Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

Financial Literacy Should Start With Palau’s Youth

By Jackson Henry —-

In ancientPalau, folks skilled in building canoes or fishing were highly revered and admired in the villages. Their skills secured their future. That is understood since the ancient Palauan economy revolved around self subsistence and survival did not depend on cash. In this modern world, cash management for this generation of Palauans has become a crucial tool for survival and self advancement. Thus, financial literacy can no longer be considered a folly but a skill required to navigate our way in this “jungle” of money and finance. Hence, we need to teach basic finance to our youth today so they do not squander their future.

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April 29, 2012

Observations on Remengesau’s declaration

By Kambes Kesolei —-

My observations from Tommy’s declaration at Hokkons annex by Peleliu CLub last Saturday April 21, 2012.

First, those who took the mic at Hokkons Park mostly touched around the theme of “struggling to make ends meet in these hard economic times,” while it sounded clichéd, it was a reality as shown on the people faces.

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April 28, 2012

Baiderengul (Lucky You)

By Santy Asanuma —-

(rerun 2/5/2003 Whatanow Column)

Alii Lorna,

There is a story that is becoming popular in Palau lately to make fun of the situation that is happening almost everywhere in this country. A child watched her mother break a dish while washing dishes and wished out loud by saying, “baiderengum e mommy le ng diak a oklau” (lucky you mom for not getting any scolding from anybody). The child represents the common people (“a re mechebuul”) and the mother represents the few powerful people (“a re ngarebad el chad”) in Palau today.

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April 26, 2012

Political Altruism

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

His story is one of sadness and sheer determination to live, and to achieve a dream, even against all odds.  He was sent to orphanage at three years of age. At five, he ran away after he was bullied and beaten, and for the next ten years, he lived on the streets.  “ I lived like a day fly”, he said, “ selling gums and energy  drinks to survive.”  He slept on stairs, toilets and container boxes. Choi who became an overnight internet sensation, tells how local criminal gangs did not want him selling gum in their turf and once took him to a nearby mountain, dug a hole and buried him. But despite the hardships and adversities, he survived and made his public debut in Korea’s Got Talent Show.

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April 25, 2012

How Much Are You Paying To Get Your Government Going?

Tia Belau Editorial, April 11, 2012 —-

Here’s a different way to look at the budget. RPPL No. 8-40, which is the budget law for fiscal year 2012 signed by the president last March 25 appropriates the sum of $59,394,000 for governmental operations and other obligations.

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April 23, 2012

Support The Local Economy – Eat Local Food

By Jackson Henry —-

Greek Philosopher Epicurus said over 2000 ago, “you are what you eat”. Today, nutritionists affirm Epicurus’ point by advising us to eat healthy food to stay fit and to avoid fatty, salty and over sweetened processed foods. However, many in Palaudo not heed Epicurus’ message or are simply obsessed with imported foods. This has led many to poor health and driven Palauup the rank as the world’s 7th most obese nation.

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April 21, 2012

Dou Lel A Tuu Ra Policy (Take Lightly Policy)

By Santy Asanuma —-

“Dou lel a tuu er ngii” is used to describe a person when one takes no seriousness or commitment on an issue or work that he/she is undertaking. This expression is disappearing as banana trees are obviously not lining the street sides of Koror as it used to up to 1980’s. Banana leafs are very light and would sway on the slightest wind. And the fact that banana leafs easily wither (mo moualech el mo merat). Also most of the time they are not tended to and leaving them in a mess. These are the characters implied on a person when he/she does not perform up to the expectation.

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April 19, 2012

What makes you a Palauan?

By Kambes Kesolei

What makes you a Palauan? This is an age old question that without a doubt been asked gazillion times in various social settings. And I’m sure you’ve heard the same question many times over as well, and perhaps already have had your turn to proffer an answer yourself. It is a question that stimulates your mind and challenges you on the conceptual side. It doesn’t have a ready made or any one satisfactory answer that defines being a Palauan ­- at least to me.

