Archive for October, 2010

October 29, 2010

Our Plural Society

By Fuana Tmarsel

One of lives greatest beauty is found in the various skills, talents, abilities and even physical differences endued in each of us. The differences offer us opportunity to build the world together where needs are met, yearnings are satisfied, curiosity are quenched, flames are doused, and ideas are incarnated. The different colors of our world provide the various shapes and tastes of foods, of clothing, of housing, of automobiles, of sports, and of many more of lives endless innovations.  However, the true appreciation of these variations is only possible through the help of God, our Creator.

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October 27, 2010

Austerity (Mla Mo Ra Uisekeang)

By Santy Asanuma

Believe it or not but the economy is bad and there is no need to convince anyone on this unless they have somehow and miraculously managed to live under a “bechertotel e belochel” (pigeon of prosperity). Here is a summary of my letter to my friend who is running for senator in Guam:

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October 25, 2010

Commodities

By Jackson Henry

The rise of China has created a surge in demand for commodities. “From metals to petroleum and agricultural products, China will need another planet Earth to satisfy its appetite for commodities”, says Levallier. 

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October 22, 2010

Integrity is Everything

By Fuana Tmarsel

“Loosing people’s trust is like breaking a glass bowl,” said a friend, “once it is broken, it is hard to repair. If you manage to glue it back together, the cracks will remain and will continually remind everyone that it once broke.” This metaphor serves to remind us that integrity is very important- what we do, and say whether alone or in company of others is very important, because it is hard to gain back trust after it is lost.

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October 20, 2010

Tirkekid (They Are Us)

By Santy Asanuma

How did we get where we are today? Are there individuals (derta el chad) that should be blamed for taking us into hardship that we have in Palau today? Short answer is no. And JT definitely did not bring us here. Palauan people do things in groups and very rare that a lone ranger rise among us. Most Palauan people are what we can label as groupie (ke de chelemongel malechub e ke do siik er a re choieng). I want to be different but I find myself doing it myself at times because it is engrained (ngara chiiused) in our being a Palauan.

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October 18, 2010

Government junkets should be junked

By Kambes Kesolei

In the past few weeks, we have seen several trips by high government officials that involve large entourage costing the public large amount of money. These government travel obligation may be necessary but to entail such large group goes against our commitment to “live within our means.”

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October 15, 2010

Mauritius

By Jackson Henry

“If Palau wants to be the financial center of the Pacific, learn from Mauritius”, advised a friend who frequents Mauritius for his holidays. Despite its size and isolation, Mauritius has become the new financial powerhouse in the Indian Ocean boasting world class financial services including offshore banking, captive insurance, aircraft leasing, ship registry, offshore pension funds, and money management. 

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October 13, 2010

Attitude is Everything..

By Fuana Tmarsel

Research reveals that 80% of people in the workforce hate their jobs. I suppose they continue in it because it puts bread on the table for some, and for others it gives them a reason to dress up and get away from the boredom at home. But still for many of us – positions, titles and salary defines our identity and for the most part gives a sense of well-being and pride. Moreover, our cash economy requires us to keep an 8 hour a day job to survive. It is unthinkable to live without income, and a normal adult without a job is an oddity in our society.

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October 11, 2010

When ABC Is Not ABC

By Santy Asanuma

There are things in this life that cannot be fixed with money. True friendship has no price tag on it. Likewise independence cannot be bought with money because it is more a state of mind (maybe the soul of people) than anything else. Once money becomes basis of such things as friendship and independence suspicion will destroy the relationship of those involved. The saying, “the love of money is root of all evil” best describe this tragedy that has been depicted by poets and writers in countless stories.

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October 6, 2010

Never be afraid of making mistakes

By Jackson Henry

“The greatest mistake that a man can make is to be afraid of making one”, said Elbert Hubbard. James Joyce once said, “Mistakes are portals of discovery”. The famous investor and the discoverer of the electric light bulb, Thomas Edison, once said, “Don’t call them mistakes, call them education”. A Palauan elder once advised me, “People who are afraid of making mistakes usually fail to contribute anything extraordinary to the village”. Many people freeze or become petrified by fear of making mistakes when faced with tough decisions. Opportunities are lost and profits are foregone. It is no wonder when questioned how a man turned a tiny “mom & pop” store in Arkansas into the biggest retailer in the world, Sam Walton said, “I made a lot of mistakes”. 

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October 4, 2010

A maturing active citizenry

By Kambes Kesolei

In our first editorial of the year published on January 5, 2010 titled “2010: The year of the citizens” looks to be more prescient everyday.

“The public is showing signs of maturity. A civic movement of citizens is steadily coming out to fill the void that has been missing from the current crop of political leaders. It has emerged because they deserve more than the low quality work generated from the halls of Ngerulmud. The deep public cynicism has moved the citizens to push for counter-narratives on real substantive issues and to make sure that the political class is held accountable for their words and actions…So it is with optimism that this year 2010 will mark the turning point for the Republic. The citizens will make sure that it will no longer be business as usual for the political leaders…”

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October 1, 2010

When the Grounds Fall On Independence Day

By Santy Asanuma

I do not know about most of you but I am real worried about the declining economy and how we are going to manage life as we know it in Palau. My biggest fear is it is still going from bad towards worse and I do not see the bottom yet. As I searched in my mind for inspiring and profound statement to say on this special day, I could not come up with any. But a light hit me as I was listening to the scripture reading being read on Sunday.

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