Archive for February, 2013

February 27, 2013

Should Palauan Lovebirds Consummate PreNups First?

By Jackson M. Henry —-

In the mid 1980s, when fiery debates were raging in Palau over the Compact of Free Association (COFA), a group of rubacks convened at the old OEK chamber to discuss strategies for the nationwide COFA referendum. During the meeting, an eloquent ruback stood up and asked COFA Attorney Martin Wolf a question. He went:, “Mr. Wolf, if COFA is a marriage between Palau and the US, then who is the male and who is the female?”

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February 25, 2013

Leng Kirel (Is It the Way?)

By Santy Asanuma —-

The prevailing rule of thumb for most of us nowadays is “ng ko ra ungil a de rellii” (it is good for us to do). This social trend tends to be accelerating because it is premised (ngultuil) on what looks good. So the more of whatever you add on would increase the value or importance or social status of your customary product such as food baskets/plates. Another tactic being used is to flood your target people by frequent visitations just a little before your planned custom and then after the fact the visitation slows down or stops. Again all these social behaviors are based on what looks good.

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February 23, 2013

RPPLs of the 8th Republic Government

Tia Belau Editorial, February 21, 2013 —-

The following are the 57 public laws that were enacted into law by the last government, which was the 8th Republic Government.

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February 22, 2013

Toward A Solution Oriented Culture

By Jackson M. Henry —-

First Hawaiian Bank’s motto is: “The bank that says yes”. It is one of the most catchy marketing phrase and the most people friendly slogan that any bank has come up with. The slogan expresses the core principle the bank operates on, which very much in line with the famous Hawaiian spirit of Aloha. The word “Yes” in the slogan is a powerful attention grabber which has captivated many disgruntled customers from other “No” banks to move their accounts to First Hawaiian Bank.

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February 21, 2013

The changing food and restaurant scenery

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Nothing much has been written about Palau’s restaurant culture and popular food scene.

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February 19, 2013

Palau Divided Against Itself

By Santy Asanuma —-

It is either you have read it from Jesus or good old Abe or both. But let us not be too quick to look for outside phrases to chastise (oungeroel malechub ke de mengelebus) ourselves for our social failures or problems on the rise in our society today. I have not met one Palauan person that has not voiced out hardship in dealing with our cultural customary practices which are big part of being Palauan. This is a societal problem that is increasing in both size and frequency as there are at least two or more funerals every weekend without fail.

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February 18, 2013

Water Supply Improving

It’s 1:30 am Monday morning and I just got home from overseeing the paper finalized and go to print. I’m glad I was done early to save me about 2 hours of reading time before bedtime.

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February 16, 2013

Palauans Should Be Aware Of The Benefits of Estate Planning

By Jackson M. Henry —-

One of the differences between animals and humans is that humans are accumulators of assets, both tangible and intangible, during their lifetime. However, humans do not live forever nor can they take all their assets to their graves. The Pharaohs of Egypt tried taking all their treasures to the next world but only left them to tomb raiders and archeologists today. Thus, proper legal frameworks to dispose of one’s assets before or after death is critical if one wishes to avoid uncertainties, conflicts and control the final allocation those assets when one passes on. 

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February 11, 2013

Ongesang Ra Belau (Kick Palauans Out)

By Santy Asanuma —-

“The Palauans are not qualified or good enough to do work for our tourism industry” as both Palauans and non-Palauans openly insist to justify bringing in more foreigners to do various jobs in the industry including boat and bus operators. This social injustice (chilbirukel el tekoi) reminds me of a book that I read as a young school boy titled The Last of Mohicans. I have never felt so moved by someone else’s struggle to seek his right to life and dignity; and therefore, compelled to fight against all odds to reclaim his place in his own land. Alas, the last warrior for the Mohicans died.

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February 11, 2013

Wishing you Love on Valentine’s Day

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, so here’s wishing you a very Happy Valentine! With that, I thought it would be appropriate to explore the idea of love. Not only romantic love, but love in general. Love is defined as having intense feeling of deep affection. Love is not infatuation and it is not lust though lust and infatuation may contain the same element of intense feeling of affection. Love endures. It is patient and kind even when it is not rewarded. Love forgives and does not keep record of wrongs. Lust, on the other hand, is fleeting and infatuation is short-lived. Lust, like infatuation, is impatient and may turn sour when unrequited. One of my favorite quotes about love is from H. Jackson Brown Jr. author of Life’s Little Instruction Book. He said, sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. This is special because true love is able to see and appreciate the beauty within a person and seeks happiness for that person, whether or not they reciprocate.

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February 10, 2013

One Uighur missing?

Unconfirmed reports said that one of the six Uighurs – former Guantanamo detainees – in Palau has gone missing. Two Palauans with prominent stature in the community, on separate occasions, have told me.

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February 9, 2013

Increase of Minimum Wage is Long Overdue

Tia Belau Editorial, February 7, 2013 —-

Will congress finally raise the minimum wage this year? It would be the least that lawmakers could do.

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February 8, 2013

Uighurs runs out of money

The money has simply run out.

February 7, 2013

Investing For The Future Is Important For Palauans Today

By Jackson M. Henry —-

With money playing a bigger role in the daily lives of Palauans today, investing for the future is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Thus, Palauans need to be conscientious about measuring the future payoff of their investments measured against their present worth today. Investing is putting money or other valuable assets into motion so that it can create wealth when you need it in the future.

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February 7, 2013

Let’s Hit the Ground Running

Tia Belau Editorial, February 4, 2013 —-

Could the two immediate administrative actions by this new administration be reflective of a new sense of direction and the changes that will come about?

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February 4, 2013

Blood Water

By Santy Asanuma —-

I called the people I thought were responsible for the public water system to report the dirty water. For the entire week (Jan. 20-27, 2013) the water was reddish with rust like particles in it everyday but no public announcement was made to warn the people. I called the EQPB to check, I called the sanitation to look into it, I called the water treatment chief to question the quality of water but was told that water was okay at the processing plant, and I called the PWSC guy on 775. The point is all these people could not fix the water. As a matter of fact, on the mornings of Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 the water turned black like mangrove mud. I have never seen filth like it come out water faucet before.

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February 4, 2013

BOPHA Catastrophe Relief Committee Final Report

BOPHA CATASTROPHE RELIEF COMMITTEE FINAL REPORT

Our GOAL is to RESTORE what was lost REPAIR what was damaged so as to allow the people of Palau to REBUILD their lives and return to normalcy.

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February 4, 2013

Educating Palau’s Children On Economics Should Start Early

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Is Palau’s lack of elementary curriculum on economics setting up our children for financial failure in the future?

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