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June 2, 2013

A Look at Some of the FY 2012 Economic Statistics

Tia Belau Editorial, May 27, 2013 —-

Finally, we now have some level of economic data to assess and compare the status of many of our economic sectors.

The Fiscal Year 2012 Economic Statistics provides us some understanding of where we are in terms of our economic development. Data from the report were used to form a major part of President Remengesau’s State of the Republic Address.

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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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February 22, 2013

Toward A Solution Oriented Culture

By Jackson M. Henry —-

First Hawaiian Bank’s motto is: “The bank that says yes”. It is one of the most catchy marketing phrase and the most people friendly slogan that any bank has come up with. The slogan expresses the core principle the bank operates on, which very much in line with the famous Hawaiian spirit of Aloha. The word “Yes” in the slogan is a powerful attention grabber which has captivated many disgruntled customers from other “No” banks to move their accounts to First Hawaiian Bank.

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February 8, 2013

Uighurs runs out of money

The money has simply run out.

November 23, 2012

Protecting Palauans from Sophisticated Cyber Crimes

By Jackson M. Henry —-

27.3 million American became victims of cyber crimes in the past 5 years, according to identity theft expert, Steve Weisman. This is not hard to believe since we in Palau get Nigerian emails scams just about every time we log on to the internet. In fact, I got a call yesterday from a soft speaking lady claiming to represent a trading house in New York city. She wants my email address so she can email me the website of a firm that has financial services for my real estate development projects. I could tell the voice is Asian and so I politely told her that I am not interested and hung up the phone.

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November 2, 2012

Is Remengesau popularity drives on likeability, not accomplishments?

Tia Belau Editorial, October 29, 2012 —-

Last week, in this editorial space we wrote about “President’s three big challenges,” that President Toribiong needs to overcome if he is to win this election for his second tour (third term) in office.

Conventional wisdom suggests that an incumbent president who in just four years, have taken part in the enactment and implementation of several major pieces of legislations and initiatives, that are bound to restructure Palau’s economy for many years to come, should be riding high on the waves of popularity.

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September 28, 2012

Primary Election and Information Revolution

Tia Belau Editorial, September 27, 2012

In 1979, our founding fathers sat for 55 days to carve out the dream of democracy and freedom for all Palauans. And one thing that was central in their thinking was the idea of giving everybody a voice. What we performed in the voting booth last Tuesday is as citizens exercising our freedom to express our opinion as to who would do a better job leading our country, albeit with secret ballot.

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September 26, 2012

2012 partial primary election results

Here are the partial results. All Palau precinct have been counted except the absentee ballots, which have to be postmarked by October 2 to be eligible for tabulation.

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August 12, 2012

Debates, this evening and tomorrow at Ngarachamayong

In Nadi, Fiji connecting this morning to the Solomon Islands…I will be missing the two-days of debates scheduled for Aug. 14-15. I can’t bear the thought of waiting another four years – until 2016 – for another round of presidential and vice presidential debates.

…and life goes on.


July 19, 2012

Palau to consider different course if no compact agreement


17 July 2012

Serial No. 2012-057

Dear Madame Ambassador Reed-Rowe:

I write in my capacity as the Chairman of President Toribiong’s Compact Review Advisory Group (“CRAG”). The CRAGhas asked me to contact you to lodge its strong complaint and disappointment at the decided lack of progress on the ratification of the Compact Review Agreement. 

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June 3, 2012

The Impulse to End It All

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Death has assaulted Palau violently shaking every family, clan, and the whole society. Every week our friends, co-workers and acquaintances are grieved with a loss of a loved one. This is strenuous both emotionally and economically especially because our culture demands relatives to contribute financially towards funeral expenses. However, natural demise is an understandable human phenomenon that approaches us all as we grow older, or encounter terminal illness. We know that to live is to expect to die – someday.

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May 31, 2012

Del. Eldebechel bares his platform for 2012 election

Del. Secilil Eldebechel announced his intention to run againto represent the state of Ngchesar in House of Delegate of the Olbiil Era Kelulau. From Palau 2012 Facebook Group Palau 2012 on May 3o, he made public his declaration and election platform.

Ses Eldebechel

Dear valued members of the Palau 2012:

Please allow me to share my campaign message and my platform for the 2012 election. I welcome any comments, questions, and even constructive criticism.

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May 31, 2012

Sen. Regis Akitaya interviewed in FB group Palau 2012

The questions below were posed by Merv Melatk on May 3o followed by Sen. Akitaya’s answers.

1. How should Palau approach its economic woes? What are you views on the current policies, and what should be done to improve Palau’s economy? 

