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Stuart White and Mom Kunthear
VERY morning, right
about 8am, Vuthy*
starts to feel out of sorts.
On the way from his
home in Meanchey district to the
Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hos-
pital, where he receives treat-
ment, he breaks into a sweat.
I have to come here every
morning, he said. My body
feels so uneasy. It seems like Im
getting a fever, and Im hot
every morning before I take it.
Vuthy is one of about 140
former heroin addicts who make
the trek to Khmer-Soviet every
day to receive their allotted dose
of methadone. For some, its a
routine they have followed for
nearly four years, and for all of
them, in theory, it will continue
for years to come.
However, with new patients
declining, monthly drop-outs on
the rise and its main donor phas-
ing out funding by the end of the
year, the Khmer-Soviet clinic
the only one in the country since
2010 now finds itself at a cross-
roads, tasked with finding an
exit plan that allows it to con-
tinue offering services while also
trying to expand its reach on an
already-tight budget.
Dr Chhit Sophal, a psychiatrist
with the National Mental Health
Programme, oversees the pro-
gram from a second-storey office
in the clinics squat white build-
ing on the Khmer-Soviet cam-
pus. The main source of funding,
he said, has been the Australian
government, but as of December
31, that funding will disappear.
This is very challenging for
us, because we do not get any
funding from the government
yet, Sophal said.
The Australian embassy in
Phnom Penh confirmed that
the funding would stop at years
end, and said in an email last
week that its aid funds were now
being refocused on reducing
poverty in the Indo-Pacific
region, and called the metha-
done program one of a range of
Addicts lifeline to go
Methadone program under threat
Continues on page 4
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
SUY Sophan, the owner of devel-
opment firm Phan Imex, has
been ordered to repay $2.7 mil-
lion to a Korean company over
an uncompleted sale of land at
Borei Keila, from where hun-
dreds have been violently evict-
ed, a court document reveals.
In a decision handed down in
October, Phnom Penh Munici-
pal Court ruled that Sophan
must return the money a
deposit from the sale of more
than four hectares of land at
Borei Keila to Song Dong Soo,
a director of the Landevel com-
pany, after Phan Imex did not
complete the sale.
The [court] decides to cancel
the agreement made on August
14, 2009 [and] orders Suy Sophan
to pay money back to Song Dong
Soo, says the document, signed
by court clerk Ban Vath and pre-
siding judge Te Sam Ang and
obtained by the Post yesterday.
Sophan was also ordered to
pay interest of 10 per cent,
backdated to 2009, and $20,000
in compensation.
That money has yet to change
hands, however, as Sophan has
appealed the verdict.
Sophans lawyer, Lam Kim
Seng, declined to talk in detail
about the case yesterday.
I will not comment on the
courts verdict, but how can my
client pay the money now with
an appeal case pending?
he said.
If we lose this case again in the
Appeal Court, we will take it to
the Supreme Court, he added.
About a decade ago, Phan
Imex acquired the rights to land
Continues on page 6
B Keila
rm told
to pay
$2.7 mil
A senior police ofcer oversees hundreds of police participating in crowd control drills at Olympic Stadium yesterday in Phnom Penh. HENG CHIVOAN
Womens Day
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the education ladder
Olympic effort
A senior policeman oversees drills at Olympic Stadium yesterday, two days before a planned labour forum in Freedom Park. HENG CHIVOAN STORY > 2
Cheang Sokha and Sean Teehan

N THE same day 18
union federations
made their nal
decision to move
forward with a labour rights
forum in Freedom Park on Sat-
urday, thousands of police of-
cials from several departments
gathered in Olympic Stadium
for a training session.
Plans for a demonstration,
such as the one on March 8, is
nothing new for us, we have
faced similar challenges many
times already, said Military
Police spokesman Kheng Tito,
who insisted yesterdays train-
ing session was unrelated to
the planned forum. We train
to strengthen our capacity.
On Saturday, union groups
plan to gather at Freedom Park
to both celebrate International
Womens Day and discuss
pressing issues in the garment
industry. Following last weeks
boycott of overtime in which
some garment workers took
part, the forum is the last ac-
tion before a planned stay-at-
home strike, which is sched-
uled to begin on March 12 and
last until at least March 19.
Discussion at the forum
will focus heavily on garment
workers demands for a mini-
mum monthly wage of $160
and the release of 21 activists
and workers jailed since Janu-
ary crackdowns.
Despite City Hall forbidding
the gathering, unions estimate
that between 10,000 and 30,000
people will descend on Free-
dom Park at 8am on Saturday
for what they term a dialogue,
not a demonstration, said Sun
Lyhov of the Coalition of Cam-
bodian Apparel Workers Dem-
ocratic Union (C.CAWDU).
We must continue our plan
even if police try to block us,
because it is a peaceful and
non-violent assembly, Lyhov
said. If local authorities block
us, we will not react; we will just
stand face to face with them.
Authorities obstructing the
forum would not benet any-
one, Moeun Tola, head of the
labour program at the Com-
munity Legal Education Center
(CLEC), said yesterday after be-
ing informed of the police train-
ing session that afternoon.
The union federations in-
vited government ofcials in-
cluding Minister of Labour Ith
Sam Heng and Deputy Prime
Minister Keat Chhon as well as
opposition leader Sam Rainsy,
to ensure an open exchange of
ideas, Tola said.
Theres no point in the gov-
ernment stopping the people
from organising the public fo-
rum, Tola said. The forum will
reect what the government
[and people] want to do.
In a statement released yes-
terday, UN special rapporteur
for Cambodia Surya Subedi
weighed in on City Halls re-
fusal to allow the forum, and
encouraged ofcials to follow
Cambodian law.
I reiterate my call on the
Cambodian authorities at all
levels to judiciously respect . . .
the rights to freedom of expres-
sion and peaceful assembly as
guaranteed by the Cambodian
constitution, he said.
But City Hall spokesman Long
Dimanche yesterday said the
forums purposes are more ne-
farious than organisers claim.
Their public gathering is
about incitement, he said.
Sen David
A 52-YEAR-OLD woman was
arrested on Thursday in Kam-
pong Chams Kang Meas dis-
trict, accused of acting as a
broker and attempting to lure a
woman to China for marriage.
Khut Run, a Kampong Cham
town police ofcer, said the
suspect was Kert Kem Yeang.
The victims family, he add-
ed, led a complaint to the
provincial police, who co-op-
erated with the Ministry of In-
teriors anti-human trafcking
police and juvenile protection
ofcers to make the arrest.
The woman was lured into
the arrangement with an of-
fer of $450 if she agreed to go
to China to be married. She
[Kem Yeang] lured the woman
by giving gift to them and tell
her that she will have a good
life when she got to China,
Run said.
Kem Yeang is being held at
the provincial police station
awaiting a hearing.
A spate of cases in recent
months involving the trafck-
ing of Cambodian women to
China for arranged marriages
has caused concern among
rights groups that a troubling
new trend may be emerging.
Police pick
up alleged
bride broker
Police drill ahead of forum
Hundreds of security ofcers in riot gear hold drills at Phnom Penhs Olympic Stadium yesterday. HENG CHIVOAN
Plans for a demonstration . . . is
nothing new for us, we have
faced similar challenges
many times already
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positive results to come out
of its HIV/AIDS Asia Regional
For the remainder of 2013-
14, the Australian and royal
Cambodian governments will
work together to ensure that
these results are sustainable,
the spokesman said.
Nonetheless, the shake-
up comes at an inopportune
time. Stakeholders in the
methadone program met late
last month to assess where
the program stands, and to try
to work out a way forward. A
draft report presented to at-
tendees paints a less-than-
rosy picture.
Drop-outs have been steadily
rising since the programs incep-
tion, from an average of about
two per month in November
2010 to an average of just un-
der 10 per month in November
last year. Since its inception, the
programs year-to-year reten-
tion rate has hovered around a
respectable 70 per cent, but cu-
mulatively, the losses account
for almost half of the 252 pa-
tients to register since 2010.
Whats more, over the past
three years, the number of
new patients seeking treat-
ment has steadily declined,
from a peak of 27 in the pro-
grams second month to just
one last December.
I think maybe among the
street-based populations we
are reaching saturation, said
a weary-looking Sophal on the
day of the stakeholder meeting.
Methods are needed for re-
cruiting patients in other at-
risk groups, and past assess-
ments have found as much, Dr
Masami Fujita, team leader for
HIV and TB at the WHO, said.
Over the past few years, the
WHO has recommended sat-
ellite clinics and take-home
doses to expand the programs
reach, but those initiatives
would have depended on
economies of scale in which
higher numbers of patients
cause the cost per patient pro-
gram-wide to decrease.
If the number of clients hit
something like 250, then the
cost would decrease thats
what was discussed a few
years ago, Fujita said. But the
number of patients didnt in-
crease over the last two years.
In this environment, Fujita
said, the low enrolment rates
became something of a catch-
22. Enrolment remained low
because measures like take-
home doses and satellite
branches were out of reach,
and take-home doses and sat-
ellite branches remained out
of reach because numbers re-
mained low.
Currently, Fujita continued,
there is a bottleneck in re-
cruitment, as outreach pro-
grams are only able to reach
about 350 injecting drug us-
ers, though the WHO esti-
mates there are some 1,000 in
Phnom Penh.
Harm reduction treat-
ment, like that offered at
Khmer-Soviet, seeks to miti-
gate the risks of heroin, but
only by replacing it with in-
denite, controlled and moni-
tored methadone. As such,
patients must make the trek to
Khmer-Soviet every day to re-
ceive their doses, theoretically
for many years, and possibly
even for life.
While the treatment rou-
tine may be preferable to
heroin addiction, it nonethe-
less represents a signicant
investment of time and effort
for patients, Sophal said, and
measures like satellite clinics
and take-home doses are de-
signed to reduce that effort.
Some of [the patients] may
be busy with work, so they
cannot come here every day.
At times, the hassles of the
treatment can be just enough
to nudge off patients who are
barely clinging to the wagon,
and though the effects vary be-
tween patients, missing a dose
of methadone can be akin to
coming off of heroin itself.
I missed taking methadone
one time when my baby was
sick, and it made me feel like
I had a high temperature and
fever, said Rithy*, standing in
the shade outside the clinic on
a recent morning.
Rithy, who stayed home
to take care of his child, ulti-
mately wound up sick himself,
vomiting as he grappled with
withdrawal. He managed not
to cave in and seek relief in
heroin, he said, by putting his
child rst.
I do not care anything about
myself anymore, he said. I do
everything for my kids.
In fact, Rithy a slim 29-year-
old with a messy mop of hair
and a ready grin is a poster
child for patients who nd it
difcult to make it to the clinic
each day. Since he started treat-
ment more than a year ago, he
has made the one-hour trip to
the clinic from his home in Sen
Sok district by bicycle almost
every day to save money.
In the beginning, he said,
during his long commute, he
would focus on the thought of
his children to prevent him-
self from veering off halfway
to score more drugs.
If I could bring the metha-
done home with me, it would
be helpful for me to [nd]
work at a garment factory or
something, because I wouldnt
need to spend time coming
here, said Rithy, who current-
ly works from home. I cannot
get [an outside] job because
of this problem. I cannot ask
permission every day in order
to come to the clinic.
Sophal said that he, too,
believes that satellite clin-
ics and take-home doses
would help to expand the
programs scope, but both re-
quire money, and in the case
of take-home doses, a change
in regulations for controlled
substances like methadone.
So we have to revise our
guidelines, and to do that we
need a consultant, Sophal
said, noting that there simply
isnt money for one.
In order to increase the ac-
cessibility, I agree with [the
WHO recommendations], but
we have to think about resource
mobilisation, Sophal added.
They want us to scale up
our service, but they said, by
the way, Australia wants to
phase out its support, he con-
tinued with a chuckle. What
do they want?
David Harding, a technical
adviser for drugs at Friends
International, an NGO that
refers users to the clinic, said
that the idea of users paying
for their treatment had been
bandied about in the past,
but that most users, like Rithy,
could not afford it.
The idea was ultimately
quashed, Harding said, but
there is now talk that a similar
system could be implemented
in which civil society groups
would pay on patients behalf
with grants from outside do-
nors, a system that raises ques-
tions over the extent to which
the Ministry of Health would
be accountable to NGOs.
[Finding a donor is] as
likely as being able to nd
funds for any of the activities
that were involved in: theres a
chance that we can and theres
a chance that we cant, Hard-
ing said. But theres a chance
that donors might not nd it
an appealing mechanism to
become involved in because
of this transparency issue.
Harding said he is optimis-
tic that the government would
take the proposition of keeping
the clinic aoat seriously, given
the amount of attention it
draws UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon visited in 2012,
he said but in Cambodia, as in
many countries, issues related
to health are not always on the
top of governments list.
Minister of Health Mam Bun
Heang could not be reached
for comment.
Though Sophal said that he
had not yet formally request-
ed that the ministry provide
funding, he said that he, like
Harding, was optimistic.
I think they must. They
have no choice.
*Names have been changed
to protect patients identities.
Govt passes buck on faintings
Mom Kunthear
ASS faintings in Cambodias
garment factories do not oc-
cur as a result of long hours
and arduous working condi-
tions, but from workers failure to care for
their own health, according to the Nation-
al Social Security Fund (NSSF) director.
During an annual meeting, which mainly
focused on a pension scheme for garment
workers that is scheduled to go into effect
next year, NSSF director Ouk Samvithyea
brought up the endemic industrial issue of
mass fainting during his speech.
I want to tell you all that we have
looked deeply into the situation of mass
fainting, and it is not caused by the
work, but mostly because of the workers
health, Samvithyea said. For example,
when they get a headache or are slightly
ill, they dont see a doctor, because they
think healthcare is too expensive.
The comment came less than a week
after more than 100 workers across two
factories fainted on the same day. A Free
Trade Union representative at SHIMANO
factory in Kampong Speu province said
glue fumes caused 28 workers to faint
there last Friday. A factory representative
at Crystal Martin (Cambodia) Limited in
Kandal province said about 120 workers
fainted after breathing fumes from bat-
tery acid that day.
Dave Welsh, country director for labour
rights group Solidarity Center, said such
comments were preposterous.
The vast majority of faintings were due
to chemicals, he said.
It really speaks to a sort of scary level
of disengagement.
Speaking about the pension plan, which
has been years in the making, Minister of
Labour Ith Sam Heng said the ministry,
in cooperation with the NSSF, would pro-
vide a pension scheme for garment work-
ers that is similar to the retirement plan
enjoyed by civil servants.
In our country, only civil servant of-
cials in the armed forces have ever re-
ceived a pension when they retire, but
garment workers have never received a
pension, said Sam Heng, who did not
specify how much retired garment work-
ers would receive under the plan.
All [garment] workers will now live in
good lives when they retire, because they
have pension.
To receive the pension, workers must
have had registered with the NSSF for at
least 20 years, Sam Heng said. So far, more
than 840,000 workers have registered.
The retirement age is set at 55.
Garment factory workers sew clothing on a production line at the MAG garment factory in Phnom
Penhs Dangkor district in January. PHA LINA
Kevin Ponniah
A SPIRITED debate on human
rights in Cambodia was heard
in the Australian parliament
this week after an opposition
Labor Party MP introduced a
motion calling on the govern-
ment to condemn state vio-
lence against striking garment
workers and ask authorities to
release detained protesters.
Clare ONeil, who represents
more than 2,000 Cambodian-
Australians in her Victoria elec-
torate, on Monday accused
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
of being conspicuously silent
on rights abuses during a visit
to Phnom Penh last month.
She has failed to mention
these terrible abuses on her visit
to Cambodia, focusing instead
on negotiating a new asylum-
seeker agreement, she said.
And it does make one wonder:
is the silence strategic? What else
could possibly explain turning a
blind eye to this conduct?
Earlier this week, Bishop in
response to a scathing opin-
ion piece by former Australian
foreign minister Gareth Evans
said she had raised human
rights in meetings with Prime
Minister Hun Sen, Foreign
Minister Hor Namhong and
Interior Minister Sar Kheng.
