Archive for May, 2013

May 30, 2013

Reversing Palau’s Exodus

By Jackson M. Henry —-

“Will the last person leaving town, please turn off the lights”, was the writing plastered on a large billboard sign standing at the edge of New York City back in the 1970s. Outmigration hit the city like a bombshell with many Yankees dashing off to greener pastures elsewhere. Analysts blame the lack of jobs, crime waves, high taxes and New York’s visibly lack of economic direction as the underlying causes of people fleeing the Big Apple.

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May 27, 2013

Too Smart to Remember

From “Words from Orakidorm”—

Several weeks ago I sat and listened to an old Palauan man reminiscing about the yester-years and how the “world has changed.” And so I asked him, “Do you think Palau has changed for better or for worse?” His answer was quite interesting and becoming of a wise man. He said, “Was the little bird in Medechiibelau’s hand, death or alive?” I told him, “It all depended on what Medechiibelau wanted, a squeeze is death and a release is life?” The old man smiled for a moment and softly said, “you are probably right, but is it always a matter of choice? Can you imagine if Medechiibelau was holding a scorpion fish (Eschid)?” “Yes, can you imagine that”, I though to myself as we parted.

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May 27, 2013

The Pursuit of Happiness

By Isabel Goodall Senior, Mindszenty Sociology Student —-

How can society promote happiness to its citizens and how can I gain a piece of it? In today’s society, we are aware that happiness is the state of being happy or being physically, mentally, spiritually, or even emotionally satisfied. As part of your personality, it is essential to have the feeling help you stay intact and content with yourself, be able to appreciate the direction of your life and be comfortable with the environment that you live in. It’s an emotion that gives you a sense of appreciation as well as enjoyment of what you have accomplished or achieved.

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May 26, 2013

Coffee Can Be Palau’s New Premier Export

By Jackson M. Henry —–

Last weekend, I drove up to Babeldaob to preview properties for sale. The vast amount of arable land sitting idle conjures up an image in your mind that Babeldaob is indeed Palau’s sleeping giant. Turning portion of this mega asset into a cash cow is a dream. While enjoying the scenic drive, the thought of coffee cultivation popped up in my mind.

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May 23, 2013

Merur el exercise


Ak kora di melekoi (I’m just saying)…


By Gaafar J. Uherbelau —-

Unless you’re a baseball or basketball player, a member of the canoe team or a member of Team Palau then you shouldn’t be on the road right? I mean who in their rightful mind would agree to buy and put on brand new sneakers and exercise clothes and be seen walking down the main road? Only Seabees, foreigners, athletes, and “regulars” can exercise on the streets and at the brand new exercise stations and not be talked about right?

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May 23, 2013

Plans for Economic Development

Tia Belau Editorial, May 20, 2013 —-

The Olbiil Era Kelulau through HJR No. 9-25-2, HD1 is requesting President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., to establish a qualified task force to develop a three year short term economic development plan for the Republic of Palau.

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May 22, 2013

Tbarditngod is the Southern Cross

From the column “Words from Orakidorm” —-  

When anchored at Orakidorm, a corner of Ngetngod (a reef between of Ngchesar and Airai) at night you can see the Southern Cross perpendicular to Ngetngod and such the name, Tbarditngod (delbard er a Ngetngod– perpendicular to Ngetngod). A work by Ms. Jolie Liston and Mr. Melson Miko titled, Oral tradition and archaeology: Palau’s earth architecture paints an elaborate and quite complicated (at least for me) topographical discussions using “oral traditions as alternative data set to interpret archeological expression of social organization.” The work also include a lot of information gleamed from known Palauan and expatriate researchers and historians (Olsudong, Tellei, Basilius, Kesolei, Rehuher,  Nero, Marsh, Aoyagi and others) which gives this work a lot of credibility. The work is an attempt to marry archeological, anthropological and sociological data to construct a framework that allows for a glimpse of the creation of the Palauan worldview. (Okay, I am just trying to be  as smart as these people).

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May 21, 2013

Top Industry by Employment

Government sector tops the list as the biggest employer in the country.  The Fiscal Year 2012 Economic Statistics report put the number of people in the government – public administration – at 2, 961 workers.

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May 20, 2013

Palau Is Better Than Chuuk

By Santy Asanuma —-

Oh yeah? For more than fifteen years I have been going to Chuuk every year. This has probably affected my views because Palauans feel better when we look at our problems and compare them to others. Yes, they do have problems but underneath I see a vibrant society with lots of potentials because they are not trying to be people they are not. So let’s compare.

