Archive for September, 2012

September 28, 2012

Primary Election and Information Revolution

Tia Belau Editorial, September 27, 2012

In 1979, our founding fathers sat for 55 days to carve out the dream of democracy and freedom for all Palauans. And one thing that was central in their thinking was the idea of giving everybody a voice. What we performed in the voting booth last Tuesday is as citizens exercising our freedom to express our opinion as to who would do a better job leading our country, albeit with secret ballot.

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September 26, 2012

2012 partial primary election results

Here are the partial results. All Palau precinct have been counted except the absentee ballots, which have to be postmarked by October 2 to be eligible for tabulation.

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September 24, 2012

It’s Time to Vote

Tia Belau Editorial, September 24, 2012 —-

Tomorrow is primary election day. And several thousand Palauans will go to polls to elect their choice of presidential and vice presidential candidates.

Primary election will help determine which top two candidates will advance for the general election on November 6, 2012.

For the 14,000 plus Palauan voters, it’s time to vote. This is your chance to influence your government.

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September 24, 2012

Zapata’s Spirit Lives In Palau

By Jackson M. Henry —-

I love hot and spicy Mexican food. Whenever I travel overseas, I keep my eyes open for good Mexican restaurants. During my last trip to the former Clark Air Base in the Philippines, I was fortunate to stumble on to one frequented by tourists named Zapata’s. The food is fantastic and the service is impeccable.

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September 22, 2012

Supplemental 2 and the lame duck government

Tia Belau Editorial, September 19, 2012 —-

This year is election year and following previous practices, fiscal year 2013 will be a transition year budget to be enacted sometimes next year by the new government. As a result, it’s a safe bet that supplemental 2 is the last budget related action taken by this 8th constitutional government.

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September 20, 2012

Downtown Koror Is Going Through A Miniature Renaissance

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Renaissance is one of the greatest turning points in man’s history. It was the “bridge” between the Darks Ages and the modern era (14th and the 17th century), whereby mankind experienced intellectual, artistic and cultural transformations. Renaissance started in Florence, Italy sparked by the artistic genius of such polymaths as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.

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September 19, 2012

Candidates turning away from Diaz

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Last week Senator Diaz extended an on air public invitation to any interested candidates for the House of Delegates for a free at no charge interview program at his radio station/cable channel. However, since then not one candidate for the House of Delegates has taken up on the offer. 

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September 17, 2012

Billboard Mania or Narcissism

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Once upon a time, as the Greek legend tells it, there was a delightful young hunter named Narcissus. He caught the eye of many nymphs among them Echo, the nymph who was cursed by Hera, because of her trickery.

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September 15, 2012

Economic Leadership And The Year 2024

By Jackson Henry —

In the year 2024, an entourage of Palauan leaders will troop to Washington, DC as if to face Judgment Day. They will report to the US Congress on the result of Compact II. Call it Palau’s day of reckoning. The US Congress will demand straight answers to the question: “What have you done for yourselves lately”.

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September 13, 2012

Being Stupid Is Powerful (Mesekebelung A Mesisiich)

By Santy Asanuma

I still remember as youngster when a much younger child of three or four years old took hold of a knife and we all started to sweet talk and praise the child. Never shout or scold a child wielding a knife. We were in fear that he will do something stupid with the knife and end up hurting himself or someone with it. There is no reason for stupidity. Unfortunately, there is lots of it thriving among us, especially with youth and then some adults, as if it is a good thing. Violence is stupid with no human reason that can make sense of it. It defies logic.

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September 11, 2012

The “Can-Do” Attitude Is Politically Contagious

By Jackson M. Henry —-

The battle for the US White House is heating up and many Palauans witnessed a slice of American history watching the Republican Convention live on CNN in the comfort of their homes.

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September 11, 2012

Elitism – Palau’s Economic Drain

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

For years I have been pondering on how Palau could capitalize on its human resources to increase local marketable skills and enlarge employability base for our nation. It was not so urgent, until today. I believe it should be our nation’s top concern, especially for those importing foreign labors that can be filled by local persons.

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September 9, 2012

Let’s fix the water problem this time

Tia Belau Editorial, September 3, 2012 —-

The reason the community in Airai and Koror – over 75 percent of Palau’s population – suffers from water rationing with no clear idea of when things will get back to normal is because the national government never followed its own advice.

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September 8, 2012

Time to face the facts

Tia Belau Editorial, September 6, 2012 —-

As the jury selection for Palau’s first jury trial has recommenced after a few weeks interruption, we are reminded of the shocking crime that ended the life of a Filipina domestic helper on June 28, 2011.

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September 5, 2012

Apolitical Subculture (Ng Diak A Udesuir El Klechad)

By Santy Asanuma —-

A change is taking place in Palauan politics. There are now more and more young Palauan people who do not see the point in politics. They fail to see the connection of it to their everyday lives. My eldest son being of age did not vote for me in 2004 because he did not register in time to vote. And my daughter, who is in PCC, may not vote for me because she may have been late to register to vote in this 2012 national election.

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