A number of lawmakers sup-
ported ONeils call in front of
monks and other members of
the local Cambodian commu-
nity who attended parliament.
It does not give a good im-
pression, despite all these al-
leged nice little comments in
backrooms about how con-
cerned they are about human
rights in Cambodia, that in the
same meetings they say that
Cambodia is a suitable settle-
ment place for refugees, said
Labor MP Laurie Ferguson,
who labeled the human rights
situation as disgraceful.
Others, however, painted a
more nuanced picture.
It is easy in Australia for us
to look at [garment factories] as
places of exploitation to be con-
demned, but from what I could
see [during a visit to Cambo-
dia], those factories were sup-
plying employment and a regu-
lar income to many people who
had been displaced from rural
Cambodia, National Party MP
Mark Coulton said.
But ahead of a looming strike
in the sector, the message from
some politicians was clear.
Everyone deserves a fair
days pay for a fair days work .
. . we want to support you, not
exploit you, opposition whip
Jill Hall said.
Cambodia has oor in
Oz parliament debate
Methadone programs
future under threat
A man consumes methadone at a clinic run by the National Mental Health Programme at Phnom Penhs
Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital on Tuesday. PHA LINA
relics found
in New York
Stuart White
US FEDERAL officials raided the
storage unit of a former Manhat-
tan gallery owner on Tuesday,
seizing hundreds of antiquities
thought to have been illegally
looted from countries including
Cambodia, The New York Times
reported on Wednesday.
According to the Times, the
raid was conducted by the
Department of Homeland Secu-
rity on a storage locker in
Queens, New York, owned by a
family member of Subhash
Kapoor, a former antiquities
dealer who is awaiting trial for
allegedly paying looters to steal
Hindu sculptures rendered in
stone and bronze. Kapoor is
also wanted in the US on accu-
sations of illegally importing the
sculptures and falsifying their
ownership histories.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
spokesman Koy Kuong said he
was not aware of the seizures.
I may contact our ambassa-
dor in Washington, he added.
Last December, auction house
Sothebys signed an agreement
to turn over a 10th-century sand-
stone statue believed to have
been looted from the Koh Ker
temple complex.
Enrolment just a start: report
Laignee Barron

AMBODIA may be
close to providing
universal primary
school education,
but lling seats doesnt neces-
sarily equate with learning.
It is not enough just to send
children to school, when they
are there they must learn, said
UNESCO education special-
ist Santosh Khatri at a launch
yesterday of the organisations
monitoring report, Teaching
and Learning: Achieving Qual-
ity Education for All.
Educators and policymakers
at the launch were adamant
that while the Kingdoms 97
per cent net primary school
enrolment rate is impressive,
enrolment gures dont tell the
whole story.
In Cambodia, the access to
education is good, but quality
education remains a challenge,
said Nath Bunroeun, Education
Ministry secretary of state.
According to the report, a
quarter of students worldwide
are unable to read a single
sentence. And in Cambodia,
only 30-40 per cent of prima-
ry school students can read,
according to Chhinh Sitha, a
graduate researcher at the Roy-
al University of Phnom Penh.
It is concerning that chil-
dren are going to school but
not learning, said Sitha.
Educators yesterday linked
Cambodias obstacle in provid-
ing quality education with its
shortage of both textbooks and
teachers. With just one teacher
to every 48.5 students, Cam-
bodia has the highest teacher-
student ratio of any country
outside the African continent.
After studying global edu-
cation quality we advise gov-
ernments around the world,
including Cambodia, to imple-
ment four strategies to provide
the best teachers, said Anne
Lemaistre, UNESCO country
The strategies include ac-
tively hiring motivated and
qualied teachers, strengthen-
ing teacher training, match-
ing the best teachers with the
most disadvantaged students
and providing incentives to re-
tain teachers.
Recruiting enough teach-
ers is still a very big challenge
in Cambodia. In order to x
this, we must increase the
education budget to award
proper salaries and maintain
highly capable teachers,
Education Minister Hang
Chuon Naron said.
UNESCO recommends gov-
ernments spend a minimum
of 20 per cent of the national
budget on education, and
while Cambodia increased the
Ministry of Educations budget
to $335 million this year, the
sum falls shy of even 10 per
cent of the national budget.
In Cambodia, teachers
salaries dont cover basic food
costs, said Santosh.
At the beginning of this year,
the government raised the
average minimum wage for
teachers from $80 a month to
$100, which educators say is
still not enough.
In addition to incrementally
increasing teacher salaries, the
government hopes to give the
nations brightest more quali-
ed instructors. By 2020, the
Ministry of Education plans to
increase the minimum teach-
er training from nine years
basic schooling plus two years
teacher training at provincial
centres to 12 years basic edu-
cation and four years of teach-
er training.
A teacher explains educational exercises at a school in Preah Sihanouk province in December. High enrolment
rates and teacher shortages are seen as major hurdles in Cambodias education sector. HONG MENEA
Villagers lend fists to
robbery victims cause
ONE thing you can be sure of
in Cambodia is that bystanders
will almost always come to
your aid in times of trouble;
the problem is, they often
come with fists flying. On
Wednesday, a 22-year-old had
his moto stolen from outside a
Phnom Penh pharmacy. He
quickly shouted for help and
locals came running, catching
and beating the thief bloody
before sending him to the
police, who in turn sent him to
hospital. DEUM AMPIL
Robber not a class act
in more ways than one
DONT trust your truant class-
mates, a high schooler learned
on Wednesday after her phone
was snatched by a man on a
motorbike who turned out to be
a fellow pupil. She had been
crossing the road outside their
7 Makara district school when
the moto whizzed past and an
outstretched hand snatched
her iPhone. Unfortunately for
the thief, he crashed while try-
ing to escape. Only after he was
caught and the victim saw his
face did she realise he was a
schoolmate who hadnt been
attending class. KOHSANTEPHEAP
Classic misdirection play
a touchdown for thieves
A VENDOR selling expensive
jewellery at a market was
robbed on Tuesday after she
failed to keep her eye on a dia-
mond ring and necklace. Two
wily suspects pretended they
wanted to exchange money at
her shop, but when she turned
around to deal with other cus-
tomers, they managed to pinch
the items from a security cash
box that had been opened to
change their money. Though
she howled for help upon realis-
ing the ruse, the suspects made
a quick getaway. DEUMAMPIL
Lazy co-worker takes
plunge unwillingly
ITS easier to get rid of an
annoying workmate when your
office is on the water: simply
push him overboard. Thats
exactly what one 27-year-old
did on Monday. He had previ-
ously argued with his fellow
crewman over their unequal
working hours and attacked
him before pushing him into
the river. Another crew mem-
ber had to save the man left
adrift and the suspect was later
arrested in Kampong Chhnang
town after trying to escape by
hopping aboard another vessel.
Insults, then injury for
sleeping police officer
A SLEEPING policeman was
attacked in Poipet on Tuesday
after he objected to a group of
local gangsters throwing rub-
bish at him. He was on duty in
the area and was having a
snooze when the group rode up
on their bikes and started har-
assing him. He tried to force
them to stop but they attacked
him, leaving the copper with
head injuries. The men in khaki
are on the lookout for the
Translated by Sen David
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All applicants are to send in CVs with passport sized photos,
and Apply to: / Closing Date: 15 March 2014.
Continued from page 1
at Borei Keila as part of a gov-
ernment-granted economic
land concession. In exchange
for developing land on which
villagers lived, the company
agreed to build 10 high-rise
apartment buildings for more
than 1,700 families. Only eight
were completed, however,
and the remaining families
were told they had to relocate
to squalid sites out of
the city.
Many refused that offer and
took up residence in tents at
Borei Keila in early 2012 after
being violently evicted from
their homes.
While the public has wit-
nessed violent crackdowns
on Borei Keilas evictees at the
site, the battle between Phan
Imex and Landevel has been
fought in private for some
years, Landevel representa-
tive Yoon Jun Yean said yes-
In 2007, Song Dong Soo
paid a deposit of more than
$2.7 million for 4.3 hectares of
land in Borei Keila from Suy
Sophan, he said, adding that
the company intended to
build a travel office. Then she
did not have this much land
to provide our company. She
reduced the amount of land
to only about three hectares.
We agreed to that, but in
2008, when prices skyrocket-
ed, she tried to cancel the
agreement so she could sell it
to us at a higher price.
Jun Yean said a complicated
legal process followed and the
company was awarded 2,000
square metres of land, which
it did not receive. The case
ended up back in court in
Sophans lawyer, Kim Seng,
said that Dong Soo had been
given the 2,000 square metres
of land and a title.
Uncertainty has surrounded
plans for empty land at Borei
Keila in the past two years.
Borei Keila representative
Pich Lim Khoun said yester-
day that he had heard rumours
of a Korean firm owning part
of it, including the abandoned
building evictees occupied in
protest last month before a
violent crackdown.
When we moved in here
[last month], the owner didnt
come, just the authorities, he
Im still shocked to learn
this. Maybe this conflict
between the companies has
caused the government to
ignore us and leave us here in
these terrible conditions.
A woman carries household belongings to Building 9 at Phnom Penhs Borei Keila community in February. A
court document reveals details of an uncompleted deal to sell part of the land to a Korean company. VIREAK MAI
Borei Keila company told
to pay out $2.7 million
In 2008, when prices
skyrocked, she tried to cancel
the agreement so she could
sell it to us at a higher price
CNRP seeks
reform input
Meas Sokchea and Kevin Ponniah
HE opposition Cam-
bodia National Rescue
Party will hold a semi-
nar this morning on
election reform to seek input
from civil society and election
monitors ahead of the second
meeting of a bipartisan election
reform committee on Monday.
According to an invitation is-
sued on Tuesday, the CNRP has
invited members of umbrella
groups the Electoral Reform
Alliance and The Situation
Room to the seminar.
But while some opposition
ofcials have said the ruling
Cambodian Peoples Party was
not invited, Rainsy yesterday
claimed it had been, and had
declined to attend.
They would not come to-
morrow for two reasons. The
formal reason was that CPP
President Chea Sim could not
come to a meeting presided
over by the president of the
CNRP . . . which is totally ridic-
ulous . . . and the second reason
is that what we are organising
tomorrow is not in line with a
previous agreement, he said,
noting there was nothing [in
the agreement] forbidding [us]
from sharing information or
asking for feedback. Chheang
Vun, a member of the CPPs
delegation to the committee,
said the CNRP should contin-
ue to discuss election reforms
as agreed before consulting the
He is playing political games
like this for fun and it is not
good. We decided together al-
ready that on Monday we will
continue to negotiate more is-
sues and to set up what are the
important points of an election
reform framework, he said.
[We] have to take this frame-
work to the table to talk and
then [we can] ask for ideas from
the public and continue more
talks. This was a joint decision.
While the CNRP said the dip-
lomatic corps had been invited
to todays meet, the US, Ger-
man and French embassies, as
well as the EU delegation, said
they were not attending.
On Monday, the two-party
committee agreed in principle
to overhaul the voter list and to
a law on political party nance.
Hang Puthea and Koul Panha,
the heads of election watchdogs
NICFEC and Comfrel, said their
organisations were attending
todays seminar, but Puthea
added that he had urged the
CNRP to postpone the event.
Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
A SEX worker accused of steal-
ing less than $200 and an
iPhone from a customer in the
capital last year was sentenced
to one year in prison yesterday.
But Phnom Penh Municipal
Judge Chea Sok Heang said
Sem Chantha, 25, who has been
in pre-trial detention since her
arrest in September, will walk
free in a couple of weeks after
six months of her sentence was
Chantha, Sok Heang added,
had also been ordered to pay
the plaintiff the $150 she took
from him during the incident.
After having sex, her cus-
tomer fell asleep and she took
his money and luxury mobile
phone and escaped around
midnight, Sok Heang said,
adding Chantha was detained
by a guesthouse security guard
and handed over to police.
During Chanthas trial in mid-
February, she confessed, claim-
ing she stole the phone and cash
because she needed money for
HIV/AIDS medication.
Prison for phone theft
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This week in biz
Rights groups critique
Cellcard advertisement
THE Cambodian Centre for
Human Rights (CCHR) urged
telecommunications firm
Mobitel on Monday to remove
a TV ad that shows a young
Cambodian man who is
shocked and dismayed when
he meets, on a blind date,
what appears to be a
transgender woman. The
company responded that it
was surprised by the reaction,
and that most viewers found
the commercial funny.
Americans abroad face
new tax reporting law
CAMBODIA has agreed to
help the United States in its
global effort to crack down on
tax evasion by working with
local banks to hand over
financial data on US residents
and business interests
abroad, tax experts and
officials said on Tuesday.
Though the US Foreign
Account Tax Compliance Act
(FATCA), which takes effect on
July 1, was crafted to go after
tax dodgers with at least
$50,000 in assets, any US
citizen with a foreign bank
account in Cambodia and in
participating countries abroad
will also face an extra level of
Riverside Sokha Hotel
plans October opening
SVEY Vuthy, chief legal and
corporate affairs officer of
Sokimex, parent firm of the
Sokha chain, said on
Wednesday that the company
is now aiming for a soft
opening of the $100 million
hotel for October, with a
grand opening not expected
until mid-2015. The
completion date of the
riverside hotel, located in
Chroy Changvar district, was
initially slated for the
beginning of 2012.
ADB to equip commune
offices with solar power
OFFICES of commune
officials along the Tonle Sap
basin will soon be solar-
powered as part of a project
backed by the Asian
Development Bank. Some 123
commune council offices in
Banteay Meanchey, Siem
Reap, Kampong Thom and
Kampong Cham provinces
will be fitted with the panels.
Public Notice
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Manager of MediGroup Asia Ltd and the new General Manager of the
company is Anders Eyde Moeller.
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Address: #23A, Street 302, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I,
Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
Open skies policy examined
Eddie Morton
ROMISING to dra-
matically open up the
regions airways, the
planned Asean Sin-
gle Aviation Market (ASAM)
will bring with it erce com-
petition and price wars, ex-
perts said yesterday during a
seminar on the subject at the
Phnom Penh Hotel.
The seminar brought repre-
sentatives from the majority
of the 10 Asean member states
together to discuss ASAM
also referred to as the open
skies policy and learn from
the experiences of the Euro-
pean Unions integrated single
aviation market that took ef-
fect in the mid-1990s.
Under an umbrella treaty,
an open skies agreement will,
among other things, allow
Asean airline operators to run
a greater amount of ights, ei-
ther directly or with a stopover,
between all regional cities.
The deadline for the agree-
ment is December 31 next
year, in line with the launch of
the Asean Economic Commu-
nity in 2015 (AEC). The AEC
is supposed to bring member
states together by facilitating
a freer ow of skilled labour,
goods and services; though
few believe that 2015 is a real-
istic deadline.
Stephan Baertges, opera-
tional manager for interna-
tional technical cooperation
at the European Aviation Safe-
ty Agency, said after launching
the European single aviation
market, competition intensi-
ed, shaking up the market as
companies were forced to ad-
just to new conditions.
It goes without saying that
there was a major restruc-
ture within Europe and it had
quite a signicant impact on
the established players, but
what was important was the
consideration of the future
economic benets of liberali-
sation, he said.
He also mentioned that con-
gestion became a problem as
the skies lled with airlines.
Nine out of the 10 Asean
member states have signed on
for the agreement. Indonesia,
however, which accounts for
about 40 per cent of Aseans
total population of 604 million
people, is holding out.
Its a little like France, Ger-
many and the UK not partici-
pating in the EU agreement,
said Alan Khee-Jin Tan, pro-
fessor of law at the National
University of Singapore, who
helped design the rst con-
sultancy report on ASAM
back in 2007, when the idea
was oated.
They [Indonesia] are be-
ing cautious over the effect
ASAM could have on their
national carrier Garuda Air-
lines, Tan said.
There will certainly be a
lot more competition for all
member states from foreign
airlines within Asean. There
will be winners and losers,
he said, adding that without
allowing airlines to base air-
craft in offshore locations,
the aviation single market
falls short of being a truly lib-
eral agreement.
