Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

A winning issue for president

By Kambes Kesolei

“Give credit where credit is due,” said Senator Remengesau in the Senate session last Wednesday. Remengesau went on to add that the president’s bill merits expedited action for approval.

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February 25, 2011

World’s Best Stocks For Palauans To Own

By Jackson Henry

An old Captain once told me that, when it comes to business, Palauans are the “Jews” of the Pacific. This is predicated on our entrepreneurial spirit and our bullish attitude in conquering new markets and expanding our “financial empires” aggressively. But with limited consumers and market saturation, much of Palau’s venture capital are left languishing in local banks’ low interest bearing accounts.

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February 23, 2011

Godless Dollars

By Santy Asanuma

The “Godless Dollars” as has been named by coin collectors are already here in Palau. As a result, the other day my ten years old son, as young and innocent, proudly presented to me his newly minted copper Andrew Jackson one dollar coin. I guess he sees the value of coin collection, not exclusively for snacks I hope. However to my surprise, I noticed that the coin did not bear the famous inscriptions “In God We Trust” nor “E Pluribus Unum” on US coins and bills. These two statements I believe had in many ways contributed to the strength of America.

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February 21, 2011

If Mockingbird could Sing

By Fuana Tmarsel

Perhaps the most damaging consequence to being human is our inability to embrace our differences, and to work harmoniously across ideological and economic lines.  This may stem from a false view of ourselves and ego defenses that prevent us from carefully examining our conscience, thus our behavior. Paradoxically, the very thing that beautifully colors our world – our unique differences- becomes a barrier to our growth, as we allow our biases and bigotry to direct our actions and words.

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February 17, 2011

Good statistics go with good policymaking

By Kambes Kesolei

Palau’s political leaders from the national and state level have been challenged on all fronts to come up with ideas on how to generate revenues. Various bills have been proposed in the Olbiil Era Kelulau and the state legislatures to generate revenues. At the national level some of the bills have become laws while others are still languishing in committees of the Olbiil Era Kelulau. And perhaps the same could be said at the state level as well. But a logical question to ask is how do we know that revenues collected from these measures will be expended for their maximum impact?

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February 16, 2011

More election coverage (updated)

By Kambes Kesolei

With only Ngaraard VAPP ballots (voting at another polling place), Peleliu central box and proper, and Angaur VAPP still to be counted, Chin should start measuring the drapes to his new senate office.

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February 15, 2011

Camsek Chin wins

By Kambes Kesolei

I’m calling this election for Camsek Chin. Early election  results for Koror and Airai shows Chin leading with a wide margin after vote counts in two of the most populous state in Palau.

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February 14, 2011

Friendly Options To Boosting Government Revenues

By Jackson Henry

“Revenues, revenues, revenues” is the battle cry heard in the halls of governments in the free world these days as leaders fight the rising costs of providing quality public services. It is inevitable because the government’s revenue level equates the level of services their citizens receive and the quality of life they expect. With the sagging revenues, rising deficits and looming debt crises, the magnitude of financing public services is reaching a near breaking point. Palau’s revenue level has historically been outpaced by expenses and our runaway appetite for world-class public services.

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February 10, 2011

Increase of tourist arrivals and MTDS

By Kambes Kesolei

Palau is experiencing revitalized tourism industry after several years of declining visitor numbers. Last year visitor arrivals topped 85,000 after reaching a low of around 71,000 in 2009, the low count hasn’t been seen in almost a decade.

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February 9, 2011

Ngousim (In season to bear fruit)

By Santy Asanuma

Note: written and published on 5/8/03. This is a re-run

Alii er Ngalek ra Skuul,

I used to think that the Palauan word “skuul” is our Palauans accent when say the English word school. Something similar to the accepted Palauan version of words like “kaberment”, “bulis”, “rasio”, and so on. I am now changing my thinking to believe that “skuul” is an original Palauan word in the adjective form to describe objects that are required to be put into some kind of a container. May it be a basket or your head? It comes from Palauan root word “sukur”. Whether the new understanding of the Palauan word “skuul” may not have been intended in the first translation to call these places where young boys and girls go to study but it sure describes the work that needs to be done in school. I might say that “skuul” is a good definition of the English word school.

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February 8, 2011

Encouraging Foreigners To Invest In Palau

By Jackson Henry

“Investment liberalization has been the strongest driver of economic growth world wide”, said Marchick and Slaughter, former members of the Bush Council of Economic Advisors. Both claimed that the entry of new players in the global market, namely sovereign wealth funds and emerging market nations, helped spread foreign investments beyond nation securities and traditional worries.

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February 7, 2011

Library Education in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific

The below scholarship information was sent to me for sharing with readers. Here’s the link: http://www.lis.unt.edu/leap/scholarships.php

UNT/LEAP Scholarships available to 23 students

The UNT/LEAP scholarship program will offer twenty-three scholarships and related support for Pacific Islander citizens living in American Samoa; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) comprised of the states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap; Guam; the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI); and the Republic of Palau. Through funding from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, students will receive full tuition scholarships to complete the University of North Texas master’s program.

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February 7, 2011

Duty-Bound to keep Palau Beautiful

By Fuana Tmarsel

Martin Luther once said God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. Palau is an exhibition of God’s wonderful creativity, love, and provision as displayed in the various colors of our ocean and the unique formation of the floating Rock Islands that has become the gravitational field for tourists and locals alike.

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February 4, 2011

OEK delivers

By Kambes Kesolei

While the public has been less than flattered by the collective mind-set exhibited by the 8th OEK in many of its legislative decisions, the adoption by the Senate and subsequently the 8th Olbiil Era Kelulau of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) legislation in their session last Tuesday could begin to turn people’s mind.

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February 3, 2011

President Toribiong’s special remarks at the WLFD

SPECIAL REMARKS

By President of the Republic of Palau

Johnson Toribiong

At the World League for Freedom and Democracy

In Taipei, Republic of China-Taiwan

On January 22, 2011

His Excellency President Ma Ying- Jeou, Honorable WLFD President Yao, Eng-chi , Honorable WLFD ROC Chapter President Tseng, Yung-chuan, Distinguished Delegates, Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

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February 2, 2011

Oni-tasketa / Kautiang

By Santy Asanuma

Note: published 12/18/02. This is a re-run from the Whatanow Column

Alii M,

Somebody must be responsible for the management (“ngerachel el mesaod e chorrurt”) of our public money to be enough to run our government now and into the future. This responsibility should include not only finding ways to bringing in more money into our National Treasury but also focusing (“blakaregul loltirakl”) that all public spending are both rational and calculated (“ikel ngarengii a ungil luchul e dirrek el ungil delebodeb a idisel ma cheral”).

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