Archive for July, 2013

July 29, 2013

FY 2014 Budget Is In Good Form

Tia Belau Editorial, July 29, 2013 —- 

I have been writing about Palau’s annual national budget for many years in various news articles, editorials, or blog posts. In fact, I started reviewing and writing about the budget toward the second-half of the second term of the Remengesau administration.

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July 28, 2013

“Ou Belau er Ngii”

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Despite few attempts to translate the idiom, “ou Belau er ngii”, I decided that my translations doesn’t quite capture the heart of it. It will take the skill of a linguist to render justice so I left it alone. I have often heard this expression used to describe substandard behavior or performance below par. In fact my encounter with the phrase has always been with people attempting to criticize in a nice way – turning it instead into a euphemism. Instead of saying that a person is not performing at standard or above, we say, “ngdi ou Belau er ngii.”

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July 27, 2013

The Price

By Jackson M. Henry —-

There is a price for everything. So what is free is really not free. There are millions of “costs” hidden with those freebees. Someone’s compassion and generosity can be just as deadly. Sooner or later, you have to reciprocate a favor or return someone’s compassion by tenfold. Generosity can come back to haunt you when you least expect it, at the worst possible time and at the worst possible place. I quote Jim Rohn, “For every promise made, there is a price to pay”.

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July 26, 2013

Men of Steal

By Gaafar J. Uherbelau —-

Many people, whose true identities shall remain anonymous, have approached me since the inception of the column, asking me to shed light on “political” topics that range from nepotism and discrimination to unlawful and unjustified actions taken by government officials and others. Now, I did make somewhat of a promise not to write about anything political, however, these issues to me are beyond political and are indeed social injustices.

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July 25, 2013

Hell in Ngerchebal Island

By Santy Asanuma —-

Insignificant as a piece of a rock with sparse vegetation, Ngerchebal Island, has always been there for most residents of both Koror and Imeliik (the correct spelling if I may add) to see out in the sea between the two traditional communities that are now declared as states. Many countries today are at war in the Asia Pacific region over similar islands. Philippines versus Indonesia; Philippines versus Taiwan; Philippine versus China; Japan versus China; Bangladesh versus India and other players are also in kind of disputes or fighting over some small islands in the sea. Is it worth it?

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July 24, 2013

Code of Ethics Law Should Be Protected

Tia Belau Editorial, July 22, 2013 —-

There is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate that seeks to exempt traditional leaders from the Code of Ethics requirements.

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July 23, 2013

A socially progressive budget

Tia Belau Editorial, July 19, 2013 —-  

The proposed fiscal year 2014 budget is socially progressive.

It is socially progressive because it is characterized by the focus it places on lessening the economic burden of many in the community, who are being besieged by the ever increasing cost of living.

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July 22, 2013

Appetites

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Appetite is a God-given desire for food to fuel and energize the body. Fulfillment of these appetites or desires brings small pleasures. Actually appetites are varied with age. Babies’ desires are mainly to fulfill basic needs for love, safety, belonging, and physical touch. Need for love, safety and belonging is often satisfied with a touch, a full embrace, and words of affirmation, such as “I love you,” “I am proud of you” or you are awesome, etc. We need to know our child so that we can learn their “love languages”, hence fulfill their desire appropriately. But we need to remember, “what we feed grow, and what we starve dies.”

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July 20, 2013

What Fund Managers Want To Know Before Investing In Palau

By Jackson M. Henry —- 

Investors who constantly assess Palau’s investment viability come in variety. They include wealthy individuals, business partners and even multi-national corporations. But there is a special class of professionals who not only have the power to move markets but, also control an arsenal of funds that can change the economic course of a nation. They are Fund Managers or sometimes referred to as Investment Brokers who work for equity capital firms. One of the greatest fund managers is none other than investment guru, Warren Buffet, who started with $100 in 1957 and today is the 2nd wealthiest man in the USA and 3rd worldwide, according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

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July 19, 2013

“PEEB”

By Gaafar Uherbelau —-

When I hear the term “road rage” I instantly think of a highway somewhere in the US where lines of cars are gridlocked with their drivers frowning and giving each other the single finger universal sign of aggression. It’s a term that I keep thinking I’ll never experience because we don’t have interstate freeways in Palau and I probably won’t have to drive somewhere far for hours. Road rage is a psychological phenomenon that affects motorists in big cities right?

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July 18, 2013

How’s Nation Building? Nguangerang a Tatemai?

From the “Words from Orakidorm” —- 

“It is both with pride as a newly free nation and with the humility of the great task of nation building before us that we share with nations of the Pacific Basin community our experiences in emerging as a nation among you” were the words spoken by President Haruo Remeliik in March 1982 as Palauans aspired to build a nation. 