Tan predicts Air Asia, with
its Thai Air Asia and Indone-
sia Air Asia arms, is poised to
take the region by storm and
spark a competitive pricing
war with other low-priced
carriers such as Lion Air.
Cambodia Angkor Air, the
countrys only functioning
commercial airline, is well
placed to survive the deluge
and remain competitive at
home, according to Tan.
They have Vietnam air-
lines, which owns a 49 per
cent stake in the company
and presumably has good
management experience to
cope with that, he said.
Keo Sivorn, director general
at the State Secretariat for Civ-
il Aviation, threw his support
behind the agreement and
shrugged off heightened com-
petition concerns.
He said the Asean proposal
would lead to increased tour-
ism for the Kingdom and po-
tentially give rise to another
locally-owned carrier.
Cambodias aviation sector
is okay, but it still has a way to
go, he said. Before we even
consider the effect increased
competition will have on our
small aviation industry, Cam-
bodia needs to rst increase
its civil aviation skilled work-
force and infrastructure to
prepare for ASAM.
Singapore Airlines and EVA Air planes park at the Changi International Airport in Singapore in February. BLOOMBERG
New local distributor
for Jaguar, Land Rover
Hor Kimsay
MA Cambodia con-
rmed yesterday it
had taken over from
rival rm Envotech as
the Kingdoms only authorised
dealer of Land Rover and Jaguar
Envotech will have held the
authorised dealer rights for two
years when it closes its Phnom
Penh dealership on March 26.
RMA, whic distributes Fords
and owns rights to other
global brands in Cambodia,
will sell the UK-made vehicles
(owned by Tata Motors) from a
temporary showroom on Rus-
sian Boulevard before moving
to a new location by the end of
the year.
Seng Voeung, general manag-
er of RMAs automotive division,
said obtaining the dealer rights
bolsters the companys effort to
tap into Cambodias growing
appetite for luxury vehicles.
He told reporters yesterday
that Cambodias rapid eco-
nomic growth over the last de-
cade had resulted in increased
demand for the two models,
which fetch a price tag of at
least $80,000 a pop.
The new brands [Jaguar and
Land Rover] compliment our
existing Ford vehicle market,
he said, adding that he expects
the cars to attract Mercedes
Benz, BMW or Audi buyers.
Steve Martin, regional busi-
ness manager of Guava Interna-
tional, Jaguar and Land Rovers
sole global distributor, declined
to give details on why the dealer
rights had been reassigned.
Everybody agreed that it
was time for change. That is
why we started the process
to look for new dealer and we
chose RMA Cambodia, he
According to Martin, the
Land Rover brand has been in
Cambodia for more than a de-
cade, but only rose to popular-
ity over the last ve years.
Martin estimates there are
1,000 Land Rovers on Cam-
bodian roads, equaling about
0.25 per cent of all 400,000 reg-
istered cars.
People look at a new Land Rover at the ofcial opening of a dealership
showroom in Phnom Penh yesterday. VIREAK MAI
Japanese promotion is historic
Solar power for Indian farmers
JAPANs biggest brokerage
Nomura Holdings has chosen
a woman to head its banking
arm, in what is believed to be a
first for the countrys male-
dominated financial sector.
Chie Shimpo, 48, will next
month become president of
Nomura Trust and Banking, as
Japanese Prime Minister Shin-
zo Abe calls for more women to
join the labour force and for
companies to bring female
employees into the board-
None of the nations three big-
gest banks (Mitsubishi UFJ,
Sumitomo Mitsui and Mizuho
Financial) have top female
executives, according to a gov-
ernment survey.
The central bank, Bank of
Japan, has just one woman on
its nine-member board.
Nomura on Wednesday
announced the appointment of
Shimpo, who last year told an
online Japanese business mag-
azine that her gender was not a
factor at the office.
Ive never thought I was dis-
advantaged professionally
because Im a woman . . . (but)
maybe its more correct to say I
assimilated into a male-domi-
nated workplace.
Shimpo, who has an MBA
from Stanford University and
also graduated from Japans
prestigious Waseda University,
joined Nomura in 1989.
Last year, Canadian Sarah
Casanova made headlines when
she was chosen to head McDon-
alds Japan, joining a small
group of foreign-born execu-
tives to lead major Japanese
firms. AFP
INDIA has approved 3 billion rupees ($49 mil-
lion) in subsidies to help farmers install solar-
powered water pumps to boost agricultural
yields and reduce expensive diesel fuel use.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
will provide grants to install 17,500 irrigation
pumping systems to 2016 funded by a carbon
tax on coal, according to a notice posted yester-
day on its website.
Solar photovoltaic pumping systems can eas-
ily meet the irrigation requirements for small
and marginal farmers, the notice said. It will
increase the cropping intensity.
India has 26 million groundwater pumps on
farms that suffer from blackouts and volatile fuel
costs. Switching those to run on solar would save
about $6 billion a year in power and diesel sub-
sidies and has drawn companies including
BlackRock Inc-backed SunEdison Inc and Jain
Irrigation Systems Ltd, Asias top irrigation-
equipment maker.
Farmers travel long distances to procure diesel
for their pumps, the notice said. The project will
allow them to boost output and reduce diesel
consumption, it said.
The grants will cover as much as 30 per cent
of project costs. State governments including
Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra that
participate in the program will be required to
match with a subsidy covering at least 15 per
cent of the cost.
Farmers will cover the remainder. The pro-
grams total cost is estimated at about 10 billion
This weeks Q&A features Pro-
fessor Muhammad Yunus, who
won the Nobel Peace Prize in
2006 for creating a new front
line against poverty with the
founding of Grameen Bank,
which lends small amounts of
money to the poorest in Bangla-
desh. The practice, called mi-
cronance, microcredit or mi-
crolending, now exists all over
the world. Yunus sat down at
the Royal University of Phnom
Penh with the Posts business
editor Joe Freeman to talk about
the state of the industry. Read
the full interview and watch a
video of Yunus speaking at the
university on our website.
A lot of farmers here end up
going into debt around the
rainy season because of dam-
age to crops. Does microcredit
factor into the way they incur
more debt by taking out more
In any agricultural country,
its the same thing. Id say thats
poor quality microcredit. Mi-
crocredit people should know
how to have a good t with
clients lives. They should nd
it comfortable to pay you back
and you should feel comfort-
able working with them. If it
is a constant headache, you
lend money and they dont pay
back, this is a non-starter. It
will not go very far.
Once standards of living in
countries like Bangladesh and
Cambodia start to increase,
will micronance cease to be
We have six branches in
New York City, and I just came
from Los Angeles. We opened
two new branches there. This
is in the richest country in the
world, but still, there is a big
need. We have branches in
Omaha, Charlotte, Indianapo-
lis, San Francisco, Boston and
Austin. We call it Grameen
The basic thing is that banks
dont lend money to people
below a certain level. Are you
familiar with payday lenders?
Payday lenders are a terrible
thing. Its everywhere in the
United States. Why? Because
banks dont do the job, so you
have created a new kind of
loan shark. Interest rates are
100 per cent, 1,000 per cent,
2,000 per cent.
Isnt micronance in general
known for having pretty high
interest rates?
In New York City, our interest
rate is 15 per cent.
A recent trend of criticism says
this method of loaning money
doesnt really work and that it
keeps people in a cycle of debt.
Is there some truth to that?
There are thousands and
thousands of types of mi-
cronance. So when you
say micronance is bad, we
arent sure which one you
are talking about. There are
fake micronance programs.
There are genuine microcre-
dit programs. There are very
badly managed microcredit
programs. Theres no gener-
I read somewhere that 96 per
cent of the clients borrowing
from Grameen Bank in Ban-
gladesh are women?
Its 97 per cent.
Why is that?
Because impact in the fam-
ily is much better. Women take
care of this money very cau-
tiously. Men are not as cau-
tious. Men want to blow the
money and go to the pub and
enjoy themselves. Women are
very cautious with what they
do and want to get the best
mileage out of the money they
borrow. These are the same
characteristics globally, its not
just one country. If you look at
Cambodia, youll see the same
How would you describe the
ideal candidate for a micro-
First of all, it must be a
woman. Thats number one.
A woman who by denition
doesnt have a job because her
husband works and she stays
home. So if she is in a single
room home, that qualies. But
being in a single room is not
enough. If there is a leaky roof
in a single room, thats an extra
Single room, leaky roof, no
furniture inside, thats an extra
qualication. So thats how you
push yourself to go all the way
above and see that there is little
inside. A few pots and pans,
nothing else. Thats what we
call poor people. Thats where
we start.
And when we tell her, here
is the money, we can give you
it if you want, and she says
no, dont give me the money,
I dont know what to do with
the money, then we know
we are in the right place. And
our job is to build up her
When does this model start to
People misunderstand it, for
one, or people misconstrue it
and say ah, this is great I can
make a lot of money by lending
money to poor people. That
abuses the whole concept.
Microcredit was not created to
make money for rich people or
well off people.
It was designed to help peo-
ple get out of poverty. So if you
are using this tool to enrich
yourself, thats the wrong pur-
pose. I have seen big micro-
credit programs where interest
rates are higher than 100 per
cent. It should be less than 20
per cent. Those are the kinds of
things we have been very criti-
cal about.
This interview has been ed-
ited for length and clarity.
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of
Grameen Bank, talks to the Post at the Royal University of Phnom
Penh on Wednesday. MARTA SOSZYNSKA
Yunus discusses field he pioneered
Energy deal
Petronas to
ll Taiwans
LNG needs
Taiwans state oil sup-
plier CPC Corp said
yesterday it had signed a
six-year deal with Malaysian
giant Petronas to import
liqueed natural gas.
Under the contract effective
from April, Petronas will sup-
ply CPC Corp with an average
of 2.25 million tonnes of LNG
each year, the Taiwanese
company said in a statement.
The contract will replace an
existing 20-year deal that ex-
pires next year. A CPC senior
executive also confirmed that
it has been in talks with an
international oil consortium to
import shale gas for the first
time from the United States.
The US Department of
Energy has recently issued an
export permit licence on the
planned deal, which could
start from 2018 with a yearly
shipment of 800,000 tonnes,
he said on condition of ano-
nymity and without giving any
more information.
Diversifying energy sources
has been the governments
established policy. Taiwan
cannot risk putting all its eggs
in one basket. AFP
Rally in Thai stocks nearing an end
Anuchit Nguyen
HE longest rally in
Thai stocks since 2012
is poised to end as
valuations climb and
the nations prolonged political
crisis derails economic growth,
according to the countrys big-
gest private money manager.
Local investors should shift
money into US, European and
Japanese shares to reduce risk,
Chongrak Rattanapian, the ex-
ecutive chairman of Kasikorn
Asset Management Co, said in
an interview on Wednesday.
Equity trading in Thailand
has dropped by 56 per cent
this year, while price swings in
the nations benchmark index
are more than double those of
the MSCI World Index of devel-
oped-nations stocks.
The SET Index climbed for a
seventh day on Wednesday, the
longest winning streak since
December 2012, as clashes
between security forces and
protesters subsided and dem-
onstrators removed key road
blockades in Bangkok.
The rally sent valuations to
their highest level this year,
even amid central bank fore-
casts for a second straight year
of economic growth below
three per cent.
The market is too optimis-
tic about the current political
situation, because a resolution
is unlikely in the foreseeable
future, Chongrak said at the
Bangkok ofce of Kasikorn,
which manages about 940 bil-
lion baht ($29 billion) of assets.
The deadlock will continue
to have a signicant impact on
the economy and corporate
earnings, as state spending
and private investments have
been at a standstill for several
months, he went on to say.
The SET index is still 6.3 per
cent below its level on October
31, when street demonstra-
tions against Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatras admin-
istration began. Thailands
average daily trading volume
has dropped 56 per cent this
year versus the whole of 2013,
according to data compiled
by Bloomberg.
Chongraks outlook contrasts
with that of Asia Plus Securities
Pcl, the nations second-biggest
brokerage by market value.
The rm advised investors on
Wednesday to increase hold-
ings of domestic equities as po-
litical tension eases. The return
of foreign money to Thai stocks
is also bolstering sentiment,
the brokerage said.
Overseas investors bought
a net $69.3 million of Thai
stocks on Wednesday, a fourth
day of inows and the biggest
purchases in two months, ac-
cording to the exchange data
compiled by Bloomberg.
The SET may still climb a fur-
ther ve per cent from Wednes-
day to close at a peak of 1,420
this year, if theres a quick reso-
lution to the political crisis and
a new government accelerates
economic stimulus policies,
Chongrak said.
He recommended shares of
food producers and electronic
parts makers, whose revenue
and earnings stand to benet
from the economic recovery
in developed countries, and
are less affected by the domes-
tic turbulence.
UBS Ag has advised inves-
tors this week to wait for more
clarity on the political crisis,
or more attractive valuations,
before buying.
The politically induced
slowdown in activity is already
happening against the back-
drop of a major credit expan-
sion, and a political solution
is no clearer, Niall Macleod,
a strategist at UBS, wrote in a
note on March 4.
Yinglucks administration
has endured more than four
months of protests as opposi-
tion groups accuse her gov-
ernment of corruption and
abuse of power.
She dissolved parliament
in December and called for a
general election on February
2, which the biggest opposition
party boycotted.
The Thai economy may ex-
pand less than three per cent
in 2014 as the unrest dam-
ages domestic demand, Don
Nakornthab, director for the
macroeconomic policy ofce
at the Bank of Thailand, said
on February 28. Gross domes-
tic product grew 2.9 per cent in
2013, compared with an aver-
age of 4.2 per cent since 1999,
according to data compiled by
Bloomberg. BLOOMBERG
Women look at an electronic stock board at the Asia Plus Securities Pcl
headquarters in Bangkok, on Monday. BLOOMBERG
International commodities
Thailand Vietnam
Singapore Malaysia
Hong Kong China
Japan Taiwan
Thai Set 50 Index, Mar 5
FTSE Straits Times Index, Mar 5 FTSE BursaMalaysiaKLCI, Mar 5
Hang Seng Index, Mar 5 CSI 300 Index, Mar 5
Nikkei 225, Mar 5 Taiwan Taiex Index, Mar 5
Ho Chi Minh Stock Index, Mar 5
2,173.63 22,702.97
1,838.69 3,129.17
578.56 916.04
South Korea Philippines
Laos Indonesia
India Pakistan
Australia New Zealand
KOSPI Index, Mar 5 PSEI - Philippine Se Idx, Mar 5
Laos Composite Index, Mar 5 Jakarta Composite Index, Mar 5
BSE Sensex 30 Index, Mar 5 Karachi 100 Index, Mar 5
S&P/ASX 200 Index, Mar 5 NZX 50 Index, Mar 5
26,842.53 21,513.87
4,687.86 1,280.34
6,516.82 1,975.62
Item Unit Base Average (%)
Gasoline R 5250 5450 3.81 %
Diesel R 5100 5200 1.96 %
Petroleum R 5500 5500 0.00 %
Gas Chi 86000 76000 -11.63 %
Charcoal Baht 1200 1300 8.33 %
Construction equipment
Item Unit Base Average (%)
Rice 1 R/Kg 2800 2780 -0.71 %
Rice 2 R/Kg 2200 2280 3.64 %
Paddy R/Kg 1800 1840 2.22 %
Peanuts R/Kg 8000 8100 1.25 %
Maize 2 R/Kg 2000 2080 4.00 %
Cashew nut R/Kg 4000 4220 5.50 %
Pepper R/Kg 40000 24000 -40.00 %
Beef R/Kg 33000 33600 1.82 %
Pork R/Kg 17000 18200 7.06 %
Mud Fish R/Kg 12000 12400 3.33 %
Chicken R/Kg 18000 20800 15.56 %
Duck R/Kg 13000 13100 0.77 %
Item Unit Base Average (%)
Steel 12 R/Kg 3000 3100 3.33 %
Cement R/Sac 19000 19500 2.63 %
Food -Cereals -Vegetables - Fruits
Cambodian commodities
(Base rate taken on January 1, 2012)
Crude Oil (WTI) USD/bbl. 100.89 -0.56 -0.55% 7:28:11
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ENTRAL bankers are delv-
ing into their atlases again.
