KOROR (PICRC) — During these uncertain times, several companies continue to donate to the Palau International Coral Reef Center’s Arts and Tides Calendar, a community-based program that was launched 19 years ago with the purpose of raising environmental awareness through student artwork. PICRC truly appreciates, and encourages, the contribution of all sponsors of the calendar.

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KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The estimated costs of bringing back home 143 Palauan students and stranded citizens and putting them through two levels of quarantine, in Guam and in Palau will cost approximately $1,018,839, according to the report provided to the Olbiil Era Kelulau or the national legislature by the Office of the President on May 22, 2020.

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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — President Rodrigo Duterte said late on Monday that he would not allow students to go back to school until a vaccine for Covid-19 was available, drawing objections from educators and lawmakers who insisted modifications to the learning system could be introduced to prevent a longer disruption of education forced by the new coronavirus pandemic.

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On May 25, 2020,  David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, sent a diplomatic note to Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, to convey the FSM’s “shared grief as the United States mourns the loss of those American and Micronesian men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our shared values of peace, unity, and liberty” during this year’s Memorial Day remembrances.

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LONDON (Press Release) —  Recognizing the urgent need to safeguard the world’s coral reefs from further decline, the International Coral Reef Initiative  delivered its recommendation to the Convention on Biological Diversity or CBD to be incorporated into the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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