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May 28, 2012

Shouldering The Dreams Of A Nation

By Jackson Henry —-

A Bishop once told his congregation, “On your shoulders, dear young people of the entire earth, weights the responsibility to transform tomorrow’s world into a society where peace, harmony and fraternity reign”. The Bishop’s captivating words highlights just how important it is to harness the power of youth here inPalaubecause the future of this nation lies in their hands. In our quest to build a vibrant economy,Palau’s youth is our greatest asset and the future pillars of our country.

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April 26, 2012

Political Altruism

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

His story is one of sadness and sheer determination to live, and to achieve a dream, even against all odds.  He was sent to orphanage at three years of age. At five, he ran away after he was bullied and beaten, and for the next ten years, he lived on the streets.  “ I lived like a day fly”, he said, “ selling gums and energy  drinks to survive.”  He slept on stairs, toilets and container boxes. Choi who became an overnight internet sensation, tells how local criminal gangs did not want him selling gum in their turf and once took him to a nearby mountain, dug a hole and buried him. But despite the hardships and adversities, he survived and made his public debut in Korea’s Got Talent Show.

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March 31, 2012

On Campaign Trail with Candidate F

By Kambes Kesolei —-

Its 2012 on the campaign trail….and here’s Candidate F in the neighborhood going house to house…

Candidate F: Alii…Alii?

Mechas: Auwang.

Candidate F: Uh…um…uh…It’s me y-your candidate F.

Mechas: I can’t hear you. Come closer. I have a hard time hearing on my left ear, there’s no medicine at the hospital to get it fixed.

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March 27, 2012

Medical Cannabis For The Southern States?

By Jackson Henry —-

Dr. Lucido has been a medical practitioner inSan Franciscosince 1979. He prescribes a special “medicine” to 900 patients annually. What is this special medicine? Well, you guessed it right. It is Cannabis, thanks to the legalization of Medical Cannabis (MC) inCaliforniain 1996 with the passage of Proposition #215.  Today, 14 states have also passed MC laws and more forthcoming. Dr. Lucido is now a member of US Medical Education Committee promoting and lecturing on the medical benefits of Cannabis. 

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December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Peace. Joy. Love

December 14, 2011

Minister Fritz and Gov. Reklai are now inside the Maru

  • Leilani Reklai wow Minister! this is unbelievable..first of all, Min. Fritz brought the FIRST sea cucumber people to my State, telling me that it was a PILOT project, a RESEARCH on breeding of sea cucumber. Anat and his guys SHOWED me their permits for export of only 150lbs of sea cucumber outside of Palau for RESEARCH. I gave them a research permit for one year. 3 months later, i find them with tons of sea cucumber and terminated their permit. I requested Minister’s office for people to survey Aimeliik for sea cucumber data first before we proceeded. Minister immediately suspended 3 coastal resource managers for meeting with me about the survey! Minister went on the radio and told everyone that these sea cucumbers only took 3 months from seedling to harvestable size! The governors association requested min. Fritz to stop the export in 2010, until we get the data and the law on sea cucumber export clarified. Minister ignored that letter! In the meantime, a lawsuit was filed against anat and his partners for illegal exportation. Minister in turn opened buying and exporting of sea cucumber from ngardmau. pushing people to break laws citing poor economics. I allowed harvesting in my State AFTER my election due to the fact that we’ve exhausted our funds in monitoring. Folks, unfortunately, what’s being by min. Fritz are outright untruths. I won Aimeliik election on November 23 by 39 votes. I opened Aimeliik for harvesting for ONE month only, on DECEMBER 1st. I’ve brought many opportunities to my State in the first four years of my term including sources of income through tourism, through farm leases and others. I am MANAGING my State resources for my people today and TOMORROW. It is very sad when a Minister, a member of the administration’s cabinet, goes on public media and tell lies to the people. It is unprofessional and totally unbecoming of his position! by Gov. Leilani Reklai

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November 9, 2011

Declaration of a State of Emergency


Declaration of a State of Emergency
November 7, 2011
Whereas, on Saturday, November 5, at approximately 5 o'clock p.m., electrical power to
all of Babeldaob and much of Koror was suddenly interrupted without notice due to a
catastrophic fire at the Aimeliik power plant, which completely destroyed at least one generator
and all of the controls for the facility. The Aimeliik power plant is currently unable to produce
any electrical power, thus leaving the Malakal power plant as the sole source of electrical
generation for Babeldaob and Koror. However, the Malakal power plant presently does not have
enough generating capacity even to supply electricity to all of Koror at the same time. On a
rotating rationed basis power has been partially restored to Koror, Airai and Aimeliik, but the
electricity remains off in most of Babeldaob and will continue to be off for the foreseeable
future; and

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