Archive for November, 2012

November 27, 2012

The Glorious Burden

By Jackson Henry —-

Presidency in Palau represents not only the pinnacle of political power but also the most venerated job on the land. For any Palauan with high political ambitions, Presidential power is his ultimate aphrodisiac.

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November 26, 2012

The Future of Micronesia

By Santy Asanuma —-

Money! Of all the possible thoughts this was blurted out without hesitation in the opening of a forum discussion held at the Sea Passion Hotel (11/21/12). And a Catholic priest and panelist, Fran Hezel S.J, called the devil by its first name sparing the rest of the panelists, which consisted of a Palau finance regulatory expert, a known South Pacific writer, a Palau senator/businessman, and Minister of Education of RMI, to look for more humanistic responses to the first and only question: What would be number one issue for island economies in the future?

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November 24, 2012

Election 2012 Less About Issues

By Kambes Kesolei —-

The results of the November 6 general election have been certified. The election saw 68.8 percent of the total registered voters cast their ballots. Sen. Remengesau won the presidential contest with a clear majority of 57.9 percent of the total vote casts.  For the vice presidency, Tony Bells won the support of half the voters. In fact, he won with slimmest of majority vote margin with 50.01 percent.

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November 23, 2012

Protecting Palauans from Sophisticated Cyber Crimes

By Jackson M. Henry —-

27.3 million American became victims of cyber crimes in the past 5 years, according to identity theft expert, Steve Weisman. This is not hard to believe since we in Palau get Nigerian emails scams just about every time we log on to the internet. In fact, I got a call yesterday from a soft speaking lady claiming to represent a trading house in New York city. She wants my email address so she can email me the website of a firm that has financial services for my real estate development projects. I could tell the voice is Asian and so I politely told her that I am not interested and hung up the phone.

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November 22, 2012

Looting the National Treasury

Tia Belau Editorial, November 19, 2012 —-

Once again our cash-strapped government is wasting money on junket to Manila to attend an investment conference. There are reportedly over 30 national government and state officials, including around 20 OEK members, Koror legislators and their respective staff attending the conference. 

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November 22, 2012

By the Power of God

By Santy Asanuma —-

When do you forgive a wrongdoer? Early this morning I would not believed my eyes if I did not step out to see a friend of my mine walking on the street after many years in prison. She was supposed to be in prison for life. But whether she is in or out of prison the real issue is do I forgive her for her wrongdoing or not? Funny how praying with her is a much better way for me to understand this person than to question her about everything in the crime that she committed many years ago. Fourteen years to be exact.

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November 21, 2012

Protecting Palauans from Sophisticated Cyber Crimes

By Jackson Henry —-

27.3 million American became victims of cyber crimes in the past 5 years, according to identity theft expert, Steve Weisman. This is not hard to believe since we in Palau get Nigerian emails scams just about every time we log on to the internet. In fact, I got a call yesterday from a soft speaking lady claiming to represent a trading house in New York city. She wants my email address so she can email me the website of a firm that has financial services for my real estate development projects. I could tell the voice is Asian and so I politely told her that I am not interested and hung up the phone.

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November 14, 2012

Meeting Founder of Tia Belau Newspaper

Meeting Moses Uludong, Founder of Tia Belau Newspaper

Participants at lunch meeting with Moses Uludong, founder of Tia Belau Newspaper

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November 10, 2012

Intellectual Dishonesty

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

If opinions put forward in the media are not protected from a threat of a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit, then we have an intellectually regressive system that assures freedom of speech to the few fat cats, who can afford attorneys to browbeat others to silence. If it is unlawful to deconstruct ideologies voluntarily proffered for publication, then we are moving toward communism; indeed we will not be exercising ideals of democracy.

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November 7, 2012

Election officials expects to complete Koror and Airai (Updated)

Update 1:53 am: There’s been a change to the way they count the ballots. Instead of hamlet by hamlet  in Koror, as has been the common practice from the past, they will count all votes at once and announced results one time for all of Koror. Similar counting process will be conducted in Airai.

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November 6, 2012

It’s A Snail’s Pace Tabulation

It’s going to be a long night. Joe Aitaro doing live reporting for OTV at Ngarachamayong Cultural Center, where the tabulation is taking place, just came in few minutes ago saying there are issues, which are bogging down the counting of ballots. He is reporting that there are ballots that  failed to be read by the electronic ballot counter because they were lightly shaded, and therefore had to be darkened before machine-read again. An election official is to darken the verified oval openly in front of the individual candidates’ poll watchers.

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November 6, 2012

A Dig into Jacksonomics

Bt Fuana Tmarsel —-

With information fountainhead at a touch of a finger, there is no excuse to provide misleading information to readers. I do not pretend to understand the various literary skills that one employs to emphasize a point, but a figure of speech that gives a wrong picture, is, I believe, nothing short of a lie.

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November 2, 2012

Is Remengesau popularity drives on likeability, not accomplishments?

Tia Belau Editorial, October 29, 2012 —-

Last week, in this editorial space we wrote about “President’s three big challenges,” that President Toribiong needs to overcome if he is to win this election for his second tour (third term) in office.

Conventional wisdom suggests that an incumbent president who in just four years, have taken part in the enactment and implementation of several major pieces of legislations and initiatives, that are bound to restructure Palau’s economy for many years to come, should be riding high on the waves of popularity.

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