Archive for September, 2010

September 29, 2010

Inspirations from a software guru

By Jackson Henry

Forbes Magazine just released the names of the world’s 10 wealthiest people, one of whom defied adversity and proved that man’s ascension to great heights cannot be weighted down by race, creed or even poor family upbringing. He is none other than Larry Ellison, the founder of the multi-billion dollar database software provider, Oracle.

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September 26, 2010

Counting our blessings

By Kambes Kesolei

This October 1 marks Palau’s 16th birthday since joining the world community of nations as an independent country. Happy Sweet 16!

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September 24, 2010

Moral Crisis (A llemalt A Remiid)

By Santy Asanuma

A friend and an avid conversant (chad ra cheldecheduch) expressed his observation of what is happening in Palau and to us as a people. He put it quite bluntly (di beches el kmu) that what is besieging us (mla mellengii a rengud) is the fact that we are in moral crisis more than being short of money or materials. I agree 100%.

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September 22, 2010

Palau needs to improve customer services

By Jackson Henry

“In business, you get what you want by giving people what they want first”, said Alice Macdougall. American inventor Ben Franklin once advised his workers 200 years ago, “Well done is better than well said”. Ancient Chinese learned a virtue from their philosopher Confucius in 551 B.C. when he said, “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others”. In western civilizations, we teach the Golden Rule, which says, “Treat others as you want to be treated”.

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September 20, 2010

Mesuk Melas (Put In Take Out)

By Santy Asanuma

There is a fisherman who wanted to make sure that he would catch or collect something by the end of his fishing trip. Determined on that fact he would spear any type of fish or collect any marine edibles (cheled) indiscriminately (ngii di le bo ng). Sounds like most people I know when they go fishing.

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September 17, 2010

Compact II and An Option To Private Sector Growth

By Jackson Henry

Palau applauds President Toribiong, the Palau and US teams for a fine job in concluding Compact II in Hawaii recently. The agreement is not only a milestone in our history but a second chance for Palau to build a self reliant economy. The Palau-US teams pray that the US financial umbilical cord can be finally cut off so Palau can stand on its own feet. We must not repeat the non sustenance of the status quo or fail the second time.

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September 16, 2010

The Living Dead

By Fuana Tmarsel

Recently, an acquaintance, after conversing with my daughter, rebuked me saying it was shocking that my daughter does not believe in theory of evolution. This person conjectured that the high school I chose for my daughter persuaded her, and now she is not only narrow-minded, but also a giant step backward educationally.  I held my tongue, not because I had no ready response, but because I figured an irate woman’s riposte would only give this libertarian in Christian garb, an excuse to further disregard my justification. So I waited until the blood cooled. Disparaging commentary on one’s persuasion can be very personal as it touches one’s identity and selfhood – at least in most cases, that is why religious wars have been waged over the centuries. It is not so much about the God we believe, as it is in the feeling that we are maligned, when our religious beliefs are challenged.

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September 14, 2010

1963 Solomon Designed Palau

By Santy Asanuma

I am a product of American liberalism (freethinking or open-mindedness or tolerant) because my forefathers (a rebladek) were administered by Americans. In a twist of irony from this statement alone I had no power to decide this reality because the Americans defeated the Japanese and became rulers of my island much like the Japanese over the Germans and Germans over the Spaniards before them.

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September 13, 2010

How Palau played the game

By Kambes Kesolei

Let’s expedite the approval process of the compact review agreement before anyone changes mind. Pronto! We have the United States of America in the bag and right where we want them.

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September 10, 2010

Parks add investment value to Palau

By Jackson Henry

“Palau is one big nature’s park”, once said an Australian friend. His point was Palau’s nature, accented by our rich rain forests, green rock islands and our sapphire blue lagoons, is an exotic sensory experience. However, our environmental laws and nature’s reserves designations fall short on our capacity to enjoy Palau’s beauty. We need functional Public Parks. Public parks have been referred to as, “the relief valve of civilizations”, because they fulfill social, environmental, health and economic needs in societies. Without public parks, the quality of life, health and well-being of the people will decline. 

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September 8, 2010

Poverty – just another mindset

By Fuana Tmarsel

On one of my returning trips from Babeldaob, I came upon a small group of young ladies from Airai returning home from a swimming expedition at the Bridge. They were drenched from head to toe, their long beautiful hair cascading down their backs as they ambled at the side of the road smiling and chatting with each other.

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September 6, 2010

Government-wide legal crisis

By Kambes Kesolei

“What have you done in the last fifteen years?” is a question that we are informed the United States asked of us repeatedly, as Palau requested to open up talks on new financial terms for the existing compact agreement.

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September 5, 2010

No Risk No Glory

By Jackson Henry

“Nothing is certain in life except the earth and sky”, is an ancient Chinese proverb. It means nothing in life is guaranteed and our destiny is not pre-arranged. In life, dealing with risks is a daily preoccupation. In fact, when you wake up in the morning, you face all kinds of risks until you go to bed at night. Risk is unavoidable in life and so it can only be managed.

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September 3, 2010

Sngos El Lild (Equality)

By Santy Asanuma

When end nodes (bkul) on a section of very straight bamboo are cut off, the openings at both ends are uniform and almost perfectly equal in size. The bamboo looks the same at either ends. This impression is the pictorial concept used to describe equality. It is very clear, and more importantly, it leaves no room for lingering doubts if treatment to those involved is uneven. In the Palauan thinking you cannot say people are equal yet we can still sense evenness (tabesul) among the people.

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September 2, 2010

“Developed” Lifestyle Killing Us

By Fuana Tmarsel

Population of Palau has remained static for decades despite new development in the health care, education and cultural adaptation to expediency. Despite the need to produce and populate our beautiful island, many married and fecund couples have chosen to limit the number of their offspring due to high cost of living and child rearing. Correspondingly, many Palauan women elect to spend most of their time outside of the home, while relegating motherhood to foreign women to raise their children.

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