Archive for August, 2010

August 30, 2010

Special Resident Visa Program

By Jackson Henry

The recent arrival of the USS Blue Ridge, the Micronesian Games and the Presidential Summit did not only bring excitement and over 2,000 new faces to Palau but, also free spending visitors who helped uplift our economy. Many restaurants, shops and taxis operators experienced a sudden boost in their cash flow.

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August 27, 2010

Mongedall E moluu (To The Left To The Right)

By Santy Asanuma

Whose right is the real right? If two people who are right handed and left handed receive a command to paddle to the right, you are in trouble. Palauan wisdom took care of this possible confusion from creating a problem that could lead to loss of a fish or run into enemies’ spears. Culturally, instruction and direction were vital for our ancestors as it could mean starvation or immediate death.

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August 25, 2010

A Cohesive Palau

By Fuana Tmarsel

With a theme “Tia de Prerii” connoting a collective effort to work together to make something happen, or (as older people have advised me of the word “brelii”or Tia de brelii” which is literally translated as Together, we will spear it, Palau, with the combined dexterous ingenuity and expertise of Mr. Frank Kyota, Chairman of the 7th Micronesian Games and Ms. Baklai Temengil, Secretary General of PNOC, hosted the very best Micro Games, Micronesia has seen by far.

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August 23, 2010

Astounding and appalling

By Kambes Kesolei

It is often popular but misguided practice by those who are in a position of influence or authority to attack the messenger and not the message. Such action is not a new thing or secret. It is known by its nature as character assassination. It is a form of propaganda science.

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August 20, 2010

Mlas Ra Oruklel (Diminishing Your Options)

By Santy Asanuma

Arrange marriage in the past is not so primitive after all in light of high prevalence of schizophrenia today in Palau due to the fact that young generations are more inclined to marriage among blood lines where kissing-cousins-culture has become more acceptable. I think this is more primitive.

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August 18, 2010

Reinventing Our Economy

By Jackson Henry

“If its broken, fix it. If it cannot be fixed, reinvent it”, said a wise village elder. The seemingly endless annual budget shortfalls and the growing deficit are symptoms of a broken economy. Its fails to produce sufficient revenues to keep up with the rising cost of running the 16 states and improving services to our citizens. Based on my observation, Palau does not have the right tools to fix this economy. The solution is to reinvent it.

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August 16, 2010

It Begins at Home

Fuana Tmarsel

It was after school, and the children gathered at their usual place to wait for their father. He had not showed up after an hour, but the children, were confident that he will come, so they continued to wait outside for him. Their auntie came to pick up her son and saw them waiting for their father; she left, certain that their father would soon arrive.  The children waited, and waited. Finally, a school official called the mother.  Wondering of her husband’s whereabouts and worried that he may be hurt, she rushed to get her children.

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August 13, 2010

Ebrai (I See)

By Santy Asanuma

I was fortunate to run into a retired minister who was kind enough to remind me of this lost expression in our language today. This means you understand or you have stumbled onto a discovery or you see the object of attention that is not easily seen. Ebrai sekid or ebrai ng ua isei (yes I see it or now I understand).

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August 11, 2010

In Appreciation to the US Armed Forces

By Jackson Henry

“Where liberty dwells, that’s my country”, once exclaimed one of America’s founding fathers, Ben Franklin. This past week, Palau saw the true colors of America with the arrival of the USS Blue Ridge as the ambassador of a nation devoted to the true meaning of liberty. We in Palau are blessed to be friends of America, a nation not only the champion of liberty but, also the most generous nation on God’s green earth.

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August 9, 2010

IBEDUL’s closing address Palau Constitution Day, 2010

By Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons

Reklai, good morning to you, members of Bai ra Melekeong, re Mechesil  tial Beluu. It is indeed good to be joined with you here in Melekeok, at this magnificent site with which you have bequeathed to our government, and our new Capitol on which ground we can witness the wonderful and miraculous beauty of our island of Palau.

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August 6, 2010

The Collapse of our Social Landscape

By Fuana Tmarsel

We live in a world full of needs – with no shortage of ideas circulating on how to interpret and satisfy them. Emotional needs are powerful appetites that move us. The need to be loved, to be accepted, to be touched, to feel unique and significant, to be heard and understood, to be needed, and to be included in a fellowship including our need to be romantically desired dictate our energy, often subconsciously.  Our demand for these needs changes at the different life cycles, and our selected method of acquiring fulfillment not only determines how we live, it reflects our mindset.

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August 5, 2010

REKLAI’s Constitution Day Statement

By Chief Rafael Ngirmang

The traditional constitution of Palau that is the basis of our present government today was not put together in several days or a year. It took several generations over a period of several centuries for our forefathers to shape it and develop it and orally transmitted it to us over several generations. This is the main reason the framers of our constitution spelled out the traditional roles and responsibilities of the council of chiefs to make sure that they will work with our government and to ascertain that no Palauan will be left behind in our journey toward the future.

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August 4, 2010

Obamacare Leadership

By Santy Asanuma

Good leadership is missed not so much because of the leader but because of the nation which has gone astray (ke de mla mo meluduus) and stubborn in being corrected. Obama was a community organizer and activist so chances are he went through the same struggles and would understand the meager (chelebuul) situation of grass root people.

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August 2, 2010

Cultural Economics

By Jackson Henry

“Economies function best in the context of people’s culture”,  said Economist Harry Flieshmen, when asked what the essence cultural economics is about. Cultural Economics (CE), has become an important issue in the 21st century as nations tackle the issues of depleting resources, budget shortages, and their impact on cultures.

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