Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

Welfare queens and kings

By Fuana Tmarsel

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy said Margaret Thatcher, a former England Prime Minister. And by the looks of things, we may one day say, Palau was created by Taiwan Handouts with special hand-delivery service of Ambassador Maggie Tien.  Now in order to honor Taiwan and its Ambassador, the governors lined up with their President for a photo-op – a true state of our Republic’s affairs – “give me, give me.” A little debasing when leaders of a sovereign nation get in a file to get a few thousand dollars. Who arranged that, anyway?

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December 30, 2010

Kurismas Ra Rechebuul (Christmas for the Poor)

By Santy Asanuma

I was blessed on Christmas Day 2010 to have visited a very sickly person at her home. No presents or anything to bring though but her communion and prayers. Walking to this particular house in an out of the way area of Koror that I rarely go to I realized that many, if not most, of the houses condition require repairing or painting. Upon arriving we were greeted by small children outside the house with no toys or goodies but were happy to see us.

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December 27, 2010

Palauan Women in Politics

By Kambes Kesolei

“Few women have been members of the District Legislatures. In 1950, Palau elected two female members, and it is reported ‘both showed an intelligent and intense desire to participate actively in government,’” as recited by Norman Meller in his 1969 book “The Congress of Micronesia”.

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December 24, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS



December 23, 2010

In Appreciation to the Republic of China

By Jackson Henry

This Christmas, many depositors of the defunct PSB are joyful to have extra money for gifts to loved ones, thanks to President Johnson’s efforts and the generosity of the Government of the Republic of China who made the pay outs possible. Ambassador Maggie Tien must be appreciated for her relentless devotion to make sure that Palau gets the best of the programs that Taiwan has in store.

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December 21, 2010

When Big Is Not Necessarily Good

By Santy Asanuma

“A Bachel a diak el rellii a urerel a Kldait” (the biggest stone and highest class of Palauan money Bachel cannot fulfill the designation of a much smaller and lower in class Kldait. Any society by way of strengthening itself as a necessity in order to be function able and effective society should establish and maintain fineries such as etiquettes (ungil el blekerdelel a omeruul) or intricate social rules of engagement.

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December 20, 2010

Christmas – A Love Story

By Fuana Tmarsel

From the Old English Cristes Mæsse’, meaning Christ’s mass, the story of Christmas begins with the birth of a babe in Bethlehem in Judea.

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December 17, 2010

Paperless Money

By Jackson Henry

Palau has come a long way since barter and beads were the main medium of exchanges in the old days. Today, with the advent of the Debit Card, electronic money is the latest exchange medium to arrive in Palau. It is fast, safe, efficient and you do not have to carry load of cash around. Travelers’ Cheque is a thing of the past if you travel with one. With membership of Star or Cirrus networks, you can withdraw cash from any of the 350,000 ATMs around the world. Many Palauans have opted for the Debit Card, ushering in the era of paperless money. Big merchants, like WCTC, Surrangel’s and Payless Market, have set up their systems to accommodate the rise in Debit Cards holders. Electronic money is fast replacing paper money. The next paperless money technology to hit Palau soon, which is already big in Japan, Africa and South America, is electronic money stored in cellular phones. 

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December 15, 2010

Meruul Oltaut Omiich (Legislate Execute Adjudicate)

By Santy Asanuma

A friend of mine and a local orator insisted that I put a breath into the basics. His theory on the current problems befallen upon us these days has something to do with our understanding the structure of government and the basic functions assigned to its parts. He is insistent that government is awry (mengetiualoi) because we have not put investment of our learning into it and continuously bringing it forward and above all be reflective of the people and problems affecting their lives.

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December 13, 2010

Outlawing protective sex devices

Go here and here.

