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These new Compacts provided US$3.5 billion in funding for both nations

These new Compacts provided US$3.5 billion in funding for both nations. US$30 million will also be disbursed annually amongst American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands in "Compact Impact" funding. This funding helps the governments of these localities cope with the expense of providing services to immigrants from the RMI, FSM, and Palau. SONY Vaio VPC-EB3E1E/PI CPU Fan The U.S. usage of Kwajalein Atoll for missile testing was renewed for the same period.[8] The new Compacts also changed certain immigration rules. RMI and FSM citizens traveling to the U.S. are now required to have passports. The U.S. Postal Service was given the option to apply international postage rates for mail between the U.S. and RMI/FSM (phased in over five years). SONY Vaio VPC-EB3E1E/WI CPU Fan The USPS began implementing the change in January 2006, but decided to resume domestic services and rates in November 2007.[9] The renewed Compact (commonly called "Compact II") for FSM took effect on June 25, 2004,[10] and for RMI on June 30, 2004. SONY Vaio VGN-FS660/W CPU Fan The economic provisions of the Compact for Palau which provided $18 million in annual subsidies and grants, expired on September 30, 2009, and the renewal talk was expected to conclude in early 2010. U.S. financial support for Palau is currently based on a continuing resolution passed by the U.S. Congress.[11] HP Pavilion G61-631NR CPU Fan The Compact Trust Fund set up to replace US financial aid underperformed due to the recession.[12] The military and civil defense provisions will remain until 2015. The United States' administration of the former trust territories now covered under the Compacts of Free Association has been subject to ongoing criticism over the past several decades. HP Pavilion dv6560el CPU Fan A 1961 United Nations mission report initially noted deficiencies in "American administration in almost every area: poor transportation, failure to settle war damage claims; failure to adequately compensate for land taken for military purposes; poor living conditions[;] inadequate economic development; inadequate education programs; and almost nonexistent medical care." [14] HP Pavilion dv6-2128ca CPU Fan In 1971, congresswoman Patsy Minkfurther noted that "[A]fter winning the right to control Micronesia, [the U.S.] proceeded to allow the islands to stagnate and decay through indifference and lack of assistance. . . . [T]he people are still largely impoverished and lacking in all of the basic amenities which we consider essential – adequate education, housing, good health standards, modern sanitation facilities." [15] HP Pavilion dv7-3004el CPU Fan After the compacts, criticism was also received by the United States House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific with regards to the unfulfilled commitments of the United States to address the impacts of U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, which were included as part of the Pacific Proving Grounds. HP Pavilion dv7-4050ev CPU Fan Speakers noted that while section 177 of the Compact of Free Association recognized the United States' responsibility "to address past, present and future consequences of the nuclear testing claims," less than $4 million was awarded out of a $2.2 billion judgement rendered by a Nuclear Claims Tribunal created under the RMI Compact, HP G42-367TU CPU Fan and the United States Court of Claims had dismissed two lawsuits to enforce the judgement.[16] With respect to these unaddressed claims, medical practitioners also noted the potential widespread impacts of nuclear testing within the Pacific Proving Grounds, indicated by the prevalence of both radiogenic diseases, as well as heart disease, HP Pavilion dv5-1172el CPU Fan diabetes, and obesity associated with "[a] forced changed in dietary patterns and lifestyle" resulting from U.S. administration after the testing.[17] In 2011, lawmakers further noted that the U.S. Congress had continuously failed to cover the costs of promised medical care and services to displaced Compact citizens who migrate to the United States for health care, Toshiba Satellite A105-S4084 CPU Fan education, and employment opportunities, particularly since the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act.