After global monetary poli-
cy was shaped in recent
years by debt turmoil in southern
Europe and an earthquake in north-
ern Japan, the focus is falling on
Ukraine, which accounts for just 0.4
per cent of the world economy.
Most officials and economists say
for now that the stand-off in Crimea
bears watching rather than reacting
to as they maintain their forecasts for
growth and monetary-policy stances.
That could change if commodity
prices or financial markets start to
slide, with Russia already raising
interest rates and Poland potentially
rethinking its aversion to the euro.
We should watch this situation
with great attention and being aware
that its not only monetary-policy
decision-making thats at stake, but
also a broader issue that may have an
impact on the economy, European
Central Bank president Mario Draghi
said in Brussels on March 3.
Central bankers are on the alert just
weeks after a market selloff in emerg-
ing economies raised fresh concerns
the international economic expan-
sion could falter. German stocks were
among those to whipsaw this week
on diplomatic developments as forc-
es squared off in Crimea amid the
worst stand-off between Russia and
the West since the end of the Cold War
in the early 1990s.
Its something Im watching really
carefully for potential implications
for growth, Federal Reserve Bank of
Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker
said in New York on March 4. So far
commodity markets seem to absorb
the news reasonably well.
San Francisco Fed president John
Williams said on Wednesday that he
doesnt see the crisis in Ukraine pos-
ing a risk to the United States econ-
omy for now.
Ukraine is a very small economy,
Williams said to reporters after a
speech in Seattle. Still, youve got to
be thinking, what are the implications
if this gets much worse, or if this starts
to spill over to other regions, he said.
Williams and Lacker dont vote on
policy this year.
Bank of Japan officials dont see a
need to revise the outlook for their
economy at present, though they will
re-examine it if tensions mount and
begin to have an impact on trade,
according to people familiar with the
Japanese central banks discussions,
who asked not to be named as the
talks were private.
The Bank of Canada on Wednesday
cited Ukraine in explaining its deci-
sion to keep its main interest rate
unchanged, saying the tensions have
added to geopolitical uncertainty.
While Ukraines $180 billion econ-
omy is too small to wield a direct
impact on global growth, potential
channels of contagion for policy mak-
ers to monitor include trade, banking,
exchange rates and shipments of
natural gas to the European Union.
Ukraine is set to be the worlds
third-largest exporter of corn this
year, and sixth for shipments of
wheat, according to the most recent
estimates from the International
Grains Council.
The most exposed economy in cen-
tral and eastern Europe is Poland,
which sells 9 per cent of its exports to
Ukraine and Russia, followed by Tur-
key and Hungary at 6 per cent each
and Romania at 5 per cent, according
to Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc.
Among larger economies, Russia
accounts for 0.7 per cent of US exports
and 4.6 per cent of the euro areas,
including 3 per cent of Germanys.
As for banks, 6 per cent of Austrias
foreign claims are tied to Russia and
Ukraine compared with 4 per cent of
Italys and 2 per cent of Frances, RBS
estimates. JPMorgan Chase & Co cal-
culates that European banks have 56
billion ($77 billion) of exposure to
Russia and 15 billion to Ukraine,
where Raiffeisen Bank International
AG of Austria and Frances Societe
Generale SA have the biggest ties.
Fallout in the energy markets may
pose a greater threat. As well as being
the EUs biggest provider of oil and
coal, Russia supplies about 30 per
cent of Europes natural gas and five
of the 12 pipelines that deliver it pass
through Ukraine, JPMorgan says.
Oil prices could climb by as much
as 10 per cent if sanctions are
imposed or supply disrupted,
potentially crimping Europes
economic recovery, according to
Jonathan Loynes, chief European
economist at Capital Economics Ltd
in London. BLOOMBERG
Bankers keep eye on Ukraine
Pro-Russian activists rally in front of a Ukrainian anti-aircraft unit in the western
Crimean city of Yevpatoria on Wednesday. AFP
Crimea set to vote on joining Russia
S EU leaders hud-
dled in Brussels yes-
terday morning for
an emergency sum-
mit to address the Ukraine
crisis, the Crimean regional
government took matters
into its own hands and an-
nounced it would hold a
referendum on whether the
region should ofcially join
Russia on March 16.
At a press conference in Sev-
astopol, Rustam Temirgaliev,
the Crimean vice-premier,
said the referendum was be-
ing held purely to ratify the
decision of the Crimean par-
liament to join the Russian
Federation, and the parlia-
ment had appealed to Russia
to assist with this.
He said Crimea was Russian
with immediate effect: From
today, as Crimea is part of the
Russian Federation, the only
legal forces here are troops of
the Russian Federation, and
any troops of the third coun-
try will be considered to be
armed groups with all the as-
sociated consequences.
The referendum was im-
mediately denounced as
illegitimate by the new gov-
ernment in Kiev.
A referendum had already
been scheduled in Crimea
on March 30, but the ques-
tion to be put to voters was
on whether their region
should enjoy state autono-
my within Ukraine.
On Wednesday evening,
the new leader of the Crimea
region, Sergei Aksyonov,
said pro-Russian forces had
control of all of the penin-
sula and had blockaded all
Ukrainian military bases yet
to surrender.
The French foreign minis-
ter, Laurent Fabius, said on
Wednesday that EU lead-
ers could impose sanctions
on Russia if the situation in
Crimea had not defused by
the time they met in Brus-
sels yesterday. While it may
not have escalated, the crisis
is far from defused.
Before the summit, the Eu-
ropean Union froze the assets
of Ukraines ousted Russia-
backed leader Viktor Yanuk-
ovych and 17 other ofcials
suspected of violations of
human rights and misuse
of state funds.
David Cameron, Francois
Hollande and Angela Merkel
were due to meet yesterday
morning before the summit
to discuss a range of possible
punitive economic sanctions
against Moscow.
The US secretary of state,
John Kerry, has threatened
Russia with isolation dip-
lomatically, politically and
economically if it does not
withdraw from Crimea.
As the EU meets, 40 un-
armed military personnel are
expected in Crimea on a mis-
sion by the Organisation for
Security and Co-operation in
Europe to try to defuse ten-
sions in the region.
Later, the 15-member UN
security council will hold
closed-door talks in New York
the fourth such consulta-
tion since Friday.
Negotiations in Paris be-
tween Kerry and Sergei
Lavrov, the Russian foreign
minister, broke up without
agreement on Wednesday.
The Americans and the Eu-
ropeans hoped to persuade
Moscow to open a dialogue
with the new government in
Kiev and to withdraw its forc-
es in Crimea to their bases
and allow international mon-
itors to come in.
But while Lavrov accused
the Americans of tabling un-
acceptable ultimatums, Kerry
said there were a number of
ideas up for discussion. Both
men were expected to resume
negotiations in Rome yester-
day after consulting their re-
spective presidents, Barack
Obama and Vladimir Putin.
Things have moved in a
good direction, said Fabius.
Lavrov said western coun-
tries were proposing steps
that do not help create an at-
mosphere of dialogue. John
Kerry agreed that such an at-
mosphere needed to be cre-
ated. Its very hard to make
honest agreements that will
help the Ukrainian people
stabilise the situation in an
atmosphere of threats and
Kerry insisted he had not
come to the French capital
expecting to nd an instant
answer to the crisis in Crimea,
but was encouraged by sig-
nals from the Russians after
meeting his Moscow coun-
terpart Lavrov. Kerry also met
the Ukrainian foreign minis-
ter, Andrij Deshchytsia.
The meeting between Kerry
and Lavrov was the rst di-
rect US-Russian contact since
the Ukrainian crisis acquired
alarming dimensions at the
weekend with the fall of Yanu-
kovych and Russias military
occupation of Ukraines Black
Sea peninsula of Crimea.
Analysts and diplomats in
Brussels had been expect-
ing the Kremlin to make
symbolic concessions in or-
der to weaken the case for
sanctions against Russia by
Europe and America, but
those failed to materialise.
That put further pressure on
yesterdays emergency EU
summit, with the Europeans
almost obliged to impose pu-
nitive measures on Russia.
Lavrov said Moscow could
not order the forces control-
ling Crimea back to bases or
barracks since they were not
under Russian control, but
were local self-defence
units opposed to the new
government in Kiev and
safeguarding their region.
Diplomats in Brussels said
this amounted to opposition
to the western proposals.
In Crimea, a UN special en-
voy had to abandon his mis-
sion after being stopped by
armed men and besieged in-
side a cafe by a hostile crowd
shouting: Russia! Russia! The
envoy, the Dutch diplomat
Robert Serry, agreed to leave
Crimea to end the stand-off.
In Washington, the Repub-
lican leader of the House of
Representatives, John Boeh-
ner, said a bipartisan push
was under way to pass legis-
lation that would strengthen
the presidents hand. He said
it would be similar to how the
US Congress and White House
had dealt with Iran. We gave
the administration what Ill
call a toolbox of sanctions
[against Tehran] that they had
the ability to impose as they
saw t, Boehner said.
Comparisons to the situa-
tion with Iran are likely to un-
nerve the White House, which
has been embroiled in a se-
ries of bruising battles with
hawks in Congress, who have
spent months trying to push
through sanctions legislation
that further squeeze Tehran, a
move the Obama administra-
tion believes would scupper
nuclear negotiations.
But Obama, who last week
insisted there would be
costs for Putin if he inter-
vened in Ukraine, a threat
that he has repeated several
times since, is now under
pressure to follow through
with actions.
Earlier in Paris, Lavrov boy-
cotted a meeting with the
foreien ministers of the US,
the UK and Ukraine, Kerry,
Hague and Deshchytsia.
Kerry said regrettably one
member Russia had failed
to appear for a meeting of the
so-called Budapest agree-
ment group, which guaran-
teed Ukraines borders after it
renounced nuclear weapons
in the 1990s.
Hague said the summit
would need to show that there
were costs and consequenc-
es for Russias actions against
Ukraine. But the impact was
more likely to be long-term
rather than immediate.
Pro-Russian activists hold a Russian ag during a rally in Simferopol yesterday. Pro-Moscow authorities in Crimea yesterday asked Russian
President Vladimir Putin to examine a request for their region to join the Russian Federation, which will be put to a referendum on March 16. AFP
Iran rejects Israel Gaza ship lies
RANS Foreign Minis-
ter Mohammad Javad
Zarif yesterday rejected
as lies an Israeli claim
that it intercepted a ship car-
rying advanced rockets sent
by Tehran to the Gaza Strip.
An Iranian ship carrying
arms for Gaza. Captured just
in time for annual [pro-Israel
lobby] AIPAC anti Iran cam-
paign. Amazing Coincidence!
Or same failed lies, Zarif
wrote on Twitter, referring to
a pro-Israel lobby group.
Israel intercepted the
Klos-C in the Red Sea on
Wednesday, saying Syrian-
made weapons aboard had
been shipped overland to
Iran and then onward by
sea, intended for Palestinian
militants in Gaza.
The annual policy confer-
ence of the powerful Ameri-
can Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC) was held
on Tuesday in Washington,
and was addressed by Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin
In a meeting with the US
President Barack Obama,
Netanyahu said Iran was the
most urgent threat for Israel.
The claim of sending a
ship carrying Iranian weap-
ons to Gaza is not true,
Deputy Foreign Minister
Hossein Amir Abdollahian
was quoted as saying by of-
cial IRNA news agency.
This claim is merely based
on the repetitive and un-
founded lies of the Zionist me-
dia aimed at derailing negoti-
ations between world powers
and Iran over its contested
nuclear program, he said.
In November, Tehran
struck an interim deal with
the six powers under which
it agreed to scale back urani-
um enrichment in exchange
for sanctions relief.
Obama threatened the con-
gress in January to veto any
new sanctions against Iran,
since they would endanger
the nuclear talks.
Iranian media said the al-
legation of the imaginary
ship was a mutually hatched
plot by the United States and
Israel to put pressure on Teh-
ran and its allies.
It paves the way for inten-
sifying pressure and Congress
ratifying new sanctions against
Iran as well as intensifying po-
litical and military measures
against Syria, analyst Reza Se-
raj told Fars news agency.
By linking Syria to Russia,
they want to use the issue as
leverage to gain political mi-
lage in Ukraine.
Iran has been a key regional
supporter to Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad as he has bat-
tled an armed uprising that
erupted in March 2011. Teh-
ran is also a strategic ally of
Russia which is at loggerheads
with the West for sending its
troops to Ukraines ashpoint
Crimea region. AFP
Israels Chief of Staff Lieutenant Benny Gantz (left) anked by Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon gives a
press conference at the Defence Ministery in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. AFP
London keeps crown as
favourite for world elite
LONDON has held on to its
crown as the favourite city of
the global elite, but has New
York and Asian cities snapping
at its heels.
London is the preferred place
for the ultra-wealthy to buy a
home or invest in property for
the second year running,
according to the Knight Frank
Wealth Report 2014. The UK
and US capitals have been jos-
tling for position at the top,
and New York is poised to
overtake London again as the
most important city for the
ultra-rich by 2023.
However, in coming decades
both are set to be eclipsed by
Asian cities, where luxury prop-
erty markets are booming.
Liam Bailey, head of residen-
tial research at estate agent
Knight Frank, said: History,
location and their long-estab-
lished wealth mean that Lon-
don and New Yorks positions
look unassailable, at least for
now. It is further down our
leader board that the real city
wars are being waged. The
main battleground is Asia,
where a handful of locations
are slugging it out in the hope
of establishing a clear lead as
the regions alpha urban hub.
Geneva and Paris have
slipped down the list. This year,
Singapore, Hong Kong and
Geneva make up the rest of the
top five cities for the worlds
millionaires and billionaires.
Globally, the UK is the
number one destination for
those seeking a new domicile,
although the US is still more
popular with Asian multimil-
lionaires. In the Middle East,
the top five includes Istanbul
and Abu Dhabi, close behind
Dubai in prime position.
The number of ultra high net
worth individuals defined as
people with at least $30 mil-
lion in assets across the world
rose by three per cent last year
and is poised to grow by near-
ly 30 per cent over the next
decade. Africa will see the
most new multimillionaires
being created.
Asian cities, led by Indone-
sian capital Jakarta, saw the
fastest growth in property pric-
es last year, but some of the
cities affected by the 2008
downturn such as as Dublin
are now recovering, accord-
ing to Knight Frank.
Jakarta posted annual
growth of 37.7 per cent in lux-
ury property prices, followed
by Auckland with 28.8 per cent
growth, Bali (22 per cent),
Christchurch (21.4 per cent)
and Dublin, where prices
climbed 17.5 per cent. THE

Bitcoin exchange CEO
death unnatural: cops
THE 28-year-old American boss
of a bitcoin exchange has been
found dead at the base of a
Singapore apartment block,
police said yesterday. Singapore
police said they were
investigating the unnatural
death of Autumn Radtke, chief
executive of Singapore-based
First Meta, on February 26, but
that no foul play was suspected.
A local technology website first
reported she may have
committed suicide, but later
updated its report to say it was
unclear how she died. AFP
One dead in attack on

silver mine in Mexico
ONE person was killed when
illegal miners attacked a silver
mine run by a Canadian firm in
Mexico, the company Great
Panther Silver said on
Wednesday. The attack on the
mine and company offices
happened on Tuesday, said the
firms managing director Robert
Archer. For years the company
has decried the presence of
illegal miners but chosen not to
confront them. We initially took
a non-confrontational approach
to keep the illegal miners out of
our mine, but more recently they
have been entering the property
by force and with weapons, such
that we have had to hire an
armed security force to protect
our employees, contractors and
our assets, Archer said. AFP
HIV hopes
Second baby
clear after
early action
BABY treated for HIV
within hours of birth is
free of the virus nearly
a year later, in the second
case that has raised hopes
about early treatment, doc-
tors said on Wednesday.
The approach mirrored that
taken for a Mississippi baby,
who has been off treatment
for 21 months and still has no
detectable virus in her system.
The latest research on the
two young girls was presented
at the annual Conference on
Retroviruses and Opportunis-
tic Infections (CROI) in Boston.
