An informed source says that Sophie Richardson, formerly with the National
Democratic Institute here in Cambodia, has accepted a job as Deputy
Director/Asia at Human Rights Watch. She and her husband, former PPPost managing
editor Peter Sainsbury, and son are expected to leave the chaotic bustle of
Wellington, New Zealand and move to the serene environs of New York City in the
** Associated Press photographer Andy Eames is headed for
Afghanistan to work with a construction company. Better pay and not better
sports bars is alleged to have been a factor in that decision.
** Back in
December when several dozen cops showed up at Palm Resort to investigate the
murder of co-owner Allan Romagnoli, sources say they came with an appetite. No
staff were around so a couple of the cops settled into the kitchen and cooked up
a hearty meal for the whole crew. A few cases of France's finest wine also ended
up in the back of a pick-up truck on the way out.
** US Ambassador Joseph
Mussomeli, speaking at the January 17 inauguration of the new $72 million
embassy, could have quoted any number of famous Americans for the occasion. He
no doubt reflected at length on a variety of options and ended up choosing
Benjamin Franklin, noting that it was the 300th birthday of the US's first
What was the diplomatic Franklin quote selected for a VIP list
of government ministers, secretaries of state, and ambassadors in attendance?
"Those who would give up liberty to purchase temporary stability, deserve
After the ceremony, the 500 invited guests then moved inside
to the central three-story atrium for drinks and buffet. Among the chit-chat,
one sentiment expressed by all corners of the political spectrum - including the
ruling party - was a sense relief that the "Free Speech Four" had been released
from jail. Even some CPP members weary of too much tension, it seems.
HE Heng Pov was promoted to the rank of Major General on January 11 and
appointed to the position of Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of
Interior, in addition to his current position as Personal Adviser to the Prime
** A junior diplomat who declined to be identified said that
the birds one could hear at the reception for Australian National Day on January
26 included the Kookaburra, the Speckled Wood Hen and the Forty Spotted