Archive for December, 2011

December 30, 2011

The Price of Living in Paradise

By Jackson Henry —-

In 1516, Sir Thomas More wrote a famous book entitled Utopia, which portrayed an ideal society possessing a perfect socio-economic system on a fictional island. The book was part a blueprint for a working nation. However, critics say that Thomas was portraying more his disdain and disillusionment of the type of civilizationEnglandhad turned out to be in the 1500s under King Henry VIII. Nonetheless, the fact that Thomas used an island as a location of his “ideal society”, which could well bePalau, steered the imagination of his readers to the fact that paradise perhaps can only be found on islands.

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December 29, 2011

Where are the big hits?

By Kambes Kesolei

The year 2011 marked the 4th year in a row without a major local music album released to wider appeal.

It used to be that we have several albums released per year, with hit songs, basically parked at the tip of our lips ready to be belted out. Our cultural music landscape is practically dry. And we are long overdue for a big hit.  So what’s taking so long?

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December 28, 2011

In Case You Ever Wonder…

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Time does fly and it flies quickly. Just a few weeks ago we were joyfully anticipating Christmas. And now it is Boxing Day. Our Christmas message was inspired from Isaiah 7 where the birth of Jesus was prophesied: Then Isaiah said, …. Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel. This pronouncement by the prophet would not take place for another 700 years. Then Jesus was born, crucified and then Rose Again. Today, more than 2,000 years later, we stand in awe of His Greatness and Mercy.

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December 27, 2011

Its Christmas and itsPalau’s Greatest Season To Be Jolly

By Jackson Henry —-

Its Christmas and once again, the spirit of the holidays is spreading to all corners ofPalaulike wildfire with everyone, young and old, getting into celebratory moods. Driving around Koror at night, one cannot avoid the array of bright exotic lights and Christmas decors that evoke in us the spirit of the holidays. We thank the businesses for making this holiday inPalaucolorful and exciting.

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December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Peace. Joy. Love

December 24, 2011

Christmas Greetings!

Editorial on Tia Belau’s Special Christmas edition – December 22, 2011 —-

As the island is a buzzed with festive holiday season, there are so many things for which we must be thankful. Top of the list is our collective will to improve our health and strength and the ability to make sound decisions. We give thanks to the Almighty for the bountiful blessings.

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December 21, 2011

Saved By Character (2011 Christmas)

By Santy Asanuma —-

From human observation and experience, I am absolutely sure that, if anyone of us was to make a choice for all of us on who would be the best human being, a strong dissention (a klou e klekakebosech ra delongelir a rechad) would surely arise from all possible interested individuals and organizations. Who would that person be? But this choice was made some 2000 years ago unto an unknown young lady of no apparent social status or fame to bear a child that would be the savior of mankind. Luckily, popular opinion by man was not part of this very profound selection process because it would have not been placed on lowly Mary. Not even close by human standards.

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December 19, 2011

Long time ago in Bethlehem…

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord.

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December 18, 2011

The 100,000 tourist arrival is a vote of confidence forPalau

By Jackson Henry

Last weekend,Palau’s tourism industry felt an outburst of exhilaration with the 100,000th visitor arrival finally reached. It is a milestone achievement for our emerging economy and an affirmation that tourism isPalau’s main stay industry.Palau’s pristine beauty continues taking its stand among the world’s top visitor destinations.

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December 17, 2011

Tengelekir A Rechiiekl (Children of Maggots)

By Santy Asanuma —-

This is said upon those you want to banish (ke ieklterir ra re bekl el chad el kmo te kmal ngariou a druchellir) and put under public shame for being such. It is implied that those who issue such statement assume being recognized by people in the community to hold a higher social ranking status. This label is supposed to demarcate (ngomii) those who have-it and those who have-not in a society. Or as Karl Marx calls them as the bourgeoisies (the owners of the means of production and have power to control public policies) and the proletariats (those who work for wages and basically have no real power).

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December 15, 2011


By Fuana Tmarsel —-

The word gossip originates from a bedroom at times of childbirth.  Back in the 16th to 18th century England, childbirth was a social event attended by the ladies. Normally the female relatives and neighbors of the expectant mother would gather together and chat as they await the birth of the baby.  The chattering was not only about trivial things in the community, but also about other people, especially those who were not present. Overtime, this term has come to mean talks about a person’s affairs or behaviors by someone who was not present at the event.