[18] Questions regarding U.S. responsibility have also been raised regarding the issue of numerous derelict war ships and oil tankers abandoned or destroyed by the U.S. military in atolls and islands throughout the Compact area. HP Pavilion dv4-1038tx CPU Fan In 2009, the State of Hawaii, under the administration of then governor Linda Lingle, attempted to restrict health care access for Compact citizens by eliminating all Compact residents of Hawaii from QUEST, the state’s comprehensive Medicaid coverage plan. COFA residents were instead subject to Basic Health Hawaii, HP Pavilion dv7-3060sb CPU Fan a limited health care plan under which "transportation services are excluded and patients can receive no more than ten days of medically necessary inpatient hospital care per year, twelve outpatient visits per year, and a maximum of four medication prescriptions per calendar month. . . . BHH covers dialysis treatments as an emergency medical service only, HP Pavilion dv7-6055sf CPU Fan and the approximate ten to twelve prescription medications dialysis patients take per month are not fully covered. BHH . . . caus[es] cancer patients to exhaust their allotted doctors' visits within two to three months".[20] Noting that such a policy likely constituted unlawful discrimination in violation of the Equal Protection Clause, SONY VGN-CS108D  CPU Fan federal district court judge John Michael Seabright issued a preliminary injunction against the implementation of Basic Health Hawaii.[21] In finding a high likelihood of irreparable harm, Judge Seabright took note of the "compelling evidence that BHH's limited coverage . . . is causing COFA Residents to forego much needed treatment because they cannot otherwise afford it".[22] DELL XPS M170 CPU Fan Lingle's successor, Governor Neil Abercrombie indicated that he might continue the State's appeal of the injunction to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The United States government detained twenty-two Uyghurs in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp since 2002. As of today the three Uyghurs Yusef Abbas, HP Pavilion G72-b15SV CPU Fan Hajiakbar Abdulghupur and Saidullah Khalik remain in Guantanamo and have filed cases in US courts to obtain the right to be brought to the United States. Several support groups in the US, especially in Washington D.C., have expressed their will to integrate these men into their community.Uyghurs are an ethnic group from Central Asia and Xinjiang province in western China. HP G62-120ES CPU Fan The Washington Post reported on August 24, 2005 that fifteen Uyghurs had been determined to be "No longer enemy combatants" (NLECs).[6] The Post reported that detainees who had been classified as NLEC were, not only still being incarcerated, but one was shackled to the floor for reasons not disclosed by his attorney. HP Pavilion dv6-3034ss   CPU   Fan Five of these Uyghurs, who had filed for writs of habeas corpus, were transported to Albania on May 5, 2006 just prior to a scheduled judicial review of their petitions. The other seventeen obtained writs of habeas corpus in 2008. The Uyghurs who were present at the alleged camp reported that they did not expect their camp to be bombed.[ HP Pavilion dv7-3165ef  CPU Fan Some of them acknowledged that they had heard of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the radio, but none of them knew that the Taliban were accused of involvement. They all acknowledged having fled the camp when it was bombed. They all stated that they were unarmed. One of the Uyghurs said Maksum was killed in the bombing. HP X16-1000 Series CPU Fan None of the Uyghurs described seeing the United States as an enemy. All of the Uyghurs who mentioned the People's Republic of China described its government as an oppressive occupation. Some of the Uyghurs said that they sought out the training in order to go back to China and defend their fellow Uyghurs against their Chinese occupiers. IBM ThinkPad Z61m  CPU Fan Some of the other Uyghurs said they sought out the camp of fellow Uyghurs because they were waiting for a visa to Iran, one of the countries they had to pass through on their way to Turkey.They had heard that Turkey would grant them political asylum. From July 2004 through March 2005 all 568 of the detainees held at Guantanamo had their detention reviewed by Combatant Status Review Tribunals. ACER Aspire One D250 CPU Fan 38 of the detainees were determined to be NLEC. Five Uyghurs were among the 38 detainees determined not to have been enemy combatants, and were transferred from the main detention camp to Camp Iguana. This conclusion was remarked on by the first Denbeaux study, ACER Ferrari 4000 CPU Fan that pointed out that many of the detainees who remained incarcerated had faced much less serious allegations than the Uyghurs had faced. On May 10, 2006 