Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

Del. Eldebechel bares his platform for 2012 election

Del. Secilil Eldebechel announced his intention to run againto represent the state of Ngchesar in House of Delegate of the Olbiil Era Kelulau. From Palau 2012 Facebook Group Palau 2012 on May 3o, he made public his declaration and election platform.

Ses Eldebechel

Dear valued members of the Palau 2012:

Please allow me to share my campaign message and my platform for the 2012 election. I welcome any comments, questions, and even constructive criticism.

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May 31, 2012

Sen. Regis Akitaya interviewed in FB group Palau 2012

The questions below were posed by Merv Melatk on May 3o followed by Sen. Akitaya’s answers.

1. How should Palau approach its economic woes? What are you views on the current policies, and what should be done to improve Palau’s economy? 

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May 28, 2012

Shouldering The Dreams Of A Nation

By Jackson Henry —-

A Bishop once told his congregation, “On your shoulders, dear young people of the entire earth, weights the responsibility to transform tomorrow’s world into a society where peace, harmony and fraternity reign”. The Bishop’s captivating words highlights just how important it is to harness the power of youth here inPalaubecause the future of this nation lies in their hands. In our quest to build a vibrant economy,Palau’s youth is our greatest asset and the future pillars of our country.

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May 24, 2012

Little Hands with a Big Heart

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

During the two years in Palau, he has participated in a lot of customary events and concludes that Palau is a society of pay backs. “You keep records of people who give money at your customs so that when it is their turn, you go to give back what they have given to you. The giving is not out of the heart to help, but it obligates you to return the favor someday. In this way, it becomes a burden for many. It is wrong attitude for giving.” I sat there silently nodding to his observations of our customs and thinking to myself- he is right, giving should proceed from a desire to alleviate a burden, to provide for a need, to quench a longing, to offer friendship, but most of all to communicate love to others. So why do practice obligatory giving? Is it out of insecurity, control, or what?

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May 21, 2012

A Royal Salute To Palau Airways

By Jackson Henry —-

Palau Airways is the newest bird flying over our airspace marking another milestone achievement for our fledging nation and a vote of confidence for Palau’s hospitality industry. The new airline made a spectacular splash inTaiwan’s media as well as in Asia’s aviation community with the maiden flight of its Boeing 757 from Taipei to Palauan May 6th. The airline is based in Palauwith its high profile headquarter located in Koror’s central business district.Palau salutes the investors of this airline for their bold action, despite the risks and uncertainties associated with start-up ventures. Mr. Ho and his group deserve a standing ovation and support from us all.

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May 16, 2012

Mighty Display Of My Country (Ng Mera Er Redil)

By Santy Asanuma —-

In tribute to the mothers of Palau a friend of mine who I deeply respect showed his poems that he wrote in 1987 on day that surely will burn in our history as people and nation. I knew right away that I would use them to celebrate the woman and the mother. Like a mother Palau has gone through great pains in the past up to today just so she can take care of us her children, the Palauan people.

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May 15, 2012

Words

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

There are so many words and still they are being coined in every discovery, recovery or accidentally. Do you ever wonder why some words are pronounced the way they are spelled while some don’t; like spelling, cat, bowl, kitchen, greetings and silly sally etc?  Other words contain some letters which pronunciations are not permissible. I am talking about tongue, harangue, fatigue, and dialogue.  Yet words like barbecue, and queue need an e to permit the sound of u.

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May 14, 2012

The Economy Should Be Central Focus In This Election

By Jackson Henry —-

Henry Kissinger once said, “Power is man’s ultimate aphrodisiac”. With democracy alive and well inPalau, every citizen has the right to wield power through the ballot box. It is election year so aspiring politicians are wooing voters with bold promises, social engineering, and political strategies to improve the lives of every Palauan citizen. But the road to high offices will also be paved with propaganda, rhetoric, finger pointing and even mud slinging, as the candidates complete for every votes. But that is perfectly fine. It is a big component of our democratic machinery. However, the ultimate determinants of electoral outcomes inPalauremain kinship and family ties. Voters must have the moxie to look beyond the BBQs, money and emotional speeches for the sake of our economy.

