Archive for April, 2013

April 30, 2013

So Far So Good

Tia Belau Editorial, April 29, 2013 —- 

Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Olbiil Era Kelulau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., will layout his report of the first 100 days in office.

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April 29, 2013

Ongebitel Er a Rechad (Social Cliff)

By Santy Asanuma —-

CoPopChi (Committee on Population and Children) Report predicted over fifteen years ago the down fall of Palau because of its inability (ng diak el sebechel) to reproduce. We did not foresee the wrath of NCD and death rate of our citizens in an accelerated rate either. And yet health and social programs/policies today like promoting condoms among our youth and school lunches are directly making the situation worse. Government and community leaders are slow or even refuse to read the indicators like the latest Fiscal Year 2012 Economic Statistics showing where we are heading as a society. That is the weakening and deterioration of our social fiber. We are losing human beings, namely Palauans through either death or out migration. Palau will not have a strong economy no matter how hard we push for it; we will not become a strong nation if we keep ourselves in the status quo.

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April 28, 2013

Palau Better Business Bureau Can Help Businesses “Start With Trust”

By Jackson M. Henry—-

“I should have conducted a complete due diligence first”, cried a retiree who lost his fortune to an international con artist. Another grief stricken investor said, “My biggest down fall is my great faith in humanity. I trust people too much without checking their background first”. Palauans have heard of numerous stories of good folks who lost their life’s savings to criminals or bogus charity because they placed their trust on people they do not know. Remember the billions investors lost to swindlers Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford?

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April 25, 2013

“The Open Government Act” – Why Bother?

Contributed Commentary to Tia Belau, April 24, 2013 —- 

Within the first 100 days of his term, Palau’s President Remengesau submitted bold legislation that offers Palau a chance to join the world in the promotion of freedom of information and the right of its people to stay informed.  The Act intends to make its government’s actions conducted openly so that documents and deliberations are available for public inspection and involvement.  The Act itself claims to be modeled after legislation from its Micronesian neighbor, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, which provides the people of the Commonwealth open access to their government.  The Act is the first of its kind in a young Republic that became a sovereign nation less than twenty years ago.

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April 25, 2013

Palau Better Business Bureau Can Help Businesses “Start With Trust”

By Jackson M. Henry

“I should have conducted a complete due diligence first”, cried a retiree who lost his fortune to an international con artist. Another grief stricken investor said, “My biggest down fall is my great faith in humanity. I trust people too much without checking their background first”. Palauans have heard of numerous stories of good folks who lost their life’s savings to criminals or bogus charity because they placed their trust on people they do not know. Remember the billions investors lost to swindlers Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford?

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April 23, 2013

100th Day is Approaching

Tia Belau Editorial, April 23, 2013 —-

If you start counting the calendar days starting from the day after the installation – January 17, 2013 – of the 9th Republic Government, the first 100 days mark would fall exactly on April 27, 2013.

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April 22, 2013

Mla Metat Ra Beluu (The Genie Is Out)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Fear is a good thing when it is put in the right place in our lives. As a matter of fact, it is one of the few feelings that remain with you until your last breath. We fear of what we see, and more importantly, what we do not see. We are afraid of all kinds of pains in this life and yet we fear deeply in facing death to end all pains. In short, fear makes us human more than we are willing to admit; and it humbles us because we do not have the power to control all aspects of our lives. Particularly, our Palauan forefathers knew this reality all too well and designed our culture to rely on omengull (respect) and omelengmes (exercise highest consideration and regards for others) to maintain peace and harmony in our way of life. This way we were/are able to deal with any situation and problem that may face in the community.

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April 16, 2013

What Can Palau Learn From The Scandinavian Model

By Jackson M. Henry —-

“I told you so”, said the Norwegian to his Cypriot beer drinking buddy. “We have faired far better than you during these troubling economic times”, continued the Norwegian. He was referring to the Scandinavian economic model whereby the state emphasizes extensive public benefit levels and wealth distribution through heavy taxation policies. The Scandinavian countries include Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden where most of their population are descendents of the Vikings. 

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April 15, 2013

Children Learn By Example

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

In August 2009, I entered my first article in the opinion page of this newspaper.  It was entitled Shaping the Future is Now.  The article was a rewrite of a piece I had used to introduce my 8th Graders’ mini- newsletter during SY 2007 -2008.

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April 12, 2013

Land Title Insurance Will Boost Investor Confidence in Palau Real Estate

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Title Insurance (TI) is another brilliant idea that takes its roots in the USA. In 1853, Property Assurance & Trust company of Pennsylvania, was the first firm to issue TI policies to cover landowner’s from loss of title due to defects and lenders from invalidity of mortgage liens.

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April 11, 2013

Delegates and the Kabuki of Saving Money

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Delegates last week passed on third and final reading a salary cut for the president. Now, it’s on to the Senate where it is more likely headed for a conference committee.

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April 9, 2013

Sikitong, Rest In Peace

Tia Belau Editorial, April 8, 2013 —-

A legend in the Palau music scene has passed away.

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April 7, 2013

Who Decide There Is a Problem?

By Santy Asanuma —-

Increasing of dropout students due to truancy because of family reasons; teen pregnancy moving down to pre-teen pregnancy; violent crimes among in and out of school youth; drug trafficking finding its way into school campuses; bullying among students; unemployed youth with no marketable skills; youth in prostitution; binge drinking among youth; family and clan breakdown due to in-fighting; out of control funerals; lack of unity in most communities; shortage of teachers, nurses, doctors, and etc; corrupted people in the files and ranks of government allowed to continue working; unfair business practices; increasing prices of gasoline and other necessary daily needs without question by authorities or anyone; people dying or dropping like flies; and the list is endless without being creative at all.

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April 5, 2013

A Performance Monitoring Tool is Now Available

Tia Belau Editorial, April 4, 2013  —- 

A good thing is happening.

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April 2, 2013

Immigrants Are Assets To Palau’s Economy

By Jackson M. Henry —-

The Greek phrase, “E Pluribus Unum”, meaning, “one from many”, is written in the Great Seal of the United States, which was adopted by the US Congress in 1782. The maxim is similar to Heraclitus’ 10 Fragment, “The one is made up of all things and all things issued from one”.

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