The newest case involves
a Los Angeles baby born to
a mother infected with HIV
and who had not been taking
her medication, making her
at high risk for transmission,
said Yvonne Bryson, chief of
pediatric infectious diseases
at the David Geffen School of
Medicine at the University of
California, Los Angeles.
Treatment started at four
hours of age, even earlier
than the Mississippi child.
Eventually, the tests came
back positive for HIV. But by
six days of age, the virus was
undetectable. AFP
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Chavez day marked by clashes
the rst anniversary
of Hugo Chavezs
death on Wednes-
day with a blend of solemn
ceremonies, clashes and a
break in relations with Pana-
ma over protests dogging his
successors presidency.
President Nicolas Maduro
led a military parade with
tanks, ghter jets and elite
troops before a ceremony
next to his mentors marble
tomb in former barracks that
sit atop a Caracas slum.
Soldiers red a cannon salvo
at the hour of Chavezs death,
4:25pm, from the Mountain
Barracks that have become a
pilgrimage site for his fervent
leftist supporters.
But the commemorations
were marred by new clashes
in the capitals eastern mid-
dle-class district into the late
evening, hours after hundreds
of anti-government students
marched in the latest show
of discontent in a month of
About 200 national guard
troops, backed by six ar-
mored trucks, launched tear
gas and red birdshot at doz-
ens of hardline protesters,
who lobbed rebombs after
blocking streets with concrete
blocks and burning trash.
Some people threw stones
from buildings, prompting
the national guardsmen to
re tear gas into high-rises.
There were no immediate
reports of injuries or arrests.
At least 18 people have died
since early February during
anti-government protests
that Maduro has denounced
as a US-backed plot by fas-
cists to overthrow him.
The protests have posed
the biggest challenge yet to
Maduros young presidency,
though analysts say his gov-
ernment remains sturdy
enough to withstand the
pressure. Standing next to
the Chavez tomb, Maduro
railed against the Washing-
ton-based Organization of
American States and declared
that he was breaking relations
with Panama over its request
for an OAS meeting about
Venezuelas unrest yesterday.
Nobody will conspire
with impunity to ask for an
intervention against our fa-
therland. Enough! Maduro
thundered as leftist presidents
Raul Castro of Cuba, Daniel
Ortega of Nicaragua and Evo
Morales of Bolivia looked on.
He called Panamas Presi-
dent Ricardo Martinelli a
lackey of the United States.
The small nations foreign
ministry rejected the unac-
ceptable insults, saying they
should not serve as a smoke
screen that aims to deny
[Venezuelas] own reality.
Alleging another domestic
plot, Maduro announced an
unspecied number of ar-
rests of people he accused of
trying to commit sabotage on
bridges and highways.
Outside, residents of the
January 23 slum ew kites,
launched reworks and red
gunshots in the air to com-
memorate the former lieu-
tenant colonel they call their
eternal commander.
The west sides celebration
of Chavez contrasted with
the anger felt in the wealthier
east side of Caracas, where
students and the opposition
have held protests almost
daily over the countrys run-
away crime, food shortages
and soaring ination.
The protests are a whim
by the opposition to make
the government fall, but they
wont succeed, declared Du-
braska Graterol, a 24-year-old
government worker at the
military parade. AFP
A national guard member res tear gas at activists during a protest
against the government in Caracas on Wednesday. AFP
Hamid Karzais brother
withdraws from election
QAYUM Karzai, the brother of
Afghan President Hamid
Karzai, on Thursday dropped
out of the countrys election
and endorsed Zalmai Rassoul,
a move widely seen as
signalling the current leaders
preferred choice of successor.
The presidents brothers
support of Rassoul is likely to
be taken as a signal that
Rassoul is the palaces choice
to lead Afghanistan into a
testing new era, when it will
have to fight the Taliban
insurgency without the aid of
NATO combat troops. AFP
Probe into students for

Pakistan cricket cheers
SOME 60 students from
Indian-administered Kashmir
may face sedition charges for
cheering Pakistans victory
over India in a recent cricket
match, police said yesterday.
Police were investigating the
students following a
complaint from university
officials over celebrations
after Pakistans win on
Sunday in an Asia Cup clash.
The students, all enrolled at
the Swami Vivekanand
Subharti University (SVSU),
have been suspended and
were escorted from campus
following the match due to
concerns about violence with
other Indian students,
university sources said. AFP
Torture claim in Jazeera trial
HE trial of Al Jazeera journal-
ists accused of supporting
deposed Egyptian president
Mohamed Morsis outlawed
Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday
heard defendants charge they were
tortured and denied medical care.
The high-prole trial is seen as a test
of the military-installed governments
tolerance of independent media, with
activists fearing a return to autocracy
three years after the Arab Spring up-
rising that toppled longtime dictator
Hosni Mubarak.
The trial of the Qatar-based chan-
nels journalists also comes against the
backdrop of strained ties with Doha,
which was a strong supporter of Morsi
and his now-banned Brotherhood.
The 20 defendants include well-
known Australian reporter Peter
Greste. Eight of them are in custody,
and the rest on the run or abroad.
They are accused of supporting the
Brotherhood and broadcasting false
reports, after police shut down the Cai-
ro ofces of Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr,
the networks Egyptian channel, fol-
lowing the militarys July 3 overthrow
of Morsi. Latvia said it expected Egypt
to immediately release Greste, a dual
Australian-Latvian citizen, as he has
committed no crime.
The Egyptian authorities have
promised a fair trial, Latvian foreign
ministry spokesman Karlis Eihen-
baums said. Prosecutors say the de-
fendants worked with the Egyptian
channel without proper press accredi-
tations. The defendants say they work
with Al Jazeera English.
At Wednesdays hearing, six defen-
dants, including Greste and Canadi-
an-Egyptian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy,
appeared in a caged dock wearing
white prison uniform.
Fahmy, who was arrested along with
Greste in December, told the court his
right shoulder has been broken for 10
weeks and I sleep on the oor.
I ask you to free me on the guaran-
tee from the Canadian embassy that
I will not leave the country, he said.
Relatives said Fahmy broke his shoul-
der before he was arrested.
During the hearing, a security ofcial
part of the investigation team told a
defence lawyer that Fahmy works for
Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, and I am not
a media man to differentiate between
the two channels, Al Jazeera Mubasher
Misr and Al Jazeera English.
As long as he collaborates with a
channel that broadcasts false news and
cooperates with the Brotherhood, then
he is a member of the Brotherhood.
Fahmy insisted he and other defen-
dants worked for Al Jazeera English,
telling reporters that he had even told
the network that none of his content
should appear on Al-Jazeera Mubash-
er Misr.
He said all staff members had valid
cards from the Egyptian press cen-
tre. Greste too denied the defendants
worked with the Egyptian channel.
The evidence of the rst witness
[the security ofcer] seems to have
fallen apart, and if the rest of the case is
based on his evidence the whole case
will fall apart, he said.
Nothing that incriminates us is in
our equipment, he said, referring to
broadcasting equipment presented by
the prosecution as evidence.
Fahmys lawyer Ibrahim Adel Wahab
said the only logical charge against his
client was of possessing unlicensed
broadcasting equipment.
Another defendant, Soheib Saad,
said he was tortured by state secu-
rity. Without elaborating, he said he
faced physical and psychological tor-
ture and had asked to be checked [by
a doctor] but nobody answered.
Before the hearing began, defendant
Baher Mohamed shouted: Journalists
are not terrorists, as a bench full of
security personnel separated those on
trial from lawyers and reporters.
Grestes brother Andrew said earlier
on Wednesday that his brother was in
good physical condition and not
physically abused.
The trial was later adjourned to
March 24. AFP
Egyptian lawyer Khaled Abou Bakr (right) talks to the judge during the trial of Al Jazeera
journalists standing inside the defendants cage on Wednesday. AFP
Niger hands over fugitive Gadda
playboy son to Libyan authorities
NIGER has turned over a son
of the late dictator Muammar
Gaddafi to Libyan authorities,
Tripoli said yesterday, as a
government-allied militia
released pictures of him in
The government said Saadi
Gaddafi, who fled across the
Sahara desert to Niger during
the 2011 uprising that saw
rebels capture and kill his
father, ending his four-decade
dictatorship, was in Libyan
The Tripoli Revolutionaries
Brigade, a militia made up of
former rebels, released five
pictures on Facebook of a dis-
consolate-looking Saadi in a
blue jumpsuit getting his head
and beard shaved.
He knelt on the floor as his
hair was removed by a man
wielding an electric razor.
Libyas government said he
would be held in accordance
with international standards
regarding the treatment of
Saadi Gaddafi was best
known as the head of Libyas
football federation and a play-
er who paid his way into Italys
top division.
The playboy footballer, born
in May 1973, had been off the
radar since fleeing across the
desert in September 2011.
Interpol had issued a Red
Notice for him, for alleg-
edly misappropriating prop-
erties through force and
armed intimidation when he
headed the Libyan Football
Libya had repeatedly called
for Saadis extradition from
Niger, which had granted him
asylum since September 2011
on humanitarian grounds,
saying it had insufficient guar-
antees Libyas new rulers
would give him a fair trial.
Saadi is subject to UN sanc-
tions including a travel ban
and assets freeze.
Three of Gaddafis sons were
killed in the 2011 uprising,
including Mutassim, who was
killed by rebels in Sirte on the
same day as his father.
Their bodies were later put
on public display in Misrata,
215 kilometres (135 miles)
east of Tripoli, before being
buried at a secret location in
the desert.
Another son, Seif al-Arab,
was killed in a NATO air raid in
April 2011, just months before
his brother Khamis died in
combat in August at the height
of the revolt. Several key mem-
bers of the Gaddafi clan sur-
vived, however, including his
erstwhile heir apparent Seif
al-Islam, who is wanted by the
International Criminal Court
but detained by a militia at
Zintan in western Libya.
Former Libyan Olympic
Committee chief Muhammad
and Hannibal, who made
headlines during scandal-
packed European holidays, are
believed still to be in Algeria,
as is the fallen tyrants widow
Safiya and daughter Aisha.
About 30 senior regime offi-
cials are believed to have
entered Niger at the same time
as Saadi, however authorities
in Niamey have not said how
many remain inside the coun-
try. AFP
NATO attack kills ve Afghan troops
A NATO air strike has killed at least five
Afghan soldiers and injured eight others
in one of the worst friendly fire incidents
of the war and a fresh blow to strained ties
between Kabul and Washington.
The men died during an operation in
eastern Logar province in the early hours
of yesterday morning, NATO said. A
spokesman for the provincial governor
said the bomb hit an army checkpoint,
even though such outposts are usually
marked on foreign military maps of
The bodies of the five dead had been
brought to Kabul, the ministry of defence
said, and the injured were receiving treat-
ment. NATO said the killings were acciden-
tal and investigators were looking at how
the checkpoint ended up being targeted.
We can confirm at least five Afghan
national army personnel were acciden-
tally killed this morning during an opera-
tion in eastern Afghanistan, the Interna-
tional Security Assistance Force said.
An investigation is being conducted to
determine the circumstances that led to
this unfortunate incident.
The deaths are likely to stir tensions in
Afghanistan, where there has been wide-
spread anger at civilian deaths from
bombs dropped by drones and combat
planes. President Hamid Karzai has been
one of the fiercest critics of aerial bom-
bardments and has banned them near
homes and villages. He did not immedi-
ately comment on yesterdays deaths.
Government troops are increasingly
exposed as Western combat forces head
home. The Logar bombing came a couple
of weeks after a Taliban attack killed 21
soldiers in another part of eastern
This is the first time an air strike has
killed so many Afghan soldiers, but
friendly fire attacks have been a problem
throughout the war. In one of the worst
incidents, in 2007 a US helicopter gunship
mowed down 11 Afghan police.
Foreign soldiers have not been immune.
In 2002 a US friendly fire attack killed four
Canadian soldiers and injured eight oth-
ers; more recent cases included the 2009
shooting of a British soldier by a US heli-
copter. Perhaps most famously the foot-
ball star Pat Tilman was killed by friendly
fire in an incident the US military ini-
tially tried to cover up. THE GUARDIAN
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Feminism for goddesses: does Kumari worship empower girls?
Monica Sarkar

IN A yearly festival celebrating
the goddess Gangamma in the
south Indian city of Tirupati,
men assume the form of wom-
en. Lasting a week, the town is
filled with men wearing saris,
mirroring the goddesss
semblance. The women inten-
sify their domestic duties,
sharing the deitys feminine,
creative power, known in Hin-
duism as shakti.
While goddess worship is
meaningful in areas of this
mostly Hindu country, is it a
practice that empowers girls?
In September 2013, Indian
advertising agency Taproot
produced an Abused Goddess-
es campaign, recreating Hindu
goddesses with black eyes and
bruised faces. Although its
impact was not measured, the
posters highlighted the con-
trast between deity worship
and the treatment of girls and
women in modern-day India,
where a high female infanticide
rate exists and 244,270 inci-
dents of crimes against women
were reported in 2012.
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger,
professor of religion and
author of When the World
Becomes Female, which details
the Gangamma festival,
explains the connection:
Where do we get the idea that
because there are goddesses,
women will have higher sta-
tus? Its a big assumption about
the relationship between
human and divine worlds.
An ancient tradition in India
and Nepal enforces that rela-
tionship and carefully selects
pre-pubescent girls as incarna-
tions of a goddess. In India, the
girl, or Kumari, is usually wor-
shipped for a day. But in Nepal,
where goddess worship is also
prevalent, she is isolated from
society, taking her daily seat at
the temple to be worshipped
by locals as well as royalty. Once
she reaches puberty, another
chosen girl replaces her.
Chanira Bajracharya, a
19-year-old Nepalese student,
was a Kumari of Patan, a city in
Kathmandu Valley. Fulfilling
the role from age five to 15, she
says she still looks up to the
goddess: I feel Im blessed and
a lot of my success comes from
those blessings. She says the
tradition encourages respect
for women in a male-dominat-
ed society.
Bajracharya thinks the con-
troversial tradition should con-
tinue, but adds Kumaris should
be properly educated and guid-
ed so they dont feel misplaced
when they go out into the real
However, some NGOs find
that religion is used to excuse
or veil negative cultural norms.
The age-old Indian devadasi
practice dedicates young girls
to the goddess Yellamma, who
are then unable to marry and
forced into prostitution.
Because of its religious conno-
tations, those who participate
see it as a privilege.
Leila Passah was a primary
researcher in a 1981 study
conducted by the NGO Joint
Womens Programme, which
highlighted the tradition in
certain districts bordering the
states of Karnataka and Mahar-
astra. Passah says the findings
drew the attention of the Indi-
an government and led to its
ban in 1982.
Although this reduced its
prevalence, she says it contin-
ues to operate in villages.
Unfortunately, we know that
laws alone cannot change
practices that have been exist-
ing since time immemorial,
especially if it involves a reli-
gious belief. Therefore, NGOs
continue to protect victims and
pressurise lawmakers to take
further action.
Pathfinder International rec-
ognises the importance of
engaging with the wider com-
munity, including opening
dialogues with religious lead-
ers from different faiths as well
as Hinduism. Encouraging
them to advocate projects in
their communities, such as
Prachar which focuses on girls
reproductive health and
empowerment in Haryana,
they have found a shift in neg-
ative perceptions and reduc-
tions in early marriages and
Binod Singh, project man-
ager, says: According to Hindu
mythology, girls are treated like
goddesses, but in practical life
they are deprived from many
opportunities and are victims
of deep rooted discrimination.
It is certainly an important and
positive approach to address
religious beliefs for behaviour
changes in terms of girls
empowerment and delaying
More and more young wom-
en feel that goddesses are not
fit to serve their modern pur-
poses. Usha Vishwakarma, 25,
leads a teenage martial arts girls
group called Red Brigade in
Lucknow, who bravely patrol
the streets and ward off men
seen to be harassing women.
