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The Gecko: 19 Dec 2008

The Gecko: 19 Dec 2008

Talk around town

Where the walls have ears...

  • The world famous, one-hour documentary on The Phnom Penh Post, simply titled The Post, will be shown tonight at Meta House.  The film was made by Australians Hugh Piper and Helen Barrow in 1999 with funding from Film Australia.  Starts at 8pm.
  • Sources say the foreigner who died at L'Imprevu on Dec 11 was Finnish citizen Miika Makinen. The death looks like an apparent suicide. Makinen used to be the bass player for the band Bum ‘n Draze in 2006. The story got tangled as Makinen checked into the guesthouse and didn't give his passport details. When staff discovered his body, they panicked and pulled a name from their guestbook of somebody who had stayed there two months earlier so they could give a name to police.  By chance, they pulled PPPost CEO Michel Dauguet's name. A reporter from Koh Santepheap contacted the guesthouse and said the paper wouldn't run any story on the event if L'Imprevu paid US$100. The reporter was politely told to take a hike and the story ran with Dauguet's name as the deceased. Michel thanks all those who called to check on his welfare and assures friends and readers that he is alive and well. Bum n'Draze would like to share their condolences with the family and friends of Miika Makinen.
  • The big event at Wilhelm Tell last week was that Declan's dog, Angel, tried to catch a cat. The cat escaped.
  • A small footnote on the Adrian Ross story.  After he gets back to Northern Ireland, Adrian and his wife plan to ride across Canada on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, then head to Oklahoma in the US, where he plans to fly a World War II-era P-51 Mustang.
  • Informed sources say the people most bent out of shape by the cancellation of the IBC Ball were the women who had bought new gowns for the event. And now the fear is that if they save them for next year, they may not fit by then.
  • What's the difference between a pessimist and an optimist?  The pessimist says: "Oh dear God, things can't get worse". The optimist says: "Sure they can".

The Gecko column has run in the Post since Issue 1 in July 1992.  He has been on “vacation” for the past six months.


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    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Nine on Indonesia flight Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed nine more imported cases of Covid-19. The nine ‒ eight Cambodians and one Indonesian, aged 22 to 26 ‒ arrived in Cambodia on Thursday via a direct flight from Indonesia and are receiving treatment at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hostipal in Phnom Penh.

  • Kingdom’s financial sector healthy

    Cambodia's financial sector remains on a sustainable growth path despite the Covid-19 pandemic squeezing crucial industries, National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) governor Chea Chanto said. Tourism, garments and footwear have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 impact, he said, whereas the financial and agriculture sectors

  • Vietnam told to remove border tents

    Kandal provincial governor Kong Sophoan has ordered local authorities to prohibit the construction of buildings in areas bordering Cambodia and to report any irregularities immediately. Recently, Vietnamese officials removed another seven tents from the border area with Cambodia. His remarks were made on Wednesday afternoon

  • Migrant workers set to return from Malaysia

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed on Thursday that 158 Cambodian students and migrant workers will fly home from Malaysia on Friday morning. This is the second flight to bring Cambodians home from Malaysia. A ministry notice said Malaysia Airlines Flight MH754 will

  • Cambodia to remain neutral on ASEAN-China territorial dispute

    Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn told an informal meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers on Wednesday that Cambodia will stay neutral on the South China Sea. He appealed to all stakeholders to continue fostering a conducive environment that contributes to the end