Tia Belau Editorial, November 4, 2013 —-
Celebration of Liberty, Freedom, Sovereignty, Identity, Culture, and Dignity on 19th day of independence
Tia Belau Editorial, September 30, 2013 —-
This 19th Day of Independence on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 will be a wet one judging from the current weather conditions and the forecasts for the next few days. And it is said to be a good omen as the rain will wash away all the dirt and bad things on the land.
Tia Belau Editorial, September 16, 2013 —-
Kelulau refers to important secret or sensitive political matters.
The legend of kelulau er Belau is an unusual one. It tells how the Kelulau of Palau was obtained from the snake of Angaur (Bersoech er Ngeaur). This legend is an illustration of how the kelulau came to be; it is not an explanation of its actual nature and function. The legendary derivation of the kelulau of Palau from a snake is because a snake is long and has but one head and one tail. By comparison, the kelulau of Palau is well maintained and systemized from its head down to its tail in each beluu of Palau. Kelulau arranged and established the kebekuul and teleuechel titles, made them sacred, and empowered then as well. Kelulau installed them as klobaks of the various beluu of Palau and entrusted with aspects of kelulau to enable them to preserve Palau.
Tia Belau Editorial, September 12, 2013 —-
Anyone, who was ever alive in previous years, knows that budget battles have long taken center stage in our daily conversations. It assumed the form of our national pastime. The talk of baseball, fishing, and other popular Palauan happenings became boring subjects.
Tia Belau Editorial, August 8, 2013 —-
A “Public Forum on Communities Against Crime and Violence” is being held today at Ngarachamayong Cultural Center.
Tia Belau Editorial, August 5, 2013 —-
Nine films were nominated for the top prize as the “Best Picture” of the year at the 85th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscar Award for the Best Picture was awarded to “Argo” last February 24, 2013, a 2012 historical drama adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative in rescuing several U.S diplomats in Iran in the 1979 hostage crisis.
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.
Tia Belau Editorial, July 19, 2013 —-
The proposed fiscal year 2014 budget is socially progressive.
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.
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.