Archive for December, 2012

December 31, 2012

Resolutions for 2013

Tia Belau Editorial, December 31, 2012 —-

It’s that time of year for you to decide how you can change yourself for the better. Yes, it’s that time for resolutions.

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December 31, 2012

Problems for 2012 (Debes)

By Santy Asanuma —-

I was asked what would be the number one problem for Palau if I had to choose. I was not very happy with this question because I could not have it my way. My problem is I have too many problems that I want to be number one so that they can be attended to and be resolved once and for all. So I suppose we are leaving another year behind that is full of problems and entering into another year with high hopes (oureng adidil) that somehow we will do better. I wanted very much to put divided people as the number one social problem; or elusive economy; or health issues; or directionless politics; or neglect of cultural values. Without much choice, I put misguided youth (a re ngieask el uriid) as the most urgent problem for obvious reasons.

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December 31, 2012

2012 Ends In High Notes, Amid Disaster

By Jackson Henry —-

Palau closes year 2012 in high notes, amid destructions and disruptions brought by typhoon Bopha. Driven by robust tourism arrivals, Palau’s economy showed resilience, despite worries of US “fiscal cliff” and Europe’s insurmountable debt burdens which are dragging down economies worldwide.

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December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012 – Welcome 2013

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Encapsulating the year 2012 is not easy, given the limited time I have. But if it was a novel it certainly be action-packed adventure thrill with a double climax and unfinished plateau.  The nation entered 2012 with the Congress wrestling each other on the Budget Bill  –  passed March 2012. Of course there were those supplementals that came thereafter.  While the discussion on the Budget was rocking the Congress chambers,  Alan Seid, business man and legendary public figure, filed a case against the President regarding his declaration of the state of emergency after the fire at Aimeliik Power Plant.

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December 29, 2012

Determining The Best Time To Retire In Palau

By Jackson M. Henry —-

After investing years working or operating a business, there comes a time when you need to hang up your shoes and enjoy your golden years in life. Your golden years should be stress and struggle free so you can sail into the sunset of your life in joy and with a deep sense of contentment that you have lived a full and satisfying life.

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December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Tia Belau Editorial, Dec. 24, 2012 —-

Tomorrow, Tuesday is Christmas. Today is Christmas. It is a significant date on the Christian calendar and a perhaps the biggest national holiday for the Republic of Palau.

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December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas….

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Have you any room ?…

Palau appears to be mellow this Christmas. The preparation for Bopha was more bustling; perhaps it is because when our lives are threatened, our natural response is to protect and defend it. Most of us hit the stores with gusto – 30 gallon water containers, plywood, and even kerosene stove were sold out. Candles, canned goods, foods and more foods were bought in abundance as we prepared for 3 days of destructive winds.  Despite difficulties and lack, we value our lives (and our loved ones) that we rise to protect it at any cost. And with the help of God we did; some lost their homes and personal properties, but donations have been pouring in which will help to rebuild and replace the lost material possessions.  As we sober up from the agitation of Bopha and transition into the joyful celebration of Christmas, let us not forget the One who truly loves us and as God incarnate was born in a manger to grant us the most precious gift of all – SALVATION.

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December 24, 2012

Christmas a Scandal in the Church

By Santy Asanuma —-

Imagine saying that the family of Jesus was not perfect during the middle age Europe especially in Spain, France, or Italy which were the cradle of Christianity. People would cry blasphemy! And heads would be rolling from the guillotine or public hanging or water boarding (orros ra rechad) would definitely take place for those who are found guilty in speaking against the Christian faith or the church in the slightest or casual manner. The church was not an issue that one would discuss likely let alone its teachings.

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December 20, 2012

Christmas – A Love Story

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

From the Old English Cristes Mæsse’, meaning Christ’s mass, the story of Christmas begins with the birth of a babe in Bethlehem in Judea.

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December 15, 2012

Johnson Toribiong’s Presidency: A Mixed Legacy

Tia Belau Editorial, December 10, 2012 —-

In almost 4-weeks time on January 17, 2013, Johnson Toribiong’s term as president of the Republic of Palau comes to an end.

He joins Ngiratkel Etpison as the only two presidents to lose reelection bid for second term in office. But while Etpison was a calming force after the turbulent 80’s of government workers strike, firebombing, killings, furlough, and breakdown of the rule of law, President Toribiong however, leaves office with accusations of weakening the rule of law, left many questions unanswered, and a split public that has come to define today’s political landscape.

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December 11, 2012

There Is A Cost Of Doing Nothing

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Pacific islanders are known to be laid back and “go easy” type of people. Many hate changes and fear forced mandates. Sometimes, the sheer magnitude of the challenge and fear of its unknown consequence steer people away from possible big business pay offs. My ruback friend calls it “change phobia” whereby Palauans become frozen in doing nothing.

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December 10, 2012

Ngkora Teluo El Akelsel (Individualism)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Individualism is a value which easily associate with democracy, civil liberties (all rights and freedom), and personal wealth. Or at least that is how it has been packaged and introduced to Palauans by our American benefactors; and thus, it has become part of our mindset and how we are expressing our attitudes or conduct ourselves in our society today. “Ngkora a teluo el akelsel” is a Palauan proverb to stress the graphic imagery of a small bamboo like grass that manages to stand by itself in a taro patch.

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December 10, 2012

God Spares Palau

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

For a week, Palau residents were preparing for Bopha. At first it was tropical storm Bopha making it’s way toward Palau from Pohnpei – forecasted to hit Saturday morning. Later in the week, it has packed winds to reach typhoon condition, but that too also soon changed, and by Friday November 30, 2012, people were warned that Super Typhoon Bopha was making landfall at midnight, December 02, 2012 with destructive sustained winds between 115 and 155 mph.

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December 2, 2012

Palau In History: Typhoon Sally hits Palau

Micronesian Reporter
VOLUME XIV, NUMBER 6
DEC- FEB. 1966, 1967

Koror Devastated. . .

Typhoon Hits Palau

Deaths and destruction followed the path of Typhoon Sally as she struck Koror, Palau, about 1 a.m. on Thursday, March 2. Three persons—14-year old Rosania Hosei of Koror and Mrs. Aot Siangldeb of Airai and her 2-year old daughter — were crushed to death under their crumbling homes during the storm. More than 50 others were injured and taken to the district hospital. 

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