Radio Free Asia reported that the five Uyghurs transported to Albania were the only Uyghurs who had been moved to Camp Iguana. None of the Uyghurs wanted to be returned to China. HP G42-367TU CPU Fan The United States declined to grant the Uyghurs political asylum, or to allow them parole, or even freedom on the Naval Base. Some of the Uyghurs had lawyers who volunteered to help them pursue a writ of habeas corpus, which would have been one step in getting them freed from U.S. detention. Toshiba Satellite L350-146 CPU Fan In the case of Qassim v. Bush, those Uyghurs argued for their writ of habeas corpus in United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was scheduled to hear arguments on Monday May 8, 2006. Five of the Uyghurs were transported to Albania, on Friday May 5, 2006; the United States filed an emergency motion to dismiss later that day. HP Pavilion dv8335ea CPU Fan The court dismissed the case as moot.[10] Barbara Olshansky, one of the Uyghur's lawyers, characterized the sudden transfer as an attempt to: "...avoid having to answer in court for keeping innocent men in jail,[11]" Some press reports state that the Uyghurs have been granted political asylum in Albania. Dell Vostro 3400 CPU Fan But the U.S. government press release merely states that they are applying for asylum in Albania. On May 9, 2006 the Associated Press reported that the People's Republic of China (PRC) denounced the transfer of custody.[12][13] The PRC called the transfer of the Uyghurs to Albania a violation of international law. Albania agreed to examine the evidence against the men. APPLE MG62090V1-Q020-S99 CPU Fan Radio Free Asia reports that the five were staying at a National Center for Refugees in a Tirana suburb.[8] On May 24, 2006 Abu Bakr Qasim told interviewers that he and his compatriots felt isolated in Albania.[14] Qasim described his disappointment with the United States, who the Uyghurs had been hoping would support the Uyghurs quest for Uyghur autonomy. APPLE 15" Macbook Pro Unibody CPU Fan To the BBC he said that "Guantanamo was a five-year nightmare. We're trying to forget it".[15]" In an interview with ABC News Qasim said that members of the American-Uyghur community had come forward and assured the U.S. government that they would help him and his compatriots adapt to life in the United States, if they were given asylum there.[16] Gateway 6020GZ CPU Fan On June 19, 2008 the Associated Press reported that Adel Abdu Al-Hakim had been denied political asylum in Sweden.[17] Sten De Geer, his Swedish lawyer, plans to appeal the ruling, because Albania will not allow his wife and children to join him. On February 9, 2009, Reuters reported that the five Uyghurs in Albania had heard from the seventeen Uyghurs left behind in Guantanamo, and that their conditions had improved. Toshiba Satellite Pro M30-891 CPU Fan An article in the December 5, 2006 edition of The Washington Post reported on a legal appeal launched on behalf of seven of the Uyghurs remaining in detention in Guantanamo.[7] The article reports that the Uyghurs' lawyers argued that the evidence against their clients was essentially identical to that against the five Uyghurs who were released; Toshiba Satellite Pro M30-782 CPU Fan that the process by which their "enemy combatant" status had been determined, and reviewed, was flawed. The article went on to quote Washington officials, and former officials, about whether the group that the Uyghurs were accused of belonging to had been added to the State Department's list of Terrorist organizations largely to secure acquiescence from the PRC to the then imminent U.S. invasion of Iraq. HP Pavilion dv5-1050eo CPU Fan The article quotes Susan Baker Manning, one of the Uyghurs' lawyers:[7]"It is amazing to me that the US has agreed to in effect hold political prisoners for China in exchange for anything. That goes against everything that we, I thought, stood for in this country." Guantanamo spokesmen, Commander Jeffrey Gordon, responded to the appeal with the comment: "There is a significant amount of evidence, both unclassified and classified, which supports detention by U.S. forces,"[19] According to the Associated Press Gordon told reporters: SONY VGN-SZ220 CPU Fan "...the seven had 'multiple' reviews and were properly classified as enemy combatants." An article about the Uyghurs' appeal, in The Jurist, citing the Fifth Denbeaux Report: The no-hearing hearings, called the Uighur's Combatant Status Review Tribunals "show trials".