Archive for October, 2011

October 31, 2011

An Epitaph

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Have you ever thought of your epitaph? What about your eulogy?  Are you building a legacy of love? Will your death compel false plaudits or are you now writing a memory in the hearts of many who will not need words of another to elicit a tribute? Will you be remembered as the man/woman who tried to ease the burden of your subordinates, neighbor or friend or the one who used power for self-interest, intelligent to deceive others, and title to deny others welfare so as to enlarge your own profits.  Will your death leave a loss or will it bring relief?

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October 30, 2011

Palau Should Increase Trade With Asia

By Jackson Henry

“To increase the revenue level in the country, Palau should boost its trade with Asia”, claims Herbert Ying Chua, a Hong Kong trade advisor.

Mr. Chua’s statement is predicated on the latest report by Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp (HSBC) which indicate that trade in Asia will double by year 2025. This is just one year after Palau’s compact II expires and US financial aid packages ceases. In the same report, HSBC says that Asia’s trade volume will grow 96% to nearly $14 trillion by 2025, recording annual year-to-year growth of 4.8%, driven by India, Vietnam, Indonesia and China. Despite the decline in the global economy, Asia leads the world in trade.

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October 27, 2011

Who owns Dil-Belau?

Tia Belau Editorial, Oct. 24, 2011

A controversy over the newly acquired luxury boat-DIL-BELAU  from Taiwan , has erupted between the Angaur state officials particularly Governor Maria Gates,  some state legislators, and Delegate Horace Rafael and the national government  represented by President Toribiong.  The boat was sailed last month  from Taiwan to Palau by Palau Marine Law Officers-Ian Trevot and Fenally Seklii  and two Taiwanese, has been moored at the PICRC at M-Dock since it arrived over a month ago.

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October 25, 2011

Missed Chance

By Santy Asanuma —-

There are times you have no choice and to recede (mliu) seems like the better choice. Yours truly has taken the high road to put off my demand for my right and freedom to secure higher value on our constitution. When the 8th Senate denied my entry into the senate chamber to review records in their possession and to attend a public hearing where the former President of NDBP was subpoenaed to bring documents and give testimonies on the failed PSB, they violated my constitutional rights written in Article 4 Section 12 (a citizen of Palau has the right to examine any government document and to observe the official deliberations of any agency of government).

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October 24, 2011

Palau Salutes An Industrial Titan

By Jackson M.  Henry —-

“Don’t let the noise of others opinion drown your own inner voice”, Apple CEO said in his address to the 2005 StanfordUniversitygraduates. True to his words, Steve Jobs defied gravity and naysayers to turn his car garage business into a $200 billion corporation which is now only behind Exxon-Mobil as the 2nd largest capitalized company in the world. It is a story that inspires many aspiring entrepreneurs in Palau.

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October 22, 2011

Why Do They Say?

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

It has been said you don’t love someone for their looks, their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear. Yea, that is why so and so married your best friend and you can’t figure out what they see in him/her— but that song, well it is special – whether it be carried in alto, tenor, baritone or even in bass, it has the power to sway the heart like no other.

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October 21, 2011

Poor House leadership, the compact review agreement has been transmitted

Tia Belau Editorial, Oct. 17, 2011 —-

Anyone wondering why the OEK leadership, has not taken keen interest to review the compact treaty especially when the issues of the compact impact and immigration to the U.S and its territories by FAS citizens – which has alarmed the Palauan public – now has a full explanation courtesy of the speaker of the House of Delegates.

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October 19, 2011

World’s Investment Bright Spot

By Jackson M. Henry

Gloom and Doom are the “Dos Amigos” of the world’s investment landscape these days. Palauans cannot escape the news from CNN regarding the enormity of the debts that are dragging down many advanced economies. Our closest alley, the good ole’ USA, is saddled with over $14 trillion in debts which is starting to nibble at President Obama’s political future and possibly jeopardizing Palau’s quest for early resolution of the $250M financial package.

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October 18, 2011

What Belongs to Palauans

By Santy Asanuma —-

It is better that we engage and discuss our affairs with the young generation. If they want to do in the environment they are most comfortable in like Facebook Palau 2012, so be it.

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October 17, 2011

The Fourth Reich?

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Running a family and governing a nation are like two peas in a pod. The governing of one is so indistinguishable from the other often the rules seem to crossover.  Some families are governed by unwritten rules like the following:

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October 14, 2011

Requesting all Palauans in the U.S to return home

EIGHTH OLBIIL ERA KELULAU
Twelfth Regular Session, October 2011 Senate Joint Resolution No. 8-81
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION
Requesting all Palauan citizens lawfully residing in the United States of America and its
territories and possessions pursuant to Article IV, Section 141 of the Compact of Free
Association between the Republic of Palau and the United States of America to return to
Palau.

