Archive for September, 2011

September 29, 2011

Palau has matured internationally

Editorial on Tia Belau, September 26, 2011 —- 

Anybody with the keywords “Johnson Toribiong” or “Palau” in google alert knows very well that policy differences aside, there can be no denying that the recent trip by President Johnson Toribiong to the 66th UN general assembly (UNGA) has put Palau in the limelight in the international arena once again.

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September 28, 2011

Kora Mekebud El Ditelechem (We Are Like Handful of Sardines)

By Santy Asanuma

Though the school (delebechelel) of sardines covers a lot of area and look like a lot but when caught by net they are only handful. “Ke de kora mekebud el ditelechem” is pointing to the fact that though there are many people around but when the need for the capable to take to task arises we run into hard time in identifying the worthy candidates. This saying has been around as far back in time therefore this problem is not new. The sardine formation covering a large area is by nature design to give the impression of a big fish to fend off predators (mesab) from attacking.

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September 27, 2011

A “Bai” Divided II

The following letter was sent by Bena Sakuma, who holds the title of TKEDESAU of NGARABAIMELEKEONG to media reps and other individuals. 

NGARABAIMELEKEONG

September 24, 2011

Reklai, Raphael Ngirmang is attempting to replace five chiefs of Ngarabaimelekeong namely, Ruluked, Kazumoto Renguulbai, Tkedsau, Belhaim Sakuma, Ngiratekau, Viviano Mad, Olikong, Policarp Basilius and Ngirmang, Moses Uludong. This is the first time in the history of Palau that five title holders are being removed from their seats among the chiefs of Melekeok. The five Chiefs that are being removed by Reklai represents five major clans and the traditional foundation of Melekeok is being shaken by this careless and improper act.

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September 26, 2011

A $50M Proposition

By Jackson Henry

President Obama’s $450 billion job creation proposal is his latest government program aimed at reviving the stalled US economy. This is predicated on the ability of high employment to get the private sector sailing out of economic doldrums.

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September 24, 2011

A “Bai” Divided

A copy of this letter has been making rounds on print, radio, and cable news, and the internet.

September 20, 2011

From:    TKEDSAU, Belhaim Sakuma

To:         REKLAI, Raphael Bao Ngirmang

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, Ngetibuchel Uchel Mekreos came to my office as your messenger informing me that I have been removed from my title as TKEDSAU of the NGARABAIMELEKEONG. It is my understanding that you have allegedly removed me, and installed Danny Ongelungel as the new Tkedsau.

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September 24, 2011

U.S-Palau Marriage on the Rocks

Tia Belau Editorial, September 19, 2011

The recent shift by U.S federal, state, and territorial leaders calling for restricting the visa-free access  accorded to Palauan citizens entering  the United States have caused a stir among the Palauan people but perplexingly absent in the discussions are the political leaders.

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September 23, 2011

And my disappointment with the President continues to deepen……..

By Dr. Caleb Otto —-

To sign into law a tobacco control bill which falls far short of compliance with the internationally adopted and ratified public health treaty is one thing, but to justify the action with statements that clearly indicate support for a killer product and the profit-seeking tactics of an industry over protection of Palauan’s health is quite another and a greatly disappointing action.

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September 22, 2011

The Dangerous Decline

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States said in his inaugural address: a people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

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September 20, 2011

Mellomes A Rengul (Bright Heart)

By Santy Asanuma

Note: published 4-24-03 Tribute to Teachers

Alii er Sensei,

I am appealing (“olengit”) to all teachers in Palau to turn to the power of heart wisdom rather than the pure pursuit of brainpower that only drive on mega bites of information. I am truly at loss as to why we are educating our children in our schools today. Do we want them to be informed or formed as they live their lives outside the walls of classrooms? Though we can always complain about lack of books and other learning materials, we can say that our schools today are well equipped with the latest computers.  I can only envy Palau students today for having books that are either one or two editions older that can only be one year old. During my high school years from 1976 to 1980, it was normal to have history and science books that were over ten years old. With the world changing so fast today, history books have to be rewritten every year. And with new discoveries like never before, science books are outdated as they are distributed to schools. Let alone, few strokes on a keyboard can shoot students in a speed of light into the information highway known as the Internet. We can safely say that our students can be well informed here in Palau today.

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September 19, 2011

“financial disaster in the making”

August 29, 2011

Dear Chairman Rudimch and Eldebechel:

Greetings to you and your esteemed colleagues from the Civil Service Pension Plan Board of Trustees and Management!  This letter solicits support from the members of the Eighth Olbiil Era Kelulau on the following two requests.

