Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Mla Otirii A Sils (Caught Up With the Sun)

Note: published 8/28/2003

Alii S,

Try and translate that into English and see it makes any sense. But with a Palauan thinking you do not have to explain the feelings attached to it either. If I write or speak English, would that make me an American? No. Now that Palau has democracy does it mean that I have to trash (“chemoit”) Palauan traditions? Definitely never. Democracy is a concept (“uldasu”) that can be adopted by any country and has to be molded (“ng mo mechedroder”) to fit the culture of that country.

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November 29, 2011

Two Questions for Richard Salvador

By Richard Salvador —-

Alii Villager, Ngirchoteot

You ask me two questions; I summarize them in my words below so that I can best respond to them:

[Question #1] – Why do you think the writers of the first Constitution give primacy to the English language not the Belau language in our Constitution? And do you think it’s time that we change this and elevate the Belau language as our primary language including translating all official deliberations and documents of our government into our Belau language.

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November 28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

I am indeed grateful to God, the Creator, for my life, health and sanity. I am thankful for my small family, the Catholic Church who set a foundation for my faith, friends and all the people that color my world; but most of all those that unknowingly create mists that build needed muscles. At my age things look a bit different than they were 10 years ago. The other day I was sitting at Surangel when a young lady clad in body-hugging black outfit with ostentatiously humongous earring walked in. Her style silently screamed, “Aha I got it, Aha!’ I looked at her with horror thinking omg! I must have been like that when I was her age –  Yeah, back then – it was about appearance and impressions which often ends up in nothing but the inevitable senescence. They call it style. I, now, just call it Temporary Delusion.

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November 26, 2011

Dol Tkeu Ra Tourists

By Jackson Henry

Tourism Week commences on November 14th and once again, PVA has created programs to heighten our awareness of the importance that tourism plays in the lives of all Palauans. This year’s Tourism Week is particularly special becausePalauwill reach a new industry milestone with visitor count finally reaching that magic 100,000 mark.

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November 24, 2011

The Conspiracy of Silence

Tia Belau Editorial, Nov. 21, 2011 edition —- 

All eyes are riveted on the failure of two new Niigata electrical generators worth $4 million that were recently installed in Malakal power plant and brought into operation few months ago. The fire at Aimeliik power plant exposed just how much of a fiasco went into the whole process of procuring, shipping, construction of the facility, installation, and the running of the Niigata engines.

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November 23, 2011

Kekech Er Kau (baby spanking)

By Santy Asanuma —-

published 7/31/2003

Alii Dr. K,

Senator Dengokl’s article “Taking A Step Forward” and your response to it has prompted me to take up my Constitution once again. It is apparent that most sensible people know that we Palauans have been less than sincere in handling our own affairs and sovereignty from the start. Of course, this is natural behavior because most of us still think that we can always move in to live with Uncle Sam if things go wrong. A very good example of this attitude is the Compact. There is a provision in the Compact providing arbitration (“techall e a mondai morenges ra delongelir ra teru el kautekoi”) for Palau and US. While US require that our Compact investment money can only be invested with American firms in the US, it does not guarantee the minimum interest rate of 12% like what Senator Dengokl pointed out. Since interest rate is like the weather, no business guru (“semong”) can tell you that interest rate is going to remain the same in one whole year. Remember the Compact investment money should be earning at least 12% for us to have enough money to run our government for 50 years. This was a raw deal (“ngoius ra misong”) as Americans say and needs to be brought up by our leaders to arbitration. And they should not wait until Palau hits rock bottom.

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November 22, 2011

The Bridge Builder

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

The past achieved for us today, and today is achieving for the future of our children. Recently, I came across a poem by Will Allen Dromgoogle, a young lawyer who was prolific writer during the early 20th century. As I read it for the 100th time, I felt a new sense of appreciation of those who came before us who “built” with us in mind. In religious circles, Jesus is the greatest Bridge Builder for he took upon the suffering to build the bridge upon which we take to the Father. In politics, many names come up. For me, there are many international luminaries and conquerors to whom I would tip my hat. In any case the poem reminds us that we passing the torch to the next generation – paving the way for those coming for us, and what we do today will someday be made known to them. If we build with bricks, they will stand on bricks, if with straw, they won’t have much to stand on. In any case the poem is a great moral lesson and helps us to evaluate the quality of bridge we are making, or we are making one at all. Enjoy.

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November 21, 2011

Timely Actions Should Have Been Taken On Power Crisis

Tia Belau Editorial on November 14, 2011.

TIMELY  ACTIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN  ON POWER CRISIS 

We applaud the valiant efforts by the government and the employees of PPUC to get Babeldaob  hooked to the capital power plant and to maintain the Malakal Power Plant and ration  power  hours in Koror. But we think more should have been taken  at the top by the PPUC  board and  government leadership at the beginning to restore power without having to resort to state of emergency.

