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The Gecko: 05 November 2004

The Gecko: 05 November 2004

There's still a lot of confusion on what the proper new titles are for ex-King Sihanouk and Queen Monineath. One Royal watcher says that in spite of the officially approved new title for Sihanouk, "His Majesty the King Father" is appropriate and "Her Majesty the Queen Mother" is also suitable.

** Revelers celebrating George Dubya Bush's presidential election victory were whooping it up at the Freebird Bar & Grill on Wednesday night. As the semi-official headquarters for Republicans Abroad in Cambodia, the watering hole is known affectionately in some circles as Genghis' Joint.

Proprietor Paul Guymon was sporting his finest G.O.P t-shirt in honor of the occasion, which read "10 out of 10 terrorists agree anybody but Bush". But the American flag on it only had 40 stars. Tsk, tsk! Another customer's t-shirt read: "Except for ending Slavery, Facism, Nazism and Communism WAR HAS NEVER SOLVED ANYTHING."

It was explained that the shirts, and other tasteful apparel, are available from www.protestwarrior.com, a website that was "created to help arm the liberty-loving Silent Majority with ammo-ammo that strikes at the intellectual solar plexus of the Left."

** Sources from the Thai town of Sattahip, the port on Thailand's Eastern Seaboard, say that Chevron's offshore rig that has been drilling for the last four weeks in Cambodian waters has struck oil. Both Chevron and the RGC are keeping mum on the issue for the moment. Speculation is that an official statement may be released AFTER the CG meeting.

** Former US President Bill Clinton may be coming to town in February for a World Bank conference on "something related to private sector development," according to a bank source. He's been invited but his participation is not yet confirmed, however, bank president James Wolfensohn is expected to attend. Sources say Clinton would probably take his meals at the Freebird Bar & Grill.

** FUNCI insiders are grumbling that their party boss may be playing a too dangerous game. They worry that in doing the PM's bidding by calling for a shift in authority for the National Police away from the Ministry of Interior, their party may be drawn into an internal CPP squabble that it would be better to stay out of.

** Ex-Cogitel major-domo Paul Blanche-Horgan is in serious training for the upcoming India-ASEAN Rally. He predicts that he will win the Rally, especially as his co-driver will be the former world famous Formula 3 driver Icky Poowes.


  • Over $3M in traffic fines collected in two months

    Traffic police officers collected over $3 million in fines throughout the Kingdom during the past two months when officers strictly enforced the law in accordance with a May sub-decree, officials said. As incentives, law enforcement officers received between 200,000 and two million riel ($50 to $500) each. The figures

  • More than 10,000 workers suspended

    More than 10,000 workers at 18 factories in Svay Rieng province have been suspended because of Covid-19, said provincial deputy governor Ros Pharith. Home to 11 special economic zones, Pharith said Svay Rieng has not been spared as the pandemic takes a toll on the global economy. “There

  • Oz lauds Kingdom’s passage of money laundering laws

    In a press release published by the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh on Monday, the country applauded Cambodia’s stance on transnational crimes as well as its promulgation of an anti-money laundering law and a law on combating proliferation financing. The praise came after King

  • Lotus face masks designed to cover globe

    A French designer in Cambodia has produced ecological face masks from lotus fibre to supply local and international markets with an eye on preserving ancestral techniques and supporting Cambodian women in rural communities. During a trip to Asia, Awen Delaval, an eco-friendly fashion designer, was

  • Accused not treated equally, says CCHR

    The Cambodia Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) has urged the Court of Appeal to do more to ensure that an accused’s right to a fair trial is fully respected. In a bulletin released on Monday, the CCHR said it had monitored 273 cases at the

  • Fish, frogs to boost local food supply

    The government has disbursed more than $4.5 million to boost aquaculture production and domestic market supply amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon told The Post on Monday that in boosting agricultural production, the ministry has received financing from development partners

  • Planning ministry hands out cash to 420,000 poor families in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Planning has identified 20,000 more poor families in the country, bringing the total to over 580,000, while over 420,000 of them have received the government’s cash assistance. In the meantime, many social security cards from families not deemed to be poor have been revoked.

  • Nature in focus at inaugural film and photo festival

    The first Cambodian Wildlife Photo and Film Festival – an event celebrating the conservation of nature through the eyes of wildlife photographers, nature enthusiasts and conservation experts – is scheduled for July 18-26 at Fauna in Focus’ Nature Discovery Centre in Siem Reap. The festival will be

  • Investors’ $14.4M projects approved

    New investments from local and foreign sources continue to pour into Cambodia despite the Covid-19 pandemic remaining a lingering threat to regional and global economies. This comes as the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract between one and 2.9 per cent this

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry