Archive for March, 2013

March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Easter is one my favorite Holy Day of the church. The Catholic Church also call Easter – Pasqua, especially the older generation. As a young girl, I learned that Easter was a time to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as told in the New Testament.  In hindsight, I believe the Catholic Church actually begin the celebration of Easter on Ash Wednesday when members receive ashen mark on the forehead symbolizing repentance. Ash Wednesday, marks the first day of Lent, and reminds us of the fact that we came from dust and to dust we will return – that is the reality and also the truth according to Genesis 2 which says, “now the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being. This is awesome – no wonder why He love us so— He made us.

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March 31, 2013

Faith in Happiness

By Santy Asanuma —-

Both are actually domains (telengtengel a klengar) that a person can control. In eagerness to understand people, I have in my years of learning and talking with others come to know that most people’s knowledge are not purely based on proven science, logical explanation, or exact calculation. As a matter of fact, most people speak based on perceived knowledge (aikel osengir ra tekoi) on what they claim to know because they rely on the belief that their information is reliable. That’s okay.

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March 31, 2013

PNCC not optimal last several days

Home Net is so slow today. Just to open to write this post takes up little more than the usual time. I use GMail and it is soo slow in opening up messages, so I switched to the html for slow connections. 

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March 29, 2013

“Should the government be allowed to legislate and regulate our traditional customs/practices?”

By Dilsiokel Polloi

Mindszenty Senior Sociology Student

Constitution of the Republic of Palau à Article V Section 2:

Statutes and traditional law shall be equally authoritative. In cases of conflict between a statute and a traditional law, the statute shall prevail only to the extent. It is not conflict with the underlying principles of traditional law.

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March 29, 2013

Should the government be allowed to legislate and regulate our traditional customs and practices?

By Dilukang Filibet

Mindszenty Senior Sociology Student

“In exercising our inherent sovereignty, we, the people of Palau proclaim and reaffirm our immemorial right to be supreme on these islands of Palau, our homeland. We renew our dedication to preserve out traditional heritage, our national identity and our respect for peace, freedom and justice for all mankind.” These words, if you recall, form the basis of our preamble and was formed by our nation’s leaders. They believed that in order to help our island nation of Palau remain intact then we must preserve all that makes us what we are—traditions, values, beliefs, and our culture. We prosper as a nation by the efforts of everyone in bettering our society—from citizens to traditional leaders to government leaders.

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March 29, 2013

Should the government be allowed to legislate or regulate our customary practices?

By Ms. Donalynn Bukurou

Mindszenty Senior Sociology Student 3rd Quarter Essay

The question here lies, “should the government be allowed to legislate or regulate our customary practices?” Every Palauan has encountered the spending at funerals, omengat, ocheraol, and the affairs between them. Today, I noticed that parents put our customs before their own children’s expenses. There is no doubt that a part of an individual’s paycheck goes to customs or to pay a loan that was used for a previous custom. It gets out of control because some people pay too much and end up in debt. Who is responsible for all of this? Is it the way we handle our money or is the demand to put more?

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March 29, 2013

Palau Needs More Entrepreneurs

By Jackson M. Henry —-

“The joy of creating……and exercising one’s ingenuity, the impulse to fight and to succeed for the sake, not of the fruits of success but, of the success itself”. Those are the empowering objectives of the entrepreneur, according to Economist Joseph Shumpeter.

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March 29, 2013

Pure Embarrassment


GOVERNMENT OF TUVALU

MFAT: 51/13

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour of the Government of Tuvalu presents its compliments to the Bureau of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Palau, and has the honor to convey herewith the discontentment of the former about the attendance of the Latter to our request to facilitate the Tuvalu Prime Minister’s departure from Palau last week.

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March 20, 2013

Negotiating Your Way To “Win-Win” Business Deals

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Newsweek Magazine once wrote, “Negotiation is the game of life”. President John Kennedy, who negotiated the Cuban missile crises with Russia, which is dubbed as one of history’s toughest world crises, once said, “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate”. 

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March 10, 2013

Children’s Behavior is Parenting Report Card

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

I watched the public hearing on Minimum Wage legislation on television and was surprised by the turn out. Either the Bill does not affect that many people, or those who are affected, are not concerned enough to voice their important opinions. OR, they are apolitical. In any case, it was the businessmen who fear the impact on the bank account and raced to advise the lawmakers to take small steps (.25cents at a time), take it slow, (don’t raise it so high like .50 cents at a time) and to take time (see if it works before you enact such a raise).

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March 7, 2013

A Glimpse At Palau’s Finance Industry

By Jackson M. Henry —-

The collapse of Pacific Savings Bank in 2006 sent shock waves across Palau and cast a dark cloud over our finance industry, which are still being felt today. More than 7,000 depositors whose money vaporized with PSB’s demise, have become disillusioned and paranoid as to where to stash their hard earned cash.

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March 5, 2013

Ngara Olemelel A Klakeuad (At the Root Cause of Violence)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Why are the young people in Palau getting wilder and out of control? Two weeks ago a third grader aggressed and injured another third grader with a knife. The violence is taking hold of our youth at such tender ages where we should only expect innocent and peaceful behaviors. Lately, I have heard general responses in the community saying that occurrence of violence at least have been reduced as if to reassure us that it will get better. The truth of the matter is violence is taking root throughout our society and not getting better either.

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