December 13, 2010

Palau – an exotic tourist destination

By Fuana Tmarsel

On a recent A & E top ten most exotic destinations in the world, Palau ranked 4th behind Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa where tourists on safari can catch sight of buffalo, tigers, lions, leopards, and elephant. Bora Bora in French Polynesia clasped 2nd place with its clean blue lagoon, and majestic flowers, while Bali came in at number one. Bali was placed above others due to its; lush landscapes (mountainous rice terraces etc.), vibrant colors, and haunting tones of the climactic music and exotic dancing, it is the islands of the gods – a land of spiritual mystic with hundreds of temples wherein which this polytheistic society appease their gods.

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December 10, 2010

Freedom of Expression and Press under assault

By Kambes Kesolei

The below bill if passed would have repercussions beyond not only the traditional media but also the online forums, blogs, and other social networking sites.

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Date: December 9, 2010                             Senate Press Release No. 8-37

NGERULMUD, REPUBLIC OF PALAU – Senate President Mlib Tmetuchl called the Second Day of the Senate’s Tenth Special Session into order on Thursday, December 9, 2010.

In the Senate of the Eighth Olbiil Era Kelulau;The Senate passed the following Bills on first reading: … A Bill introduced by Senator Alfonso N. Diaz to add a chapter to 11 PNC regulating the publisher business; in particular, to enable members of the public who have a cause of action against an anonymous writer who publishes false, libelous, or defamatory statements through a publisher to be able to force a publisher through a subpoena to divulge the identity of the anonymous writer.

This Bill was introduced by Senator Alfonso N. Diaz and assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Affairs, Chaired by Senator Toribiong.

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December 10, 2010

Times are tough because …

By Kambes Kesolei

Times are tough because …

The government is eleven paydays behind in remittance to SS and Pension.

Philippines is the most popular destination of choice for official travel of government leaders.

Mounting and running the new PPUC generators is delayed well into 2011.

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December 8, 2010

A Luut Le Mei Tang (Again One More)

By Santy Asanuma

There is a legend in Imeliik of some people who were not from there and came to hunt for Dugong. Upon arriving at a known breeding and resting grounds for dugong, a spearman hurled a spear at what seemed to be a mature and large dugong. He then immediately jumped into the water to secure the speared dugong only to discover that he was severely cut by iiud (sharp oyster like shells attached to rocks).

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December 5, 2010

Due diligence is best defense

By Jackson Henry

The saying, “it’s a jungle out there,” could not better describe the reality of the business world. Challenges are always in abundance. What appears glamorous on the surface can be deceiving and misleading because many business imperfections and deceptions are masked by a colorful façades. Remember all the hooplas from Wall Street media about Enron? It turned out that this Texas firm was nothing more giant paper mill. Stanford and Madoff ‘s billion dollar Ponzi schemes still has many bamboozled. How about James Dugan’s $22 billion TCDs which, on the surface, appeared to be Palau’s deal-of-the-century. We have heard of many horror stories of con artists leaving investors bitter and disillusioned. The problem started because someone failed to do their research first. The best defense is transparency and due diligence is the best way there. 

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December 5, 2010

Modernized Powwow

By Fuana Tmarsel

Communication can take many forms depending on the parties involved. If the parties are communicating honestly and without intending to deceive, they make effort to be as clear as possible so that their true reality is transported into the understanding of the other, putting both listener and the speaker on the same wavelength.  This would be the desirable effect of words and honest communication. If on the other hand, the speaker wants to inculcate his listeners, he may select words that sound good, but not necessarily convey the reality to the listener.  In other words, the speaker deliberately (and sometimes unknowingly, especially if the idea did not originate from him) withholds the true reality from his listener and communicates what he/she feels will get the listeners to do or become what he (speaker) desires for him/her.

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December 2, 2010

Governance vs. Cultural Heritage

By Santy Asanuma

“The traditional leaders should be in the museum!” This has been reverberated (mla mdu) in the halls of congress by a celebrated and powerful elected leader that traditional leaders have no place nor role in the governance of our people today. The effect of that statement was not a mere rhetoric but a conscious verbalization to remove culture from the modern structure of government by those who view culture as confined to less significant aspects of our daily lives.

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