Archive for July, 2013

July 9, 2013

Reflections

By Fuana Tmarsel —- 

After 13 years of calling myself a Christ follower, I seemed to have missed some crucial revelations.

Friends, as I have been greatly challenged, I also challenge you to consider these words. If you claim to be “saved” by the blood of Jesus, how are you responding to Him? Out of obligation? Out of courteousness? Out of shame? Out of performance? Out of condemnation? Out of skepticism? What is your daily response to being given the gift of not just existing, but existing as a free soul, set dead center in the most redemptive love story a perfect Creator could fathom?

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July 9, 2013

34th Anniversary of the Palau Constitution

Tia Belau Editorial, July 8, 2013 —-

Thirty four years ago thirty seven men and one woman convened at the Old Olbiil Era Kelulau Building at Medalaii, Koror on January 28 to April 2, 1979 to draft the Constitution of Palau. It was ratified by 92% voters of Palau on July 9, 1979.

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July 7, 2013

Oral Society Becomes Bengong (Mute)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Oral society is all about talking because there was no pen and paper. All of a society’s principles, teachings and proverbs, aspirations, norms, beliefs, values, traditional and customary practices, legends and folklores, skills and knowledge like fishing and agriculture, social clubs and cultural exchange (eldebechel ma klechedaol), land tenure and origin of the occupants, relationships and interactions like in mechesang connecting klauchad in geological network (nogikiu a rasech) and inter-clan (kaukebliil) system, diplomacy like resolving social conflicts and controversies (el ua tengakireng ma tebekel a deleuill ma olutel a mekemad ra delongelel a beluu ma beluu), art, religion, morality like what is right and wrong conduct, cooking like klengoesbelau ma uulechem el ngikel, building houses and canoes, and just about everything in between that we need to conduct our lives; and therefore, think of ourselves as Palauans. All these are part of daily discussion for them to have a strong place and importance in Palauan life.

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July 6, 2013

Berrous era r’ngebard

By Gaafar J. Uherbelau —-

Over the last decade, I would guess that more Palauans have out-migrated from the islands than the total number of births in Palau. Therefore, it would not be surprising to see a considerable decrease in the population of Palauans in the next census.

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July 5, 2013

Re: “Armarik”

The following is a comment from Richard Salvador in response to this post and I thought it deserve to have its own separate post.

Gaafar and everyone,

I apologize for the length of this reply. I hope my whole comment makes sense, as response to your concern about proper pronunciation.

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July 5, 2013

A Day Of Affirmation – Soweto Revisited

By Jackson M. Henry —-

I recall the Soweto uprising in June 1976 because it was the summer I finished my four years at Xavier High School. That deadly uprising made international news headlines and became a major story in Micronesia covered by the Voice of America radio news. It was one of the bigger stories back then that brought Apartheid under the world limelight and inspired interests in some of Palau’s college students in Hawaii who became the early initiators of Palau’s de-colonialization movement.

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July 5, 2013

Lawmakers Commit To Save Lives And Raise Revenues

Tia Belau Editorial, July 1, 2013 —-

Tobacco taxation – a national development issue

Lawmakers recently participated in a national tobacco tax workshop where convincing evidence was presented to show that raising tobacco taxes is a proven way to both save lives and raise revenues.  However, the taxes must be raised to an effective level to have this effect.  To do anything less is not only discriminating against the poor and the youth, it also feeds directly into the hands of the tobacco industry that has everything to gain from our people’s continued addiction to this deadly drug.

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July 4, 2013

“Micronesian Copra”

From the Words of Orakidorm —- 

Growing up in the village one of the many things that we did as youngsters was to help our parents fix copra to sell for money. That meant collecting mature coconuts, husking them, cracking them, removing the meat, carrying them to the smoking house, smoking them, putting them in sags and transporting them on boats to Malakal to sell them. Later on, the work became a little sophisticated and so instead of husking the coconuts we split them with an ax then remove the meat and transporting them to the smoking house in a wheelbarrow rather than our backs. It was a hard work but was part of the “chores” that we had to do to help our family to survive.

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July 2, 2013

Enhancing Palau’s Cultural Identity In A Modernizing World

By Jackson M. Henry —-

In today’s age of globalization and rapidly modernizing world, maintaining Palau’s cultural identity is an ever present challenge. It poses a challenge because the forces of the market place are powerful and many in Palau feel that the two cannot co-exist simultaneously. Others say that economic development can obliterate our cultural identity. Some entrepreneurs say that culture itself is the biggest impediment to progress while others opine that economic growth actually strengthens and enhances our cultural identity.

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July 2, 2013

“Armarik”

By Gaafar Uherbelau —-

There are some English words that just shouldn’t be said with a Palauan accent. EVER. Now, you may say that I’m “melenguuling” but sometimes when I hear someone say something with the heaviest of accent; it makes my skin crawl with goose bumps. And don’t try thinking this is weird because even if you’re not from the southern islands of Palau, you know what I mean because you’ve felt it.

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