendly Local Product Showcase” on payday Thursday, December 16 at Palasia Hotel from 11 am until 6 pm. The event is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and the Environment (MAFE) and the Palau Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Palau Visitors…

Australia to joins Pacific partners to end gender-based violence

Australia stands with Palau as organisations and government ministries raise their voices to end violence against women and girls during the global campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign starts on the 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence and ends on 10 December, Human Rights…

MHHS UPDATES ON TESTING, QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION IN PALAU

The Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) informsthe public of the following updates on testing, quarantine and isolation in Palau: • One hundred and twenty-eight (128) in-bound travelers who arrived today, November 29, 2021, tested negative on day 1 of testing conducted at Palau International Airport. They have been released into restriction of movement…

OBFUSCATE

I dont like that word, obfuscate. Its spelling has too many consonants, four vowels with one silent letter, making a three syllable word. Its complicated as its meaning “making things difficult to understand.”  It reminds me to live simply and to share with others the fascinating things I have found as easily to understand as…



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Taiwan delivers stimulus grant of $ 1,113,500

On Wednesday, November 17, Ambassador Jessica Lee of the ROC (Taiwan) presented two stimulus grant checks amounting to about 1.14 million US dollars to Minister of Finance Kaleb Udui, Jr., as the last tranche of 2017 annual grant and the sixth tranche of 2017 annual grant.Funded project in this action for 2017 is Ngaraard Ngerchokl…

Pacific security leaders focused on COVID-19 recovery

On 10 November leaders of the Pacific security agencies met virtually for Joint Heads of Pacific Security (JHOPS) 2021. The annual event provides an opportunity for heads of police, defence, immigration and customs to share ideas and discuss solutions to common security challenges.This year’s event was the third occurrence and the second virtual meeting. It…

PPUC Welcomes New Hires

PPUC is excited to announce the recent hiring of four individuals, 3 females and 1 male, to the PPUC family. All four were placed at the Aimeliik Power Plant. Two of the females namely Amanda Yukiwo and Hope Helacio were hired as control room operators which is a significant milestone for PPUC as the operator…

MHHS Division of Behavioral Health Receives Donation from Senate President

The Division of Behavioral Health under the Republic of Palau Ministry of Health & Human Services (MHHS) would like to recognize 11th Olbiil Era Kelulau (11th OEK) Senate President Hokkons Baules for his recent donation of personal care items to the patients at the Behavioral Health Ward. The donation included shampoo, soap, and rubbing alcohol.…

Business license renewal for 2022 to start December 1st

Business licenses for 2022 and Tobacco licenses renewal are to begin on December 1, 2021, and end on December 31, 2021, according to a notice issued by the Office of Bureau of Tax and Revenue “TAX Office”. Director Rhinehart Silas reminds the public that anyone engaging in business must obtain an appropriate license and pay…

MHHS updates on testing, quarantine and isolation in Palau

The Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) informs the public of the following updates on testing, quarantine and isolation in Palau:• One hundred and seventeen (117) in-bound travelers who arrived today, November 15, 2021, tested negative on day 1 of testing conducted at Palau International Airport. They have been released into restriction of movement…

Taiwan Embassy’s handing over of coastal multi-purpose boats to Palau

Palau government held a ceremony of Taiwan Embassy’s handing over of two multi-purpose boats to Ministry of Justice. President Surangel Whipps, Jr., Vice President and Minister of Justice J. Uduch Sengebau Senior and Ambassador Jessica C. Lee gave special remarks at the ceremony. Vice Senate President, Vice Speaker, Ministers, Rekai, Chiefs and Chief Justice attended…

PICRC calls for Nomination for the Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is calling for nominations for the Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award. Presented every other year during PICRC’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Anniversary Gala Dinner, this Award is meant to recognize an individual that has made significant contributions to conservation and management efforts in Palau.PICRC’s…

Palau National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Sixth Anniversary at Kokusai, Ngatpang

Last Thursday, October 28th, the Palau National Marine Sanctuary celebrated its 6th anniversary at Kokusai, Ngatpang, drawing over 200 attendees. The event, which featured guest speakers, educational booths and a leadership cook-off, showcased the Sanctuary’s goals, successes, and benefits to Palau. “The PNMS was established to conserve our ocean resources and strengthen our food security”…

