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On February 4, 2014, Board of Directors of Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) held their first meeting of the year and welcomed two of its newest member, Mr. Noah Idechong and Ms. Alfonsa Koshiba.

Mr. Idechong is a former Speaker of the House of Delegates, a founding Executive Director of Palau Conservation Society and a world-renowned conservationist.  He brings to the board his vast experience and knowledge in conservation work and his network of conservationist from around the world.  Ms. Alfonsa Koshiba is currently the Asian Development Bank Liaison Officer to Republic of Palau.  With her background in finance and international relations, Ms. Koshiba will help PICRC’s efforts to link to international agencies for partnerships and assistance.

Mr. Idechong and Ms. Alfonsa join a distinguished governing board composed of Mr. Hiroyuki Tanaka, President and (Chief Executive Officer) CEO of Dolphins Pacific, Mr. Wayne Andrew , Chairman of Helen Reef Resource Management Board,  Mrs. Lolita Gibbons-Decherong , Conservation and Protected Areas Program Manager at Palau Conservation Society,  Mr. William Charles Raynor, Director of Conservation Program of the Asia-Pacific Region, The Nature Conservancy, Ms. Vernice Yuzi, Associate Professor at Palau Community College, Honorable Elbuchel Sadang, Minister of Finance,  Mr. Percy Rechelluul, Acting Director of the  Bureau of Marine Resources and Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, CEO of PICRC.

During the meeting, the Board elected its new officers for 2014.  Mr. Noah Idechong was elected to be the Chairman, Mr. Hiroyuki Tanaka as the Vice Chairman and Mrs. Lolita Gibbons-Decherong as the Secretary/Treasurer.  PICRC has a well-rounded Board of Directors with expertise in the different areas that are needed to effectively manage the Center.  The Board of Directors of PICRC are the guardians of PICRC’s mission and provide direction and guidance that will help ensure that PICRC fulfills its mission to be an international Center of Excellence to support conservation and management for the perpetuation of marine and associated environments through research and education that is significant to Palau and relevant to the world.

For more information about PICRC, visit www.picrc.org or “Like” PICRC on Facebook.

GOVERNOR
  1. JACK M. MASTERS
  2. TMEUANG RENGULBAI
  3. PETER ADELBAI
  4. JULITA TELLEI

LEGISLATOR AT-LARGE

  1. OMTEI J RINGANG
  2. RALPHY F. KANAI
  3. WILLIANDER “WANDEI” NGOTEL
  4. HELENDA IYECHUR OIMEI
  5. ADERDEI GILLIAN JOHANES
  6. FABIAN B. IYAR
  7. LEO BEN TERIONG
  8. RON RONNY NGIRACHEREANG
  9. HELENA ROIS YOICHI
  10. CLARENCE . POLLOI
  11. SANO SAKURAI
  12. DOUGLAS UEKI
  13. DAVID A. ORRUKEM
  14. JOHNSON IECHAD
  15. MARCIE OLKERIIL

LEGISLATOR HAMLET

  1. DIXIE TECHUR – ORDOMEL
  2. VALERIE M. IKESAKES – ORDOMEL
  3. RICHARD RIHART RECHIREI – OIKULL
  4. NGIRAIRIANG DENNIS RENGUUL – NGERUSAR
  5. FLORENCE K. NGIRMEKUR – NGERUSAR
  6. CLARENCE L. KITALONG – NGETKIB
  7. HERNANDO HERR IYAR – NGCHESECHANG
  8. CLINTON “CLINT” J. FREESE – NGCHESECHANG
  9. TECHUR RENGULBAI – NGERULUOBEL
  10. RMERIANG T.S. TELL – NGERULUOBEL

As of February 3, the Palau Judiciary is undergoing some personnel changes.  Rose Ongalibang is now the Palau Judiciary’s Budget Officer. Ms. Ongalibang is not new to the position, as she was formerly the Budget Officer back in 1993 prior to becoming the Chief Clerk of Courts in 2002. With Executive Order 349 from the President asking each government agency to assign a central point of contact for grants, Ms. Ongalibang has also been assigned as the Judiciary’s Grants Liaison Officer.

With the reassignment of Ms. Ongalibang, Allison Sengebau is now the new Chief Clerk of Courts. Mrs. Sengebau has been with the court since 1996. She was once head of the Human Resources Department for a year, but she has been a Deputy Clerk many years. Mrs. Sengebau graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hawaii, Hilo.

Marcella April, formerly the Palau Judiciary’s Budget Officer, will now become the Deputy Budget Officer.

In addition to the personnel changes, Luisa Kumangai has been hired back as the Chambers Administrator to Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong. Mrs. Kumangai isn’t new to the Palau Judiciary as she previously served as the secretary to the current Chief Justice prior to his appointment as Chief Justice in 1992. She then became the Executive Secretary to Chief Justice Ngiraklsong before becoming the Special Assistant to Chief Justice in 1996.  Mrs. Kumangai left the court in 2002 and now returns to the Judiciary after nine years of working under the Office of the Vice Presidency during the past three administrations.

The Palau Judiciary hopes that these changes should help things run more efficiently in providing better services to the general public.

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF PALAU TO THE UNITED NATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 FEBRUARY 2014

NEW YORK—On Tuesday, February 4th 2014, Palau’s President, H.E. Tommy Remengesau Jr., will deliver a keynote address to the United Nations on a way forward towards healthy oceans and seas.

In his address, President Remengesau will discuss his intention to close Palau’s waters to commercial fishing and will revisit his call in September for a stand alone UN Sustainable Development Goal on oceans and seas. He will also highlight the need for new, innovative partnerships to help monitor Palau’s territory and prepare and respond to extreme weather disasters like Bopha and Haiyan.

President Remengesau will be joined by H.E. Andrea Orlando, Italy’s Minister of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, H.E. Tony DeBrum, Minister in Assistance to the President of the Marshall Islands, Mr. David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, as well as a number of United Nations ambassadors, financial intuitions, and civil society.

The Open Discussion with President Remengesau will take place in the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber from 4pm to 6pm.

NGERULMUD, REPUBLIC OF PALAU  –  Senate President Camsek Elias Chin called the Seventeenth Day of the Senate’s 5th Regular Session to order at  1:18  p.m.  on  Thursday,  January 30, 2014 with all Senators present.

The Tropical Disturbance located roughly 280mi E-SE of Palau moving West at 15mph with winds of 17-23mph.

It is currently a subject of a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert (TFCA) by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) it may upgrade to a Tropical Cyclone in less than 24 hours. 

Remember the different categories of Tropical Cyclones based on the intensity of the maximum sustained winds (MSW)?  Here it is again: 

Tropical Cyclones

Type

MSW

Tropical Depression 38mph or less
Tropical Storm 39-73mph
Typhoon 74-150mph
Super Typhoon greater than 150mph

 No changes to the forecast unless the Tropical Disturbance delays exiting our waters.  Majority of next week leans towards the dry side with just short bursts of moderate to heavy showers due to converging trade winds.

 Wind:
Today=North 12-23mph with gusts to 35mph shifting to northwest this afternoon with combined seas of 10-12ft.
Tonight=West wind 6-17mph with combined seas of 9-11ft. 

Friday=Southwest wind 12-17mph with combined seas of 8-10ft.
Friday night=Southeast wind 12-17mph with combined seas of 7-9ft. 

Saturday=East wind 12-17mph with combined seas of 6-8ft.
Sunday and Monday=Northeast wind 12-17mph with combined seas of 6-8ft. 

 

Temperatures:  Highs in the mid 80s and overnight lows in the mid 70s. 

 

Sunset:  6:09pm                Surnise:  6:21am

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