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October 14, 2011

When Freedom Fail

By Santy Asanuma

In 1995 the KB Bridge snapped (meritech) 16 years to today because of its weigh at the center. Good intentions and engineering ingenuity, which still to this day not fully explained, were applied and it was decided then to connect the bridge at the middle to strengthen it. This was a mistake. Connecting it made the weigh at the center too much and it collapsed (mlongkangk). It was designed to stand as two separate pieces spanning from both sides (Irai and Oreor) and only appearing to be connected when they meet at the center over lots of water below. There are things in life better left separated. And this was one of them.

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October 12, 2011

OEK’s 12th regular session agenda?

Tia Belau Editorial, Oct. 10, 2011

Tomorrow [Tuesday, October 11], is the opening of the 25-day regular session – the twelfth  of this 8th Olbiil Era Kelulau. By law four more regular sessions are scheduled for next year. The upcoming congressional sessions will coincide with the campaign season for the next general election to be held early November of 2012.

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October 10, 2011

Where The Heck Is Angola?

By Jackson Henry —-

Palauans woke up last week surprised by the news that Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, had won the coveted title as Miss Universe 2011. Many questioned where the heck is Angola and what do they have that produced a beauty queen who trampled over 89 other contestants from affluent countries to win this prestigious crown. Aspiring Palauan beauties know that getting in the Miss Universe competition is still an elusive dream, not only because you need to have the physical attributes but, it takes money and resources to get to this glamorous event featured on the world stage. 

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October 10, 2011

Meluluuch (Is Not Exactly Praying)

Note: Originally published in Tia Belau 3/22/2004

Alii E,

As an amateur writer, my interests in expressions, especially in Palauan, continue to increase as I look into common Palauan words that we use them today to mean other English words. Pray in English understanding is mainly to address (“ke mengedecheduch el mo ra”) God or deity (“ngii di el kmu ngera el louchelid er ngii a rechad”). I have learned yet another deeper explanation of prayer recently. A priest said in his teaching that in praying you become to know yourself more. I agree because it is when I am deep in prayer my thoughts, including negative ones, start to flow.

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October 9, 2011

Imprisoned in Antiquated Culture ?

By Jackson Henry —-

“I walk slow but, I do not walk back”, once said America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The point is, no matter how fast or slow one walks, keep walking forward. As the world economy progresses, nations must keep pace with it or be left behind in the ash bins of history.

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October 8, 2011

Hell Won’t Freeze Over

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Many of us have heard the expression until hell freezes over which literally means for an extremely long time or forever. It normally connotes a strong and vehement rejection or dismissal of someone or something. Hell is a place of eternal flame so the idea of it ever freezing is absurd. Of course atheist, agnostics, nihilists and humanists amongst us will perhaps be outrage about the mention of it, but I believe that any churchgoer, probably acknowledges, even remotely that there will be hell to pay if people do not get their lives straight with the God and accept that Jesus is Lord and Savior of our soul.  We are not talking just “being good” and “staying out of trouble”, but actually working out our faith with fear and trembling as Paul puts it.

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October 7, 2011

Belau’s (Palau) Human Rights Development: Ironies and Challenges

President Toribiong’s UN speech “overrated”? Check out a new blog from Richard Salvador for his take.

Here it is at Oceania Cross Currents.

I originally was going to publish the above titled article by Mr. Salvador’s on its entirety right here on this page, instead I thought I send A Le Ko Kau’s readers to the article by introducing his new blogpage.

There are other posts now up at the site so make it a point to stop and check it out.

October 6, 2011

On Goats, Stimulus, and Independence

By Kambes Kesolei —-

At the 4th Airai Conference on Cheldebechel held last September, Fred Sengebau, Director of the Bureau of Agriculture spelled out one of the national government’s initiatives: “The nation as a whole produces sufficient food within its domestic borders to meet the essential food needs of its people even if foreign food supplies were to be halted for an extended period of time.” That is good news.

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October 5, 2011

The Economic Value Of Palau’s Sovereignty

By Jackson M. Henry —-

On this occasion of Palau’s 17th anniversary of independence and the attainment of sovereignty, once again, we feel a sense of joy and pride for coming a long way to make our stand on the world stage. This is the occasion to stand tall and salute our founding fathers for their courage and visions in carving a nation out of these small islands, which are barely visible on the world maps. It is a reminder that when it comes to the pursuit of the truth, freedom and advancement of human dignity, size does not matter. Sovereignty assuresPalau that we are equal, shoulder-to-shoulder, with other powerful and wealthy nations in the world. Having lived through a war and tied down by the shackles of colonialism, freedom and independence is sweet. As an elderly village Ruback once said, “its has always traditionally been part of the Palauan spirit to be free and to live independently in accordance to the laws of nature”.

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