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May 12, 2012

“Front” businesses are taking over

Tia Belau Editorial, May 10, 2012 —-

When you travel on the main road of Koror State either from Malakal or Meyuns to Top Side you see so many mom and pop stores on both side of the main road, managed or operated by group of Bangladesh nationals and when you step in you see a business license on the wall in the name of the local person. So often we hear members of public safety, policemen, members of the OEK and other key leaders and officials referring to Palau local licensee as “front” of the Bangladesh. But in reality, such business enterprises violates Foreign Investment Act, 28 PNC § 101, et seq., and should be stopped.

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May 10, 2012

Improving Palau land-based tourist attractions

Tia Belau Editorial, May 7, 2012 —-

The Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) has released the flight schedule for the month of May. Based on the schedule, there are a total of 28 flights per week for this month, served by 8 airlines including United Airlines, Asiana, China Airlines, Delta, Japan Airlines, TransAsia Airways, Korean Airline, Palau Airways.

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May 9, 2012

Ngar Ngii Ouai Kau (Are You Worthy)

By Santy Asanuma —-

A friend of mine was lamenting (ngoumekngingit el reng) when he prayed during a gathering with friends and was harshly criticized. He was upset when another friend who was covered by the same prayer said to him afterwards that “how can anybody who is so sinful like you should pray?” The sinful man retorted (a milekingang) to his friend that if the plate was cracked but was able to hold the food he should have just paid attention to the food because he was not going to eat the crack after all. I suppose the prayer critic represents the majority of us when we size up other people and tally their faults against any possible chance of being worthy to stand among us. I am beginning to believe that this is one of the main reasons why people would rather remain silent on wrongdoing in our social group, family, clan, church, or government for fear of being evaluated to the pulp (medirk el di mo techel).

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May 8, 2012

Its Time Palau Considers A Food Stamp Program

By Jackson Henry —-

History has it that the ancient Romans, under the reign of Caesar Trajan over 2,000 years ago, were the first to institute a Food Stamp Program (FSP), to feed the Plebeians or lower class citizens who fell into the “cracks and crevices” of poverty. Free breads were distributed to the poor, elderly and disabled, as means to alleviate hardships for those economically straddled on the fringes of theRome’s prosperous society. Critics called Trajan’s welfare as a form of bribery. However, Trajan sealed his place in history as the first ruler to initiate a government welfare program.

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May 7, 2012

Babies are born; Adults are made

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Klio is now a young man, and recently had a baby of his own. He has no money, education, and his family does not participate much in his life, so his baby lives with the mother while he visits regularly. He used to attend school when he was a young boy, but eventually dropped out and his parents didn’t care to walk him back to school. Instead they scolded him and withheld food from him so he began to steal to fill his stomach. First he grabbed little things here and there, but when his appetite developed, he snatched wallets and purses. Eventually, the law caught on and he has been in and out of jail. In many ways, Klio has been invisible to his family – they know that he exist, but they just don’t care to see him. And his young child,…….well….

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May 5, 2012

Palau by Numbers

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Here are some information taken from the 2005 Census of Population and Housing. These are official government figures compiled by the Office of Planning and Statistics.

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May 1, 2012

Llach Er A Reng (The Law of Heart)

By Santy Asanuma —-

April 2012 is another monumental (klou el olangch) milestone in my life when I found myself struggling for words to explain myself to one eighteen years old young man and a forty one years old lady. For those who know me struggling for words got to be an irony (sel diak desang el kmo sebechel dubech) in my life. These two persons were perfectly normal and were obviously amused by my difficulty in speaking to them as they were smiling and giggling at my disability. They happened only to be deaf and mute out of the group of people with other forms of disability. I just did not know their language and they are Palauans. I do not do sign language and I have never felt so inadequate (olengesonges) to help people that I thought I was going to help during a three days workshop on Human Rights for persons with disability in Palau.

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