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May 18, 2013

Palau’s Economic Growth Hinges On Good HRM

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Palauan businessmen have read that, “happy employees are not only productive employees but, they create happy customers and happy company bank accounts”. On the contrary, unhappy employees are not only less productive but, are the “Achilles’ heel” that can drive good businesses to fail.

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May 17, 2013

Whom Shall I call? Not the Ghost Busters!

The following is a new regular column in Tia Belau called “Words From Orakidorm”, which comes out every Thursday issue. 

Red Cross Anticipates ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ in RMI- Combination of water shortage, crop failures a ‘double-whammy’” is announced by Radio New Zealand International, May 13, 2013 and all over the Internet you can read about it. Obviously, these are effects of extreme weather conditions, resulting from climate change, a topic of huge debate among scientists. In Palau, we know that you can no longer go fishing during the day without having a cooler filled with ice because the fish you catch spoils a lot faster these days. We know that we can actually go spear fishing at night without having to put oil on your skin to keep warm and that may include WD40 because the sea is much warmer these days. We also know that there is a dis-coordination between the moon and tide levels where about 30 years ago when the moon was at the horizon the tide was at its highest level. And when the moon was at “noon”, the tide was very at its lowest. Clearly, it is much warmer in Palau and the trade winds, both easterly and westerly winds have changed its season through out the year. Because these issues are real in Palau, the debate among scientists regarding climate change becomes immaterial. I am waiting for someone to bring the issue of moon and our flag. But that is not why, I am writing this article. This article is about “humanitarian crisis”.

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May 16, 2013

A Culture of One

The following is an inaugural article of a new Tia Belau op-ed column  “Ak kora di melekoi (I’m just saying)… by Gaafar Uherbelau —- 

It was about three years ago at the Belau National Hospital when I heard a woman complain about the cost of her daughter’s medical bill, which she had no choice but to pay. A few minutes later, at a nearby store, the same lady with daughter in hand came in while I was paying for gas. The little girl went to the fridge and got a can of juice and pulled on her mom’s shirt for her approval. She scolded the little girl and told her it was too expensive and that she’d already spent her money paying for her hospital bill. She then turned to the cashier and asked for two packs of cigarettes.

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May 13, 2013

One Mother’s Touch

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Being a mother is probably the most difficult profession in the world; yet its rewards are immediate and endless. In our culture, saying “your mother” is considered an insult because it is dishonoring someone who brought us into the world. Mothers in Palau are held in high regard because we recognize their hard role in raising children and building a good home.  I heard this song this morning at church and wanted to pass it on to all mothers. It says:

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May 9, 2013

SORA By The Numbers

Commentary on Tia Belau, May 1, 2013 —-

No doubt that after yesterday’s state of the republic address by President Remengesau, political observers of different stripes have the speech under dissecting microscope looking for clues that may provide proof for their long standing held beliefs, suspicions, or otherwise. 

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May 9, 2013

Realtor’s Fiduciary Duty

By Jackson M. Henry—-  

Joe Neri, my old time real estate mentor on Guam, used to remind me that, “not all real estate agents are Realtors”. That is because any layman acting on behalf of the seller can be a real estate agent. But to hold the designation as a Realtor is special. They are a breed apart. A Realtor has to pass rigorous real estate examinations and under go training and certifications to be a licensed professional. They also swear to uphold the Code of Conduct and Ethics of the real estate profession. After meeting the requirements, Realtor can become a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the US. NAR’s purpose is to self regulate and improve the professionalism of its accredited members. A Realtor is a professional agent, no different from Doctors and Lawyers.

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May 4, 2013

Remengesau 2013 SORA

State of the Republic Address

By President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.

Before the Ninth Olbiil Era Kelulau

April 30, 2013

1. Introduction

It is a great honor to appear before all of you this morning to report on the State of our Republic.

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May 3, 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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May 2, 2013

I Swear

WORDS FROM ORAKIDORM is a new  op-ed column published every Thursday issue in TIA BELAU. The author requests that I let the readers guess who the writer is.  Hint: It’s not a difficult guess, especially if you’ve been reading this newspaper for several years.

In this inaugural article, I decided to write about commitments to the words, “I swear”. Recently, I read in the newspaper several open letters discussing family trees and the right to traditional chiefly titles. We have had several incidence in the past where these struggles between the bearers of stewardship of traditional titles have fought among themselves as to who is the legitimate matriarch who shall decide. This is becoming quite common and involves many families and clans in Palau.

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