Del. Jonathan Isechal in a memorandum requested House Speaker Noah Idechong to authorize the expenditure records from Oct. 1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2008 and from Oct. 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009...this is needed in accordance with the transparency policy of the government. The delegate is also requesting a copy of the House’s most recent performance report. Here.
Officials in rural Ngeremlengui state sent Toribiong a letter Thursday offering to take in the Uighurs. “If they want to work on the farm, then they can work on the farm,” said Governor Wilson Ongos. “If they want to go fishing, they can go fishing.” Story here.
Here's a quick bulleted notes from President Toribiong's briefing yesterday at the HOD chamber to OEK members, Council of Traditional Chiefs, and state governors. The president was the only one speaking throughout the briefing.
President Obama...asked our new president, Johnson Toribiong, to do the United States a favor: Please accept, as refugees, a group of innocent Chinese Muslims. They are not anti-American terrorists, but victims of human rights violations, who landed at Guantánamo Bay for seven years. Innocent, stateless, harmless. More here.
The Uighurs appear reluctant to temporarily resettle in Palau, said Joshua Koshiba, who leads a committee on U.S.-Palau relations. He has been in contact with the team since their trip. Possibly only one Uighur wants to move to Palau, he said, without providing details of the discussions. Here.
Health Minister Stevenson Kuartei said that the ministry will be reviewing the medical services discount given to members of the Filipino Community in Palau. Kuartei was responding to the letter sent earlier by Philippine Ambassador Ramoncito Marino regarding the suspension of the 50 percent discount at the Belau National Hospital for the TFCP members. Here.
The president said the imposition of the workers’ fees on Roll Em Production, the FIB “is engaged in discrimination and unequal protection of the law.” The president accepted the resignations of FIB board members Lee Otobed and Ulai Teltull. Here.
Island Times Editor Fermin Mariang: "The government fumbled the ball on this one...Palau's brand name image could be destroyed: Debedebk Mongami as saying, “I’m also afraid this news is going to scare the tourists who plan to come to Palau.”
More Here. the nation depends on Palau’s status as a South Pacific haven, a status which could get damaged by the presence of trained terrorists who allied themselves with groups that like to attack tourist destinations.
He said that the Filipino Survivor being filmed in Peleliu had hired its own nurse who is not an employee of the ministry and said he was surprised that they had access to the clinic.
He also cited that when the Air Force Civic Action Team medical staff went to Peleliu for a weekly visit they had to move louvers to get in. “Minister Kuartei, I am bringing these two issues to your attention..." More.
On June 4, 2009,
President Johnson Toribiong met in Palau with a delegation of officials from
the Government of the United States of America to consider the problem of the
closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
President Toribiong, in consultation with his Ministers, the
Leadership of the Palau National Congress, and Palau Paramount Chiefs Ibedul
and Reklai, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Palau agreed to accommodate
the United States of America’s request to temporarily resettle in Palau up to
seventeen ethnic Uyghur detainees presently being held a the Guantanamo Bay
detention facility in Cuba, subject to periodic review.
Just imagine what it could mean to Okedyulabeluu...
Construction of the starting point for a 2,000-mile submarine fiber optic cable that is expected to revolutionize communications in the north Pacific kicked off last week in Majuro.
An agreement that involves the U.S. Army, and telecommunications companies of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia was signed earlier this year after six years of on-and-off negotiations. The cable contracts are worth more than $130 million... With fiber cable, Kwajelein will have access to almost limitless high-speed, immediate communications abilit. The fiber cable "allows the transmission and reception of large amounts of information in near real-time. it will link Majuro, Kwajelein ande Phonpei with Guam, offering broadbande communications capability to an area that now faces bottlenecks from satellite communication. More here.
Palau is facing at least a shortfall of $9 million for the FY2010 budget. VP Mariur said the country is facing the challenges of not only a local revenue shortfall of almost $5 million but the next year's budget will also be affected by the termination of the financial provision of the Compact of Free Association.
“The Olbiil Era Kelulau finds it has a responsibility to find new sources of income for this Trust Fund to fulfill this responsibility and to ensure that PNCC does not misspend its profits, the OEK finds it prudent to require the PNCC deposit half of its annual profits into the Republic of Palau Civil Service Pension trust Fund,” the bill stated . More here.
“The Olbiil Era Kelulau finds that the living resources that inhabit Palau’s reefs, territorial sea and internal waters are quickly being depleted,” the bill stated. It added that information from local fishermen indicated that reef fish and other aquatic life have become scarce. Morehere.
The PPUC explained that power outages affecting nationwide at different hours since the past few days were results of emergency mechanical services at Malakal and Aimeliik Power Plants...the unloading of Mitsubishi 12 generator at the Malakal power plant was required on June 1 and DG2 and DG4 at Aimeliik Plant on June 2 and June 3...commercial customers have been requested to assist the power company by utilizing their own power while the maintenance work is ongoing to address the capabilities of the engines to fully supply all residential, commercial and governmental demand...commercial supply own power from daytime to 9pm. (Island Times, June 5, 2009)
VP Mariur disclosed that the national budget for FY 2009 is short of $6 million..."There is no source of funding so no supplemental budget," Mariur said, although he admitted that supplemental will be needed to address the shortfall. Mariur said they are trying to rebalance the budget in the exectuive branch. (Island Times, June 5, 2009)
My friend and I are shocked at the audacity of the
8th OEK members to take a fact finding mission trip to Philippines.
Five senators and two delegates and five staff members. This trip easily cost
our government close to $15,000.00 including hotels, taxi, food, and
entertainment. We heard that they went to study their school system so that we
can send our students there for college. These OEK members never heard of the
internet? And if it was required for someone to fly there, was it necessary to
have eight OEK members and five staffs to go get this information?
Also we want to find out why OEK members went on
this trip and not the Minister of Education and Minister of State? We know that
is the function of the executive branch and the legislative branch. We
understand that OEK is running short of money so they will be asking for
supplemental budget. We hope the media will expose this issue to the people to
see how OEK members are spending our taxes. Plus we watched MBTV and saw
senators and delegates attending PALMS meeting for executive leaders of the
Pacific. Senators and Delegates should know that they are not executive
Last week my cousin was in the hospital and they
were out of drugs that were prescribed for her and we were told that there is
no money to order medicine and supplies for our hospital. So why are members of
OEK spending money traveling for what? Can you get their answer and publish for
the public to know their explanation. We are very angry but do not know where
to vent our frustration.