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September 18, 2011

Palau Statement For the 2nd Meeting of the State Parties to the Convention on Cluster

Palau Statement

For the 2nd Meeting of the State Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, September 12 – 16, 2011, Beirut, Lebanon

By: Ms. Eunice Akiwo

Alii e ungil lita sils,

H.E. Dr. Adnan Mansour, Excellencies, Representative of State Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Heads of associated UN Organizations, Bodies and Programs, Survivors of Cluster and Mine bombs, Representative of international NGOs, Activists and Personalities, Representative of Media Organizations and Journalists, Honorable audience:

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September 17, 2011

VP Mariur’s statement at the opening of 3rd Tuna Forum

Statement by the Hon. Kerai Mariur, Vice President, Republic of Palau at the Opening of the Third Pacific Tuna Forum, 6th September 2011, Cultural Centre, Koror, Palau

Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons and Reklai Bao Ngirmang, Bilung Gloria G. Salii and Ebil Reklai Gracia Yalap, Director InfoFish Dr. Muhammad Ayub, Managing Director National, Fisheries Authority (NFA) of PNG, Mr. Pedro Celso, Vice Chair Pacific, Island Tuna Industries Association (PITIA), Fisheries Forum Agency (FFA), DevFish Coordinator, Mr. Hugh Walton,  Oceanic Fisheries Program, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (OFP_SPC), Senior Scientist, Graham, Pilling, Members of the Diplomatic Corp, 8th OEK Senators and Delegates, Governors, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

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September 17, 2011

“Rolling Stones Gather No Moss”

By Jackson Henry

“Rolling stones gather no moss”, is an old proverb coined back in the 1st century BC by a Latin maxims writer named Publius Syrus. The proverb means, people on the move, without roots, never prosper or become anything in life. In a way, Publius wrote about his past life when he was taken from his nativeSyriainto slavery inItaly. Thanks to his wits and talent, Publius won favor from his master and set a free man.

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September 16, 2011

US senate to restrict visa-free access

US Senate calls for visa curbs to stop Micronesian migrants

Posted at 19:39 on 14 September, 2011 UTC

The United States Senate is calling on the Obama Administration to begin restricting the visa-free access to the US accorded to citizens of three freely associated states in the north Pacific.

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September 15, 2011

Chamber of Commerce’s position on FY2012 budget

Alii Chairman Rudimch,

After reviewing the proposed National Unified Budget for fiscal year 2012, we would like to submit the recommendations below;

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September 14, 2011

Diaz to exit Senate by running for VP?

Report from the coffeehouses this morning is making rounds that Sen. Alfonzo Diaz has asked the Did-Ra-Ngmatel Group for forgiveness and to seek their support for his candidacy to the office of the vice president. However, no official word from Diaz so take the information with a grain of salt…

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September 14, 2011

55 Great Things About Palau

By Kambes Kesolei —

We talk so much about politics everyday. Nothing captivates our mind like watching the back and forth debates of the recently concluded supplemental budget negotiation. And without doubt, is bound to be replayed yet again, in the upcoming fiscal year 2012 budget bill showdown.

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September 13, 2011

Senate deliberately delayed PAN Fund Board implementation?

“We are compelled to think that perhaps it has deliberately delayed implementation of the board so that [the Olbiil Era Kelulau] can tap into the already generated funds and divert the intention of the funds or is it much more than that?” Eldebechel said.

See the full article here.

September 13, 2011

Kedung ma Dengerenger el Chebud (Good and Bad Grasshopper)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Kedung el Chebud was always attentive (bekongesenges) and seeking advice while Dengerenger el Chebud was always negligent (diak lorenges) to their father’s instructions and advice. Listening to advice is an element of humbleness and good character that only to good fortune and prosperity. As this Kayangel legend suggests that we follow Kedung el Chebud in our behavior and character, unfortunately mere observation indicates most of present day Palau is going down the way chosen by Dengerenger el Chebud. There is no advice worth listening to these days, or if there were good ones, nobody wants to listen or follow them.

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September 12, 2011

Politics of Blame

By Fuana Tmarsel —

To err is human, but to blame others is DISHONEST politics. Three years ago, our political candidates were full of lofty promises. There were those who promised to clean up the government, others were to help improve our education system. One of those promises that still stands out for me was made by the incumbent president.  He promised to raise teachers’ salary. Of course, I was so grateful to hear him make that promise at Ngarachemayong because I feel that teachers are the molders of our children’s future and should be rewarded for the hard work they do to ascertain their academic performance, thus Palau future.

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