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April 17, 2012

The Nolan Principles

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

“Politicians are expected to fashion a positive public image, burnishing it to a lustrous shine through self-serving press releases and adroit spin-doctoring, but their real character often gets revealed through their private choices far from the spotlight. Certainly a person’s behind-the-scene moral decisions – their marital fidelity and fundamental honesty in their relationships – are relevant to how they will conduct the business of the people. After all, they unmask the true individual.” This is an observation of Lee Strobel in his book, The Case for Faith (2000).

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April 16, 2012

Poly-Tricking has begun

By Tutii Chilton

Well I guess Poly-Tricking has begun. Interesting Palau poster.

Let ability, knowledge, experience and practice be our guide for electing our candidate and not just because we know them or we like them.

Below is a reminder about the choices we make in Palau. Palau is in the situation we are in because of our choices, not because of economic collapse. We (Palauans) chose, silently or loudly to let our society become what it is today.

The condition of Palau is a direct result of what I’m doing, thinking, saying or not saying. No one can help Palau until Palauan’s begin to help ourselves. I believe and hope we all believe that we will use our Preamble as a guide for Palau.

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April 13, 2012

Policy platforms for the incumbents are written on the wall

Tia Belau Editorial, April 9, 2012 —-

While focus has been on the presidential election and speculating the names of candidates who will contest the 29 OEK seats – 13 for Senate and 16 for House of Delegates, less attention have been paid to the incumbents. 

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April 12, 2012

Alekerong Mlo Betok A Klukuk

By Santy Asanuma —-

(3/28/2003 Whatanow Column)

Alii Roger,

People of Palau should come to realization (“melchesuar”) that OEK is where success or failure of Palau is determined (“meketmokl e moterkokl”). Senator Koshiba recently challenged his colleagues during a session by pushing a question on all senators and delegates: “kid kede ultechei” (are we deformed?). The word “ultechei” has a deeper negative connotation (“mekngit el belkul”) in Palauan implications (“omtechakl a tekoi”) that one is vile and despised (“mercherached e checherd a rengud e rengii”) by people. It also implies that one is not mentally sound (“telekib el longesonges a btelul”). This is the lowest Palauan regard that can be given to someone you do not respect or care about. Is this question befitting (“ungil a deruchellel el tekoi dousbech e rengii el mesaod ra rechad”) people chosen by Palauan people to seat in the OEK?

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April 9, 2012

Blessed Are The Deal Makers

By Jackson Henry —-

USPresidential hopeful Mitt Romney delivered a riveting message to an audience during one of his political rallies when he said, “Free enterprise has liberated more people from of poverty, created more jobs and improved more lives than all government programs combined”. Bravo ! I could not agree more. It is a thrilled to hear leaders who are Gung Ho on business. Romney’s words motivate and inspire us folks inPalau’s private sector.

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April 7, 2012

Time for tax relief for the low income

Tia Belau Editorial, April 2, 2012 —-

The national government now operates by fiscal year 2012 budget – public law RPPL No. 8-40. The budget law was passed but not before the public saw the rancor that was in display between the two houses of the Olbiil Era Kelulau.  The fiscal year 2012 budget bill joined the casino bill earlier as the only two legislations that passed the OEK with considerable support of abstention votes.

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April 6, 2012

Kalsindelmong Ma Kalsindelmei (Straddling the Fence)

By Santy Asanuma —-

We should get rid of our traditional leaders and our culture and be all modern, democratic, free, equal, economic, and be one happy society. “We should not allow traditions to hold us down and miss our chance in progress and development,” openly expressed in public discussion by more and more of younger generations of Palauans. This mentality implies (ua lolekoi) that money is enough to satisfy our needs and fulfill the purpose of our life as human beings.

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April 2, 2012

Peqouts’ Revenge

By Jackson Henry —-

Palaucan learn a lesson or two about courage and nation building from the Pequots, an American Indian tribe nearly exterminated by war, poverty and out migration. Today, the Pequots are not only a proud and a wealthy tribe but, one of the biggest tax payers and employer in the US state of Connecticut. Their businesses include the Great Cedar Hotel, Spa at Norwich, MGM Grand and Foxwood Resort. Their tribal pride is embodied in their new Mashantucket Pequot Museum, which show cases their culture and serves as a symbolic edifice of their rise from adversity to great fortunes.

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