Archive for August, 2012

August 30, 2012

Ongedechuul And The Gospel of Prosperity

By Jackson M. Henry —-

One of my real estate associates on Guam was Sabti who happens to be an Indian immigrant. He also owns successful businesses around the island. On his birthday, Sabti invited me to join his family for a bit of exotic Indian style celebration. At one section of his house was a statue of a lady with four arms standing on a Lotus flower. I inquired about the significance of the shrine. “Oh! That is Lakshmi, the Indian Goddess of prosperity”, replied Sabti.

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August 27, 2012

Supplemental II fails to convince

Tia Belau Editorial, August 26, 2012 —-

There is no crisis to avert only that Christmas has come early in late August.

With one essential funding request in the amount of $104,000 by the election commission, the administration has taken the opening and lined up a supplemental budget bill to a tune of $2.3 million.

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August 24, 2012

“With Malice Toward None”

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Nobody in America expected a poor girl from public housing project to make it to Princeton. No one expected a child of a poor welder with a third grade education, to be a judge. But today Sonya Sotomayor is the third female justice in the U.S Supreme Court; she is the first Hispanic Woman to sit at the nation’s highest bench. She may have few equals, and even fewer to eclipse her in performance and intellect. But most success stories like hers are buttressed with diligent tenacity and determination to excel in what they do. The brain could have open doors, but character kept her in.

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August 20, 2012

User Fees Will Improve Palau’s Infrastructures

By Jackson M. Henry —-

One of Koror’s nagging headaches is the crumbling infrastructures, particularly the city’s sewer system. The stench annoys us locals and a source of embarrassment for our visitors. Without a functioning and environmentally sound sewer system, the city’s future economic growth will be stunned. Efficient infrastructures are critical components of our drive to develop Palau’s economy as well as our global attractiveness for foreign investments.

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August 15, 2012

Time for new census on population and housing

Tia Belau Editorial, July 11, 2012 —-

Airai State Gov. Vicky Kanai’s opposition to the division of fishing revenue derived from licensing of foreign fishing vessels highlighted a major shortcoming for public policymaking – and that is without the aid of updated information for effective dispensing of duties.

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August 13, 2012

Local Marketing

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Everyone is busy making a life; students are in school all day while the parents are out trying to make money. With such hectic schedule, ready-made food marketing is becoming a lucrative enterprise and small outfits selling food are springing up everywhere. I am not expert on food, but I do savor local culinary delights above the imported nutriments. As such, I am constantly on the market for cooked Palauan food, fish, taro and so on.

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August 13, 2012

Teachers must be the priority

Tia Belau Editorial, August 6, 2012 —-

As the school year 2012 start its term with public schools opening this week, focus is rightly on the students – how can our education system provide the best education for the future of Palau.

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August 12, 2012

Debates, this evening and tomorrow at Ngarachamayong

In Nadi, Fiji connecting this morning to the Solomon Islands…I will be missing the two-days of debates scheduled for Aug. 14-15. I can’t bear the thought of waiting another four years – until 2016 – for another round of presidential and vice presidential debates.

…and life goes on.

Kambes

August 12, 2012

Candidates By The Numbers

Tia Belau Edotiral, August 6, 2012 —-

Barring any disqualification, the final list of candidates for the November 6 general election is pretty much set.

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August 11, 2012

Palau’s War On Poverty

By Jackson Henry —-

A highlight of last week’s news headlines was the ribbon cutting of the Nanden Housing Sub-Division in Ngerkesoaol hamlet in the state of Koror. Because I have been dabbling in banking and real estate on Guam since 1986, I take special interest in housing development. So I decided to preview the sub-division yesterday and despite it being classified as low cost housing, it is a master piece of property development and one of the premier sub divisions Palau has seen thus far. These energy efficient units are well designed with a few of them commanding panoramic views of the ocean and the majestic rock islands. 

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August 9, 2012

Delumumuu Nation (Not Planned Not Ready)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Delumumuu of Ngerair was a skilled fisherman and fed his wife, family, relatives, and friends with the best catch. Each day he would bring in variety of fish with his large catch. And he and his friends and family would feast every day without worrying about the future. Delersuuch was a coconut sap (ilaot) collector and came to Ngerair to use Delumumuu’s coconut trees because they were friends. He worked hard every day at his trade to store the sap to sell or for future use. He carefully kept his income when he sold the sap thinking of emergencies that might arise while always careful with his spending.

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August 8, 2012

JIN JIE at “LI LAUNDRY”

By Fuana Tmarsel —-      

In today’s hectic world, kindness is becoming a rare-commodity. Hope this story written by my friend, Kris will spur you on to kind acts. Enjoy

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August 7, 2012

Filtering the noise this election season

Tia Belau Editorial, July 15, 2012 —-

Palau’s election season has moved from a slow start into full gear. As we have witnessed already, we have been flooded with enough campaign fodder to write volumes worth of lessons for civics classes.

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August 6, 2012

The Senate must approve the new nominee for Special Prosecutor

Tia Belau Editorial, August 2, 2012 —-

The Senate must do the right thing and approve President Toribiong’s new appointment for the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

President Toribiong on August 1, 2012, submitted for Senate’s approval the name of Ms. Brently S. Foster, for the position of Special Prosecutor.

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August 5, 2012

Bermuda Is A Model To Emulate

By Jackson Henry —-

During lunch at Fuji restaurant with High Chief Reklai and Ngiraibai Masaichi, the topic of our conversation drifted from Palau to the island of Bermuda. We all shared the fascination of how that tiny island defied the odds to become a financial powerhouse.

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August 4, 2012

Palau’s top sprinters set personal best at the London Games

Rodman Teltull and Ruby Joy Gabriel represented Palau in the men and women track and field sprint events at the Olympic games in London. Go Palau. Woohooo!! See here for results and schedule.

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August 4, 2012

Te Euateled (Saved By Traditions)

By Santy Asanuma —-

If you were born in the early 1980’s or if you are like most people who are not interested in politics, you are oblivious (ng diak modengei a ngerang) that our country was in great danger of social disorder that you can only see in war torn Iraq or places of the like. People wearing bandanas and military fatigues forming a militia group and running around the country in show of power of force. Firebombing, burning house, gunshots, and finally shooting deaths as the ultimate action take place. And a mob showing up at the Supreme Court all dressed in black with a possible intent of harassing the court from carrying out justice.

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August 2, 2012

Wonderfully Made

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

We have a right to believe in whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right, said Ravi Zacharias, author of the book– The Grand Weaver.  Recently, I found a write-up on one of his talks and thought I’d pass it on for your enjoyment. I believe this is a verbatim of his response to the question of homosexuality. In any case it helps us to think, and think deeper.

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August 1, 2012

2012 Election Debates

Tia Belau Editorial, July 30, 2012 —-

Congratulations to the Palau Chamber of Commerce and the Palau Bar Association for organizing the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates for the 2012 general election.

The two-day debates are scheduled for August 14 and 15.

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