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The Gecko: 13, April 1999

**The Rangers at Ream National Park have been given a lesson on how to

deal with poachers and the like.

It all started a couple of weeks ago, when the Rangers confiscated some boats in

park waters that were fishing illegally using push nets. There was a bit of a stink

as one of the boats was owned by a guy with a gun who also had a uniform.

The offenders were called into park headquarters for a stern lecture and a warning.

Ream authorities said the bad boys could have their boats back only if they signed

a written guarantee that they wouldn't use their boats in park waters.

When the Rangers said the boats could be returned but not the nets the guy with the

gun and the uniform went ballistic. He stormed out, raced over to the boats and threatened

some Rangers. They gave him his boat, but still no nets.

Unsatisfied, the guy with the gun and uniform goes back and threatens to throw a

grenade at park headquarters.

The park people call the Ministry of Environment in Phnom Penh for help, and Environment

informs the folks at Interior who jump into action and notify the military in Sihanoukville.

The military dash off to the park because they thought there was a forest fire. When

they find out that there wasn't one, park chiefs are called in to Sihanoukville for

a stern lecture and a warning about setting off false alarms.

Its still unclear what happened to the nets or the guy with the gun and the uniform

and the grenade.

** The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank Board of Governors'

is coming up on April 30 in Manila, and information materials have been sent to interested

parties. The packet includes a small brochure on the substance of the meeting (poverty

reduction, averting another economic crisis and all that irrelevant stuff) and 15

pages on what tours are available to attendees. There's the Corregidor Island Tour,

Fiesta Filipina Tour, Boracay Beach Tour, Bohol-Chocolate Hills Tour, Night Golf

Tour, Palawan Tour, Dakuk Tour, Pagsanjan Falls Tour, Hidden Valley Tour, Pinatubu

Tour, Centennial Tour and more. Sign up quickly before the tours fill up.

** If the heat is getting to you and you need some jazz to cool down, check

out Michael Kenny and his liquid ivories at the Matahari Nightclub. Best live music

in town.

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