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July 17, 2013

M&M Cheats Palauans in Numbers

By Santy Asanuma —-

M&M has got to be the favorite for most children when I was growing up in the 1960’s. But who would think in early 1990’s that M&M candies would play an important part in our culture. Today the funeral foods in plastic or Styrofoam tray are not complete without M&M’s, especially the one in yellow package. There are times you would see middle age women going through all the stores in town buying all yellow M&M’s because there are more funerals than M&M’s coming in. As a result, you would at times get a pre-packed food during funerals with brown pack of M&M and you kind of feel that it is not the real thing.

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July 15, 2013

Palau Constitution: Ratification Vs Implementation

Tia Belau Editorial, July 15, 2013 —-

The debates on the anniversary of the Constitution as to whether it is 33 years or 34 year we celebrated on July 9, 2013 has become a topic in many gatherings. It should be 34 years as the Constitution was duly ratified on July 9, 1979 under the observation of the United Nation. Thus, it is legally sanctioned by the United Nations an official referendum. Ambassador Rosenblatt strenuously objected to the Constitution of Palau as he had his own version of Palau Constitution. In collaboration with Speaker Sadang Silmai and several members of the Sixth Palau Legislature to invalidate Palau Constitution and to prevent the people of Palau from voting on it, Bill No. 1140 was introduced to repeal PL 6-5S-1 that established Palau Constitutional Convention; Palau Constitution and July 9, 1979 referendum.

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July 15, 2013

Blulak a Telulechoid (Lies Are Widespread)

By Santy Asanuma —-

White lies as they are called are innocent (ng diak a telemelel) in most people’s mind. I know I had my share in doing it because it is an easy way out in about all matters in my life. Plus, the intent is always good so there is no real harm to it. As I have grown, I can bet that most people, even the best among us, have done or are doing it. But that is the danger of it because it is not suppose to hurt people so it is socially allowed to a large degree.

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July 14, 2013

Palau Has Great Potential For Film Tourism

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Palauans have heard of sport tourism, medical tourism and cultural tourism. But how many have heard of film tourism. I do not suppose many Palauans even know exactly what it is and what financial bonanza it has potentially in store for Palau.

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July 13, 2013

Hear-choid

By Gaafar Uherbelau —-

“Ak kora orrenges el kmo ng kel redil a kmung milekerang me a uchul me ngkel tara rechad a milekesakl e elechang ea bechil ng kel chad a mla ikang. OMG! Ng merang?” How common is it nowadays to hear such talk everywhere we go? We hear it in waiting rooms at the hospital, at the weekend mechesang, on Palau 2012 and even at the diangel. Men supposedly don’t gossip right?

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July 11, 2013

Chief hood – how is life in the hood?

From the “Words from Orakidorm” —- 

Some years ago, a vocal and a well-known politician made a statement that “traditional leaders should go and stay in the museum where they belong”, which caused an uproar in the hood, the Chiefhood. In an article titled, “Where Do Traditional Leaders Fit in Today’s Society?”, Father Hezel discusses some of the fundamental issues surrounding the co-existence of traditional and modern democratic leadership in Micronesia.

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July 11, 2013

Remarks Of President Remengesau AT The 2013 Micronesian Presidents’ Summit

Delivered at the opening of the Micronesian Presidential Summit at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center on July 10, 2013.

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Welcome, President Loeak of the Republic of Marshall Islands, President Emmanuel Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia, and distinguished guests.  It is Palau’s honor and privilege to host this year’s Micronesian Presidents’ Summit. I want to begin by thanking you all for coming and I hope that you enjoy your time here in Palau.

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July 10, 2013

Was July 9, 2013 Palau’s 34th or 33rd Constitution Day?

The following article was published on July 11, 2013 issue of Tia Belau as a Contributed Commentary.

By Talobak Victorio Uherbelau —-

There is an ongoing controversy even in the highest circles as to what anniversary people of Palau commemorated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. In an effort to clear the air on this issue a youthful female public servant posed the question to me the other day.  And I asked her, “why me?”  Her reasoning was because only was I one of the 38 delegates who wrote the 1979 first ever nuclear-free constitution, but I also was 1 of the 7 original framers to serve in the 25-member 2nd Palau Constitutional Convention in the summer of 2005 that recommended constitutional amendments that were voted on in the November 4, 2008 constitutional referendum.

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July 10, 2013

Re: 34th Anniversary of the Palau Constitution

The following is from Richard Salvador who commented on the post, 34th Anniversary of the Palau Constitution.

My take on things —

Wonderful Op/Ed Tia Belau. But I will take issue with you all about the proper significance of these days.

I begin with saying “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BELAU!” Let me explain:

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