Archive for August, 2011

August 31, 2011

Tourism growth irrelevant to common people

Tia Belau Editorial (August 29, 2011) —

Data released by Palau Visitors Authority show that Palau’s increase of tourists arrivals topped 11,091 for last month of July, with growth for the whole year expected to receive the 100,000th arrival for the first time ever.

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August 30, 2011

Ngeltemel A Uasech (Crumbs for Locals)

By Santy Asanuma —

“Ngeltemel a uasech” literally means the little sauce or paste sticking to the bottom of a pot after the meat has been eaten. And it emphasizes its meekness (klengariou) that it can be taken only by licking it. This is usually unspoken Palauan code because it reveals the origin of person in light that he/she is at the bottom ranks in the clan, if not possessing any power or rights to clan resources or prestige such as chiefly titles.  As a result, people really do not know their position and now are fiercely (meringel) fighting over clan matters and properties endlessly and hope that the court will solve these disputes.

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August 29, 2011

The Stranger in the Corner

Following is a must read for everyone. It was e-mailed to me and I hope it will move you to action. I tried to search in the internet for author’s name but didn’t find it; it was posted by Rachel Balducci in Family forum. (thanks B, for sharing) — Fuana Tmarsel.

 The Stranger in the Corner

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August 27, 2011

Two Baby Steps, One Giant Leap Forward

By Jackson M. Henry —

Being an isolated Pacific island nation, our economic strength rides heavily on advanced tele-communications technology and excellent air link to the rest of the world, particularly the Tiger economies of Asia. 

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August 26, 2011

AG Office suffers from credibility gap

A copy of the  following letter was sent to various media in Palau.


August 26, 2011

Ernestine Rengiil

Attorney General

Office of the Attorney General

P.0. Box 1365

Koror, Republic of Palau 96940

Dear Attorney General:

The Office of the Attorney General took over certain prosecutions filed by the Special Prosecutor in the absence of a functioning Office of the Special Prosecutor. It was your Office’s job to see that these cases proceeded with the highest degree of impartiality and fairness. I am writing this letter because I believe your Office has entirely disregarded its function to seek justice by its dismissal of the case of ROP v. Diaz, Criminal Case No. 09-067. This dismissal has compromised the appearance that your Office iscapable of prosecuting cases against high public officials with any degree of integrity.

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August 26, 2011

Asst. AG awaits direction from President Toribiong


              The foregoing information sets forth the different restrictions concerning the work of the members of the OEK. My next task will be to apply this information to the reports you submitted concerning a particular member of the OEK [Sen. Arnold Oilouch]. I will then draft a letter setting out the different options that apply to this matter and await your direction. (Emphasis mine).

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August 26, 2011

Special Prosecutor should be in place

Tia Belau Editorial on August 22, 2011 —

It is becoming clear that the decision by the senate to preempt any move by the president to appointment  a new special prosecutor (SP) is turning into a strategic political blunder not only for the senate themselves but for the elected leadership of the national government.

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August 25, 2011

Ngelitel El Dil (Profiling Women on ABC)

By Santy Asanuma

Only the best women from ranking households (blai) in the community would be called upon to take their places in traditional dance formation once upon a time in the past. To this day, they are still called “emachel” (literally referring to them as chew like betel nuts and pepper leafs). These are the chosen ones and one cannot be mistaken to take a place not bestowed upon her by rights of her membership to a clan. These women are the cream of the crop that portrait (ochotii) the best of us especially during “klechedaol” (cultural visitation exchange) to another community.

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August 24, 2011

Why Senate wanted SP office closed…

Here’s the Senate Standing Committee Report No. 8-294 on the House Bill No. 8-146-11,HD3 (FY 2011 supplemental budget request)  on August 11, 2011.

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August 23, 2011

What are people surprised to learn about you?

The title of this post was a recommendation generated automatically by my blog host to assist me – the blogger – in coming up with ideas to blog about. I think its a wonderful new feature from the smart people at WordPress.

And so here are things that  might surprise you.

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August 23, 2011

Remengesau speaks out on Green Fees

The following article was sent by Sen. Tommy E. Remegnesau, Jr. to the media for publication. It was published Aug. 19 in Island Times and Tia Belau on Aug. 22.


