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The Gecko: 23 june 2000

The Gecko: 23 june 2000


SERGIO, the limousine driver who picked up Prince Ranariddh, his wife and family

at the airport in Rio and drove them to their hotel, says he thought the Prince was

a very nice man. He wants to send his best regards to the Prince, and especially

pass on a fond hello to Princess Rattana whose youthful charm and beauty caught his


In other news from the Gecko's trip to continental America:


  • The girl from Ipanema actually exists. And she is a real knockout.
  • As expected, the guys in Rio play football on the beach night and day. And when

    someone gets fouled, the wannabe Ronaldos fake enormous pain just like the pros and

    then bounce back up to rejoin the action.

  • In America, whose citizens regularly remind the rest of the planet that the USA

    is the greatest country on earth, a new superlative can be added to an already long

    list the country is Number One in: its population is now the fattest on earth.

  • According to a recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control, 54.6

    percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese. This compares with a figure

    of only 43.5 percent back in 1962.

In an effort to deal with this problem, good old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity has

come to the fore. Cinema owners, subway officials and sports stadium managers have

tackled the problem head on and are now putting in new seats three to five inches


  • Back in Cambodia, it seems the old ways are best. An English teacher asked her

    class what traditional remedies there were for the recent bouts of colds and flu

    - à la lemon juice with ginger and honey. After some murmuring the consensus

    of the class was that the traditional antibiotics were the best. Trying to clarify

    things, she asked about remedies the class's grandparents may have used. More murmurings,

    before the answer was offered up: paracetamol.


  • The Gecko's usually impeccable sources made a slipup last week.

The report of a UNESCO vehicle knocking down a moto with two people on it and

not bothering to stop was incorrect. In fact, the vehicle had the UNICEF logo on

the side. The Post apologizes to UNESCO. But the Gecko would love to hear from UNICEF.


  • Fifteen Cambodians from Saudi get Covid-19

    The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 15 more imported cases of Covid. The 15 men ‒ all Cambodian aged 21 to 33 ‒ arrived from Saudi Arabia on Friday via a connecting flight in Malaysia. They were travelling with 79 other passengers, three of them women. The ministry said 80 of the

  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Kingdom eyes India FTA, China deal set for August

    Cambodia is studying the possibility of establishing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with India to open a new market with the second-largest regional economy. This comes as an FTA with China is scheduled to be signed next month while similar negotiations with South Korea

  • Judge lands in court after crashing into alleged thief

    Sen Sok district police on Thursday sent a Koh Kong Provincial Court judge to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on manslaughter charges after he crashed his car into a woman riding a motorbike on Wednesday, killing her. District police chief Hour Meng Vang told The

  • Vietnamese workers in Koh Kong questioned

    The General Department of Immigration (GDI) is questioning 49 Vietnamese nationals who were working illegally in Koh Kong province to build a case and send them back to Vietnam, its Department of Investigation and Procedure director Kem Sarin said on Thursday. GDI forces and provincial authorities

  • Preah Vihear court drops charges against villagers

    The Preah Vihear Provincial Court has dropped all charges against eight ethnic Kuoy villagers who were in a land dispute with the Hengfu Group Sugar Industry Co Ltd since 2014. Wednesday’s decision was made by the judge who tried the case on June 10. The eight

  • Gov’t to boost Siem Reap tourism

    The Ministry of Tourism released the results of an inter-ministerial committee meeting concerning Siem Reap province’s Tourism Development Master Plan for 2020-2035 on Wednesday, revealing the government’s plan to improve the overall tourist landscape there. The meeting was attended by Minister of Tourism

  • Residents ordered to remove structures on Phnom Penh’s canal

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng has ordered authorities to act against the perpetrators who built houses along the Luo 5 canal in Meanchey district. The municipal administration plans to create a committee to solve the matter. The order was given on Wednesday while Sreng led

  • ‘On the offensive’: Cambodia to load up on loans to stimulate economy

    As the dust settles on the economy, Cambodia comes to grips with what needs to be done to turn the economy around, starting with a big shopping list for credit ‘We are going on the offensive,” Vongsey Vissoth, Ministry of Economy and Finance permanent secretary

  • Eighty replacement peacekeepers set for Mali mission despite Covid

    Eighty Cambodian blue helmet soldiers who completed the peacekeeping mission under the UN umbrella in Mali will return to Cambodia on Friday, said the Centre for Peacekeeping Forces spokeswoman Kosal Malida. “To protect their families and communities from the Covid-19 pandemic, the 80 are required to