Archive for May, 2010

May 29, 2010

Our Future is Asia

By Jackson Henry

“If you want to make money, put yourself in the path of money”, is adage heard in the winning circles of entrepreneurs. Realtors’ mantra is, “location, location, location”. These two slogans are testimonies of the importance of being strategically in the right place if you want to an economy.

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May 27, 2010

Our Vanishing Culture

By Fuana Tmarsel

My daughter sat silently amused when I took her on a canoe ride around the mangrove area and showed her part of my childhood playgrounds. I pointed to the dense thickets and the tangled roots just below the deep and told her of how as a young girl, I would climb the shrubs to find solace, or just to feel the quiet embrace of nature. I told her about the homemade canoes (totang) my neighborhood friends and I paddled during high tides. Most children in Babeldaob engaged with nature discovering the woodlands and the various creatures hidden within. Understanding the importance and value of our ecosystem came naturally because it was part of livelihood, and our daily pastime. Due to illness, we moved to Koror to be near the hospital, and thus, our playground greatly diminished; instead of roaming the woods we went to the mangroves and the sea, catching crabs and all kinds of crawling sea animals at low tides and racing totangs at high tides. I loved the nature. It was a venue for learning and creativity; a place of quietude. It was our very own amusement park.

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May 26, 2010

Palau Senators Follow McCarthyism

By Santy Asanuma

McCarthyism (1950’s USA). William Vitarelli was an American by blood but turned rubak by choice and became a true defender of the Palauan people’s history and destiny. And because of it he became a victim of US Government. America became a strong country because of the undying efforts of few men whose unyielding position on humanistic principles, promotion of civil liberties, and above all the proclamation of their Christian faith were finally and conspicuously enshrined (delalm) in their constitution. The Palauan people in formation of our constitution saw that these values were self-evident (bleketakl el klemerang) and were inspired to pursue the same beliefs. As a result, our constitution essentially mirrored US constitution. 

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May 24, 2010

Little hope from the $4.2M supplemental

By Kambes Kesolei

Even the most casual observers know that there has been no reluctance on the part of our political leaders to issue themselves huge paychecks while the rest of the working public struggle to make ends meet, especially at a time where the cost of living is far outpacing their meager earnings.

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May 21, 2010

Belau Examiner

Here it is.

http://belauexaminer.wordpress.com/

May 21, 2010

Investment Expos

By Jackson Henry

There is a saying, “a business with no sign, is a sign of no business”. This statement points out the importance of advertisement and promotions if you want to grow your business. In our quest to grow our nation’s economy, we need serious investment promotions worldwide.

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May 19, 2010

Macroeconomics vs. Home economics

By Santy Asanuma

Big fish eats small fish concept. So if you are small fish you better swim fast. It is unheard of that anything small in the food chain gets to prey on animal of bigger physical size, especially live. The money pushers of the world had always painted the picture of big is beneficial even to the little people of Dauphin Island off the coast of Louisiana. And these are Americans who are losing their beach and sea to the monstrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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May 17, 2010

Well intended but unfulfilled policies?

By Kambes Kesolei

“A seemingly personal view on the many failings of our well intended but sometimes unfulfilled policies as we strive to provide for the welfare of the people,” a revealing portrait of the OEK from House Speaker Idechong in response to the pension plan administrator’s letter.

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May 14, 2010

The Revival of PSB

By Jackson Henry

President Toribiong’s commitment to revive the defunct Pacific Savings Bank is a breath of fresh air for the remaining 641 depositors whose $18 million loss at PSB seemed hopeless. Palau salutes the President for his bold move to address this grave matter which is seen as a “black eye” on the face of our Republic. Since its closure on November, 2006, there has been no clear solution put forth to put this issue to bed. Finally, the President has chartered the course forward. The PSB depositors also appreciate the tireless efforts of Moses Uludong volunteering his time to organize the PSB victims seeking solutions to their misery. 

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May 13, 2010

Ngalekukeruu (Stateless Children)

By Santy Asanuma

As a young boy one of the treasured moments I had with a patriarch and traditional wise man, Kloteraol Ngoderii Santos, was when community elders would come to seek for his advice on community matters covering cultural practice to political development. He would motion to me to take a more inconspicuous seat in the house but always within the ear distance before the rubaks fill into the house. During sessions like this, I heard some real sacred discussion then that up to this day I have not been able to share them with anyone. One of his relating to the foreign intervention and influences on the Palauan people he said that “a re iklengebard a ngalekukeruu” (the westerners are stateless and therefore not in one accord).

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May 10, 2010

“Mamang” – the most beautiful word

By Fuana Tmarsel

Mamang Rikel passed away a month shy of her 87th birthday.
At the hospital the doctor looked at her record and explained that in all his 20 plus years working as a doctor in Palau he had only seen three people with high blood pressure registering over 240 and survived.

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May 7, 2010

Lithium is our future

By Jackson Henry

Lithium stocks are Wall Street’s new darling. In fact, they are the hottest stocks these days. An investor calls Lithium the new oil because they will be the new power behind the next breed of battery operated generation of cars. 

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May 4, 2010

Lesser of Two Evils

By Santy Asanuma

I was impressed by this idea that I came across during my studies in college. Never have I thought before then that sometimes in my life I have to choose evil as a matter of choice because there were no other options available. I was young and did not believe that people actually have to go through this situation quite frequently through out their life. It is like you have to choose between having to be bitten by a crocodile or a shark. In this thinking, one has to choose whether he can tolerate pain by crocodile teeth or shark teeth.

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