An Investment in Our Children’s Future

The recent proposal by the President to raid the Protected Areas Network Fund has ignited a debate in our nation. This discussion is healthy for our democracy and as one of the your Senators I am writing today to explain why I strongly disagree with the President’s plan. 

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August 23, 2011


By Fuana Tmarsel —

Destiny is one of the most versatile words in the English language. It has soothing, dulcet sound amiable to the ear and endearing to the heart. Men have named their children with it, groups have claimed it as banner and nations have fought to gain freedom to forge their destiny.  Destiny is defined as the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future, or hidden power believed to control what happen in the future, there is a factor of fate, or helplessness on the part of an individual, and groups of people.  Depending on who we are and what we believe, our present situation whether good or bad is credited in part to someone or something. I have once heard a man remarked that he was a self-made man – born to a modest home, lacking much of what life offered while he was growing up, but he worked his way up to be the man that he is today. Hence, he gives all credit to himself for becoming what he is.  I suppose he feels that he shaped his own destiny, but I think many contributed to his becoming who he is. That is on an individual level.

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August 22, 2011

New Ideas, New Opportunities

By Jackson Henry —

“Has the world leaders run out of ideas on managing this planet”, CNBC questioned a Wall Street banker, in view of the recent 512 points Dow Jones plunge and S&P’sUScredit rating downgrade from top rank AAA to AA+. Equity markets around the world are tormented by the stomach wrenching roller coaster rides with jittery investors fleeing the market to safety elsewhere. 

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August 18, 2011

Departure Fees

The following opinion piece was published as “Guest View” in the August 15 issue of Tia Belau by Sandra S. Pierantozzi – –

There is truth to what the Vice President has stated that “funding state block grants—which are recurring budgetary items—from one-time funding sources is not good fiscal management policy.”  That is indeed sound fiscal management policy.  However, to use the environmental protection departure fee to fund the state block grants, even though that is a continuous source of revenues, is not proper.  In fact, to do so is deceitful because Palau is telling all visitors to Palau that the environmental protection departure fee is exactly for that—environmental protection.

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August 17, 2011

Birthday Message

By Tkedesau Belhaim Sakuma

As we venture into the future, we must look back to see where we came from in order to set the proper course in our journey into the future. This generation of Palauan is blessed with our islands, our culture, and our way of life that was handed down to us by our ancestors. We are blessed with the New Horizon and New Opportunities to enrich our lives and improve the lives of our children. We must weigh all available options make intelligent decision for us and our children. We must not rush to make drastic decision based on our immediate needs because what we decide today will shape our future and the future of our children.

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August 15, 2011

Fiticoco (Defy Logic)

By Santy Asanuma –

There is no Palauan word at least in our present knowledge that quite describes the irrational behavior that is increasing in community. Maybe Chuuk has such a word because they had been there ahead of us as we are fond in pointing finger at their social disorders (a ikel uchul e ng cherrad a beluu). And above all, these social disorders do not make any sense because they are the results when we come together.

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August 12, 2011

2010 Palau Annual Banking Sector Report

2010 Annual Banking Sector Report to OEK

August 12, 2011

Beast of Burden

By Fuana Tmarsel –

We are all products of our environment. Our upbringing, culture, traditions, religions, practices (and expectations) shape our belief system developing our values, attitudes, and behaviors, hence designing our identity. In most cultures, a man and a woman are fashioned by the expectations of those around them, sometimes escorting them to greater good. Other times, making them a beast of burden.

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August 9, 2011

Political Posturing And The Economics Of Democracy

By Jackson Henry –

Academicians have long debated whether the free market system operates more efficiently under democracy or under benevolent dictatorships. Proponents of the former opine that it is a natural system whereby everyone posses the freedom to debate issues openly. On the opposite end of the spectrum, opponents claim that such system only invites dirty politics into the economic picture. 

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August 7, 2011

Ngarker A Tochiu (How Did You Come)

By Santy Asanuma –

A wise traditional leader related to a mango tree in our latest occasional meeting to the Palauan perspective (sel osenged ra tekoi) why it is different to that of westerners. On one hand, he said that westerners are strictly talking about the mango tree. This thinking is supposed to be accurate and correct to most Palauan minds today due to our formal education which is largely promoting scientific or formal explanation of things. This approach tends to just have one correct answer and can be very rigid (ng diak el sebechel mechiid el mo ngodech).

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