Archive for January, 2013

January 29, 2013

Part Time Lover (Soual E Chetil)

By Santy Asanuma —-

As a impressionable (mle mechechetakl a uldesuek ma renguk) teenager in the mid 1970’s, I was singing to Stevie Wonder’s song titled “Part Time Lover” every time it came on WSZB 1584 AM Radio Station because it sounded really nice. And Stevie Wonder was so popular then. Of course, I had no clue on the lyrics of the song so I had no idea what the song really meant. All I could remember from that song was the line “part time lover” and I thought it was a good thing. I was young and definitely naïve about the issues of life then let alone understood what and how love really works. I think I am passed that time and now know that there is no such a thing as part time lover.

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January 29, 2013

Parting is but…

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

The documentary film on residents of Namie survivors of the March 2011 Tsunami depicts heartbreaking stories of the loss of their loved ones and shows that time has not removed the grief brought by a sudden and unexpected death of their beloved family members. The film is excellent presentation of grieving process.

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January 28, 2013

The Culture Of Non-Conformity And A Nation’s Economic Innovations

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Our strong Palauan culture and age old traditions bind our people cohesively together. Often times, social binding gets so tight that to stray away from “mainstream” has its price. A person can be labeled a radical, a non-conformist and even an outcast. That is understood, as our traditions is rooted in communal doctrines and our economy ran on primitive socialism. Maintaining the status quo was, and in many instances, still is the norm.

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January 26, 2013

Problems persist at Division of Correction

Tia Belau Editorial, January 21, 2013 —-

One of the reasons we change government is to give new ideas a chance to flourish – to be tried out and implemented. We make change with the hope that by putting new people in charge, old ways that are not working will be replaced with new thinking that will bring noticeable improvement to the quality of our lives.

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January 25, 2013

Horace Rafael, Rest In Peace

Bedokel a tobedang ra mle Obiil Era Kelulau el ngara Oreor el ngara omerollel el mora Ngeaur.

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January 23, 2013

Oltebeda Matakui (There Will Be Change)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Unimportant or simple words such as “matakui” that was meant to put down other people during the 2012 political race turned out to be the centerpiece (ultebegall) and catalyst (olkengelel) of what appeared to be an exciting social movement to put leaders in our 9th government. Let us not make a mistake that the people voted with a clear intent that our government be run differently this time around. Never had the voters been so clear through the mandate of their vote that they expect cohesion (cheldellir a remereder) and effective government in the short history of 31 years of constitutional government.

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January 21, 2013

Sanctity of Life

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

To be alive is divine – to be able to love and to be loved, to embrace and be embraced, to see the beauty around us, to give and to receive; to laugh, smile, and even to take a dim view on things; these are life’s many miracles.

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January 19, 2013

Reduction of OEK members salary may not be easy

Opposition appears to be building among the newly installed OEK members on the idea to reduce their salaries. Each Senator and Delegate makes $50,000 per year.

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January 19, 2013

Greg Ngirmang to MOH?

Okay, I’m going out on a limb here, but my bet is that Greg Ngirmang will be appointed to take the helm of the Ministry of Health.

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January 19, 2013

Secilil Eldebechel, next Minister of Finance?

All indications point to Secilil Eldebechel as the appointee to head the Ministry of Finance. Eldebechel served as Delegate representing the state of Ngchesar in the 8th OEK, but lost to Sabino Anastacio last general election.

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January 19, 2013

Andrew Tabelual tapped for Minister of Education

With Elbuchel Sadang as Chief of Staff and VP Tony Bells confirmed for MOJ portfolio, reliable source says another name that has come out is Andrew Tabelual, who has reportedly agreed to the appointment of Minister of Education.

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January 15, 2013

Will Outsourcing Improve Palau’s Airport/Runway In The Future ?

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Being an isolated island nation, Palau’s ports are our most valuable assets and the most vital economic infrastructures out there. They connect Palau to markets, goods and people who are keys to our economic growth and vitality. Without them, Palau’s economy and people’s livelihood will come to a screeching halt.

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January 14, 2013

Menga Braom El States (Eat Rotten Fish States)

By Santy Asanuma —-

“Menga braom” is deliberately allowing fish to go through the process of decaying to the point of being spoiled before cooking it over fire for a sumptuous meal.  Now this is repulsive to most people and I suspect that most young people may never heard of it let alone dare to try eating broam. There is a Palauan saying, “ko mko ra menga braom.” My mother regularly eats braom and up to this day I choose to avoid visiting her when she is eating braom because of the intolerable fetid (ng diak el mekard el mekngit) smell that fills the entire house enough to punch your nose off your face. Come to think of it I never saw the house cat around each time braom was put out.

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January 11, 2013

Can Palau’s incoming leadership bring new changes

Tia Belau Editorial, January 10, 2013 —-

In a recent announcement of the new Politburo members of the Chinese Communist Party late last year, one of the biggest changes for the incoming leadership is the party leaders will no longer be greeted wherever they go with cheering crowds, banners, red carpets and elaborate flower display.

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January 10, 2013

Palauans are urged to “throw away” negativity – accentuate the positive in 2013.

By Jackson M. Henry —-

The New Year is here and a new administration is being installed, along with a new Congress to lead Palau forward with new promises and renew hopes for a brighter future for our fledgling country.

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January 8, 2013

The House Pigs Out

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem”, said Abraham Lincoln in his candidacy address for Illinois State Legislature. He was then about 23 years old. In 30 years, he became the 16th President, and won second term, only to be assassinated April 15, 1865.

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January 4, 2013

Elbuchel Sadang is the incoming Chief of Staff

This is from a reliable source this afternoon. Elbuchel Sadang, tormer Minister of Finance for the 2001-2008 Remengesau Administration and close friend of Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., will make another round with Remengesau in a new administration but will be the president’s Chief of Staff this new term.

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January 1, 2013

Omengat

For my first post of the year, I wanted to republish my poem Omengat. It was originally published with the title Ngasech in the now defunct Palau Horizon Newspaper in 2006.

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