[20] Dell Studio XPS 1645 CPU Fan An article published on April 18, 2007 discussed the diplomatic problem posed by finding a new home for the Uyghurs in detail. On March 11, 2007 the Boston Globe reported that the 17 remaining Uyghur captives had been transferred to the newly built Camp Six, in Guantanamo.[22] The Globe reports that the Uyghurs are held for 22 hours a day in cells without natural light. ACER eMachines 7230 CPU Fan The Globe points out that prior to their detention in Camp Six, they were able to socialize with one another, but that they couldn't speak to the prisoners in neighboring cells because none of them speak Arabic or Pashto. The Globe quotes Sabin Willett, the Uyghur's lawyer, who reports that, consequently, there has been a serious decline in the Uyghur's mental health. DELL Latitude E4300 CPU Fan According to the Globe: "The military says the Uighurs were put there either because they attacked guards or trashed their quarters during the riot last May."[22] The Globe quotes Sabin Willett's explanation for the Uyghur's new harsher detention. In the Summer of 2006, the habeas corpus submissions known as Hamdan v. Rumsfeld reached the United States Supreme Court. SONY Vaio VGN-A29LP CPU Fan The Supreme Court ruled the Executive Branch lacked the Constitutional authority to initiatemilitary commissions to try Guantanamo captives. However, it also ruled that the United States Congress did have the authority to set up military commissions. And, in the fall of 2006 the Congress passed the Military Commissions Act, setting up military commissions similar to those initially set up by the Executive Branch. HP Pavilion dv7t-6100 CTO CPU Fan The Act also stripped captives of the right to file habeas corpus submissions in the US Court system.[21] The earlier Detainee Treatment Act, passed on December 31, 2005, had stripped captives of the right to initiate new habeas corpus submissions, while leaving existing habeas corpus motions in progress. HP Pavilion dv7-3163cl CPU Fan The Detainee Treatment Act had explicitly authorized an appeal process for Combatant Status Review Tribunals which failed to follow the military's own rules.[21]And Sabin Willet, the Uyghur's lawyer, has chosen to initiate appeals of the Uyghur's Combatant Status Review Tribunals. HP Pavilion dv7-4140ed CPU Fan The Uyghurs can not be repatriated to China because domestic U.S. law proscribes deporting individuals to countries where they are likely to be abused.[23] The Bush administration conducted bilateral negotiations with a number of other countries, to accept captives who had been cleared for release, with very limited success. Frustrated British officials who were negotiating for the return of Guantanamo captives who had been granted UK residency permission prior to their capture leaked the conditions Bush administration officials were trying to insist upon. Compaq Presario CQ60-155ep CPU Fan Bush officials were insisting that Britain either indefinitely incarcerate the men, upon their arrival—or they place them under round the clock surveillance. On June 2, 2008 the Globe and Mail reported that recently released documents suggested that the Government of Canada had come close to offering asylum to the Uyghurs.[24] HP Mini 110-3000sd CPU Fan The Globe reports that Canadian officials held back from offering the Uyghur captives asylum out of fear that the PRC government would retaliate against Huseyin Celil, a Canadian citizen of Uyghur background, who was in Chinese custody. On February 4, 2009 the Globe and Mail reported that Hassan Anvar's refugee claim, and the refugee claims of two of his compatriots were close to completion.[ Compaq Presario CQ60-155ep CPU Fan The article quoted Mehmet Tohti, a Uyghur human rights activist who stated that he had met with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. According to the Globe, Tohti claimed there had been a positive consensus to admit Anvar, and two men whose lawyers haven't authorized their names to be released. According to the Canwest News Service, SONY Vaio VPC-EA46FM/B CPU Fan Kenney is considering issuing special ministerial permits for the three Uyghurs. According to Reuters, Alyshan Velshi, from Kenney's office, disputed whether Canada was close to accepting any Uyghurs.[28] The other fourteen Uyghurs hadn't yet satisfied an obligation Canada expects of refugee claimants—that they establish their identity. Toshiba Satellite L500-1XL CPU Fan The Don Valley Refugee Resettlement Organization is sponsoring Hassan Anvar's refugee claim.