Archive for March, 2012

March 31, 2012

On Campaign Trail with Candidate F

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Its 2012 on the campaign trail….and here’s Candidate F in the neighborhood going house to house…

Candidate F: Alii…Alii?

Mechas: Auwang.

Candidate F: Uh…um…uh…It’s me y-your candidate F.

Mechas: I can’t hear you. Come closer. I have a hard time hearing on my left ear, there’s no medicine at the hospital to get it fixed.

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March 30, 2012

Major policies of the 8th OEK

Tia Belau Editorial, March 29, 2012 —-

Even with the constant public criticism of their record as the least productive and the most expensive Olbiil Era Kelulau in terms of bills passed into laws, a good public relations campaign would have worked wonders for the image of the 8th Olbiil Era Kelulau as the election draws near.

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March 29, 2012

Techa Olisechakl Er Techang (Teaching Who?)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Dear Teachers,

I am writing to you personally to convince you on what I think is very important responsibility that comes with being a teacher. And because I cannot meet with all of you to deliver this letter I am using this newspaper column to reach you. As teachers, you are basically tasked with the role of putting informational contents into the brains of all students. A very important job. Being a Palauan, I am culturally drawn to believe that the holder of information must be worthy (ngarengii aututelel chad) or credible (ke doumera er ngii) or at least has some social status (ngarengii a deruchelel) whether achieved (okiu a cheroll el ua dui) or ascribed (okiu skulel malechub e ng ureor) or combination of the above.

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March 27, 2012

Political Patois

By Fuana Tmarsel —-  

First things first, it is pronounced (pa twa). One of those Americanized French words meaning dialect of a certain social group. Dog lovers may contend for canine patois, but I’m not sure. At any rate, one of the most entertaining aspects of election is the campaign slogan. To me, it unveils the candidate’s frame of mind and reveals his aspirations for office while displaying his campaign’s esprit de corps. I can still remember 2 presidential slogans which swayed my votes.

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March 27, 2012

Medical Cannabis For The Southern States?

By Jackson Henry —-

Dr. Lucido has been a medical practitioner inSan Franciscosince 1979. He prescribes a special “medicine” to 900 patients annually. What is this special medicine? Well, you guessed it right. It is Cannabis, thanks to the legalization of Medical Cannabis (MC) inCaliforniain 1996 with the passage of Proposition #215.  Today, 14 states have also passed MC laws and more forthcoming. Dr. Lucido is now a member of US Medical Education Committee promoting and lecturing on the medical benefits of Cannabis. 

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March 26, 2012

Youth, Social Media and 2012 Elections

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Last week March 15 was Youth Day, a national holiday. The nation observed it only in passing by the usual school activities held during education awareness week every year. In addition, Palau hosted a regional youth conference that brought together youth representatives from the different island jurisdictions in Micronesia to share, inform, and addresses youth challenges. Our leaders acknowledged the national holiday as expected by taking out ads in the local newspapers by regurgitating clichéd words about recognizing the youth and the future of Palau. That was all about it. There was nothing more worth mentioning, especially from the political leaders.

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March 25, 2012

Council of Chiefs comments on FY 2012 budget bill

March 19, 2012

His Excellency Johnson Toribiong

Re:  Senate Bill No. 8-109,SD2,HD7,CD2

Dear Excellency President Toribiong:

At the request of the Ministry of State to the Council of Chiefs to submit our comments on the above-referenced bill on or before March 20, 2012, we write to provide our comments.

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March 24, 2012

The Architects

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Que Sera Sera – Spanish meaning Whatever will be, will be is a song made famous in the 60’s by Doris Day. I first heard this song sung by one of Palau’s famous alto voice, and it instantly became my favorite. I’m not quite sure which diverted me, whether it was the voice, the melody or the lyrics? But it was not until college when I realized the flippancy of the song and its playful melody and wondered what life was like in those days in America.

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March 23, 2012

Who’s To Blame For High Gas Prices?

By Jackson Henry —-

The surge in gas price has caused a burst of outcry around town and many Palauans are screaming, “will the guilty one please stand up”. Frustrations and anxiety has led to finger pointing and others are pleading with those in authority for quick fixes. But high gas prices is not confined toPalaualone. It is a global dilemma. Americans are also screaming, although the average price of gasoline in theUSis less than Palau.

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March 22, 2012

Getting real results

Tia Belau Editorial, March 19, 2012 —-

Tadao Ruluked, a legislator from Kayangel State, hauled his chair and cardboard sign one Wednesday afternoon last February and set up position on top of the island, which is sandwiched between two major gas stations in town – Did-Ra-Ngmatl and NECO Plaza. He sat quietly holding up placards with one resting on the concrete leaning on his knees facing the road, while his hands were raised up holding another sign covering the top of his head doubling as a sun visor.

