Koror- Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will arrive in Palau on Sunday for the first leg of her North Pacific visit, according to the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei.  

From Palau, Bishop and International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong and Labor Senator Claire Moore will travel to Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Republic of the Marshall Islands from June 3 to 7.

This is the first visit of Bishop in Palau. The group...

April 18, 2018

Koror- Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. said the tourism industry is facing challenges ahead but it will stay on course its policy to moderate mass tourism in favor of high-value tourism that focuses on niche markets.

“We must stay the course and implement our vision of a high-value tourism model,” said in his State of the Republic Address delivered on Tuesday\.

Under its five-year Tourism Strategic Plan, Palau is targeting eco-based, cultural, sports, and wedding and honeymoon markets.

 “If we...

Koror-  As reservoir levels drop, water restrictions for the most populous states of Palau- Koror and Airai, will be implemented starting Monday evening.

  Palau is experiencing a dry season— amid high tourism season — with little rain for the past three months. The increased water use is also being attributed to the water levels decreasing.  Koror and Airai have a combined population of 13,899.

   In the past, Palau managed to cope with dry season despite lack of regard to wat...

March 19, 2018

  Koror — In the Western and Central Pacific, fisheries management is crucial in ensuring healthy fish stocks and the well-being of marine ecosystems.  According to the PEW Charitable Trust, tuna catches in these waters totaled an estimated 2.7 million metric tons in 2016—the second-highest amount on record—and represented 56 percent of the global catch.  But challenges in patrolling the vast sea of the Pacific go beyond just ensuring that all that fishing is done legally.

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October 6, 2017

Imagine if you can, running at 40 miles per hour for seven days non-stop, unable to rest, unable to eat, drinking rainwater as it falls and at best, sleeping for only a few seconds at a time.

What could possibly compel you to do such a thing? Imagine also that this ordeal was only part

of what you had to do, that after a few days of rest you would do it again and again… until

you had run the equivalent of 7,000 miles.

You’d certainly expect to be tested for performance enhancing drugs and then, when

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Koror-- The U.S. Department of Defense is proposing to install radar systems, which include air and maritime domain awareness radar towers, in Palau to monitor air and maritime traffic in the vicinity of the Pacific nation. 

U.S. and Palau officials met on Aug. 16 to discuss the technical requirements of the proposed Air and Maritime Domain Awareness Radar Systems.

The radar system installation project seeks to enhance Palau’s capability to enforce marine law in its territorial waters and exclusiv...

    Koror — The government of Palau has been able to balance the budget, pay the bills, increase the cost-of-living allowance and bring up to date the government’s contributions to retirees’ pension, Social Security and Health Care Fund, a government operated medical insurance.

     President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr credited the robust economic performance of recent years for strengthening the national government financial position.

       “Over these next four years, we wi...

Koror (Pacific Note)— “It’s relaxing,” Jack (not his real name) says, puffing weed in his porch. The odor of marijuana smoke wafts in the neighborhood, but no one frowns. The neighbors seem used to it.

“No, it’s not addictive. I can go on for days, even months, without smoking and I don’t get any withdrawal symptoms,” Jack says.

A longtime pot smoker, Jack says this recreation doesn’t exactly hurt his pocket. “You can a stick of for $5.”

Anyone who smokes pot in Palau knows where to go to get high....

Palau government seeking to plug the brain drain by offering more incentives to keep skilled citizens home

Koror — There is an increasing number of college-level Palauans who have taken advantage of the summer fellowship program – returning home during the summer semester for internship with their potential future employers. The program is a recent government initiative to encourage Palauan students to explore job possibilities back home once they have graduated from college.

“Last summer alone ha...

Koror (Pacific Note) — Palau marked its 22nd Independence Day with traditional fireworks display after the formal opening ceremony at the capitol complex in Ngerulmud, Melekeok on Oct. 1.

President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. delivered his Independence Day remark by reflecting on the theme “A rengeasek a cheotelel a klukuk er kid” – All that we do today builds the foundation for our youth tomorrow.”

Since Palau gained its independence 22 years ago, there’s more to be done, the president said. “Challen...

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