Goddesses are worshipped
merely as a ritual but in reality,
women are generally never
seen as their earthly represen-
tations, she says. It is not
inspiration or motivation that
we look for. Sheer frustration
from being ill-treated by men
and unsympathetic responses
from family drive us to rebel
and make conditions better for
Madhu Khanna, a Tantric
scholar and professor of reli-
gious studies in New Delhi,
argues for feminist reinterpre-
tations of outdated fables for
girls. Modern writers, including
herself and activist and classi-
cal dancer Mallika Sarabhai,
have presented their adapta-
tions in front of diverse, recep-
tive audiences.
But since a single approach
cannot apply to all in a vast
country like India, some organ-
isations choose to adopt secu-
larist methods.
Anne Munger, marketing and
communications associate for
Voice 4 Girls, which runs activ-
ity-based camps, says: Because
we serve a diverse range of girls
from all backgrounds, our
camps do not touch on reli-
gion, and religion does not
often come up in conversations
with our campers. We teach
them about prominent women
in society, like Malala Yousafzai,
Kiran Bedi, Aung San Suu Kyi;
real women they can aspire to
emulate. And community
heroes, such as parents, friends
and teachers.
Passah advocates secularism:
Religion is personal and pri-
vate [and] goddess worship
does not interfere with work
related to rights. It becomes an
issue to be addressed only if it
discriminates or violates wom-
ens rights.
A multitude of gods and god-
desses are worshipped in India,
along with their regional varia-
tions, and though the praise of
deity worship can be empower-
ing, it can also be used to
oppress. Ultimately, it is engag-
ing with communities that will
discourage outdated, patriar-
chal practices that fool girls into
believing they are not worthy of
the same reverence bestowed
on a goddess. THE GUARDIAN
Korean TV station takes flak for suicide
TOP South Korean televi-
sion station faced a storm
of media criticism yester-
day following the shock
suicide of a female contestant on a
popular reality matchmaking show
known for putting its contestants un-
der intense emotional pressure.
The contestant on Jjak (the Mate)
a show aired on SBS, one of the
Souths top three TV stations was
found dead on Wednesday during
a week-long production shoot at a
guesthouse in the southern island
of Jeju.
The 29-year-old, surnamed Chun,
appeared to have hanged herself with
a hair dryer cord, police said, adding
she left a note saying she didnt want
to live anymore. I cant stop crying.
My life has been full of drama and I
want to end it here, police cited the
note as saying.
The weekly show puts about 10
men and women in the same guest-
house, dubbed Lovetown, for a
week while they are lmed by TV
crew and surveillance cameras.
The participants, clad in matching
uniforms, are put through various
physical challenges in hopes of get-
ting a date out of one of their fellow
contestants, before making a nal
choice at the end of the week. Since
its debut in 2011, the show has made
a name for putting participants
through the emotional wringer, forc-
ing them to eat alone outside when
rejected by the date of their choice.
Lovetown ends in tragedy, ran the
headline in the Dong-A Ilbo newspa-
per, which interviewed past partici-
pants who spoke of feeling bullied
and humiliated.
Chuns mother told the JoongAng
Ilbo daily that her daughter, in their
last phone conversation, had said
she would not be able to live in South
Korea if the show was aired.
Friends quoted by the newspaper
said Chun had also complained the
producers were trying to depict her
as an unpopular, tragic girl.
Seouls top daily, the Chosun Ilbo,
highlighted text messages Chun
had exchanged with friends saying
the producers had shot too many
scenes of me being alone . . . to high-
light matched couples.
SBS cancelled the scheduled
screening of the show on Wednesday
and issued an apology to viewers and
Chuns family, but did not accept any
direct responsibility for her suicide.
Police said they were investigating
whether the show and its producers
had played any role in Chuns deci-
sion to take her own life, and were
examining video footage recorded in
the past week.
Chun was favoured by three male
contestants at the beginning of the
shoot, but they had a change of heart
and ended up competing over an-
other woman. South Koreas vibrant
and highly competitive TV industry
has no shortage of reality shows in-
volving everything from singing au-
ditions to plastic surgery.
In Let Me In, one of the most popu-
lar shows, two female contestants
tearfully compete for a chance to get
costly, head-to-toe plastic surgery.
South Korea has the highest suicide
rate among members of the Organi-
sation for Economic Cooperation
and Development, with an average
of 33.5 people per 100,000 taking
their lives in 2010. The gure equates
to nearly 50 suicides a day. AFP
Home improvements
A woman walks with wood to reinforce her house in an isolated makeshift refugee camp for the Dinka
ethnic group on Wednesday. Heavy ghting broke out in the main military barracks in South Sudans
war-torn capital Juba on Wednesday, underscoring serious tensions within the national army as it battles
a rebel uprising. Fierce gunre was heard coming from the main barracks near Juba University, home to
the presidential guards and other elite troops, from 9:30am (0630 GMT), with the shooting ending two hours
later. The government played down the violence. AFP
TIME is running out for Aus-
tralias famous Great Barrier
Reef, with climate change set
to wreck irreversible damage
by 2030 unless immediate ac-
tion is taken, marine scien-
tists said yesterday.
In a report prepared for this
months Earth Hour global
climate change campaign,
University of Queensland reef
researcher Ove Hoegh-Guld-
berg said the world heritage
site was at a turning point.
If we dont increase our
commitment to solve the
burgeoning stress from local
and global sources, the reef
will disappear, he wrote in
the foreword to the report.
This is not a hunch or alarm-
ist rhetoric by green activists.
It is the conclusion of the
worlds most qualied coral
reef experts.
Hoegh-Guldberg said sci-
entic consensus was that
hikes in carbon dioxide and
the average global tempera-
ture were almost certain to
destroy the coral communi-
ties of the Great Barrier Reef
for hundreds if not thousands
of years.
It is highly unlikely that
coral reefs will survive more
than a two degree increase in
average global temperature
relative to pre-industrial lev-
els, he said.
But if the current trajec-
tory of carbon pollution lev-
els continues unchecked, the
world is on track for at least
three degrees of warming. If
we dont act now, the climate
change damage caused to our
Great Barrier Reef by 2030 will
be irreversible.
The Great Barrier Reef, one
of the most biodiverse places
on Earth, teems with marine
life and will be the focus of
Australias Earth Hour a
global campaign which en-
courages individuals and or-
ganisations to switch off their
lights for one hour on April 29
for climate change.
The report comes as the
reef, considered one of the
most vulnerable places in the
world to the impacts of cli-
mate change, is at risk of hav-
ing its status downgraded by
the UN cultural organisation
UNESCO to world heritage
in danger.
Despite threats of a down-
grade without action on ram-
pant coastal development and
water quality, Australia in De-
cember approved a massive
coal port expansion in the re-
gion and associated dumping
of dredged waste within the
marine parks boundaries.
The new report Lights Out
for the Reef, written by Uni-
versity of Queensland coral
reef biologist Selina Ward,
noted that reefs were vul-
nerable to several different
effects of climate change;
including rising sea temper-
atures and increased carbon
dioxide in the ocean, which
causes acidication.
It found the rapid pace
of global warming and the
slow pace of coral growth
meant the reef was unlikely
to evolve quickly enough to
survive the level of climate
change predicted in the next
few decades. AFP
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Day is more than a
moment marked on a cal-
endar. It is a day not just to
renew our determination to
make the world a more peaceful
and prosperous place but to
recognise that a world where
opportunities for women grow
is a world where the possibilities
for peace, prosperity and stabil-
ity grow even more.
I see it every single day as
Secretary of State. Even as the
Assad regimes barrel-bombing
of Aleppo continues, showing
the world a brutal regimes true
colours, with every act of cour-
age and perseverance, Syrias
women show the world their
true colours as well.
We heard from some of these
remarkable women in Mon-
treux just last month.
Their stories spoke to the
bravery of countless other Syr-
ian women. One woman from
Idlib worked with the Free Syr-
ian Army to ensure that the
people of her village could
remain in their homes and till
their own land.
Another woman from Aleppo
had restrictions on humanitari-
an access lifted by offering food
to regime soldiers at the check-
points. If that isnt courage
under fire, I dont know what is.
Its not just in Syria that wom-
en offer us hope for resolution
to conflict. Women are vital to
our shared goals of prosperity,
stability and peace.
Thats as true when it comes
to ending our battles as it is
jumpstarting our economies.
The fact is that women bear the
greatest burden in war. But
their voices are too rarely heard
in negotiating peace.
That has to change.
Countries that value and
empower women to partici-
pate fully in decision-making
are more stable, prosperous
and secure. The opposite is
also true.
When women are excluded
from negotiations, the peace
that follows is more tenuous.
Trust is eroded and human
rights and accountability are
often ignored. In too many
countries, treaties are
designed by combatants for
combatants. It should come as
no surprise, then, that more
than half of all peace agree-
ments fail within the first 10
years of signature.
The inclusion of women in
peace building and conflict pre-
vention can reverse that trend.
So how do we get there?
Evidence from around the
world has shown that deadly
conflicts are more likely to be
prevented, and peace best
forged and protected, when
women are included as equal
Thats why we are working to
support women in conflict
and post-conflict areas around
the world.
In Afghanistan, we are advo-
cating for the inclusion and
election of women at all levels
of governance. Afghan women
today are marching forward in
ways unimaginable just 10
years ago.
Theyre starting companies.
Theyre serving as members of
parliament. Theyre teaching
in schools and working as doc-
tors and nurses.
They are the foundation
upon which Afghanistans
future is being built.
As the people of Burma work
to resolve the conflict that has
plagued their nation for dec-
ades, the United States is sup-
porting the meaningful partic-
ipation of women in the peace
process and inter-communal
peace initiatives.
We know that the security of
women is essential to their par-
ticipation in peace building.
Thats why we are working to
ensure women get equal access
to humanitarian assistance
and relief, wherever we work.
The United States is also
leading by example. My sister
has worked for many years at
the United Nations, following
in the State Department foot-
steps of our father many years
before I did myself.
Shes a trailblazer. But shes
not alone.
Its no coincidence that
some of our top diplomats and
peace negotiators are women
from National Security Advi-
sor Susan Rice to US Ambas-
sador to the United Nations
Samantha Power, to Deputy
Secretary of State Heather Hig-
ginbottom, to Undersecretary
of State for Political Affairs
Wendy Sherman.
Today, all but one of the State
Departments Regional Assist-
ant Secretaries are women.
We celebrate their accom-
plishments not just because
they are women, but because
their work around the world
will make all people men
and women, boys and girls
more secure.
Peace is not the absence of
conflict. It is the presence of
every member of society work-
ing together to promote stabil-
ity and prosperity.
No country can succeed
unless every citizen is empow-
ered to contribute to its future.
And no peace can endure if
women are not afforded a cen-
tral role.
So tomorrow, we mark the
miles women have travelled
around the world but more
importantly we commit to the
next miles of the journey.
Women play a central role
in peace all over the world
UnitedStatesSecretaryof State. He
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Afghan burqa-clad women health workers administer polio drops to a child at a refugee camp in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in February. AFP
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for Rent
near National Museum & Palace
$750/Month 3Bedroom, 3Bath
1Living room, Kitchen, Furnished
Contact Tel: 012 939 958
5BR $3500/M Daun Penh Area
1Living room, 5Bedroom, 5Bath
Some Furnished, Very good Place
for Resident and Quiet Place
Tel: 077 777 697 or 012 939 958
In Daun Penh area (close to Inde-
pendent Monument), 05 bed, large
& open living room, basic furniture,
western kitchen, garden & trees,
big parking and playground, quiet &
safety. Price: $4,500/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/ 081 23 00 00
In BKKI area 06 bedrooms, large &
open living room, basic furniture,
western kitchen, garden & trees,
big parking and playground, quiet
& safety. the best location for resi-
dence and ofce. Price: $3,500/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/ 081 23 00 00
InBassakGardenCity, 04beds, large
living room, very nice design, fully &
modern furnished, western kitchen,
nicebalcony, bigparking&playground,
quiet & safe. the best locationfor
residence. Price: $2,000/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/ 081 23 00 00

For Rent In North bridge area, 05
bedr plus 01 ofce room, large living
room, very nice design, fully &
modern furnished, very nice pool &
garden, westernkitchen, nicebalcony
, big parking.Price: US$3,000/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/ 081 23 00 00
Near Russian Market, 04 bed, nice
living room, very nice design, fully
&modernfurnished, westernkitchen
, nice balcony, big parking &
playground, quiet & safe. the best
location for residence. $2,000/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/ 081 23 00 00
For Rent In Tonle Bassak area, 02
bed, real wooden design, big &
open living room, western kitchen,
nice garden, big parking. $2,200/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
At Tonle Bassak area, near Inde-
pendent Monument, 04 bed, open
living room, big playground &trees
, western kitchen, parking, good for
residence and ofce, very quiet and
safety area.Price: $1,500/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
At Toul Kork area, 05 bedrooms,
big living room, very nice garden
and trees, western kitchen, big
parking, very for good for residence
& ofce, very quiet and safety area.
Price: US$2,500/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
For Rent At Beoung Trobek area
(close to Monivong BLVD), 03bed, big
balconyandterrace, fullyfurnished,
very lights, very nice & clean kitchen
, very safety & quite, many trees
around, very good condition for living.
Price: $800/m Tel: 092 23 26 23

Rent BKK1, 01-02 Bedrooms, very
nice interior designed, large living
room, very light, fully and modern
furniture, western Kitchen, very
good condition for living, quiet &
safe. Price: $800-1,400/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/ 081 23 00 00

For Rent Located in Rose Condo,
12th oor, 03 bed, open and large
living room, fully and modern
furnished, modern kitchen, lots of
light, nice balcony, very nice pool
and gym, good condition for living
$1,800 /m Tel: 092 23 26 23

Rent Located in BKKI, 02 bed, big
livingroom, fully&modernfurnished
, western kitchen, big balcony, lots
of light, quiet &safety, .US$1,200/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
Rent Located in south of Russian
Market, 01-02 bed, large living
room, fully and modern furnished,
modern kitchen, lots of light, nice
balcony, Price: US$650-US$850/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
Apartment For Rent LocatedinBKKI,
01&02&03 beds, roof top pool &
gym, openlivingroom, fully&modern
furnished, western kitchen,
Price: $1,200-$1,800-$2,000/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
Rent Located near Phsar Chas
Market (St. 108), 02 bed, lots of light
, very big and open living room, basic
furnished, western kitchen, nice
balcony, good condition for living,
big parking lot. Price: $450/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
Located in BKKI, 02 bed, nice living
room, fully and nice furnished,
lots of light, very nice kitchen, nice
balcony, very good condition for
living, very quiet and safety.
Price: US$600/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
For Rent Located at Daun Penh
Area, 01-02-03 bed, modern design
& lots of light, open living room, fully
&modernfurnished, westernkitchen,
nice balcony, nice pool and gym,
Price: $1,300-1,800-2,300/m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
located in on the main street, 100
to 1700 sqm and $10-14 per sqm
per month, big parking lot.
Tel: 092 23 26 23/ 081 23 00 00
Rent Located in Basac garden City
Swimming Pool, $1800/Month
3Bedroom 3Bath and Balcony
Big Living room, Western Kitchen
Tel: 077 777 697 or 012 939 958
Rent $700/M near Russian Market
1Living room, 2Bedrooms, 2Bath
1Car Parking, 24h Security Guard
Fully Furnished, and Big Balcony
Tel: 077 777 697 or 012 939 958
Rent $2000/M near Russian Market
1Living room, 4Bedroom, 4Bath
Some Furnished, Very good Place
for Resident and Quiet Place
Tel: 077 777 697 or 012 939 958

Rent $1900/M Tonle Basac Area
1Living room, 4Bedroom, 4Bath
Fully Furnished, Very good Place
for Resident and Quiet Place
Tel: 077 777 697 or 012 939 958
Rent near Olympic Market, 1Car
Parking $550~$650/m 1Bed 1Bath
$700~$850/month 2Bed 2Bath
Balcony, Furnished, Western Style
Tel: 077 777 697 or 012 939 958
Rent Good Located in Daun Penh
Area - $900/M 1Bedroom 1Bath
- $1100/Month 2Bedroom 2Bath
Big Living room, Western Kitchen
New Full Furniture, 1Car Parking
Tel: 077 777 697 or 012 939 958
777 697
Rent Location near Central Market
$450/Month 1Bedroom 1Bath
$550/Month 2Bedroom 2Bath
1Living room, Kitchen, Furnished
Tel: 077 777 697 or 012 939 958
Rent Located near Riverside &
Palace $650/M1Bedroom, Balcony
1Living room, Kitchen, Nice Views
Tel: 077 777 697 or 012 939 958
rent 05 bedrooms, 06 bathrooms,
furnished, clean, western kitchen,
big living room, big parking space,
nice swimming pool, and safe.