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December 14, 2011

Minister Fritz and Gov. Reklai are now inside the Maru

  • Leilani Reklai wow Minister! this is unbelievable..first of all, Min. Fritz brought the FIRST sea cucumber people to my State, telling me that it was a PILOT project, a RESEARCH on breeding of sea cucumber. Anat and his guys SHOWED me their permits for export of only 150lbs of sea cucumber outside of Palau for RESEARCH. I gave them a research permit for one year. 3 months later, i find them with tons of sea cucumber and terminated their permit. I requested Minister’s office for people to survey Aimeliik for sea cucumber data first before we proceeded. Minister immediately suspended 3 coastal resource managers for meeting with me about the survey! Minister went on the radio and told everyone that these sea cucumbers only took 3 months from seedling to harvestable size! The governors association requested min. Fritz to stop the export in 2010, until we get the data and the law on sea cucumber export clarified. Minister ignored that letter! In the meantime, a lawsuit was filed against anat and his partners for illegal exportation. Minister in turn opened buying and exporting of sea cucumber from ngardmau. pushing people to break laws citing poor economics. I allowed harvesting in my State AFTER my election due to the fact that we’ve exhausted our funds in monitoring. Folks, unfortunately, what’s being by min. Fritz are outright untruths. I won Aimeliik election on November 23 by 39 votes. I opened Aimeliik for harvesting for ONE month only, on DECEMBER 1st. I’ve brought many opportunities to my State in the first four years of my term including sources of income through tourism, through farm leases and others. I am MANAGING my State resources for my people today and TOMORROW. It is very sad when a Minister, a member of the administration’s cabinet, goes on public media and tell lies to the people. It is unprofessional and totally unbecoming of his position! by Gov. Leilani Reklai

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December 14, 2011

Rule of Law Ignored

Tia Belau Editorial, December 12, 2011 —- 

The basic foundation of every orderly society is a rule of law and its effective enforcement to maintain peace and orderly community. The effective enforcement of rule of law is the equal application and enforcement without any preference or discrimination.

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December 13, 2011

Aimeliik Governor “never gave direct cash benefits to her people”: Fritz

  • From the Facebook group Palau 2012 —- 

    Fritz Harry Basicly, leaders are all busy and no one had spent time to learn what resouorces are there in their states. Aimeliik recently had general election and governor won by 12 votes cause. Aimeliik opened sea cucumber harvesting just few days before election. Governor had Island Times and she said everything negatively about sea cucumber.

    about an hour ago · Like
  • Fritz Harry My questions during her 4 years term she never had given direct cash benefits to her people. So, why not manage state resources and maximize benefits to Aimeliik people. FYI, It is always easy to say anything to own news but lack of action.

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December 12, 2011

Managing Your Money In Palau

By Jackson Henry —-

Johnny Carson, once referred to asAmerica’s king of TV talk shows, told his audience, “The only thing that money gives you is the freedom not to worry about money”. For the many Palauans who are suffering from financial stress, it is time to stop money from dictating your lives. The solution is money management.

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December 11, 2011

Omelau (the ultimate sacrifice)