[25] The archdiocese of Montreal is sponsoring the other two men. Their sponsors will support the men with housing and clothing, if they are admitted. An article published by the Associated Press on October 10, 2008, HP Mini 110-3000sd CPU Fan quoted Elshat Hassan and Nury Turkel, two leaders of the Uyghur American Association, about plans for American-Uyghurs to help the Uyghur captives acclimatize, once they have been admitted to the USA.[29] Turkel said the Uyghurs are as oppressed as the Tibetans, but they don't receive as much recognition because they lack a high profile leader, like the Dalai Lama. HP Pavilion dv7-3162nr CPU Fan On June 11, 2009, Abdul Helil Mamut, Huzaifa Parhat, Emam Abdulahat and Jalal Jalaladin[46] arrived in the British overseas territory of Bermuda.[47] The cost of the relocation will be borne by the United States, while the government of Bermuda would arrange documentation, residence and housing.[48] According to their lawyers, the four men will be "guest workers" in Bermuda;[49] HP 480481-001 CPU Fan according to Premier of Bermuda Ewart Brown, however, they will instead be given the opportunity to become naturalised "citizens" — currently impossible under Bermudian law, and a right which many residents, who are locally born and raised, do not have[50] — with the ability to eventually travel freely.[48] The decision was made without the knowledge of Richard Gozney, the Governor of Bermuda, responsible for foreign affairs and security matters, who only found out after their arrival.[51] HP 622029-001 CPU Fan Brown's promise of "citizenship" was apparently made without the knowledge of the British government, whose citizenship is being offered. The offer of asylum was strongly criticised both within Bermuda and by the UK. This was not the first time that Bermuda hosted refugees; during the 1970s, five people from Vietnam were allowed into the country; Toshiba Satellite L555-12P CPU Fan only one remains there, following the emigration of three others and the death of the fifth.[52] The following day, the Opposition United Bermuda Party moved for a motion of no confidence against Brown,[53] while the British government declared its intentions to review its legal relationship with the territory.[54] HP GB0507PGV1-A CPU Fan On September 29, 2011 the Antigua Observer quoted Henry Bellingham the United Kingdom's Overseas Territories Minister on the UK's expectation that the USA would find a permanent home for the four Uyghurs in another country. This is something that we weren’t consulted on by the last (Brown) administration. HP Pavilion dv7-1135nr CPU Fan We have spoken to the United States about it — it’s our understanding that the arrangement was not to be permanent and we’re looking to the US State Department to find a permanent solution. We’re working with them to try and achieve that. On September 30, 2008, Gregory Katsas, Assistant Attorney General filed a "notice of status" for the remaining Uyghur captives—Dell Latitude E6510 CPU Fan stating that they would no longer be classed as "enemy combatants".[67][68] According to The AM Law Daily the Department of Justice was scheduled to appear before Ricardo M Urbina on October 7, 2008, to defend classifying the men as enemy combatants. Although they were no longer considered "enemy combatants" camp authorities continued to hold six of the men in solitary confinement.[67] DELL DC280005FF0 CPU Fan On Tuesday October 7, 2008, US District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled that the Uyghurs had to be brought to the US to appear in his court in Washington DC on Friday 10 October 2008.[69] The United States Department of Justice filed an emergency motion to stay the Uyghurs' admission to the US.[70] HP KSB0605HB CPU Fan On October 8, 2008, a three judge appeal panel granted the emergency motion to stay the Uyghur's transfer. The judges stay was to enable the appeals court to consider the merits of the parties' arguments. The parties to file briefs by October 16, 2008. On October 16, 2008, Clint Williamson, the State Department official responsible for negotiating a new home for the captives, HP 580696-001 CPU Fan complained that the Justice Department's description of the Uyghurs had undermined his efforts.[71] Williamson is the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues. On October 20, 2009 the United States Supreme Court announced it would hear an appeal filed on behalf of the Uyghurs, as to whether Justice Leon had the authority to order the Uyghurs to be released in the United States. HP Pavilion dv7-4014eo CPU Fan A panel of appeal court judges had overruled Leon. The appeal was filed on behalf of Hazaifa Parhat and seven other of the Uyghur captives. But the court's ruling would apply to all the Uyghurs, and would affect the appeals of other captives whose habeas hearings have overturned their CSR Tribunals. DELL Studio 1555 CPU Fan The sport of baseball is widely played in Palau, having been introduced by the Japanese during their occupation of the island nation. The highest level of league play in Palau in represented by Palau Major League (PML), which is overseen by the Belau Baseball Federation.