Rent: $2300 /m Location: Toul Kork
Tel: 012879231
rent 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms,
furnished, clean, western kitchen,
big living room, big parking, many
trees, and safe Rent: $2500 /m
Location: Near Russian Market
Tel: 012879231
05 bed, 05 bath, clean, western
kitchen, big living room, big parking
space, many trees around, and
safe. Also can make ofce.$1300 /m
Tel: 012 503 356
rent 4 bed, 4 bath, furnished, clean,
western kitchen, big living room,
big parking, many trees, and safe
Rent: $2000 /m Location: Near
Russian Market
Tel: 012 503 356
3 Beds apartment offering peaceful
place to stay with garden, located
in the southeast of BKKI.
feather large living room with
dining area and huge balcony. Price
$1000/M. Tel. 012 490 104
2Beds apartment offering a large
balcony and terrace located in
BKKI. this apartment come with
basic furniture and it has character.
Price : 750$/M.Tel: 012 490 104
For Rent Located in Rose Condo,
20th oor, 05 beds, open and large
living room, fully and modern
furnished, modern kitchen, lots of
light, nice balcony, very nice pool
and gym, very good condition for
living Price: $3,000 /m
Tel: 092 23 26 23/081 23 00 00
For Rent North of Russian Market
area, 02 bedrooms, very big
balcony, basic furnisher, very nice
and clean kitchen, very safety and
quite, many trees around, very good
condition for living.
Price: US$600/month.
Tel: 092 23 26 23/ 081 23 00 00
Apartment for rent : 2BR:$650/m
Free wi,cable TV, cleaning security
guard 24 hrs Located near Russian
market, walking distance 2BR:$650
, nice living room,western kitchen,
modern furnished ,open Balcony
Mr Yim on Tel: 089 36 32 06
for rent,located in BKK1,quiet,safe
,no ooding, free wi,cable TV
,security with 2BR:$700-$800/m
,nice big living room ,European
Kitchen, big Balcony near ISPP
School and walking distance Lucky
Super market fully furnished
Tel: 089363206/0977443007
for rent , Located near Russian
market, walking distance around
5 monitors to market, with Security
guard 24 hrs, parking, nice big liv-
ing room Big western kitchen,
Tel: 089 36 32 06/097 744 3007
rent,1BR:$350/m free wi,cable
TV,security guard 24 hrs,nice sunny
living room and western kitchen
brand new fully furnished,open
Balcony quiet,safe,no ooding,
:Mr Yim on Tel: 089 36 32 06,
Mr Yim on Tel: 089 36 32 06
andGymApartment For rent located
near Independent monument,
Quiet,safe,no ooding with 1-2-
3BR:$900-$1200 -$2000/m ,free
all serviceds,nice living room
Western kitchen,open Balcony
,modern fully Furnsiehd
Tel: 089 36 32 06/097 744 3007
777 697
for rent locatednear Russianmarket,
quiet,safe, no ooding ,1-2BR:$500-
$800/mfreewifi, cableTV,cleaning,
security guard 24h nice living room,
western kitchen,
Tel: 089 36 32 06/097 744 3007
Apartment for rent Located near
PPRU Univer sity on Russian BVLD
1-2BR:$500-$800/m 24 h /Tel: 089
36 32 06/097 744 3007
Rent near Independent Monument
$400/Month 1Bedroom, 1Bath
$750/Month 2Bedroom, 2Bath
1Living room, Kitchen, 1Parking
Contact Tel: 012 939 958
Rent Located near Riverside & Palace
$650/Month 1Bedroom, Balcony
1Living room, Kitchen, Nice Views
Contact Tel: 012 939 958
Rent near National Museum & Palace
$450/Month 1Bedroom, 1Bath
$500/Month 2Bedroom, 2Bath
1Living room, Kitchen, Furnished
Contact Tel: 012 939 958
Price: $400/m, 2Bed Nice Fully
Furnished Area: near Russian
Market Tel: 012 940 335
Price: $800/m, 3 Bedrooms
Near Independent Monument
Nice Garden, Tel: 012 940 335
Price: $300/m, 1 Bedroom,
2 baths, Furnished, Balcony
Area: near Royal Palace
Tel: 012 940 335
Price: $800/m, 4 Bedrooms
Fully furnished, Big garden
Area:CCV, Tel:012 940 335
2 Bedrooms = $450/month
Fully furnished, Elevator
Security guard, Car parking
Tel: 012 940 335
Price: $350/m, 1 Bedroom
Fully furnished & Modern
Elevator, security guard
Area: near Russian Market
Tel: 078 85 58 85
Price: $200/m,1 Bedroom
1 baths, Fully furnished,
Area: near Russian Market
Tel: 078 85 58 85
Gym Apartment for rent Located in
Touk Kork,quiet,sfae,no ooding
Big living room and western kitchen,
Modern fully furnished, big Balcony
Tel: 089 36 32 06/097 744 3007
Roland Lloyd Parry
N AN oak wood span-
ning the border of Spain
and Portugal, an ancient
sight unfolds: wild hors-
es, not saddled or shoed, but
roaming free as they did cen-
turies ago.
Farming has declined in
Spain, leaving the country-
side deserted, conservation-
ists say. Now the wild things
are coming back: wolves, vul-
tures and rare herbivores.
Dozens of Spanish Retuerta
horses have been released over
the past two years here into the
500-hectare (1,235-acre) Cam-
panarios de Azaba Reserve.
Its a wonderful horse that
has been around since time
immemorial, despite com-
ing close to extinction, said
Carlos Sanchez, director of
the conservation group run-
ning the site.
We are recovering the
most primitive breeds to try
to help manage an ecosystem
which has been abandoned
due to the disappearance of
humans, Sanchez said.
Nuzzling its mothers vel-
vety brown hide, a foal suckles
then disappears among the
trees with the grazing herd.
We released these animals
to live by themselves, to take
care of themselves in their
environment, conservation-
ist Diego Benito, 35, said.
We dont feed them. We
just watch them and monitor
how they are doing in their
groups, which are the domi-
nant horses and which of the
mares are pregnant.
Overall in existence there
are only about 150 Retuertas
identied by genetic stud-
ies as one of the oldest horse
breeds in Europe.
They were brought from the
Donana National Park in south-
ern Spain previously the only
place where they existed to
create a second breeding site
in Campanarios, where they
now number about 50.
Sharing the reserve with
rare vultures and free-roam-
ing cows, the Retuerta horses
are among the animal pio-
neers of what conservation-
ists call rewilding.
The Campanarios reserve
is part-funded by Rewilding
Europe, an initiative for de-
velopment through wild na-
ture in various countries.
For the rst time in his-
tory, Europe is facing a situa-
tion where there is no grazing
anymore, said Frans Schep-
ers, managing director of the
Netherlands-based group.
There has been a lot of
land abandonment in Spain
over the past few decades,
he said.
Therefore, in recent years
Spain has shown a very in-
teresting wildlife comeback,
with wolves, vultures and
even the endangered Iberian
lynx recovering in numbers,
he added.
Rewilding aims to turn this
into an economic opportuni-
ty, to draw visitors and revive
abandoned rural areas in the
The Campanarios reserve,
currently inhabited just by
the animals and a handful of
staff, aims to draw groups of
wildlife spotters and boost
the local economy.
Jon Teixeira, 27, works in the
reserve planting trees, releas-
ing rabbits and leaving dead
chickens for vultures to eat.
I am glad there is a reserve
here that way well have jobs
in the area, where theres a lot
of unemployment, he said.
And its a good job theres
a place where you cant hunt,
otherwise all the animals
would be wiped out.
Elsewhere, conservationists
this month released a herd of
wild oxen to graze in a reserve
near the northern Spanish
city of Burgos.
In the coming months they
plan to add endangered Eu-
ropean bison and other wild
horse breeds. AFP
Ancient beasts
roam the wilds
of Spain again
Wild horses graze at Donana National Park in southern Spain. AFP
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Petanque players ready for
pit battles at championship
THE Ministry of Education, Youth and
Sport launched the 2014 National
Petanque Championships yesterday
morning at the petanque pits of the
National Sports Complex. Tuy
Bunheng, the chief of the ministrys
sports department, told the Post that
the nine-day tournament has seen an
increase in participation this year,
with 286 males and 48 females
signed up to compete compared to
233 males and 31 females last year.
The competition follows a two-tier
format with players divided into
Divisions A and B according to
standard. The objective of the
tournament is to find talented new
players with an eye on participation in
the 32nd SEA Games in 2023 [which
Cambodia will host], Bunheng
Root century tops Ramdin as
England take ODI series
A STROKE-FILLED maiden century
by Denesh Ramdin just wasnt
enough as England held on to defeat
the West Indies by 25 runs in the
deciding third and final one-day
international on Wednesday.
Ramdins 128, the first ODI hundred
by a West Indies wicketkeeper, lifted
the home side from 43 for four in
pursuit of a daunting target of 304
when he was last out with the total on
278, bowled by Tim Bresnan having
taken 14 runs off the first three
deliveries of the 48th over. Earlier, Joe
Root battled through the considerable
pain of a sore right thumb the result
of a blow inflicted by fast-medium
bowler Ravi Rampaul at the start of
his innings to stroke his first
hundred in this form of the game
while Jos Buttler fell one run short of
his own first ODI century to take
England to 303 for six. AFP

Nets sign pioneer Collins to
another 10-day team deal
JASON Collins, the first openly gay
player in the NBA, has signed a
second 10-day contract with the
Brooklyn Nets, team general
manager Billy King announced on
Wednesday. Collins scored three
points and grabbed five rebounds in
36 minutes on the court as a reserve
centre over five games in his first
10-day deal. In his 13th NBA season,
Collins has averaged 3.6 points and
3.7 rebounds over 718 NBA
appearances. AFP
Pistorius red gun in an eatery,
tried to shift the blame: friend
OSCAR Pistorius fired a gun in a restau-
rant, grazing a friends foot, and then
asked someone else to take the blame,
the court heard on Wednesday on the
third day of the Paralympian stars mur-
der trial.
Professional boxer Kevin Lerena testi-
fied that Pistorius fired a bullet under a
table at an upmarket Johannesburg res-
taurant in January 2013, the month before
he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp on Valentines Day.
A shot went off in the restaurant, then
there was just complete silence, Lerena,
21, the states fourth witness, told the
South African High Court in Pretoria.
I looked down, and just where my foot
was stationary, there was a hole in the
floor, Lerena said, testifying about one
of three other gun-related charges
against Pistorius.
I had a little graze on my toe. I wasnt
hurt or injured, he said, but added that
there was blood.
The Paralympian apologised profusely,
then asked another friend, the guns own-
er, to take the blame, pleading just say it
was you, according to Lerena.
Pistorius, 27, has denied intentionally
killing Steenkamp and has pleaded not
guilty to the other charges, including one
of firing a gun through a moving cars
sunroof and to illegal possession of
The state is expected to use these inci-
dents to illustrate past reckless behaviour
in its bid to prove the sprinter planned to
kill his girlfriend.
On the third day of trial, his defence also
sought to prove that a married couple who
heard screams on the night of Steenkamps
death colluded in their testimony, hoping
to discredit the key witnesses.
Pistoriuss lawyer Barry Roux attempted
to show that written statements and tes-
timony from Charl Johnson and Michelle
Burger contained remarkable coinci-
dences that could not be accidental.
Earlier, in vivid testimony that cast
doubt on Pistorius claims of a tragic
accident, the pair told the court they
heard screams then gunshots. The cou-
ples account would undermine Pistoriuss
claim that he shot the 29-year-old model
and law graduate through a locked toilet
door after mistaking her for an intruder.
As the trial resumed on Wednesday,
Roux sought to put the defence back on
the front foot, submitting Johnson to
pointed cross-examination a day after
his wife was reduced to tears in the wit-
ness box.
You have not favoured the court with
a strong, independent version, he railed
at Johnson, citing identical syntax and
vocabulary used by the couple.
The allegation could lessen the impact
of the pairs testimony.
Maybe you and your wife should have
stood together in the witness box, Roux
said, prompting Judge Thokozile Masi-
pa to question if the defence was going
too far.
Masipa did not comment on Johnsons
complaint that his privacy has been com-
promised severely by the reading in court
of his cellphone number, and that he had
received threatening messages. AFP
England braced for Welsh
hate, says newboy Nowell
ALES will be moti-
vated by their hatred
of England when the
sides face off in Sun-
days Six Nations showdown at
Twickenham, according to English
wing Jack Nowell.
England are bidding to avenge
last years 30-3 loss to Wales, which
enabled Warren Gatlands side to se-
cure the title, and defeat would like-
ly be fatal to either teams hopes of
winning this years championship.
Nowell played for the England
team that beat Wales in last years
junior World Cup nal and says that
he will know what to expect from
the Welsh when he makes his rst
senior appearance against them on
I loved winning that tourna-
ment. We fell behind in the first
half and a few things didnt go well
for us, but obviously it was nice to
come back in the end and get the
win, Nowell said.
Were going out to play against a
team that hate you and want to do
anything to beat you up or beat you
in the game.
England scrum-half Danny Care
agrees that the rivalry between
the two teams is underpinned by
genuine dislike, but he believes
that his side are ready to cope with
the hostility that Wales will throw
at them.
You know when you play Wales
that they dont like you, which you
get used to as an England player.
You relish that and look forward to
the challenge, he said.
Any time you play for England its
a great feeling, but with the Welsh
you know they are coming for a bat-
tle. We are up for the challenge and
looking forward to it.
Care also revealed that England
head coach Stuart Lancaster has
been actively seeking to increase
his players sense of pride about
representing their country.
You hear a lot about how proud
Ireland, Wales and Scotland are and
we kind of get forgotten. I think we
are an unbelievably proud coun-
try, Care told reporters during a
sponsorship event.
Obviously Stuart has done a lot
of stuff to reconnect everyone with
grassroots rugby and see the heri-
tage side of things, the lads who
have played before us in the shirt
and gave their lives in the war.
We have gone on that journey,
looked at stuff like that and seen
how much it means to people still.
We are playing for them and
playing for the whole country. We
are incredibly proud of putting on
the England shirt and running out
at Twickenham.
Responding to Nowells com-
ments, Wales captain Sam War-
burton said that hate was too
strong a word to use in a sporting
I dont think the boys talk about
England games like that, he said.
They love it because the atmo-
sphere is always so good. You sense
the anticipation of the fans all week.
The fans love it and we denitely
feed off that.