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November 15, 2011

Making Palau A Paradise For Retirees

By Jackson Henry —-

Squeezing every drop of pleasures out of one’s golden years is the objective of retirees. For foreign retirees on fixed income, the dream is to live like royalties within that budget. It is the very reason why they comb the earth searching for dream destinations to live like despots at great prices. Today, many countries are jumping on the band wagon to provide retirement heavens for this blossoming market.

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November 14, 2011

Fair vs. Equal (Souam A Uuuum Malechub Ng Tekuu)

By Santy Asanuma —-

As a young boy my father used to wake me up on five o’clock every morning while all my other brothers and sisters are still deep and comfortable in their sleep especially when it is the coolest time. He would always ask me if I were angry each time. Of course, I always said no. And he would add, because if I were “e te kmal mo chebuul a rechad” (people would suffer). For the longest time I could not understand why my anger would be the cause of misfortune to other people.

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November 12, 2011

Face of the Future

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Palauan children are the face of the future and they need proper and righteous upbringing to capitalize on our legacy. They inherit the future we are now fashioning for them through our parenting, modeling, leading and believing.  They began life as we did, as a tiny tadpole in a filmy liquefied abode in mom’s tummy and for 9 months were joined in this symbiosis, partaking of her emotions, and struggles – tagging along wherever she goes, feeling her happiness, pain, and fears. Her worries become their bed partners, her joys their fortitude.

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November 9, 2011

“The National Power Plant Emergency Act”

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
RPPL NO. 8-34
An ACT
Authorizing the President to assume and exercise, at his sole
discretion, all of the statutory authority and powers presently
conferred upon the Board of Directors and management of the
Palau Public Utilities Corporation; to authorize and appropriate
the sum of up to $1,500,000.00 in local revenues from the
National Treasury for emergency operations and emergency capital
improvement projects, for disaster relief, including emergency
operations, purchases and construction, resulting from the
catastrophic fire at the Aimeliik Power Plant; and for other
related purposes.

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November 9, 2011

Declaration of a State of Emergency

PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATION NO. 11-15

Declaration of a State of Emergency
November 7, 2011
Whereas, on Saturday, November 5, at approximately 5 o'clock p.m., electrical power to
all of Babeldaob and much of Koror was suddenly interrupted without notice due to a
catastrophic fire at the Aimeliik power plant, which completely destroyed at least one generator
and all of the controls for the facility. The Aimeliik power plant is currently unable to produce
any electrical power, thus leaving the Malakal power plant as the sole source of electrical
generation for Babeldaob and Koror. However, the Malakal power plant presently does not have
enough generating capacity even to supply electricity to all of Koror at the same time. On a
rotating rationed basis power has been partially restored to Koror, Airai and Aimeliik, but the
electricity remains off in most of Babeldaob and will continue to be off for the foreseeable
future; and

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November 8, 2011

Palau Investment Clubs Can Raise Needed Capital

By Jackson Henry —-

When I lived onGuamyears ago, one of my Palauan real estate clients asked me why many Asian immigrants are business owners and have fared well financially. My reply was brief and to the point: strong work ethic, discipline and Investment Clubs (IC).

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November 7, 2011

Promises Three Years Ago, What Will Happen In 2012

(Tia Belau Editorial, November 7, 2011)

PROMISES THREE  YEARS AGO, WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN 2012

Three years ago from November  4, 2008, the 8th national election was held in which the current OEK senators, delegates and the  vice president  and president were elected. In one year from today in November 2012, the Palauan people will once again go to the polls to either reelect the  current leadership or replace them  for four years from 2013 to 20116.

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November 4, 2011

Economics Should Drive Palauan Politics

By Jackson Henry —-

Palau’s 2012 national budget is out so our politicians are busy hammering out the numbers and allocating scares revenues to the respective end users. The televised congressional debates and headline news coverage brings into sharp focus the challenges Palau faces when the economy grinds down year-to-year. Our hearts go out to the politicians who try to maximize the benefits from Palau’s scare financial resources. This brings forth the importance of good economics because the level of our income and expenses dictates our livelihood and the living standards we all enjoy.

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November 1, 2011

Belual a Sechesech (Gecko’s Perspective)

By Santy Asanuma —-

A friend of mine visited recently and asked me if the gecko is upside down or right side up? For sometime up to this visit I have been going in my mind if Palau as a society has gone upside down in terms of our social fiber (tia el klechad er Belau ma klechibelau el de nga re ngii er chelecha sils ke le blalobecherru). Just talking with friends I am puzzled (mo rauarenguk) at the degree of confrontation on every level or conceivable angle among and between relatives. And funerals and state politics have become only convenient stages to express these confrontations. Moreover, the threshold (sel ngii a sebeched el kongei er ngii) of these confrontations is continually increasing and has become more bizarre (ng kmal ngedechang).

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