Archive for July, 2012

July 31, 2012

Intellectual And Moral Persuasion For Economic Changes

By Jackson Henry —-

July 18th marked the 94th birthday of this international icon who, while in prison, used intellectual and moral persuasion to compel the white minority government to change South Africa. He emphasized this message with his quote, “education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”. He is none other than Nelson Mandela.

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July 30, 2012

The bluff that was called

Tia Belau Editorial, July 26, 2012 —-

Once again, the game of political brinkmanship took shape during the heated deliberations of the of the just signed supplemental budget law. However, on close observation, there was no brink at all to dance around, but only bluff that was revealed of its nakedness. 

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July 28, 2012

Ka Hall E Bong (Just See When I’m In)

By Santy Asanuma —-

For over thirty years since the inception of our constitutional government in 1981 Olbiil era Kelulau has been greatly misunderstood by both the politicians and the people. The people have been led to believe that there is one person if elected to Olbiil will lead us to prosperity and abundant happiness. Through all these years most people would block vote for one senatorial candidate or pick less number of candidates than the required number of membership in an attempt to secure winning for their choices. And so Olbiil has become a congress of individuals by default (le kid el chad el di mlak dokerang el ngodechii me ng mo uaisei).

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July 28, 2012

True Leader Opens Doors of Opportunities

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

A task of a great leader is not to follow where the path may lead, but go instead where there is no path and make a trail. Indeed a true leader opens doors of opportunities for those they lead.  For years, Palau has lived on handouts from other nations – federal grants from America arming our teenagers with defender condoms, yet prohibiting our teachers from sharing about God to their students. Then we have the stimulus grants from Taiwan to assist with construction of village roads so that their people can bring in their airplane, buses, and boats to improve tourism and earn whatever dollars there is in Palau to send back home. Our presidents call these foreign aide; but they are really dollar diplomacy – a catch-22 for a small nation “wanting” independence.

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July 26, 2012

The Power of Hope

By Jackson Henry —-

An elderly ruback once told a gathering, “without hope, our village is doomed”.

Martin Luther affirmed this same message with his quote, “Everything that is done in this world is done by hope”. Another wise ruback followed by saying, “hope is the nourishment of courage”. For centuries, the power of hope has been the driving force behind entrepreneurs. Without hopes to cling to, entrepreneurs have no future and no motivation to excel. An inspiring story about hope is Sabeer Bhatia.

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July 26, 2012

There Are Rules

Guest Editorial, Tia Belau, July 24, 2012 —-

There are rules.

As we enter the 2012 election season, questions have been asked to me about on-air personalities who run for political office, and what a station needs to do under the broadcasting rules to keep things fair.  For instance, if a political candidate is a radio and TV talk show host, how do others get the same airtime?

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July 22, 2012

Uludong, Seid file their candidacies at Election Commission

Dr. Caleb Otto and Ms. Dilmei Olkeriil filed separately.

July 19, 2012

Palau to consider different course if no compact agreement

 

17 July 2012

Serial No. 2012-057

Dear Madame Ambassador Reed-Rowe:

I write in my capacity as the Chairman of President Toribiong’s Compact Review Advisory Group (“CRAG”). The CRAGhas asked me to contact you to lodge its strong complaint and disappointment at the decided lack of progress on the ratification of the Compact Review Agreement. 

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July 16, 2012

A Day in Palau

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Have you ever played tourist in Palau? I mean just going from one place to the next visiting the various villages? This weekend a few friends and I took an excursion around the back country enjoying its beauty clothed with verdure of tropical foliage and the fresh breeze. Our first stop was Ngeremlengui. We drove down to the port by the beach huts.  As we sat down in the huts to enjoy the fresh breeze, we noticed some villagers at the Community center so we decided to walk over.  As typical of island life, (meeting relatives wherever we go), a cousin was amongst the group of potters and took delight in showing us their beautiful handy work.  It was an educational experience and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to see their work. Indeed it was special.

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July 12, 2012

The Power of Hope

By Jackson Henry —-

An elderly ruback once told a gathering, “without hope, our village is doomed”.

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July 10, 2012

Honoring the Palau Constitution

Tia Belau Editorial, July 9, 2012 —-

PREAMBLE

In exercising our inherent sovereignty, We, the people of Palau proclaim and reaffirm our immemorial right to be supreme in these islands of Palau, our homeland. We renew our dedication to preserve and enhance our traditional heritage our national identity and our respect for peace freed this Constitution of the sovereign Republic of Palau, We venture into the future with full reliance on our own efforts guidance of Almighty God.

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July 9, 2012

The Constitution (Tia Ng Delibechebeab?)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Warning: If you have very high IQ, read no further! Watching our leaders at the OEK fiddle (te ko ra di melemall) all over our laws and policies reminds me of a childhood memory where “delibechebeab” (literally means create by rats) was often used to describe pathways in the community that people would use but by ordinary standards are not the real ways. Though you access and reach where you want to go by such pathways, people expect you to use the standard ways when they ask “e a ke di uudelibechebeab?” (Did you get here by rat ways?).

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July 7, 2012

Telang Aikel Blals

By Jackson Henry —-

There is a saying that too much of a good thing is bad for you. However, a sultry 1940sHollywoodmovie star named Mae West reversed this proverb and said, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful”. Her other famous quote was, “When I good, I am very good but, when I am bad, I am better.”

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July 5, 2012

Ngelekel A Terrechel (Child of Infected Wound)

By Santy Asanuma —-

A home is supposed to be a source of propriety (ungil blekeradel ma ungil tekoi) to ensure that every child is equipped with proper social skills. This is what we want to believe and expect of every home even today. But how realistic is this expectation? I will be the first to admit that my home may not live up to this expectation of being a complete school of social abilities and conduct for my three children. As a growing boy, I had my share of missteps in the areas of behavior and conduct in the community. And each time I was harshly reprimanded for my errors.

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July 5, 2012

The Heartless Brain

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

I like to think of myself as an island girl. I enjoy work at the taro patch and meandering in the woods, though I hardly have time these days.  I love fish, and most sea foods including sea cucumbers’ intestines, crustacean brains and mollusks cooked in coconut milk. I take delight in stargazing and especially enchanted with the illumination of a full moon. Though I won’t saunter too far barefooted, I do enjoy the nature and the refreshments it provides. I love the simplicity of a small island – the familiar faces, and the slow paced quality that allows leisure and downtime.  I consider it a blessing to know that we have access to some of our leadership. Indeed, there is safety in being small.

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July 3, 2012

People Who Eat Darkness

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

People Who Eat Darkness is a book which investigates a horrifying murder of a 21-year old English bar hostess. The book was published in the earlier part of June, after years of research and piecing together a story that not only describes the incidents leading up to the murder, but also examines the culture and mores of the families and communities involved.

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