President Toribiong on August 4 removed from office Margie Bechab and at the same time revoke her commission as Notary Public of Palau...the president said his action was based on the recommendation of the Attorney General...AG's Office has determined after an investigation that Bechab has notarized the labor applications of approximately 44 Filipino fishermen on or about June 5, 2009 without seeing the men or identification from them...Earlier, Alonzo Joseph, Director of Bureau of Economic and Development was charged with 20 counts of criminal offense in connection with the illegal fishing activity os six fishing vessels from Philippines. Joseph who is also the president of PIUDC, a fishing company in Palau was charged...employing non resident workers in violation of the preference to resident workers...the defendant [Joseph] failed to secure labor announcement for 44 Filipino fishermen...did not make prior application to the Division of Labor for foreign workers and did not attempt to give resident workers preference for the fishermen's jobs and did not present copies of any employment contracts prior to entry of the 44 fishermen from the Philippines. (Palau Horizon, August 11-13, 2009)
Ngiraingas said...Ngirkelau’s so called termination was pre-mature and improper because he did not approve the performance rating of Bureau of Public Works Director Techur Rengulbai. A document revealed that Rengulbai reviewed Ngirkelau’s performance and gave him an unsatisfactory rating. Ngiraingas said he did not approve the performance rating because there was no document attached that would explain why Ngirkelau’s performance was unsatisfactory.
Palau Public Utilities Corporation has installed meters and turned on the new streetlights running through the main road of Koror. However, the streetlights will be disconnected if the national government fails to pay the cost which is over $6,00. PPUC installed the meters on Wednesday.
The project to install meters and to power up the streetlights cost the national government of some $6,512.94. Hasinta Nagata, Acting Business Manager for PPUC in her letter to Minister Jackson Ngiraingas of the Ministry of Infrastructure Industries & Commerce said that if they don’t receive payment for the installment of the meters and for the lighting of the streetlights by August 12, they will disconnect the streetlights. PPUC notified the Koror State for the project but Governor Yositaka Adachi replied that national government is responsible for the maintenance of the streetlights located on the Ernguul Road. The Governor stated in his letter to Nagata that the Koror State cannot pay for the streetlights power due to lack of funding. Here.
Mark Bezner, the top American official in Palau, confirmed the State Department was putting together a document spelling out the terms of the Uighurs' stay in Palau. "I expect to have it soon," he said. "We'll be discussing it with the Palauans and then it can be relayed to the Uighurs' attorneys."
A senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that a deal on sending the Uighur detainees to Palau was "close but not yet done." The deal could come soon if there are no last-minute hitches, the official said on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.
Ngiraibelas Tmetuchl, special assistant to Toribiong, said Palau's government so far had not been notified of the developments. "That's news to me," he said. "We will be expecting a note from the U.S."More.
The China Shenyang International, Economic & Technical Cooperation Corporation City Government through its regional agent, Mr. Narciso D. Cauguiran Jr., met with the members of the Ngardmau Free trade zone last week to offer an investment loan of not less than $40 million to develop the Ngardmau port into an international commercial port within the area in Ngardmau State which has been zoned by the act of the OEK to be Palau’s Free Trade Zone...Mr. Cauguiran...prepared to do a feasibility study for this project.The feasibility study would cost $100,000...met with representatives of the Palau National Congress (OEK) at Penthouse on July 27, 2009 to request that OEK appropriate the sum of $ 100,000 to fund the feasibility study and pave the way for the extension of the 40 Million dollars soft loan payable on a long term basis. More.
The proposal by Delegate Basilius seeks to add new provisions to the current law by providing that “any person who makes, and any person who receives a disbursement from the national treasury, in violation of the law shall be guilty of an offense punishable by not more than three months imprisonment or a fine of $1,000 or both. Such a conviction shall be cause of removal of any public official or employee...if approved, will improve financial oversight and ensure audit compliance from the State Governments and the National Government thru the provisions of 40 PNC. Here.