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March 21, 2012

Kora Ralm (Passive Aggressive)

By Santy Asanuma —-

“Ng ko ra ralm el di meleod e choibekii” (like water droplets chipping through any barrier). “Ng ko ra ralm el melemedemek ra daob” (like the water softening or calming rough sea). “Ng ko ra ngerngir el di ua isei e tmat a deluus” (like drizzling rain that eventually break cover above). This is the Palauan thinking when it comes to dealing with volatile (kmal mekeald e sokol el obikaiek) situation. This sociological (delomel ra klebelau er kid) attitude I believe had directly contributed to the quiet behavior to the point of what appears to being subdued (bedektall) nature of Palauans in general to outsiders. Up to this day Palauans opt for silence for good reason.

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March 20, 2012

Alone Time

By Fuana Tmarsel —-  

Opportunities of new discoveries and concepts to explore are laid at my door daily. They come from everywhere, newspapers, television, and conversations with friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Every one has an idea about life; some good, some not so very good, but all are very interesting and worth exploring further except my focus is often interrupted by other concerns like stopping for a short exchange with my sister and nephew who live next door yet we seldom cross paths. We have to make the effort.

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March 19, 2012

Dow 14,000, Here It Comes

By Jackson Henry —

Just as I predicted a month ago, the Dow Jones Industrial Averages (DJIA) did hit the magic 13,000 mark on 2/28/12 for the first time since May, 2008. I foresee DJIA hitting another milestone with 14,000 points by the end of 2012, predicated on healthy economic indicators emerging.

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March 17, 2012

Exercise Of Power By Leadership Comes With Restrain

Tia Belau Editorial, March 5, 2012

We have existed as a sovereign Republic of Palau since 1981 based on the democratic principles and rule of laws enshrine in our Constitution we overwhelmingly ratified in the referendum on July 1979, re-ratified in the referendum on July 1980, a year later, and implemented in 1981. Our commitment to the democratic principles and rule of laws had put into the test since 1981.

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March 16, 2012

Menga Obei (Bad Taro Breaks Family)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Family is in trouble when bother is set against brother (or sister against sister).  And this is not looking outside or in the Bible for an example like Cain killing Abel. Here at home in Belau we have a legend of two brothers Uchulachetiu and Madachelbai. One is selected and treated better (cheleoch) by being given the best choice taros and the other poorly treated (cheterocher) by being given the rotten ones (bekngiuk), waterlogged (misaker), or half eaten by Uek (bird that consume raw taro root crops). Madachelbai being not the blood child but only the nephew of Uchulachetiu’s father was the one receiving the bad treatment from the mother of the house.

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March 13, 2012

Cat’s Paw

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

I turned to the local channel in time to hear Senator Paul Ueki giving a brief description of a bill he supposedly introduced – he said something like, tirkang e president a bai dungil er tir engdi tek mal di melekoi a mekngit el kirel tial government, me tial bill a mo merrob er tir me ngdiak lou radio ma lechub el lou TV broadcasting er a beluad. Roughly he was saying that his bill will revoke licenses of foreign-owned and operated television and radio boraodcasters, thus banning  them from the Republic. Simply, he wants OTV and Radio Australia to close because as he puts it, they say “bad things” about our government.

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March 12, 2012

Kotel A Beluad (The Last Sacred Ground)

By Santy Asanuma —-

What will a Palauan today be willing to spill his blood or die fighting for? Talking with three very well mannered and disciplined and educated young Palauan men, who are in their twenties, thirties, and forties, recently took our discussion into this somewhat heavy and serious discussion. They are very sincere and want to be part of any movement that would benefit Palauan people. Without having to reveal who they are because I do not have their permission to do so, they are doing work beyond the usual working hours (5pm to 9pm) and it is one that I have to admit would directly improve men’s health. A truly noble task in helping the “kelel a tengadidik ra rael” (men are feed for the kingfisher on the roadways) to better their chance in life.

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March 11, 2012

Easing Palau’s Pain At The Pump

By Jackson Henry —-

$10 billion are being invested by Hedge Fund managers in oil futures, while Palauan motorists and world consumers are crying foul at the gas pumps. That is because Hedge Fund managers speculate that the price of oil will continue to climb higher.Palau’s average price of gas has hit over $5.35 per gallon. President Obama said that there is no “silver bullet” to quell rising gas prices.

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March 10, 2012

Higher Prices Hurt More Families

Tia Belau Editorial, March 5, 2012 —

Palau’s economy has been heating up the past two years, including a 6 percent growth in 2011 as a result of a record breaking tourist year. But whatever gain made has been wiped-out by the drastic hike in the price of fuel, electricity, food and most basic stuffs.

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March 2, 2012

Achekbecheded (Not Sharing Your Lunch)

By Santy Asanuma —-

The Palauan norm is to avail food in the company of others. As matter of fact if you keep food to yourself, other people will look upon you as merechorch (literally stealing or robbing food from others and considered greedy). Or such behavior is considered a sign of a bad person or simply not fit as a member of community. This in Palauan thinking is a proof that a person does not have a good heart and does not think of well beings for other people.

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