[1] The country is represented in international play by the Palau national baseball team. HP G62-339WM CPU Fan The PML plays its games at the Asahi Field in Koror during a season lasting from January to April. No admission fee is charged for games.[2] As of 2002 there were seven teams in the PML in one division. Baseball was first brought to Palau by the Japanese, who annexed the islands from Germany in 1914 and controlled them until losing the Battle of Peleliu in November 1944. HP Pavilion dv5-1145ev CPU Fan One noted early promoter of baseball on the islands was Motoji Kono, who worked for theImperial Japanese government on Palau from 1922 to 1929. He is credited with a foundational role in Palauan baseball for his work teaching Palauan men the basic skill sets and rules necessary to play the game, as well as being an energetic promoter of the sport, primarily from 1925 onwards.[3] HP F787 CPU Fan Most Palauan players in the 1920s were employed with the Japanese administration on the island.[4] In 1927 and 1928, a team of top Palauan players dubbed the All Palau Team played an annual series against a team composed of Japanese administrators. Although the Japanese won the first series, the All Palau team took 1928 match, HP Pavilion dv7-3155eb CPU Fan leading the Japanese to segregate baseball on the island so that Palauans and Japanese players competed amongst themselves but not against each other. American soldiers who occupied Palau at the end of and following World War II further promoted the game on the island. DELL Studio 1458 CPU Fan American soldiers provided endurance training and helped develop the islanders' pitching and fielding, particularly working to cultivate their infield skills.[6] The PML was founded in 1947,[7] with the league culminating in the All-Palau Baseball Championship. A team from Peleliu was dominant in the postwar years, winning seven titles between 1947 and 1957. Toshiba Satellite A505-S6970 CPU Fan Peleliu suffered a notable defeat in the 1955 All-Palau Baseball Championship to a team of students from Koror Intermediate School. Peleliu won three championships in the 1960s: in 1960, 1961 and 1969. The team hasn't won a PML championship since 1969. HP Pavilion dv6-3090si CPU Fan In 1962, the Airai Comets won the PML championship for the first time, defeating the Ngardmau Cardinals.[9] In the same year, a team of Palauan all-stars secured the nation's first success in international competition, winning a three game set against a team ofGuamanian all-stars 2-0. Palau was the visiting team for the series, which was held at Chief Quipuha Park.[10][11] HP G60-215EM CPU Fan The team was a sensation upon its arrival in Palau, where they were hosted at the Kebtol'l Bai (double bai) in Koror. Bai is the local Palauan name for the steep-roofed shelter built as a meeting place for the village elders. Chiefs from all the clans in Palau were present for a feast held in the team's honor.[12] In 1963, Palau Vocational School defeated Ngardmau to become the first student team to win the Toshiba Satellite A100-011 CPU Fan All-Palau Championship since 1955. The 1963 trophy is still kept in the trophy case at Palau Community College (PCC).[13] An team of Palauan all-stars participated in further international competition in 1963, defeating a team from Xavier High School onChuuk and winning a three game series against a team of Pohnpei all-stars, two games to one. DELL XPS M1210 CPU Fan The final game narrowly avoided a rainout that would have led to a Pohnpei victory as Palau only pulled ahead in the late innings. As such, much credit for the victory was given to the Palauan team magician for overcoming the spells of the Pohnpeiian magician.[14] For the 1966 season, the PML contained ten teams divided into two, five team leagues.  HP G62-120SL CPU Fan The Palau League contained Palau High School, Melekeok, Ngaremlengui, Peleliu A, and Airai. The Territorial League contained the Ngaraard Red Torch, Ngiwal, Koror, Aimeliik, and Peleliu B.