By “Mersad Ngirchoteot” —-

ng chimol tekoi el kmal kedeb eng di sel bo dosaod er ngii eng sebeched el kmo ng diak a ulebengelel. ak kekerei el buik e sel kim moruul a bisakng ea ki blecheol melau ordomel el lild lolab a mechut el simbung ma llel a babier el ikel diak dousbech, ngak a blechoel mo ra olchertoll el mo melai leng mle olechui ra blimam. becherei se kuk mo tara taem. ma ki dmul ngii el babier e melau ordomel lousbech er sel nguil el kora diak el sal mekeald ma diak el sal mengchat, sel kora di ngara belngel. e mekekokemam el lomeltii ordomel el morsel kimomdasu er ngii, lotobed ra mo ungil bisakng, el beketaut e locha kmal mo betok a cheldil. meng kelteketel a taem el diak sal lomdasu er tial tekoi el melau, ngak tial klungal chad el mla mo bechiil loungalek ra terung el redil el chimong a teriuch a rekil ma chimong edei rekil, e kol mocha medengelii a kuk tara belkul tial tekoi. ea kumdasu e tiang a lmuut el betok a usbechel ma belkul el kmal di kau a sebechem el metik er ngii e ousbech er ngii. e ngak a kuk mo melasem lomeskid a usbechel el ngak omes er ngii ra chelsel a klengar rengak ma beluulchad el dengara chelsel. me kumuchel lomes ra beluad, chelechal taem eng uai a lengara ringel daob ra betok longarm ma chelbuul ra klechad, betok a duubech luchul a kerreior ma dakd lomerk ra rrau reng ra beluu. me ke de kora mo diak dodengei el kmo ke de bedul ker a lebebil ra taem. e mo kaiuechib osenged ra betok el tekoi, ma remerredeled a mo diak el sal bleketakl meng mengal rullid el mo suebek a rengud. a rebebil a kmu sesei ma rebebil a kmu sesei, ma debeltid eng kuk bebil. a rekaidelengelangel ma rekadederecher ra teliang. ma rekuk di lukong el rengud ngmla merasm a ngerir. ma rebebil el diak bol luk a ngerir el rengud toked a matmatong. 

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December 10, 2011

Response to “Diaz blasts Palau 2012 Facebook Group”

The following post was taken from the comment section of this post:  “Diaz blasts Palau 2012 Facebook Group“, and which I took the liberty of making it a separate post of its own. —- 

Response to “Diaz blasts Palau 2012 Facebook Group” and Comments to “Palau 2012” Group

Richard Salvador
08 December 2001

Sometime back, I was invited by someone to join “Palau 2012” Facebook group. I have never been on Facebook and probably never will. I once listened to a radio interview where someone who was researching social media and open intelligence gathering was describing how some agencies of the US Government was using Facebook to spy on people. I vowed I would never join Facebook.

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December 8, 2011

Otaut Omiich Olbiil (Separation of Responsibilities)

By Santy Asanuma  —-

Paluanan saying goes, “ng kora cheluchau el cherrechirt a chesel” (like the tangerine that is divided inside). Come to think about it I never heard let alone seen a tangerine that does not have its meat divided into almost equal sizes inside the fruit. This Palauan wisdom uses this natural division as a figure of speech to stress that even though things may appear to be very close to the eye and considered to be one there is indeed a separation for good reason. This type of natural occurrence is what scientists call as natural law that govern life and matters that exist. Palauans are unquestionably smart and in the league of world class scientists and philosophers.

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December 7, 2011

Diaz blasts Palau 2012 Facebook Group

“Ngdikea dodengei el kmo kede mo smind el mor. A rechad ra beluu a complain rar rengarbab el chad al ngara FACE BOOK, ekemiu a kmo bemtobed emouchais, ma kimekerang a ki ekong a lechub a kimei. Ngkora mesesechull ra Belau e kemiu a ngara ngebard el menga ungil kall e kemam a diak a dengkii er kemam ma rechad a ngara mork el mengiil a kemeldillir e kemiu a ngara face book el melekoi a klebelngud ma betok elultelechakl el tekoi, alkero a kuubail a deel, ea lak aklocha dirrek el ngara mork. Ng meral tuobed a cherik er kemiu, ngak a 62 rekik e mla ra mekemad ra vietnam e mla remuul a lmuut el kmal betok el tekoi el loumesind er kemiu a diak el sebechemiu el remuul, bai moker medolsisechakl er kemiu e lak mo mekkellomes er kid e kede kmal ebuul er kemiu e kmal kurismas.”

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December 6, 2011

Arirang Hour

By Fuana Tmarsel —-           

Arirang is defined as Korean Folk Song. In 1926 a black and white film of the same name was made. It depicts the life of Korean student who was imprisoned for protesting against the Japanese colonial rule. Due to torture and abuse in prison, the young man became mentally ill and was eventually released. He went back to the village of his father, and lived there with his family. He was able to regain his sanity back but a tragedy befallen him again and he was later wrongly accused of murder and was sent back to prison.  According to Wikipedia, the film was either lost in Korean War (50-53) or in possession of people or person who may not want to see its released to the general public. There is no certainty of it’s whereabouts, but perhaps we may never get the opportunity to see it as reproduction may be unlikely for many reasons, but also for its anti-Japanese overtones.

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