Archive for ‘Jackson M. Henry’

November 15, 2013

Palau Needs A National Gallery Of Arts

By Jackson M. Henry —-

“Arts are the main force against the stagnation of society”, said artist Guisseppi Rafitanti.

Rafitanti’s statement is predicated on the truth that arts posses the power to stimulate the senses, evoke emotions and inspire people’s imaginations. Arts are self-expressions, creativity and imaginations of the artists freely unleashing their talents in societies where arts are appreciated. Even an African dictator once said that cultural arts posses the power to incite nationalism.

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November 9, 2013

Cloud Computing Will Elevate Palau’s Educational Standards

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Many of our elderly Palauan Rock & Rolls aficionados still love The Rolling Stones popular hit, “Get off my cloud”, which was commonly heard broadcasted from radio station WSZB back in the 1970s. Today, the word “cloud” is the new buzzword for IT pros and techno buffs in Palau because it is said to be the next big stage in the internet revolution.

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November 1, 2013

Defusing Loan Stressors in Palau

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Life on Palau, in the eyes of our foreign visitors impervious to Palauan cultural duties, is probably the closest they see an ideal society similar to what British author, Sir Thomas More wrote in his famous book, Utopia. Life on a paradise island appears free of the stresses that come with big city living.

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October 15, 2013

Shutdown Meltdown Showdown

By Jackson M. Henry

Politics revealed its ugly twin brother last week in Washington, DC in a form of a government shutdown. Its whiplash sent tremors to world stock markets and rattled people’s nerves worldwide. Even distant island communities like Guam, CNMI and Palau which depends on US Government programs, will not be spared by the wrath of this latest US political grand standing. Everyone is bamboozled just how those Washington follies can be so damn irresponsible.

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October 14, 2013

Happy Independence Day and Viva 19 Years of Sovereignty

By Jackson M. Henry —–

On this occasion of Palau’s 19th anniversary of independence, once again, our nation celebrates with enthusiasm and pride for having come a long way to take an enviable spot on the world stage. On this special day, we stand tall and salute our founding fathers for their courage, persistence and visions in carving out a nation from of these small islands, barely visible on the world map. It is a statement to the world that when it comes to the pursuit of freedom, justice, the truth and human dignity, size does not matter. Sovereignty assures us that Palau stands equal, shoulder-to-shoulder, with other nations in the world, regardless of their size and wealth. Having pained by the horrors of war and imprisoned by the shackles of colonialism, freedom and independence is sweet. Independence is also our nation’s mantra that says, “We have arrived”. As an elderly Ruback said affirmatively, “it has always traditionally been part of the Palauan spirit to live free and independent in accordance with the laws of nature”.

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September 27, 2013

Globalization And The Palauan Culture

By Jackson M. Henry —-

The wind of change blowing over Palau intensifies and accelerates incessantly. The wind is called Globalization and it refers to the movement toward a homogenous, westernized and consumer culture that knows no national boundaries. International trade is the very heart of globalization but it has become a divisive topic among political activists and policy makers today because they say it has the power to destroy cultures worldwide.

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September 24, 2013

Palau Tourism Beautification Fund

By Jackson M. Henry —-

It is no rocket science that beauty attracts and beautiful destinations attract visitors. For this reason, city managers and destination promoters invest in beautification programs to create their unique “signature” as means to draw visitors. Research has proven that direct correlation do exists between a destination’s beauty and the volume of their visitor arrival and return rates, according to Sue Templeton of Brand Mgt. Hence, investing in the beautification of a destination pays back big dividends.

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September 17, 2013

Syria

By Jackson M. Henry

Last week, not a day went by in Palau without Syria stealing the top spot in the world news headlines. Many were bewildered at the horrific scenes on CNN of the children in the town of Zamalka being killed or gassed by chemical weapons. Palau is now following up on this fast developing international incident that could mark a turning point in Middle East’s political history.

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September 12, 2013

Manifestation Of A Dream

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Amazing how time flies. On the 29th of August, one of Palau’s iconic landmark tourist establishment celebrated its 15th year in business and being,– in the words of President Remengasau–, “a good corporate citizen”. I am referring to none other than the Palasia Hotel whose 15th anniversary marks another key milestone in Palau’s tourism history.

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September 5, 2013

Where Is The Beach?

By Jackson M. Henry —-

Holiday makers fly to Palau from all corners of the globe to experience our tropical island paradise anticipating to find sandy beaches and lots of sunshine. They spend big bucks to get here so they expect their holidays to be one of their lives most memorable experiences. However, Palau is in its monsoon season and so it rains down in “buckets”. The wet weather and gray skies can dampen our visitors’ moods and forces some to cancel their trips to the rock islands, partly for safety reasons. Some leave Palau without ever seeing our nation’s iconic tourist sites, like Jelly Fish Lake and the Rock Islands. Those who find themselves stranded in their hotel rooms, get bored and disillusioned that there are no quality public parks nearby with sandy beaches where they can go to swim and enjoy instead of having to rough the waves and winds just to sink their feet in the sands of the rock islands.

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August 25, 2013

An Excursion Into The Middle Kingdom

By Jackson M. Henry —-

The brokerage business has its perks. Last week was one of those fortunate times when a client shouldered my expenses for a due diligence excursion to “Zhongguo” or “middle kingdom”, which was the original name of China.  Zhong means “middle” and guo means, “capital”. Zhongguo is best translated to mean “central country” but, the term was used during the Qing Dynasty in 1689 to mean, “Center of civilizations”.

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August 18, 2013

Neighborhood Watch Program Can Help Deter Crimes

By Jackson M. Henry —-

The recent spate of crimes in Palau has shattered our image as a peaceful island paradise. Government officials and traditional leaders are now groping for quick and permanent solutions to “kill this cancer from menacing our communities”.

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August 13, 2013

Seizing Asia’s Golden Opportunities

By Jackson M. Henry —-

One of Palau’s most distinguishing investment features is our close proximity to the Tiger economies of Asia. It is no secret that proximity to world’s financial centers is a blessing for any emerging economies. As they say about real estate values, “location, location, location”. Given that Palau is in the midst of economic build up, our distance to China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore is such a blessing that one can only described it as, “An opportunity made in Heaven”.

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August 3, 2013

Transforming Palau To A Private Sector Driven Economy

By Jackson M. Henry —-

During the TT days, the public sector was the “Cornucopia” of abundance. Government employment was a symbol of success, the pinnacle of respect and a ticket to the good life. That was easily understood because it paid high salaries, provided air conditioned offices and free vehicles to drive around. Even the gasoline was paid for. For those occupying leadership positions, the frequent travels to the TT Headquarters on Saipan or Washington DC were glamorous and not far from an all expense paid Disneyland “vacation”. Funding sources was a non-concern because Uncle Sam had deep pockets and was always happy to dole out millions.

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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 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 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 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 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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June 29, 2013

The Courage To Change Is A Virtue

By Jackson M. Henry

My wise Ruback buddy said that, ”courage is a virtue that bolsters all other virtues”. He continued on to say that in ancient Palau, fortitude was noble thing and a unique characteristic that villagers revered with the highest regards.

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