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The Gecko: 04 November, 2005

The

Post expresses its condolences to family and friends of Ou Neakiry, who passed away

on November 1 at the age of 53 after a long illness. His wife and two young children

survive him.

Kry worked for the Associated Press as a photographer in the early 1970s. He declined

AP offers to be evacuated before the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh in 1975, and managed

to survive three-plus agonizing years in the rice fields. Most of his photographer

colleagues perished.

In the 1990s Kry was re-united with AP and hired full-time. The PPPost was also pleased

to run many of his photos.

Upon hearing the news of Kry's passing, his AP colleague Denis Gray wrote: "Despite

the tragedies of his life, Kry until the end maintained a stoic attitude and a genuine

warmth in relations with all around him."

** Is there one economist -just one-who can explain the economics of how it makes

sense to import celery all the way across the Pacific Ocean from America for sale

in Lucky Market? Nothing against American celery, but how is it that Cambodia, one

of the world's lowest-wage countries, with over 80 percent of the population involved

in agriculture, needs to import celery? Isn't there something wrong with this picture?

Isn't there a World Bank-funded Vegetable Economics Specialist out there who is wrestling

with this issue as part of the Rectangular Poverty Reduction Program?

** A recent visitor to Hong Kong reports that former Agence France Presse Phnom Penh

Bureau Chief and PPPost contributor Luke Hunt has now taken major steps towards the

establishment of a more-settled and normal existence. Mr Hunt has bought a plush

albeit compact condominium in Discovery Bay where the only vehicles allowed are golf

carts and buses. His new AFP post involves regular hours and means that he has now

joined the ranks of placid commuters on Hong Kong's efficient public transportation

service, moving quickly and serenely about the SAR.

** Congratulations to former PPPost Managing Editor Peter "Mok Krahom"

Sainsbury and Sophie Richardson on the birth of their son, Osborn Richardson Sainsbury,

below, born on October 22, 2005, weighing in at a feisty 3.28 kilos.

 

 

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