July 2014

Palau – where size doesn’t matter

Samisoni Pareti

Not counting the 400 or so volcano-uplifted little limestone islands that make up the spectacular Rock Islands, Palau is small. With a population of 21,000 living in the islands’ 16 states, the island republic does live up to the Greek meaning of the name of the cultural grouping it belongs ...

Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund Coordinators meet in Palau to discuss Projects

Wed 16 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau ---- The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund is hosting the first ever meeting of regional PEC Fund coordinators from 15-17th July 2014 in Koror, Palau.

IMF recommends Palau enact tax reform

Mon 12 May 2014 -

KOROR, Palau--- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended that Palau enact a comprehensive tax reform bill, including the introduction of a value-added tax.

Soalablai sworn in as Palau’s new Education minister

Mon 28 Apr 2014 -

KOROR, Palau — A new Education Minister was appointed in Palau last week.

Chickens die at Palau farm; cause unconfirmed

Mon 07 Apr 2014 -

KOROR, Palau — Chickens from the Palau Mission Academy Poultry Farm died in a matter of days causing concerns in this island nation.

Fiji President encourages partnership with Palau

Thu 20 Mar 2014 -

KOROR, Palau ---- Fiji's President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in his first State visit to Palau has called on leaders to consider strengthening co-operation with Fiji.

Palau investigates police bribery allegations

Tue 04 Feb 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- An internal investigation has been launched into allegations that police officers have been accepting bribes from foreign workers instead of issuing citations.

Palau lawmaker slams AG, calls for her termination

Mon 03 Feb 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- A member of the House of Delegates blasted the attorney general for failing to defend Palau from the U.S. Trafficking In Persons report, and called for her termination during an oversight hearing of the House Committee on Judiciary and Government Affairs on 29 January 2014.

Palau's coral reefs surprisingly resistant to ocean acidification

Fri 24 Jan 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- Marine scientists working on the coral reefs of Palau have made two unexpected discoveries that could provide insight into corals' resistance and resilience to ocean acidification.

Palau quarantine officer to serve jail time for cigarette smuggling

Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- A quarantine officer with the Palau national government will serve two years in jail for his involvement in an illegal cigarette-smuggling scheme.

Palau senator resigns as panel chairman

Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

KOROR, Palau — One of Palau’s most senior lawmakers has resigned from his committee chairmanship position claiming lack of leadership in the Senate.

Palau court sentences attempted murder case defendant to 30 years without parole

Mon 20 Jan 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- The Supreme Court of Palau has sentenced a man who brutally attacked a Filipino employee of a popular burger joint in July 2013 to 30 years in prison.

December 2013

Defendants in Palau human trafficking scandal plead not guilty

KOROR, Palau — The defendants in the Palau ATT Karaoke Bar and Disco case entered not guilty pleas to numerous criminal charges including soliciting prostitution, money laundering, advancing prostitution and unlawful employee restrictions.

McCain speaks before Palau lawmakers

Mon 06 Jan 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- U.S. Senator John McCain took time out of his family vacation in Palau to address the Olbiil Era Kelulau, the national legislature, and express support for the approval of the renewed Palau-U.S. Compact pending in the U.S. Congress.

Palau governor charged with human trafficking

Mon 06 Jan 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- Palau state governor, a business executive and two Filipino nationals are facing charges in relation to prostitution and money-laundering operations at the ATT Karaoke Bar and Disco in the Malakal district of Palau’s largest city, Koror.

US$8M required to cover damage caused by Haiyan in Palau

Fri 20 Dec 2013 -

KOROR, Palau — As Palau marked one-year after Typhoon Bopha devastated the east side of the main island of Babeldaob, the island nation is now faced with rebuilding what was lost and destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 7, 2013.

PALAU is seeking a ban on all shark lines used on longline vessels based on scientific evidence that silky sharks are currently

Thu 05 Dec 2013 -

Palau’s director of oceanic fisheries management Nanette Malsol said they had put the measure before the Western and Central pacific Fisheries Commission meeting today (Dec 4) in Cairns, Australia, and were hopeful of a positive outcome

Workshop Explosive Remnants of War concludes in Palau

Tue 26 Nov 2013 -

KOROR, Palau --- A workshop on ‘Addressing Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Contamination in the Pacific’ has concluded in Koror, Palau.

Palau moves forward in recovery following Haiyan

Mon 25 Nov 2013 -

KOROR, Palau ---- Palau is moving forward in efforts to recover from the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan on 07 November

Bad weather hampers typhoon recovery in Palau

Wed 13 Nov 2013 -

KOROR, Palau --- The president of Palau says stormy weather and a shortage of equipment is hampering typhoon recovery efforts.

Typhoon Haiyan devastates northern island of Palau

Tue 12 Nov 2013 -

KOROR, Palau --- Typhoon Haiyan has devastated the island of Kayangel in Palau's north, according to an assessment of damages by emergency crews after the super typhoon struck overnight.

Palau’s President declares state of emergency following Haiyan

Tue 12 Nov 2013 -

KOROR, Palau --- Palau’s president Tommy Remengesau has declared a state of emergency following the devastation caused by super typhoon Haiyan last week.

Palau assesses damage after Super Typhoon Haiyan

Fri 08 Nov 2013 -

KOROR, Palau --- Emergency crews have been sent to Kayangel, the northernmost state of Palau, to assess the damage after a super typhoon struck overnight.

Palau’s human-trafficking prosecution leads to two felony convictions

Wed 18 Sep 2013 -

KOROR, Palau — Two Palauan men pled guilty to felony prostitution in connection with the biggest human-trafficking case ever filed in this island nation.

Palau hosts second mock Congress for Women

Fri 13 Sep 2013 -

KOROR, Palau ---“I hope that this mock Congress exercise will give the participating women the confidence to realize their potential as leaders in Palau, and can give them the courage to put up their names and stand for national elections.”