Palau Investment Bank donates to PCS

Koror, Palau – On November 4, 2021, Palau Conservation Society (PCS) received a generous donation of $500 from Palau Investment Bank (PIB). Formerly known as the Palau Construction Bank, PIB is a local commercial bank that has been serving the community since 1995. PIB offers commercial and business loans to its customers as well as…

Opinion

Australia’s early intervention can help Solomon Islands but the roots of the conflict run deep

By Mihai Sora  HONIARA (THE GUARDIAN) —-Honiara has awoken to a calmer scene but tension lingers as quelling the violent protests has not resolved their underlying causes Unresolved tensions and geopolitical pressures are a volatile mix in Solomon Islands. What began as a peaceful protest calling for the resignation of prime minister Manasseh Sogavare on…

In remote Pacific islands, businesses look local to survive COVID

PORT VILA (ALJAZEERA) — Dressed for work in a torn T-shirt and a plain black baseball cap covering his thinning dreads, Lopez Adams’s appearance belies his success. He is at the forefront of a wave of business owners in tiny south Pacific nation Vanuatu who are finding new ways to survive in a world without…

PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH: First Study to Show Plumes from Ocean Mining would overlap with important international tuna fisheries

Pacific fisheries, including the US fishing fleet, would be at greatest risk in terms of overlap with mining areas; Fisheries in Mexico, Spain, Ecuador, and the Philippines are also at risk  HONOLOLULU  (UNIVERSITY OF MANOA) — As companies and countries push to open international waters to ocean mining in as little as two years, a…

Pacific battles for environmental integrity on the table at COP26

GLASGOW  (SPREP) — As the Pacific emits less than 0.06% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, this means the Pacific may not be able to fully participate in carbon market trading – however, the island region is taking a strong interest and the lead in Article 6.  The negotiation of the market and non-market…

AOSIS not happy with COP26 draft text

GLASGOW (PACNEWS) — The Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS) is unhappy with the language of the United Kingdom COP26 draft text released Wednesday.It warned that the language in the text is not strong enough to prevent dangerous warming and keep 1.5C within reach.AOSIS Chair Aubrey Webson said the UK draft COP text: ‘Urging’ ‘encouraging’…

Australia’s commitment to coal is putting my country of Kiribati in danger

By Anote Tong TARAWA  (THE GURDIAN) — When I came into office as president of Kiribati in 2003, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had released its third assessment report and, like my predecessors, I believed the report’s projected rise in sea levels posed a real threat to the survival for those of us…

Climate change: Why Australia refuses to give up coal

SYDNEY (BBC) — In a world racing to reduce pollution, Australia is a stark outlier. It is one of the dirtiest countries per head of population and a massive global supplier of fossil fuels. Unusually for a rich nation, it also still burns coal for most of its electricity. Australia’s 2030 emissions target – a…

What is ‘net zero’ and why does it matter?

A growing number of countries, cities and companies are aiming for ‘net zero’ emissions to meet climate goals – but it will require huge changes in how we live and work By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (REUTERS)—Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that his country “leads the world in the race to net zero”…

Human cost of the Pacific’s COVID-19 recession

By Dane Moores, Jonathon Gurry SYDNEY  (DEVPOLICY.ORG) —The socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 are devastating communities in the Pacific and Timor-Leste as much as the virus itself, and sometimes to an even greater extent. World Vision surveyed 752 households (with an average of six people per household) in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu…

Finance Ministers hold key to COP26 success: UN Secretary-General

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (UN NEWS CENTRE) —The COP26 climate change conference must be “a turning point” if countries are to limit global temperature rise in line with the Paris Agreement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday.  Addressing members of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, he highlighted their critical role as the conference…

Journalists who ‘speak truth to power’ recognised with Nobel Peace Prize

NEW YORK (UN NEWS CENTRE) —Two campaigning journalists were awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, which UN Secretary-General António Guterres said was recognition that a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights – and the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions”.  From the Philippines, Maria Ressa, Chief…


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