[15] However, the number and identity of the teams that participated in the PML varied significantly from year to year. HP Pavilion dv6-2117eo CPU Fan The Ngardmau Cardinals won the 1967 All Palau Baseball Championship, defeating team Asahi. The team won again in 1968, and went on to defeat a team of Palauan all-stars in the same year. The PML had 7 teams in one division for the 1968 season. The competing teams were the Cardinals, Asahi, the Red Torch, Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5950 CPU Fan Ngarametal,Ngarabelod, Ngarchelong and Peleliu.[16] Peleliu won the 1969 championship, going 8-2 over the course of the regular season.[17] The Palauan National Baseball Team participated in the 1969 Micronesian Olympic Games in Saipan. There are few existing records chronicling the PML in the 1970s,[19] but the Red Torch appear to have dominated the decade. SONY Vaio VGN-BZ11MN CPU Fan The team won the All-Palau Baseball Championship in 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979. Meyuns won the championship in 1971, and Palau High School won in 1972. Meyuns repeated in 1975. Asahi field also underwent a renovation at some point the 1970s that included covered bleachers.[20] SONY Vaio VGN-TX91S CPU Fan In 1973, a lawsuit was brought forth by the team from Ngaremlengui against the Aimeliik team for a game that Ngaremlengui won in the bottom of the ninth that the manager of the Aimeliik team felt should have concluded in the top of the ninth due to time limitations. The Parks Board ruled in favor of Aimeliik, leading Ngaremlengui to file suit against the decision. Toshiba Satellite A100-849 CPU Fan The 1981 PML season was canceled to allow the Palauan national team time to prepare to prepare for the 1981 Ambassadors Memorial Baseball Tournament in Guam. The tournament was played from May 22 to May 31, and in addition to the team from Palau included the Ponape All-Stars, who represented all the Federated States of Micronesia, Gateway MT6400 CPU Fan Athletes in Action Ambassadors, the University of Guam Tritons, and the APL Los Amigos, that year's champions of the Island Baseball League in Guam. Palau's team lost in the semi-finals, with Los Amigos winning the tournament.[22] The Airai Aces won every championship between 1982 and 1989 save for 1986.[23] Toshiba Satellite A100-849 CPU Fan Peleliu opted to forfeit the third game of the 1982 championship after dropping the first two games, and lost to Airai in the 1982 championship as well. Ngerbeches overcame Airai in the 1986 PML championship series, winning the set 3-2.[24]As of 1989, there were five teams in the PML in one division. Dell Vostro 3350 CPU Fan The Airai Aces' success conintued into the 1990s, with the team taking the PML Championship outright in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, and 1996, and splitting the championship with Ngerbeched in 1991. Ngerbeched won the PML Finals in 1993 and 1997. A joint Ngerbeched-Ngerbeches team was the 1998 PML champion.[26] ACER Aspire 4733 CPU Fan Palau's national team took the gold medal for baseball in the 1990 Micronesian Games in Saipan, beating Guam 8-0 in the final,[27] and in the 1998 Games held in Palau.[28] Palau took the bronze in baseball in the 1994 Micronesian Games.[29] The 1999 PML season was cut short to allow Palau's athletes to train for theSouth Pacific Games, in which Palau finished 5th in baseball. ACER Aspire 3003LCi CPU Fan The PML had seven teams in one division for the 2000 season.[31] Ngerbeched was the 2000 PML champion, the team's third title in a row (not including the shortened 1999 season for which no champion was announced). Ngerbeched repeated in 2001, narrowly defeating Aimeliik in the finals.[32] Airai returned to form to take the 2002, 2003 and 2004 titles,[33] HP Pavilion dv7-6187cl CPU Fan Koror defeated Ngerbeched to win the first PML title in the team's 60-year history in 2005.[34] The team repeated in 2006, defeating Airai in the finals.[35]Airai took the 2007 PML championship by defeating PCC four games to two in a seven-game championship series.[36] Ngerbeched won the 2008 PML season.[37] HP Pavilion dv7-1128ca CPU Fan A team of Palauan youths aged 16 to 18 years took second placed in baseball in the inaugural 2004 Oceania AAA Baseball Tournament, held in Palau.[38] Palau's national team took the gold in baseball in the 2007 Pacific Games in Samoa, finishing the tournament unbeaten with an 8-0 record, though the championship game was canceled due to rain.[39] HP Pavilion dv6-3216us CPU Fan The national baseball team took the bronze in baseball in the 2002 and 2006 Micronesian Games.[40] However, Palau rebounded to take the gold medal in the 2010 Micronesian Games in Palau, defeating a team from the Northern Mariana Islands 7 to 3 in the final. 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