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The Gecko 12, September, 2003

The Gecko 12, September, 2003

After months of speculation and a tidal wave of anticipation among seasoned riverfront

gadflies, veteran PPPost reporter Hurley Scroggins held a very, very, very soft opening

last week for his new café which he has decided to call the Cantina. Early

indications are that the Cantina may prove to be one of the most popular watering

holes along the riverfront. Chopped beef burrito junkies be advised: plans are afoot

to eventually offer Mexican food. But Hurley urges potential patrons to be patient-the

kitchen will take some time to get up and running.

** It is a good thing the World Health Organization is on top of the latest health

developments, otherwise we would not have learned the following which was published

in the August edition of the WHO Bulletin: "A new review of the evidence from

South Africa confirms that high consumption of added sugars contributes significantly

to the incidence of dental caries [decay] and obesity."

** A major shopping/office complex under construction in the heart of Beijing's commercial

business district has billboards showing off images and descriptions of various other

projects the Chinese state-owned developer has done. And one of them has a picture

of Cambodia's very own Senate building with the words, in English, "Senate Building,

Kampuchea" How about that!

** The definition of character: How you behave when nobody is looking.

A bunch of tourists visited a near-virgin island off Otres beach near Sihanoukville

last Saturday, which they were told was called Koh Chiloh, and were about to enjoy

the serenity when the sound of a chainsaw interrupted the silence. They poked through

the bush to discover seven guys wearing military caps in the process of cutting down

the largest trees on the island. The soldiers were embarrassed enough to stop their

plunder, take the afternoon off and sit on the beach with the foreigners to share

a giggle or two. That was six days ago and the trees are no doubt now long since

cut and gone.

** Readers should take a close look at Oxfam International's "analysis of Cambodia's

World Trade Organisation accession" comment piece on page 5 of this issue. If

there is anyone out there who can translate Oxfam's NGO-speak into real English,

this paper will be glad to publish it.

** The definition of gadfly from The American College Dictionary: any fly that goads

or stings domestic animals, as many voracious, blood-sucking flies of the dipterous

family Tabanidae.


  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release