They are massive games to
play in, but hate is a very strong
word. AFP
Weekend Fixtures
Saturday March 8
Ireland v Italy 9:30pm
Sunday March 9
Scotland v France 12am
England v Wales 10pm
Englands Jack Nowell says Wales players will do anything to beat up or beat the English in Sundays crucial Six Nations match. AFP
Pedro strike hands
Spain win over Italy
PEDRO Rodriguezs goal was
enough to give World
champions Spain a 1-0 win over
Italy in their final game before
coach Vicente del Bosque
names his squad to defend their
title later this year in Brazil.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego
Costa was handed his debut on
home soil at the Vicente
Calderon Stadium in what was a
rematch of the Euro 2012 final
which saw Spain successfully
defend their title. However,
Costa failed to make much of an
impression and it was Spains
top goalscorer in qualification,
Pedro, who made the difference
when his shot squirmed under
Gianluigi Buffon just after the
hour mark. AFP
Kenya v Sudan friendly
called off in venue row
A FRIENDLY international
between Kenya and Sudan has
been called off following a row
over the venue and timing of the
match, Football Kenya
Federation officials said. The
match, which was originally to
be played in Sudans capital,
Khartoum, was later switched
to El Fasher in the volatile
northwestern region of Darfur
and was pushed back a day to
yesterday after the late arrival of
the Kenya team on Tuesday
night. FKF officials said they
were not aware of the change of
venue and could not risk the
safety of the players travelling to
play in the conflict-hit Darfur
region, so they ordered the team
to return home yesterday. AFP
Vidic, Hernanes captures
suggest Inter clearout
INTER Milan president Erick
Thohir hailed the capture of
Manchester United captain
Nemanja Vidic but hinted
yesterday that the clubs
rebuilding could continue with a
summer clear-out of ageing
stock. Vidic signed a three-year
deal through to June 2017 with
the ailing Serie A giants on
Wednesday, but their rebuilding
began with the acquisition of
Brazilian midfielder Hernanes
from Lazio in January. AFP
Chinas coach
Perrin wants
changes after
qualifier scare
EW manager Alain Per-
rin warned China to ex-
pect changes and hard
work ahead of next years
Asian Cup after they came peril-
ously close to missing out on a
place in the competition.
China had been expected to go
through with ease in Wednesdays fi-
nal qualifiers but in the match, they
needed a late penalty from Zhang
Xizhe to scramble home on goal dif-
The 3-1 defeat to Iraq made for a
chastening start for the newly hired
Perrin, whose team barely avoided
missing out on the Asian Cup for the
rst time since the 1970s.
China grabbed the nal qualifying
spot for the best third-placed team
by a whisker as rivals Lebanon beat
Thailand 5-2 to overcome a decit of
three points and nish just one goal
behind on goal difference.
Perrin said China were so distract-
ed by events elsewhere on a frenetic
nal night of qualifying that it was
as if they were playing the match in
Sharjah with two souls.
The rst one was on the pitch and
the second was outside it as we were
monitoring the other results of the
other matches in order to see if we
can nish as the best third-placed
team in the qualiers, and this is
what happened, said the French-
man, according to the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) website.
Iraq controlled the rst half and
they scored two goals while we were
the better side in the second period,
we pulled a goal back and could
have scored more. We must now
work more and do some changes for
a better future.
Perrin now has nearly a year to
improve a national team which still
struggles to impress, despite Chi-
nas growing clout at club level af-
ter Guangzhou Evergrande won last
years AFC Champions League.
The well-travelled coach, whose
CV includes stints at Lyon, Marseille,
Portsmouth and the Middle East,
was Chinas surprise choice last week
after Juan Antonio Camacho was
sacked in June.
China, who won only two of their
six qualiers, will have their work cut
out at next years tournament in Aus-
tralia with heavy-duty competition
in the form of the hosts, defending
champions Japan and South Korea.
Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan,
Bahrain and UAE all nished quali-
fying unbeaten, and Uzbekistan are
another strong team in what prom-
ises to be a competitive Asian Cup.
Former champions Iraq will also be
on a high after two goals from Younis
Mahmoud their hero in the 2007
nal helped them leapfrog visitors
China into second place in Group C.
We won with a big result and I
was condent that we will qualify
because we had ghting players who
managed to beat a strong opponent
thanks to their good experience,
said Iraq coach Hakeem Shakir, ac-
cording to the AFC site. AFP
Wednesdays Results
Uzbekistan 1 UAE 1
Oman 3 Singapore 1
Jordan 2 Syria 1
Yemen 1 Malaysia 2
Vietnam 3 Hong Kong 1
Qatar 0 Bahrain 0
Saudi Arabia 1 Indonesia 0
Amjad Kalaf (left) of Iraq vies for the ball with Yu Hanchad of China during their 2015 Asian
Cup qualier in Sharjah on Wednesday. AFP
Honda pleas for patience
JAPANESE playmaker Keisuke
Honda has urged AC Milan
fans to be patient, saying its
only a matter of time before
he hits form at his new club.
Supporters of the Italian
giants have jeered the 27-year-
old since his high-profile
transfer from Russian cham-
pion side CSKA Moscow in
The midfielder is yet to
score in seven Serie A match-
es and has been roundly
criticised by sections of Ita-
lys media.
I know it wont be easy but
I will only have to move for-
ward, as I have always done,
while enjoying myself, Honda
said following Japans 4-2
friendly win over New Zealand
in Tokyo on Wednesday. I can
definitely produce a result if I
keep trying. I guess its a mat-
ter of time, he added.
Honda set up two goals in
the Blue Samurais win at the
National Stadium from his
favoured central position
behind a lone striker.
He has been effective in the
role for his national side,
with Japan becoming four-
time Asian champions in
2011 and qualifying last year
for their fifth straight World
Cup finals.
But at Milan, coach Clarence
Seedorf has been deploying
Honda on the right side or as
a defensive midfielder.
The play-making position
is in my DNA, Honda told
Japanese media on Wednes-
day. It feels like home and it
is comfortable.
What is important is how I
positively deal with the
uncomfortableness, of the
other positions, he added.
Hondas free kick in the 11th
minute was headed home by
J-League defender Masato
Morishige for Japans third
goal against New Zealand.
On 17 minutes, Honda fed
a back-heel pass for Mainz
stri ker Shinji Okazaki to
bang in his second goal of the
night. AFP
AC Milans Keisuke Honda of Japan (left) eyes the ball next to Sampdor-
ias Andrea Costa during their Italian Serie A match on February 23. AFP
English Premier League
Saturday March 8
West Brom v Man United
Cardiff v Fulham 10pm
Crystal Palace v
Southampton 10pm
Norwich v Stoke City
Chelsea v Tottenham
FA Cup Sixth Round
Saturday March 8
Arsenal v Everton 7:45pm
Sunday March 9
Shefeld United v Charlton
Hull v Sunderland 9pm
Man City v Wigan 11:05pm
Spanish La Liga
Saturday March 8
Real Valladolid v Barcelona
Sunday March 9
Real Betis v Getafe 12am
Celta de Vigo v
Atletico Madrid 2am
Granada v Villarreal 4am
Espanyol v Elche 6pm
Almeria v Sevilla 11pm
Monday March 10
Real Madrid v Levante 1am
Valencia v Athletic Bilbao
German Bundesliga
Saturday March 8
Bor Mgladbach v Augsburg
Schalke v Hoffenheim
Hamburg v Eintracht
Frankfurt 9:30pm
Hannover v
Bayer Leverkusen 9:30pm
Stuttgart v E Braunschweig
Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich
Sunday March 9
Nrnberg v
Werder Bremen 12:30am
Freiburg v Bor Dortmund
Mainz v H Berlin 11:30pm
Italian Serie A
Sunday March 9
Udinese v AC Milan 12am
Catania v Cagliari 2:45am
Juventus v Fiorentina
Bologna v Sassuolo 9pm
Chievo v Genoa 9pm
Inter Milan v Torino 9pm
Lazio v Atalanta 9pm
Parma v Verona 9pm
Sampdoria v Livorno 9pm
Monday March 10
Napoli v Roma 2:45am
French Ligue 1
Saturday March 8
Marseille v Nice 2:30am
Bastia v Paris SG 10:30pm
Sunday March 9
Guingamp v Evian TG 2am
Monaco v Sochaux 2am
Nantes v Ajaccio 2am
Toulouse v Reims 2am
Valenciennes v Rennes 2am
Lille v Montpellier 8pm
Lorient v St Etienne 11pm
Monday March 10
Bordeaux v Lyon 3am
International Friendlies
Georgia 2 Liechtenstein 0
Russia 2 Armenia 0
Azerbaijan 1 Philippines 0
Lithuania 1 Kazakhstan 1
Bulgaria 2 Belarus 1
Albania 2 Malta 0
Algeria 2 Slovenia 0
Greece 0 South Korea 2
Hungary 1 Finland 2
Montenegro 1 Ghana 0
South Africa 0 Brazil 5
Bosnia-Hercegovina 0 Egypt 2
Czech Republic 2 Norway 2
Israel 1 Slovakia 3
Andorra 0 Moldova 3
Colombia 1 Tunisia 1
Cyprus 0 Northern Ireland 0
Macedonia 2 Latvia 1
Luxembourg 0
Cape Verde Islands 0
Turkey 2 Sweden 1
Gibraltar 0 Estonia 2
Romania 0 Argentina 0
Ukraine 2 USA 0
Austria 1 Uruguay 1
Switzerland 2 Croatia 2
Belgium 2 Ivory Coast 2
Germany 1 Chile 0
Poland 0 Scotland 1
Rep of Ireland 1 Serbia 2
Wales 3 Iceland 1
Australia 3 Ecuador 4
England 1 Denmark 0
France 2 Netherlands 0
Portugal 5 Cameroon 1
Spain 1 Italy 0
Mexico 0 Nigeria 0
Half Marathon
shape up for
coastal run
HE third Angkor Beer
Sihanoukville Internatio-
nal Half Marathon will
be held on Sunday with the
port city expected to attract
close to 1,500 participants for
this charity run.
The organisers have slightly
modified the route this year
by diverting the half marathon
runners away from the busier
section of the town surroun-
ding the main market.
Keeping in mind the safety
of the runners, we have made
this change but they will not
miss the beaches and brea-
thtaking scenery en route,
National Olympic Commit-
tee of Cambodia secretary
general Vath Chamroeun told
the Post.
The response so far has
been very encouraging and
I am hopeful of reaching the
target of 1,500 participants
we have set. I expect the
numbers for both the over-
seas runners and locals to go
up [compared to last years
Apart from the 21km run
for men and women, which
will begin at Occheuteal
beach, supporting events
include a 10km run and 3km
fun run and walk.
As a dress rehearsal for
Sundays showpiece, several
exciting biking races to suit
all ages and abilities are also
on the cards.
The Sihanoukville run is the
first of four half marathons
in Cambodias international
calendar. The three other
running events for charity are
the Bokor Mountain Half Ma-
rathon, the Phnom Penh Half
Marathon and the Angkor Wat
Half Marathon.
For the first time in Cam-
bodian sports history, a full
marathon will be run around
the world heritage site of the
Angkor Wat temple complex
in Siem Reap later this year.
Ryan Harris of Australia celebrates as he takes the last wicket needed for victory on day ve of their third Test against South Africa at Newlands in Capetown on Wednesday. AFP
Harris heroics lift Australia
yan Harris was ac-
claimed yesterday
as one of Australias
nest bowlers after
spearheading his country to
a dramatic late series victory
over South Africa in Cape
The Australians won the
third and nal Test by 245 runs
in a nail-biting nish with just
27 balls to spare after a day of
epic home resistance.
Veteran paceman Har-
ris bowled Dale Steyn and
Morne Morkel in the space of
three balls as Australia won
the match as well as the series
by two Tests to one.
Late-bloomer Ryan Har-
ris entrenched his reputation
as one of the nest bowlers
seen in Australia since at
least the turn of the century
by delivering the two wickets
Australia needed to win the
deciding Test and claim the
series, Fairfax Medias Jesse
Hogan wrote.
The victory ensured that
Australias record of never
losing a series in the repub-
lic remained intact in the
seven series since South Af-
rica returned from sporting
isolation more than two de-
cades ago.
It was also the rst time
South Africa, the worlds top-
ranked team, have lost a se-
ries anywhere since they were
defeated by Australia ve
years ago.
Harris was indeed the hero,
coming back for a last bowl-
ing spell with 30 balls left. He
deed his injury-ridden body
to spear a yorker through
Dale Steyns defence for one
and then two balls later take
Morne Morkels wicket, The
Australians Peter Lalor said.
Harris, who nished with
4-32, will head home to have
an operation on his knee that
he delayed to play this series,
he added.
The victory gave captain
Michael Clarke seven wins
from eight Tests following a
5-0 whitewash of England,
and moved Australia to sec-
ond on the International
Cricket Council rankings
ahead of India.
Clarke later tweeted: Not
really sure how to describe the
last 6 months!!! Thank you to
the Aussie Team, Staff, Family,
Friends and all of our support-
ers. @darren_lehmann we did
it coach!!!!
The Sydney Daily Telegraphs
Malcolm Conn said he was
concerned that South Africa
may repeat its Adelaide great
escape of last (southern) sum-
mer, when they lasted more
than nine hours and kept out
148 overs to nish on 8-248.
Hogan added: Australias
hopes of claiming victory
surged after it removed the
two stonewallers of Adelaide
in 2012, AB de Villiers and [Faf]
Du Plessis, at either end of the
second session to ensure the
Proteas tail was exposed for
the entire last session.
It took until the last half-
hour of the last session, but
Australia nally banished
the demons of Adelaide with
a stunning victory in Cape
Town. AFP
When it comes to the crunch
Colombia forward Victor Ibarbo (top) battles with Tunisia goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha during their international friendly match at the Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella, near Barcelona, on Wednesday. After falling
behind to a James Rodrigues penalty, Tunisia recovered under caretaker coach Nizar Khanr and Mohamed Khazri levelled before the break. The match ended 1-1 with the South Americans lack of a cutting edge in the
absence of knee injury victim Radamel Falcao exposed. Colombia are bracketed alongside Greece, Japan and Ivory Coast in Group C of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer, while Tunisia failed to qualify. AFP
Super Sunday set for Cup semis
H S Manjunath and Cheng Seryrith
line snatchers Build
Bright United will
cross swords with
Boeung Ket Rubber Field in the
rst semi-nal of the Hun Sen Cup
football tournament this Sunday at
the Olympic Stadium, followed by a
battle between holders Naga Corp
and National Police Commissary.
The University-backed BBUs un-
expected but deserving win over
Phnom Penh Crown has brought
in an element of intrigue into the
equation as the Rubbermen also
tread new Cup turf having failed
in the past to get over the quarter-
nal hurdle. So the stage is set for
a clash where no quarter is likely to
be sought nor given.
In their own distinct styles, each
has as good a shout as the other,
though there is some distance be-
tween the two sides when it comes
to the recent track record and past
On paper at least, Kampong
Cham-based Boeung Ket hold a
decided advantage as a well modu-
lated team with notable attacking
and defending prowess.
The sheer enigmatic ways of BBU,
however, could well cut both ways
for the side and it is evident from
their form sheet that if it happens
to be their day they could hold their
own against the best in the busi-
ness, Boeung Ket.
Its the rst time the team
reached the semi-nals in three
attempts, Boeung Ket coach Prak
Vuthy told the Post.
Were coming off our huge mid-
week victory over Svay Rieng and
with that win behind us I believe
we wont just win our match [on
Sunday], but will go on to capture
the trophy. Boeung Ket coach Prak
Vuthy told the Post.
BBU assistant coach Chan Veas-
na, meanwhile, noted that they
were stepping up their prepara-
tions ahead of the clash.
We didnt hold training sessions
on a Saturday before, but we will do
this weekend, said Chan Veasna,
adding that they had no injury con-
cerns in the squad.
Though Boeung Ket are the big
team that have lots of experienced
players and some national team
stars, we will be able to get a good
result if we keep playing as well as
we have done since the beginning
of the tournament.
Holders face up to Police task
The floodlit fixture between
Naga and Police could throw up
a fierce contest, but Naga coach
Prak Sovannara is striking a confi-
dent note.
I dont see any problems for my
team. Our formation will remain
the same, he told the Post yester-
Following our hard-fought 1-0
win over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey,
our players are a little bit tired, but
thats not a pressing concern.
The strength I can see of our
rivals on Sunday is that they are a
team that has good co-ordination
between players, coaches and
staff, he added.
Police coach Ung Kanyanith said:
We have prepared so hard for this
game, but now we need to look
closely at our opponents Naga. They
are a professional team that boasts a
lot of U23 players, especially in their
defence. Our midelders and attack-
ers will be working very hard in this
game to grab the victory for us.
Sundays Fixtures
At Olympic Stadium
Boeung Ket v BBU 3:30pm
Naga Corp v National Police 6pm
Can Build Bright United game-winner Reung Bunheang do it again for the University-
backed side and help continue their remarkable run in the Hun Sen Cup? SRENGMENGSRUN